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– The Blue City

A SALT Feature

Not long ago, Jodhpur was a dusty desert town, the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Marwar, and known mainly as one of India's biggest military bases. Less frenetic than many other cities in Rajasthan and elsewhere in India, it is more than five centuries old, with a towering fort and seven ceremonial gates and a royal lineage that dates to 1459. Also called the 'blue city', most of the houses in the inner city are painted a shade of blue – the signature colour of the city.

Over the last decade, Jodhpur has become a favoured destination for many reasons - it is not a demographic mess; it has an outstanding and the best-run fort museum in the region; and has exceptional royal residences now converted to exclusive hotels. It exudes old-world hospitality, hosts the finest folk music festival in the country, and is also where the three finalists, in the penultimate leg of the BBC television show MasterChef , served a three-course meal on a starry night in April 2010 to the city’s most famous and celebrated resident - Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur and his wife Hemlata Rajye - on the marble terrace of Umaid Bhavan , the largest palace-hotel in India, and "a shrine to all that is Art Deco." The erstwhile Maharaja has done more than anybody else to put Jodhpur on the international circuit.

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