Jodhpur - The Gateway to Thar Desert !!!
Jodhpur, nestling on the edge of Thar desert is renowned as the "Blue
City" of Rajasthan. This dazzling desert city is the second largest
city only after Jaipur
and was founded by famous warrior Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D, a chief of Rajput
clan known as the Rathores. It was once the capital of Royal Mewar, which
for many centuries was noted as the "Land of Deaths", its a soil
that do not stop to narrate its martyrdom, several battles were won and lost
just to save their dignity and kingdom. In an attempt to protect their
motherland together with the zeal to quench their thirst for alluring
residences, a colourful city structure was laid which composed of beautiful
palaces, serene temples, fascinating museums, worthwhile water bodies,
colourful villages and other major institutions.
The Old City Charm !!!
Part of the film Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book,
starring Sam Neill and John Cleese, was shot in Jodhpur.
The old city of Jodhpur was a fortified town ringed on all sides by massive
sturdy walls, that stretched out to be 10 km long. The city is well
organized and protected by bastions with over seven impressive gateways,
each named after the other major towns in Marwar they happened to face.
Rising in the middle, high above the city, is the daunting citadel of
Meherangarh, an invincible fortress, which is placed exquisitely near the
carved stone palace. Spread out between Mehrangarh and the city gates lies
the historic city. It boasts of a traditional urban fabric which reflects
the culture, climate and geography of the region.
The City Painted in Blue Poetry !!!
The structure of the city and buildings portrays the exquisitely carved
stone facades, beautiful courtyard, Jharokhas, narrow meandering streets
perfectly negotiating the terrain, compact bazaars, community spaces and
religious buildings, all put together harmoniously, domineeringly showcasing
blue tint. Yet the topography gives it a distinct built environment compared
to other cities of Rajasthan. Away from the fort, on plain terrain, the
streets are wide open to provide vehicular movements. The stone paved
streets run up and down. Ubha Bazaar and Ada Bazaar streets are the main
market streets with a variety of shops, where the tourist can look for
number of items. Since from the times of yore, the shop owners lived above
the shops and therefore the commercial area was always lively even after the
shops closed for the day.
Jodhpur Attractions - Eternal Bliss to the
Do You Know
There are several stories and legends about the
usage of Blue Colour applied on the houses of Jodhpur City, some says that
it was used to mark the residences of Brahmans and others, that it helped to
cool the houses.
Jaswant Thada is an impressive cenotaph, lying nearly 400m in the
north-east of the Meherangarh Fort. This important monument was build in
1899 A.D, It is followed by royal crematorium and there are other three
cenotaphs, which are located near to this place. It is purely white marble
memorial dedicated to Maharajahs Jaswant Singh II, Here one can see original
marble lattice (Jali) work over the windows and carved wooden doors. Whereas
some part of the white marble is translucent. This ancient memorial allows a
panoramic view as your eyes travel through the near by areas. Next important
temptation include dazzling Umaid Bhawan Palace, which houses an erstwhile
museum, displaying exclusive range of items, that belong to Maharajah and
his royal family. The visitors are open to view the rare accumulation
ranking from crafted weapons to an array of stuffed leopards. Here one can
please his eyes with an enormous banner presented by Queen Victoria to
Maharajah Jaswant Singh Bahadur in 1877 A.D. Other displayed items include
human sized chines flagon and additional fine china items. However,
Maharajah was very fond of unique clocks, that are well preserved inside the
museum, here one can see fantastic clocks collection, including specimen
shaped like windmill and lighthouses. This clannish cluster is open daily
for tourist and entry is Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 50 for foreigners.
Do You Know
The articles over 100 years old are not allowed to
be exported from India without an export clearance certificate. If you have
doubts about any item and think it could be defined as an antique, you can
check with branches of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Jodhpur, is a paradise for shoppers, from antiques to excellent Indian
spice, everything is available in the lined shops along the road connecting
Ajit Bhawan with the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The most sowed crops in the
district include the famous Mathania red chillies, which you can beeasily
bought from the street shops of Jodhpur. The city serves as an important
marketplace for wool and agricultural products. Other items manufactured
include textiles, metal utensils, bicycles, ink and sporting goods
The latest survey show, that in the recent years, Handicraft Industries has
eclipsed in Jodhpur, according to market watchers, the furniture export is
the most booming industry. Whereas most of the flourishing cottage
industries are engaged in the manufacture of glass bangles, cutlery, carpets
and marble products. After handicrafts, tourism is the second largest
industry of Jodhpur. Whereas, certain items, that are rare and are over 100
year old, some restrictions are applied on them and one has to take special
permissions from the Custom Department for taking them out of the country.
