Why Jodhpur has blue painted houses?

Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. Jodhpur is also widely known as “Blue City” for the blue color on the houses in the old city area.

There are no historical mentions providing reason why the color is blue. There are many reasons as defined by the ancestors and tour guides. Many of the houses in Jodhpur’s older neighborhoods are colored in striking blue, a sharp contrast from the neighboring Thar Desert. Some say the color is associated with the Brahmins, India’s priestly caste and the blue houses of the old city belong to families of that caste.

The reason behind blue painted homes could be in an effort to get rid of termites in the houses, copper sulphate was added to the paint, thus, resulting in the color.

Another theory claims that the color helps to keep the houses cool in the heat. Because the city is known as the “Sun City” for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round.

 

Here a sneak peak into Jodhpur’s Blue City Houses. See Pictures:

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