Famed as “The Sun City”, Jodhpur is named after its founder Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. The second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur was previously known as Marwar. The city boasts of a scenic landscape, and has various beautiful forts and palaces such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai ka Bag Palace. A shopper's paradise, Jodhpur is famous for its richly carved furniture, metal arts, lahariya bandhini textiles and traditional footwear. The city portrays the richness of Rajasthan’s legendary past where many rulers have ruled and created their own world of opulence. It is home to more than its fair share of forts and palaces which still hold treasures of the bygone era.
Jodhpur is adorned with a tapestry of cultures, traditions and history. The city promises to take you to some unknown chapters of India’s past that can make any jaw drop out of amazement. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which is a true exemplar of awe-inspiring architecture. Raised by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD, the Fort adorns the skyline of Jodhpur with vivid colours.
Another architecture marvel that attracts travellers form far and wide is the Jaswant Thada. With its intricate carvings, stunning domes and finely carved sculptures, this wonderful piece of art was constructed in the year 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
All the history enthusiasts can visit the Government Museum to get an insight into the past world through its rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankaras (sages).
The grandeur of Jodhpur can be experienced best by visiting the larger-than-life Umaid Bhawan Palace. This beautiful palace has now been divided into a heritage hotel, museum and the Maharaja’s royal residence. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is the most magnificent wonder of Indian architecture reflecting in its marbled squash courts, billiards rooms and museum.
Places like Balsamand Lake, Kaylana Lake and Mandore gardens are ideal to indulge with Mother Nature and cherish her blessings.
By Air: Jodhpur houses its own domestic airport, 5 kilometres from the city. ?????
By Rail: Jodhpur railhead is connected with all the cities of India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
By Road: Jodhpur is well connected by buses from various Indian cities.