Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s second largest city after Jaipur, is also known as the ‘sun city’ due to its all year round sunny days and the ‘blue city’ for all the blue painted houses. The significance of the colour blue is that it historically represents the Brahmin caste and is also thought to keep away insects!
The city itself is encircled by a high 10 km long wall and home to a number of interesting forts, temples, gardens and lakes. Jodhpur’s most significant feature is the huge red sandstone Mehrangarh Fort which overlooks the city and houses an impressive collection of artefacts including miniature paintings, Rajput armoury and antique furniture.
In the shadow of the fort lies the city’s colourful and vibrant market which features an impressive collection of bustling stalls selling leather goods, spices and beautiful silks in every colour imaginable. The historic grandeur, intricate handicrafts, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic atmosphere to the city and make it a worthwhile stop on any journey through Rajasthan.
For those that prefer a quieter location there are some spectacular heritage properties in the rural areas surrounding Jodhpur that can easily be incorporated into any of our itinerary’s.