Jodhpur is second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan and has long been a popular destination among international tourists. However, surprisingly few visitors know the origins of its sobriquet, “the blue city”. The old town is a wonderful example of vivid colours providing a photogenic backdrop to everyday life.
The city is known as the Sun City for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall.
Rao Jodhaji, the chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs moved his capital from its vulnerable position in Mandore to its present location in 1459. He first built the Mehrangarh Fort.
Jodhpur is connected by flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur at least thrice a week. The airport is 5 km from the city centre and auto rickshaw or taxis are available for.
Its a sin to be in Rajasthan and just travel past the former capital of the Kingdom of Marwar, Jodhpur. For in its domain, the mighty forts and palaces, still stand as the epicentre.