Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City for the blue hues of its buildings, especially at dusk, was formerly the capital of the Marwar kingdom. Modern Jodhpur has grown and expanded though its palaces, forts and temples that featurestunning architecture, as it sits surrounded by the sands of the Thar Desert.
Jodhpur’s architecture is immediately striking. From the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort to the breathtaking Umaid Bhawan Palace (which now is one of world’s best heritage hotels), Jodhpur is certainly worth the visit. The city is divided into the old and new sectors. Old Jodhpur is lined with blue painted houses and bohemian culture. New Jodhpur is dotted with malls, luxury accommodations, amusement parks, and cafes. Ancient Hindu and Jain temples are found in beautiful nearby sites.
In addition to theMehrangarh and Umaid Bhawan Palace, the most popular places in Jodhpur are the white marble Jaswant Thada,Mandore Garden, and Masuria Hills, which offers a panoramic view of the city. Shopping for handicrafts is also popular in Jodhpur along the mazes of the colorful Clock Tower Market.