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The Desert Adventure

Jodhpur

Grandeur by the sand dunes

Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, Jodhpur was the capital of the princely state of Marwar, where the Rathor clan ruled. Set right at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is strewn with forts and palaces that go back to the 15th century. On top of a hill, at the edge of the town, looms the Mehrangarh Fort, giving it a touch of medieval majesty.

Climate

Summer (Mar. to Jun.): Warm
Monsoon (Jul. to Aug.): Warm
Winter (Nov. to Feb.): Cool and pleasant

Clothing

Summer - Cottons
Winter - Light woollens

Getting There

Air links to Delhi, Jaipur, and Bombay.

Rail links to Delhi and Ahmedabad.

Road links to Jaipur (340 km), Jaisalmer (290 km), and Udaipur (275 km).

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Where To Stay

Luxury Hotels
Ajit Bhawan Place
Welcomgroup Ummaid Bhawan Palace

Standard Hotels
Hotel Ratanada
RTDC's Ghoomar Tourist Bungalow
Durjan Nivas

Supplementary Accommodation
Shanti Bhawan Lodge
Youth Hostel

What To See

Mehrangarh Fort
his formidable hilltop fort is one of the most impressive in Rajasthan. A series of gates lead into it, like Jayapol built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806 and Fatehpol or 'Victory Gate' erected by Maharaja Ajit Singh to celebrate his victory over the Mughals. Inside the fort, see the palaces: Moti Mahal or 'Pearl Palace', Sukh Mahal or 'Pleasure Palace' and Phool Mahal or 'Flower Palace'.

Jaswant Thada
marble cenotaph built in 1899 as a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.

Ummaid Bhawan Palace
uilt by Maharaja Ummaid Singh in1943, this marble and sandstone palace is an imposing sight. The museum here has a fascinating collection of antique clocks and miniature paintings.

Shopping

At Mochi Galli. Look for embroidered leather shoes, tie and dye fabrics, lacquerware, antiques and puppets.

Cuisine

Try makhaniya lassi- a delicious creamy drink. And popular desserts-mawa laddoo, mawa kachori, dhood firni.

Festivals

Marwar festival.

A cattle fair in Nagaur.

Shitlamata fair at Kaga.

Gangaur Fair at Pipar.