I spent 4.5 months travelling around India. I based myself in Goa and travelled to Kerala (South) and Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur in the North - and various places in between. I have to say that Jodhpur was one of the locations that really stood out for me - and I would go back there again.
The locals are friendly and the area has lots of nice things to see and do. We visited the main castle in Jodhpur - you can see for miles around. We then took a tour of the blue city. There were palaces to see and markets to visit, gardens to relax in and the desert to admire.
There are lots of lovely places to stay overnight. We spent £3.00 each per day which covered our basic accommodation and food/water - but all ancilliary bits were extra. If you go here with the attitude that it's not the same as England and learn to laugh off the idiosyncracies then you will be happier. E.G. Accommodation with a shower may mean that you get a bucket of water to shower yourself in, a carrot salad may mean a carrot roughly chopped up in big round circles - not the nicely grated salad that we would expect. Take it on the chin. The place is different. The fruit juices taste like they've added sugar but they haven't...the fruit/veg are just sweeter here. They take their time showing you places - so don't be in a rush. You will love it here, I can guarantee it!! :-)
I've deleted a good portion of this review and will shortly post a fuller description of my visit - watch this space 26/2/09. xx
Jodhpur is my home town. I am born and grow here. I completed my senior and higher education from this beautiful city. So I want to present my own view about this city.
Jodhpur is known as suncity and The Blue City also Because of the blue washed houses, mostly near the Fort. It was established in 1459 by great Rao Jodha. This city maintains his recognition as cultural capital of state. The city of Jodhpur is surrounded by 10-km long wall with 8 gates. Here you can see a multitude of palaces, forts, temples and havelis, all celebrating the grandeur of Rajasthan. High court of Rajasthan is situated in this city. Its total area is 22,850 sqm.
In summer days maximum- approx. 45º C and minimum- approx. 34º C
In winter days maximum- approx. 22.5º C and minimum- approx 3.2º C
*Situation of Border
In East - Nagaur
In West - From Jaisalmer to Pakisthan's border
In Shout - Barmer and Pali
In North - Bikaner and Jaisalmer
*Language - Marwari (Main Language)
*Suncity's worth seeing sites
It is 8 km. far from city. It is being capital of ancient kings of Marwar. Mandor's fort is hall museum of god-goddess. Due to one pillar palace, Ajit courtyard, doorsill of Tanapir Baba, Mausoleums, Jain shrine and Vaishnaw shrine, Mandor is signed of communalism unity and architecture. Charming and pretty garden, Nagadari, Pond, Bridge and Panchkund of this forcefully attract the visitors.
It is situated on Jodhpur-Mandor way. Its width is 150 feet and length is 1 km. about. It was constructed in 1159 by Parihar Ruler Rao. There is short place middle in Balsamand Lake, which purify the beauty of nature.
3 Kaylana (Takht Sagar)
Kaylana is known as Takht Sagar also. It is main source of water supply arrange now a days for entire Jodhpur city. It was built in king Sar Pratap Singh's time.
4 Umed Palace
Umed Palace of Jodhpur is a unique example of architecture of Marwar in magnificent Palace of Asia. It is known as "Chhitter Palace" due to bright Chhitter stone. Umed palace built in year 1940 in cost of rupees 10 millions 21 lacs under the famine relief programme. There is pretty museum, theatre, dance room and central hall in this palace. Five Star Hotel of Welcome Group is also conducted in a part of Palace.
5 Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort situated on a steep hill. The fort of Jodhpur is obvious view of here architecture art, glorious dignity and folk culture in selected fort of countries. It is high 400 feet from surface. There is tourism place for example- Flower palace, Pearlaceous palace makeup guard and shrine of Chamunda Mother in this fort. Kingfisher, Shambhu arrow, Gajmikhan and other short cannons, which is situated on tower, describes of history.
6 Jaswant Thada
It is situated near the Meharngarh Fort. It is constructed with marble and known as "Tajmahal of Rajasthan". It was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh second. There is short garden and pools behind this palace, which is very beautiful.
7 Umed garden & Museum
Umed garden is situated in the middle of city. There is a Zoo in this garden which was established in 1936 by Umed Singh. There different types of animals are kept.
Another are: - Sardar museum and Sumer public library.
Shrines are: - Rajranchordash ji, Kunjbihari, Achalnath, Teejmata, God Ganesha's and Panchmukhi Balaji's. These shrines are situated in the middle of city. Outside area's shrines situated on hills of Bhoisely, which are: - Mandal Nath, Sidhnath, Jabernath, Jaagnath, Ekling ji, Bhootnath Aadi Siva God-Goddess shrine and Bheem Bhadak.
Bheem Bhadak's bhind a story is that "Bheem made a way under the hill of Bhogisely by his mendicant when Pandavas were passing through this way on their banishment time." Thus there are many shrines of God Sivas and many other God and Goddess. Most of people come here and give something for eat to monkeys because there is several monkeys.
One most popular shrine which is Mother of Sithala situated on pretty hills of Kaga. A fair to be held here in every year's April month.
Handicrafts antiques, Mathaniya's Red chilly and an Indian Leather Pumpshoe are famous in all over countries. There is airlines facility also available for Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur. This city is well connected by Railway lines and trains are available for all big cities in the country. Jodhpur's Railway station is the best station in Rajasthan.
