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JODHPUR - the best insider tips for vacation, holiday & travel

Jodphur in India is known as the Blue City that is the gateway to the Thar Desert of the Western Rajasthan region of India. The historic Sun City was founded in 1459 AD and was previously the seat of the Rathore Kingdom that has palaces, forts, havelis, monuments, temples, and a truly rich culture. There are many points of interest within and outside the walled city that attracts tourists from around the globe and even Hollywood film makers (many scenes from The Dark Knight Rises was filmed here).

The main attractions in Jodphur are an architectural enthusiast’s delight. The Meherangarh Fort is the largest of its kind in the region, perched 150 m up on a hill protecting several temples, a gorgeous garden, and the Maharaja’s Palace within. Must see places within the fort are the Mirror Hall (Sheesh Mahal), the Flower Hall (Phool Mahal), the Pearl Hall (Moti Mahal), and the  Chamunda Mataji Temple. Jaswant Thada which is just a kilometer away from Mehrangarh is also a sight to behold with marble built in royal cenotaphs.

Umaid Bhawan Palace from the early 20th century is another point of interest in Jodphur. The royal family still occupies a palace section while other areas have been converted into a museum and a lavish hotel. Other tourist attractions outside the city proper that are worth visiting include Khejarla Fort (85 km away), Mandore and its gardens just 7km outside of Jodphur, and natural wonders like Kailana, Gulab Sagar, and Balsamand Lakes. Mochi, Kapra, and Sarafa Bazaars are great shopping spots around town.

The climate in Jodphur is that of a typical desert and can get extremely hot. The best time to visit is from Oct-Mar when day time temperature averages between 80-86 °F. 


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