"BLUE SKIES ABOVE BLUE CITY" Top 5 Page for this destination Jodhpur by lynnehamman

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Blue Sky, Blue Houses

In Jodhpur, the houses are as blue as the sky above. As its grand centrepiece, the Meherangarh Fort towers over the city.
Streets and lanes are much like other cities in Rajasthan - dusty, narrow, with hundreds of motorcycles,auto-rickshaw dashing around,oblivious to the many people wandering around, and oblivious to any traffic rules. There is a clock-tower in the centre town square, which is useful as a landmark - its a very popular meeting place for locals and tourists. At night it is lit up, and the markets around it buzz with activity.
And yes, Jodhpur is the city that gave the horse-riding community the famous riding pants.

Marwar - The Land of Death

Jodphur is the second largest city in Rajasthan.It is situated near the edge of the Thar desert, an area known as Mewar. Land of Death.
The region had a former capitol called Mandore. The present day city of Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the Rajput Chieftain of the Rathore Clan.,and replaced Mandore as capital. The ruins of Mandore can still be seen today at nearby Mandore Gardens.
The houses of the city are painted blue, which is a colour associated with the Brahmin Priestly caste.These blue houses are predominant in the north side and old city.

The Fort

The Meherangarh Fort stands tall and proud above the city. At night it is floodlit, and is, of course, a must for every visitor to Jodhpur. Not only does it look spectacular from the outside- within lie some of the most exquisite antiques, weaponry, artworks and the famous moustachioed opium smoker.
We spent 3 days in Jodhpur, and found that it was a good city for walking-many little lanes, just inviting a curious visitor to enter. Chai shops in every street, which are a welcoming sight for a thirsty traveller.

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  • In a nutshell:May this beautiful city never change.
  • Last visit to Jodhpur: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Visited you're pages which inspired our trip. I haven't posted my pages yet but will soon . Thanks for sharing yours.

  • ashokSPB's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    There a desert place called Osian near Jodhpur. You can target this place in your next visit of India.

  • Nov 3, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    did u take the photo of ur own of a lady with child and chinkara?

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Thanks for visiting my Jodhpur page, and kind comment!

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Some amazing pictures and pages here. Bangles cheap as chips sound like my kind of fun!!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2011 at 2:12 AM

    Coleridge's lines "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
    A stately pleasure-dome decree : (1)
    Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
    . . . . . .
    . . . . . .
    And close your eyes with holy dread,
    For he on honey-dew hath fed,
    And drunk the milk of Paradise. (54) was inspired by the use of Opium, which reminds me un years long gone by, along the alleys of Hong Kong and Singapore, where whiffs of the sweet aromatic pleasure tickled my senses - more from me on this topic in my Johannesburg reflections.

  • Aug 25, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    I'm going to India in Jan. 2011. I am interested in visiting the indigenous people and other Indians living in the smaller rural villages. I appreciate your taking the time to share your India travel experiences. Jay Jones, USA

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Those blue houses really do make Jodhpur look unique and mysterious. I continue to be very impressed by your India pages, and hope to visit India (for the first time) within the next year or two.

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Another interesting India page! I enjoyed reading it and hope to get there some day.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Yet another fascinating page from you Lynne - you really are the Rani of VT's India pages - leyle

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