When you talk about tourists places of Rajasthan, don’t forget to mention Jodhpur. It is equally important tourists destination as Jaipur or Jaisalmer. Jodhpur is second largest city of Rajasthan. There are many must visit places of Jodhpur like forts and temples. This city also share Thar desert with Jaisalmer. It is popularly known as Blue City of Rajasthan because most of the house in old city area are painted with a blend of lime stone and indigo, gives blue shades to the city.
See also: Top attraction of Jaipur
The Jodhpur city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, as a capital city of Marwar State. You can find Marwari people everywhere in country doing business were originally belongs to this Marwar region. Jodhpur is famous for its handicraft items, like glass Bangles, Jodhpuri carpet and other traditional clothes with nice embroidery. A number of dishes from Jodhpur is famous all over India, such as Mawa Ki Kachori, Pyaaj Ki Kachori, Spicy Mirchi Bada, Dal Bati Churma etc.
The most important attraction of Jodhpur city, even when you book your stay each hotel advertise themselves as fort view. But don’t worry you can see the fort from anywhere in the city because it lie on the plane 400 feet higher than the city. This fort is among the largest and masculine fort of India. Mehrangarh fort was built around 1460 by Rao Jodha and there are several palaces inside the fort, known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The museum of the Mehrangarh fort is one of the well-stocked museums in Rajasthan and also among the top 5 museum of India. Sword of Samrat Akbar is a notable attraction of Jodhpur fort museum. From the fort you can have the most beautiful view of this blue city. You can have camel ride at the entrance of fort in exchange of little money.
As you approach towards Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada lies on the way and approx 400 meter before this fort. It is actually cremation ground for the royal family of Marwara. Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State built it in memory of his father ‘Maharaja Jaswant Singh II’. The cenotaphs (Chhatri) and domes are decorated with intricate carving on white marble. It resembles like a temple and some time call as Tajmahal of Marwar. It also display a variety of paintings and portraits of Jodhpur rulers.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur
Maharaja Umaid Singh had build this beautiful building in Jodhpur for residence purpose. In 1977 the palace converted into a heritage hotel managed by Taj Hotels and one part of which used as residence of the royal family ( one of the world’s largest private residences). Maharaja Umaid Singh was the grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh ( Bapji ) of the palace. Umaid Bhawan Palace won the best heritage hotel award of the world and it is very much costly to stay there. Even a single night stay can cost you 10000 USD.
The purpose behind the construction of this Palace was to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine.
How to Reach Jodhpur
The city have direct flight from most of the major Indian city. Jodhpur also have good connectivity by road and rail network with other city of Rajasthan/India.For commuting within city auto rickshaw is the best economical option.
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