Jodhpur, fondly called the BLUE city is the second biggest city in the state Rajasthan & houses many touristry attractions. The reason it is called so lies in the colour of houses painted blue in the old city. There are many myths and logic behind the blue colour. Some say the colour reflects heat, cooling the places from the scorching heat while others believe that the blue colour symbolises Lord Shiva devotees in the city.
Best time to visit this beautiful city is undoubtedly the fall and winter. The temperature is pleasant for day trips across the city. Jodhpur is well connected via roads and rail from all cities in the country. Flights are available too as the city has its own airport 5 km away from the city. There are a variety of places to visit and shop in Jodhpur. The major attractions include:
- Mehrangarh Fort
- Umaid Bhawan Palace
- Jaswant Thada
- Clock Tower
- Sardar market
However, due to time shortage, I could only visit the first two! Let’s explore them through my lens.
UMAID BHAWAN PALACE
Located on the top of a hill, Umaid Bhawan houses the present Maharaja & his family. The palace is divided into 3 parts: a museum, luxury hotel and the maharaja residence. The museum is open to all and is a must visit.
The fees for the museum visit is 30 INR for Indian adults and 10 INR for kids. However, foreigners need to pay 100 INR to enter. The palace overlooks a vast garden and beautiful scenarios from the top. The museum had 2 sections: an inside section and an outside section.
The outside portion displays beautiful vintage cars used by the royal families. The inside section displays the galore and history of the royal family. Inside you can find pictures describing the past along with detailed descriptions. There is a clock museum which showcases varieties of clocks: table clock pieces as well as wall clocks. A section of perfume bottles collection hoards variety of shape and sizes of expensive perfumes. Another part of the museum exhibits cutlery used by the royals. There are bedroom replicas as well as dinning replicas of the royals. A huge courtyard joins these sections together. A small cafe is built outside with lush green lawns and scenic views.
This place has my heart to be very frank. The massive fort is beautiful and impregnable. It stands as tall as around 15-18 storeys. The fees to this fort can be found here. You can either climb the fort through the road leading up on a steep slope or you can ride the one-way elevator. Throughout the fort, there are musicians playing around, keeping the character alive. The gates are huge and covered with pointed strong spears. There are handprints of the queens who performed sati besides the gates.
The main courtyard was the place where the coronation of the king used to take place. Jharokhas(windows) were made for the females to witness the ceremony. View from the courtyard as well as the jharokhas is outstanding. You can easily see the iconic blue colour from the top. The treasury rooms in the fort are now converted to a museum of palanquins, howdahs, cradles, turbans, paintings and what not. Armor with a back scratcher, women’s’ vanity box and dumbells were some interesting articrafts on display. The armoury showcases different spears, swords, cannons, etc. The Phul Mahal (Dancing Hall) is beautifully made with the ceilings of gold and stunning jaali work. Various other rooms worth seeing are Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Takhat Vilas.
On moving forward, there are the ladies quarters with intricated chiselled work on the stones. Leading outside you come across various shops selling textile, shoes, handicrafts and more. The panorama view of the palace is speculating. Have a look!
Stay Tuned to explore the next city of Rajasthan!
Lots Of Love,