Travel through the small galis of the old city of Jodhpur and you will find the houses, walls of the stores are all painted blue. You will be surrounded just by the blue walls and nothing else. Hence, the city is named “Blue City”. Apart from being known as the Blue City, Jodhpur is also known as “Sun City” because the weather remains bright and sunny all around the year.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Named after Rao Jodha who founded the city back in 1459 AD. The city is a treat of marvelous architecture – forts, palaces, gardens, temples, etc. Apart from architecture, tourists can have a pleasurable experience shopping local.
How to go?
Jodhpur is very well-connected by roads, railways, and airways to other cities. You can catch a train or go by road from Delhi or Jaipur.
Places to see in Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort is a must visit place in the tour itinerary to Jodhpur. This mammoth fortress is one of the most beautiful forts in India. Up in the hills 125 m above Jodhpur, you can view the city from the top of the fort. When you view the city from the top, you will only see blue color everywhere as the houses and every wall is painted blue making it look like the fort is somewhere in the middle of the sea. The huge fort gates, the walls of the fort still have imprints of the war fought back in the centuries. The fort is known for the carved and intricately decorated windows, panels and walls of Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, and Phool Mahal. This grand architecture is breathtaking to see and will leave you mesmerized with its beauty and the tales behind it. While touring the fort, do visit the Chamunda Mata Mandir which is located inside the fort. From the temple, you can see an aerial view of the stunning blue city.
Royal tour to the palace
It is the most renowned and beautiful palace in the world. It was not built just for the sake but there is a great reason behind its construction. This palace was built to counter the famine which hit Jodhpur in 1929 to create employment for the people of their state. Today, half part of the palace is converted into a hotel and in the other half, the royal family resides. It is a great tourist attraction who come to see its grand, marvelous architecture. In recent years, it has become one of the favorite wedding destinations for people in India and around the world too. When you step into the palace, you will totally feel like a royal. Don’t miss to see the museum and galleries which are in the palace premises.
Mandore Gardens is a must visit place when you go to Jodhpur. It is a place where you will find yourself refreshed every minute you spend there in the fresh air. It is a complete package where you can enjoy the serene nature, take a tour to the museums, visit the old temples and take their blessings. You will be bewildered when you see the hall of heroes, where you will find carved statues of the Rajput heroes. You can also visit and check the ruined palace of Mandore. Beware of the monkeys (langurs) over there, they can be a spoilsport in your journey.
Apart from these, you can also visit the Clock Tower, which is located in the old city, Jaswant Thada, it is a memorial built in the memory of Jaswant Singh, Kailana Lake along with Ranisar and Padamsar. Go shopping in the local market of Jodhpur and find yourself lost in the world of art and craft.
What are you waiting for… Pack your bags, book your tickets and fly to the Blue city.