A tour of India is a guarantee for beautiful photos. This country is incredibly photogenic and colorful. One of the most colorful regions in India is the province of Rajasthan. The home of the men with colorful turbans and women dressed in pink or purple saris. Color is everywhere in Rajasthan. There are even cities in Rajasthan that are known for one special color. I already wrote about the pink city Jaipur. If you go 350 kilometer to the west you will meet another colorful gem: Jodhpur. This city is known under two names: the sunny city, as Jodhpur is one of the hottest cities in India, and Blue City, as it has a blue city centre. This last name was the reason why I wanted to put Jodhpur on my India itinerary. Today I will share my most beautiful pictures of the blue city.
The mystery of the blue color
Over the years there has been given different explanations why the historical center of Jodhpur is painted blue. Firstly the religious theory: the former residents belonged to the Brahmin class – the highest class in Indian Hindu society – and they painted their houses blue to distinguish themselves from the rest. That’s why these houses are called ‘Brahmin Houses’. Secondly the mythical explanation: founder of the city, Rao Jodha, gave orders to paint the houses around the fort blue so that it looked like he had an ocean view. And last but not least you also have a practical theory: the blue color protects the houses against mosquitos and termites and keeps the houses cool. Something that is pretty useful in the hottest city of India. Eventually, we don’t know the real reason behind the blue color, because it is unknown. But we still have the beautiful blue decor today.
Not everything is blue
The nickname Blue City can give the wrong impression. At least it gave me the wrong impression, because I was expecting the whole city to be blue. It is not. Only the houses around the Mehrangarh Fort are painted blue. The majority of the city is not blue and looks like an ordinary Indian city. So, it is better to speak of a blue district than a blue city. And also in the blue parts there are houses painted in other colors: soft green, pastel pink, orange and more. So here you have the reality of the blue city: it is more a mix of soft pastel colors with a dominant role for the color blue.
Watch the doors
It is not only the color that attracts attention in Jodhpur: the blue city also has interesting doors. Old characteristic doors in all kind of different colors, shapes and sizes. Some have a Rajasthani bow at the top, others have a floral guirlandes around the door. You also see some doors have painted hands next to it on the wall. I don’t know the exact thought behind this, but I think it refers to the Sati ceremony. This is an old pratice where the widow sacrifies herself after her husband has passed away.
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