Even though staying near to it, i never spent a night at the Blue City of India. Jodhpur, the second largest city in the princely State of Rajhasthan is known as "Blue City". This is also the second city which is ery popular among the travel enthusiast with the name of the colour. Pink City (Jaipur) being the first in the serie.
I have visited Jaipur many a times but never get a chance of going beyond. However, once I get a chance to spend few hours at the Blue City while attending a friend's Marriage. It was the day,when I able to taste beauty of the City.
In those few hours that was spent, at the Hotel. I get to learn the history behind calling it a Blue City. The city is also known as Sun City due to overwhelming number of bright and Sunny days during the year. It records for maximum temperature during Indian summer.
Calling the city "Blue" has an interesting story too....
India have been badly suffered by the caste system during ancient times. The society was divided into different groups. The Priest & Brahmins occupied the higher level whereas the other caste people were allocated different levels. In order to have a seperate identity and for easy recognition, the Priest & Brahmins used those Blue pigments costing on there houses walls.
But over time the colour becomes a common among everyone, and the discrimination was abolished. Interestingly, Blue colour has the insect Repelling abilities as well.
But if you are wondering why Blue??
Then the quick answer is Rajhasthan is fomous for Indigo farming making it very easier for Blue colour.
The Jodhpur city is popular for famed forts, palaces, mausoleums, gardens, lakes, and towers, making it a one spot destination for tourism. A view from the top of the Mehrangarh Fort, gives an attractive and luscious Blue Sea of house. Mehrangarh Fort as seen on top of the hill at the back ground is one of the oldest fort of the 15 Century. It is now transformed into a museum displaying, weapons, painting and other artefacts of yesteryear. However, right on the top of the hill the fort gives a clear view of the walled City and allow tourist to take some eye catching beauty in Blue.
Well coming back to where I started, and enjoying the coffee sitting on the table of the hotel, and those snaps, I went back looking for attending the marriage.
I would say, the hotel for marriage ceremony too was very picturesheque however, I went back to Delhi after the needful done. I took along very little memory of the most attractive city of India. Hopefully, I could manage a complete trip sooner to explore more.
In case you ever visit, do.not forget to visit this city.