Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan set amidst the Thar Desert and also the significant tourist city in Rajasthan state. The city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD. As you travel through the Jodhpur city, you get well acquainted with the fortification of the city done with 10 km long wall and 8 gates.
The majestic forts, palaces and temples retain the historic and royal grandeur of the city of Jodhpur. The delicate and intricately made handicrafts, folk dances, folk music and the people in the traditional attire of Rajasthan make the city quite attractive and picturesque in every sense. The two-day Marwar Festival held here in Jodhpur, once in a year, is another principal event that pulls the tourist traffic towards Jodhpur.
You can also shop around the markets in Jodhpur with a unique stock of handicrafts. The memorable souvenirs include the tie and dye fabric, velvet products, embroidered 'jutis' or slippers in suede and other exclusive handicraft items. The most popular stuff in Jodhpur is the baggy-tight horse-riding trouser, also called as Jodhpuri.
Tourist Places in Jodhpur
Umaid Bhawan Palace: The Umaid Bhavan Palace has an interesting story behind it. The Maharaja of Jodhpur ordered the construction of this palace just to provide employment to the famine struck population of Jodhpur in the 20th century. The construction of the palace took 16 years of hard labor. Now, this palace made of sandstone has been divided into two parts - a hotel and a museum.
Jaswant Thada: Built in 1899 AD, this cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble is a memoir of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The portraits of various Jodhpur rulers are there on the main cenotaph that boasts of the bravery of Rajput rulers in Jodhpur.
Mehrangarh Fort: The Mehrangarh Fort is the most impressive and majestic structures of Jodhpur. This huge fort is 5 km long with 125-meter high hill. With its four gigantic gates, the fort encloses some magnificent palaces with intricately carved panels, latticed windows and names reminiscent of the royal history of Jodhpur. The Moti Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana are the other grand structures within the fort. These palaces have an exclusive collection of palanquins, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, elephant hawdahs, costumes and furniture.
Girdikot and Sardar Market: The vibrant Girdikot and Sardar markets of Jodhpur have the tiny shops situated in the center with a wide range of handicraft items and other antique items.
Government Museum - The government museum in the middle of the Umaid Public Gardens has a varied collection of textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts, weapons, the images of Jain Tirthankars etc.