Kristian Bertel | Photography
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In this archive story we are seeing a blue and vivid scenery of the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India.
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Glorious Mehrangarh fort mushrooms from beneth a huge rocky cliff to dominate the once indomitable 'Blue City'. At dusk you feel a part of a real-life movie, as the camera-shy palace peeks over awesome stone walls and citizens mill about in the hemmed-in chaos below. This photograph depicts the blue scenery of the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India.
Glorious Mehrangarh fort mushrooms from beneth a huge rocky cliff to dominate the once indomitable 'Blue City'. At dusk you feel a part of a real-life movie, as the camera-shy palace peeks over awesome stone walls and citizens mill about in the hemmed-in chaos below. This photograph depicts the blue scenery of the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India.
Kristian Bertel, Photographer By Kristian Bertel, Photographer
– Updated on June 24, 2024

Sceneries in India

Jodhpur proper stretches beyond the 16th-century border, but it is the immediacy and grandeur of the old city, once a stop on a vital trade route, that has more and more travelers raving. Mighty Mehrangarh, the muscular fort that towers over the blue city of Jodhpur, is a magnificent spectacle and an architectural masterpiece. From here you a spectacular sight and scenery of the 'Blue City' in India.

What does scenery mean in geography?

There are several words that are frequently associated with the word landscape, where the scenery is showing the natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance, when picturesque with spectacular views of mountain scenery.

A popular tourist destination
India, with its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, offers countless opportunities for photographers. Among its many gems, Jodhpur stands out as a vibrant city that encapsulates the spirit of Rajasthan. Known as the 'Blue City' for its vividly painted houses, Jodhpur is a visual feast for any Traveling photographer. One of the most enchanting sites in this city is the Jaswant Thada, a marble marvel that promises to captivate your lens and imagination alike.

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan and is a popular tourist destination for its forts, palaces and temples, as well as its vibrant culture and the city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput ruler of the Rathore clan. It served as the capital of the Marwar kingdom and later the princely state of Jodhpur. Today, it is the administrative headquarters of the Jodhpur District, with a population of over 1.2 million.

Jodhpur's charm lies in its old city, where narrow streets are lined with indigo-hued houses that create a surreal, almost dreamlike, atmosphere. As you wander through these labyrinthine lanes, you will find an array of photographic opportunities – children playing, vendors selling colorful wares and residents going about their daily lives, all framed against a blue backdrop that enhances the vibrancy of their attire and the intensity of their expressions. The old city of Jodhpur is encircled by a 10 kilometer long wall, with 8 gates leading into the city.

Majestic Mehrangarh Fort
Perched high above the city, Mehrangarh Fort dominates the skyline and provides panoramic views that are nothing short of breathtaking. This colossal structure, with its intricate carvings and expansive courtyards, offers a multitude of angles for photographers to explore. The fort's many windows and balconies frame the city below, providing unique perspectives that highlight the contrast between the fort's robust stone architecture and the delicate, azure beauty of the town.

The Mehrangarh Fort is the most prominent landmark in the city and is located atop a rocky hill. This magnificent fort is one of the most impressive in Rajasthan, with numerous palaces and temples within its walls and it is also home to the world's largest cannon on wheels, the 'Jai Pol'. Photographing the fort itself, both from within and from a distance, allows you to capture its grandeur and historical significance. The play of light and shadow across its walls, especially during sunrise and sunset, adds a dramatic effect to your photographs, making Mehrangarh Fort a must-visit for any photographer in Jodhpur.

"Early mornings and late afternoons are particularly magical times to capture the essence of the 'Blue City'. The soft, golden light bathes the blue walls, creating a perfect contrast and depth that makes every photograph stand out. From street scenes to architectural details, Jodhpur offers a plethora of subjects that make every click of the shutter a rewarding experience"

The serene Jaswant Thada
Just a short distance from Mehrangarh Fort lies the serene Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Known for its intricate marble lattice work and serene surroundings, Jaswant Thada offers a stark contrast to the bustling city below. For photographers, Jaswant Thada is a treasure trove of opportunities. The cenotaph itself, with its delicate marble lattice screens and domes, is a masterpiece of Rajasthani architecture and the way light filters through the perforated marble creates fascinating patterns and textures that are a delight to capture. Early morning light adds a soft glow to the white marble, while the surrounding gardens and small lake offer tranquil settings for reflection photograps.

The peaceful ambiance of Jaswant Thada makes it an ideal spot for portrait photography and the marble backdrop and soft natural light create perfect conditions for capturing the essence of Rajasthan's royal heritage. Additionally, the views from Jaswant Thada towards Mehrangarh Fort, especially during the golden hour, provide stunning compositions that juxtapose the fort's imposing presence with the delicate beauty of the cenotaph.

Beyond the landmarks
While the iconic sites of Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada are highlights, Jodhpur's charm extends beyond these landmarks. The bustling Sardar Market, with its iconic clock tower, offers vibrant street photography opportunities. The colorful textiles, spices and handicrafts on display make for dynamic compositions that reflect the local culture.

Modern Jodhpur stretches well beyond the city walls, but it is the immediacy and buzz of the old Jodhpur's 'Blue City' and the larger-than life fort in Jodhpur that capture travelers' imaginations. Scenery is a powerful thing that can greatly improve the lives of those who experience it. Whether you are looking to relax and recharge or just enjoy the beauty of the land, taking the time to appreciate the scenery can be a rewarding and beneficial activity. Moreover, the outskirts of Jodhpur, with their sand dunes and traditional Rajasthani villages, provide a different perspective of the region. Capturing the lives of local villagers, their traditional attire and their connection to the desert landscape offers a deeper understanding of the area's cultural tapestry.

"Sceneries are a beautiful thing to behold and can often be a source of inspiration and relaxation and it is a term used to describe the landforms and natural features of an area and it can include mountains, rivers, forests, valleys, deserts and oceans, as well as man-made features like cities and towns and it is one of the most important components of any landscape. It can create a sense of awe and wonder, as well as a feeling of being connected to nature and the unique geography of an area often serves as the backdrop for a variety of activities and experiences. People often go to areas with beautiful scenery to take photographs, hike, camp and simply take in the beauty of the land"

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A photographer's dream in Jodhpur
"- Jodhpur, with its blend of historical grandeur and vibrant street life, is a paradise for photographers. The juxtaposition of the 'Blue City' against the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and the serene beauty of Jaswant Thada, provides a rich tapestry of scenes that are waiting to be captured. Whether you are an amateur with a passion for travel photography or a seasoned professional, Jodhpur promises to leave you with a portfolio full of captivating images and a heart full of unforgettable memories", the Photographer says.

"- I think sceneries can also affect the mental health of those who visit it. Looking at beautiful scenery can help to reduce stress levels and improve moods and it can also provide an escape from everyday life and a chance to reconnect with nature. This can be incredibly beneficial for those who are feeling overwhelmed or burned out", the Photographer says again.

"- The city is also known for its vibrant culture and festivals. The 'Marwar festival' is held every year in October and celebrates the culture and traditions of the region and during the festival, folk dances and music performances are held and traditional handicrafts, textiles and artworks are displayed and this city is also a popular shopping destination, with a bustling bazaar in the old city. Here, one can find everything from traditional Rajasthani jewelry and textiles to modern clothing and handicrafts. So it is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the rich culture and history of Rajasthan and with its stunning forts, vibrant culture and traditional markets, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience", the Photographer says again.

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More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of the 'Blue City' in Jodhpur. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.