Jodhpur, the "Blue" City

Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
Trip End Mar 31, 2008

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Fast Facts

In West/Central part of Rajasthan
Population = 850,000

Glorious Meherangarh Fort mushrooms from beneath the huge rocky cliff to dominate the once indomitable Blue City.  Jodhpur is called the "Blue City" because all of the houses are painted with a sky blue color to keep the house cool and also to keep the mosquitos away (the blue color, we were told, naturally repels mosquitos but when I wear a blue T-shirt, I still attract the bugs and get bitten - go figure!). 
New Jodhpur is dirty - bless those errant cows and open sewers, but dive into the guts of the city and you will find treasure, from gems to the most colorful fabrics (bed covers, cushions, pashminas, silk saris, etc...), baggy-pants (which were discovered here), and handmade crafts

Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha (see the new controversial movie Jodha Akbar), a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores.  The city grew out of the profits of opium, sandalwood, dates, and copper.  Rathore kingdom was once known as the Marwar (the Land of Death) but today its moustached men are more about smiling for the camera...

Day 1
Sights that we saw:
Meherangarh Fort (in our humble opinion, the fort should be on the list of top 10 Man-Made Wonders of the World)
Jaswant Thada (memorial of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II)

Day 2
Sights that we saw:
Clock Tower and Market
Umaid Bhavan Palace (took 3000 workers and 15 years to complete after being started in 1929 by British Royal Institute of Architects for the Maharaja Umaid Singh)

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