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Jodhpur

The second largest city in the state of Rajasthan and situated west of the state capital, Jaipur, Jodhpur was initially the seat of a princely state of the very same name. Lovingly referred to as the ‘Blue City’ because of its plentiful blue-painted houses encircling the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur boasts of numerous palaces, forts and temples sitting distinguished against the backdrop of the mysterious Thar Desert.

 

Famous for its year-round sunny, bright weather, Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Sun City’ and you will find that the old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a thick stonewall. Monuments definitely worth a visit in this magnificent city would include the Umaid Bhavan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort and the Jaswant Thada.

MEHRANGARH FORT
Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India, is 5 km long and is an impressive and majestic edifice. It stands on a hill 122 metres above the city enclosed by imposing thick walls. There are four gates to the fort and connect by a winding road. It is known for its intricately carved panels, latticed windows, and expansive courtyards. The foundation for the fort was laid in 1459 by Rao Jodha the 15th Rathore ruler, he decided to move his capital to Jodhpur as the original capital of Mandore had become unsafe. The fort however owes its current façade to Jaswant Singh (1638-1678).
The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the best stocked museums in Rajasthan. It houses a number of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin, which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms. It also has numerous howdahs (a carriage positioned on the back of an elephant), royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, and furniture. The ramparts of the fort are home not only to excellently preserved old cannons but also offer a breath-taking view of the city. There is an audio guide available in different languages which take you through the entire fort step by step. It is truly an enlightening experience.