While in the recent years, the fact that Jodhpur is the ‘Blue City’ has become popular, few people know that Jodhpur is the largest city in Rajasthan. That makes Jodhpur the largest city in India’s largest state!
It is known as the blue city because of the blue painted houses in the area that overlooks the Mehrangarh Fort. From a distance, it is like a beautiful blue sea right in the middle of the great Thar desert.
Johpur was founded by Rao Jodha of Mandore in 1459. According to the Ramayana, the Ahirs were the original inhabitants of this area, before the Aryans came in.
Jodhpur is now one of Rajasthan’s and India’s largest tourist attractions. Did you know that Lonely Planet ranked Jodhpur as no.1 on the list of the most extraordinary places to stay in 2014?!!
The city is famous for its many forts, temples and palaces – especially for the grandeur of these historical building as set against the backdrop of the great Thar.
Key Places of Tourist Interest:
- Mehrangarh Fort
- Umaid Bhawan Palace
- Jaswant Thada
- Clock Tower
Jodhpur: Weather and Temperatures
Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Sun City’ for the bright, sunny weather the place enjoys all the year round – though the Jodhpur summer sun may not be the right idea if you are looking for a nice, sunny spot!
However, the coming winters (November 2015 to March 2016) should be the perfect time to visit Johpur, and experience the magic of the Thar.
Jodhpur – Rajasthan – India – UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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