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Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Popularly known as “Blue City” as most of the houses and ancient structures have shades of blue in them. Jodhpur, a historical city, was founded in 1459 by a king named Rao Jodha belonging to the Rathore dynasty, who were Rajputs. The city, located at the foot of a large hill, has temples, forts, and palaces to keep the tourists busy. The Rathores ruled from here for a long time and left behind a cultural legacy that has helped Jodhpur prosper. Marwari, one of the finest horse breeds in India, is found only here. Apart from its historical importance, Jodhpur is also known for the Marwaris, the people of the business class.

Nearby Places to See

Mehrangarh Fort
Considered one of the strongest and outstanding forts of the state, it covers an area of nearly 1200 acres and stands atop a hill that elevates at approximately 400 feet. The fort has seven gates, probably built by consecutive rulers. The fort was built by the founder of the city in 1459. The impressive palace within the fort now works as a museum.
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhavan
Umaid Bhavan
Located within the city limits, construction on this magnificent palace started in 1929 and ended in 1943. It is the last palace built on Indian soil, as a mere 4 years later India became independent and stately rulers were integrated. Considered to be the 6th largest private residence in the world, the palace now functions as a heritage luxury hotel.
Jaswant Thada
This white marble building, a cenotaph of the kings of Marwar, was built in 1906 by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Even today, it is the cremation ground for members of the royal family. A museum within the building has information about the rulers.
Jaswant Thada
Toorji Ka Jhalra
Toorji Ka Jhalra
Located within the city, it is a craftily built stepwell. It was constructed in 1740 by Maharani Tanwarji, queen of Maharaja Abhaya Singh. She was fondly addressed as Toor-Ji by the people. The stepped well was unearthed about a decade ago as it was filled with dirt and mud.
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Mandore
Mandore
Located about 15 kilometres to the north of Jodhpur, the city is the former capital of the Rathore kings before they shifted the capital to Jodhpur. This ancient city has the cenotaphs of kings who ruled from here before 1459. Forts and many ancient temples are also seen here. Machia Biological Park: At about 10 kilometres from the city, this park is home to many species of birds and animals. A pleasant place for family to spend a good outing. The man-made Kylana Lake, covering an area of 84 square kilometres and located nearby, is an added attraction.
Balasamand Lake
Located about 10 kilometres from the city, this man-made lake, built in the 12th century, is a famous picnic spot. The Balasamand Palace, located nearby, is now converted into a hotel.
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