Situated right on the border of Thar Desert, “Jodhpur”, a royal or the second biggest city of Rajasthan is fondly referred as “Gateway to Thar”. For some unique features Jodhpur city is also noted by different names like “Sun City” and “Blue City’, its shinning or sunny days throughout the year given jodhpur name as “Sun City” whereas, “Blue City” name is derived from the blue painted houses located in the surroundings of the Mehrangarh Fort. So come, witness the robust Mehrangarh Fort to the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada to Balsamand Lake in Jodhpur rich ambiance!!!!!!!!
Jodhpur, which was formerly known as Marwar, was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha; a Chief of the Rathore family has interesting history. It’s believed that Rathore power strengthen up when “Siahaji Rathore” tied the knot with the sister of a local prince. HoweverRathores shared good relations with all the Mughal kings, except Aurangzeb. After Aurangzeb's death, the Mughals were driven out from Ajmer by Maharaja Ajit Singh and it was made a part of Marwar (present day Jodhpur). Jodhpur started developing into a modern city under the rule of Maharaja Umed Singh and more succeeded under the British rule.
Looking for outdoor activities in Jodhpur? Visit the palaces all over the place or explore Bishnoi village in an exciting open air jeep safaris or horse safaris and get a close glimpse of unique tribal life of the region.Still if you want to try something rare then desert safari is the one which you shouldn’t miss, hit the sands in desert and explore the world of the wild is truly enthralling. For more here you can enjoy flying fox, paragliding and boating at Kailana and Balsamand lakes.
No trip to Jodhpur is complete without tasting its local delicacies. Its varieties of local specialities, from makhaniya lassi, pyaaj ki kachori tomawa ki kachori, hot spicy mirchi bada to famous rajasthani food Dal Batti Churma are just amazing/tickle ones your taste-buds. Jodhpur which has been the cradle of many numbers of restaurants serving both from Indian to Chinese to Mughlai to Continental food to food lovers, but if you are in search of fine dining, “Umaid Bhawan Palace” restaurants offer good food in an elegant ambience.
Jodhpur, a splendid place, has so many things for shopping lovers from tie & dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquer ware, antiques, carpets and puppets to the attractive Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines and classic silver jewellery no doubt make you feel cheerful. So don’t forget to visit colorful Giridikot market and Sardar market in the heart of city with small shops stuffed into thin lanes.
Accommodation should not be much of a problem in this royal city Jodhpur, as there are handfuls of hotels from economy to budget, luxury to star and resorts which provide the best quality services to its entire guest, but for those who are fond of pampering themselves with lavishness and luxury then staying at heritage hotels is a good option.