Friday, 17 April 2015

This City's Claim To Fame Is Far More Incredible Than You Could Ever Imagine

Jodhpur is known as the Blue City

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It's the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan

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Jodhpur was settled in 1459. Its founder, Rao Jodha, ordered that many of the houses in the city be painted blue

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Some believe that the houses are blue because many are the homes of Brahmins, and blue is closely associated with this priestly class

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Others claim the blue comes from a chemical that repels termites, and that its relation to the Brahmins is only coincidental, because others besides the priestly class live in these houses

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There are still others who claim this termite theory is wrong, and that an environmentally friendly city like Jodhpur wouldn't cover its buildings in toxic chemicals

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Whatever the reasons, it is a city full of wonderful colors with a character all its own

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Beautiful views can be enjoyed from atop Mehrangarh Fort, which has overlooked the breathtaking city since its founding

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The Blue City truly is a remarkable sight, especially for those used to the dull grays typical of other towns

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