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GUIDE INDIA - JODHPUR
ABOUT JODHPUR CITY
Set at the edge
of the Thar desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with
tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the
capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao
Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be
descendants of Rama-the epic hero of the Ramayana. This city
houses a number of palaces, temples and other architectural
monuments which add to its glory. The old city of Jodhpur is
surrounded by a 10 kms long wall. From the fort you can see
the wall here separating the old city from the new city. The
lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with folks
wearing lovely multihued costumes, artistically designed. The
colourful turbans worn by the men folk add more colour to the
city. It was from here that the popularly worn baggy-tight,
horse riding trousers-'Jodhpuris' took their name.
ATTRACTIONS - JODHPUR CITY
Located on the
foothill of a sandstone hillock, the city of Jodhpur seems
like an oasis in the vast desert. Jodhpur is one of the
favorite tourist destinations in Rajasthan. People from India
as well as all over the world visit Jodhpur every year. There
are a number of tourist attractions in Jodhpur, enchanting the
Jodhpur tourist spots stand as a living proof of the splendor,
traditions and culture of the Jodhpur. The glorious past of
Jodhpur is personified through the various forts, palaces and
other monuments of Jodhpur. The main places to see in Jodhpur
» Mehrangarh Fort
The most magnificent fort in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort.
It is situated on a 150m high hill. Rao Jodha, the then chief
of Rathore clan, constructed it in 1459. There are a number of
attractions within the fort like several palaces, galleries, a
museum, temples and so on.
» Umaid Bhavan Palace
One of the fascinating palaces of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan
palace. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A
part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a
Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex.
It is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble. It was built
to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of
the former rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.
HOW TO REACH
Air : The Jodhpur Airport is 5 km from the city center.
Regular flight services connect the city with other major
cities in and around Rajasthan. There are daily flights to
Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur.
» By Train: Jodhpur is well connected
by railway lines. Trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata
are easily available. The 'Palace on Wheels' also
visits this city of royal splendor.
» By Road: Another convenient mode of
transportation to Jodhpur is by road. The main highway between
Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is via Agoli and Pokaran. The highway is
well connected with Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur,
Jaisalmer and Udaipur by bus.