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Jodhpur City Tour

JodhpurTales of Grandeur and Great Heroes - Jodhpur IndiaSet at the edge of the Thar desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, Jodhpur India was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama the epic hero of the Ramayana.

The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 25 mts. above the plains. Jodhpur is encompassed by a high wall 10km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.

A major trade center of the 16th century AD the fortress city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. While the graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folks dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city. Travel Jodhpur to explore the historical forts and monuments that dot the city.

Climate And Location Climate of Jodhpur :
The city of Jodhpur has a typical desert climate, dry and hot. November to March are the best time to travel Jodhpur with pleasant and sunny days. Jodhpur receives 359.5 mm of rain every year, most of it during the monsoon (July/August). Maximum temperature in Jodhpur India during the summers remains in the range of 40ºC while in the winters the minimum average temperature is 11ºC.
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Jodhpur Location :
Located on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur has Jaisalmer on its west, Barmer, Jalor and Pali on its south, Bikaner on its north, and Nagaur on the eastern side. Jodhpur in India is like an oasis in the vast desert, with a variety of thorny shrubs all over the area. It also has some of the animal species that can survive in an arid and dry environment.

What To See

Jodhpur Travel Attractions Jaswant Thada :
Red sandstone stairs led up to the chessboard checked courtyard of the neat white marble cenotaph. Dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant, this memorial was built in 1899 and today it is one of the prime travel attractions of Jodhpur India. Inside, the reverent ambience is framed with several portraits of Jodhpur royalty. It is a peaked structure from the outside with precise trellis work and excellent carving.

Umaid Bhawan :
Umaid BhawanA wonderful palace of beige sandstone built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1928 and designed by the President of the British Royal Institute of Architects. The Fort is a blend of several styles, merging pleasantly. All the trappings of Raj influence, pre-independence royal living are present. Royal auditorium ballrooms, huge dinning-room, gilded royal furniture, majestic tiger and deerskins on the walls of a gloomy library of old books, crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, liveried menservants and doormen, swimming pool in basement, various mementos and old photographs. There is so much to see and discover.

Mandore :
MandoreBefore the foundation of Jodhpur was laid, Mandore was the established capital of the old Marwar Kingdom. Just nine kilometers away, Mandore is a fascinating complex of sprawling gardens, massive cenotaphs, temples, ruins and sculpture. The several cenotaphs in memory of the Jodhpur Maharajas are intricately carved, peaked, temple-like structures, with entirely sculpted facades. Gods, goddesses, animals, lotuses, adorn the walls and pillars of old yellow sandstone. The largest and most noteworthy cenotaph is dedicated to maharaja Ajit Singh.

Museum, JodhpurMuseum :
The Jodhpur Museum exhibits a rich collection of armory, textiles, arts and crafts, miniature paintings, portraits, manuscripts, and images of Jain Tirthankaras.

Osian :
Osian Temple An oasis in the desert, situated on the diversion off the main Jodhpur - Bikaner Highway. A drive to this ancient township takes one past undulating terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets. Osian has 15 beautifully sculpted Jain and Brahmanical temples. Of these the most outstanding ones are the earlier Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple,Sachiya Mata Temple and the main temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira.

Mahamandir Temple :
Mahamandir - JodhpurTwo kilometers away on the Mandore Road, is this impressive temple with 84 pillars ornamented with detailed carvings of yogic postures.

Nagaur :
Famous for an old fort and palace with beautiful murals of lores and legends, Nagaur is 135 kilometers away from Jodhpur. An annual cattle fair held here in January/February is rated as one of the best in Asia.
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Marwar Festival :
The festival of Marwar is held to honour the heroes of Rajasthan, every year in the month of Ashwin (Sept-Oct) in the city of Jodhpur. The festival is celebrated for two days and takes place during the full moon day of Sharad Poornima. The massive Mehrangarh fort and the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace which are symbols of might and valour of the Rajputs, make Jodhpur an ideal location for the festival.

Forts in Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort :
Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. The fort has been a witness to the splendour of a bygone era. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. To enter the Mehrangarh fort, seven gates have to be crossed.

Some of these gates still bear marks of many a siege that this fort has withstood. Its very hard to imagine how any invader even thought of conquering this fort, which at places has 17 feet thick and 68 feet high walls.

Lakes in Jodhpur Balsamand Lake :
Balsamand LakeA pretty lake with a pleasure or summer palace on its banks. These are built around the artificial lake constructed in 1159 AD . The gardens were developed later.

Kailana Lake :
A charming picnic spot around a lake, famous for a spectacular view of sunset this lake is located 11 kilometers from Jodhpur.

Sardar Samand Lake :Sardar Samand Lake
A long drive 55 kilometers through the countryside leads to this shimmering lake.

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Women's Attire in Jodhpur The people of Rajasthan, living in the barren and monotonous landscape, add a whole range of colors in their lives through their costumes. Their affinity to colors can be seen in the way they decorate themselves, their houses and even their animals.

Pageantry, a part of the daily ritual, manifests in the way the men and women dress. Resplendent, in their raiment, where the preferred bright red, dazzling yellow, lively green or brilliant orange, highlighted by a lavish use of sparkling gold and silver 'zari' or 'gota', never seem to cease.

As social customs are still governed by the age-old traditions, it is only natural to see women in swirling skirts, who spontaneously pull the veil or ghunghat over the faces at the sight of a man.

Jodhpur Woman, generally wear a three-piece dress which includes the ghagra (skirt), the odhni (head cloth), the kurti (shirt). Women are particularly inclined to wear jewelry on many parts of their body including specific types that are worn on the feet, head, forehead, ear, nose, neck, arms, wrist, fingers and waist.

They go even further by making beautiful henna decorations on their hands and feet, especially on the occasion of marriages.
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