A day in the blue city | Jaipur - The beautiful pink city of India
INDIA - Jodhpur has a neighborhood where most houses are painted in one color, dubbed the "green city" of Asia.
Referring to the "green city," Chefchaouen in Morocco is probably the most familiar name for tourists around the world. However, you do not need to go to a remote country on the Mediterranean coast to walk in the green alleys and houses. Only 5 hours flight from Vietnam and a few hours more from New Delhi, Jodhpur is the place where you can come and admire the cool blue dyed streets.
If you have the opportunity to visit India and visit the state of Rajasthan, you will be amazed at the cities that are called by color to create a famous tourist cluster. You can follow the route: depart from Jaipur - the pink city, visit Udaipur - the white city, travel to Jaisalmer - the yellow city bordering Pakistan border and then return to Jodhpur to enjoy the blue street.
Jodhpur in March and April is not too stuffy and hot. This is the end of India's tourist season before heading into the summer from May with temperatures sometimes reaching over 40 degrees Celsius during the day, dropping to about 27 degrees C at night.
Unlike Chefchaouen who is always busy with visitors and blue painted houses mainly serving the smoke-free industry, the people of Jodhpur have painted blue houses for many years even though they have not received many tourists.
Nobody knows why people painted this color. There are many people who believe that the traditional blue houses are of Brahmin - the highest level in Hindu society. Another explanation is that painting green will help repel insects and protect the house.
When India is open to attract tourists to the mysterious East, the green neighborhood is also intended to become a tourist attraction.
Dubbed the "green city", Jodhpur actually does not have such green spaces spread throughout the city. To find the green houses, you need to go to the area around the ancient town of Mehrangarh - where preserving the old beauty and traditional lifestyle. People compare the area around Mehrangarh to the old town of Jodhpur.
There is no map marking the green streets for you. The only way is to weave through the alleys yourself, stray around the old city and experience the excitement of encountering green eye-catching alleys.
Locals usually start a new day at around 9am. You can get up early and take a walk around the street, take photos of everyday life when the street is not crowded or visit the famous Toorji well located between the crowded neighborhood of tourists and residents.
A leisurely morning looking for the green patches of Jodhpur will open many beautiful and idyllic views of this city. When you arrive in Jodhpur, you will have a blue board for your photos. Blue here is not pure blue but indigo indigo blue, navy blue, elegant blue cerulean or cobalt dark blue.
Take a break and have lunch on a rooftop. There are many rooftop bars for you to admire the old town from above. Life on the roofs of Jodhpur and India is generally interesting. There are not many corrugated iron roofs or fences like in Vietnam, Indians use the roof to make clothes drying yards, playgrounds for children or fly kites, chatting every afternoon. Traditional Indian lunch will have an additional cup of "bottle" tea with the smell of milk. After enjoying you, take a break and continue the journey of discovery in the afternoon.
To Jodhpur, visitors should not miss the ancient town of Mehrangarh to better understand the history of this city. Mehrangarh is one of the largest strongholds in India, built in 1459 on a hill higher than 100m. Inside the city is the best artifact museum in the state of Rajasthan.
As the afternoon descends on the hill, follow the slope on the left to Mehrangarh, you will take wide-angle photos that cover the blue roofs from above. Spend some time sitting quietly there, waiting for the sky to change, listening to the strange life of the country. It was definitely a beautiful ending for a lost day in Jodhpur.
Note when traveling Jodhpur and India:
You can fly to New Delhi (nonstop from Hanoi) or fly to Jaipur (connecting from Kuala Lumpur), then choose by train or car to Jodhpur.
Traveling in India requires registration on the railway industry website. If you book your own train tickets, you need to book a few weeks in advance for the long journeys and beds. Getting around in Jodhpur city: walk or Tuk tuk - the most popular vehicle in India. Always wear sunscreen, hats, towels and limit white shoes because it is easy to get dirty when traveling in India.
Visitors should find out about the Hindu culture in advance. You will see a lot of cows walking on the road. However, do not tease or show disrespect because cows are sacred animals of Hindus. Indians speak English quite a lot, so visitors will not have trouble communicating.
Appropriate time to visit India: You should visit India from September to the end of April. This is a time with pleasant weather with many festivals. The high temperature in India in the summer makes it difficult to travel outdoors.