I promise I will get India done in the next week! You know, 2 months later.
Jodhpur was my third stop in Rajasthan. By this time, I had seen many forts and was falling even more in love with the Mughal architecture. Jodhpur is on the west side of Rajasthan and is known for its fort and the ancient blue city at the base of the fort. You could easily do one day in Jodhpur and head off to another destination, which is what I did. I even fit in a Bollywood film.
The fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1460 and sits in the middle of the city. The fort has seven different gates and and the walkway up to the main part of the fort is a wee bit of a climb with smooth stone and in Birkenstocks.
One of the reasons I really enjoyed this fort was that there is an actual museum in the fort. It houses different artifacts from the time ranging from royal palanquins, swords, costumes, murals, etc. It was a nice experience to see the items that are associated with the fort actually in the fort.
I also enjoyed all of the different passage ways and rooms in the fort. There were many twists and turns in the fort and hidden viewpoints that you had to find.
We also saw a Bollywood film being filmed on the ramparts!
Jodhpur is know primarily for the Blue City. The “Blue City” is considered the old part of town. The buildings were traditionally painted blue as a way to show you were part of the Brahmin caste (priests) but have become more of a sign of identity for those living in that neighborhood. We saw many homes having their blue facade being touched up.
When you walk through the Blue City, it is kind of a maze. Not all of the buildings are painted blue so you have to find them. We were able to find some, but weren’t able to find too many. I know people who found plenty and have amazing shots, but we must not have been in the right spot. My hostel told me there is a special part of the Blue City that is inaccessible to some but I’m not sure if that is correct. So check before you go! You don’t want to wander around aimlessly trying to find blue buildings.
I will admit I was a little disappointed that I didn’t see more blue buildings, but that may have been our fault in not getting dropped off in the right spot.
I made some new friends in Jodhpur. You will officially meet Ashton, Lauren, and Julia in my next post about Jaisalmer. But these three lovely ladies would become my travel companions for the next two cities after Jodhpur and I had an amazing time with them!