Jodhpur is one of our favorite cities in the world.
Something about its laid-back vibe catches us. The city is located in Northwestern India, in the state of Rajasthan, land of the kings and India’s largest state by area. Here are 21 photos that will make you fall in love with Jodhpur!
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and is also known as the Blue City. This is because many of the houses and buildings in the old part of the city are painted blue. Many don’t know why the houses are painted blue but some say it has to do with warding off evil spirits or honoring Shiva, one of the Hindu gods.
This is a view of the Blue City from Mehrangarh Fort. It’s one of the largest forts in India and was built by Rao Jodha in 1460. Its grounds span five kilometers and it stands on a hill 125 meters above the city.
Mehrangarh Fort features seven imposing gates or pols. This is Jai Pol, the main entrance to the fort.
Here is another beautiful gate in the fort complex. When you enter some of these gates, local musicians serenade you.
The palace buildings inside the fort feature outstanding architecture. Here’s a shot of its many carved windows.
Suraj Pol (gate in the background) leads to the palace called Moti Mahal aka Pearl Palace. It’s the largest palace on the fort compound. The fort palaces feature many rooms, museum collections, stunning doorways, courtyards, and maze-like passages.
Mehrangarh Fort at night. Watching the city lights at night feels like you’re in the movie, Aladdin. Did you know this location was featured in the movie, The Dark Knight Rises? The city of Jodhpur also featured heavily in The Darjeeling Limited.
This is Jaswant Thada. This white marble cenotaph was built in 1899 for the king, Raja Jaswant Singh, and his close family members. Some parts of the marble walls are so translucent that the sunlight shines through! Inside smells faintly of sandalwood.
Here’s a view of Mehrangarh Fort from the cenotaphs of Jaswant Thada.
These lotus flowers bloom in ponds located around the main cenotaph building of Jaswant Thada.
This clock tower is known as Ghanta Ghar and it’s located in the old city center. Sardar Market is found close by. Drivers and cyclists use the tower as a kind of roundabout.
We take a rickshaw into the heart of the old blue city. The streets are very narrow and bumpy. We pass several shops including the silver/gold market and the sweets market.
Walking through the Blue City is certainly an adventure. You have to avoid stepping on lots of poop in its narrow lanes and alleys! This is one of my favorite houses in the Blue City. I love it because of the colorful front door. Here, I met Nandini and her mother.
One of the best ways to unwind in the city is to have dinner or drink a couple of beers from any of the city’s many rooftop restaurants. You get to view the fort, see lots of tiny birds, watch boys flying kites from other rooftops, and of course, survey the chaos below.
Here’s a woman selling colorful saris in the city center. Rajasthani women are known for their penchant for bright-colored clothing.
A street scene in the city center. Jodhpur, like many other Indian cities, is noisy, chaotic, and often dirty. You have to watch out for people, rickshaws, cars, cows, and bicycles coming in all directions. Locals haggle over all types of wares: clothes, bangles, kitchen utensils, plastic buckets, chilies, spices!
Locals dry recently-dyed fabric in the sun. Aren’t the colors stunning?
Notice the contrast between the flaming colors of the fabric and the dull earth.
This is Toorja Ka Jhalara. It’s a stepwell located in the old city center. It was built by a former queen in the 18th century to deal with water shortages in the city.
Although it previously served as a source of drinking water, today, many local boys and men use it to cool off during the summer.
To get to the water, you need to descend a series of steps. Many of the steps are very mossy and slippery so it’s best left to the locals. The view can also be disorienting for some visitors. Did you enjoy this post? Pin it!