Jodhpur is a city of 910,000 people in the state of Rajasthan. It is famous for both the riding clothing of the same name and the countless indigo painted houses which give the city its informal name of ‘The Blue City’. Blue is the holy colour of the Brahmin caste (composed of Hindu priests and teachers) and they were initially the only inhabitants to paint their houses blue. The trend has been copied by other citizens after it was claimed to repel mosquitoes. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a 10km in circumference, 10th century wall and is dominated by a sandstone fort, Mehrangarh, which protects some of the finest palaces in India.
This picture shows the view from Mehrangarh Fort across to a part of the blue-coloured old city. Mehrangarh translates from the Sanskrit words ‘mihir’ and ‘garh’ as Sun Citadel. The downward pointed awnings above the elaborately carved window are designed to direct rain water to a point from which it can be collected.