Jodhpur

 
Jodhpur Main

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 tourists.

The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists.

The forts, palaces and havelis of the city are complemented by the various vibrant fairs and festivals that draw a large number of people. Some of the popular events of Jodhpur are Marwar Festival, Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival, Nagaur Fair etc.

Major Tourist Spots

Mehrangarh Fort

 
Mehrangarh

The fort stands majestically in Jodhpur and is one of the most important landmarks in the Blue City. The Mehrangarh fort is built on a steep hill and is one of the largest forts in India. The fort houses many palaces and mansions inside its impregnable walls. The palaces have intricate carvings and latticework on the windows and jharkohas. The MotiMahal or the Pearl Palace is a wonderful monument famous for its delicately carved stone screen.

The UmaidBhawan Palace

 
Umaid Palace

The palace is the most beautiful monument in Jodhpur. The palace was built by Umaid Singh and designed by Henry Vaughan. It is an epic monument that took about 3000 artisans and 14 years to complete. A part of the beautiful palace has been converted into a heritage hotel.

Jaswant Thada:

 
Jaswantthada

JaswantThada 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.

other attractions

  • Ajit Villas
  • Maan Villas
  • PhoolMahal

Travelling to Jodhpur

Jodhpur is well connected to major cities in India by rail, road and air. The airport is very close to the city and has regular connections to major cities in the country. To reach the city centre auto rickshaws and taxis are available. Located centrally, the Jodhpur Railway Station has trains bound to big and small cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Indore, Bangalore and Hyderabad among other destinations.

To reach Jodhpur from cities within and outside Rajasthan, state-run buses are widely available. Services are also offered by private buses which leave from the bus stand on Pal Road and from Kalpataru Cinema.

 

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