"Blue City of Marwar Jodhpur" Jodhpur by RAJASTHANBYCAR

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Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, also known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many beautiful palaces, forts and temples, apart from a stark, scenic desert landscape. The city is known as also the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred as the Blue City, due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur is also known for gentleness of its people. Jodhpur lies near the geographic center of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pol.


Jodhpur:-The fortified city standing sentinel to the great splendour and romance of Thar desert transports the visitor to the imperial times.
Once the capital city of Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodhaji-the chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendents of Lord Rama the epic hero of Ramayana.
A major trade centre of the 16th century, Jodhpur is currently the second largest city of Rajasthan.
The city is encompassed by a high wall 10 Kms long with 8 Gates and innumerable bastions.The forts and places of Jodhpur are unsurpassed in beauty and grandeur.

Umad Bhawan Palace

The only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. The palace was completed in 16 years built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1928 and designed by the President of the British Royal Institute of Architects. The Palace is a blend of several styles, merging pleasantly. Royal auditorium ballrooms, huge dinning-room, gilded royal furniture, majestic tiger and deerskins on the walls of a gloomy library of old books, crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, liveried menservants and doormen, indoor swimming pool in basement, various mementoes and old photographs. There is so much to see and discover.displays the Rajput miniature paintings and Ajit Villas exhibits musical instruments and the royal costumes. Both these villas are joined by a beautiful mirror room.

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  • Pros:Good for wooden Handicrafts
  • Cons:Touts around Clock Tower Market
  • Last visit to Jodhpur: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated Jan 24, 2008
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