To the unprepared, the blue hue of the city of Jodhpur is like a magical deviation from the yellow sands of the surrounding desert. The nickname of Blue City suits Jodhpur where it seems that the sky has descended and taken residence in the desert. The blue city gets its name from the colors used to paint the walls. The maze like city is littered with blue houses which can be traversed through the winding incense-perfumed streets which end up in unexpected places.
How to Get There
By Air :
The airport is 5 km from the city. Regular flight services connect the city with other major cities in and around Rajasthan.
By Rail :
Jodhpur is well connected by Indian railways. Trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata are easily available.
By Road :
Another suitable mode of transportation to Jodhpur is by road. The national and state highways that connect Jodhpur to Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer and Ahmedabad are well maintained. Distances from other cities; Ajmer: 205 km, Bikaner: 245 km, Jaipur: 340 km, Jaisalmer: 285 km, Udaipur: 260 km
The might fort of Mehrangarh stands as a muscular behemoth
overlooking the chaotic jumble of blue houses that stretch all the way to the city wall. Built in 1459, the fort is a magnificent colossus created from the rock on which it stands. History seeps through the pores of the fort whose walls still bear the mark of cannonballs and the burns of funeral pyres of princesses long past.
A memorial in white marble, the Jaswant Thada is an array of domes. Its aura of peace and serenity is highlighted by the milky color of the marble. The memorial offers a spectacular view of the city and is itself a stunning sight.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
This palace has been constructed from the Chittar sandstone
found locally which has given it the nickname Chittar Palace. It is a dreamy sight for its incredible use of Burmese Teak and Makrana marble in its creation. Opulence is the watchword here as expense has not been spared in its execution.
Raj Ranchhodji Temple
The red sandstone used in the construction of this temple
accentuates the beauty of the amazing gate which has stained glass windows colored in green, blue and yellow. The black marble statue of Ranchhodji is a stunning piece of sculpture but the highlight of the temple is undoubtedly the delicate filigree work that adorns the carvings on the temple.
This museum in Jodhpur can help you gain a comprehensive
insight to the history of not only Jodhpur but Rajasthan as well. It contains a rich collection of stone sculptures and miniature paintings.