The bright sun beams on the blue city of Jodhpur, making it immaculately radiant and cool every time. The Gateway to Thar Desert, Jodhpur is a walled city famed for its forts, palaces, temples and havelis. Named after Rao Jodha, the city forms the linking point to other desert cities - Bikaner and Jaisalmer.
Protected with seven gates, countless bastions and high stone wall, Jodhpur’s medieval character is represented by walls frescoed and painted in blue, giving it a distinct look and feel. Distinctively known for its Marwari Culture, a tour to Jodhpur includes experiencing majesty of Mehrangarh Fort and enticing luxuries at Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Major Tourist Locations
The largest fort of Rajasthan at Mehrangarh, dominates Jodhpur with its majesty. Founded in 1458, Mehrangarh Fort occupies the better part of old Jodhpur. The famous blue houses of the city are located near this fort only. Located at a height of 150 m, the fort complex consists of Maharaja’s Palace, several temples and extensive garden. Famous highlights within the palace include Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Chamunda Mataji Temple, Museum, etc.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Built on Chittar Hills by Maharaja Umaid Singh, Umaid Bhawan Palace emerged as a symbol of new Jodhpur. Set amidst 26 acres, Umaid Bhawan Palace depicts the royalty of Marwari Kings. The property partly serves as a 5 star heritage hotel managed by Taj Group and the remaining half is the largest private mansion of the present Maharaja.
The mausoleum of Jaswant Thada is Jodhpur’s architectural landmark built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Featuring a collection of royal cenotaphs in white marble, the monument is located next to a little lake, adding on to the beauty of the monument.
The clock tower and its market offers a large variety of local products.
The small oasis town of Osian is known more for the ancient temple ruins. Believed to be a major center of Silk Route, Osian is dotted with a number of intricately carved 16 Brahmanical and Jain temples dating back to the 6th century. The excursion to this town is incomplete without Camel Safari.
Located in the middle of Jodhpur and Udaipur, Ranakpur is a village of temples featuring the much revered marble Jain temple and Sun Temple.
Desert Delight, Bikaner holds the northernmost spot in the Indian desert circuit and is famous for tawny deserts, ethnic camel safaris, Bikaneri Namkeens and Rich Indian Sweets.
Jaisalmer is a tawny golden land known for its grandeur of havelis and palaces in the north east Rajasthan. With miles and miles of desert expanse and camel safaris, Jaisalmer evokes a number of exotic images about rustic Rajasthan.
Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is the “Venice of the East” with plush luxuries of heritage hotels and various lakes apart from its history, culture and scenic locations. Lake Palace is one such example covering the entire island in the Lake Pichola. The mesmerizing lakes here include Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan dotted with fascinating forts. It was renamed as Pink city because the city dressed itself pink to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II.
A hub of cultural affinity, Ajmer is surrounded by the green Aravalli Mountains. Once ruled by Prithvi Raj Chauhan, Ajmer is now a popular pilgrim spot famous for Dargah Sharif Tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti and Pushkar, the only temple of Lord Brahma. The Picturesque Pushkar Lake is also a sacred spot for Hindus.
An oasis in desert, Mount Abu features the highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan. Home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests, Mount Abu is a home to a number of Dilwara Jain temples.
Best time to visit - October to March
How to reach there
By Air Just 5 km away from city’s centre, Jodhpur is connected to all major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur.
By Train With two railway stations – City and Rai ka Bagh, Jodhpur is linked with all major cities in Rajasthan and all other metros including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad.
Agra (580 km), Ajmer (200 km), Barmer (220 km), Bikaner (240 km), Jaipur (345 km), Jaisalmer (290 km), Mount Abu (265 km), Osiyan (60 km), Ranakpur (175 km), Udaipur (275 km)
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