Jodhpur - The Blue City
Better known as the “Sun City” or the “Blue City” Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan, and is also an exquisite abode to the royal forts and palaces lined through the city. The city is also highlighted as a significant spot of tourism being close to the Thar Desert and bearing a historical timeline to its name.
It directly falls on the road that connects Delhi to Gujarat on the Western region of India.
Jodhpur was established by its name in the year 1459, and it covers a total area of 112.4 square kilometers. It is located just 338 km at the west of Jaipur. There is a train station in the city, and the airport is about 5 km from the city center. Its distance from major cities by train:
The distances from major cities by train:
- Delhi 569 km
- Jaisalmer 290 km
- Bikaner 240 km
- Agra 580 km
- Jaipur 338 km
- Ahmedabad 455 km
Best time to visit:
October to March
Marwari, Hindi and Rajasthani
Daal Bati Churma, Makhniya Lassi, Mavve ki Kachori, Pyaaz Kachori, Gulab Jamun ki Sabzi, Mirchi Wada, Besan ki Chakki
History of Jodhpur:
Jodhpur was coined in 1459, by the Rathore clan king Rao Jodha, after the Rathores settled in the previously known Marwar, the origin of Marwari language. Jodhpur was then made the capital of the ruling areas of Marwar by Rao Jodha. Under the ruling span of Maharaja Umed Singh, Jodhpur grew slowly into a flourishing city.
Jodhpur people have their very usual Marwari accent, which helps to identify them easily. They are known to experience a pompous and bright livelihood, and that can be pointed out in their lifestyle and outlook. The male members of the society can be seen with massive colorful bright turbans on their heads, and typical trousers, which are also called as Jodhpurs, acquiring its name from the city. Women wear a lot of jewelries on most exposed parts of the body like the nose, forehead, arms, ears, feet, waist, etc, and they have a special set of clothing that includes a hip-length sleeved jacket, and layered skirts.
The place is also great for shopping, with lacquer wares, antiques, and certain textile materials of Bandhini, which is a compulsion. Jodhpur has its famous Jutti, which are hand-crafted embroidered shoe wares, and you can surely check out the amazing stuffs on sale in places like the Clock Tower, Nai Sarak, Sojati Gate and others.
Around Jodhpur :
If you wish to take your time out and explore the entirety of this amazing historical spot with Indian traditions and culture seeping out of its nooks at every sight, you would definitely want to check out the surroundings as well. Mount Abu, located at a distance of 4 hours from the main city, it boasts the highest peak of the Aravali Range and is one of the most popular hill stations around Rajasthan. There is also the historical city of Ajmer just 3 hours away from Jodhpur, where Pushkar the holy town steals the highlight of the region, with scenic destinations and religious forts and temples filling its expanse.
Make the Journey Royal with Palace on Wheels:
Palace on Wheels gives you the pleasure of experiencing the premiere royal scenario of Jodhpur on Day 6 of the Northern India tour. Get ready to arrive at the Jodhpur railway station at the early hours and treat yourself to a delicious breakfast onboard. Here we have a planned tour through the major portions of the city, finally lunch will be served at an authentic resort. Help your soul to the local city walks before you get back on the train in the evening, where you end your royal day with a royal dinner on our luxury car, before we move on to our next destination, Bharatpur.