Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan and is located in the border of the Thar Desert. As there is sunlight in almost all the days of the year, it is known as Sun City and most of the houses here are painted blue and so is also known as Blue City. The history of Jodhpur starts from the year 1459 AD when it was founded by Rao Jodha of the Rathores.
Jodhpur is well connected with other major cities by road, rail and air. Jodhpur has an airport located 5 km from the main city and has regular flight services to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur. Jodhpur rail network comes under that of the North Western Zone and is connected with all the metro cities of India. The buses of RSRTC and private luxury vehicles connect it with major neighboring towns.
Some of the places of interest in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Zenana Deodi, Chamunda Mataji Temple, Mandore, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Khejarla Fort. There are some famous lakes here namely Balsamand Lake, Kailana Lake, Ranisar Padamsar and Gulab Sagar Lake.
The shopping area of the city is located in Nai Sadak and Sardar Market. The place is popular for its Bandhej sarees and dress materials and Mojris or Jootis, the shoes with pointed front. Handicrafts, spices and tea are also obtained here as souvenirs. There are numerous handicrafts and handloom shops around the town.
In Jodhpur, formal restaurants are less in number but there are lots of standup street food stalls in every corner of the city. They serve samosas and such Rajasthani delicacies as Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Kachori, Panchkuta, Dal Bati Churma, Gatte Ka Saag, Kabuli, Mirchi Bada and sweets like Gulab Jamun, Kabuli and other Jodhpur specialties.
Some of the popular restaurants of Jodhpur are located near Jalori Gate and Sardar Market and they serve fish, kebabs, dal, paneer and roti items. There are many good hotels to stay and some of the old palaces have been converted into heritage hotels. They are expensive but they serve to be ideal destination for hosting wedding parties and other social gathering. One good hotel is Ranbanka Palace built by Maharaja Ajit Singh. The Rajasthani cuisine is served here and the processions of dancers, elephants, camels and horses are seen here that depicts the old heritage of the land.
If you are looking for budget hotel, you can find them around station road, near clock tower and near Ummed Chowk. Jodhpur is comparatively a safe city to stay. As it is very hot in summer season with its desert climate, it is advisable to visit the city in winters. There are nearby get outs worth visiting such as Jaisalmer, Mount Abu, Luni Fort, Osiyan and Udaipur. Read a reliable Jodhpur travel guide carefully to find out the right Jodhpur hotels and Jodhpur restaurant that will make your times pleasant during your stay there. The city is hot in climate but warm in hospitality.