Jodhpur

History

Founded in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore dynasty, Jodhpur is one of the most visited cities of Rajasthan. The Rathores fled to Pali from afghan threat, near to the present day Jodhpur. Rathore Siahaji’s marriage to the sister of a local prince strengthened their hold in this region. They defeated the Pratiharas of Mandore, near Jodhpur and later the capital shifted from Mandore to Jodhpur- the Sun City.

 

The Rathores were in harmony with all the Mughals except Aurangzeb. After his demise Maharaja Ajit Singh captured Ajmer and added it to Marwar (now Jodhpur). The city prospered in reign of Maharaja Umed Singh.

 

During the British era merchants, the Marwaris, flourished and occupied a dominant position in trade throughout India. After independence the city merged in Rajasthan.

Popular Tourist Attractions

  • Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. It takes pride in being the only professional museum shop in India. The museum houses a jeweled collection of fine and applied arts from the Mughal period of Indian history. Enjoy panoramic view of the “Blue City” from the fort too.

 

  • Jodhpur Flying Fox- Adventure lovers can’t pass up the unique opportunity to go zip-lining with Mehrangarh Fort as the backdrop. The circuit has six zip lines and takes around 1.5 hours to complete the round.

 

  • Jaswant Thada is beautifully crafted cenotaph (empty commemorative tomb) was built in 1899 in honor of Maharaja Sardar Singh.

 

  • Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park- 80 native species of rock-loving plants from the Thar Desert are found here across 200 acres of rehabilitated land and a walking trail.

Nearby Places

  • Clock Tower and Old City Markets- The clock tower, stands at the heart of the city. Sadar Market is also famous for its traditional art pieces.
  • The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace was one of the great palaces to be built in India. The royal family of Jodhpur still occupies a section of it. Most of the remainder has been converted into a luxurious palace hotel.
  • Mandore and Mandore Gardens- The ruins of the old fort of Mandore are present here. It is approximately 8 kilometers towards North of Jodhpur.

Popular Food Joints

What to eat and what to miss is a big question in Jodhpur. Some famous cuisines include-Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Kachori, Pyaaz Kachori (an interesting snack made of onion filling served with chutni or sauce), Hot & Spicy Mirchi bada (A preparation made of chili, potato, gram flour and onion). Well known for its sweets like Besan ki Chaaki and Maakhan Vade Jodhpur has even more to offer.

 

The Chokelao Mahal Terrace restaurant serves traditional Rajasthani cuisines, janta sweet house, Indique, Nirvana are some places to relish.

Transport

  • Trains are available from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune.
  • Jodhpur airplanes fly to Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur and Mumbai by daily flights.
  • Rajasthan Road Transport Corporation provides bus services to all cities in Rajasthan from Jodhpur. Private deluxe buses are available from Delhi, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur and Agra.

Best Things to Do

  • Sambhali Boutique is the perfect place to pick up some gorgeous, top quality, Jodhpur handicrafts and clothing.
  • Visit the spice paradise and learn some cooking too.
  • Throng the old city markets for a bout of shopping.