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The Fortress-city at the edge of the Thar Desert, famous for its blue homes and architecture known as the “Blue City of India” blue city of Jodhpur, is a magnificent spectacle and an architectural masterpiece. The formidable walls appear to grow organically from its rocky perch. The ‘blue city’ really is blue! Jodhpur proper stretches well beyond the 16th-century border, but it’s the immediacy and buzzes of the old blue city and the larger-than life fort that capture travelers’ imaginations. Here the history surpasses the boundaries of the Royal Rajputana clan and meets from Mughals to the British Raj, the fairs and festivals are as vibrant as the land is arid, showcasing the zealous spirit of the locals; and the fusion of Rajputana architecture that manifests in the many temples locks an unbreakable spell upon its viewer, the glorious past of Jodhpur is personified through the various forts, palaces and other monuments of Blue City

The second-largest city in the state of Rajasthan, it was formerly the seat of the princely state of Jodhpur State, historically the capital of the Kingdom of Marwar, a popular tourist destination; the old city circles the Mehrangarh Fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. The city has expanded greatly outside the wall. The Jodhpur city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. Jodha succeeded in conquering the surrounding territory and thus founded a kingdom which came to be known as Marwar. As Jodha hailed from the nearby town of Mandore, that town initially served as the capital of this state; however, Jodhpur soon took over that role, even during the lifetime of Jodha

To understand why Jodhpur is known as “The Blue City” you should head into the older quarters of Jodhpur. Here, under the centuries-old protection of Mehrangarh Fort, whose foundations were laid in 1459, on the orders of the city’s founder, Rao Jodha, many of the houses are painted blue. There always a little history and a lot of mystery lie together behind every legend. It may be many reason indicated by the locals but ultimately there may be no way of establishing the true reason as to why the houses are blue

Mehrangarh Fort covers an area of 1,200 acres (486 hectares). The complex is located on a hilltop around 122 metres above the surrounding plain, and was constructed by Rajput ruler Rao Jodha. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards, as well as a museum housing various relics. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of the impact of cannonballs fired by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending Mehrangarh. There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (meaning ‘victory gate’), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. There is also a Fattehpol (also meaning ‘victory gate’), which commemorates Maharaja Ajit Singh Ji’s victory over Mughals

Located on the verge of the Thar Desert, A trip to this stunning city would be a fascinating and a memorable experience. History is evident in everywhere in the city where you can experience numerous thick and cramming lanes, by-lanes, crowded markets, and busy businessmen, ladies wearing attractively colourful dresses, laidback children playing on the road, cows and dogs roaming completely aplomb amidst the human world. But the most prominent feature of Jodhpur is none other than the colour of the houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. It is like someone painted this certain part of the city in blue

The Jodhpuri people are amongst the most hospitable people of India. They have a typical Marwari accent. The lifestyle of this place fascinating, Women love to wear jewelry they particularly like to wear specific type of jewelry like the ones worn on the feet, head, forehead, ear, nose, neck, arms, wrist, fingers, waist, etc. Another one of the unique features of the culture of Jodhpur is the colorful turbans worn by men. The popular tight, horse riding trousers, ‘Jodhpurs’, took their name from this city only. The main languages spoken here are Hindi, Marwari and Rajasthani. The graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur of this city. Lending a romantic aura to Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, folk music and the brightly attired people. The desert people are quite affable. With their sweet smiles and warm hospitality, they win the hearts of the tourists. The famous Marwar festival brings out the festive spirits of the people of this city. The bazaars of Jodhpur have a range of items from tie & dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquerware, antiques, carpets and puppets to the exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery

Umaid Bhavan Palacethe fascinating palace of India and one of the largest private residences of the World. Ground for the foundations of the building was broken in 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943. The palace has 347 rooms and is the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and museum. The history of building the Umaid Bhawan Palace is linked to a curse by a saint who had said that a period of drought would follow the good rule of the Rathore Dynasty. Jodhpur faced severe drought and famine in the 1920s for a period of three consecutive years. The farmers of the area, faced with this hardship, sought the help of the then king Umaid Singh, who was the 37th Rathore ruler of Marwar at Jodhpur, to provide them with some employment so that they could survive the harsh conditions. The king, in order to help the farmers, decided to build a lavish palace

The Jaswant Thada a beautiful memorial in marble often described as the “Taj Mahal of Marwar” was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singhjill of Jodhpur (1873-1895) by his son Maharaja Sardar Singhji (1895-1911) completed in 1906 A.D. The main hall has been built like a temple where puja (ritual) is also performed. Today, Museum in Jaswant Thada displaying portraits of Marwar rulers along with informative didactics – the information serves as orientation space to understand the history of Marwar through the Portraits. Its grounds serve as a serene venue for morning concerts during music festivals such as the Rajasthan International Folk Festival and the World Sacred Spirit Festival

Old Jodhpur city is not like a tourist place but a busy charming local market just like Chandni Chowk of Delhi, still managed to find a shop selling Rajsthani fabric/kurtas/bags etc. The unique clock-tower is situated in the middle of the market and the market is bustling with both locals and tourists. You’ll find all kinds of stuff whether you’re looking for fruits, vegetables, handicrafts or clothes. The clock tower is just like any other clock tower. But it is in a very crowdy and busy area. There are a lot of lassi and fruit shake shops around. Fast food like Samosa, Kachauri and mirchi ke pakodas are also all around. Go there in the evening when the tower is lit up with beautiful lights and of different colours, a good view to see

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