Jodhpur

# Location: 26°17′N 73°02′E
Highlights: Beautiful fort And Temple''s.

Area: 75.50 Km Sq
Population: 846,408
Altitude: 232 Meters
Languages: Hindi, Rajasthani, English
Best Time to Visit: July to March
STD Code: 0291
Climate:
Summer- 45ºC (max) 25ºC (min)
Winter - 22ºC (max) 8ºC (min)

Jodhpur is the second largest city of the state of Rajasthan. It has been drawing the attention of tourists from all over the world. Standing as the sentinel of the country''''s western border, Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces.

Jodhpur is also called the Sun City.The Sun city was founded by the chief of the Rathore Clan - Rao Jodha, in 1459. It is also known as the Blue city, in the old city area almost all the houses are painted blue.

PLACES OF INTEREST Situated in the middle of the city, the Mehrangarh Fort is a living testimony of the military might of the Rajputs.# With the strategically located cannons on the walls, the fort is spread over an area of 5 km at an altitude of about 125 meters. Thousands of tourists visit this fort every year to have a glimpse of the artillery system of the Rajput warriors. A bird''''s eye view of the city from above the fort is fascinating.

Umaid Bhawan, the only 20th-century-built palace, was constructed to give employment to the famine-struck population of Jodhpur. Made of sandstone, it took 16 years to complete. This majestic building is presently the residence of the former rulers with a part of it running as hotel and remaining part as a museum.

Another example of Rajput glory is the Jaswant Thade, which is a shrine built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant II in 1899. A story goes that Maharaja Jaswant succumbed to injuries in this place while fighting the Mughal king Jahangir.

Mandar Garden was the ashram of Rishi Mandu. This garden has a gate known as the Ajit pole. It is decorated with paintings of the gods and goddesses of Indian mythology.

#Giridkot and Sardar Market, located in the heart of the city, are popular for a wide range of handicrafts.

About 4 miles away from the Jodhpur lay the Balsamand Lake and Garden. It is an artificial lake built in AD 1159. It is an ideal place for picnics and excursions.

The Mahamandir Temple (9 km) is another site to visit. The architecture and the cutwork on the stone are amazing. Built in 1812, it has 84 carved pillars.

Kailana Lake, 11 km from Jodhpur, is an idyllic picnic spot.

Situated on the Jodhpur-Bikaner highway diversion, Osian (58 km) is an oasis in the desert area of Rajasthan. The Osian sunset point is famous for its panoramic view of the setting sun over the golden sands.

There is also a wildlife sanctuary at Dhawa (45 km). It has the largest number of cheetal and sambhar.

The Nagaur Fort is situated 135 km from Jodhpur. The Badal Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, and Hadi Rani Mahal are beautiful specimens of Rajput architecture.

Luni Fort and its environs (20 km) are also worth visiting. The fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel