Thursday, 4 June 2015

THE BLUE CITY by Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is an American photographer best known for his photograph "Afghan Girl" which originally appeared in National Geographic magazine. This photograph was taken in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan. The image itself was named as "the most recognized photograph" in the history of the National Geographic magazine and her face became famous as the cover photograph on the June 1985 issue. The identity of the "Afghan Girl" remained unknown for over 17 years until McCurry and a National Geographic team located her, Sharbat Gula, in 2002.

But today I am drooling over these beautiful images captured by Steve of one of my favorite cities-Jodhpur. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year round. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort.

Some say the colour is associated closely with the Brahmins, India's priestly caste, and the blue houses of the old city belong to families of that caste. There's another theory which suggests that termites are the real reason. Termites caused significant damage to a large number of buildings in Jodhpur. Residents repelled them and prevented further damage by adding chemicals, including copper sulphate, to their standard whitewash.

Did you know Jodhpur topped Lonely Planet's list of most extraordinary places to visit in 2014? Those of you who have'nt visited the princely state of Rajasthan yet, hope this post urges you to start planning your next holiday.The best time to visit Rajathan is between November and February so that gives you enough time to get the best deals on your flight tickets and hotel bookings.

Don't forget to tune in to the blog as the 'travel bug' and I bring you more info on this regal state in the coming months. Meanwhile do check out Steve McCurry's website where you can buy some of his art prints. If you are like me and feel a strong connection to Rajasthan, you might be tempted to loosen your purse strings and make a piece of Jodhpur, part of your home.

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