- State: Rajasthan
- Coverage Area: 78 sq km
- Places to Visit: Mehrangarh Fort, jaswant Thada, rao Jodha desert Rock Park, umaid Bhawan, the clock tower, mandore Gardens, Phool Mahal, Sachiya Mata Temple
- Best Time to Visit: November – March
- Explore: Fort, handicrafts, dynastic history
- How to Reach:
- By air: The domestic airport of Jodhpur is well connected to Delhi and Mumbai. The airport is around 5 km from the main city.
- By train: Jodhpur train station gifts trains from all the major cities of India, including new Delhi, Mumbai, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Agra, Kanpur, Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Patiala.
- By road: Jodhpur has good road connectivity via state highways.
One of the main cities of royal Rajasthan, Jodhpur is also called the gateway to Thar - the Great Indian Desert. As an historic city that was founded by Rao Jodha, Jodhpur has its fair share of history and marvellous past living through forts, palaces and the handicrafts of the city.
- Mehrangarh Fort: The iconic fort around which the whole city of Jodhpur exists is also the largest fort of Rajasthan. It was built in 1458 by Rao Jodha as the centrepiece of his new capital. The fort stands on a hill that gives it commanding views all around. It encompasses Maharaja's palace, temples, small ponds and extensive garden at the back.
- Moti Mahal: Part of the Mehrangarh Fort, this white coloured mini palace has colourful windows that give it a very distinctive look. This was where the Maharaja spoke to his audiences, and five alcoves on the far wall allowed his queens to listen the private conversations with the courtiers.go there early in the day when the crowd is less and you can spend more time inside the Fort. There are mirrors everywhere which is truly expected spectacular site to see.
- Sheesh Mahal: Just what the name says, this is another palace inside the fort, and has intricate work of the mirror on its ceiling and the walls.
- Umaid Bhawan Palace: Another footprint of the royal past of Rajasthan, this is relatively a new palace, commissioned just a few decades back in 1944. This gave it the distinction of being one of the last palaces to be ever built in India. Though the current Maharaja of Jodhpur lives in the complex with his family, most of it has been converted into a hotel, with only the guests being allowed inside the hotel. The complex has a small museum that houses some family vintage cars.
- Chamunda Devi Temple: The royal families have traditionally be devotees of sacred goddesses, and this one’s considered to be the protector of Jodhpur. This temple is a local favourite to this day.
- Shopping: Ghanta Ghar Clock Tower and Sadar Market Ghanta Ghar are both a popular landmarks of the old city. In addition the handicrafts and cotton textiles, you can also get spices, Indian sweets, and silver items from here.
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