Mehrangarh Fort , located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India. The fort is situated on a lofty height, 400 feet above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls.
Built by the fifteenth Rathore ruler, Rao Jodha in mid fifteenth century, the name Mehrangarh is said to have originated from the Sun-deity has been the chief deity of the Rathores.
Standing at the top of the fort, it’s an amazing sight with the battlements set four hundred feet above the hill, canons overlooking at the mesmerizing maze of blue below, merging fluidly with the horizon & disappearing into a haze. All of the houses of the city are painted indigo, once only allowed for the people of Brahmin caste but non-Brahmins soon joined in, as the indigo colour is said to deflect the heat and keep mosquitoes away. But like everywhere else, there are always rebels (with or without a cause)...check the house painted in bold red roughly in the middle, near the fort wall, amidst the sea of blue :-)
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fabio_ts (13694) 2008-05-29 2:49
A really impressive view from a wonderful place, you have chosen a great POV, DOF is also superb, all my compliments!!!
have a beautiful day,
yo_fauzan (62) 2008-05-29 2:54
very nice composition and angle.
brandstaetter (15913) 2008-05-29 2:55
what a sight..a wonderful place.
Great colours, but a little lack of sharpness in the distance..due to the hazy weather, it´s not your camera :)
Timmok (802) 2008-05-29 3:00
Nice shot. I couldn't get a decent shot from the top of Meherangarh when I was there, which is too bad as the view is amazing indeed. Jodhpur is a lovely town, especially if you escape the hassle of the clocktower area. It's my second favourite city in Rajasthan after Udaipur...
carper (96) 2008-05-29 3:17
fantastic pov here Angshuman
the colours are lovely and the depth is nice, good details and fine atmophere, very good photojob my friend, have a nice day.
rigoletto (32746) 2008-05-29 4:01
Is it really like that?
The place is incredible, i guess, one of the most original places and urban settings in the whole world. Definitely great presentation and POV you have found. I wish the weather was better, but it is nothing. TFS,
daddo (20621) 2008-05-29 4:03
Namaste Angshuman. A wonderful POV and panorama of the city. Excellent sharpness and colour.The blue is stunning and most unexpected. Regards. Klaudio.
pastadog (13068) 2008-05-29 4:11
Fantastic photo, Angshu, to show this fascinating blue city; the warm brown of the fort on right is an excellent complement, both in color and composition, regards, Daniel
Morac (27419) 2008-05-29 4:36
Very nice composition and angle.
The colours are lovely and the depth is nice.
rajiv_077 (1412) 2008-05-29 4:39
This one is really nice and interesting picture, Blue is most attracting here, Good composition and sharpness in background ( i mean visibility), Patter of houses looks good. And i think you done some PS with blue, may be selected color.. it is ?
Great picture indeed
Pls read this also :
partha (14020) 2008-05-29 5:37
Amazing. Great POV and well taken shot.
npecanhuk (56358) 2008-05-29 6:18
It's a pretty amazing picture with this city and its blue rooftops!
TFS - Congratulations!
Greetings from Brazil,
avene (12675) 2008-05-29 6:42
fantastic sight, the saturated blue makes the city look like a toy. smart composition to use the fort as a natural frame, and that house painted red is a great accent. I particularly like how the city disappears in the distant mist, it seems it goes on forever. excellent work, my compliments.
with best regards,
zmey (7335) 2008-05-29 8:42
i like this one. the reddish wall does a good job contrasting the indigo city-scape. i am surprised how you have managed to get this city-roof-top-shot into the TE format with good quality. i attemped to downsize a similar shot from banos, ecuador and all i got was 'smudged' rooftops :( it seemed, the 200K, 800 pixel restriction could not handle the detail and variation of color on tiny rooftops. the larger format (1000 pixels + full jpeg quality) seemed fine. anyway, that's not the point here. my congratulations to your fine shot and the informative note (I was really curious about that roof coloring).
feather (51128) 2008-05-29 8:51
I'm surprised the neighbours don't go out in the dead of night with a pot of indigo paint. ;D
The POV you found was perfect to allow you to include part of the fort in the foreground. The blue houses are laid out below like a mosaic. Well done
Jeppo (17635) 2008-05-29 13:00
I like this POV on Merangarh fort (that I also appreciated in my Rajastan trip).
the reason? the POV. simple. effective.
on the right the mighty and terrible fort with its cannons. on the left and in the background the blue city dominated by the fort.
this is actually the essence of merangarh
gneufeld (15870) 2008-05-29 18:55
This is amazing. The high point of view presents a stunning view of the city and all its colors far below. Excellent details and good sharpness and clarity. Well done and TFS. Gerald
siolaw (37642) 2008-05-29 21:52
Rebbellion seems well under control, only one is red... Good POV here to get this corner of the fort overlooking the famous 'blue city' and canons, once ready to fire, are only left for decoration now.
