There’s no better time to savour the extraordinary spectacle of Jodhpur’s skyline than just after sunrise, when the colours are at their most vivid. Mehrangarh Fort is the obvious viewpoint to head for, but has its drawbacks: not least the fact the citadel is closed until 9am; and of course, if you’re in the fort, you don’t get the great view of it, surrounded by the cuboid sea of blue houses.

Your TransIndus guide, however, knows the perfect sunrise spot. Nestled on a spur of the Mehrangarh ridge is a tiny temple dedicated to the God Balaji, whose rooftop affords the ultimate view over Jodhpur’s Old City, with the great fort in the foregound. You’ll need your guide’s help to find the path up to it in the pre-dawn darkness, but the effort is rewarded by what must surely rank among Asia’s greatest panoramas.

But don’t just take our word for it – check out our gallery and video, shot by the TransIndus team on a recent recce in Jodhpur.


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