When you are travelling in India for its rich culture and history, Jodhpur becomes a must-visit on our list. Spread over an area of 78.6 square kilometres, lies the blue maze, the Blue City; Jodhpur. Founded in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha, it’s the second largest city in Rajasthan; appropriately named after its founder.
The main attraction, one among the largest forts in India is the Menhrangarh Fort which overlooks the walled blue city at a height of 400 metres. Even though the forts’ construction started in 1459, it took centuries for it to be completed, which is why the architecture of the fort is a reminder of the seasons and cannonball attacks the city has gone through.
The sturdy fort is also known for its exquisite latticed windows, carved panels, intricately decorated windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.
Toorji Ka Jhalara- A maze of step-wells
The blue of the city isn’t without reason. Jodhpur has over 100 step wells hidden away in its many narrow lanes and has a highly developed water architecture to face the problem of excess. The Toorji Ka Jhalara –step well is another tourist destination frequented by those looking for shade and symmetric patterns. Jodhpur, has the unique distinction of not only maintaining these structures well, but also using the water for domestic and recreational purposes; unlike other step wells in India that are going extinct.
The Mystery Behind the Blues
The blue colour paint all over the city is a mixture of limestone and Copper Sulphate mixed in water and applied directly to the walls inside as well as outside homes, thereby imparting copper sulphate’s ‘Rich Blue’ colour . Apart from the many reasons people state for the choice of colour, the most efficient one is that blue colour reflects most of the heat, which is how its populace shaped a paradise in the heart of the heat and sandstorms of Rajasthan.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, is your nature-calling. A 40 minutes to 2 hours walks/routes will take you back in time, away from the bustle of the machines and closer to the lushness of the desert themed park. When you come out of the park, all mesmerized, a spectacular view of the Mehrangarh fort will capture a moment for the rest of your life.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Another major tourist attraction is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, situated on a hilltop, 3km southeast of the old city. The current royal incumbent, Gaj Singh II, still lives in part of the building. Casual visitors are not welcome at either the royal residence or the hotel, but you can visit the museum showcasing the elegant art deco design of the palace interior, plus a bizarre collection of rich clocks. Also, DO NOT miss the maharaja’s highly polished classic cars, displayed in front of the museum.
The Way in for Backpackers in Jodhpur.
For Backpackers , It’s important to have their own little palace when he/she visits the royal memories of the fallen kings and their majestic palaces. But theres not a lot to worry.
Backpacker hostels and budget guest houses but super-cool accommodations have been flourishing in India over the past few years. Which is why, we have made sure that our Stops hostel in Jodhpur becomes ideal for backpackers travelling in India. Apart from being just 1.7kms from the Mehrangarh Fort and 4kms from the airport, you can play darts in the hostel, chill with chilled beer and chiller travellers. Walk through the streets of Jodhpur and discover new century old step wells as the artisans go about making Juttis, lacquer bangles and Bandhini apparel.
Join us also for the many activities we host- including blue city walk, water works of Jodhpur, the food tour and the artisans and bazaar walk, specially designed to bring you much closer to the city, almost as if you were a part of it.
Our hostel also has a book corner, free wi-fi, a foosball table, enthusiastic poker newbies and a humble staff to make your visit an experience of the desert blues. Khamma Ghani!