One of the favorite tourist destinations of the royal state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur (also known as the Sun City or Gateway to Thar) is a living proof of the splendor, traditions and culture of the state. Founded in 1459 by the leader of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha, it is the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Located on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, the city of Jodhpur seems like an oasis in the vast desert.
Like the rest of the state of Rajasthan, the city of Jodhpur also has a hot and dry climate, with temperatures ranging from max 42.2°C to min 36.6°C during summer while winter temperatures ranging from max 27.5°C to min 15.5°C.
One of the star attractions of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhawan Palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singh which is also known as the Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used in it. A splendid example of Indo-colonial and art deco architecture of the 30s, a portion of the palace has been converted into a luxury hotel while the other remains on view to visitors in the form of an excellent museum. Perched in a 150m high hill, Mehrangarh Fort is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Rao Jodha founded it in 1459 while subsequent rulers of Jodhpur have also added to it over the centuries. The highlights within the fort palace are the Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Zenana Deodi and Chamunda Mataji Mandir. While on the way down from the Mehrangarh Fort is Jaswant Thada, the grand marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar, it was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Built like a temple with intricately carved marble stone, a visit here through the rock hills is simply astounding. Situated next is the Ranbanka Palace, built in the year 1927 for Maharaja Ajit Singh, the youngest son of Maharaja Sardar Singh. A part of the erstwhile palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel, retaining the royal splendor and aura of its regal past. The 400 year old Kherjala Fort in red sandstone is a stunning example of the Rajput architecture.
How to get there
Jodhpur is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur airports. Jodhpur is also an important division of the north-western zone of the Indian Railways network with direct trains from all metros and major cities in the country.
All the lovebirds who are in awe of royal Rajasthani magic, it's time you set foot to this beautiful city in the state. Jodhpur beckons you all!