Welcome to Jodhpur
Jodhpur – The Sea-Blue City
Jodhpur or the seat of Marwar royalty is one of the most favoured destinations among tourists. The beautiful architectural style, rich ambience swamping you like a time warp and the abundant number of blue-painted houses add on to the glamour of this city. Rao Jodha of the Kanauj family was the visionary founder of the house of Jodhpur in Marwar, the Land of ‘Maroo’ or death, hence named so because of the region’s extremely inimical living conditions. Their first capital was at Mandore, an honour which went to Jodhpur after the Mehrangarh Fort was constructed.
This glorious city has a lot of attractions that are worth exploring. Hence plan carefully to enjoy exploring them.
It is a huge and imposing structure, perched atop a hill and looking over the blue façade of the city. Elegant jharokhas and intricate lattice work makes this fort and palace a true masterpiece. Visit the fort museum and check out the royal memorabilia. There is a magnificent display of Maharaj Gaj Singh Ji II’s personal collection.
There are eight gates leading from the 10 km long rampart separating the old city with the new one.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Also known as “chhetar palace” for the stone being used in its construction, the sight of this sun-kissed magnificent palace is a sight to behold. The Royal Family of Jodhpur still resides in one of the parts of this palace with the other part transformed into a heritage hotel and a museum.
It is a mausoleum and a memorial site for the members of a Rajput clan. It is a white marbled architectural marvel built by Maharaja Sardar Singh, the son of illustrious 33rd Rathore Ruler of Jodhpur, Jaswant Singh II. It is a fine example of brilliant architecture. When the rays of sun fall on its exterior, it glows like a diamond. The walls of the building are adorned with portraits and paintings.
Before Jodhpur came into existence, Mandore was the capital of Marwar region. It is an ancient fort with an eclectic collection of cenotaphs and temples. The architectural brilliance and remarkable past of the place has made it popular among tourists. It is also a very nice picnic spot.
Jodhpur is a quintessential shopper’s paradise. Visit its bustling old city and watch local traders selling their wares. The ghanta ghar” or the Old Clock Tower can also be spotted standing erect in the centre of the Old City. Tourists love buying handicraft items, bandhni and leheriya sarees and apparels, mojris, artefacts and more.
When in Jodhpur, do not miss out on an exhilarating Village Safari that takes you to the Bishnoi Villages. Bishnoi is a weaver community located in and around Jodhpur and known for being great nature lovers. They consider deer and Khejri trees quite sacred and are ready to give up their life to save them. Nature lovers can also get glimpses of wildlife’s native to this area, like- Blackbucks, Cranes, and Chinkaras. This desert oasis also gives you a peep into the rural traditions and customs that are still religiously followed by the Bishnoi Community.
Jodhpur Flying Fox
It is a perfect opportunity for adventure lovers. They can go zip-lining across a part of the city with Mehrangarh Fort as a lovely backdrop. There are six zip lines and takes around one and a half hours to complete.
A Stroll Through the Narrow Lanes of Jodhpur
Another interesting activity that tourists love to indulge when visiting this sunny city is to take a stroll through the narrow lanes of the city with blue tinted houses on both sides. This blue coloured area of the city is located behind the fort and is referred to as Navchokiya. While taking a leisurely stroll, do not miss checking out Jewel Palace Haveli, Singhvi’s Haveli, Jaswant Bhawan Homestay and Rani Mahal.
Jodhpur is known for its lip-smacking sweet, spicy and savoury dishes. Some popular snacks are mirchi bada, nargisi kofta, and sweet dishes are mawa kachori, makhan bada, thor, motichoor laddoo, besan chakki and ghevar. Sev curry, gulab jamun curry, kadhi, raab, panchkuta and bajre and makki ki roti is also much loved by visitors.
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