Jodhpur – Kingdom of the Sun

by admin on September 27, 2010

GD Star Rating
loading...

 

Blue Jodhpur

Blue Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the next stop in our exciting journey to Rajasthan, the getaway to romance, myths, and legends. Just like Jaipur is called the Pink City, Jodhpur is known as the Blue City (for a prevalence of blue buildings) and also the Sun City for its predominantly sunny climate. For those of you who are not familiar with the Indian sun, this should also act as a suggestion for carrying sun-screen lotions, creams, brollies, caps, and hats. And of course, this goes for any city in Rajasthan especially and most places in North India.

History

Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore clan. Having conquered a substantial portion of area, Jodha’s kingdom came to be known as Marwar and as he was himself from the nearby town of Mandore, it served as the state’s capital initially but later Jodhpur took the honors. Located near the Delhi-Gujarat connector, it became affluent with the lion’s share of profits from a burgeoning trade in opium, copper, silk, sandals, date palms, and coffee. (It should be noted here that people from Marwar are noted for their entrepreneurial fervor and can be found in every part of the country busy in some trade or the other).

Places to see

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Numero uno among the many striking buildings that will definitely catch your fancy is the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, in between 1929 and 1943 this palace is an architectural marvel, a fact which should come as no surprise as the Maharaja himself was the President of British Royal Institute of Architects for a considerable period of time.

Over one million square feet of the finest marble and a special type of sandstone called the Chittar sandstone were used to construct this magnificent place. The locals still refer this as the Chittar Palace. Today, this 347 roomed palace functions as a royal residence, Heritage Hotel and museum all rolled into one.

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada

The Mehrangarh Fort or Jodhpur ka kila, lies in the heart of the old city of Jodhpur and is located atop a 125 m high hill and is the most majestic and one of the largest forts in India. It was originally started (c.1459) by Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur. The fort museum houses an exquisite collection of palanquins, howdahs (elephant seat), royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, another architectural landmark in Jodhpur is sure to take your breath away.
Don’t forget to taste the famous Jodhpur cuisine and at least have a look, if not buy the celebrated Jodhpur breeches and suit.

GD Star Rating
loading...
Jodhpur – Kingdom of the Sun, 4.7 out of 5 based on 3 ratings

Previous post:

Next post: