Think of Rajasthan's and not think of Jodhpur is something like thinking of
sweet without sugar. This five hundred year old settlement is amongst the
most princely and distinctive settlements of Rajasthan. Jodhpur was the
headquarters of the daring and audacious Rathore Rajputs. Jodhpur, the land
of royalty, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar was
founded in 1459 AD., by the Suryavanshi Rao Jodha. An island of marble
palaces, Jodhpur is dominated by towering fort and palaces that rise from
sand like a mirage.
When to Travel
The time between the October and march is the best time for a visit to
How to Reach There
Be it airways, roadways or railways Jodhpur is accessible from all the
major parts of the country. Indian Airlines operates flights from Delhi,
Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur for the airline tourists. Jodhpur is connected by
rail to Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. Jodhpur is well connected to
Delhi, Udaipur, and Jaipur by roadways.
Where to Stay
Jodhpur offers a wide array of Heritage, deluxe, luxurious and budget
hotels to everyone's comfort. Some of the hotels which can make the travel a
comfortable one are - Jodhpur RTDC Hotel, Ghoomar; Ajit Bhawan, Heritage
Hotel; Umaid Bhawan Palace, Ratanada Palace, and Raj Basera are some of the
premier hotels available for accommodation.
Jodhpur has its own architectural appeal, that attracts visitors from far &
near, making it one of the most visited tourist place of India. There is lot
one can explore at Jodhpur. It showcases some very fine mementoes of its
Rajasthan's glorious past - palaces, temples and other elegant monuments of
architectural, historical and cultural value. Some of the tourist
attractions Jodhpur has for its visitors are : Mehrangarh
Originally built in 1806, Mehrangarh Fort is one of Rajasthan's three great
hilltop forts. Located at the heart of the Jodhpur city, Mehrangarh is
visible from the surrounding area, dominating the city of Jodhpur. One can
see the royal splendor of Medieval India in the carved panels and porches,
elaborately designed walls and windows of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh
Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana.
Umaid Bhavan Palace :
The 20th century Umaid Bhavan Palace, is built of sandstones. Sporting a
blend of Indian and Western design Umaid Bhawan was built in a time of
peace, as a famine relief project, giving employment to people for 16 years.
With over 300 rooms the palace boasts of its theatre hall, eight dining
rooms, and a banquet hall which seats three hundred people. The palace now
runs as a hotel and a part of it has also been retained as a museum living
some part as royal residence.
Fair & Festivals
A two day extravaganza rejoicing in the glory of the desert kingdom, the
Marwar festival is a multi-venue-event celebration. The festivals strives to
capture the vitality of the Marwari peoples. The celebration ends with the
fabulous fire dance on the sand of Osian
Fairs & festivals of Jodhpur are stunning visual delights that attracts
thousands from all over the world to this beautiful city. Fairs &
festivals are the part and parcel of the Indian lifestyle. The fairs &
festivals of Jodhpur brings annually, the very essence of culture &
traditions prevailing in this city of royalty. Some of the various festivals
of Jodhpur are - Gangaur festival, Nag Panchami, Marwar festival, Kite
festival, Veerpuri Ka Mela .
Jodhpur is famous for many things from hand-dyed textiles, antiques to
footwears and not to forget the delicious sweets of India and Rajasthan.
Prices are not high, but further bargaining is difficult.
Umaid Bhawan :
Jodhpur is the right place for antique hunters. One can find old furniture,
chests, cabinets, sculptures, doors, windows, carved lintels, old pictures,
memorabilia, and lots more in rare, first-edition books.
Kapra Bazaar :
If one is looking for for bandhini and hand-dyed fabrics worn by the locals
and tie-dyed in small motifs or in wave-like strips on varieties of
textures, Kapra Bazzar stocks all for one's variable tastes.
Mochi Bazar :
right place to buy Jodhpuri footwear, or finely embroidered mojris. A pair
costs about Rs 450-500, and one with less embroidery & larger stitches
is half of that.
Other Markets :
Tripolia bazaar, Sarafa bazar, Sardarpura Market, Sojati Gate, National
Handloom are some of the most popular departmental stores where you will
found all type of accessories and cloths situated in Nai Sarak.