The vibrant & scenic city of Jodhpur, nestled amidst the barren landscape of the Thar Desert, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The rich culture, magnificent royal palaces, sturdy fortress, standing against the test of time & bright, sunny weather magnetizes the hordes of tourists. Most of them fall in love with the heartwarming hospitality & opulence of the city & just couldn’t refrain themselves from returning back here to experience the royal treatment!
The city of Jodhpur, which is often nicknamed as the ‘Sun City’ for the bright sunshine that it experience all the year round, is the second largest metropolitan city in the state of Rajasthan, India. In the past, Jodhpur was the capital city of the kingdom named ‘Marwad’ & the seat of a princely state of ‘Jodhpur’. The splendid ‘Royal Palaces’ & a massive fortress are the phenomenal testimonials of the glorious past of this city & today, these ultimate monuments have become the most prominent tourist hotspots in the city!
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Culture of Jodhpur:
The city of Jodhpur is known for its vivacious culture & richness in music, food & art. The colorful costumes of the locals, which look ironical at the city’s Spartan surroundings, drag the attention of tourists. Jodhpur also prevails in the field of making lucrative handicrafts & is honored for its brilliance in folk dances & folk music.
Food In Jodhpur:
Jodhpur is renowned for its yummy sweets, famously known across the nation as ‘Jodhpur Sweets’, which include ‘Mawa Kachori’, ‘Besan Ki Chaaki’, ‘Makhanbada’, ‘Malpua’, ‘Ghevar’, ‘Besan Barfi’ etc.
The spicy food in Jodhpur is also not something unheard of! A number of delicious spicy dishes such as ‘Mirchi Bada’, ‘Dal Bati Churma’, ‘Lasan ki Chutney’, ‘Mirchi ka Kutta’ etc. are the specialty of Jodhpur. Apart from this, the famous Rajasthani dessert such as ‘Lapsi’ (a sweet dish made with Jaggery, coconut, butter & crushed wheat) & Kadhi Pakoda improves the satiety of cuisines.
What To See In Jodhpur:
Jodhpur is a well-known place for exploring some of the best preserved examples of traditional Indian architecture. The city flaunts its amazing palaces, a hefty fortress & myriad temples scattered all across the city.
Mehrangarh Fort: The ‘Mehrangarh Fort’ is the most prominent architecture in the city. The fort holds the reputation of being the largest fort in India. It houses many picturesque buildings such as the ‘Pearl Palace’, the ‘Flower Palace’ & the ‘Mirror Palace’, known for their eternal beauty. The fort is also famous for its startling collection of palanquins, paintings, classical turbans of every community in Rajasthan, armors & weapons of various Jodhpur rulers & the folk music instruments in Jodhpur. The colossal fortress, armored by fat, robust walls is nestled 400 feet above the ground level, keeping a keen vigil over the city.
Umaid Bhavan Palace: The palace, which is famously known as ‘Chittar Palace’, also gets flocked by myriad tourists. This massive palace is known for its extensive artwork & dazzling appearance.
Mahamandir Temple: The temple is revered for its magnificent artwork & gigantic appearance. The temple is supported by 84 pillars which are adorned with elaborate carvings & bas reliefs depicting various postures in Yoga.
Apart from this, an excursion through ‘Kaylana Lake’, ‘Ummed Garden’, ‘Mandore Gardens’ & ‘Shastri circle’ ensure the pleasant day out when you are on tour.
What To Do In Jodhpur:
The ‘camel safari’ in the ‘Thar Desert’ is the ‘must thing’ to include in your itinerary while visiting this part of the world. The local markets provide excellent options to Shopaholics who can enjoy getting lost in the huge variety of embroidered leather shoes, carpets, classic silver ornaments, wooden furniture & beautiful handmade artifacts. The areas around ‘Sojati Gate’ & the ‘Clock Tower’ are the most popular shopping destinations which are often seen crowded with the herds of tourists.
The city of Jodhpur simply conjures the visitors with its eternal charisma. One, who visits this city, even for once, falls in its love forever & returns back to his home with bountiful of loving memories of this elegant, royal city of Maharajas!