Jodhpur is second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur known by many names – heart of Rajasthan, blue city, sun city illuminate the Thar, enriching the desert with entrepreneurship and art. Spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, amazing Sadar Baza for handicrafts, textiles and silver. The old town is a wonderful example of vivid colours providing a photogenic backdrop to everyday life. Yet upon arrival in Jodhpur, it isn’t obvious why this bustling city is so closely associated with just one colour. For an overview of Jodhpur, and the blue houses of the old town, nothing beats heading up to Mehrangarh Fort. A winding lane leads up the 125 meter high hill, on which the ancient fortress is built. The walls are 36-metre-high in places, providing additional elevation. From there you can look out and appreciate just how many of the houses in Jodhpur are blue. Not all cities deserve their sobriquets, but anyone looking out over the flat roofs of Jodhpur, from the perspective of the Meherangarh will realize that the term “the blue city” is indeed apt, whatever the true reason behind the prevalence of that color.
After all, many other hues can also be seen on the busy streets and in the bazaars. The majority of Rajasthani women wear long, colourful skirts and you can see this while visiting the shops of the Nai Sadak and examining wares on the stalls of the Sardar Market. Eye-catching, bright oranges and yellows are popular colors for their fabrics. And the Rajasthani tradition for women to cover their heads with scarves – in light materials of complementary hues – adds to the multi-colored impressions of life here. That’s also exacerbated by local men wearing sizable turbans. The yellows and reds of their traditional headgear is just as much a draw to the eye as women’s garments.