Jodhpur is a valiant sentinel in the desert, on the eastern part of the Thar Desert
. Jodhpur has the distinction of neither being a part of the great Thar Desert nor out of
it. Jodhpur is a doorway to the amazing wonderland of sand dunes and shrubs,
rocky terrain & thorny trees of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is the home of the Rathors
- the beautiful
princely state of Rajasthan, who conquered
Marwar or Marudesh, land of the sand after the fall of Delhi and Kannauj.
The great city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodhaji in year 1459. Fort of
Jodhpur stands on a low range of sandstone hills, approx 125m above the
surrounding plains. The very clear distinction between the old Jodhpur and the new
is visible from the ramparts of the old fort. On the other part of the city,
facing the fort is the Umaid Bhawan Palace now known as Hotel Umaid Bhawan
Palace, one of the most spacious,
sprawling and well-planned accommodation palaces in India. And from Umaid
Bhawan Palace , as you look at the fort, a amazing view rises before your eyes at sunset.
How to Reach : Jodhpur
By Air :
Indian Airlines operates flights from Jodhpur to Delhi, Udaipur, Jaisalmer,
Jaipur and Mumbai.
By Bus :
There are various buses from Jodhpur to Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer,
Ahmedabad and Delhi.
By Train :
There are rail connections to Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Kota, Bikaner, Ahmedabad
Places to visit: Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur:
This fort is located on hill top,One of the most impressive forts in Rajasthan. A
series of gates [ dwars] lead into it, for example Jayapol built by Maharaja Man Singh
ji in year 1806 and Fatehpur or 'Victory Gate' erected by Maharaja Ajit Singh
celebrate his victory over the Mughals. Inside the Mehrangarh Fort, One
can see the palaces: Moti Mahal or 'Pearl Palace', Sukh Mahal or 'Pleasure Palace' and Phool
Mahal or 'Flower Palace'.
Jaswant Thada Jodhpur:
A beautiful marble cenotaph built in year 1899 as a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant
Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur: This palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh
ji in year 1943, this lovely marble and sandstone palace is
an imposing sight. The museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace has a beautiful collection of antique
clocks and great miniature paintings.
Government Museum Jodhpur: This government museum has a big collection of weapons, textiles, miniature
paintings, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. The Museum is situated in
the middle of the Umaid public gardens.
Mahamandir Temple Jodhpur : This Temple was built in 1812, this is an old walled township
with some houses. The
beautiful temple with 84 nicely carved pillars is an architectural wonder.
Kailana Lake Jodhpur : This is an artificial lake located on the Jaisalmer road. An
ideal picnic spot with beautiful sunset.