17 Facts You Should Know About The ‘Blue City’ Of India – Jodhpur

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Updated on 20 Nov, 2015 at 10:28 am


Situated in the plump center of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is the second largest city, which is set at the edge of the Thar desert. Teeming with famous bazaars, tourist destinations, gardens, and forts, Jodhpur is comparatively more populated than any other city in Rajasthan.


1. Jodhpur is called the Blue City due to blue colored houses around the Mehrangarh Fort.


2. It is also called the Sun City due to its bright and sunny weather all months round.



3. Jodhpur was founded by a Rajput chief of the Rathode clan, Rao Jodha, in 1459 who conquered the surrounding territories.


4. The city became an internal part of the state of Marwar. The inhabitants were called Marwaris, who are still known as a business-based community.


5. According to Gazetteers of Jodhpur and the Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’, the Abhiras or the Abhirs were the original inhabitants of Jodhpur.


6. The main attractions include Jaswant Thada, Ghanta Ghar, Mehrangarh Fort, Umid Bhavan Palace and many beautiful lakes and temples.


7. Many finger-licking dishes have originated from Jodhpur which include the tasty mawa ki kochori, mirchi vada, makhaniya lassi, dal bati churma, gatte ki sabzi, aate ka halwa, bajre ka sagra and many others.


8. You cannot miss the traditional and tasty deserts which include malpua, motichur ke laddu, besan ki barfi, thorr, ghevar and gulab jamun.


9. Your trip to Jodhpur is not complete till you see the real vintage collection of handicrafts, textiles and art pieces that reflect the culture of this city.


10. Mehrangarh Fort, which rises 400 feet above the landscape, is one of the most magnificent buildings of India.


11. The prosperity of Jodhpur can be judged by the jewelry and customes worn by the Marwari women, who love to adorn themselves in colorful clothes and heavy jewelry.


12. Although the outside walls of the houses are blue, inside a Jodhpuri house you will see many beautiful colors.


13. One of the unique features which adds color and grace to the city is men wearing turbans that are bright and multihued.


14. Jodhpuri fabric is usually colored in deep reds, maroons and blues, which look gorgeous in their chiffon or silk sarees.


15. The blue hue is due to the caste system, where Brahmins took to painting their houses blue, which would differentiate them from the rest of the population.

However, the rest of the population followed them and today the city seems to have the sky on their land.


16. Legend says that a hermit cursed the land with this hot and thirsty fate and this is the reason why they still face drought every four years.


17. The Marwar festival and the Nagaur festival are the popular festivals of Jodhpur. They show the zealous spirit of locals with a fusion of Rajputanas and Mughals.



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