The Blue City of India: Jodhpur, Rajasthan

I am very lucky to be born in India. I say this because of not one, but many reasons. One of the reasons is definitely the spectacular cities, like the Blue City of India, Jodhpur.

I never knew what is so special about this city until I stepped on its pristine land. It is super interesting how I discovered the speciality of Jodhpur. One day I was just sitting and browsing a few interesting places to visit in the world.

It was for my 1st Anniversary, and I came across Jodhpur, India. I saw the pictures of Rajasthan, best places to visit in Rajasthan and well, I knew, this is where we are going.

Coming to the blue city of India, Jodhpur; it is one of those places which is a perfect amalgamation of history, beauty and hospitality at its best. For those of you who don’t know, Jodhpur is called the Blue City of India because of the blue houses in its old city.

History of The Blue City of India, Jodhpur

  Blue City Jodhpur



I was very curious to know the reason behind the blue houses of this city. Everywhere I went, I asked the same question to the people there so that I consider the most common answers as the right answer.

There are no historical references to this blue colour, but some of the reasons that I was educated on, by the people are below:

Brahmins

Now, people say there were a majority of Brahmins dwelling in this blue city formerly. Most of them were the followers of Lord Shiva. Blue colour is associated with Lord Shiva, which is why, these people painted their houses blue.

I saw a lot of minuscule Lord Shiva temples too, here. So, probably this is one reason.

  Small Lord Shiva Temple

Heat

As you all know, blue is a very cool colour. It is believed that blue colour brings calmness to your mind. Painting the house blue reflects the sun rays and keeps the house cool.

The deserts of Rajasthan make the heat, all the more worse to handle. So, I buy this reason too!

Termites

One more interesting reason that I was told is the blue colour keeps the termites away. It is less the colour, and more the mixture of limestone and copper sulphate that keeps these termites away.

Copper and limestone, both are available in abundance in Rajasthan, so this reason also seems valid.

Apart from all these three reasons, all the houses were initially also painted blue because, it was the order of the king Rao Jodha, then. Now when you visit the old city, most of the houses have chosen not to follow the old orders and painted their houses in various colours.

Where to Stay in Jodhpur

You can find many deals on hotels of Jodhpur or also go ahead with the home stays in Jodhpur. But I recommend strongly to stay in the oil city where there are these blue houses.

  Home Stay near Mehrangarh Fort

Rajasthan tourism also paints a beautiful picture of this city in its ads. But, trust me, it is more beautiful than it seems.

I stayed in “Hotel Haveli” in the old city near Ghanta Ghar Jodhpur. Right in front of this royal architecture, there is “Bawdi” which is essentially a step well. Most of the Hotels or home stays here are facing the Mehrangarh Fort.

What to Eat in Jodhpur 

I will not talk about the delicacies of Rajasthan like Motichoor Laddu, Kachori, Gatta curry, etc, because all that you already know. I would recommend you to go and have the “Masala Chai” and “Stuffed Paratha” at Jhankar Choti Haveli, old city of Jodhpur.

The Masala Chai and Parathas they make are out of this world. They are even better than the ones I had in Punjab and Delhi.

For the ones who are not from India and wondering if this blue city of India, Jodhpur is a safe place to stay; Yes, it is absolutely safe. You will not believe, in the old city, I see more foreigners than Indians. All the foreigners stay in the old city hotels and they are very well taken care of.

You can have an Indian breakfasts or American, Continental, Italian, etc., they have it all! You can read more on Rajasthan in this section. If this post finds a place in your heart, please do not forget to let me know in the comments and share it with your friends too.

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