260-km From Udaipur,
Attractions: Umaid Bhawan
Palace, Mehrangarh Fort
To Visit: October-March
Amidst the sand dunes and thorny vegetation
of Thar desert towers a fort, 120 metres
above the plain. The fort overlooks the
imperial city of Jodhpur, which is a 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 AD. This city was on the
silk route of the 16th century and hence was
host to a number of travellers.
In Jodhpur, the genius of its sculptors
comes to life in its exquisite palaces,
forts, temples and havelis, which stand
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.
IN JODHPUR (TOURIST ATTRACTIONS JODHPUR)
Mehrangarh Fort - 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. more...
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.
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 gardens. more...
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
Mandore : Towards the north of
Jodhpur is the ancient capital of Marwar,
Mandore. It is just 8 kms from the city.
Main attractions of the place are Hall of
Heroes with sixteen huge figures carved out
of a single rock, the shrine of 330 million
Gods and the royal cenotaphs. But one can
not miss the caves in crags and the
sprawling gardens, which are now shelter
place for monkeys and peacocks. Greenery of
the place makes Mandore, in true sense, an
Ossian : 65-km from Jodhpur, lie
ruins of an ancient city called Ossian. This
city is famous for Brahmanical and Jain
temples, which belong to 8th and 11th
century. Surya or Sun temple and the Sachiya
temples are famous for their beauty. The 'shikhar'
of Sachiya temple is clustered by two rows
of turrets, an ambulatory and a large
assembly hall with an elaborate ceiling.
Guda Bishnoi : The villages are
inhabitated by the Bishnoi tribe who are
staunch believers in the sanctity of plant
and animal life. Villages are marked by
Khejri trees and deers, which thrive there.
25 kms from Jodhpur.
LAKES AND PALACES
Balsamand Lake & Palace : This
picturesque artificial lake is 7 kms from
the main city. Summer palaces along the
embankment and a bird sanctuary has made it
a picnic spot.
Sardar Samand Lake and Palace :
Rajasthani village life and vibrant cultural
colours come alive as you drive along the 55
kms stretch. The monotony of the drive is
broken by Chinkaras and Black Bucks who
frisk pass the road. more...
HOW TO GET THERE
(JODHPUR TRAVEL INFORMATION)
Air: Jodhpur has its own airport and regular
flight services conect the city with other
major cities in and around Rajasthan.
Rail: 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.
Road: The state transport has bus services
from other cities of the state and some
services are interstate too.
PLACES TO STAY IN
JODHPUR (HOTELS IN JODHPUR)
The variety of hotels and guest houses in
Jodhpur makes one feel at home.
Accommodation here is available to suit
tourists of every budget. Hotel Karni Bhawan,
Ajit Bhawan are heritage hotels. The
Rajasthan Tourism Department has the Ghoomar
Hotel. The palace hotels options include
theUmaid Bhawan Palace, Ratanada Polo
Palace, Rajputana Palace. Raj Basera also
provides good accommodation facilities.
There are low budget accommodations
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
The Marwar Festival - Held in October, this
festival brings alive the legend, folklore
and romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's
SHOPPING IN JODHPUR
The Sadar Market near the Clock Tower gives
immense shopping pleasure to the locals 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
Regional Tourist Office (Jodhpur Division) -
Tourist Research Centre, Hotel Ghoomar, High
Court Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation
Ltd. (RTDC) - Tourist Centre, Hotel Swagatam,
Office Annexe Near Railway Station, Jaipur -
302006 (Rajasthan) India
Department of Tourism, Government of
Rajasthan (DOTGOR) - Paryatan Bhawan, Govt.
Hostel Campus, M.I. Road Jaipur - 302 001
Tourist Reception Centre - Rajasthan Tourism
Bikaner House, Near India Gate New Delhi -
Jodhpur has 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
MAIN LANGUAGES Rajasthani, Hindi & English