Set in the stark landscape of Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan.
Founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief, Jodhpur is one of the most sought after tourist destination on Rajasthan tourist map. Featuring many Palaces, forts, and temples, the city is also famous as ‘Blue city of India’, as a number of buildings across the city are colored in blue.
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Air: - Jodhpur airport is one of the prominent airports not only for Rajasthan but for India, as it is closest to neighboring country Pakistan. Daily flights operate from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Bangalore, Surat to Jodhpur.
Train: - Jodhpur railway station is well connected to various major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Kota, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, etc. Luxury trains like Maharaja Express & Palace on wheels include Jodhpur as an important tourist destination in their itinerary.
Road: - Jodhpur is well connected to all major cities in Rajasthan and neighboring cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Agra, etc. Various deluxe & express bus services operate within the state.
Mehrangarh Fort, situated in Jodhpur is one of the most formidable forts in India. Built-in 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort stands 400 feet above Jodhpur city. The Fort is consists of many palaces, courtyards, temples and other structures made by various Rajput rulers. There are seven gates through which the Fort is entered, each built in honour of the victory over various armies. Mehrangarh Fort provides a panoramic view of the blue city.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
One of the largest private residence in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace, is located in Jodhpur. The construction of the palace was started in 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh & it was completed in 1943. The 347 roomed palace is a blend of Indian and western style of architecture. The motive behind the palace was to provide employment to the people during the time of famine. The Palace is divided into three parts, one part still serves as the residence of the Royal Family, while the other two are converted into Taj Palace Hotel for guests and museum respectively.
A popular landmark in old Jodhpur City, the Clock Tower was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh during his tenure. Vibrant Sardar Market is close to the tower where a wide variety of product is sold. Vegetables, Spices, Indian Sweets, saris, handicrafts - one can find a number of products here.
Within proximity of Mehrangarh Fort, lies 'Jaswant Thada'. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It serves as a memorial ground for the royal family of Marwar, the compound feature stunning garden, pond, and carved gazebos.
A popular picnic spot, Balsamand Lake, was built in 1159 AD & is designed as a water reservoir to provide water to Mandore. The Balsamand Lake Palace was built later overlooking the lake to serve as a summer resort for the Royal family of Jodhpur. Mango groves, Papaya grove, Guava grove, pomegranate & plum add to the lush greenery across the lakes shore.
Chamunda Mata Temple
Chamunda Mata Temple, located in the courtyard of Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha, as he brought her idol from the old capital of Marwar in 1460. Worshiped by citizens of Rajasthan, the temple was built for protection against the curse given by a saint. In October, During Dusshera Festival, a huge mass of devotees visit the temple and offer prayers to the goddess.