Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity
in the emptiness of the desert.
Once the capital of the Marwar state, Jodhpur was founded in 1459
A.D. by Rao Jodha - chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs. The massive
15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill,
soaring 125 mts. Above the plains the city is encompassed by a high
wall - 10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.
While the graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the
city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk
dances music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura
to the city.
Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars is a heady experience with a colorful
display of the rich collection of exquisite handicrafts. The tie and
dye fabric, embroidered 'jutis' or slippers in suede, cancel skin,
velvet and more color to the city. It was form here that the popularly
worn baggy-tight horse riding trousers - Jodhpuris - took their name.
The countless festivities celebrate the rich past and culture of the
princely state. The Marwar Festival held annually is one such spectacular
bonanza to be witnessed during vacations in Jodhpur.
Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur
5 km long majestic fort on a 125 m high hill is one of the most impressive
and formidable structures.Although invincible from the outside,the
fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort
are some magnificent palaces with marvelously craved panels,latticed
windows and evocative names. Noteworthy of these are the Moti Mahal,the
Phool Mahal,the Sheesh Mahal,the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana.These
palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty
including superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature
paintings of various schools,musical instruments,costumes and furniture.
Jaswant Thada :
sandstone stairs led up to the chessboard checked courtyard of the
neat white marble cenotaph. Dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant, this memorial
was built in 1899. Inside, the reverent ambience is framed with several
portraits of Jodhpur royalty. It is a peaked structure from the outside
with precise trellis workand excellent carving
Bhawan Palace :
wonderful palace of beige sandstone built by Maharaja Umaid Singh
in 1928 and designed by the President of the British Royal Institute
of Architects. The Fort is a blend of several styles, merging pleasantly.
All the trappings of Raj influence, pre-independence royal living
are present. Royal auditorium ballrooms, huge dinning-room, gilded
royal furniture, majestic tiger and deerskins on the walls of a gloomy
library of old books, crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows,
liveried menservants and doormen, swimming pool in basement, various
mementos and old photographs. There is so much to see and discover.
the foundation of Jodhpur was laid, Mandore was the established capital
of the old Marwar Kingdom. Just nine kilometers away, Mandore is a
fascinating complex of sprawling gardens, massive cenotaphs, temples,
ruins and sculpture. The several cenotaphs in memory of the Jodhpur
Maharajas are intricately carved, peaked, temple-like structures,
with entirely sculpted facades. Gods, goddesses, animals, lotuses,
adorn the walls and pillars of old yellow sandstone. The largest and
most noteworthy cenotaph is dedicated to maharaja Ajit Singh.
oasis in the desert,situated on the diversion off the main Jodhpur
- Bikaner Highway. A drive to this ancient township takes one past
undulating terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets.
Osian has 15 beautifully sculpted Jain and Brahmanical temples. Of
these the most outstanding ones are the earlier Surya or Sun Temple
and the later Kali temple,Sachiya Mata Temple and the main temple
dedicated to Lord Mahavira.
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Shopping in Jodhpur
If you want to do a colorful shopping, then you should go shopping
in Jodhpur. The city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan is famous for its ethnic
clothes, exquisite handicrafts and intricately carved furniture.
A walk through the markets of Jodhpur selling mirrors, sequins,
beads, lehengas and turbans will be a peep into the world of glitz
and color and ethnic splendor. While shopping in Jodhpur remember
to buy a pair of mojiris or traditional Jodhpuri shoes at the Mochi
Bazaar as a beautiful souvenir from the city of Jodhpur. For textiles,
you can choose from the bales of brightly colored cloth, bandhini,
tie and dye and block prints at Kapra Bazaar. The government emporiums
like the National Handloom Corporation, Salawas Durry Udyog are
places to check out for quilts, carpets and wooden furniture and
Do not be surprised by the heaps of red chilli on the pavement stalls
in Jodhpur market. Besides creating a colorful hue against the Jodhpur
desert landscape, it is also renowned as the best red chilli in
the region especially the Mathaniya red chilli.
Sojati Gate - Gifts shops and Tie & Dye Sarees
Station Road - Leather, Embroidered Shoes and Utensils
Sardar Market - General Mercandise
Tripollia Bazar - Loacal Handicrafts and Textiles
Mochi Bazar - Embroidered Shoes and Utensiles
Lakhera Bazar - Lac Work and Bangles
How To Getting Jodhpur
How to reach Jodhpur by Air: Jodhpur airport is
located in the cantonment area. It is well connected with the metropolitan
cities in India through direct flights.
How to reach Jodhpur by Rail: Jodhpur Railway Station
is located on station road and come sunder the Northern railway
network of India. It is directly connected with the major cities
in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and other cities.
How to reach Jodhpur by Road: Jodhpur has a good
road connection .You can reach Jodhpur from Delhi via Gurgaon, Jaipur,
Ajmer, Beawar and Pali.If you are on a Rajasthan Tour, then you
can make a trip to Jodhpur from Bikaner or Jaisalmer by bus or by
hiring a cab.