The blue city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is also admirably called the ‘Sun city’ and the ‘Gateway to the Thar’. With grand majestic palaces, forts and marketplaces, the city attracts hordes of tourists every year. Planning to visit Jodhpur soon? Here are some interesting facts that will prep you up.
- Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan
- Rao Jodha, the ruler of Marwar founded Jodhpur in 1459. Located on the overland trade route between Delhi and Gujarat, it soon became a booming trade centre for opium, copper, silk, sandalwood, dates and coffee.
- The special riding breeches, known all over the world as ‘jodhpurs’, were designed here. Jodhpur is more popularly known as the “Blue City”, for most houses in the old city are painted blue.
- Traditionally, blue signified the home of a Brahmin, but non-Brahmins have got in on the act too. As well as glowing with a mysterious light, the blue tint is thought to repel insects and keep the house cool from within. Jodhpur is also called the “Gateway to Thar”, as it is literally on the edge of the Thar desert. It is also called the “Sun City” as clouds barely hide the sun here.
- The forts and palaces, temples, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all line up to make this city visit-worthy.