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Rajasthan at Glance >> Jodhpur, The Sun City

The second largest city in Rajasthan, and also one of the three major cities included in the "Desert Tourist Triangle"; Jodhpur is majestically situated on the edge of the Thar Desert. One of the most popular destinations in the desert state, Jodhpur was once the center of Marwar -- the biggest princely state in Rajputana. Jodhpur is known as the "Sun City" because of its bright and sunny weather throughout the year.

Also called the Blue City, Jodhpur was founded, in 1459, by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan. Jodhpur is divided into two parts - the old city and the new city. The old city is separated by a 10 km long wall surrounding it with eight gates leading out of it. The new city of Jodhpur is located outside the old walled city.

Jodhpur much attracts the visitors - both from India and abroad - who simply love its picturesque landscape, stunning palaces and forts, striking gardens, and beautiful temples. The splendor of the many awe-inspiring forts of Jodhpur particularly much enchants the tourists.  

Among the many attractions of Jodhpur, these are the key ones: Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai ka Bag Palace, Government museum and its superb Umed garden.

Jodhpur is also the venue of the much famous and unique 'Kite Festival’. This amazing festival is celebrated with much passion and zest. Introduced just a couple of years ago, the desert kite festival is fast gaining in popularity and becoming a leading attraction of Jodhpur.

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