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Jodhpur Travel Guide   by Vinay Chaubey

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Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, also known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many beautiful palaces, forts and temples, apart from a stark, scenic desert landscape. The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all year. It is also referred as the Blue City, due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur is also known for gentleness of its people. Jodhpur lies near the geographic center of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stone wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pol.

Places to See in Jodhpur
Forts and Palaces:

Umaid Bhawan Palace
Maharaja Umaid Singhji who built this palace was fascinated with western lifestyles so he marshalled the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester, a creditable equal of Edward Lutyens (architect of New Delhi) to construct a three hundred and forty seven roomed Umaid Palace.

Mehrangarh Fort
Perched on a 150 m high hill its sprawl is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. Rao Jodha founded it in 1459 but subsequent rulers of Jodhpur have also added to it over the centuries. 

Meherangan Fort Reflected in Pool at Sunset, Jodhpur, India
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A meandering road leads to the from the city 5 kms below. Battle scars of canon ball hit by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate.

Museums of Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort Museum
In the middle of the Umaid Public Garden, this museum houses a rich collection of exhibits armoury, textile, local arts and crafts, and miniature paintings. And even portraits of rulers, manuscripts and images of Jain Tirthankars. Umaid Public Garden houses a zoo and public library. This building and the garden were developed during the time of Maharaj Umaid Singhji.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Maharaja Umaid Singhji who built this palace was fascinated with western lifestyles so he marshalled the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester, a creditable equal of Edward Lutyens (architect of New Delhi) to construct a three hundred and forty seven roomed Umaid Palace. This was to become India last of the great palaces and the biggest private residence in the world.

Parks in Jodhpur

Mandore Garden
Mandore was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar and is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur, but was later abandoned for the security of Mehrangarh fort. Here you will find the dewals, or cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. Unlike the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, they were built along the lines of a Hindu temple, four stories high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone. The most impressive is the dewal of Maharaja Ajit Singh (reigned 1678-1724). These cenotaphs are set in beautiful landscaped gardens.
Traditional Blue Architecture, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
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Fairs & Festivals of Jodhpur

Nagaur Fair
This eight days fair held every year during the month of Jan-Feb, is popularly known as the Cattle fair and is the second largest in Rajasthan. Nagaur Town is the most picturesque of Rajput townships. Nagaur is a sea of animals, trading over 70,000 bullocks, camels and horses every year. The bullocks are known for their fleetness. Not only are the animals lavishly decorated, even their owners flaunt wearing colourful turbans and long moustaches.

Makar Sankranti
The festival is celebrated on the 14th of January every year. This has now become the festival of kite-flying which does not spare the soaring spirits of anyone in Jaipur. 

The devoted ones, however, take a holy dip in the kund at Galtaji. The traditional sweet associated with it is Phirni, made in abundance by the halwais of Jaipur.

Elephant Festival
This festival is held on the day of Holi, the festival of colours, at the Chaughan stadium. Beautifully decorated and caparisoned elephants assemble to participate in the royal procession. Elephant polo, elephant race,elephant tug-of-war with a few tourist and holi on elephant back are some of the exciting events.

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Hotel High Pointe, Jodhpur
We welcome you to the blue city of Jodhpur, capital town of Marwar the land famous for its hospitality, tradition, heritage and scenic splendor. There is something magical about the place, an exotic heaven for the tourists. Whether it’s your first time or your 40 th, Jodhpur will spice up your life. And your stay at our hotel is just going to help you discover the scenic beauty of this blue city all the more. The rooms are in various categories providing the best of the facilities in the most simplest ways. Being centrally located you get a clear view of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, while admiring the architectural wonder when you look on the other side there stands the royal diamond of Rajasthan.
Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli, Jodhpur
Amid the vast and serene desert milieu, KP Heritage Haveli is a traditional haveli with its imposing but delicately carved exterior and simple yet comfortable interiors, is a genuine heritage edifice in a sylvan setting.All efforts have been made to preserve the historical identity and integrity of the haveli despite its modernizing environs.KP Heritage Haveli Combines old Charm with best of modern amenities.There are eighteen elegantly appointed rooms with attached modern bathroom with around the clock hot and cold water.Pleasant courtyards Terraces offer splendid view of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, the royal Familys Cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada, Gulab Sagar, Clock Tower, Old City and Umaid Bhawan Palace.The only living haveli hotel in Jodhpur.
Mandore Guest House, Jodhpur
Situated just a stones throw away from the historic and beautiful ‘Mandore Gardens’, Mandore Guest House boasts delightful accommodation in the form of spacious bungalows/chalet style cottages, all encircling a large, leafy garden. Air conditioned rooms furnished with twin/double beds, each with a modern en suite bathroom and decorated in an aesthetically pleasing style, mixing the ethnic and contemporary. Plenty of comfortable sitting and dining space throughout the garden, perfect for a tête-à-tête, and providing for a relaxing break from the noise of the city. A small, friendly, family-based staff are always on hand, and homemade vegetarian meals are freshly prepared and served all day at reasonable prices.
Vivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
Just 3.5 km from the railway terminus and a mere 4 km from the airport. On the prestigious Residency Road. Close to Jodhpur's business and entertainment areas. Drive in from the airport delighting in backseat surprises (we're not revealing here). You'll see how we deliver style in a quiet efficient way from the moment you step in. Our lobby is a unique mix of chic and classic. With its Latitude style architecture and Moghul-inspired domes, enameled murals, slender columns, and grand interiors. This arrival zone sets the tone for guestrooms and banquet facilities that deliver the ultimate in a luxury experience. Get set to be delighted with small surprises from the moment you enter. Discover the most happening restaurants which open to the lobby to create an enticing food zone offering the best in world cuisine. 
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