Attractions: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort
Festival Attraction: Desert Festival
Best Time To Visit: October To March
MAIN LANGUAGES : Rajasthani, Hindi & English
Jodhpur 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 sculptors 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.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS :
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
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
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.
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.
Ossian : 65-km from Jodhpur, lie ruins of an ancient city
called Ossian. 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
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 from Jodhpur.
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.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Jodhpur has its own airport and regular flight services
conect the city with other major cities in and around
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
Road: The state transport has bus services from other cities
of the state and some services are interstate too.
PLACES TO STAY
The 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 avaialable too.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
The Marwar Festival - Held in October, this festival brings
alive the legend, folklore and romantic lifestyle of
Jodhpur 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