Jodhpur commonly recognized as the Sun City because of the bright sunny days throughout the year. Being the second largest city of the colorful land of Rajasthan, this Sun City with its blue colored walls and buildings is better known as the Blue City as well.
Founded by Rao Jodha in 15th Century this princely city is another fascinating destination of Rajasthan. Owning a spectacular historic background, this city is known for its extraordinary aura and splendid constructions that include the great historic monuments, the mesmerizing forts, and the dazzling palaces and plenty of other magnificent architectural marvels. It’s a city that just not fascinates its visitors with its architectural marvels but also with the colorful festivals, marvelous fairs and cultural celebrations. Being a gateway to the Great Indian Thar Desert, Jodhpur captivates the hearts of the people from all over the world.
Before we dive in the details of past, here is a few liner explanations driving more visibility in their nicknames; Jodhpur is widely known by two names – some refer it as the blue city and some address it as the Sun City. The logic behind saying it as the blue city is really simple – the entire city is painted in the shade of blue and secondly, it’s called as the Sun City because most time of the year, Jodhpur is dressed in the sun rays.
The authentic city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha [a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan] in 1459. Jodha succeeded in winning the encircling territory and thus founded a state, which came to be addressed as Marwar. The city was situated on the strategic road connecting Delhi to Gujarat; this enabled it to earn profit from a flourishing trade in Silk, Opium, Copper, Sandalwood, dates and other tradeable goods.
After the demise of Rao Chandrasen Rathore, the state became a fief under the Mughal Empire, owing fealty to them while living the most of internal autonomy. During this period, the state furnished the Mughals with various noteworthy generals such as Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Jodhpur and its residents benefited from this eminent exposure to the wider world as new patterns of art and architecture made their presence and opportunities opened up for the local tradesmen to make their mark across northern India. The Mughal empire declined gradually after 1707 [the death of Aurangzeb], but the Jodhpur court was beset by intrigue; rather than receiving the advantages from circumstances.
Marwar descended into conflict and invited the intervention of the Marathas, who in less than no time supplanted the Mughals as overlords of the region. This did not drive peace or stability, however – 50 years of wars and treaties dissipated the wealth of the state. During the British Raj, the eminence state of Jodhpur was equipped with the largest land area of any in the Rajputana. Jodhpur blossomed under the peace and stability that was hallmark of this era. Later as per the State Reorganisation Act, 1956; Jodhpur was included within the state of Rajasthan [the northern state].
Most time of the year, this city is dressed with the sunny rays. Hence the winter months turn out into the most-suitable period for one to explore the appealing city of Jodhpur. Beginning from the month of October to the end days of March is the perfect interval.
The land of Fort and Palace is way more to what one can think of; and in order to find the best, one should plan a trip to this amazing city of North. The blue city is adorned with the presence of every kind of places of stay; from the 2-star to the 5-star hotels. It’s even blessed with the presence of some impressive Heritage Hotels. The Sun City is home to several destinations of Past; preserver of various cultural values; cuisines; languages etc. The second largest city of Rajasthan perfectly resides in the stark frame of the Thar Desert.
Minimum a day and maximum two days are sufficient for one to explore the prominent attractions of Jodhpur.
Here are the names of some prime attractions that make this city a great place of visit – the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, the striking Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada etc.
Shopping is always fun, but shopping at a touristic destination is even more exciting. Most of the tourist-friendly destinations are equipped with numerous marketplaces; some are situated in the complex of impressive attractions or some are situated somewhere in the interiors. Such is this incredible city located in the enticing state of Rajasthan; Jodhpur acknowledges and embraces the presence of a remarkable population of visitors every year.
It makes sure to load it markets with the quality products [most of which is created by the local artisans]. The bustling shopping spots of this city will definitely bring you to fall in love with it.
