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Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Jaswant Thada Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The powerful Rajput chief Rao Jodha built this beautiful city that is located near the Thar Desert, in the year 1459. Also known as 'The Blue City', Jodhpur is like a cool and inviting oasis in the middle of a vast and arid desert. The best time to travel to Jodhpur is during the months of September to March.

A booming trade town in the 16th century, Jodhpur is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. A high wall consisting of eight doors surrounds the entire city. The grand forts, beautiful temples and colorful markets scattered across this historic city are a treat to the eyes. Anyone visiting India should make it a point to travel to Jodhpur and capture the spirit of romance and valor that pervades the entire city.

Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur

Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Jodhpur are listed below

Umaid Bhawan Palace

This beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh to provide employment to his people during a long drawn famine in the early 20th century. A perfect example of the early modern period architecture, the Umaid Bhawan is also one of the grandest private residences of the world. The royal family of Jodhpur still resides in a part of this grand palace while the other section has been converted into a luxurious hotel and a museum.

Mehrangarh Fort

The Mehrangarh Fort is an architectural marvel, which stands proudly on a 125 m long hill. It spreads over an area of around 5 km and is one of the largest forts in India. The Fort was built in 1459 AD and stands as a reminder of the royal splendor and bravery of those times. This imposing structure, which overlooks the city of Jodhpur, has a good collection of royal paraphernalia on display besides housing a number of beautiful palaces.

Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada lies quite close to the Mehrangarh Fort complex. It was built in 1899 AD in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and houses the cenotaphs of a number of Rajput royals. The main cenotaph has rare portraits of many Rajput rulers on display. If you travel to Jodhpur, this is a place you must visit.

How to reach Jodhpur

Jodhpur is well connected by road, rail and air. A number of government and private luxury buses connect Jodhpur with all the major cities of Rajasthan. Trains run from all the major cities of India to Jodhpur on a regular basis. The airport is 5 km away from the city center and has flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur. Taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas (horse drawn carriages) and bicycles on hire are excellent means of local transport in Jodhpur.

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