Old Jodhpur

1 - Blue City Jodhpur

The old city…

The old city of Jodhpur makes for a delightful afternoon stroll.  It’s much less congested than that of Jaipur, and man of the facades in the city are painted in my favorite colour of all – blue.

It is unclear why Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City”, and why so many facades in the city are painted blue. Some say it’s the colour most associated with the Brahmins, and so blueness denotes a kind of holiness. Some say its to keep the heat out.

In any case, a quick stroll through the city will reveal that blue isn’t the only colour here, and that the city is a riot of colours under the clear blue sky.  To the west, watching over it, is the imposing form of the Mehrangarh Fort.

2 - Sardar Market

Entrance gate to Sardar Market, named after Maharaja Sardar Singh.

3 - ClockTower

The Ghanta Ghar (or Clocktower), built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. 

4 - Mehrangarh Fort and Clocktower

Ghanta Ghar and the Mehrangarh Fort.

5 - Old Town Buildings I

Haveli in the Old City.

6 - Old Town Buildings II

Old City facades…

7 - Old Town III

Havelis in the Old City.

8 - Old Town IV

Peacock-arched gateway to a quiet courtyard.

9 - Old Town V

Colour in the Old City.

10 - Old Town VI

Havelis in the Old City.

11 - Old Town VII

Old City facades.

12 - Old Town VIII

Turning a corner.

13 - Old Town IX

Old City facades.

14 - Old Town X

Arches and doorways.

15 - Old Town XI

City in blue.

16 - Old Town XII

Havelis in the Old City.

17 - Old Town XIII

Pigeons in the old town

18 - Museum

Sardar Government Museum, in the colonial quarter.

19 - High Court

The Jodhpur High Court, in an Indo-Saracenic style.

20 - Old Town

Old City…Blue City…

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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