Jodhpur Tourist Information and Tourism

(Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India)

Skyline photographOften referred to as the 'Sun City' or the 'Blue City', Jodhpur is the second-largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, after only Jaipur, and famous for its gigantic Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur stands on the very edge of India's Great Thar Desert and its Old City area is steeped in the past, being surrounded by an ancient stone wall, which dates back to the 16th century, stretches for some 10 km / 6 miles in total, and encircles a maze of winding alleyways.

The actual origin of 'Jodhpur riding trousers', used across the globe, the city has grown to become a very busy and energetic tourism hub, although if you feel the need to escape the noise and traffic, simply spend your time within the Old City, particularly on the westerly side of the Clock Tower. Tourist information is available at the tourist reception centre at the RTDC Hotel Ghoomar, on the High Court Road - next to the Zoo and the Sadar Government Museum.

Picture of the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort)

Jodhpur Tourist Information and Tourism: Top Sights

Tourists sightseeing in Jodhpur won't take long to realise that this city is full of historical temples, boasting elaborate architecture and many fine details. The Chamunda Mataji Temple at the Mehrangarh Fort certainly stands out and is more than 500 years old, being topped with a bright-white domed roof. Also of note in Jodhpur is the Jaswant Thada memorial, which is constructed solely of sheets of carved marble and is where you will find the Royal Cenotaphs. Boating on the Balsamand Lake and nearby Kailana Lake is always popular on a sunny afternoon, with the former being home to the red-sandstone Balsamand Lake Palace. More information about Jodhpur Tourist Attractions.

Aerial city imageApart from the Mehrangarh Fort (Majestic Fort) of Jodhpur, the city contains a number of further impressive landmarks. The Chittar Palace (Umaid Bhawan Palace) is one such building and dates back to the mid-20th century, when in excess of 3,000 workers were involved with its construction. Look out too for the eye-catching Clock Tower at the Sadar Market, and the very prestigious Indian universities scattered around the city. More information about Jodhpur Landmarks and Monuments.

Image of the Jaswant ThadaRajasthani history is celebrated at the city's handful of museums, with the museum at the Umaid Bhawan Palace being worth checking out, together with the Mehrangarh Fort Museum, where innumerable priceless treasures belonging to Indian royalty reside. Situated within the landscaped Umaid Gardens, the Sadar Government Museum contains a wealth of exhibits, which range from portraits of Indian maharajas and textiles, to weaponry displays and related information. For a taster of contemporary art in Rajasthan, pay a visit to the Kaman Art Gallery on the Old Fort Road. More information about Jodhpur Museums.

Photo of the Umaid Bhawan Palace (Chittar Palace)The Indian state of Rajasthan is brimming with interesting places to visit, many of which are little more than a stone's throw from Jodhpur and perfect for short excursions. Especially appealing is the community of Bishnois villages, the cities of both Jaipur and Jaisalmer, Mount Abu and the Osiyan temples. Udaipur is another city within reach of Jodhpur and is centred around the beautiful Lake Pichola. Also worth considering is southerly town of Nathdwara, the desert town of Pushkar, and the truly breathtaking Ranakpur temple. More information about Jodhpur Attractions Nearby.

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