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 places of tourist attraction like forts and temples in Jodhpur. 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 mix of lime stone and indigo, that gives blue shades to the city.
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 also 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.
This Blue city of Rajasthan have some prominent landmark that can be explored in your trip.
Mehrangarh Fort is the most important landmark of city, even when you book your stay each hotel advertise themselves as fort view. But don’t worry you can see the fort from any where in the city because it is situated on a 400 feet higher plane than the city. This fort considered as one of the largest and masculine fort of India. It 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 consider among top 5 museum of India. Sword of Samrat Akbar is a notable attraction of this 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. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 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
It is one of the best architecture building of India which was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh for the residence purpose. It 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 (Locally known as ‘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
It is believed the Palace was built to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine.
How to Reach Jodhpur
City is well connected with all major city with road, rail and flight and for commuting within city Auto rickshaw is the best economical option.