This Indigo City In India Is All Blue And Here’s Why

The city of Jodhpur on the edge of the Thar Desert in India has come to be defined by the color blue.

The second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is also called the “Sun City,” due to the extreme amount of bright and sunny days it experiences. Founded more than 500 years ago, the place is home to notable palaces, forts, gardens, mausoleums, lakes, and towers, making it a hotspot for tourist activity.

And, of course, the fact that almost the entire place is painted blue also adds a lot to its allure.

The sea of boxy indigo houses stretches for more than 10 kilometers along the walls of the historic walled old city of Jodhpur. But why are most of them painted blue?

Well, the blue pigment coating on these houses was originally meant to indicate that a Brahmin – the priests of the Indian caste system – dwelled there. Over time, the color blue became a badge of identity for non-Brahmins, too. A kind of status symbol.

But this type of indigo blue is also said to have insect-repelling abilities.

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The eye-catching color coating the houses creaties a luscious blue sea in the arid Indian landscape.

From the top of the looming Mehrangarh Fort, one of India’s largest forts from the 15th century, visitors can overlook the bountiful, striking blue for which the city is known.

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This sight of the azure abodes making up the “Blue City” is just mesemerizing.

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