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Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, is famous for many forts and palaces; it is the second largest city in Rajasthan and a very popular tourist destination.
Jodhpur was founded in 1459 and is today the second biggest city in Rajasthan after the capital city of Jaipur. It is located at the edge of the Thar Desert and is dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort on top of a rocky hill. The city is divided into two parts - the Old City and the New City. The Old City is surrounded by 9.5km long wall with eight gates and is small enough to walk around its winding streets with fascinating bazaars and ancient colorful houses. The New City is outside the walled city and expands to the south and east of the Old City.
Jodhpur is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Rajasthan. People from India as well as all over the world visit Jodhpur every year. There are a number of tourist attractions in Jodhpur, enchanting the tourists, the most important amongst them are the five hundred year old Meherangargh Fort, the Jaswant Thada and the 20th century Umaid Bhawan. Among other attractions is the city's main shopping area, Nai Sadak, lined mostly with sari and shoe shops and leading straight into Sardar Market, a full-on bustling Indian market with a barely contained riot of sights, sounds and stinks. The Clock Tower in the center is a useful orientation point.
The Mehrangarh Fort dominates the city and is the largest fort in all Rajasthan. It occupies the entire top of a 150 m hill with commanding views all around and spreads over an area of 5 sq. km. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several palaces, galleries, a museum and temples. Among the beautiful palaces are the Phool Mahal, the Moti Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. To the north of the Mehrangarh Fort lies the Jaswant Thada, it is a memorial made of white marble and dedicated to Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), one of the most famous kings of Jodhpur. Umaid Bhawan Palace is located 2 km southeast of the Jodhpur city at the top of a hill. It was commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 as a famine relief scheme, the impressive rose sandstone and marble palace was built between 1923 and 1940, providing employment for 3,000 famine-stricken people. Now a famous hotel, the Palace also houses a Museum.
Jodhpur offers a great variety of accommodation possibilities, from the most luxurious 5-star hotels to budget accommodation. Jodhpur Airport is about 5 km from the city center. Regular flight services connect the city with other major cities in and around Rajasthan. There are daily flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur. Jodhpur is also well connected by railway lines. Trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata are easily available. The luxurious 'Palace on Wheels' also visits this city of royal splendor. Another convenient mode of transportation to Jodhpur is by road. The main highway between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is via Agoli and Pokaran. The highway is well connected with Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur by bus.
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