Jodhpur is India’s blue city, lying in the largest state, Rajasthan. If you are wondering why it’s called so, it is because the walls of the houses in the old city area are all painted blue, giving a splendid view.
Jodhpur then and now
Founded in the year 1459 by the Rajput chief, Rao Jodha, Jodhpur served as the capital of the Marwar kingdom for a very long time. Being the second largest city in the state currently, this city, though not the capital, has significant economic importance, largely due to its handicraft industry. Exquisite craft such as glass bangles, marble artifacts, and intricately designed cloth items flood the city markets. Jodhpur is also very popular for growth and export of its Mathania chilies. Apart from these, the next major industry for Jodhpur is tourism.
A feast for the eyes
This is a perfect place to recreate and rejuvenate oneself. Its exalted forts, prominent palaces and impressive scenery have been successful in capturing the attention of filmmakers across the world, making them want to showcase the city in major motion pictures. The Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan palace, Balsamand and Kaylana lakes and Rao Jodha Park are major tourist destinations in the city. The city houses Ravan ka Mandir, the only temple dedicated to Ravan in India. All these buildings see a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture.
The celebration of the kite festival and Teej is a joyous sight. People from all over the world come to celebrate the kite festival with great enthusiasm. And the traditional Teej festival is celebrated by the people of the Marwari community, welcoming the monsoon rains.
Jodhpur and its association with sweet dishes go back a long way. Jodhpur based sweet meat stalls are a common sight across the country. These delicacies have takers all over the world.
Jodhpur witnesses less rainfall and remains hot for most part of the year, thereby earning the name of “Sun city” for itself. The ideal time to visit would be between October and March. A lot of travellers visit the city in this season from all over the world. Bike trips from nearby cities like Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur and also Delhi are becoming extremely common off late. With bikes available of rent easily, this city plays host to a lot of travellers. We at Wheetstreet provide a fleet of bikes to choose from to rent from, allowing you to add a personal touch to your trip.
Ways of commute
Air – Jodhpur has its own domestic airport, connecting it to many important cities of India. Located at a mere 5km distance from the centre of the city, autos and taxis are available to help you reach any part of the city.
On rails – The city railway station sees more than 50 trains passing the city, establishing connections to cities as far as Kolkata and Chennai. The station is situated well within the city premises and can be accessed from any part, by autos and taxis.
On road – Direct buses (both government and private) from Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Mt Abu and Delhi are available regularly. The roads connecting the city to all these places are very well maintained.