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Jodhpur

The famous Mehrangarh Fort stands undaunted at 400 feet above this city, fenced by the imposing thick walls. Positioned in the unadulterated landscape of Thar, Jodhpur experiences a bright sunny weather all year round and is hence known as the "Sun City". In this second largest city in the state of Rajasthan one gets to witness almost all the houses based around the fort of Mehrangarh in blue color, due to which the city is even known as the "Blue City". Jodhpur has been adjudged by The Lonely Planet in 2014 as most extraordinary place to stay. The most recent feather in cap is in form of the city being Crowned as the most inspiring city in India and 76th on the global map; Mumbai being rated as 83rd.

Modern Jodhpur stretches well beyond the city walls, but it's the inimitable charm of the old Blue City and the larger-than life fort that capture a traveler's imagination. This super hectic zone is also Jodhpur's main tourist area and it's obvious that you can't speak to anyone without them trying to sell you something. In short, the hustle and bustle here makes you happy deep within.

Being a place of Princely palaces, this destination offers magnificent forts and old temples of great historic significance and relevance. Maharaja Gaj Singh II is the erstwhile ruler of Jodhpur. Jodhpur's history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him and was previously known as Marwar.

The Blue city of Jodhpur celebrates the memory of the heroes of Rajasthan every year in the month of Ashwin that falls between the months of September and October. Marwar festival is the most popular festival of this city. Originally known as the 'Maand' Festival, this festival is a traditional way of folk music that focuses on the romance and courteousness of the rulers of Rajasthan. Celebrated during the full moon of Sharad Poornima, the Marwar festival of Jodhpur continues for two days.

This Royal city celebrates with great fervor various fairs and festivals which express the rich culture and traditions of Rajasthan. Some of the most famous Fairs and festivals in Jodhpur are Sheetlamata Fair, Chamundamata Fair, Veerpuri Fair at Mandore, Dusshehera Fair, Nau sati kamela, and Baba Ram deo ka Mela. Each of these Fairs ensure a great moment of joy for anyone who visits this place. Surely an experience to be cherished for long.

Some of the renowned attractions in Jodhpur are – Umaid Bhawan Palace, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh (1929-1942), and named after him which is globally acclaimed for the unique feature of hand chiselled sandstone blocks which have been put together in a special system of interlocking as there is no mortar binding; The Government Museum which is nestled in the middle of the Umaid Public Garden, and houses a rich collection of exhibits that include armoury, textiles, local arts and crafts, miniature paintings; Sardar Market ,the colourful bazar is ever alive with hustle and bustle of the crowd near Clock Tower. Another major attraction is the Sangeet Natak Academy duly established aiming at upgradation, protection and development of Indian classical music, folk music, dance and stage art.

The annual event of Riff – Rajasthan International Folk Festival is a very popular event held in Jodhpur where exponents of Folk music from all across world assemble to present their musical interpretations mush loved and applauded by one and all.

In the last few years zip lining is also an added attraction for adventure seekers. Zipping provides you the best view of Mehrangarh, as you move out to the City Wall, thereby allowing you to gain a perspective of Jodhpur across Rao Jodha Park that has remained unchanged for centuries.

Being well connected through Air and by Road makes Jodhpur a well sought after location in Rajasthan.

Come and experience the flavor of Marwar.