Second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is known as Gateway to the Thar. It is because of the location of this city that is at the edge of the desert. This city also has two other names – Blue City or the City of Blue Houses and Sun City because of maximum number of sunny days.
Founded by Rao Jodha of Rathores this historic city finds it origin back in 1459 AD. Since the Rathore kingdom was known as Marwar, the people here are known as Marwaris. The forts, palaces, Havelis and temples build a magical aura in Jodhpur
Jodhpur transpires its locally rich tradition and culture. The food and fabric, handicrafts and jewelry add up to this historic city.
This fort dominates all the tourist spots in this city. This fort is above the Jodhpur city at 400 feet. Enclosed with thick walls this fort has beautiful and intricate carvings. The expansive courtyards win every tourist's heart. Weapons like cannonball used by ancient militia or armies of Jodhpur are still at this fort.
Within Mehrangarh Fort:
This fort proudly boasts a museum that is well – stocked in entire of Rajasthan. In one section, this museum has collection of old and royal palanquins. There is elaborate domed Mahadol palanquin. There are arms and costumes, paintings and decorated rooms all used by the Rathores.
There are various tourist destinations in Jodhpur like:
- Nathdwara temple
- Osiyan temples
- Ranakpur Jain temples
But the tour to the enthralling Jodhpur would be incomplete without visiting the glorious Mahamandir Temple. Located on Mandore Road, this temple is famous for its exotic and beautifully carved 84 pillars. They are respected and renowned for its architectural splendor. The delicate cutwork on the stone spells the magnificence of this architecture. Seek the blessings in tranquility at the Mahamandir Temple.
The most flawlessly executed architectural piece of the Rajput architecture would be Jaswant Thada. This monument would enchant you instantly with the poignant appeal. This royal cenotaph is unparalleled beauty built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The exquisite jewelry, Jaswant Thada in the white marble, the delicate looking pillars, pavilions and domes will entice your heart. A real treat to the eye would be visiting Jaswant Thada.
Umaid Bhawan Palace:
To the south of Jodhpur is a clearly visible Umaid Bhawan Palace. Major portion is converted into a 5 star hotel but museums and grounds are open for public visits.
- Baba Ramdev Temple
- Ganesh Temple
- Santoshi Mata Temple
- Balsamand Lake
- Kailana Lake
- Luni fort
- Khejarla fort
The fairs and festivals in Jodhpur express a rich local and folk culture of Rajasthan. When you are in Rajasthan you are not to miss the Kite festivals.
Ideal time to visit:
Jodhpur belongs to the desert region. The climate here is mostly dry and hot. Visiting during summers would be a torture to the tourists. Although the city is sunny, bright and cheerful the whole year, October to March would be ideal to visit Jodhpur.