The Blue City

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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Trip End Mar 18, 2011


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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Monday, December 27, 2010

Our next move was a 5 hour drive to Jodhpur also referred to as the Blue City due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Since we made it into the city in the late afternoon we went to the city market to do a little sightseeing and checking out how the local shop for there daily evening meal. Dinner for us was outside by candlelight with the Fort as our backdrop. 

 The next morning we started out about 9:30am to see the Mehrangrah Fort. The Fort lies in the heart of the old city and is located atop a 410 feet (125 meters) high hill. The magnificent Fort is the most majestic and one of the largest forts in India. It was originally started (c.1459) by Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur. However, most of the extant fort dates from the period of 1638-78. The walls of the fort are up to 118 feet (36 meters) high and 69 feet (21 meters wide); they enclose some exquisite structures.

 The fort museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs (elephant seat which you can see I took pictures of), royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. The ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort provide not only excellently preserved cannons but also a breath-taking view of the city.

 Another one of the sights we visited was the jaswant Thada, it is a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. 
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Donna/Tom Mazzola on

As ususual, your photos are amazing - so colorful.

Raul Freyre/Christia Keilt on

Amazing colors & architecture. What talent in a beautiful country.

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