Home to the desert region of Marwar, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD, Jodhpur is an illustrious and unforgettable city, showcasing a delectable range of handicrafts and architectural treasures. This enchanting city sits smugly on the edge of the Thar Desert.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel
The grand Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is a fine example of Indo-colonial and art deco architecture. This splendid edifice - constructed in the twentieth century - was painstakingly created by three thousand artisans, and took over 14 years to build. One of the prominent features this palace boasts is the hand-chiseled sandstone blocks; these have been put together in an extraordinary interlocking arrangement. What makes this sandstone configuration so unique is that there is no mortar binding. Visitors find this particularly amazing because the palace is enormous - 195 meters long and 103 meters wide.
The imposing entrance leads the inquisitive guest into the foyer, which is festooned with black Belgium marble, and flanked by two striking banqueting-halls: the Rathore Durbar, and the Marwar Hall. Crystal-lamp-mounted, Shikar trophies in the Palm Court lead visitors into the spectacular 56 meters high Center Dome Hall, where a pair of glossy marble stairs lead up to the Maharaja's private apartments and the Regal suites. Each room is adorned with its own distinctive furnished fittings - giving one the impression that each room seems more lavish than the other.
The Meharangarh Fort
The Meharangarh Fort is situated in Jodhpur. The fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD when he shifted his capital from Mandore. The palace has a unique style of architecture, with exquisitely carved panels, lattice windows and evocative names. A section of the palace has now been converted into a museum: The Meharangarh museum. The fort's other main tourist attractions include: The Moti Mahal, Chandan Mahal, Darbar Takhat, Rang Mahal, and Umaid Vilas.
Approximately 65km away from Jodhpur, you'll discover five centuries of artistic zeal amid the medieval temples of Brahamanical and Jain Vintage at Osian. The striking, awe-inspiring Sun Temple - touted as being India's oldest - is another fine example of Jodhpur's cultural heritage. The Harihara Temple 1, and The Harihara III are of outstanding splendor and exquisiteness. Being cut off from Islamic invaders in former times, the Osian temples personify some of the finest aspects of ornamentation in ancient religious architecture in India.
Markets & Bazaars
Jodhpur is also renowned for its bustling markets and bazaars. An expedition in and around the surrounding villages brings you in to direct contact with many exceptionally talented craftsmen, who are famous for their durrie weaving and pottery making. The Girdikot and Sardar Market is a prime example; this colorful, lively market - located in the heart of the city - offers buyers a tantalizing array of handicrafts, boutique wares, and souvenirs.