Jodhpur also known by the names of ‘Sun city’ and ‘Blue city’ is the second largest desert city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. Drawing the attention of tourists from all over the world and Standing as the sentinel of the country’s western border, Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces.
Jodhpur, which was previously known as Marwar, was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput Chief of the Rathore clan. This city is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Thar’ because it is located right on the border of the Thar Desert.
The name ‘Sun City’ is given after the bright, sunny weather of Jodhpur whereas, the name ‘blue city’ is derived from the blue painted houses located in the surroundings of the Mehrangarh Fort.
A 10-km-long wall made of stone surrounds the city. Eight doors stand all through the wall leading to different places of Jodhpur. The city has about 100 towers most of which are surrounded by defensive battlements.
Jodhpur is famous for its palaces, havelis, forts and museums. Mehrangarh Fort was built by Maharaja Man Singh, is located in the heart of the city of Jodhpur. The fort is spread over an area of 5 km at an altitude of about 125 meters.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is the largest private residence in the world. There are 372 rooms, wood-panelled library, private museum, indoor swimming pool, billiards room, tennis courts and unique marble squash courts. This palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh with a purpose to employ the farmers of Jodhpur.
Jaswant Thada was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. A story goes that Maharaja Jaswant succumbed to injuries in this place while fighting the Mughal king Jahangir.
Mahamandir Temple, Rasik Bihari Temple, Ganesh Temple, Baba Ramdev Temple,Santoshi Mata Temple, Chamunda Mata Temple, and Achal Nath Shivalaya are the popular Temples of Jodhpur.
Mandar Garden was the ashram of Rishi Mandu. It is famous for its tall rock terrace which attracts tourists from across the country. Rai ka Baag Palace, Balsammand Lake and Kaylana Lake. Umed Garden and Nehru Park also attract a large number of people.
Best Season / Best time to visit Jodhpur
The best time to visit Jodhpur would be from October to March.
- Winter (October to February) is pleasant with mild cool atmosphere. Temperature levels ranges within 10°C to 24°C. This is the most ideal time for enjoying sightseeing, adventure activities. The famous Desert Kite Festival is held here in the month of January.
- Summer (March – June) are severely hot with temperature levels ranges between 36°C and 42°C . Outdoor activities are impossible due to sunstroke.
- Monsoon (July to September) offer low to medium rainfalls, varying the quantum year to year.
How to reach Jodhpur
Jodhpur by Air
Jaipur airport is just 5 km away from the center of the city. Regular flights are available to Delhi, Udaipur and Mumbai on a daily basis.
Jodhpur by railways
Jodhpur by road
The main highway between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is via Agoli and Pokaran. The highway is well connected with Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur by bus.