Jodhpur

The Blue City

Jodhpur is located in the Thar desert of Rajasthan. It is also called ‘The Blue City’ due to a large cluster of blue houses in the older parts of the city.

Quick Facts

  1. Jodhpur is the birth place of many Rajasthani/Indian delicacies such as Kadhi and Dal Bati Churma
  2. ‘Jodhpur pants’, commonly used as riding attire, have their roots in the traditional clothing styles of Jodhpur
  3. ‘Sherwani’ , a style of suits from Jodhpur, has gained popularity as wedding wear for grooms in India, and is also a common appearance at fashion shows

  • The Mehrangarh Fort, sprawled atop a hill in the old part of Jodhpur, provides a captivating view of the city, including the cluster of blue houses. Being oOne of the largest forts in India, it is also attached to a museum and houses, among others things, a number of cannons from ancient times
  • The Umaid Bhavan Palace is named after its builder Maharaja Umaid Singh who was also President of the British Royal institute of Architects. It was built by 3000 artisans using one million square feet of the finest marble. It is currently segmented into three parts — a royal residence, a museum and a heritage hotel
  • The safari ride takes you through the desert to the settlements of the Bishnoi community, which worships nature and lives in close communion with the environment. Along the way one can see many types of wildlife, including black buck, nilgai (blue bulls), foxes and partridges

The “India Kosher Travel” Experience

 

  • Sadar Bazaar in the old part of the city makes for an interesting walk, with its bustling lanes and by-lanes where one can find everything from spices to bangles. Along the way one can even make a pit-stop at Shri Mishrilal Hotel for some of Jodhpur’s reknowned Makhani Lassi (a saffron flavoured yoghurt drink)
  • It is a fascinating experience to witness the Kalbeliya folk dance, performed by women of the Kalbeliya gypsy tribe of Rajasthan, also known as the snake charmer tribe. Originally intended as entertainment for the kings, this dance is now performed in certain hotels and during festivities