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The Blue City of Jodhpur in India

Situated in the Thar Desert, this city boasts a collection of indigo houses​

Best time: October–March

The Blue City of Jodhpur
The Blue City of Jodhpur
The Blue City of Jodhpur

The city of Jodhpur is the second largest in the state of Rajasthan, founded about 500 years ago. In fact, not all neighbourhoods in Jodhpur have the same house paint. But, if you head into the older quarters of Jodhpur located by the centuries-old Mehrangarh Fort, that was founded in 1459, you will see that most of the houses in the area are indeed blue. Buildings with the various shades of azure stretch for more than 10 km along the walls of the old quarter.

According to one theory, the blue colour was associated with the Brahmins, India’s privileged caste and the blue houses used to belong to their families. According to another theory, termites were the reason. Adding copper sulfate to standard whitewash, Jodhpur residents managed to keep annoying insects from damaging their buildings.

The Mehrangarh Fort towers over Jodhpur and is a perfect spot to see the abundance of blue houses in the city. The Fort is located on a 125 m hill, and its walls are 36 m tall. The best time to visit the city is October through March in terms of weather, while summer is extremely hot.

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What is the significance of the blue color in Jodhpur?

Jodhpur's Blue City is well-known for the blue color painted on the majority of its houses. There are two theories about the use: One is that the blue color represents the Brahmins, India's privileged caste, and the blue houses belonged to them. Another theory is that copper sulfate was added to the whitewash of the buildings to keep insects away from causing damage. Show more

When was Jodhpur founded?

Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan, built over 500 years ago. It was founded by Rao Jodha of the Rathore clan in 1459. Jodhpur is also referred to as the Blue City or Sun City. The name Jodhpur originated from the constable of Rao Jodha who named Masuria hill where he found a house and called it Jodhpur (the hill of Jodha). Show more

What is the most significant attraction in Jodhpur?

If you visit Jodhpur, the Mehrangarh Fort is a must-visit. It is the most significant attraction for tourists. The architecture of Mehrangarh is impressive, and it offers a spectacular view of Jodhpur's Blue City. The fort museum showcases the heritage and artistry of the Rathore dynasty. Additionally, the fort has Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, and Moti Mahal, and the Chamunda Devi temple within the complex. Show more

Where can you witness the blue houses in Jodhpur?

The old quarter of Jodhpur, situated near the Mehrangarh Fort, is where you can see the blue houses. These houses with varying shades of azure stretch over 10 km. The area is full of markets, handicraft shops and historic sites that give visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the city. Show more

When is the best time to visit Jodhpur in terms of weather?

Jodhpur's weather conditions can be extreme, and temperatures can reach unbearable levels in May and June. It is most comfortable to visit Jodhpur for its weather from October to March. The winter season is particularly enjoyable, with moderate temperatures, refreshing breezes, and clear blue skies. Show more

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