Set at the edge of the Thar desert, the
imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness
of the desert.
Once the capital of the Marwar state , it was
founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who
claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of
The massive 15th century A.D.
Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above
the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8
gates and innumerable bastions.
A major trade centre of the 16th
century A.D. the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city
While the graceful palaces , forts and temples
strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite
handicrafts , folk dances music and the brightly attired people lend a
romantic aura to the city.
The lifestyle in jodhpur is unusually
fascinating with folks wearing , artistically
designed lovely costumes. Women folk wear wide gathered skirts and a hip length jacket,
with three quarter length sleeves , covering the front and back. The
colorful turbans worn by the men folk add more color to the city . It was
from here that the popularity worn baggy - tight , horse riding trousers-
‘ Jodhpurs’ took their name.
Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars is a heady
experience with a colorful display of the rich collection of exquisite
handicrafts. The tie and dye fabric, embroidered ‘jutis’ or slippers in
suede, camel skin, velvet add more colors to the city.
Countless festivities celebrate the rich past
and culture of the princely state. The Marwar Festival held annually is
one such spectacular bonanza.
Mehrangarh Fort The 5 km long
majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and
formidable structures. Although invincible from the outside, the fort has
four gates approached by a winding road. Within the
fort are some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels ,
latticed windows and evocative names. Not worthy of these are the Moti
Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat
Khana. These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian
royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant hawdahs,
miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and
Jaswant ThadaA cluster of
royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja
Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various
Umaid Bhawan Palace The only
20th century palace built under the famine relief project that
gave employment to famine struck population. The palace was completed in
16 years. This opulent edifice in sandstone is still the residence of the
former rulers with a part of it running as hotel and remaining part as a
Girdikot and Sardar Market
These colourful markets with tiny shops dotting the narrow lanes are
situated in the heart of the city and are popular for a wide range of
handicrafts, making them the favorite haunt of shoppers.
Museum The museum has an
exquisite ensemble of paintings, sculptures and antique
Balsamand Lake and Gardens (5
km) A pretty lake built in 1159 A.D. A splendid summer Palace stands by
the lake side surrounded by beautiful gardens. An idyllic spot for
Mandore (8 km) The ancient
capital of Marwar has cenotaphs of the Jodhpur rulers. The Hall of heroes
has fifteen figures carved out of the rock on the wall which represent
Hindu deities. Its beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a
popular picnic spot.
Mahamandir Temple (9 km)
Built in 1812 A.D. it is noteworthy temple with 84 carved
Kailana Lake (11 km) The
beautiful lake is an ideal picnic spot.
Osian (58 km) An oasis in the
desert, situated on the diversion off the main Jodhpur-Bikaner Highway. A
drive to this ancient township takes one past undulating
terrain,punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets.
Osian has 15 beautifully sculptured Jain and
Brahmanical temples. Of these the most outstanding ones are the earlier
Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple,Sachiya Mata Temple and the
main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira.
Dhawa (45 km) A wildlife
sanctuary with the largest number of Indian antelopes.
Nagaur (135 km) An imposing
fort with beautiful murals. It is also the venue for a beautiful murals.
It is also the venue for a week long cattle fair held in Jan/Feb every
Rohit Fort (40 km) Now a
heritage hotel, the fort is worth a visit.
Luni Fort (20 km) Now
converted into a heritage hotel, this fort and its surroundings are worth
- Area : 75.50 sq. km.
- Altitude : 230
- Climate : Mean Max. Mean Min.
- Summer : 42.2 degree C 27.3
- Winter : 27.5 degree C 9.5 degree C
- Rainfall : 31
- Best Season : Oct. - March
- Clothing : Summer light
- Winter :light woolen
- Languages : English, Hindi,