city is surrounded by a 10 km long wall with eight
gates serving as entrances. The new city is settled
around this walled area. The Maruthal or 'land of
death' , came into life when the Rathores of Kanauj
moved in. But the city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao
Jodhaji in 1459 AD.
In Jodhpur, the genius of its sculptures comes to life
in its exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis,
which stand testimony to the imperial grandeur. The
most alluring part of Jodhpur is the traditional
lifestyle, festivity and the smiling people who
treasure this former princely state.
Mehrangarh Fort - Situated on a steep hill,
Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India.
The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the
fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to
the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures.
Umaid Bhawan Palace - The only palace built in
20th century under the famine relief programme, has
now been converted into a hotel with some parts being
retained as a museum.
Jaswant Thada - The 19th century royal cenotaph
is built in white marble, in commemoration of Maharaja
Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the rulers of
Jodhpur are also displayed here.
Government Museum - This museum has a rich
collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits,
local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. It is
situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens.
Clock Tower & Sadar Market - In the old
city, clock tower is a prominent land mark. But main
attraction is the Sadar Market. The market has kept
alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture.
what luxury in the royal times was all about! Welcome
to Palace On Wheels, a luxury train that carries with
it an ambience of the Rajputana era and an exciting
fairytale journey, which takes the visitor to the
imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The
coaches also carry out an image of the Rajput states
with beautiful interiors. Last but not the least the
"Royal Treat" for the passengers on board
include salons, bar lounges & libraries in every
coach as well as restaurant and organized shopping facilites.
Mandore : Towards the north of Jodhpur is the
ancient capital of Marwar, Mandore. It is just 8 kms
from the city. Main attractions of the place are Hall
of Heroes with sixteen huge figures carved out of a
single rock, the shrine of 330 million Gods and the
royal cenotaphs. But one can not miss the caves in
crags and the sprawling gardens, which are now shelter
place for monkeys and peacocks. Greenery of the place
makes Mandore, in true sense, an oasis.
Osian : 65-km from Jodhpur, lie ruins of an
ancient city called Osian. This city is famous for Brahmanical and Jain temples, which belong to 8th and
11th century. Surya or Sun temple and the Sachiya
temples are famous for their beauty. The 'shikhar' of
Sachiya temple is clustered by two rows of turrets, an
ambulatory and a large assembly hall with an elaborate
Guda Bishnoi : The villages are inhabitated by
the Bishnoi tribe who are staunch believers in the
sanctity of plant and animal life. Villages are marked
by Khejri trees and deers, which thrive there. 25 kms
LAKES AND PALACES
Balsamand Lake & Palace : This picturesque
artificial lake is 7 kms from the main city. Summer
palaces along the embankment and a bird sanctuary has
made it a picnic spot.
Sardar Samand Lake and Palace : Rajasthani
village life and vibrant cultural colours come alive
as you drive along the 55 kms stretch. The monotony of
the drive is broken by Chinkaras and Black Bucks who
frisk pass the road.
Jodhpur has its
own airport and regular flight services connect the
city with other major cities in and around Rajasthan.
Rail: The city is also well connected by the
railway lines and trains are available for other major
cities in the country from here. The 'Palace on
Wheels' also visits this city of royal splendour.
Road: The state transport has bus services from
other cities of the state and some services are
variety of hotels and guest houses in Jodhpur makes
one feel at home. Accommodation here is available to
suit tourists of every budget. Hotel Karni Bhawan,
Ajit Bhawan are heritage hotels. The Rajasthan Tourism
Department has the Ghoomar Hotel. The palace hotels
options include the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Ratanada Polo
Palace, Rajputana Palace. Raj Basera also provides
good accommodation facilities. There are low budget
accommodations available too.
Marwar Festival - Held in October, this festival
brings alive the legend, folklore and romantic
lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers.
Sadar Market near the Clock Tower gives immense
shopping pleasure to the locals as well as the
visitors. The colourful but hectic bazaar consists of
many narrow lanes, lined with tiny shops. Look for the
tie & dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes,
lacquer ware, antiques, carpets and puppets. Here, one
can buy exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines,
miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and
classic silver jewellery.
has extreme type of climate with temperature range
variation being very high. Average rainfall is 32 cm
annually. The best season to visit the city is between
October and March.
Tourist Attractions: Umaid
Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort.
Festival Attraction: Desert
Best Time To Visit: October
MAIN LANGUAGES: Rajasthani, Hindi &