Colors and details are fine, contrast level correct.
emjleclercq (15778) 2008-05-29 22:29
A very well chosen title, and an impressive depth, which sohws how high the fort is compared to the city (clearly a good way to control it, if you have enough guns...). From a purely esthetical point of view, it is very nice to see this combination of blue and red in the image.
All the best,
dvlazar (6644) 2008-05-29 22:38
A great and classic capture of the blue city in Jodphur. I notice youve enhanced the blues in the city. A good idea to include the wall and canon atop the fort too.
tomescuc (3291) 2008-05-29 23:04
Interesting vantage point. Amazing place. Thanks.
batalay (33377) 2008-05-29 23:35
Dear Mr. B,
Absolutely fantastic, another lesson in history, another fascinating story. I hope one day to visit, and see some of these wonders with you. Indeed, I see the red house among the sea of indigo colors. The red absorbs the heat at one end of the optical spectrum, and indigo at the other. They might have optimized the absorption and painted the houses in black and made the oven heat up even quicker.
Indigo plant was the much cherished source of the color which the Europeans would fight over. Heinrich Schliemann — archaeologist, businessman, wheeler dealer — who discovered the ruins of Troy in the 1870s started out his career by buying and selling indigo dyes. What a fascinating place Jodhpur has to be to have the inhabitants do their houses in indigo! Schliemann would have paid gangs of thieves to scrape off the house paints as the inhabitants slept.
Warm regards and have a good weekend,
Graal (92118) 2008-05-29 23:56
unusual view from the Fort, good composition. Amazing blue walls of houses. Good details and well quality. Good work.
vincz (19099) 2008-05-30 0:49
Wow this is spectacular with this ea of blue roofs and the red fort above. Excellent POV, excellent compo.
aadilj (18102) 2008-05-30 1:03
You set up your shots extremely well Angshu and convert ordinary moments nto such a lovely sight. I like the note as well and the carpet of blue below the fort. Good textures and lovely tones
crckt (7216) 2008-05-30 2:21
WOW! What a view! I had not seen an aerial view of Jodhpur before, and I must say that I am blown away. This is just such an amazing place. I think that the rebels add a little bit of charm as well just so that it does not become monotonous. Framing is perfect keeping a part of the fort.
ChrisJ (91200) 2008-05-30 2:33
An eagle's eye view, of the city far below. Superb sharpness, colour & pov. The blue roofs contrast well with the red bricks & cliff. Tfs!
John_F_Kennedy (41526) 2008-05-30 3:20
You show us with a very beautiful "blue" view of the city. Wonderful lightness and sharpness. Excellent shot.
jusninasirun (17146) 2008-05-30 5:18
Hello Angshu. Awesome view with clutters in the city with predominant clay and blue. The foreground detail is stunning and the human figure balances the shot. Well done and thanks for sharing. Regards. Jusni
josepmarin (56471) 2008-05-30 9:11
The POV from this fort is spectacular and offers a great depth of image, which only gets lost on having found the mist in background.
The sight on the city is very aerial, we can see the magnificent graphism of its houses, and the nice chromatic effect of its blue roofs.
A beautiful work, my friend.
riclopes (35567) 2008-05-30 9:45
OLá Angshu, one of the best views I ever experienced. You did an excellent work with the inclusion of the wall and the result is very good considering that sky in the horizon. I specially like the detail of the canon in the background pointing to the city, although it's a pitty that the person is turning his back to the view.
mark_mk (266) 2008-05-30 13:41
wonderful shot! All thse colors and the POV is just great. The view above the city is just wonderful and the lonely man matches great, great shot!
danos (78040) 2008-05-31 6:58
really this fort watch the whole blue city until the end of the horozon.Impressive this panoramic view from this high POV that create a so great depth.I like the miniature canon on the front side of the battlements as the big one behind it.The haze in the depth create an atmospheric feeling in the scene.Informative your note too.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
axiotea (21647) 2008-05-31 7:43
An impressive POV on the Blue City including part of the fort which was a clever idea ... I like the color tonalities, contrast and the way you've handled the strong light. A good sense of depth as well.
Felip (3907) 2008-05-31 8:50
Fascinating image Angshu, look at all those blue roofs, and the red one in the middle of them, a rebel, or a kick in the ass of the system?. In any case long life to rebels cause the worldkeeps moving thanks to them.
