Jodhpur

Jodhpur is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, the land of palaces and maharajas. It is known as the “Blue City” because houses of the Brahmans, the highest caste in India, were painted blue. From the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort which was, of course, also a palace, once can look down upon the city and see all of the blue homes.

In addition to the fort, there is a magnificent white Cenotaph, a building dedicated to the memory of one of the Maharajas. Indians are traditionally cremated and their ashes spread in the water of a river- so there are no actual tombs in this memorial area. There are some exceptions to the rule of being cremated- chiefly little children, very pious people, and those with communicable diseases. There is a very interesting article on it here:

Jodhpur has a number of famous products. Among them are fine textiles and spices. Some of the finest Masala spices are mixed and sold in Jodhpur. You can read about the spice girls of India here.

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Detail of the Fort

Detail of the Fort

An inner courtyard

An inner courtyard

A Miniature painting

A Miniature painting

This type of painting was called a miniature not because of its size, but because of the fineness of its detail. This is an art form that is Rajasthani.

A ceiling in one of the rooms

A ceiling in one of the rooms

Inside the palace

Inside the palace

The Blue City

The Blue City

Dreamy Landscape

Dreamy Landscape

The Cenotaph from the outside

The Cenotaph from the outside

Inside the Cenotaph

Inside the Cenotaph- note the sun coming through the translucent marble!

There is so much more to see, but we must go on to our next destination…

 

 

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