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JODHPUR - A City of Culture

JODHPUR - A City of Culture Encircled by a stone wall, Jodhpur City was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs & was the capital of the State of Marwar.

There is an ancient fort crowning the hill, overlooking the old town. A new, modern palace was created by the than King as a famine relief programme. It is now partially converted into a hotel, with the royal family still residing in part of the palace.

There is much to do in town and for shoppers, it is a delightful treasure trove of goodies. Amongst other things, Jodhpur is famous for its tie-dye fabrics and leather goods.

PLACES OF INTEREST
Mehrangarh Fort - JodhpurMEHRANGARH FORT
Situated at an altitude of about 125 metres, the Mehrangarh Fort is spread over an area of 5 sq. km in the heart of the city. The fort has seven gates of which the noted ones are the Jayapol, built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806; Fatehpol or the Victory Gate built by Maharaja Ajit Singh; and the Lohapol or the Iron Gate. The 15 handprints, the sati marks of Maharaja Man Singh/s widows who threw themselves upon his funeral pyre in 1843, can be seen beside the Lohapol. On the wall, one can see the strategically located cannons. Inside the fort, a series of courtyards and palaces greet the visitor. The palace apartments house a splendid collection of the trappings of the Indian royalty. The fort is visited by thousands of tourists every year who come to have a glimpse of the artillery system of the Rajput warriors. One can have a bird/s eye view of the city from the fort.
Jaswant Thada - JodhpurJASWANT THADA
It is a white marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899 A story goes that Maharaja Jaswant succumbed to injuries in this place while fighting the Mughal king Jahangir.
Ummaid Bhawan - JodhpurUMMAID BHAWAN
Made of marble and pink sandstone, the construction of the Umaid Bhawan started in 1929 and it took 16 years to complete it. It is believed that the palace was constructed to give employment to the famine-struck population of Jodhpur. This majestic building is presently the residence of the former rulers with a part of it running as hotel and remaining part as a museum.
Mandore Garden - JodhpurMANDORE GARDENS
About 8 km from Jodhpur, Mandore, the ancient capital of Marwar, has cenotaphs of the Jodhpur rulers. The beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot. The garden has a gate known as the Ajitpol, which is decorated with paintings of the gods and goddesses of Indian mythology.
Govt Museum and Zoo - JodhpurGOVT. MUSEUM AND ZOO
The Sardar Government Museum, library and the zoo are located in the pleasant Umaid Gardens. The exhibits in the museum include stuffed animals, old weapons and sculptures.
Old Fort Museum - JodhpurOLD FORT MUSEUM
This fascinating museum has palanquins, lavishly upholstered royal howdahs, a golden throne, shoes with pearls, paintings, mirrors, cribs weapons and a magnificently embroidered royal tent among its exhibits.

General Information

Area : 78.60 sq.km.
Altitude : 230 metres
Climate : Mean Max.       Mean Min.           Clothing
Summer : 38.10C              27.70C               Light Tropical
Winter : 23.30C              05.50C               Woolen
 
 
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