'...from the bastions of the Jodhpur Fort one hears as the Gods must hear from Olympus, the Gods to whom each separate word uttered in the innumerably peopled world below, comes up distinct and individual to be recorded in the books of omniscience'
- Aldous Huxley
The land of this fort, Jodhpur, is no less
legendary with its folklores full of tales of valor and romance. Umaid
Bhawan Palace, the residence of the royal family turned into a heritage
hotel, is undoubtedly the gem of Jodhpur and is the largest personal
residence besides being one of the best art-deco buildings of India.
Pale blue seems to be shade of the city as suggested by its palaces,
havelis, temples and houses. The warm hospitality and friendliness of
the hardy desert people, the pulsating rustling environments of the
crowded bazaars, all are undermined in front of the sheer immensity of
the Mehrangarh fort.
The Suryavanshi Rao Jodha founded Jodhpur, the erstwhile capital of
Marwar. In medieval times, Jodhpur lay on the trade routes between
Central Asia and the ports of Gujarat, and thus, was a major trade
centre during the 16th century. Even today, it continues to be known for
its textiles and crafts. One can feel the medieval flavor and ambience
that forms a part of the culture of the city.
Jodhpur has extreme climatic
conditions and scanty and erratic rainfall, which averages just 32 cm
annually. The summer temperature ranges from 20ºC to 49ºC
while the winter temperature ranges from 5ºC to somewhere in the
HOW TO REACH
By Air: Jodhpur is well
connected by flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaisalmer
and Jaipur. The Jaisalmer Airport is in the cantonment area, and
is managed by the Indian Air Force.
By Train: Jodhpur is well
connected by trains to all the major cities of India and hence,
there is immense pressure for bookings here. The most
sought-after are Jodhpur-Jaipur Intercity Express, Jodhpur-Kota
Express, and Jodhpur-Bikaner Passenger. It is advisable to us
the special quota reserved for tourists. Foreign tourists may
seek help from The International Tourist Bureau at the Railway
By Road: Smooth network of
roads and luxury coaches link Jaisalmer to all the major cities
of Rajasthan such as Bikaner, Jaipur and Jaisalmer. The main Bus
Stand is situated in the city center.
WHERE TO EAT
Most of the Jodhpur's delicacies and
eating joints form a part and parcel of the hotels themselves where you
can pamper yourself with the fiery and aromatic Rajasthani cuisine. The
famous 'kachouri' with piquant tamarind 'chutney' is the hot favorite.
The palatable 'laddoos' and tall glasses of refreshing and cool 'lassi'
are just the perfect desserts to have after the spicy Rajasthani food.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Festival is a two-day festival held in October in Jodhpur on the
full moon night or 'Sharad Purnima'. Formerly known as the 'Maand
Festival', this annual event showcases the art and culture of Jodhpur
and is devoted exclusively to songs and dance of the Marwar region.
'Maand' is a classical style of folk music that focuses on the romance
and chivalry of the rulers of Rajasthan. The high-spirited folk dancers
gathered here, perform with passion and amuse the audience with
Rajasthani legends. These folk performers bring to life the myth and
folklores of the region and sing songs in remembrance of the valiant
heroes. Horse riding, horse polo and variety of competitions are also
feature in the festival.
A must buy in Jodhpur is leheriya
saree or tie and dye textiles and a pair of camel leather 'jootis'.
Jodhpur is also known for its lacquerware, puppets, antiques and
carpets. If you love to cook, this is the place you should search for
all the magical Indian spices that you will simply love. The market in
Umaid Bhavan is a good place to buy antiques from. However, if you want
to visit a market place where you can buy everything at once, then Sadar
Bazaar is a good place to shop.
WHAT TO WEAR
The most appropriate outfits to wear
in Jodhpur include loose cotton clothes in summer and heavy woolen
clothes to keep you warm in winter. Use a hat or a scarf as a head
covering and drink lots of water to avoid heat strokes. It will be
advisable to wear comfortable footwear, as you will have to walk a lot
here while sightseeing. Sunscreens are not to be forgotten to save
yourself from sunburns you may get from the scorching hot desert sun in
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Jodhpur City Guide
|Location:||Western Rajasthan, India|
|Significance:||One of the cities of the Desert triangle|
|Best Season:||October To March|
|Language:||Hindi, English, Marwari|
|Distance From Jaisalmer:||308 Km|
|Distance From Bikaner:||243 Km|
|Distance From Jaipur:||331 Km|
|Distance From New Delhi:||589 Km|