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Here, Jitender Soni gives us a guided tour of Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan. You can share your photos too!
IMAGE: New to Jodhpur? Can't decide where to start? Have a cup of tea and explore the tourist map.
IMAGE: The blue paint on the outside walls of the buildings in the city give this city a unique identity. One of the popular beliefs is that the colour blue, also associated with Lord Shiva, repels heat. The unique colour is created by mixing limestone, copper Sulphate and water.
IMAGE: A typical street shop vendor selling packed food for the benefit of tourists. You'll see plenty of these in the city.
IMAGE: Here the halwai is seen making ghewar, a famous sweet from Jodhpur. He has to keep on pouring the batter using small cups in boiling ghee till it takes the shape of a large size pizza.
IMAGE: Beautifully carved windows and walls are typical of this city's architecture. The doors of the windows are also made to match the design carved in the walls.
IMAGE: Notice the entrance of an old styled house? The residents special take care to preserve their heritage by restoring the structure and adding colourful traditional elements to keep the beautiful structure alive.
IMAGE: The entrance to one of the hotels employs the same concept of restoring old structures giving it a heritage feel.
IMAGE: A view of Ranisar lake situated near Fateh Pole in Mehrangarh. It was built in 1459 by queen Jasmade Hadi, Rao Jodha's wife.
What's interesting is this lake rarely ran out of water even when the temperature soared the highest.
IMAGE: An aerial view of how the buildings look from the top.
IMAGE: Pachetia Hill, a spot on higher hills around Jodhpur overlooks the city, giving visitors a panaromic view of the city.
IMAGE: A little distance away from Panchetia Hill is the Mehrangarh Fort.
A huge fort on the top of a hill it is remarkable for its ancient architecture with thick walls on all sides. The fort, built around 1459 by Rao Jodha, is situated 410 feet above the city.
IMAGE: The Sardar Market is one of the main attractions of Jodhpur. All local as well as foreign tourists come here to enjoy local dishes, shop for local art and craft, explore the tradition and also maybe settle for a horsecart ride, a dying tradition promoted by local commuters.
IMAGE: The iconic clock tower and the markets around it are the best places to shop for traditional items. This place is untouched by the modern intervention till date.
IMAGE: At Jodhpur Railway Station, this is a spot marked for taking selfies/photographs and show their love for the city.
IMAGE: The traditional hand dyed bandhani saris are naturally dried out in the sun. The ancient dyed clothing continues to fascinate fashion lovers across India.
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