Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It goes by many other names which do complete justice to its beauty. It is known as the Sun City as it enjoys bright, sunny weather all around the year. It is also referred to as the Blue City because of the blue-painted houses that abound.

The city was the capital of a princely kingdom Marwar. The kingdom paid allegiance to the Mughal Empire and enjoyed a certain degree of autonomy. It was briefly captured by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1679 but its King was reinstated shortly thereafter. After the decline of the Mughal Empire, Jodhpur saw a lot of internal strife and was finally taken over by the Marathas. However, unrest continued and in 1818, it entered a subsidiary alliance with the British.

Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination thanks to its splendid palaces, forts and temples, and the majestic Thar desert. Apart from tourism, the handicrafts industry has emerged as a significant player in the economy. In fact, the furniture export alone is a $200 million industry. Other industries include textiles, metal utensils, bicycles, ink and sporting goods. The cottage industry that manufactures items like glass bangles, cutlery, carpets and marble products is also flourishing. The city serves as an important marketplace for wool and agricultural products like wheat and red chillies. Jodhpur is also an important defense base with the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and Border Security Force maintaining training centres here.

Jodhpur has a rich and vibrant culture. The people of the city love wearing colourful clothes. The turbans sported by the menfolk and the silver jewellery of the women are very eye-catching indeed. As for the cuisine, it is for its sweets and snacks. Remember to indulge in the laddoos and kachoris!

The main languages spoken here are Hindi, Marwari and Rajasthani.

The weather is hot and dry and the mercury soars in the summer months. It gets closer with the rainy season that commences in June. Winters are cold but the best time to enjoy the experiences of the city.

Places of interest:
Umaid Bhawan Palace – This magnificent palace was built as a public relief and employment project during a long period of drought. Three thousand artisans were employed over a period of 15 (1929-43) years by Maharaja Umaid Singh. Made using the finest marble and a special type of sandstone called Chittar, it has beautiful balconies, charming courtyards, green gardens and stately rooms. A couple of decades back, the palace was segmented into the royal residence, the Heritage Hotel and a museum.

Mehrangarh Fort - Located atop a 125 metre high hill, this is one of the largest forts in India. It was originally built by Rao Jodha, though extensive work was done during the reign of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. The walls of the fort are up to 36 m high and 21 m wide; they enclose some exquisite structures. All around are quaint brick houses painted a lovely blue.

Jaswant Thada - Built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, this is one of Jodhpur’s most famous landmarks. It is made entirely of intricately carved sheets of marble. The thin and polished stones emit a warm glow when the sun's rays fall on them. A true architectural delight!

Osiyan Temple - This temples is located in the village of Osiyan about 60 kms from Jodhpur. This is the village where the Oswals, a major Jain community originated from Osiyan. The temple is known for its stunning architecture and was built in several distinct phases.

Top News

Indiska: We Fight For Change

Indiska: We Fight For Change

Short film for the Indiska brand project, 'we fight for change', exploring Indian sustainability efforts. Indiska, designed in Sweden by people who love India. The love of India and our passion for design is the core of all of our products. We have our design department, where all of our products in Fashion and Interior a...
26 Feb, 2015 by admin  0
The Way To India Travel Film

The Way To India Travel Film

A Short travel film by Brian Lewis India. Unlike anywhere else I've ever traveled. Like stepping into a long, dark tunnel and being launched into an alternate reality where every sense is ramped up to 11. Exploding levels of heat, sound, smell, color, spice in every scene. Featuring locations in Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, ...
23 Feb, 2015 by admin  0
After Dark: The Nights of the Rickshaw Challenge

After Dark: The Nights of the Rickshaw Challenge

The Rickshaw Challenge is pretty crazy by day, with tipped up tuk-tuks, thieving monkeys and cramming 9 passengers into one tiny shaw, but by night the participants know how to party, check out some of the goss from Pondicherry to Trivandrum of the GamingZion Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015! [caption id="attachment_1300...
10 Feb, 2015 by Jennifer Walker 
Welcome to India by Àlvar Riu

Welcome to India by Àlvar Riu

A Short film by Àlvar Riu from his trip to Northern India. A short film about my experience in India. One month visiting the North of this wonderful country. I made WELCOME TO INDIA! with the desire to encourage people to visit the land of the senses. The shots were filmed in Delhi, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, P...
2 Feb, 2015 by admin  0
The Salamander Rickshaw

The Salamander Rickshaw

The Filipino-made Salamander rickshaw by H20 Technologies, is designed to function on both land and in the water. The Salamander is powered by your choice of either a a 5kW electric engine or a 250cc gasoline motor which is used to move the rear wheels when the vehicle is on land, or a little propeller when it’s in the ...
30 Jan, 2015 by admin  0
Top 9 Sites from the Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run

Top 9 Sites from the Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run

From temples to hidden beaches, while the GamingZion Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015 might not have followed the classic tourist route, but we have seen some amazing sites along the way, either from the backseat of a rickshaw or on our stops along the way. We drove deep into the heart of Tamil Nadu, which is one of India’s...
30 Jan, 2015 by Jennifer Walker 
Images from India

Images from India

Great short from Marcin Kepka' journey across India. We've been to Asia couple of times but I must admit India really impressed me. It is so intense and spiritual country. This trip will stay in my memory for long. Places visited: Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa. Images from India ...
29 Jan, 2015 by admin  0
Offroading by Rickshaw: Ride Along with Game of Horns

Offroading by Rickshaw: Ride Along with Game of Horns

For many the ride to Tuticorin was a smooth road, too smooth according to some, so the Norwegian team Game of Horns decided to shake things up and make it a little more interesting by taking their rickshaw off road. As we prepared to leave Madurai on day five of the Rickshaw Challenge, I was feeling restless. After all, it w...
17 Jan, 2015 by Brianne Miers 
Gateway to the Ganges by Brandon Li

Gateway to the Ganges by Brandon Li

A stunning short by filmmaker Brandon Li, showcasing the daily life along India’s sacred river, the Ganges. Daily life in the Indian cities of Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Devprayag. This region lies in the foothills of the Himalayas where the Ganges River descends from the mountains. I visited not knowing what to expect,...
16 Jan, 2015 by admin  0
Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015

Rickshaw Challenge Classic Run 2015

Great piece on the just completed Classic Run, an epic rickshaw ride from Chennai to Trivandrum. "Crazy streets, heavy rains, breakdown of vehicles, visits to temples and monuments….the teams that participated in the Indian Autorickshaw Challenge – Classic run had a fun ride. Rickshaw Challenge – Classic run is an ...
9 Jan, 2015 by admin  0
Page 1 of 8412345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