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Why is Jodhpur Known as the Blue City in India?

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We kicked off our day by gliding on the zip line over two desert lakes, trekking through the Rao Jodha eco-park and then checking out the best view of Mehrangarh and the Blue City of Jodhpur in India.

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After that, we pretty much wandered on the streets of the city asking around the locals to find out why Jodhpur was known as the Blue City. I asked around the locals about the city via the Notes app on my iPhone—yes, this was one of those days where I wished that everybody could speak my language, American Sign Language (ASL), as explained in this article. 😉

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It was kind of a hassle going back and forth on iPhone and paper with a pen with the locals, but I enjoyed mingling with the locals anyways.  Not only that, multiple languages had been used in this city and that kind of made it harder for us to find the “common ground” in communication because not all people understand the same language. Not everybody could give me the right answer to the story. Often they would misunderstand me for asking for directions to the Blue City.

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Besides, I suppose it’d be faster for me to find out the story behind the nickname, the Blue City if I could speak English. The locals there were really friendly with us and they did their best to answer with what they had known. Many of them thought the blue was painted because it cooled them down from the heat of the sun, but it was a chemical reaction between the sun and insect repellent sprayed on the buildings that caused the paint on the walls of the buildings to turn blue.

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There is one thing I learned: there always had been a way to break down all communication barriers and that had been to keep trying or finding a way to communicate with them by gesturing, using body language, writing, drawing, etc. Generally, it would be hard for them to understand us too, but they would always find a way to understand us, just like we always do in our country. I appreciated that the most about the people there.

Nonetheless, I had a good time checking out this destination.

Brief history on Jodhpur:

Founded in 1459, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan, and it’s known by a number of nicknames. To some, it is the Sun City, so-called for its bright, year-round sunshine. Others see it as the Gateway to the nearby Thar Desert, while still others think of it as the Blue City on account of the many blue houses that characterize its historic heart. You’ll have to decide which of these nicknames you think suits it best—or perhaps you’ll even come up with one of your own. 

Enjoy!

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Calvin Young

Calvin Young

Hey buddy! I go by Calvin and I'm a Deaf traveler. I love exploring the world to discover and share amazing stories, useful tips, stunning photographs, jaw-dropping videos and many more with you all! I aim to empower and inspire the Deaf people that they can do anything they want through my travels.

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Polomi Mondal

Hey, Calvin just reached your blog, so amazed to find all your travel journies.
Keep inspiring us!

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