250 km from Jaipur, also called "Blue City" is second city of Rajasthan. Founded by Rao Jodha is famous for Mehrangarh Fort, Umed Bhawan Palace, museum and handicrafts.
Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.
Founded in 1459 AD by the Suryavanshi Rao Jodha, Jodhpur gradually grew around the towering Mehrangarh Fort, built as a stronghold on the advice of a sage. Alongwith Bikaner and Jaisalmer, Jodhpur too is situated on the ancient silk route that linked Central Asia and Northern India with the seaports of Gujarat. As a result it became a major trading centre in the 16th century. Reminiscent of the bygone years is the fact that Jodhpur is still the leading centre for cattle, camels, wood, salt and agricultural crops. The beauty and imagination that has gone into the making of this monumental city proclaim the life-springs of creative genius that appear incongurent with the harshness of this land and its climate.
The Jaisalmer Fort, Manak Chowk and Havelis, Gadsisar Sagar Tank.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Jodhpur is an exquisite building that houses a museum showcasing the artifacts that date back to the time immemorial. According to a legend, this place was built during famine in order to provide employment to the workers.
This is a must visit place while on Jodhpur travel. The diameter of the fort is 5 km and is perched on a 125 meter high hill. The palace has a unique architecture with exquisitely carved panels, lattice windows and evocative names.
Girdikot and Sardar Market
This is popular colorful market located in the heart of the city and displays array of handicraft luring the buyers towards them. There are many shops and outlets of Rajasthan Tourism department showcasing the art and crafts of the region.
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How To Reach
Airways: Airport is 5km from downtown and well connected through Indian Airlines to all the major cities.
Railways: Jodhpur is well connected through express and passenger trains. It is well connected to Cities within Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and other parts of India.
Roadways: RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation) connects the city to all the major cities within Rajasthan and to outside states.
if dialing from India to Jodhpur --- 0291 (number)
if dialing from outside India to Jodhpur -- ++ 91-291
In response to export markets, many of the factories and shops here design furniture and metal work products that are geared to Western tastes. The central market, or Ghasmandi Bazaar, is very popular with visitors. But the really good stuff is found outside the city walls. You'll find textiles, silver, jewellery, instruments, pottery, boxes, carved ducks, metalwork, marble figures, paintings, copper, brass, antique reproductions, ivory, insignias in white German metal, bed covers, wall hangings, puppets, clothes, old doors, and lots of furniture.
Wooden and Iron Furniture : Some of the best selections can be found in shops and warehouses along Umaid Bhawan Palace Road and High.