Jodhpur, the houses of the brahmins were painted blue to distinguish them from the rest of mortals. Blue sky color as well as the skin of Lord Krishna, a color that symbolizes, in the complicated Hindu universe, the truth, healing and spiritual peace.
Why was chosen as the badge of the houses of the members of the priestly caste, the most important of the social classes of the fierce Indian social system. But in time, they were painted this color more and more houses to convert to Jodhpur in the blue city of India.
A city that, incomprehensibly quite unnoticed in the vast universe of India, but its known as one of the most intense cultural and heritage of the country.
Most of the travelers limit their visit to the neighboring Jaipur. And overlooked a city overrun with temples, palaces and castles that summarizes in its alleys the intense history of Rajasthan.
Before you dive into the maze blue (reminded us much to cities in the north of Morocco) agreed to climb up to the walls of the Mehrangarh Fort, or strong sunlight an imposing castle rises over 150 meters above the housetops chatos the city and that beyond being an excellent vantage point is one of the most acclaimed architectural jewels of India.
The fortress has to do, also, with the strategic position of the city, halfway between the Thar desert and forest areas that give access to the inside of India. That is why the excessiveness of the building; hence the importance of the city and the dynasties that ruled it.
The palace of Phool Mahal is a good example of this wealth and the virtuosity of the architects and craftsmen who built the place.
At the southern end of the city walls is the Chamunda Mata, one of the many Buddhist temples that are spread throughout the city.
Next to the river and to the north, the power of the local rulers is evident in the Jaswant Thada (Opening Hours: LD 9.00 – 17.00) a beautiful mausoleum built in marble in memory of one of the Maharajas and that is known as the Taj Mahal of Jodhpur.
As I said, it is better to start the day up to the Mehangarh and visit Jaswant Thada, immediately immerse yourself in the blue city exploring the corners of the old town. In there you will find a true universe of architecture Haveli houses concentrated in just a couple of hectares. India sacred, List of the best temples of the city would be a task and hard and we want to keep reading. It is best to give free rein to the intuition and walk the countless sacred cows and discovering the hidden treasures of the city.
Shopping Experience in Jodhpur Sardar Market
Beyond the walls of the old city, Jodhpur lost quite a bit of interest. A photo interesting is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, old colonial palace today converted into a luxury hotel, but if you are not interested in the architecture because you can save (you cannot visit inside except a dull, museum and is far from the city center) to focus efforts on the old town. But a visit to the Sardar Market (Clock Tower Road, Ns) is essential. This huge shopping area is a real bombshell for the senses. Around the Clock Tower, a construction of the colonial period, the open small shops of all kinds in which you can buy almost everything from spices to hand-crafted furnishings including carpets, jewelry or food.
Important Tips go Experience Jodhpur
Most important, spending a night in Jodhpur is a priceless experience. So it is recommended that you dedicate at least two days. Arriving by train at first time, do it at night and you’re on the evening of the next.
How do we get Jodhpur ?
The best option is the train. It takes about 10-12 hours from New Delhi and five from the neighboring Jaipur. The train stations of these three cities have special windows for tourists so it is easy to buy tickets.
From Delhi There are several night trains that allow you to make the trip sleeping and reach the city in the early hours of the morning. Remove passages via the web requires to register in the database of the system of Indian railways and is quite cumbersome.
Where we stay in Jodhpur?
In a ‘haveli’, which is what they call here to the houses of the old town converted in small hotels or guest houses. You can browse the network and see what’s right for you. Don’t; make mistake of staying in a hotel in the new part and we repent. The prices of this type of accommodations can range between 700 rupees (for more modest guest houses) at prices above the 5000 in historical houses ( see up-to-date exchange rate ). There are real bargains for the equivalent of 40 euros. If you have views, as better.