Famous City of Jodhpur Rajasthan
second largest City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur , is a silent but courtly testament
of the chivalrous Rathores who founded the City and ruled it for decades.
Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, after whom the City was
rechristened from Mewar to Jodhpur. It represents the rich royal traditions
and culture in the sandy deserts of Thar.
Jodhpur Travel is known for its Forts, Palaces and Temples displaying a glorious
history and architectural brilliance. The buildings of the Jodhpur City are dipped
in blue hues, making it seem to reflect the endless sky and giving Jodhpur a
kind of uniformity. The blue color marked the residential spaces of the
Brahmins, which was started to be followed by the non-Brahmins too.
History of Jodhpur:
The Rathore clan of Rajputs used to flourish in Kannauj, before being
ousted by Afghans, led by Mohommad Ghori. From here they eluded to Pali, a
near Jodhpur Place. The Rathores got a stronghold in this region after the
marriage of Rathore Siahaji's marriage to a local prince. Initially, they
established their base at Mandore, after driving out the Pratiharas but
later they gained a foothold in Jodhpur, erstwhile Marwar, which was a more
stable and secure capital.
Jodhpur retain its independence during the Mughal reigns and shared
harmonious relations with them, except with Aurangzeb. After Aurangzeb's
death, Maharaja Ajit Singh took over Ajmer from the Mughals. Under Umed
Singh's regimen, the City grew as a cultural centre and a trade hub. It
flourished with the returns of opium, sandalwood and copper trade, supported
by its location on the Delhi-Gujarat trade route. After several battles of
the 17th and the 18th century, a treaty was signed with the British empire
to gain peace in the region and after the country gained independence in
1947, it was included in the Sate of Jodhpur Rajasthan.
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Outside the old City are situated the Jodhpur City's bus and train stations. The
Tourist Reception Centre is located within RTDC Hotel Ghoomar. At the train
station is located the International Tourist Bureau, where you can get first
hand Tourist Information on Jodhpur Travel. Close to the train station is the main post
office, at Station Road. For exchanging currency and traveler cheques, you
can approach State Bank of India or LKP Forex located opposite Circuit
Sights of Jodhpur:
Mehrangarh Fort, earlier known as Chintamani Fort, is one of the most
stunning Forts of Rajasthan. It is situated on a 150 m high hill, which can
be traversed by driving on a 5km long winding road and crossing seven mighty
gates on the way. The fort commemorates the victorious battles of Jodhpur
over other empires and states, especially Bikaner and Jaipur. It was built
by Maharaja Ajit Singh, but some additions like the Fatehpol, were made by
successive rulers too. The main Attractions of the Fort are its lavish
palaces, huge courtyards, galleries and temples. A must visit are the Moti
Mahal, Phool Mahal, Umed Vilas, Sheesh Mahal and Chamunda Devi Temple. There
is also a museum displaying the rich artifacts of the royal era including
palanquins, elephant howdahs and exquisite silver work.
1 km to the left of Mehrangarh Fort, lies the cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant
Thada which was built in 1899 by Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is decorated
with latticework on translucent sheets of marble and carved wooden doors.
There are three other cenotaphs and a royal crematorium situated within the
marble edifice. From the Fort, you will get a marvelous view of the marble
structure and its lush gardens. You will also find some age-old portraits of
the Rathore kings displayed here.
Clock Tower & Markets:
Clock Tower stands within the old city, as a proud landmark of Jodhpur. It
was built by Shri Sardar Singh Ji, after whom the nearby market is named.
The vibrant Sardar Bazaar has narrow pathways aligned with small shops
selling everything from vegetables to handicrafts.
Umaid Gardens & Sadar Government Museum:
One of the most beautifully laid out gardens of Rajasthan is the Umaid
Garden, named after Maharaja Umed Singh who initiated its construction. This
sprawling garden spans in an area of 82 acres and has been created to
inculcate variety to attract the attention of visitors. There is a zoo,
library and also a museum situated within the garden. The museum is called
Sadar Government Museum and has many sculptures and artefacts dating back to
the 6th century.
Umaid Bhavan Palace & Museum:
Umaid Bhavan Palace, is like a treat for soaring eyes, as it seems as if
time has friezed here in the royal past. It was Maharaja Umaid Singh, who
laid its foundation stone in the year 1929 and hired architects from London
to built this palace in an extraordinary style. This pink and white palace
is also known as Chittar Bungalow because Chhittar sandstone is heavily used
in its making.
This 347 room palace has a double domed hall and a huge entrance called
Rajmahal. Inside the palace there are luxurious facilities provided like a
huge ball room, a billiard hall, a Durbar Hall, a swimming pool and a
reception hall. A major part of the palace has been converted into a hotel,
while a small part still serves as a royal residence for Maharaja Gaj Singh
II. The best part of the palace is the museum that showcases old photographs
of the royal families, weapons, stuffed animal skin, decoration pieces and
Activities of Jodhpur:
In the Folk Art Museum, located in Town Hall, you can appreciate a
collection of locally made crafts and rare traditional instruments. Golf is
another good option as the brown turfs of Sadar Club in Ratanda, will be
quite appealing for the sports enthusiasts.
Sleeping on Jodhpur:
Jodhpur Hotels, It would be convenient to go for Sightseeing, if you find an accommodation
near the Clock Tower. You will find quite a good number of budget Hotels in
Navchokia and on High Court Road like the Tourist Guest House and Cozy Guest
House. The best and most lavish accommodations are available in Umaid Bhavan
Palace and Taj Hari Mahal Palace.
The most shopped items in Jodhpur are the locally made handicrafts, tie and
die printed textiles, accessories, antique furnitures, lac bangles, spices
and leather items. At Sarafa Bazaar, you will find elegant pieces of
jewelery and accessories like beads and bangles at reasonable prices. You
can also take back colorful turbans or junky jewelery as souvenirs from the
local bazaars. Visit the Kapra Bazaar for best of printed textiles including
Lehariya, bandhini and block printed ones. Handloom House and Khadi Shop are
other areas where there is no bargain on quality.
Getting There & Away:
Jodhpur City Airport is situated near the city centre. Flights from
here leave for Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai and Delhi.
Jodhpur Jaisalmer Express to Jaisalmer, Mandore Express to
Delhi, Intercity Express to Jaipur and other daily trains to Bikaner and to
other nearby locations run from the train station of Jodhpur.
Jodhpur Travel by RSRTC Buses are available for Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer,
Bikaner, Ahmedabad and Delhi. Deluxe buses for these destinations are also
Getting Around Jodhpur:
Jodhpur Travel From the airport and train station you can catch an autorickshaw or from
the nearby taxi stand you can catch a taxi. A day's sightseeing tour in a
taxi will cost you around Rs 200.