Tales from the Blue City of Jodhpur
We sisters had been planning to visit Jodhpur for quite a while and during first week of March we got an opportunity to visit this beautiful city along with Jaisalmer. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and one of the few Indian cities were you would see the influence of the Royals as most of the attractions are still maintained by them.
Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City for its vibrant blue houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. The reason for the blue paint is it was a way to identify the Brahmin houses in old times (which are painted in blue) and also to keep the houses cooler during summers.
Although Jodhpur is a dry desert city, the weather was pretty amazing during our stay, apart from rains in March we also enjoyed hail shower on our second day. Our first day was generally spent exploring the Umaid Bhavan Palace Hotel, which is where we stayed during our visit. One part of the palace is converted into a museum where you will find some exquisite articles belonging to the royal family.
The enthusiastic guide from the Hotel gave us detailed tour of the museum sharing all the stories related to the various articles on display. Although the museum doesn’t house too many items, but the Maharajas amazing clock and vintage car collections, royal portraits and the Ramayana murals painted by a Polish artist are worth taking a look at. The museum is open for public and ticket costs about Rs. 25 for Indians and Rs. 60 for Foreigners.
While in Jodhpur a visit to the Sardar market is a must if you want to experience the old world charm of the city. The over crowded market might not be our ideal place to enjoy the flavors of the blue city but we must say this place has the best lassi, snacks like samosas, mirchi bada and local spices along with the panoramic view the Mehrangarh Fort.
After taking a quick tour around the various stalls we moved on the iconic Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar), which is located right at the centre of the market. The first floor of the tower is the perfect place to capture good picture of the Mehrangarh Fort. Entry to the clock tower costs Rs. 10.