Altitude : 238.0 mtrs.
Best Season : Oct - Feb
Climate : Summer
Mean Max. 40.0 'C
Mean Min. 30.0 'C
Winter Mean Max. 25.0 'C
Mean Min. 11.0 'C
Clothing : Summer light tropical orcotton Winter Woolen.
Jodhpur,once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, is now the secondlargest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort,and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; themonuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.
Foundedin 1459 AD by the Suryavanshi Rao Jodha, Jodhpur gradually grew around thetowering Mehrangarh Fort, built as a stronghold on the advice of a sage.Alongwith Bikaner and Jaisalmer, Jodhpur too is situated on the ancient silkroute that linked Central Asia and Northern India with the seaports of Gujarat.As a result it became a major trading centre in the 16th century. Reminiscentof the bygone years is the fact that Jodhpur is still the leading centre forcattle, camels, wood, salt and agricultural crops. The beauty and imaginationthat has gone into the making of this monumental city proclaim the life-springsof creative genius that appear incongurent with the harshness of this land andits climate.
MehrangarhFort- In the turbulent political times of 1459 AD. Rao Jodha was adviced by asaint to establish an impregnable head-quarter and so, the Mehrangarh Fort wasbuilt on a steep hill. This formidable hill top fort is among the best in Indiawith exquisitively latticed windows in residential apartments within. Carvedpanels and porches, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, PhoolMahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana, seem to make the medieval splendour comealive. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes,furniture and the cannons on the fort's ramparts are preserved
What To See
Mehrangarh : One ofthe most stunning hill forts of Rajasthan, Mehrangarh appears to rise from thebluff-coloured sandstone hill itself, so well built into the base that it isdifficult to tell where the hill ends and the walls begin.
Umaid Bhawan Palace : UmaidBhawan Palace can qualify for several firsts: the largest private residence inthe world, the finest extant example of art-deco, the only palace to havepainting from the Ramayana painted by a Polish artist, the first to useair-conditioning, electricity and elevators, and the most impressive for itssize and dimensions.
Jaswant Thada : Acluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory ofMaharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits ofvarious Jodhpur rulers.
Government Museum :Located in the Umaid gardens on High Court Road, it has a large and fairlyinteresting collection.
Mehrangarh Fort Museum : Thisis an excellent museum with rare and interesting artifacts, textiles,paintings, transport items etc. laid out with utmost care and thought. ThePalanquin Gallery and Howdah Gallery display a superb collection of old andcostly specimens of great historical value.
UmaidBhawan Palace Museum : Recently the ruling family of Jodhpur hasconverted a part of the gigantic Umaid Bhawan Palace as a Palace Museum.
Government Museum, Mandore: About 8kms form Jodhpur; Mandore was the capital of Marwar. This enchanting placehaving beautifully carved cenotaphs, halls of heroes, palaces and old fort, isof immense historical importance.
Balsamand Lake and Garden (5 km), Mandore (8 Km), Sadar SamandLake (55 Km),
Guda Bishnoi (25 Km), Mahamandir Temple (9 km), Kailana Lake (11 Km), JhalamandGarh (10 Km), Luni Fort (35 Km)
How ToGet There
Air :Indian Airlines connect Jodhpur with Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur and Bombay.
Rail:Jodhpur is connected by rail with Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad,Abu Road, Bombay via Ahmedabad Barmer and Udaipur via Marwar.
Road :By road Jodhpur to Agra 577 kms, Ajmer 198 kms, Barmer 220 kms, Bikaner 240kms, Bombay 1073 kms, Delhi 592 kms, Jaipur 343 kms, Jaisalmer 290 kms, MountAbu 264 kms, Udaipur 275 kms, Ranakpur 175 kms.
Bus :Regular bus services available from Jodhpur to Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Jaipur,Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ranakpur and Nathdwara.
Distancesfrom Jodhpur :
» Delhi 597 Kms.
» Agra 568 Kms.
» Ajmer 208 Kms.
» Alwar 483 Kms.
» Bharatpur 478 Kms.
» Jaipur 340 Kms.
» Jaisalmer 305 Kms.
» Mt. Abu 326 Kms.
» Ranthambhore 481 Kms.