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View all photosJodhpur is the second largest city in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. It is increasingly becoming popular as a tourist destination, thanks largely to some monumental forts in the region and its proximity to the vast Thar Desert. Jodhpur is located in a strategically crucial point on the road that links the western Indian state Gujarat with the country’s capital and can be reached by taking up Delhi tours.
In the history of India, this region had been a silent witness to the violent rivalry between the Mugals, who ruled Delhi, and the Marathas, who ruled the states in the western part of India. It was in 1459 that Jodhpur rose to prominence when Rao Jodha (from whom the region got its name), a powerful Rajput king who headed the Rathore dynasty that ruled a kingdom known as Marwar, made Jodhpur the capital of his kingdom.
Jodhpur has a hot and dry climate, with occasional rains during monsoon, and is known as sun city for the bright sunshine it enjoys throughout the year. But its more famous sobriquet is blue city; known so because of the bluish hue of uniformly whitewashed houses in the town. The local wisdom is that the white colour of the wall helps in keeping the heat away during the day and mosquitoes during the night.
Jodhpur is also home of some unique food items such as Makhaniya Lassi (a drink made with curd and sugar), Mawa Kachori, Pyaaj Kachori and Mirchibada (a hot and spicy food), which are much sought after in the northern parts of India.
To visit and experience Jodhpur hassle-free, view Jodhpur Tour Packages.
by Madhav Srinivasan on Oct 07, 2011
The Rajasthan International Folk festival is held every year in Jodhpur, and this year, it starts on October 12th. This event is ideal for tourists as they will get a chance to sink into the local culture and experience the true flavor of traditional Indi by Afia Ahmad on Jan 25, 2011
Palaces in Rajasthan are one of the prime attractions that draws tourists to this state. These palaces of Rajasthan are eloquent of the grandeur and royalty that once resided here. by Afia Ahmad on Jan 25, 2011
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Rao Jodha made Jodhpur his capital, thus making the city an important trading hub of opium, silk, copper, date palms, coffee and sandals. The city came under the rule of Mughals and served as a fief. This was the time when Maharaja Jaswant Singh gained importance as a noteworthy general by the Mughals.
During this time, the city also saw its maximum exposure, with Mughal art and architecture mixing styles with the traditional Rajasthani culture. During the year 1679, Aurangzeb confiscated the city. However, his death in 1707 marked the end of Mughal rule in Jodhpur and the city went back into the hands of the rightful Rajputana rulers.
Regular attacks by the Marathas weakened the rulers and as a result, after 50 long years of hardships and constant strive, British gained control over the city in 1818. The city remained under the British flag till India’s independence in 1947, after which it was declared as apart of Union of India and Jodhpur became the second city of Rajasthan.
The present day Jodhpur came into existence after the approval of the 1956 State Reorganisation Act, wherein it was made part of Rajasthan.
Travel within city
The best option to travel from the airport to the city is to hire cars. They are cheap and offer a comfortable ride to the city. They charge approximately INR 300 for the 5 km drive to the city center where most of the hotels are located.
Auto rickshaws are another option and they are cheap and cost around INR150 from the airport to the city. Most of the autos do not have meters and the prices have to negotiate. Travelers can apply a rule of thumb which is to negotiate the price to 60 % of first price offered.
Tongas are slow way to get around the city. They may not be comfortable; however they offer a glimpse into a mode of travel from the past.
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