The old Jodhpur city is surrounded by a 10 km long wall
with eight gates serving as entrances. The new city is
settled around this walled area. The Maruthal or 'land
of death' , came into life when the Rathores of Kanauj
moved in. But the city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao
Jodhaji in 1459 AD. This city was on the silk route of
the 16th century and hence was host to a number of
In Jodhpur, the genius of its sculptors comes to life in
its exquisite palaces, forts, temples and havelis, which
stand testimony to the imperial grandeur. The most
alluring part of Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle,
festivity and the smiling people who treasure this
former princely state.
Prime Attractions of Jodhpur
Marwar Festival is held every year in memory of the
heroes of Rajasthan. The festival is held in the month
of Ashwin (September-October) in Jodhpur, for two days
during the full moon of Sharad Poornima. more..
Situated on a steep hill, 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
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The only palace built in 20th century under the famine
relief programme, has now been converted into a hotel
with some parts being retained as a museum. more..
Government Museum - Jodhpur
This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles,
miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain
Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid
Clock Tower & Sadar Market
In the old city, clock tower is a prominent land mark.
But main attraction is the Sadar Market. The market has
kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture.
The 19th century royal cenotaph is built in white
marble, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some
rare portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur are also
Mehrangarh Fort Museum
This is an excellent museum with rare and interesting
textiles, painting transport items etc laid
out with utmost care and thought. The Palanquin Gallery
and Howdah Gallery display a superb collection of old
and costly specimens of great historical value.
Umaid Bhawan Museum
Recently the ruling family of Jodhpur has converted a
part of the gigantic Umaid Bhawan Palace as the palace
Excursions from Jodhpur
Situated 9-kms north of the city of Jodhpur, is Mandore
which, was the capital of Marwar prior to the foundation
of Jodhpur.Today, its extensive gardens with high rock
terraces make it a popular local attraction. The gardens
also contain the cenotaphs of Jodhpur rulers.
65-km from Jodhpur, lie ruins of an ancient city called
Ossian. This city is famous for Brahmanical and Jain
temples, which belong to 8th and 11th century.
Balsamand Lake & Palace (7Km.)
This picturesque artificial lake is 7 kms from the main
city. Summer palaces along the embankment and a bird
sanctuary has made it a picnic spot.
Sardar Samand Lake (55Km.)
Nestled in the vicinity of the city of Jodhpur, is the
astoundingly scenic Sardar Samand Lake. The lake lies
60-kms south-east of Jodhpur off the Jodhpur-Pali route.
Fairs & Festivals - Jodhpur
The Marwar Festival - Held in October, this festival
brings alive the legend, folklore and romantic lifestyle
of Rajasthan's rulers.
Climate - Jodhpur
Jodhpur has extreme type of climate with temperature
range variation being very high. Average rainfall is 32
cm annually. The best season to visit the city is
between October and March.