Jodhpur amazes visitors with magnificent forts and palaces, twisted lanes with colourful markets and radiating blue hues from blue and white-washed stone dwellings. This former capital of the powerful princely state of Marwar in Rajasthan, lies on the edge of the Thar Desert. It is a fascinating place to lose yourself for a couple of days, immersed in the cultural charms of Rajasthan.

The mighty and magnificent Mehrangarh fort rises above to ring the city with its massive protective walls, epitomising the power of the bygone era. The fort is run by the Jodhpur royal family and offers a fantastic glimpse into the local history. It forms an impressive backdrop to the old city of Jodhpur which sprawls below it and gives an unforgettable panoramic view of Jodhpur.

Perched on Chittor Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, is another fabulous landmark, the famous Umaid Bhawan Palace. The Palace was built in 1930s by 3000 locals as part of a job creation scheme set up by the Maharaja to help famine-stricken farmers. This colossal palace now serves as a principal residence of the estwhile Jodhpur royal family and part of the palace is a luxurious heritage hotel managed by Taj group.

Visitors must be sure to explore on foot the old city’s maze of medieval streets beaming with colourful bazaars well stocked with spices, bright embroidered fabrics and local handmade puppets. The gleaming blue painted houses line these streets, hence Jodhpur’s designation as the ‘Blue City’.

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