Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan in the north of India, was founded in 1459 and still enchants with its original and ancient atmosphere. Due to the year-round excellent and sunny weather, Jodhpur is also known as the Sun City of India.
Others see it as the gateway to the nearby Thar Desert. However, Jodhpur is mainly known as the "blue city" as the houses in the historic heart glow in bright blue. A fascinating sight! Experience the exotic smells drifting through the maze of alleyways, breathtaking temples, royal palaces, excellent eclectic restaurants and friendly locals who still flaunt the magnificent traditional garments of their ancestors. The ideal time to visit is from October to March. The weather is pleasant and there are also several international and sometimes spiritual festivals. Less
A spotless white mausoleum
The opulent palace is now a hotel
A colourful, bustling market
The epitome of glory and dominion, the Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest and most beautiful forts in India. This magnificent palace was built in 1460 and is one of the major attractions of India. The legends that the fort may have been built by titans and colored by the morning sun doesn't seem so impossible with the impressive sight. But, once you see the fantastic interior, you will be even more impressed. The walled exteriors have extremely intricate glass work that will transport you to another era on your Jodhpur trip.
Jaswant Thada, an immaculate white mausoleum overlooking a small lake in the heart of Jodhpur, is a spectacular marble structure built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father. Jaswant Thada offers its visitors an idyllic escape amidst the hustle and bustle of the bustling city of Jodhpur. Enjoy the serene ambience here amidst the soft chirping of birds. The charm and unique atmosphere in this building are so impressive that you will probably forget that it is actually a mausoleum. If you bring a photo or video camera, then there will be an additional charge to the small entrance fee.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur is one of the most opulent homes ever built and offers a breathtaking view, high above the desert capital. This palace has 300 rooms set amidst magnificent flowering gardens. Within the premises is the grand hotel Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, where you can feel the royal life up close. There is also a museum on site that houses ancient clocks and colorful art. Don't miss the Maharaja's vintage cars, polished to a high shine, displayed outside the museum at the entrance gate. Further, you can enjoy continental or Indian fusion cuisine at the in-house restaurant.
This colorful, bustling market is not only a great place to buy unique souvenirs such as wooden handicrafts, spices, jewelry and textiles, but also to meet the locals. You will be amazed by the local hospitality. It is quite common for shopkeepers to invite you for a cup of chai and a snack, so be sure to plan enough time for this unique experience on your Jodhpur trip. Also, a few steps away from the market is the historic Clock Tower, which you should also take a look at. Less
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