Jodhpur is the second metropolitan city of Rajasthan. It is a beautiful place to discover and spend some nice time learning about the royal past and witnessing it through what remains now. Mehrangarh Fort of Jaipur is a royal emblem of the powerful history of Rajasthan. Read on to know more.
Rajasthan is a state that despite its reass extremely hot days and highly cold nights receives a lot of tourists every year. The reason behind this somewhat lies in the fact that the region has significantly contributed to Indian history and has been a center of many powerful kingdoms and rules throughout its past. Be it Jaipur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, or Jodhpur, it has a number of places that have been vibrant both culturally and historically. Jodhpur itself is famous for its rich history and the Old City of Jodhpur is a witness to this. The region is dotted with numerous blue and pale houses, because of which Jodhpur is also called the Blue City. Tourists swarm the Jodhpur hotels from all over the world during their visit to this state. The city has all signs of old times intact in its ruins that lie scattered across the whole area. Birds roam about and fly around the old buildings as if habitual of these age-old shelters. A bus ride from Udaipur to Jodhpur takes about 6 hours. The city is connected to many highways including NH 62. Jodhpur Airport is a busy airport of Rajasthan and a lot of passengers fly from here. The railways station here is the headquarters of North Western Railways. Mandore Express connects the city of Jodhpur to the Capital of India, Delhi. Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels are two segments of highly luxurious trains that run through the state giving a royal glimpse into the entire state. These trains are once in a lifetime kind of experience.
The main Jodhpur tourist places which tourists like to visit the most are the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada Mausoleum, and the Ghanta Ghar. Mehrangarh Fort of 1460 is a huge and tall fort and it stands as one of the largest forts in India. Big courtyards, ancient carvings, amazing sculptures, etc. are some of the wonderful virtues of this grand building. There is an old pond just beside the fort where soldiers used to bathe. Around the foot of Mehrangarh Fort there are thousands of small houses. The lanes among these houses are a narrow and represent the streets of the old times. The Mehrangarh Fort museums are a great way to explore the richness and grandeur of Jodhpur. Mandore Gardens, Science Park, Chokelao Bagh are some other attractions for some recreation. The city remains full of visitors during the peak season of October to February. It is a good idea to book an accommodation in Jodhpur hotels in advance to eliminate any last minute hassles. Jodhpur celebrates a number of festivals, such as the Marwar Festival and Gangaur. Local fairs are held occasionally, some of which are known as Nag Panchami fair, Baithmar Gangaur Mela, Sheetla Mata fair, etc.
Trying the Jodhpuri Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa ki Kachori, Mirchi Bada, Dal Bati Churma, etc. is a treat when it comes to food. The variety of Jodhpuri cuisines just never seems to fall short. As the city is located in Thar desert, it is also known as the Gateway of Thar.