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sands, ancient culture, forts, palaces and royalty.
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The desert sands shimmer and pulsate with an
energy and a spirit of festivity permeates the air, every season
provides many reasons to celebrate.
Ride a camel over the dunes or horses through
the hillside, speed ahead in a jeep and camp under open skies.
A delicate ecosystem, part desert part marshy
lands and even a small section of lush water filled valleys, sports a
wildlife rich in variety.
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Rajasthan Tours Travel » Fascinating
Cities of Rajasthan » Jodhpur
the very edge of the Thar Desert in a an uncompromising land called Marwar
or 'Region of Death' lies the city of Jodhpur. Built by Rao Jodha in 1459
as the capital of the Marwar state, Jodhpur is still the second biggest
city in the province of Rajasthan. It is an ode to the spirit of the brave
Rathore clan who tamed this land and brought prosperity to it. Jodhpur
remains steeped in culture and tradition which gives this city a unique
medieval character. The old city is a maze of narrow lanes with all of its
houses painted blue, earning it the sobriquet, 'The Blue City'. A
photographer's paradise, Jodhpur is visually hypnotic, every sight a flash
of colours, in the swishing skirts of the local women, their gaily painted
dupattas (head scarves) that flutter in the wind, the fiery turbans of the
men, the glint of jewellery as it catches the sun and the heavy embroidery
on their clothes, the streets are lined with shops that spill onto the
side walks and it's roads run amok by brightly decorated auto rickshaws.
Abundant with many architectural treasures, forts, palaces and monuments,
a unique culture, a heady cuisine and many fares and festivals, Jodhpur
offers a lot to any visitor.
Major Tourist Attractions of Jodhpur
Perched on a rocky cliff at the height of 125m, the Mehrangarh Fort is
one of the most indelible sights you will ever see. A winding road leads
up the four gates that guard the entrance to this monolith. Begin your
exploration from the Fort's museum, a good way to get introduced to much
of what you will experience later. This little history tour through the
museum will get you acquainted with the opulent lifestyles of the
Maharajas, their ornately decorated and exquisitely carved palanquins and
howdahs (Elephant seats) put our humble automobiles to shame. An extensive
collection of miniature paintings, murals, Murano glassware, Chinese tiles
and artwork from around the world can also be found here. Now that you
know a bit about their history, head for the period rooms and palaces that
housed the monarchs of yore. Beautifully built and decorated, The Phool
Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana and the other rooms and
courtyards here will ask for time and attention, but before you leave save
a few minutes to enjoy the splendid panoramic view that the fort offers.
The grand Umaid Bhawan, a dream in sandstone, is also one of the largest
private residences in the world. Jodhpur's erstwhile royalty not only
lives here but has converted a part of it into a museum, and part a luxury
hotel. The museum here contains the kind of things that the Maharajas
loved to collect, crystal, glass, chinaware, fancy clocks, stuffed animals
and even some model planes.
Just a little further down the road from Mehrangarh is Jaswant Thada, a
beautiful marble memorial dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is a
delicate construction and the people of Jodhpur often offer flowers at the
shrine located within.
A lake in any desert town becomes a cause for not only sustenance but
also celebration. The Kaylana Lake is no different, popular with the
locals for an evening stroll and a charming picnic spot.
Back in the olden days when clocks and wristwatches were rare. The then
rulers built clock towers so that people could easily find out what time
of the day it was, usually in the busy thouroughfare of the city. Since
the kings were building it therefore it had to stun the people and it had
to have that royal stamp on it so that it could become a popular landmark.
The clock tower is replete with wood carvings, wrought iron, silver and
ivory ornamentation and leatherwear. In short, the extremity of
craftsmanship is visible in its full splendour here.
Quirks and Cuisine
Along with the regular Rajasthani fare, Jodhpur dishes out some of its
very own spicy specialities. Try the sizzling hot mirchi vada,
pyaz-ki-kachori and samosas at the local eateries. The best thing to
follow a spicy treat is of course something sweet, but Jodhpur has a
unique custom, instead of ending a meal with dessert, you start the meal
with a bit of sweet, Mave ki Kachori , Besan ki Chaaki and Maakhan Vade
are the some of the best sellers. Jodhpur's Makhania Lassis are also well
known and just the right refreshment after a long hard day of sightseeing.
colourful and hectic bazaars are a veritable shopper's paradise. Laden
with all the goods now synonymous with Rajasthan itself, like bandhini
(very fine tie and dye), handicrafts made of wood, iron and camel bone,
classic silver jewellery, embroidered leather shoes, lacquer ware,
carpets, puppets, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, textiles
and its famous red chilli. In recent years however, Jodhpur has become an
important 'antique' shopping destination in India. Here you will find
doorways, lintels, carved balconies and windows, pillars and furniture,
both genuine antiques as well as some treated to look so. The classic
'Jodhpurs' or breeches are a must buy from this place of their origin. The
main shopping enclaves include Tripolia bazaar, Sarafa bazaar, Sardarpura
Market, Sojati Gate, and the Jutti corner. Both Umaid Bhawan Palace as
well as Ajit Bhawan sell exclusive, boutique-style jewellery, handicrafts,
accessories and souvenirs.
Air : The Jodhpur Civil Aerodrome is 5km from the city
center. There are daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur.
Rail : The Jodhpur Junction is well connected to all
major cities of the country. The Mandore Express connects it to Delhi, the
Ranakpur Express to Mumbai and the Howrah-Jodhpur Express to Kolkata.
Road : Jodhpur is a comfortable six and a half hour
drive from Jaipur, the Capital city of Rajasthan. RSTC buses and private
luxury buses connect Jodhpur with almost all major places of Rajasthan.