About Jodhpur

On the eastern edge of the Tar desert, in the arid territory lies JODHPUR, also called the "Blue City" because of the color of the houses of its old city, and above it, on a steep sandstone cliff, the massive fortifications of the Meherangarh Fort rise. Once it was the center of Marwar, the largest princely state of Rajputana, and today its population is approaching 800,000. Most tourists who stay at Jodhpur stay here for a day, quickly inspecting the fort before heading west to Jaisalmer (300 km) or east to Jaipur (320 km). It is a pity that this place is given so little time. Lost in the blue tangle of the old city, you can see Muslim tie-dye paints, workshops where they produce lacquered knick-knacks and dolls, traditional spice markets, and the famous cubic panoramas of the city, which are most beautiful at sunset - a real paradise for a photographer. In addition, the desert, gradually spreading over large areas outside the blue city, is dotted with small settlements, where one can hide from the crowded and polluted city to feel the atmosphere of rural Rajasthan.

Jodhpur is the third largest city in Rajasthan, located 600 km away. from Delhi . Jodhpur is incredibly popular with European tourists. Glory Jodhpur was brought to the construction, which is a symbol of the romantic and feudal luxury of Rajasthan

Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by the Rajput leader of the Rathore Rao Jodhaya clan. Rao Jodha successfully conquered nearby territories, and thus the state of Marwar was formed. Initially, Rao Jodha was based in the neighboring town of Mandor , and he served as the capital of the state. However, soon, during the life of this leader, this role passed to Jodhpur. The city was located on the strategic road from Delhi to Gujarat . This allowed him to prosper, receiving income from the trade of opium, copper, silk, sandalwood and coffee. At the beginning of its history, the state became the possession of the Empire of the Great Moguls, preserving, however, autonomy. At this time, Marwar gave the Moguls a number of remarkable military leaders, such as Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Jodhpur and its people received some benefit from being part of the empire: new styles of art and architecture penetrated here, trade flourished.

Modern Jodhpur extends far beyond the city walls, but it is the spontaneity and noise of the old blue city and the incredible fort that captivate the imagination of tourists. This crowded area is the main place in Jodhpur, where tourists shop and eat. Often there is a feeling that you cannot and two words with a man, as he immediately tries to sell something to you. Old Town district, located west - such as Navchokiya (Navchokiya) - just as picturesque, but is much less hectic. In the noisy old town center of Jodhpur, you cannot neglect the visit to the Sardar Market, located near the old clock tower. On the shelves of tents installed around it, there is an abundance of multi-colored mountains of spices.

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Festivals of Jodhpur

Marwar Festival, (October)

A festival dedicated mainly to music and dance in the Marwar region. It is a festival that allows the visitor to understand and enjoy the popular traditions of this part of the state.

Nagaur Fair (January-February)

The Nagaur Cattle Fair is the second largest fair of this kind in Rajasthan. Here you will see oxen, horses, camels, cows and goats cleverly decorated by their owners with beautiful motifs that most beautify the exposed livestock. Various items are exhibited at this livestock fair: wooden items, leather accessories and more. Large number of tourist visit Rajasthan every to enjoy this fair.

Kite Festival ( 14 th January)

On the occasion of the festival of Makar Sankranti, kite competitions are held throughout the country. Jaipur is the unique festival on the pink background of the city, the blue sky invaded by multi-colored kites

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Getting Jodhpur

By Air

There is frequent flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur

By Road

Jaipur: freeway NH8 to Beawar, then NH14 to Bar (Bar), then state road to Jodhpur.

By Train

Most of the east train stops at the station Raika Bagh (Raika Bagh) , before heading to the main station, which is very convenient if you're heading to the hotel in the eastern part of the city.

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Suggested Time to Visit Jodhpur

Nov to March, consider a pick season for Rajasthan, where most of tourist, foreign and as well as domestic use to plan to visit Rajasthan, where temperature is mild and you can enjoy shopping, safari, spotting  wild animals, jaw-dropping forts, havelis and museums. In day time you can enjoy an outdoor activities, like shopping, site scene, photography, wildlife safari, camel and elephant safari, and in the evening time, when temperature goes down, in that chillied evening, you can also enjoy the bonfire with local food and folk music.

The recommended time of trip to Jodhpur is from November to March.

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Shopping in Jodhpur

In Jodhpur, you can buy items of Rajasthan artisans. Stores selling cloths and other things are located around the Sardar market and along the Nai Sarak. Jodhpur is famous for its antiques, much of which is concentrated in the exhibition halls at Palace Road, 2 km southeast of the center. For these shops the size of a wholesale warehouse is interesting to wander, but they are well known to Western antiques lovers, so it will be difficult for you to make a profitable purchase. Also remember that trade in antique architectural fragments can help impoverish the cultural heritage of India (beautiful old havelis are often dismantled on a stone for their doors and window frames). Restrictions are imposed on the export from India of goods that are more than 100 years old. But most of these salons are engaged in the reproduction of antiques and can make you to order new furniture in the old style and send it to your home address. The best place to make copies of antiques is Ajay Art Emporium (Palace Road), Rani Handicrafts ( Palace Road), and Rajasthan Arts & Crafts House ( Palace Road). In these shops, there are often less expensive and more compact items than furniture - for example, fabrics, carved wooden and silver products.

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