By Achin Gupta.
Mehrangarh fort dominates its skyline and houses are painted in a distinct blue colour to beat the heat. Yes, this is Jodhpur, the second most popular city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is truly majestic, both in architecture and food, and a depiction of Rajasthan's royal culture.
These are unedited moments of this lovely city from my lens.
An aerial view of Jodhpur reveals why it's nicknamed the blue city.
2. THE MAGNIFICENT MEHRANGARH FORT
Once call Mihir-Garh [Mihir means Sun and Garh means home], the fort is a magnificent, glorious and flaunting structure built over a hill top.
3. TRADITIONAL RAJASTHANI ARCHITECTURE
The colors and traditions of Rajasthan are still alive within the walls of the fort, with colorful ground-seating darbars that were once used to host the king's meetings.
4. JODHPUR BY NIGHT
Almost like time travel, the city of Jodhpur comes alive with breathtaking views of the imposing fort in the backdrop of homely city lights.
5. JASWANT THADA, THE CENOTAPH OF JODHPUR'S RULERS
About 1 km downhill from the fort, Jaswant Thada is an architectural landmark made of white marble. The beautifully polished marble emits a glow when sunlight falls over it, bringing to life the finesse of Indian craftsmanship.
6. TOMBS OF JODHPUR ROYALTY
Scattered within the Jaswant Thada are tombs of Jodhpur's ruling kings, surrounding by beautifully landscaped gardens.
7. CAMEL SAFARI IN THE THAR DESERT
Jodhpur was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Marwar, in the great Indian Thar Desert. 60 kms from Jodhpur, the village of Osian is famous for its sand dunes, desert safari and desert camping.
8. EXQUISITE CARVINGS IN JAIN TEMPLES
A notable architectural wonder are the Jain temples in the small village of Osian. Intricate carvings cover the stone walls and pillars, showcasing sculptures inspired from Indian culture.
What are your impressions of the "Blue City"?
AUTHOR BIO: Achin is an IT professional, and a traveller at heart. He wants to see the world, inspire others through his experiences, and see India on the world map for its heart-warming hospitality.