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Experience the Remarkable Cultural Hub of Rajasthan at Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, India. 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. Jodhpur is a historic city whose origin dates to the year 1459 AD when it was founded by Rao Jodha, the Rajput chieftain of the Rathores. The Rathore kingdom was also known as the Marwar and was the largest in Rajputana. 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 nearby are now the Mandore Gardens. The people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are hence also commonly called as Marwaris. Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City, an apt name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue. This is particularly noticeable on the north side of the town, known as Brahmpuri for the many Brahmins that live there. The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, color and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all add up to make this historic city worth a visit.


Rich History of Jodhpur

Jodhpur was also part of the Gurjara–Pratihara Empire and until 1100 CE was ruled by a powerful Gurjar King. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. Jodha succeeded in conquering the surrounding territory and thus founded a state which came to be known as Marwar. As Jodha hailed from the nearby town of Mandore, that town initially served as the capital of this state; however, Jodhpur soon took over that role, even during the lifetime of Jodha. The city was located on the strategic road linking Delhi to Gujarat. This enabled it to profit from a flourishing trade in opium, copper, silk, sandals, date palms and coffee.

Early in its history, the state became a fief under the Mughal Empire, owing fealty to them while enjoying some internal autonomy. During this period, the state furnished the Mughals with several notable generals such as Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Jodhpur and its people benefited from this exposure to the wider world with new styles of art and architecture made their appearance and opportunities opened up for local tradesmen to make their mark across northern India. At the time of partition, ruler of Jodhpur Hanwant Singh did not want to join India, but finally due to the effective persuasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Home Minister at the center, the princely state of Jodhpur was included in the Indian Republic.


Industries and Ancient Roots

The Handicrafts industry has in recent years eclipsed all other industries in the city. After handicrafts, tourism is the second largest industry of Jodhpur. Crops grown in the district include wheat and the famous Mathania red chilies. Gypsum and salt are mined. The city serves as an important marketplace for wool and agricultural products. The Indian Air Force, Indian Army, Indo Tibetan Border Police and Border Security Force maintain training centers in Jodhpur. India's most ambitious industrial development project, the over USD 100 dollars Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project is also going to impact the industry in Jodhpur. Marwar Junction which is located about 100 kilometers from Jodhpur will be one of the nine freight loading points along the DMIC route. Jodhpur and Pali districts fall under the region that is going to be developed as a manufacturing hub for the DMIC.


Tourism in Jodhpur

Jodhpur's attractions include Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Veer Durgadas Smarak, Jaswant Thada, Ghanta Ghar and Mehrangarh Fort. Tourists can make excursions to Mandore, Kaylana Lake, and Garden, Santoshi Mata Temple, Balsamand Lake,, Mahamandir, Siddhnath Mahadev, Udai Mandir, Achalnath Mahadev, Mandaleshwar Mahadev, Ratanada Ganesh Temple, Temple Mandalnath, Masooria Hills, Sardar Samand Lake and Palace, Rai Ka Bagh Palace, Bhim Bhirak Caveetc. More recently, there have been many high-profile celebrations in the city including many celebrity weddings. This has given an impetus to a budding lavish wedding industry and increased tourism that can be explored by renting Online Cabs Hire Services with Driver in Jodhpur.


Places to Visit by Cabs in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort:It dominates the city and is the largest fort in all Rajasthan. Founded in 1458 as the site of Rao Jodha's new capital and hence the name, Jodhpur. The city has grown around it and in the 500 years that have passed the fort has never been taken by force. It's easy to see why as it occupies the entire top of a 150 m hill with commanding views all around, with some three kilometers of massive ramparts built around the edges. Visiting this fort is a small trek away but to reach the base you can rent a cab in Jodhpur.

Chamunda Mataji Temple:Tucked away at the far end of the battlements, this temple is devoted to Rao Jodha's favorite goddess and remains a local favorite to this day. A number of people are employed here and there to add flavor by dressing in period costume and doing photogenic things like playing traditional instruments and showcasing various ancient cultural activities. Indulging in these activities adds to the devotion of a devotee. Use car rental services in Jodhpur and reach the museum also includes galleries devoted to howdahs, palanquins, fine arts, weaponry, and the inevitable Turban Gallery.

Mandore:It is situated 7 km outside the city and one has to opt for taxi or Car Rental services in Jodhpur to get in there without any hassles. It was the ancient capital of Marwar before Jodhpur was completely built. It is open to the public free of charge. The lower part consists of small temples and garden areas including a river. The upper part holds the ruins of the old fort. Though it appears dull and garners less interest, it has great historic value and a few stories of wars fought here will surely intrigue each and every one.