Marvelously situated on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, the city of Jodhpur seems like an oasis in the vast desert. Its history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in Rajasthan state of royals. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The marvellous statue of the founder Rao Jodha ji was also unveiled in Jodhpur a couple of years ago on May 12, 2012, on the occasion of 554th Jodhpur Foundation Day.
Jodhpur is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Rajasthan. People from India as well as all over the world visit Jodhpur every year. There are numerous tourist attractions in Jodhpur, which can also be a reason for your visit this year during the Marwar Festival and Jodhpur International Folk Festival scheduled for the coming months.
Standing as the sentinel of the country’s western border, tour to Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces and the city is charming with its wealth of historic attractions and colorful markets, which specialize in antiques. The major places to see in Jodhpur Rajasthan are:
The most breathtaking fort in Jodhpur is the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. It is situated on a 150m high hill. Rao Jodha, the then chief of Rathore clan, constructed it in 1459. There are a number of attractions within the fort such as several palaces, galleries, a museum, and temples.
Umaid Bhavan Palace
One of the most fascinating palaces of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan palace. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum.
Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble. It was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.
So, if you are planning to visit Jodhpur, try to come at such a time so as to experience the popular events like Marwar Festival and Jodhpur International Folk Festival, and don’t miss to explore the grandeur of these major places in the beautiful Blue City of Rajasthan!