Jodhpur The erstwhile princely state, Jodhpur is a classic example of royal legacy and cultural heritage.


Known as the “Blue City” for its houses painted in blue colour around the colossal Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is an ideal destination for tourists. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan founded by Rao Jodha, the Rajput ruler of Rathore clan, in the 15th century.

The royal city is well-known for its forts, mansions, markets and temples. Often referred as the “Sun City” due to its bright and sunny weather, Jodhpur is a masterpiece of architecture.

The city is surrounded by a thick stone wall (for which it is called the Walled City) comprising six huge gates namely - Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand Pol. People find themselves in a feeling of awe while visiting many fascinating places and alluring things during their tour to Jodhpur.


What to see

Carrying the strong influence of Hindu, Mughal and other architectural styles, the striking historical monuments of Jodhpur assures you an excellent time.

Forts and Monuments

Jodhpur offers a glimpse of its grand history to visitors. Located on a high hillock, the Mehrangarh Fort is 5 km from Jodhpur which continues to entice its tourists. This fort alone consists of appealing palaces like Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. The invincible fort also offers attractions like palanquins, armoury, Marwar paintings, turban gallery and cannons.

Spread over 26 acres with 347 rooms, the quintessential Umaid Bhawan Palace is still a residence of the royal family. Displaying the Rajasthani heritage, the palace speaks volume about its grandeur. Inside the palace, there is a well-maintained museum exhibiting vintage cars, stuffed leopards, glass, porcelain wares and various paintings. A part of the palace is converted into a heritage hotel which is run by Taj Hotels and is extremely popular.

Other monuments like Jaswant Thada and Fort Chanwa Luni also attract huge number of people from all over the world.

Fairs and Festivals

Fairs and festivals are imbued in Jodpur’s culture. Marwar Festival, a two-day event, is held in the memory of heroes of Rajasthan. Folk music and dance of Marwar region is the specialty of the festival which create a magical atmosphere. Camel tattoo show and polo are other major attractions of the festival.


The Desert Kite Festival witnesses the participation of kite flyers from India and abroad. The sky looks amazingly great with kites of myriad colours flying high during the three-day festival.

Heritage and luxury hotels

Many heritage and luxury hotels running in Jodhpur keep calling visitors to witness the glory of Rajasthan. Built in art deco style, the Umaid Bhawan Palace offers you superb services and unmatched hospitality. Hotel Ratan Vilas, Bal Samand Lake Palace, Ranbanka Palace and Fort Chanwa Luni are among some of the best heritage hotels in Jodhpur.


There are other well-known hotels as well where luxury is found to be at its best. WelcomeHotel Jodhpur, Vivanta by Taj - Hari Mahal, The Gateway Hotel Jodhpur and Marugarh Jodhpur Hotel & Resort have been successfully catering to the luxurious needs of their guests, making their trip to Jodhpur a pleasant one.  

Luxury trains

Many luxury trains add charm to your Jodhpur tour. Palace on Wheels, Maharaja Express - the Indian Splendour and Maharaja Express - the Heritage of India are reminiscent of bygone Rajput era’s majesty. A journey in these trains guarantees an incredible time where one lives best moments of luxury.


Arts and crafts

With many skilled and talented craftsmen, Jodhpur is a huge hit among European and North American countries. Tie and dye fabrics, leather goods, embroidered shoes, utensils, antique pieces and lac bangles are popular items one must buy.

Preferable time to visit: October to February is the best time to head for Jodhpur with pleasant weather. March to June is summer season, and the period of July to September witness monsoon season.
Going Jodhpur

Air: With Jodhpur airport at about 5 km, the city is connected to all major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai through regular flights.

Rail: Jodhpur railway station connects metro cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai to the city. Road: Buses are easily available for Jodhpur. Rajasthan Roadways provides premium bus services to all cities.

Jodhpur - a royal saga 

With its centuries old legacy, a trip to Jodhpur is certainly full of pleasant memories.

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