The Princely Care of the Town !!!
The happy go lucky ambiance of Jodhpur represents 500 years old princely
efforts, that were put into effect, to form this beautiful place, which
could not be possible with out the help of general public by both
functionally and culturally. The residential areas inside the city have
expanded radically, As one walks along the narrow streets, one feels like,
the houses growing higher and higher. The play of magnetic stone and
terraces is strongly revealed by the setting sun that makes the city look
more vibrant and colourful. Most of the houses are painted blue or white,
giving the city a unique character and identity. The residential clusters
are formed on the basis of the residents' profession like the Brahmins live
in Brahmapuri, goldsmiths in Sunaron Ki Ghati, and moneylenders in Bohron Ki
Pol. Each of these areas is entered through a gate which marks the beginning
of its territory.
Getting There !!!
Jodhpur Domestic Airport is located nearly 5 km
far from the city
center of Jodhpur. It has excellent daily flights to the major cities of
like Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Delhi and Mumbai. Indian Airlines operate
several flights each week to Jaipur.
Jodhpur Railway Station has well connected
treks with the major cities of Rajasthan and India, some of the important
trains are 2466 Intercity Jodhpur-Jaipur, 192 Jodhpur-Kota passenger, 349
Jodhpur- Bikaner passenger that connect Jodhpur with in a spn of few hours.
Whereas there are daily two trains to Jaisalmer, one leaves Jodhpur at 8.20
am and arrives in Jaisalmer at 5 pm, and the other leaves Jaisalmer at 11.30
pm and arrives in Jaisalmer at 6 pm.
A convenient mode of travel to Jodhpur is by
road. Jodhpur is well connected to National Highway No. 65, linking Ambala
via Kaithal via Hissar via Fatehpur via Jodhpurs via Pali by 690 km. Whereas
Some important distances from Jodhpur are By road Jodhpur Ajmer 200
km, Udaipur 266 km, Jaisalmer 290 km, Jaipur 3431km,
Agra 577 km, Mount Abu 264 km, Barmer 220 km, Bikaner 240 km, Delhi 589
km, Mumbai 1073 km.
Local Transport :
The most cheap mode of transportation
inside the city (Jodhpur) is Rickshaw and Bicycle, that are easily available
24 hours around the city. Whereas taxi can also hired for sightseeing in
Jodhpur, from Jodhpur to Mandore and from Jodhpurs to Osiyan . Regular bus
services available from Jodhpur to Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur,
Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ranakpur and Nathdwara.
The Mighty Meherangarh Fort
The grandeur Meherangarh Fort is the most magnificent and largest fort ever
build over the sand dunes of Royal Rajasthan. It is located in the outskirts
of Jodhpur, at the top of 125 m high hill.
This mega structure fort was originally started by fearless warrior Rao
Jodha in 1459 A.D, after whom the city earned the name "Jodhpur".
This unbeatable fort was constructed in such a way, that it is impossible to
breach its shield. This beauteous fort is reached through the mazy lanes
that heads to the entrance from the city, 5 km below. As the soil
verbalizes, Jodhpur has been infamous as the land of deaths, the brave
Rajputs warriors have witnessed number of deaths in the battlefield. This
beautiful fort is adored with enormous gates, bewitching temples, royal
palaces, chhatris of former Rajputs, museums (entered through Surajpol),
destructive armory and huge cannons as if guarding the hefty fort.
Do you know in Phool Mahal inside Meherangarh
Fort, the gold ceiling is embellished with over 80kg of gold plate and the
fine paintings adorning the walls of the palace were executed by a single
artist took over 10 years to complete.
Some of the important
entrances (gates) are Jaypol, Ded Kangrapol, Imritiapol, Surajpol, Lohapol
and the Fatehpol. Whereas the chowks inside the fort includes Daulat Khana
Chowk, Singhar Chowk and Moti Mahal Chowk. Beside this, there are three main
temples, from where you can seek the special blessings of the god and
goddess like Nagnechia Temple, Murlimanohar Temple and the Chamunda Devi
Temple. The fort also houses the affordable restaurant just outside the
museum, towards your right. From where you can ask for vegetarian thali
costs Rs 45. It is worth spending to see the panoramic view of blue city
from the fort. The fort is open daily for tourists from 9 am to 1pm and 2pm
to 5 pm and is easily accessible by buses and taxis from Jodhpur. A tourist
must make a visit to the enigmatic beauty of the fort, as it will allow you
to get everlasting moments for you and your family for ages.
Umaid Bhawan Palace !!!
