A Fine Medley of Colors
|State ||: Rajasthan |
|District ||: Jodhpur |
|Type of Tourism ||: Heritage Tourism |
|Best time to visit||: October to March|
|Area ||: 165.50 square Kilometers |
|Population ||: 1,410,000 (as per 2001 census) |
|Altitude ||: 231 meters |
|Languages spoken ||: Hindi, English and Rajasthani |
|Food Specialties ||: Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Kachori, Pyaaz Kachori, Mirchibada, Panchkuta |
|What to buy ||: Jodhpur antiques, Bandhini, chillies and Footwear |
|Adventure sports ||: Kite Flying |
Located 335km west of Jaipur, Jodhpur is a gem in the casket of the tourism business in Jodhpur. Being centrally located in the State of Rajasthan, it has eventually earned many a title from the tourists of the state. Hence, this city is called, ‘The Gateway to Thar’, because it is located right on the border of the Thar Desert, ‘the Blue City’ as most of the houses and the Mehrangarh Fort is painted in blue and even, ‘The Sun City’ as it experiences bright and sunny days all round the year.
The history of this place dates back to the time when the Rathores were forced by the Afghans to leave Kaunaj, which was their original homeland. They settled in Pali, which is located close to present day Jodhpur. Today, Jodhpur is not only popular because of its palaces, forts and temples, but also because of its handicrafts, folk dances and folk music. The tie and dye textiles, lacquer ware, embroidered leather shoes, antiques, puppets, carpets, Rajasthani textiles, miniature camels and elephants, clay figurines, marble inlay work and classic silver jewelry found in Jodhpur are popular worldwide.