Jodhpur – The Blue City | Rajasthan Trip

Jodhpur or the Blue city is the second largest city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. The city was founded in the year of 1459 by Rao Jodha of Rathore Clan. Also known as The land of Marwaris is famous for its magnificent forts and spectaclur havelis and rich history. With forts, palaces, temples, and houses built in vivid shades of color blue ,the city awes with its grandeur.  The Blue City really is blue! The reason might be, blue paint keeps the house cool from inside against the scorching heat of summers. Even if it may not be the reason why Jodhpur house are Blue, but the city looks quite gorgeous with its blue veil.

The blue houses in the vicinity

The 14th century Mehrangarh fort that towers this magnificent city sum up to a spectacle you would not want to miss. It is enclosed by imposing thick walls on all it’s side. Inside these thick boundaries walls there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The fort stands testimony to many battles and to the great valor of fallen soldier , defending it .The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate.It now houses a small museum depicting it’s past glorious history.

 

The imposing grandeur of the Mehrangarh fort after entering from Gate no 1

 

 

The imprints of cannonball hits on the wall , encircled.

 

The folk singers inside the fort premises

‘Sati handprints’ of Fifteen Jodhpur queens who left their handprints before they immolated themselves on their husband Maharaja Man Singh, funeral pyre. Known as sati marks, these gilded handprints are most likely dates back to the 1843 . The remaining prints are from other queens who followed their deceased husband to their pyre.

 

The carved window panels

 

Another view of the inner courtyard

Look at its size

 

The Canons lined across the fort ceiling

Video Link of the inside premises of Mehrangarh Fort :-

 

 

The winding staircase leading to the fort museum.

The King’s entertainment room

 

Sheesh Mahal – Hall of Mirrors at the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur in Rajasthan

 

The ceiling of the above room studded with tinted glasses

 

Armour worn by king

 

Swords

 

The royal  palanquin (Mahadol) inside the Fort museum

 

Spectacular color shaded windows

 

The Darbar Hall inside the fort

 

Hopping out from the fort and stepping inside the city’s winding tangle of alleys you will find the glittering, medieval streets leads to the grand bazaars and shops, right in the city center.These bazaars are known for its treasure troves of tie-and-dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, antiques, carpets, and puppets.

Jodhpur being also known as the ‘Sun City’ thanks to the bright weather,welcomes tourists from around the world , round the year .But to enjoy Jodhpur’s outdoors like a local and to experience it’s culture, local hospitality and delicious cuisines one needs to avoid the Indian Summers months of May till July.It is when ,the day’s temperature soars to a whopping 42 degrees, turning the daytime too hot and dry to be braved .Better than tanning yourself it is advisable to take an easy trip during the touristy season starting from November till late February . Jet airways http://www.jetairways.com  fly daily schedule flights from Delhi and Mumbai International airports to the Jaipur airport.

Below suggestions are some more places , which can be clubbed in as a day visit while on, Jodhpur day trip :-

  1. Umaid Bhawan Palace

It is one of the world’s largest private residences and a part of this palace is now managed by Taj group of hotels https://www.tajhotels.com . The palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh .This edifice has a total of 347 rooms and primarily serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace also houses a museum which contain a grand replica of this palace.

Behind the glass wall,  are the numerous collection of vintage cars of the erstwhile king of Umaid  Bhawan palace.

2. Chamunda Mata Temple

3. Mandore Gardens

4. Jaswant Thada Mausoleum

5. Ghantaghar or the clock tower

6. The Step Well – Toorji Ka Jhalara

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JODHPUR

Jodhpur has a number of hotels and guest houses for the accommodation of vacationers and travelers alike .Whether you’re seeking extravagant or budget accommodation. These hotels are well-equipped with contemporary and luxury amenities. Staying at heritage hotels is also a good option if you want to pamper yourself with lavishness and luxury.I booked through Goibibo website https://www.goibibo.com/hotels/ where I fetched huge discounts on Hotel accommodation.

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN JODHPUR

The road Nai Sarak (or New Street) that leads to the clock tower and towards the main market is the center of all activity in Jodhpur. Sample ghevar, a sort of  Rajasthani delicacy  and pyaaz/onion ki kachori at the famous Janata Sweets or perhaps eat the thick Makhaniya Lassi at Mishralal Hotel just around the corner from the clock tower.

BEST TIME TO VISIT JODHPUR

October marks the onset of peak season in Jodhpur with the weather turning pleasant. It begins with the onset of the winter season in Indian peninsula when the average temperature remains low making it favorable for a visit till end of February. A tip for family travellers – Do carry lots of water and a good pair of Googles and Hat to protect yourself your getting extra tanned .

Please read on my next blog on my visit to Longewala- The city of Victory here :-

http://www.thetruewanderer.com/photography/longewala-the-land-of-victory-battle-of-longewala/

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