Peering out of a doorway in Jodhpur. Rajasthan, INDIA
The Kingdom of Jodhpur was established in the 12th century but in the 15th century the fort and city walls were constructed and they still stand today. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan with a population of 1.3 million. Jodhpur may be called the 'Blue City' from the characteristic pale indigo colour of its traditional homes. Originally the color signified the home of the Jodhpuri Brahmin but the copper sulphate in the paint seems to ward off termites and mosquitos so many people then followed the traditional of painting their homes blue. The very narrow streets are filled with colourful bazaars where merchants are selling their wares.