Jodhpur, a.k.a. The Blue City, is the last stop on my 3-stop itinerary of the Indian state of Rajasthan, the dusty, crumbling, ancient Land of Kings, home of the Rajputs, strong Hindu warrior caste clans with a passionate belief in the dictates of chivalry who controlled this region of India for more than a millennia.

Late afternoon sunlight illuminates three ladies exiting the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

Late afternoon sunlight illuminates three ladies exiting the Mehrangarh Fort. in Jodhpur (map-pointer-icon), Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

Mehrangarh Fort

Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s second city, is another ancient place (founded in 1459) steeped in Rajput history. And in a land full of forts, Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort may just be the most famous, and certainly the most impenetrable of them all.

Walking up the rampart through the Lohapol (Iron) Gate of Meherangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India. October 5th 2012.

Inside the walls of Mehrangarh Fort are some magnificent palaces and massive gateways, the most famous of which is the Lohapol (Iron) Gate seen here. Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India. October 5th 2012.

Jodhpur, The Blue City, as seen from the walls of Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

Mehrangarh Fort soars 125 metres above the surrounding plains on the top of a rocky hill enclosed by a high 10 kilometre long wall. The ramparts of the walls enclosing Mehrangarh Fort afford amazing views down over the blue rooftops of the Old Town of Jodhpur, a.k.a. The Blue City, a fascinating jumble of buildings seen from this vantage point. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

Soaring high above Jodhpur, The Blue City, as seen from the walls of Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

Soaring high above Jodhpur as seen from the walls of Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

Anop, a friendly local, on the walls of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

Anop, a friendly local, on the walls of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

An attendant in Mehrangarh Fort, Joodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 5th 2012.

An attendant in Mehrangarh Fort, Joodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 5th 2012.

Nai Sarak & Sadar Market

Having come from quieter regions in the south of the country, Jodhpur is easily the largest city I’ve visited thus far on this trip to India. Things will get busier before I leave the country but for now the activity seen down Nai Sarak, Old Town Jodhpur’s main road, reminded me just how bustling India can be.

Activity down Nai Sarak as seen from Sadar Market, Old Town, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

Activity down Nai Sarak as seen from Sadar Market, Old Town, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. October 6th 2012.

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