Jodhpur is a beautiful town that has got a tremendous support from the Rajput emperors of the state. Consequently, a number of superlative monuments of the ancient era embellish the countryside of Jodhpur city even now. As a matter of fact, Jodhpur is considered to be the 2nd biggest city of Rajasthan. Situated in the vicinity of the ‘Thar’ desert, Jodhpur, stands pretentiously as a town that endorse erudition, the legacy & art of the medieval period and also private enterprises rather than offering the feel of a waning soil in the heart of wilderness. Jodhpur is also known as a desert island of marble fortresses that is alienated from the barren region by a gigantic barrier. Also known as the ‘Blue city’, Jodhpur feels like a refuge in the middle of a cosmic desert. You can also spot some animal species that survive even in the dehydrated and parched type of weather in Jodhpur city.
History of Jodhpur
During the medieval period, that is to say in 1459, Jodhpur city was established by the Rajput ruler “Rao Jodha”. Similar to Jaipur city, Jodhpur is also bounded by a long-drawn-out barricade that has eight entryways. What's more, there are one hundred towers on all sides of the barrier. Since Jodhpur is located on the verge of the ‘Thar’ Desert in the western part of Rajasthan, this city is bordered by other major cities like Jaisalmer, Jalor, Barmar, Bikaner and Pali.
Weather conditions of Jodhpur
As Jodhpur is situated on the brink of the arid region, the typical weather of Jodhpur is extremely hot, primarily in the summer season. It is unfortunate that Jodhpur receives limited rainfall. That's why, the weather in Jodhpur remains “dry as a bone” almost half of the year. During the hours of daylight, desert storms may also be carried on the breeze. In summer season, temperatures may climb up further than 45 degrees. However, winter season is mostly pleasant and chilly.
Famous highlights of Jodhpur:
Umaid Bhawan Palace : The Umaid Bhawan Palace is a great paradigm of the ancient era architecture. A moderately new structure, the splendid Umaid Bhawan Palace was constructed in the early twentieth century. It took almost sixteen years to complete the construction of this marvelous Palace. The major reason for the construction of the Umaid Bhawan Palace was to bestow jobs to the local people who were struggling due to the food shortage. At present, the next generation of some of the former imperials stays at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. A part of this palace has been transformed into a museum & hotel.
Jaswant Thada : Jaswant Thada dwells the commemorative plaques of several Rajput imperials. Jaswant Thada was constructed around 1899 A.D. in the reminiscence of ‘Maharaja Jaswant Singh II’. This place was built with white marble stones. Inside the main tombstone, you can see many pictures of various Jodhpur emperors.
Mehrangarh Fort : The Mehrangarh Fort is considered to be one of the most remarkable and frightening forts in the entire Rajasthan state. The fort extends to a length of 5 kms. The Mehrangarh Fort is positioned far above the ground on a 125 meter lofty area. The Mehrangarh Fort was constructed in such a way that it cannot be invaded by the enemies from other cities. The fort dwells some other palaces whose structural designs are extremely imposing as well.
The Mahamandir Temple : The powerful Mahamandir temple is visited by a large number of tourists and devotees. The striking Mahamandir temple was constructed in the year 1812. It is located nine kilometers away from Jodhpur city. The building construction of this temple is remarkable. There are complex stone sculptures together with eighty four well-sculptured pillars.
Balsamand Lake and Garden : Balsamand Lake is located seven kms away from Jodhpur city and was built in the year 1159 A.D. The Balsamand lake is a famous outing spot in Jodhpur. Basically, Balsamand lake is a man-made lake that was built in the past. This place has a spectacular charm.
The Osian : In essence, the Osian is a retreat in the desert. This place is located 58 kms away from Jodhpur city. A large number of tourists visit Osian to have a quick look of the marvelous ‘sunset view’ that is simply superb especially when viewed from this destination. The Osian is a very popular picnic destination for the people who live around this region.
The Dhawa : Dhawa is a tiny wildlife sanctuary that is located about 45 kms away from Jodhpur. It is one of the rare destinations of Rajasthan where you can find a large quantity of greenery. The Dhawa dwells a large populace of ‘Sambhar’ and ‘Cheetah’.
Travel tips :
1. Best time to visit : Jodhpur is best visited between November and February months of the year
2. Ways of transportation to Jodhpur:
- Air : You can find a big airport in Jodhpur city itself. Flights are accessible from major places of India and from the capital city of India – New Delhi. The regularity of flights may be less at ‘lean’ time of year.
- Train : Jodhpur city is connected well with the other parts of Rajasthan and also with several major cities of India by the exclusive ‘broad-gauge’ system. You can also get express trains that take you to Jodhpur from several major destinations of India.
- Bus : Travelers can get into the deluxe and luxury buses that run between Jodhpur and other chief destinations of Northern part of India on a regular basis. Standard luxury bus services are also accessible from the capital city of India – New Delhi.
3. Things you would love to shop in Jodhpur:
Jodhpur takes the pride of being a prosperous business destination for imports and exports. A number of foreign merchants arrive at Jodhpur directly by avoiding other major Indian metropolitan cities. Hence, you can expect a broad assortment of shopping items in Jodhpur city. The major shopping hub of Jodhpur is the “Ghasmandi bazaar”. The traditional items and handicrafts of Jodhpur are well liked by people from all parts of the world. Some other popular shopping items comprise leather products, eye-catching embroidery textiles, silver ornaments, inimitably designed colorful outfits, engraved ‘hand-made’ furnitures and beautiful carpets.