Best wishes my friend
jafadabret (56497) 2008-05-31 10:35
Ce bleu des maisons est surprenant et heureusement que tu nous explique le pourquoi de la chose. J'aime la composition avec la tour sur la gauche qui domine cette mer bleue.
rodgerg (55767) 2008-06-01 3:23
Visit Rajasthan and especially Jodhpur is a dream for me. With you beautiful photography, I visit a littel Jodhpur.
A beautiful POV and an original composition for show this nice city. A good prospect to the blue houses.
Regards of Belgium,
Dpbours (222) 2008-06-01 9:28
What a nice combination of the reds of the bricks and the blues of the houses. How intense! Yep, one bold red. You didn't enhance the blue at all. Very, in your face.
manojtnair (435) 2008-06-01 9:31
very good pov. inclusion of part of the fort also shows the depth. i liked the colour combination. nice notes. tfs.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-06-01 10:57
Fantastic shot with very effective view. The blue houses are very spectacular and interesting. Beautiful image, Congratulations. Have a nice day
bakes888 (18499) 2008-06-01 22:14
Hi Angshuman. The blue and the orange of the bricks make a striking contrast, even the red house can’t take that away ;-). Excellent view and thanks for sharing.
pierrefonds (50972) 2008-06-02 5:00
The downward view toward from the fort to the city is an asset to the composition. The blue color of the roof and walls are an eye catcher and the main attraction of the composition. The point of view is giving depth to the photo. The haze has a mysterious effect on the background. Have a nice day.
robob (3646) 2008-06-02 6:48
Absolument extraordinaire toutes ces maisons peintes en bleu, c’est très joli !
Excellent point de vue !
edytungkal (4551) 2008-06-02 23:22
You really have a special pov here Angshu, with those interesting blue city below, that fogs really adds point to the picture and make it more mysterious. Great shot and thanks for the story...
Bluejeans (64243) 2008-06-03 5:22
Ola Amigo ,
Nunca vi uma cidade igual a esta com tanto azul , magnifico ponto de visão sobre a cidade bem gigante , gostei muito das cores bom enquadramento da foto , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Stepan (27210) 2008-06-03 23:47
A kind of pov and frame I do enjoy... Vertigo, impact, scales differences... Works very well. I just wonder about the blue tones : did you enhance them while PPing ?
adores (30783) 2008-06-04 17:45
What a view you have from this Fort. I like the effect created by the blue colour of the houses and they seem endless, amazing...! Good idea to include a part of the fort with that man - he seems to be almost touching the clouds. I like the colours also and the atmosphere given by those clouds.
testmaniac (13508) 2008-06-05 3:59
Hi Angshuman! WOW!!! Excellent photo and great view. Perfect colors, composition and great place!
TFS and have a nice day,
sagar (2410) 2008-06-05 8:01
Amazing, Angshumanda!!!!Simply amazing!!! What an incredible shot!!!
The cannons look so symbolic here!! Guarding the city from invasion....wonderful shot.
pablominto (53744) 2008-06-06 4:54
Amazing details in the Blue City!
No wonder how it got that name, did the residents cooperate on the project...
Wonderful view from this stronghold, where the brick wall contrasts so well with the blue..!
pboehringer (770) 2008-06-06 11:09
this is absolutely fantastic and mind blowing. I have seen so many shots of Jodphur with that incomparable blueness, but nothing with that POV. I just wish you would have had different weater conditions to provide you with a blue sky with white big clouds rather then the grey and flat one that you got here.
samrat_roy1 (697) 2008-06-09 3:04
how are you? the sea of blue is indeed eye catching. the pov is good. the contrast is excellent...
Elaine_Blath (8509) 2008-06-12 1:17
amazing view! incredible landscape, perfectly composed and the blue city underneath is great...wow
Take care, Ivana
Vato_Law (12720) 2008-06-16 13:26
How have you been? it's quite a long time since my last visits to TE...
I think the tittle here could also be watching the sea of blue as we can see it all over the photo.
It must be such a beautiful and unforgetable view to watch Jodhpur from high above and delight the eyes with all this houses in blue.
The atmosphere is very interesting with a mix of bolden light hitting the fort's walls, and a kind of mist on background.
goodwill (4879) 2008-08-26 10:22
This is one o the most outstanding POV.
Reminds me one of the shots of Betrand(devimexube), clicked at Jaipur.
Photography makes the individul crazy.isn't it?
It does make us more creative(not in the terms of population).
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (52890)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-12-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5, Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 36 - 432mm
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Jodhpur - The Blue City
- Theme(s): My dream places... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-05-29 2:44