Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, because of the colour of its buildings.
After meeting our guide (Sunni), we headed for the Jaswant Thada, made from white marble. Whilst the Taj Mahal is a Muslim monument, so contains graves, this is a Hindu monument – Hindus are cremated, rather than buried, so Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph, rather than a mausoleum. The grounds here are where the royal family are cremated.
The interior is simple, but beautiful.
Next was, for me, one of the highlights of our Indian tour – the Mehrangarh Fort, built high above Jodhpur in around 1460 by the Rajput leader of the Rathore clan.
The entrance to the fort is via seven separate gates, making it almost impregnable, indeed, it is one of only two forts that stayed in the hands of the Rajputs.
The interiors of the fort show the splendour and opulence that the rulers Jodhur experienced.
There are some fine collections within the fort, including a collection of elephant howdahs.
A collection of palanquins.
There is also a huge collection of arms and armour…
…including a sword owned by the greatest of the Mohgul Emperors, Akbar the Great.
There are also some amazing carved walls.
Finally we visited Umaid Bhawan Palace, the largest residence in Asia with 357 rooms. It is a relatively new building, being completed in 1942.
You can only visit a small part of the building, where there is a collection of artifacts, photographs and objects associated with the Maharaja, the highlight being a collection of restored paintings showing the Ramayana.
Now we are back at our hotel chilling, before paying another visit to On the Rocks tonight.
We head into the Taj Desert tomorrow, and the city of Jaisalmer.