THE BLUE CITY OF RAJASTHAN
Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan is popularly known as the Blue City. The name is clearly befitting as most of the architecture – forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. The strapping forts that tower this magnificent city sum up to a spectacle you would not want to miss. The mammoth, imposing fortress of Mehrangarh has a landscape dominating a rocky ridge with the eight gates leading out of the fortress. The new city is located outside the structure. Jodhpur is also known for the rare breed of horses known as Marwari or Malani, which are only found here.
Jodhpur marks its origin back to the year of 1459 AD. The history of this prosperous city revolves around the Rathore clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of Rathore Clan is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. The city is known to be built in place of the ancient capital, Mandore of the state of Manwar. Hence, the people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are commonly known as Marwaris. Also, it is believed that the relics of Mandore can still be witnessed in the Mandore Gardens.
Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a hill which is 125 metres above Jodhpur’s skyline is the Mehrangarh Fort. This historic fort is one of the most famous in India.
Located 85 kilometres from the main city, the 400-year old Khejarla Fort is situated in a rural setting.The stunning red sandstone monument, now a hotel, is an example of Rajput architecture.
Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 to counter a famine which had hit the state at the time.the Chittar Palace while being constructed of stones.
Moti Mahal, as the name suggests, is the Pearl Hall where the royal families held their audience. The hall is known to have glass windows and five nooks that enabled the queens.
This milky white memorial built towards the end of the 19th century as a tribute to the leader Jaswant Singh is a huge tourist attraction.Jaswant Singh, who ruled Jodhpur, invested well in his state.
Ghanta Ghar, also known as the clock tower of Rajasthan, is situated in one of the busiest areas of Jodhpur, the Sadar Bazaar. It was constructed by Shri Sardar Singh Ji of Jodhpur.
Located near the Fateh Pole in Mehrangarh, the Ranisar and Padmasar are adjacent lakes that were constructed in the year 1459.Ranisar Lake was built on orders of Queen Jasmade Hadi.
Mahamandir, meaning great temple, is a sanctified spot where tranquillity reigns supreme. Situated on Mandore road, the temple is an architectural wonderIt is supported by 84 pillars .
THINGS TO DO
Jodhpur is a paradise for connoisseurs of cuisine. The palate is pampered with a wide array of snacks and meals, which are fiery and aromatic. The famous kachouri is a favorite that comes with a variety of fillings accompanied by tangy tamarind chutney.
Jodhpur is renowned for its tie and dye textiles, jootis, lacquerware, antiques, carpets and puppets. A major part of the sightseeing includes visiting some of the many shopping areas. The most famous being the Sadar Bazaar.plus lots of knick-knacks
Marwar Festival Held in October in Jodhpur, this annual, event attempts to showcase the art culture of the Jodhpur region. It ids devoted almost exclusively to song and dances, and the Maand Festival has become a part of this huge region celebration.