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June 26, 2006 – A journey to Jodhpur, India in Asia

Jodhpur, The Blue City

Okay, now it's melting/dying hot. Close to 50 degrees Celsius in the desert town, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. Originally the Brahmins (upper caste) painted their houses blue, a holy color. Later on, others followed suit. The large city also has a fort, though no one lives in it.

partial view of Meherangarh Fort and the Blue City

one of the courtyards within Meherangarh Fort

So far, it's been amazing to see the architectural pieces of the maharajahs of Rajasthan. But it's also been bewildering and hard to see the living quarters of the poorer folk, the Untouchables, right next to them.

Umai Bhawan Palace and living area of Untouchables at the base

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