The imperial city of Jodhpur, founded in
the year 1459AD, is named after the founder, Roa Jodha. The city, set at the
edge of the Thar Desert echoes of tales of antiquity. The Rajput clan of
this place claims themselves to be the descendents of Rama, the hero of the
Jodhpur, the fortress city was a major trade center during the 16th
century, and is now the second largest city of Rajasthan graced with
palaces, forts and temples, all of which brings back to life the historic
romantic aura of the city. The turban wear and the folk costumes adds mystic
colour to the city.
The city is located in the Thar Desert in western Rajasthan at a distance
of 332 km of Jaipur and 621 kms from Delhi.
The temperature of Jodhpur ranges from a maximum of 40°C in the
summers to a minimum of 11°C, with an average rainfall of 359.5 mm.
November and March are the best time for a journey to Jodhpur with pleasant
and sunny days.
Mehrangarh Fort -
One of the collossal forts of India
constructed on the sloppy terrains of the Aravalli hills, the fort speaks
epics of red sandstones. Set on the 125 meter high hilltop, it can be
reached by an upbent road. The fort built originally in the early part of
the 19th century displays its exquisitely carved panels and porches and the
decorated wall in the Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, and Daulat
The fort has its own appeal with brilliantly stained glass, narrow stair
cases built to access the royal residence and the crafted furnitures and
palanquins. The three gates of the fort commemorates the victory of the fort
over its enemies.
Umaid Bhawan Palace -
The Palace is also known as the Chittor
Palace since it is built with sandstone brought from Chittor in the 20th
century. The palace took 16 years to get completed, and has a western touch
as it was designed by the British Royal Institute of Architects. The palace
has 300 rooms along with its own theater, 8 large dinning rooms and a
banquet hall of 300 seating capacity. The ball rooms is designed in western
style and the swimming pool with mosaic of zodial symbols. Now the Palace
has been converted to a heritage hotel and still houses the royal family.
Balsammand Lake & Palace -
This 19th century
sandstone palace built on the hillocks facing Balsammund lake is one unique
place that offer the pleasure of recreation in a palace by the side of a
beautiful lake. Created by Maharaja Sur Singh as a summer retreat it is
finely carved with latticed windows that allows the breeze to flow in to the
interiors of the palace .The dome structured embarkments offers a fantastic
view of the hills .The palace being situated in Mandora enjoys the calm life
away from the city.
Marwar Festivals -
The Marwar festival is held in the
month of September and October when the full moon is seen. The festival
reforms the Marwar territory in to dance and festivity with lively
performance by the artists on folk music and traditional culture. Visitors
often go to the place to view the festival in its full blossom.
Mehrangarh Fort Museum -
The Government Museum or the
Mehrangarh Fort Museum is adorned with opulent accumulation of weapons,
fabric, midget portraits, paintings and sculptures of Jain Tirthankars. Most
prominent ones to go for a closer view are the Palanquin Gallery and Howdah
Gallery which treasures ancient age specimens.