imperial city Jodhpur is situated on the edge of Thar Desert, in western
Rajasthan. This vibrant city was founded in the year 1459 by the Rajput
chief Rao Jodha who made it the capital of Marwar. It is now the second
largest city of the state Rajasthan and is a major tourist destination of
the state with its magnificent forts and palaces. The city is bounded by a 5
km long high wall with 8 gates. The city is also known for its colourful
fairs and festivals like the Marwar Festival.
Attractions of Jodhpur
Spreading over an area of 5km, this magnificent fort is an excellent
example of Rajput's military excellence. This fort was built by Maharaja Man
Singh and has four gates with the main entrance at Jaipol. The fort offers
excellent views of the entire city. There are several beautiful apartments
inside the fort complex with beautifully carved walls and decorated windows.
The fort is open daily from 9 am to 5pm and charges an entry fee of Rs 20
for Indians and Rs 250 for foreigners.
This white marble memorial was built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant
Singh II. Some parts of the marble walls have the portraits of various
rulers of Jodhpur. The memorial is open daily from 9am-5pm and has an entry
fee of Rs 10.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
This magnificent palace, built of sandstone currently serving as the
resident of the royal family with a part as a museum and the remaining part
as a hotel. The museum inside the palace complex has a rich collection of
crystal and glass items, fancy clocks, stuffed animals and some other old
objects associated with the royal family. The museum is open daily from 8.30
am to 5.30 pm with an entry fee of Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 50 for
How To Get There - Jodhpur
Jodhpur Civil Aerodrome, which is 5km from city centre is connected to
Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur by daily flights.
Jodhpur Junction is in the city centre and is connected to Jaisalmer,
Bikaner, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai by daily train services.
A network of road connects it with important cities of Rajasthan and other
north Indian cities. Rajasthan State Transport Corporation(RSTC) has bus
services to all the major cities in and around Rajasthan.