JODHPUR
ABOUT THE PLACE

Jodhpur, the gateway to the mighty Thar Desert, is a city with many names. Some call it ‘Sun City’ due to the year-round bright sunny weather and some refer it as ‘Blue City’ for the indigo tinge of its whitewashed houses. Besides the exquisitely designed palaces, forts, temples and hawelis bearing testimonial of the past grandeur, what charms tourers is the hospitable nature of Jodhpuri people and their fascinating lifestyle. The nice and lovely multihued costumes of both men and women, uniquely designed jewelry for women to be worn on the feet, head, forehead, ear, nose, neck, arms, wrist, fingers, waist, etc, colorful turbans worn by men, the folk music and dance, handicrafts, the Mewar Festival, are a wholesome treat for any traveler.

HOW TO REACH

Two trains leave Jaisalmer at 4:00 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. everyday and reach Jodhpur at 10:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. respectively. The rail fares are as follows:
Slipper–Rs. 154/-
AC three tier–Rs. 403/-

Malani Express leaves Barmer at 6:30 p.m. everyday and reaches Jodhpur at 10:00 p.m.

Barmer-Bikaner-Guwahati Express leaves Barmer at 9:00 p.m. and reaches Jodhpur at 12:15 a.m. This train runs only on Tuesday and Sunday.

Private cars are also available from Barmer, 220km away.



BEST TIME TO VISIT

Winter is the best time to sightsee.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Ghumar
Tel: (0291) 2544010
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 650–2,000/-.

Hotel Galaxy
Tel: (0291) 2625098
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 400–800/-.

Hotel Moti Mahal
Tel: (0291) 5104772
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 400–800/-.

Hotel Raj
Tel: (0291) 2627445
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs 500–700/-.

Hotel Prithvi
Tel: (0291) 2624999
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 400–500/-.

Hotel Marudhar
Tel: (0291) 22627108

Priya
Tel: (0291) 2547118

Pokar
Tel: (0291) 2547369
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 500–850/-.

Lakshmi
Tel: (0291) 5109279
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 250/-.

Shivam Palace
Tel: (0291) 2551489
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 250–2,200/-.

Vinayak Palace
Tel: (0291) 5101151
Rent: Double-bedroom costs Rs. 350–700/-.


GETTING AROUND


Situated on the hilltop at a height of 125 meter the impervious Mehrangarh Fort is encircled by a 5 km long wall. A winding path goes straight up to the main entrance of the fort. The majestic structure of the fort, made of red stone, is visible form outside the rail station. Like all other forts of Rajasthan the palace is divided into several quarters, such as Moti Mahal, Fool Mahal, Sish Mahal, Silekhana, Daulatkhana. At the rooftop, the strategically placed cannons on the walls are testimony of Rajput might. The palace museum displays intricately designed hawdas, miniature paintings, musical instruments, furniture, wardrobe and the like.

The fort is open from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. everyday. Entry fee is Rs. 20/-, camera charge is Rs. 50/-, video camera costs Rs. 200/. The cost for audio guide tour is Rs. 150/- per head.

Yashowant Thada

The marble cenotaph of Maharaja Tashowant Singh the second was built in 1899. The regal architecture and the majestic decoration of the mausoleum are captivating.

The memorial is open daily from 8:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Entry fee is Rs. 20/-, camera charge is Rs. 25/-, video camera costs Rs. 50/.


Umed Bhavan Palace

Built for 16 years during the rein of Maharaja Umed Singh this huge palace fringed with lush green garden on the highland of Jodhpur has concocted tradition with modernity to the delight of tourists – Indian and foreigners alike. On one part of the palace the royalty still resides and on the other part an elegant heritage hotel offers the best flavours of Rajasthan to the travelers. The rest of the palace is a museum.

The entry fee of to the Umed Bhavan Museum is Rs. 15/- per head. The museum is open form 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


In the vicinity

• Government Museum
• Balsamand Lake and Museum
• Mandor Uddan
• Kailana Lake
• Mahamandir
• Girdhikot
• Sardar market


TRAVEL TIPS • To roam in and around Jodhpur, hiring private cars is the best option.
• Adequate protection is needed to save oneself from the scorching heat of Rajasthan. Caps and umbrellas are most convenient shields.
• While exploring the mysteries of the forts don’t forget to carry enough quantity of water.

The conducted tour of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation is quite satisfying. The tours are arranged everyday from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The tour costs Rs. 100/- per head.