About The "Blue City" of Jodhpur in India, things to do and see and ways of travelling to Jodhpur i.e. flights, railways and so on.
Dominated by it's impressive Mehrangarh Fort, the Indian City of Jodhpur is located on the edge of the Thar Desert and is the Indian State of Rajasthan's second largest city.
Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha the city is known as the Blue City - when you look down at the old part of the city from high up on Meherangarh Fort's ramparts the surrounding buildings are mostly painted blue. Jodhpur is also nick-named the "Sun City" because of the almost year round bright sunny weather it enjoys. A further claim to fame for Jodhpur is because of the horse riding breeches known as Jodhpurs which were designed there.
Travelling to Jodhpur:
Flying. Jodhpur's airport is located only around 6kms from the city centre and is well served with flights from Delhi, Bombay and Udaipur. Jodhpur airport is actually one of the Indian Air Forces largest bases and the facilities for commercial flights are contained within the base - commercial airlines offering direct flights are Air India and Jet Airways (JetKonnect).
at Jodhpur: With the main railway lines passing right through the middle of the city, Jodhpur's main railway station is therefore centrally located in the city - there are express train links to Agra, Abu Road, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Mumbai, Delhi and Binaker to name just a few Indian Cities.Accommodation in Jodhpur:
seems to be a huge gap between standards of places to stay in Jodhpur - and a wide difference in room prices accordingly. There are plenty of really cheap places to stay i.e. maybe 50 to 60,000rs but then a wide gulf to the good hotels which can easily be 130,000rs plus per night. There are a few guesthouses offering accommodation in between these rates though which can be stayed in for around 70 to
100,000rs per night.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
The Old City of Jodhpur was originally enclosed within a 10 kilometre wall which had eight gates however much of this city wall has now disappeared although the gates remain. Situated at the
very centre of the Old City is Sardar Bazaar - a huge series of markets which are overlooked by Jodhpur's Clocktower. Around this part of the Old City you can buy pretty much anything you wish including excellent variety and choices of fresh fruit.
Jaswant Thanda Cenotaphs at Jodhpur. (Chhatri - Cenotaph).
These impressive cenotaphs are located close to Jodphur's Fort and are marble memorials to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II
who was Maharaja of Jodhpur between 1873 and 1895. The area also includes cenotaphs of subsequent rulers as well as members of the Maharaja's family. The cenotaphs were built by Sardar Singh in 1899, are open daily and have a few rupees entrance fee.
Cenotaphs located in Jodhpur which were constructed for earlier Royalty and Rulers can be seen at Mandor (see below).