From where to buy:
Here are the names of some significance instilled shopping destinations situated in the arms of Jodhpur:
1- The clock Tower Market 2- The Sojati Gate Market 3- Nai Sarak 4- The Umaid Bhawan Palace Market 5- The Mochi Bazaar 6- The Sarafa Bazaar 7- The Kapra Bazaar 8- Tripolia Bazaar
Rajasthani Fabrics, Juttis and Mojaris, classic Handicrafts, traditional Jewellery, imposing antiques, turbans, patterned Sarees, home décor, metal works, copper and brassware, puppets, marble and metal works, paintings, traditionally styled Dupattas, trinkets, Artifacts etc. Shopping in Jodhpur will definitely prove to be a matter or a source of great fun.
The land of Jodhpur appreciate every form of artistry; where it walks along with the varied fairs and festivals or resides in the eminent places of worship. The city of greatness lives to its fullest under the caring shed of age-old cultural values, tasty cuisines, happening fairs, captivating festivals, historical frames etc.
Jodhpur is well-known for offering some of the best food items; in fact, you might come across various shops named as ‘Jodhpur Sweets’ situated in various parts of country India. This place of charm is located at the onshore of Thar Desert; it houses various spots of attraction – Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Clock Tower, Ratanada Ganesh Temple etc. What makes this city more interesting are the numerous street food items, antique products, traditional clothes, footwear etc [the Jodhpuri Mojari is quite famous]. A few of the historic buildings are even been featured in several movies [Jodhpur is truly incredible].
A number of delicious dishes listed under the bracket of Indian Cuisine were originated from Jodhpur; here are the names of some – Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Ki Kachori, Mirchi Bada, Dal Bati Churma, Gatte ki Sabzi, Ker Sangri Sabzi, Pyaaj Ki Kachori, Aate ka Halwa, Kadhi Pakoda with Baajre Ka Sogra, Raab etc.
Below is a list of some sweet delicacies –
These inviting fairs and festivals of Jodhpur do give us all an opportunity to witness the best of inherited skills at one place. The celebratory occasions provide an opportunity to the talented locals to showcase their skills in front of keen travellers, who are always looking to know more about various destinations and its people.
Here are the names of a few notable Fairs that are celebrated at a recognizable scale in the city of Jodhpur –
1- Nag Panchami Fair
2- Baba Ramdev Pir Mela
3- World Sacred Spirit Festival
Here are the names of a few praiseworthy festivals that are celebrated at a greater scale in the city of Jodhpur –
1- The Marwar Festival
Hindi is the Official Language and the regional languages are Marwari, English, Sindhi and Rajasthani. The religions that are practised in Jodhpur are –
Hinduism - 76.98 per cent
Islam – 19.30 per cent
Jainism – 2.70 per cent
Others – 1.00 per cent
The second largest city of Rajasthan [Jodhpur] will surely surprise your vision with all that it owns. A visit to this enthralling city is a Must.
One of the most magnificent forts of Rajasthan, Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff and four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459, this mesmerizing fort is build with red sand stones with a strange haunting beauty. The several palaces, huge courtyards act as another attraction of Mehrangarh Fort. Yet this mesmerizing fort is the most fascinating fort of Rajasthan.
The youngest palace of India was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Rathore Dynasty. Being one of the largest private residence palace, is the symbol of magnificent Rajasthan’s heritage and new Jodhpur. Perched on Chittar Hill, this magnificent fort and palace can be explored as a architectural monument, as a museum that reflects the rich culture and heritage and also as a hotel.
Known as the ‘Taj Mahal’ of Mewar, this cenotaph was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh as a memorial to his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. One of the most beautiful architectural marvels, this Jaswant Thada is made up of white marble. Built as a temple like structure including the dazzling domes and fine sculptures, this magnificent Jaswant Thada was built in 1899.
Activities in Jodhpur: Jodhpur is a major hub of cultural ethics; as per the point of interests of Jodhpur, one can go for Jodhpur Sightseeing Tour, Jodhpur Food Tour to taste the traditional Rajasthani cuisine, Jodhpur shopping Tour to get some traditional and colorful clothing. One must not forget to include the exploration to Ghanta Ghar of Jodhpur in their sightseeing tour. Other activities in Jodhpur include the Osian Resort Camps and Mewar Desert Camps. Both of them are located in an average of 70-80km of distance and provide a great experience of royal camp life. With some entertaining cultural programs, these two camps will make your day.
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