Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and is known as the blue city. The spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, built in 1459, towers over the city and is the number one tourist attraction in Jodhpur. I highly recommend visiting the fort during the day. An audio guide is provided with the entry ticket and this is a fabulous bonus. It allows you to block out the noise of other tourists and learn about fascinating history of the fort.
Did you know there is a restaurant within the fort that opens only for dinner. Dinner is served from 7 pm. However, you can arrive early to enjoy the spectacular sunset with a drink.
This is the stunning courtyard within in the restaurant. These stunning floral decorations are created daily to greet guests. The restaurant is upstairs.
Jodhpur is known as the blue city. There are a number of theories as to why. Legend has it that the colour blue is associated with Lord Shiva. Another belief is that it is associated with the caste system. According to locals, the Brahin community painted their houses blue to stand apart from lower caste communities. Some people also believe that blue deters termites so houses were painted with chemicals including copper sulphate. The final reason is that blue is considered a cooling colour and would help keep houses cool in the scorching summer heat.
We were in Jodhpur in February so it was necessary to take a scarf. We’d bought several along the trip so that was not a problem!
The food was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the mushroom golauti and aloo gobhi adraki. The restaurant serves wine and beer too.
This dining experience is one of the evening highlights on our Royal Rajasthan Tour. If you are in Jodhpur, I highly recommend booking a table.