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Pearl Palace, Jodhpur Amidst the sand dunes and thorny vegetation of Thar Desert lies the glory of Rajasthan, Jodhpur. The city was founded in 1459 by Rao Jhoda Ji, a Rajput chief of the valiant Rathore clan. The majestic forts, royal palaces and temples retains the grandeur of the city. It welcomes the tourist to explore the true colors Rajputana culture. Intricate handicrafts, folk dances and traditional attire impart the regal city a charm of its own.

Jodhpur is also famous for its colorful festivals including the Marwar Festival, held in October every year. During the season of the festivals, the whole city dips into the joy with spectrum of colors scattered all over. Decorated camels, delicate handicrafts, camel cart and bejeweled women creates a mesmerizing view for the tourists. Other major attraction of Jodhpur is its tranquil villages that provides the visitors a unique insight into the tribal life of the region.

Major Attractions

Mehrangarh Fort:
Situated in the steep hill, Meghana fort is amongst the largest forts in India. The grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrates the saga of Jhodpuri sculpture. Every palace boasts exquisitely latticed windows, carved panels, elaborately adorned walls. The fort covers an extensive area of 5 km on a perpendicular hill, which presents a majestic view on city horizon.

Jaswant Thada:
This architectural landmark is located close to the fort complex. It is a white marble memorial (cenotaphs) built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph displays some of the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. A visit inside the cenotaphs with some villagers would bring forward the reverence they still hold for the royal family.

Umaid Bhawan Palace:
Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residences in the world, set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens. The royal family of Jodhpur still lives in the part of the palace. Another portion of the palace is a well maintained museum that exhibits an array of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royal family such weapons, antiques & fascinating clocks, crockery and trophies.

Raj Ranchhodji Temple:
This temple was built by queen Jadechi Rajkanwar after the death of her husband, king Jaswant Singh. Major part of the temple is constructed of red sandstone, carved with beautiful filigree work. The temple houses the statue of Ranchhodji made of black marble. It has green, yellow and blue glasses beautifully decorated on the main door.

Jodhpur is tourist's favorite destination in Rajasthan. It takes the visitors into a rustic world redolent with history, architecture and ethnicity. Some of the other destinations of the city that has been alluring the tourist from all over the world includes:

Mandore Garden Guda Lake
Mahamandir Mandore
Bishnoi Village Sardar Samand Lake & Palace
Baba Ramdeo Temple Osian

Fun & Leisure

Shopping:
Jodhpur is famous all over the world for handicrafts crafted from wood, iron and camel bone. There are a lot of fabric shops, selling 'bandhini' (very fine tie & dye), hand block prints, shops selling jewellery by weight and antique shops. The Sadar Market near the clock tower gives an immense shopping pleasure to the visitors.

Night life:
Jodhpur is not much exciting for pubbish, disco goers. However, you can enjoy a sunset, enhancing the the yellow glaze on golden sandstone. Just sit by a rooftop restaurant and enjoy the orange hues painted around the sky.

Eating-joints:
Jodhpur is famous for its sweets. One can find flock of tourist enjoying the delicacies at every shop. It is really difficult to escape from sweet hospitality ("Mithi Manuhar") of Jodhpur. 'Mave ki Kachori' , 'Besan ki Chaaki', 'Maakhan Vade' are some of the popular delicacies of the city. You can also enjoy the traditional palate of Rajasthani cuisines at different eating joints in the city.

Travel Information

Air
The Jodhpur Airport is 5 km away from the city center it has daily flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur.

Rail
Jodhpur is well connected by train from Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

Road
A convenient mode of travel to Jodhpur is by road. The main highway between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is via Agoli and Pokaran. Well connected by bus from Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.






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