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.

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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.