Halfway between the bustle of Mumbai and New Delhi lies the city of Jodhpur. Within the state of Rajasthan, Jodphur is second in size only to the city of Jaipur. Due to its location inside the Thar Desert, this city has both arid temperature and sunshine year-round. This warm and bright setting has earned Jodhpur the nickname “Sun City”. Like many other cities in India, the local forts are prominent visitor attractions. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the city’s most well-known attractions. Once a fully-functioning palace, the fort currently operates as a museum, complete with art exhibits and weapons displays. The fort is positioned on a strategically elevated point that allows for a majestic view of the city.
Beneath the elevated Mehrangarh Fort, winding, serpentine streets snake through a mass of quaint blue buildings. Sights are vivid, smells are pungent and there is a seemingly endless supply of trinkets and keepsakes available for purchase. The city extends beyond the blue exteriors, but those aqua-colored buildings make for idyllic photos, picturesque memories, and serve as the city’s identifying trademark. While many can agree that the blue color scheme was chosen at the behest of the city’s original architect, the reason for the color choice is unclear. Some have theorized that the blue coloring was designed to keep residential structures cool. Others have surmised that the color identified individuals from a particular social group. Whatever the reason, what resulted was a storybook creation that adds to Jodhpur’s overall allure.
While blue may be the color that inspired the nickname, it is certainly not the only color on display. Much of the native clothing employs bright and vibrant hues. Vivid turbans and head scarves add an extra eye-catching element. Jodhpur may be called the blue city, but you’re sure to find the city to have more than one color and cultural dimension.