General Information about Jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan Palace,
Rajasthani, English, Hindi
sand dunes and thorny vegetation of Thar desert towers a fort, 120
meters above the plain. The fort over looks the imperial city of
Jodhpur which is part of the Desert Tourist Triangle. The old Jodhpur
city is surrounded by a 10 Km long wall with eight gates serving as
entrances. The new city is settled around this walled area. The Maruthal
or land of death , came into life when the Rathores' of Kanauj moved
in. But the city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodhaji in 1459. This
city was on the silk route of the 16th century and hence was host to
a number of travellers.
In Jodhpur, the genuis of its sculptors comes to life in its
exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis which stand as a
testimony to the imperial grandeur. The most alluring part of Jodhpur
is the traditional lifestyle, festivity and the smiling people who
treasure this former Princely state.
The Sadar Market near the clock tower gives immense
shopping pleasure to the local as well as the visitors. The colourful
but hectic bazaar consists of many narrow lanes, lined with tiny
shops. Look for the tie & dye textiles, embroidered leather
shoes, lacquerware, antiques, carpets and puppets. Here one can buy
exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and
elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery.
The variety of hotels and guest houses in Jodhpur makes one feel at
home. Accomodation here is available to suit tourists of every
budget. Hotel Karni Bhawan, Ajit Bhawan are heritage hotels. The
Rajasthan tourist department has the Ghoomar hotel. The palace hotels
as the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Ratanada Polo Palace, Rajputana Palace.
Raj Basera also provides us with good accommodation facilities. There
are low budget accomodation too.
extreme type of climate with temperature range variation being very
high. Average rainfall is 32 cm annually. The best season to visit
the city is between October and March.
Jodhpur has its own Airport and so
flight services are available. The city is also well connected by the
railway lines and trains are available for other major cities in the
country from here. The 'Palace on Wheels' also visits this city of
Royal splendour. The state transport has bus services from other
cities of the state and some services are interstate too.
Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is
one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of
numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones
yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures.
Umaid Bhawan Palace -
The only palace built in 20th century
under the famine relief programme, has now been converted into a
hotel with some parts being retained as a museum.
Jaswant Thada -
The 19th century royal cenotaph is built in
white marble, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare
portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.
Clock Tower & Sadar Market - In the old city clock tower
is a prominent land mark. But main attraction is the Sadar market.
The market has kept alive the old haat bazaar culture.
Government Museum -
This museum has a rich collection of
weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of
Jain Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid public
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