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Jodhpur Travel Guide


Nicknamed the blue city of India, Jodhpur is a jewel in the desert kingdom of Marwar, Rajasthan. Home to several noted forts, palaces and temples with ancient origins; Jodhpur is today a regal destination for all tourists visiting India. Being located in one of the wealthiest regions of the country, Jodhpur exudes charm, beauty and regality from all corners of the city. Its close proximity of the Thar Desert lends it a distinct appeal that is difficult to describe but mesmerizing to experience.

Named after the founder Rathore king, Rao Jodha, Jodhpur boasts of over 6 centuries of historical significance. Mandore, a nearby town, once housed the capital of Marwar. However, owing to the strategic location in which the city of Jodhpur is located (linking Gujarat and Delhi), it soon came to be the political seat of Marwar. Rao Jodha was the pioneer of this move and today his vision has expanded by leaps and bounds.

A hot and arid climate prevails over Jodhpur that experiences long summer months that are extremely hot with a small humid period between July and September, and shorter winter months that are pleasant.

Most of the local attractions housed within Jodhpur give one an insight into the historical and cultural heritage of the city. The rich artistic sense of the rulers of this place and unparallel workmanship of the artists make this city, an open auditorium of architectural and cultural excellence.

Umaid Bhawan Palace -The largest private residence in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace still houses the royal family of Jodhpur in one part of the majestic palace complex. The other part of course houses a heritage hotel and a well stocked museum, giving one an insight into the history and heritage of Jodhpur. Finest marble, immaculate designing, Indo-Saracenic architecture, and large spaces endow this palace to be one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country. Umaid Bhawan Palace is also characterized by its manicured gardens, intricately designed balconies, and sophisticated rooms.

Mehrangarh Fort Perched comfortably atop a small mountain, right in the heart of the old city of Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is the first attraction guests visit, on reaching the city. Also known as the Qila or fort of Jodhpour, Mehrangarh is a massive structure built of red sandstone. The fort complex houses a number of exquisitely designed period rooms within the Mehrangarh Fort palace such as the Moti Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal and the Phool Mahal.

Jaswant Thada Built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the Jaswant Thada is one of the significant landmarks housed in the city of Jodhpur. Once a royal ground where the cremation of the rulers of Jodhpur took place, Jaswant Thada is still visited by guests who are attracted by the flawless designing of the huge cenotaph. A lake, multi-tiered garden, and gazebos are also housed within the complex

Osiyan Temple One of the most beautiful Jain temple complexes housed in the country, Osiyan temple is known for its impeccable designing and large complex. Devotees hold the temple in very high regard and travel from near and far to come here and offer prayers

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