Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan was settled by the powerful Rajput chief Rao Jodha. Located near the Thar Desert, in the year 1459; it is famous as 'The Blue City'. Jodhpur travel is like being invited in an oasis in the middle of a vast and arid desert.
A booming trade town in the 16th century, Jodhpur is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. A high wall consisting of eight doors surrounds the entire city. The grand forts, beautiful temples and colorful markets scattered across this historic city are a treat to the eyes. Anyone visiting India should make it a point to travel to Jodhpur and capture the spirit of romance and valor that pervades the entire city.
Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur
Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Jodhpur are listed below.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
This beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh to provide employment to his people during a long drawn famine in the early 20th century. A perfect example of the early modern period architecture, the Umaid Bhawan is also one of the grandest private residences of the world. The royal family of Jodhpur still resides in a part of this grand palace while the other section has been converted into a luxurious hotel and a museum.
The Mehrangarh Fort is an architectural marvel, which stands proudly on a 125 m long hill. Built in 1459 AD, it spreads over an area of around 5 km and is one of the largest forts in India. This imposing structure, reminds one of the royal splendor and bravery of the Rajput of those times. It overlooks the city of Jodhpur, has a good collection of royal paraphernalia on display besides housing a number of beautiful palaces.
Quite close to the Mehrangarh Fort complex, Jaswant Thada was built in 1899 AD in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It houses the cenotaphs of a number of Rajput royals. The main cenotaph here has rare portraits of many Rajput rulers on display.
Fairs and Festivals
Marwar Festival (October) is a two-day event, held in the memory of heroes of Rajasthan. Folk music and dance of Marwar region is the specialty of the festival which create a magical atmosphere. Camel tattoo show and polo are other major attractions of the festival.
The Desert Kite Festival (14th January) witnesses the participation of kite flyers from India and abroad. The sky looks amazingly great with kites of myriad colours flying high during the three-day festival.
Best Time to Visit Jodhpur
Jodhpur has a pleasant weather between October till February is this is the best time to visit. Summers from March till June should be avoided for tourism, due to scorching heat. Monsoons between July to September can also be considered for a visit.
How to Reach Jodhpur
By Air: With Jodhpur airport at about 5 km, the city is connected to all major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai through regular flights.
By Rail: Jodhpur railway station connects metro cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai to the city.
By Road: Buses are easily available for Jodhpur. Rajasthan Roadways provides premium bus services to all cities.
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