21 photos that will make you fall in love with Jodhpur

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.
indian fort
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.
jaswant thada
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.
clock tower
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.
blue city
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.
blue city
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.
street scene
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.

Photos: © Live Lyfe Photography

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29 thoughts on “21 photos that will make you fall in love with Jodhpur

  1. Hi, wonder if you had a chance to take a trip out to ethnic villages, organized by local tour companies – I found that quite interesting, being in rural areas and away from noise and dirt of the old town

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  2. Precisely what I had in mind and glad you did it too.
    Enjoy reading your posts besides the ones on India.
    Was at Asa Wright Nature Centre back in 1989 and still stays in the list to do it along some Soca during the carnival 🙂

    Happy travels !!

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  3. You’re right- I am now in love with Jodhpur. The fort is magnificent. And I love all the colors in the clothing- it’s like extra decoration for the city. The stepwell looks very cool, too.

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  4. Wow you are indeed right – now I want to go visit Jodhpur! I am a huge architecture fan. I am awe-inspired by the beautiful architecture that you’ve showcased in your photos. And that steepwell has me curious!

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  5. Thanks for enlightening me on Jodhpur! I have heard of the place but did not know too much about it, it looks like such a colourful place socially and in terms of city layout. Your photos are amazing.

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  6. I’m just planning a trip to India so this is great timing! I’m thinking of going to this area and these photos are definitely making me want to add it into my plans. I love the mix of colours with the clothing and the buildings.

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    1. Sonja, if you plan to be in this area, just to let know, there will be annual World Sacred Spirit Festival held inside the fort on Feb 17-18, 2018…..would be great to combine 🙂


  7. Rajasthan is my favorite state in India and when it comes to favorite cities, Jodhpur tops the chart as well. I love everything about this city. The magnificent Mahrangarh fort stands tall with pride , overlooking the blue city. You have captured some amazing pictures.

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  8. This is the first time I’ve heard or seen pictures from Jodhpur, I’ve been missing out! I love the intricate architecture and unique buildings, never seen anything like the Toorja Ka Jhalara before. The water is so pretty, seems like the perfect place to cool down in the summer!

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