Set at the edge of the Thar desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha – chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama – the epic hero of the Ramayana.
The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 mts. above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall – 10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.
A mojor trade centre of the 16th century AD, the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. While the graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city. The jumble of wide winding streets are flanked with pavement stalls.
The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with folks wearing lovely multihued costumes, artistically designed. Women folk wear wide gathered skirts and a hip-length jacket, with three-quarter length sleeves, covering the front and back. The colorful turbans worn by the men folk add more color to the city. It was from here that the popularly worn baggy-tight, horse riding trousers – 'Jodhpuris' took their name.
Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars is a heady experience with colorful display of the rich collection of exquisite handicrafts. The tie-and-dye fabric, embroidered 'jutis' or slippers in suede, camel skin, velvet and leather, beautiful silks, durries, marble souvenirs from Makrana, an extensive range of useful and decorative items and much more, can be found in these bazaars.
Countless festivities celebrate the rich past and culture of the princely state. The Marwar festival held annually is one such spectacular bonanza.
DESTINATIONS: Delhi → Varanasi → Khajuraho → Agra → Jaipur → Jodhpur → Udaipur
TRIP OVERVIEW: Apart from visiting India’s finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this North India tour will give you a chance to attend a holy aarti ceremony on the sacred River Ganges. Don’t miss a boat cruise in the early morning to watch the lovely sunrise. Worship at the ghats for a unique experience. The erotic temples of Khajuraho are indeed one of the finest attractions of the north India trip. When in... read more
Private Tour: Delhi 2 Nights → Agra 1 Night → Jaipur 2 Nights → Udaipur 2 Nights
Unique experiences on this tour:
♦ Traditional cycle rickshaw ride in the back streets and bazaars of old Delhi
♦ View the Taj Mahal at sunrise and sunset to see change in color of the marble
♦ Horse drawn carriage ride to the Taj Mahal in Agra
♦ Enjoy an Elephant ride at the Amber Fort in Jaipur
♦ Rajasthani Cultural dance show and ... read more
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