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

Tamilnadu Run 2017 Highlights

Tamilnadu Run 2017 Highlights

Great memories from the latest Tamilnadu Run.     The 2017 edition of the Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge was a great success, from training in Chennai, exploring remote areas of the state, to the return to Chennai and the inevitable partying. Here are some of our favourite photos from the event! &nbs...
2 Nov, 2017 by David 
Tamilnadu Run 2017: Days 5 - 7

Tamilnadu Run 2017: Days 5 - 7

The Tamilnadu Run visits Yercaud, Thiruvannamalai, and Chennai.     The final three days of the Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge 2017, as told by organizer Princely.   Day 5     The Tanjavur Morning is the Diwali morning in India. With sound of crackers all around and a few n...
24 Oct, 2017 by David 
Tamilnadu Run 2017: Day 3 + 4

Tamilnadu Run 2017: Day 3 + 4

The latest from the Tamilnadu Run 2017.     The first two days of the Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge 2017 were a great success. Here is organizer Princely with his recap of days 3 + 4:     Tamilnadu Run Day 3     It was overcast climate in Chennai with occasional dr...
18 Oct, 2017 by David 
Tamilnadu Run 2017: Day 1 + 2

Tamilnadu Run 2017: Day 1 + 2

Here's what happened on Days 1 and 2 of the Tamilnadu Run 2017.     The Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge 2017 is underway! Here is organizer Princely's personal report from the first two days:   Tamilnadu Run 2017 Day 1     Welcome back to you all, to yet another edition of th...
17 Oct, 2017 by David 
Cities of the Tamilnadu Run!

Cities of the Tamilnadu Run!

The Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge 2017 begins this weekend.  The Tamilnadu Run Rickshaw Challenge 2017 kicks off in Chennai on October 14th, beginning a week of adventure through one of India's most beautiful provinces. Teams, when they aren't grappling with their rickshaws, navigating India's roads and making new friend...
12 Oct, 2017 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 Interviews: Desert Gypsies

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Interviews: Desert Gypsies

Introducing the Desert Gypsies.     We love hearing what Rickshaw Challenge teams think of the experience, after the event. And so we're happy that Mumbai Xpress team the Desert Gypsies answered our questions about their time in India. Here are their great answers (accompanied by fantastic emoji usage), ...
2 Oct, 2017 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 Interviews: Daft Trunk Garage

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Interviews: Daft Trunk Garage

Introducing Dark Trunk Garage.     If you've been enjoying the photo highlights from the recent Mumbai Xpress rickshaw challenge, you may well have notice a team wearing futuristic helmets, resembling those of a certain famous French electronic music duo. This was team Daft Trunk Garage, and we're pleased ...
22 Sep, 2017 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2017: General Silliness

Mumbai Xpress 2017: General Silliness

The latest collection of photos from the Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge.     On the Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge, we loved how the teams made friends, and the participants creativity when it came to spotting humorous signs. That wasn't all the silliness though: here are some of our favourite other fu...
12 Sep, 2017 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2017: Making Friends

Mumbai Xpress 2017: Making Friends

It's not a Rickshaw Challenge without making friends with locals.   On the Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge, it's not just about the challenges. It's also about making friends: with other participants, but also everyone you encounter along the way. Here is a great photo collection of teams doing just that. &nb...
8 Sep, 2017 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2017: Fun with Signs

Mumbai Xpress 2017: Fun with Signs

Let's remember our favourite moments from the Mumbai Xpress 2017.     The Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge was a lot of fun, and we've already recapped stories from the first day to the last. Now it's time to look back at our absolute favourite photos and stories from the trip! To begin... teams posing wi...
30 Aug, 2017 by David 
Page 3 of 9112345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

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

¤