Around the majestic Mehrangarh fort’s feet, Jodhpur unfolds into a jumble of blue-hued houses, medieval buildings and winding streets. The graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive its famed historic grandeur.
Set in stark contrast against the harsh backdrop of the Thar, the azure-painted houses in Jodhpur have earned it the nickname ‘The Blue City’. There are several stories behind the city’s unique colour. According to one version, it was the Brahmins who first took to painting their houses blue, a practice that was later followed by everyone else.
Standing a hundred feet in splendour on a perpendicular cliff, 400 feet above the skyline of Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most magnificent forts in India. Imposing and invincible, the fort exudes both beauty and grandeur.
Umaid Bhavan Palace
Perched high above the city of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhavan Palace is a magnificent Art Deco palace that serves as the royal residence to this date. Today, the honey sandstone and white marble palace has been converted into a luxurious hotel and private museum.
The Bishnois of Jodhpur
Catch a glimpse of the everyday life of the Bishnois—who worship nature and are one of the oldest ecologically-sensitive communities of India. When you the Bishnoi Village located on the outskirts of Jodhpur city, slow down and listen to their countless stories as you prepare to dig into a spicy homemade feast.
Clock tower market
The imposing century-old clock tower is an old city landmark surrounded by the vibrant sounds, sights and smells of the Sardar Market. Narrow winding lanes and crowded alleys sell everything from vegetables, spices and sweets to silver and handicrafts.
Built entirely from milky-white marble, Jaswant Thada is better known as the Taj Mahal of Rajasthan. Sitting above a small lake, 1 km northeast of Mehrangarh fort, the memorial is an array of ethereal domes and carved gazebos.
Hop onto a camel and venture out on a safari—with views of the vast desert on one side and the intricate temples of Osian on the other. Here you can mingle with local tribes, potters, weavers, shepherds and spot desert animals in their natural surroundings.
The local Jodhpur taste
Get ready for a culinary adventure when you taste the hot spices of Jodhpur’s famed mirchi vada. In between mouthfuls, treat yourself to other wonderful treats like the ever-popular dal baati churma.
Every year, the Mehrangarh Fort comes alive with the sounds of dholaks, guitar riffs, songs and dance as the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) kicks off with gusto. Bringing together a mix of talents from across the world, the festival welcomes people to experience the vibrant folk culture of Rajasthan.
The blue city of Jodhpur
Set at the periphery of Thar Desert, Jodhpur echoes with tales of rich cultural heritage and legacy. This fairytale-like former princely state is an amazing concoction of dazzling colours, magnificent sights and humble residents.