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Jodhpur, Rajasthan,

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, India.

It's population was 3,685,681 as of 2011. It is called the Gateway to Thar, as it is literally on the edge of the Thar desert. It is also called the Sun City as the sun shines  almost every day of the year.

The city was built as the new capital of the state of Marwar to replace the ancient capital Mandore, the ruins of which can be seen near what is now the Mandore Gardens. The people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are hence also commonly called as Marwaris.

The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all add up to make this historic city worth a visit.

Jodhpur is well connected by road, rail and air to all major cities and towns.

Jodhpur is connected by air to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur; the airport is about 5 km from the city centre.

Jodhpur is an important division of the North Western zone of the Indian Rail network . It is well connected by direct trains from all metros and major cities in India.

Once in Jodhpur, transportation is easily available via taxi, minibus, rented car, auto rickshaw, and horse drawn carriages called Tongas.

The narrow lanes of the inner walled city of Jodhpur are best traversed by cars, but can also be explored by bicycle or motorcycle/scooter.


A few places to visit:

Mehrangarh Fort,the largest fort in all Rajasthan, which houses the Maharaja's palace, several temples and an extensive garden still farmed to this day.

Jaswant Thada, 1 km downhill from Mehrangarh (easily walked). Royal cenotaphs built in marble, with a picturesque location next to a little lake.

Mandore, 7 km outside the city. The ancient capital of Marwar, before Jodhpur was built.

Umaid Bhawan Palace. Clearly visible to the south of the city and completed only in 1944, this is the last great palace built in India. 


Jodhpur is fast becoming a major education hub for higher studies in India. Major Institutions are Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan , National Law University, Jodhpur,Jodhpur National University , National Institute of Fashion Technology, Ayurveda University, Jai Narayan Vyas University,  and MBM Engineering College.


Did you know?

The word jodhpurs owes its etymology to this city. (riding breeches, cut at the hips but tight fitting from knee to ankle, usually worn while riding horses or playing polo).

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