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Jodhpur

known as the Blue City

Jodhpur – Royal yet rustic

jodhpurLocated exactly at 336 km E of Jaipur, with moderate climate except in summer (temperature ranging from 20°-45°C in summer and 5°- 6°C in winter) Jodhpur is known as city of forts. It presents a magnificent panorama. You can enjoy the luxury and architectural marvel in regal palaces and forts with the surrounding rustic environment still retaining the traditional style living. In Jodhpur, you will find yourself in yester years.

Its Historicity:

Jodhpur was the capital city of Marwar, a former princely state. In 1459 AD, Suryavanshi Rao Jodha founded this city. The old city is enclosed within a 10 km long wall. The wall has six huge gates called Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pol. As in Delhi, the city expanded greatly with the new settlements outside the old walled city.

Jodhpur is second largest city of Rajasthan. Unlike Jaipur, it is city of resistance to mighty Mogul empire where the Rathores, valiant warriors, once walked down the hill on which fort stands. Viewed from ramparts of the fort on the hill top, the view down is bewitching with lamp-lit caravans and tired camels, lanes packed with vendors and eager tourists bargaining over the pieces of handicrafts and garments with unique patterns and designs of local flavor. You will also view the sky scrapping palaces and havelis (residences) with a unique architectural design. Its comparison with architectural design and stone engraving of Jaipur, Jodhpur will appeal to you bold versus beautiful and transport you to labyrinths of history with two contemporary cities under the same empire – one at peace with the empire and the other at war against the empire. You will find temples too in this city. Those who care for their palate will enjoy the aroma of kachori, local fast food, while passing through the narrow lanes. You can enjoy here a great variety of unique variety food as well.

Bishnoi Village Safari

Who are Bishnoi?
Bishnoi Village SafariIndia represents all sorts of diversities. Diversities of geographical features, flora and fauna, Religions each with diverse sects, Language with diverse dialects, people with diverse customs and mores, costumes and cultural variants, folkways and folksongs, diverse dances and deities etc. etc. mark the Indian Diaspora. You can enjoy the diverse sights of snow covered, green and at places bare mountain peaks in gigantic ranges of young fold Himalayas, Rain Forests, Long and Beautiful Sea Costs and mangroves.

Rajasthan, in addition, includes an additional feature of deserts with sand dunes of the Thar Deserts. Rajasthan’s other attractions lie in its history of its great Kings, their Forts and palaces and top this all, the people still maintain their traditional life styles and cuisines. It is for these district features that millions of Tourists from India and abroad visit Rajasthan every year to take a glimpse of cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur and Mount Abu. The people of Rajasthan stand out for their colorful traditional Festivals and Fiestas, Ceremonies and costumes and also living happily with scarce resources. People here are deeply religious and celebrate their day-to-day life in perfect contentment in old to their traditional way.

Bishnoi are a unique people not only in India but in world over. They are Hindu by religion. But they belong to a unique sect of Hinduism. Bishnoi, as a Sect, is eco-friendly. The protection of flora and fauna is their religious duty. They may readily stake their life in protection of trees being felled and wild animals being killed. Besides their eco-friendly faith, they have and rich cultural life and cohesive social life. They live as a distinct community in villages. The village inhabited by them are called Bishoi Villages.

What is Bishnopi Village Safri?

‘Safari’, translated in English, means an agency for travel. “Bishnoi Village Safari” was instituted is as an organization by Rajas and Maharajas (kings) of Jodhpur to facilitate their Indian and foreign guest get acquainted with the cultural life of true Rajasthan by conducting tours of Marwar.

Our Safari
We carry forward this tradition after abolition of Princely States in India. We organize full day and half day safaris to facilitate the local people in this water scarce region at a cost they can easily afford so that this great tradition is kept alive.


How To Reach

By Road

Highlights
Balsamand Lake and Garden (5 km), Mandore (8 Km), Sadar Samand Lake (55 Km),
Guda Bishnoi (25 Km), Mahamandir Temple (9 km), Kailana Lake (11 Km), Jhalamand Garh (10 Km), Luni Fort (35 Km)
There frequent deluxe & express buses in every 30 minutes from Jaipur, & regular buses from Udaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Delhi, Jaisalmer & Ahmedabad.

By Rail
There are few express trains to/from Jodhpur. The Jodhpur-Jaisalmer Express leaves every night at 11:15 PM & arrives Jaisalmer at 5:05 AM, the same returns to Jodhpur at 11:15 PM & reaches at 5:15 AM. The Mandore Express leaves Jodhpur at 7:30 PM 7 arriving in Delhi at 6:30 AM. The Intercity Express leaves to Jaipur at 5:45 AM & reaches at 10:30 AM.

By Air
There are daily flights to Delhi via Jaipur & to Mumbai via Udaipur. The city airport is just 5 kms away from the old city.


Transportation

  • 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 240 kms, Bombay 1073 kms, Delhi 592 kms, Jaipur 343 kms, Jaisalmer 290 kms, Mount Abu 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.

Places to visit in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort:

jodhpur‘Mehran’ means majestic and ‘garh’ means fort. True to its name, it is marvelous for its architecture and its strategic location. Right in the middle of the city, this Fort stands constructed on the top of a 125 m high hill. It covers the hilltop with 21 m long rampart. Mounted on the rampart is the second largest cannon in Asia Height of the Fort is 36m. Outside the Fort, there is a cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in white marble which displays inside the portraits of ex-rulers. Within the Fort, there are palaces namely Moti Mahal (Palace of Pearls), Phool Mahal ( Palace of Flowers), Shiesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), sections like Saleh Khana and Daulat Khana. It has a museum exhibiting royal furniture, cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes etc. etc. There is a shop too where you can buy pieces of handicrafts and books.

Umaid Bhavan Palace

: Deeply influenced by the Western architecture, Maharaja Umaid Singh employed Henry Vaughan Lanchester(a known British Architect) to construct this palace. It is built in red sandstone. It is the biggest palance in the world with 347 rooms, wood-paneled library, a private museum, an indoor swimming pool, a Billiards Room, tennis courts and marble squash courts. Unfortunate for him, India became independent following the completion of his Palace. However, he earned the distinction of getting consted the last royal palace in India.

Where to shop in Jodhpur?

The suggested ethnic items on your shopping list in Jodhpur are tie and dye textiles(manual), leather wares, lac wares, antiques, carpets and puppets. The suggested antique dealers are roadside dealers between Ajit Bhawan and Umaid Bhawan. For tie and dye garments, shop around Sojati Gate and Nai Sadak. Leather items including embroidered shoes can be bought at Station Road and Nai Sadak. For local handicrafts, go to Tripola Bazar and Nai Sadak. Go to Mochi Bazar for lac works and bangles. Go to Clock Tower for handicrafts, textiles and spices. You can freely indulge in bargaining to buy cheaper. There is Jodhpur Handloom House too.

In regard to traditional Jodhpur food, the local palate favors strongly spicy food emanating aromatic flavors. You may try the traditional dishes and wind up your meals with lassi (curd churned with water and sugar) to balm the burring sensations in case your palate disfavors spicy food. The suggested time to visit Jodhpur is between October and March to avoid hot summer.


Climatic Conditions

In summers Jodhpur has temperature between 36.6° C to 42.2° C
In winters Jodhpur has temperature between 15.5° C to 27.5° C Maximum Rainfall 31.87 cms

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