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6 Super-Interesting Facts About Jodhpur

6 Super-Interesting Facts About Jodhpur holidayiq

Residing on the edge of the Thar desert, the city of Jodhpur is the second largest city. Beaming with bazaars, forts and gardens the city will charm you within minutes.  Here are some facts about the 'Blue city' of India.


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1. Did you know that a man was buried alive in the foundation of Mehrangarh fort

Did you know that a man was buried alive in the foundation of Mehrangarh fortsource: wikimedia.org

The foundation of the Mehrangarh was laid down on the hill known as Bhaurcheeria (the mountain of birds). A hermit called Cheeria Nathji, the lord of birds was the sole occupant of the hill. When he was forced to move, the hermit cursed Rao Jodha that his citadel would suffer a scarcity of water.

To appease the hermit Rao Jodha built him a house and a temple in the fort but even today the area is plagued by a drought every 3-4 years. To ensure the site remains auspicious, Jodha buried a man called ‘Raja Ram Meghwal’ alive in the foundations. ‘Raja Ram Meghwal’ was promised that his family would be looked after in return for his sacrifice. To this day his descendants still live in Raj Bagh, ‘Raja Ram Meghwal's’ Garden, an estate bequeathed them by Jodha.

Pamela Mukherjee shares: “One of the largest forts of Rajasthan, Mehrangarh Fort is located at a height of 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur, the fort is named after the Sun deity, from where the Rathore claim descent. Mehrangarh Fort stands as the most prominent and visited monument in the city. It's vast, has a number of halls that are worth a visit and there is even a museum in there which displays showcases collections of palanquins, furniture, cannons, paintings and folk musical instruments. The Daulat Khana, a gallery of the museum houses one of the finest collections of Mughal miniature paintings.”

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2. The history of why this city is blue!

The history of why this city is blue!source: blog.insightvacations.com

The blue color has been associated with Lord Shiva and there were a lot of the followers of Shiva in Jodhpur that consider blue color to be sacred. One theory states, traditionally blue signified the home of a Brahmin but over the time non-Brahmins got in on the act too. Thus the city of Jodhpur is bathed in blue now.

Rajan Shah shares: “Jodhpur is one of the most beautiful cities that I have visited. The city is kept clean and it's a peaceful place! The city has a great heritage and history. It is easily accessible and is well connected to all major cities in the country through air, rail, and road! Jodhpur has a lot of to see and experience. To name a few - Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace museum, Jaswant Thada, Mandore garden, clock tower. Jodhpur offers a great feat to history and art lovers. Jodhpur also is famous for its hospitality and food. The food rich and very tasty especially the ever famous Dal Baati and Churma, various kinds of namkeen and chats and the best of lot - the morchi wadas!! Simply mindblowing!”

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3. The city is also known as the 'Sun City'

The city is also known as the 'Sun City'source: exoticindiaescapes.com

If you enter Jodhpur by the popular Mandor Express which arrives in Jodhpur at 9 am , you will understand why Jodhpur is called the Sun City. The sun is fierce and beats down relentlessly throughout the year.

Sanjay Rajwani shares: “Jodhpur is a good city. It is one of the most populated cities of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is 2nd biggest city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is known as the the blue city because most of the house are painted with indigo blue colour. Sun city because here you can see the sun all over the year that's why it is known as sun city. Jodhpur sweets are famous in all over India. I liked mishrimal hotel’s makhania lassi and Jodhpur samosa mirchi vada also.”


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4. The city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha

The city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodhasource: thru-eye-of-lens.blogspot.com

Jodhpur history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him. It was previously known as Marwar.

Jyothi Doshi shares: “Jodhpur is famous for its rich heritage as all parts of Rajasthan carry unique tradition with them. So it represents Marwar style way of life. Well connected by train bus. And many heritage hotels, big hotels, and economical hotels. Jodhpur is a standout amongst the most mainstream city of India among voyagers for its hypnotizing charm. It’s extremely picturesque and sentimental with lakes, islands, slopes, greenery and is spotless and sorted out as well Jodhpur is located almost mid of Rajasthan. 

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5. This Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur one of the most impregnable structures

This Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur one of the most impregnable structuressource: kaushalp.com

Straddling on top of a lone hill, amidst the plains and its towering walls, the fort along with the old city below was guarded by a 9.5 km long wall bolstered with 101 bastions. The fort was guarded by 7 mammoth gates. The ramps that lead to defensive gates had steep slopes and sudden twists and turns to hinder the movement of enemy’s elephants.

Kunal Purohit shares: “Jodhpur's pride I would say and definitely better than Jaipur's Amer Palace. From the entrance to exit, there was something or the other to watch and explore. Nice architecture. The Devi Temple is at the last end of the fort so you get to walk a lot to get there and come back to end your journey though there is a zip line tour as well.”


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