One of the most popular and visited cities in the Indian state of the Rajasthan is certainly Jodhpur, famous for its azure hues (it’s also called the Blue City) and the plethora of palaces, historical buildings, natural sites and tourist activities that make it a true tourist hub in India. Founded in 1459 by the ruler of Mandore in the Rajasthan state, Rao Jodha, the city bears also the moniker of Sun City. This is pretty simple to understand: it is sun-soaked for the most part of the year, delighting its citizens with a perpetual summer.
If you are planning a trip to Jodhpur, make sure you devote to the local historical sites the time they deserve.
The second largest city in the state of the Rajasthan, it is in fact famous for its magnificent forts and palaces. Among these, one that cannot possibly be missed is the Mehrangarh Fort, located on a small hill above the city. A humbling collection of museums, galleries, a temple and even a park, the fort also shows beautiful paintings and old weapons of the different period of the locals dynasties and rulers.
One of the largest privates residences in Rajasthan, Umaid Bhawan Palace is another place you can’t miss if you visit Jodhpur. Magnificent luxurious palace of some 350 rooms, part of it has become a hotel managed by the Taj Hotels chain, part is still inhabited by the former local royal family descending from Maharaja Umaid Singh, and part has been adapted into a museum.
A photographer’s delight thanks to its soothing azure hues, from Jodhpur you can also visit its traditional surroundings such as Salawas village where you can get the vibe of the local life and also enjoy some wildlife like deers, peacocks and antelopes.
If you like some camel riding, visit the Thar Desert, on the edge of Jodhpur city and enjoy a safari around Osian, ancient town at about 60 km from the city boasting also some 1000-year-old temples (Jain and Hindu).