32 Photos That Take You To The Heart Of Jodhpur, India’s Blue City

Published August 29, 2016
Updated November 19, 2019

The colorful city of Jodhpur is quite literally like no place else on Earth -- they don't call it the "Blue City" for nothing.

Women In Jodhpur India
Indian neighbors Sharda (L), 45, Sopa (C), 52, and Kosholi, 50, talk on steps outside their homes in Jodhpur.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

The Blue City Of India
An Indian child runs past the owner of a horse-drawn cart as he waits for customers.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

Life In The Blue City
Indian workers carry brooms for sale along a street in the old quarters of Jodhpur.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

Jodhpur India
An Indian resident hangs washing to dry from the roof of her home.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

Pictures Of Jodhpur
Items belonging to Indian Hindu devotees sit inside a temple courtyard. REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

INDIA SOCIETY PEOPLE
An Indian boy sleeps on a wall.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

Photos Of The Blue City Of India
Houses below the walls of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur old quarters.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

INDIA SOCIETY PEOPLE
An Indian resident performs chores on the balcony of her home.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

INDIA SOCIETY PEOPLE
Indian tailor Abdul Hakim, 75, stitches clothing inside his workshop.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

Getting Water
An Indian resident collects water from a clean drinking water supply tap.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

India's Blue City
Pots used to store water.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

Jodhpur Blue City Mom Daughter Walk
A mother walks her daughter home from school in the Blue City. david_baxendale/Flickr

Man Folding
A man folds some textiles.davydemaline/Flickr

Kids Peering
Little kids peer down over the busy streets. lfphotos /Flickr

Handprint Wall
Two men congregate by a wall covered with painted handprints.Corinne Moncelli/Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos/Flickr

Pink Tree
A pink tree on a blue rooftop.marieetnatha/Flickr

Outdoor Space
An outdoor living space that keeps with the color scheme. Steffi/Flickr

Pinks Oranges
The markets come alive with every color of the rainbow. fabulousfabs/Flickr

Market Cart
A man wheels a cart through the city streets. prasenberg/Flickr

Colorful Textiles In India
Resident dries and folds textiles on a rooftop. Steffi/Flickr

Girl Smiles In Marketplace
A girl flashes a smile at the marketplace.mikealex/Flickr

Woman Food
A woman surrounded by food and goods. marinalwang/Flickr

Mehrangarh Fort In Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the oldest forts in India. It was built around 1460, and looms over 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur. baxiabhishek/Flickr

INDIA SOCIETY PEOPLE
A royal bedroom inside the massive and intricately designed Mehrangarh Fort, where part of The Dark Knight Rises was filmed.REBECCA CONWAY/AFP/Getty Images

Blue Alley In Jodhpur
An alleyway between closely set blue buildings. tomm/Flickr

Window Laundry
Laundry sways in the breeze on outdoor clotheslines. nathan_gamble/Flickr

Monkey Business
Monkeys roam the streets, sometimes stealing the hanging laundry. garrettziegler/Flickr

Fancy Tuk Tuk
An automatic rickshaw — or tuk-tuk — used for city travel. magtravels/Flickr

Old Woman Doorway
An old woman sits in her doorway. A. Vahanvati/Wikimedia Commons

Folk Singer
A folk singer practices with Mehrangarh Fort in the background. Premaram67/Wikimedia Commons

Blue City Blues
Men outside their shop in the Blue City. david_baxendale/Flickr

Night View
A view of Mehrangarh Fort from a restaurant rooftop. The blue tint the city emanates at night is thought to be bright enough to repel bugs. A. Vahanvati/Wikimedia Commons

Located in the Thar Desert, the dynamic city of Jodhpur, India breaks the starkness of its surroundings with intense punches of color.

The metropolis is cloaked in blue not just for aesthetic purposes; the hue historically demarcated the residence of the Brahmin, a caste of priests and protectors, and thus was meant to deter looters should the city ever come under siege.

Others outside the Brahmin apparently enjoyed the blue aesthetic, because almost all homes in the old city have the shade splashed onto their walls. Behind and before the city's azure walls, Jodhpur residents live life in full color – and at full speed. Marketplaces abound in the city, and someone is always ready to sell you hand-crafted goods.

Lonely Planet describes the Blue City as "a tangle of winding, glittering, medieval streets, which never seem to lead where you expect them to, scented by incense, roses, and sewers, with shops and bazaars selling everything from trumpets and temple decorations to snuff and saris."

If you can't make it out to experience the Blue City for yourself, the photos above will give you a taste of its unmatched vibrance.


Next, have a look at the eye-popping colors of India's Holi festival. Then, check out these stunning photos of Kyoto, the city of 10,000 shrines.

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.