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.
The Rajput chief Rao Jodha founded the city of Jodhpur in 1459. Earlier, it was the capital of the Marwar state of Rajasthan. A 10-km-long wall made of stone surrounds the city. Eight doors stand all through the wall leading to different places of Jodhpur. The city has about 100 towers most of which are surrounded by defensive battlements. The guards' chambers, constructed high up above the ground and fitted with iron spikes on top, could be seen alongside these walls.
Best Time to Visit
One of the most popular destinations of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is best visited between the months of October and March. This is the peak tourist season when the temperatures are pleasant, ranging between7 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius. These months are conducive for sightseeing and other outdoor activities such as desert safaris and camping. Several important festivals such as Marwar Festival and Desert Kite festival are celebrated during this time. The summer months of April to mid-July leave Jodhpur extremely hot and dry. Temperature can go up to 43-44 degrees Celsius. Low to moderate rains hit Jodhpur between mid-July till August, bringing the temperatures down but causing humidity. If you like rains, this is also a good time for your tour to Jodhpur.
How to Reach
BY AIR - Jodhpur airport is located at a distance of just 5 km from the main city. Regular flights connect the airport with important cities of India including Jaipur, Udaipur, Delhi and Mumbai. Once outside the airport, you can rent a cab to go to your destination. Hiring an auto is another option. The nearest international airport is in Delhi.
BY RAIL - Jodhpur railway station lies in the North-Western Zone of Indian railway. This station is well-connected by regular trains to major cities of India including Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Bangalore. India’s luxury train, Palace on Wheels also takes you to Jodhpur.
BY ROAD - A good network of roads connect Jodhpur city to important cities of the state and the country. Regular state-run and private buses connect the city with places like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner Ajmer, Udaipur, Delhi, Agra and Ahmedabad. Private vehicle and a rented cab are other feasible alternatives.
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