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Rainy Season:       July to Mid-September
Best time to visit:   September to March
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Jodhpur – A Heritage City

Jodhpur is a time-honored tourist attraction brought into being by Maharajah Rao Jodha, the chieftain of the Rathore clan of Rajputs, as the capital of his regime - Marwar, He chose Chidia-tunk, a 125 m high hill, to enhance its natural elevation by a fortress of staggering proportions, the Mehrangarh Fort. The whole city of Jodhagarh expanded around the mighty fort. The Brahmins of the kingdom found the foot of the hill as their residence and erected their blue abodes all around Chidia-tunk. Thus, Jodhpur acquired its synonym - the Blue City.

Tourist Attractions

The Mehrangarh Fort

One of the primary tourist attractions in Rajasthan, the Mehrangarh Fort, is among the most impressive and imposing forts in Rajasthan. The construction of the fort was begun by Maharajah Rao Jodha in 1459 and was completed by Maharajah Jaswant Singh (1637-1680).

Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex, and is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble. It was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some of the rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are displayed here.

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan palace is one of the world’s fascinating structures, a palace, in Jodhpur. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum.

Clock Tower and Sardar Market

Another prime attraction of the city is the primeval Clock Tower and the vivid Sardar Market surrounding it. Narrow alleys of the market, buzzing with life, lead to quaint bazaars selling textiles, antiques, silverware and handicrafts. Time seems to have impeded in this part of the world, as the dwellers have preserved the ancient lifestyle and their societal culture.

Around Jodhpur


It was built in 1812, and is a small walled town, clustered around a 100-pillared Shiva temple.

Balsamund Lake & Palace

Balsamand Lake was built in 1159. This lake and garden complex lies about 7 kms from Jodhpur. A palace constructed in 1936, ascends over the lake. The lake has, now, been converted into a public park and bird sanctuary. This area has turned out to be a well-liked jaunty spot.


This former capital of Marwar, lies 9 kms north of Jodhpur. The gardens of Mandore also house the royal cenotaphs or 'Dewals' of the Maharajas, including that of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and, largest and finest of all, the impressive temple-shaped memorial to Maharaja Ajit Singh.

The Hall of Heroes contains 15 figures carved out of a rock wall. The vividly painted figures represent Hindu deities or local heroes on horseback. The Shrine of 33 crore Gods, is painted with figures of gods, spirits and divinities.


Rajasthan's largest assemblage of early Jain and Hindu temples lies on the outskirts of the small town of Osian, just 55 km away from Jodhpur. It was once a great trading centre. The town is a desert oasis that is home to numerous peacocks, now. The largest of the 16 Jain and Brahmanical temples is dedicated to Mahavira, the last of the Jain tirthankars. In the same area the Sun temple has fascinating images of Goddess Durga, Lord Surya and Lord Ganesha.

The sculptural sophistication of the Osian temples equals that of any of the eminent temples of the country.

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