The second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur’s landscape is dominated by the towering Meherangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Jodhpur, also known as the Sun City of India has attractions galore. Whether it is the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, the splendid Mehrangarh Fort or festivals like the Marwar festival, Jodhpur is sure to leave you asking for more. Founded by Rao Jodha, a Rathore chieftain in 1459, Jodhpur is also known as the Sun City for its bright, sunny weather.
The old city of Jodhpur is fenced by a 10 km long wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pol.
A major attraction in the city is the magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace. Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh who took the services of a British architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester to design the Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace was once the biggest private residence in the world. In 1977, the palace was divided into a royal residence, a Heritage Hotel and a museum.
The splendid Mehrangarh Fort lies atop a 125 m high hill. The Jaswant Thada is another architectural landmark in Jodhpur built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The Kaman art gallery is the first contemporary art gallery in Rajasthan. The Mahamandir Temple here is famous for its exquisite carvings. Mandore, the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur.
Summer: Max 42.2 degree C to min 36.6 degree C
Winter: Max 27.5 degree C to min 15.5 degree C
Clothing: Summer Cottons, Winter Woolens
Best Season: October to February
Guda Bishnoi, at a distance of 25 km from Jodhpur is famous its exotic wild life & nature. The Ossianji Temple at a distance of 65 km is another major attraction. Besides you can take a trip to the Sardar Samand Lake and Palace and Nagaur.
Fairs and Festivals:
A land of fairs and festivals, some of the important festivals in Jodhpur include the Marwar festival, Gangaur, Teej and Nag Panchmi fair.
While in Jodhpur, you can go for exquisite antiques. Besides, you can shop for lahariya (hand-dyed) fabrics and Jodhpuri footwear.