The enchanting Umaid Bhawan was build in 1929 by Maharajah Umaid Singh as a
royal residence. It is one of the most imposing building, that stands tall
on the ravages of time in Jodhpur. It is situated near the city center and
nearly lies 3 km far from the Jodhpur Airport. This alluring fort is
constructed in the fashion, with beautiful balconies, charming courtyards,
green gardens and stately rooms, that makes it a exquisite example of the
artistic purity. A special type of arenaceous rock is used to build the
fort, which is being imported from the Chittaurgarh, that gives it a special
effect at the time of sunrise. For this reason, it is also referred as
Chitra Palace by the localities. More than three thousand artisans were
employed at the time of its construction and over 15 years were invested to
build the landmark. This rugged fort is now converted into a heritage hotel.
It has a number of air-conditioned rooms, that are elegantly decorated with
antique furniture as well as all the other important amenities of five star
hotel. Jodhpur Airport is lying just 3 km and the Railway Station is 5 Km
far from here. more..
Know Your Future
Do You Know
The current of maharaja of Jodhpur - Maharaja Gaj
Sing 11(know as Bapji), still lives in part of the Umaid Bhawan palace and
rest has been turned into a palace hotel. If you are lucky you can happen to
meet the royal clan.
Another most interesting place to visit is Astrology section, If you
believe in the predictions of astrologers, than do visit the Meherangarh
fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace, that houses the astrology department, where
one can ask for palm reading. You can avail the services by paying a nominal
fees as the astrologer charges.
The City of Squares !!!
According to Indian mythology, the squares are a very important climatic
and socio-cultural space. These open-to-sky spaces provide the urban
dwellers an informal place to interact with one another. They are of
different shapes and sizes, depending upon their location and the functions
that are performed with them. From the times of onset, there are city
squares, chaurahas, and neighborhood squares.
Sardar Market square is the largest square, Built in the 20th century by
Maharaja Sardar Singh with the help of British planners, it is unlike
Jodhpur's other small organic squares. With a symmetrical plan, it is
dominated by single storey buildings with shops on its edges. In the center
is a five-storey red stone clock tower. All other small squares like the
Juni Mandi Square and Vijay Stambh Square are organic in nature. Connecting
various clusters within a neighborhood the small squares on the streets
accommodate a small temple, a well, a baori, and ottas to enrich their
quality, adding to the activities in the early morning and late in the
evening. Ada Bazaar, the busiest street in town accommodates a number of
small squares, each one well-decorated with intricately carved stonework in
red and white. Such informal squares used to be places where information and
knowledge were passed on and shared. Older people invariably sit around such
squares to watch the world pass by. Some institutional, social and religious
buildings open onto the squares, bringing variations of facades to the
Next Door Temptation - Jodhpur
Osiyan - 65 km
Do you know at Salawas Center of weaving dhurries
(carpets) at Bishnoi village, 1.3m by 2m dhurrie can take about one month to
complete, using natural rather chemical dyes, fetching handsome amount of
profit for the artisans.
There are number of famous temptations in the dusty dune of Rajasthan, as
one walk through the dazzling desert. One of the most popular ancient Thar
Desert town is Osiyan, nearly lies 65 km north of Jodhpur. It was once the
important trading center of Jains between 8th to 12th century. The wealth
and prosperity of Jains enabled them to build lavish and beautiful temples
that are world renowned. The stones used to constructs this divine liturgy
was extracted from the local stone pit.
Khimsar Fort - 75 km
Another pleasurable trip include "Khimsar Fort" nestled 75 km
north of Jodhpur, build in 1523, which is now converted into an upmarket
hotel. Other amenities include swimming pool, restaurant and pleasant
gardens. Jeep, horse and camel safaris are also arranged here. Next, the
tourist can choose Mandore, it was once the ancient capital of Marwar,
located 9 km north of Jodhpur, founded in 6th century. As you start
exploring Mandore, you will see chhatris of former rulers, gardens, temples,
pavilions, sculptures of Krishna with Gopis, painted figures of Hindu
deities and local Rajputs.
Other most colourful place to visit is Bishnoi Village, Bishnoi is a
renowned for their conservationist philosophies and hold animals as a
sacred, particularly the black buck. Tourists are open to see these
beautiful animals, spend time with them and can feed them with milk and
food. Here the tourists are open to experience the real lifestyle of Bishnoi
village. If you are passionate enough for sports, than hang yourself freely
to Sadar Club, at Ratanada, which has a alluring golf course, that allows
you challenging shots in the brown grounds. The club building is nearly 100
year old and is little damaged following the first world war between India
and Pakistan. Also visit Salawas, a center for weaving dhurries (carpets).
Here you can place orders for the exotic designs of dhurries that can easily
be transferred to your native place.