Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Jodhpur, located in the state of Rajasthan, is known as the “Blue City” because many of its houses are painted or decorated in this color.

I visited Jodhpur during the second weekend of February and the weather was great. The average temperature was around 25 °C and the skies were clear and blue. I took the overnight train from Delhi and arrived early on Saturday. After breakfast, my first stop was the Mehrangarh Fort.

This fort sits on a hill which allows wonderful views of the Blue City. The construction was started in 1459 by Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur, and subsequent rulers kept adding to it. The palaces inside are richly decorated and the museum displays an impressive collection royal artifacts.

A few meters from Mehrangarh Fort you’ll find the entrance to the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. This park was created on 2006 to restore the natural areas around the fort. There are long trails where you can walk and see native plants, birds and reptiles. It is better to go early in the morning!

After spending all morning in the fort and the garden, I felt hungry. I asked a rickshaw driver to take me to a restaurant in the old city. I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived and found out that the restaurant was exactly in front of a step well.  I am always fascinated by these structures. After lunch, I went for a stroll around the city. I visited the market and enjoyed walking through the streets amid old havelis, with their walls, doors or windows painted in blue.

To finish my day and right before sunset, I went to the Jaswant Thada, an empty tomb built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. There is a small lake at the entrance and the overall atmosphere was very peaceful.

On Sunday I took a tour around Jodhpur countryside. You can read about it in the next post.

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