Shopping - Jodhpur
Where to Shop in Jodhpur
*The Sadar Market
The Sadar Market near the Clock Tower gives immense shopping pleasure to the locals as well as the visitors. The colourful but hectic bazaar consists of many narrow lanes, lined with tiny shops. Look for the tie & dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquerware, antiques, carpets and puppets. Here, one can buy exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery
National Handloom is the unit of Rational Handloom Co. Pvt. Ltd... It is first big department of Jodhpur to everybody for everything. It is most successful in Jodhpur and other cities also of Rajasthan & India. Sojati Gate main market, Sarkit House, Partap Nagar and Sardarpura its 5 big branches in Jodhpur. Here you get full of shopping material in every department. Its punch line attractive everybody that is "Saste Sasto Se Sasta, Acche Accho Se Accha" Its intention that (cheaper than the cheapest, better than the best)
For any type of shopping Reliance Mart is here. Any group of age gets here every thing to buy in Wear, Garments, Kid's Wear, Cosmetics, Electronic, Music CDs & DVDs, Jewellery, Furniture, Grocery, Vegetables etc...
*Vishal Mega Mart
It is store of Young boys & girls Wear, Cosmetics, Garments, Kid's Wear, Cookery, Electronic, Grocery etc...
Here's Jai Naraian Vyas University is excellent in education field for Science base. Commerce base and Arts base students. It was established in June 1962. JNVU is providing MBA facility also. It is 'A' graded by 'NAAC'. M.B.M. Engineering College for engineering sector is in this city and for Medical field's students Sampurnanand medical college is here also. Other are: - Polytechnic College, IIT College, Kamla Nehru Girls College and many Pvt Colleges for good education.
Thus this city is best for architecture, higher education and communalism unity.
Thanks to all for reading.
Jodhpur, is the my home city in India. I born & grown here, had my primary education. Now I am bit lucky to write first review about this city... So here we go.
History :- Jodhpur is founded in 14the century by Maharaja Rao Jodha from Rathore clain. It was one of centre for trade & culture in that time. It has many anicient Fort & Building of established time.
Jodhpur, the heart of Rajasthan and the majestic jewel of her eternal crown, iluminate the Thar, enriching the desert with enterpreneurship, scholarship and art.
Rulers of Jodhpur
Jodhpur, one of the largest city of Rajasthan state is centrally situated in Western region of the State, having geographical area of 22850 sq. Kms. It has population of 2.88 Million as per 2001 census.
TOURISM:- Worth seeing sites-
Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Mehrangarh Fort, spreading over 5 km on a perpendicular hill and looking down 125 meters, presents a majestic view on city horizon.
This 19th century royal cenotaph built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and three other cenotaphs, stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The romantic looking Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built with the purpose of giving employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long drawn famine. The royal family of Jodhpur still lives in a part of the palace.
Oldest garden of the city Umed garden covers an area of 82 acres. developed by Maharaja Umed Singh, it has green lawns, towering Ashoka trees, roses and seasonal flowers, museum, fountains, library and a zoo.
Towards the north of Jodhpur is the ancient capital of Marwar, Mandore. It is just 8 Kms from the city. Main attractions of the place are hall of Heroes where sixteen huge figures which have been carved out of a single rock, the shrine of 330 million Gods and the royal cenotaphs.
Where to Stay
The variety of hotels and guest houses in Jodhpur makes one feel at home. Accomodation here is available to suit tourists of every budget.
Most Popular Items of Jodhpur
Mathaniya's Red Chilli
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
Regional Tourist Office (Jodhpur Division) - Tourist Research Centre, Hotel Ghoomar, High Court Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
Tel. - +(91)--0291--2545083
Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (RTDC) - Tourist Centre, Hotel Swagatam, Office Annexe Near Railway Station, Jaipur - 302 006 (Rajasthan) India .
Tel. - +(91)-141-2203531 / 2202586 / 2202152; Fax - +(91)-141-2201045.
Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan (DOTGOR) - Paryatan Bhawan, Govt. Hostel Campus, M.I. Road Jaipur 302 001 (Rajasthan) India
Tel. - +(91)-141-2370180 / 2371142 / 2371223; Fax - +(91)-141-2376362
Tourist Reception Centre - Rajasthan Tourism Bikaner House, Near India Gate New Delhi - 110 001 India
Tel. - +(91)-11-23381884 / 23389525 / 23386069; Fax. - +(91)-11-23382823
How to Get There Air
The airport is 5km from city centre. The Indian Airlines Office is south of the Centre on Airport Road and is open daily from 10 am to 1pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm. It has flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur.
The city is well connected by the railway lines and trains are available from all major cities in the country for here. The booking office is on Station Road, between the railway station and Sojati Gate. The office is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 am to s pm and only until 1.45 pm on Sunday.
RSTC buses and private luxury buses connect Jodhpur with almost all major places of Rajasthan.
Means of transport in Jodhpur include Taxis, Auto-rickshaws, Tongas. Taxi stand is near the main railway station. Auto-rickshaws are best suited for traversing the narrow lanes of the old city. Jodhpur is a good place to explore by bicycle.
(Courtcy to National Information Centre of India for some useful)