Located on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is called the ‘Gateway to Thar’ and is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It lies steeped in history and royalty and is renowned worldwide for its forts, temples, palaces, and havelis. Most of these are painted in various shades of blue, hence the city is famously called the Blue City of India. Its magnificent forts and imposing fortresses make it a spectacle that is definitely worth a visit. Jodhpur is also famed for its rare breed of horses, called Marwari or Malani, that are known to be found only here. The city is built at the same location where the ancient capital Marwar of the princely state used to be. That is why locals belonging to the city and its vicinity are generally called Marwaris. If you are travelling to the city, Jodhpur Airport is the nearest you can land, while the nearest railway station is Jodhpur Junction Railway Station. If you are travelling by road, Jodhpur is well-connected to other major cities of the country by several good bus services. Travelling to the city by your own vehicle is also quite convenient and comfortable. Jodhpur has in recent years rapidly emerged to be a tourist hub, attracting an ever-growing number of travellers across all ages and of all kinds. Two-star hotels in the city are usually situated in the vicinity of places of public transport such as the main roads. Reasonably priced, the rooms on offer are usually basic and mostly, do not have an in-house restaurant. These hotels are perfect if you need accommodation for a short period of time as the services or amenities provided to the guests are rather limited. Jodhpur has a royal charm about it, and there are a lot of tourist attractions that you must visit in order to fully enjoy the beauty of the historic city. You can visit the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort that has many palaces with intricate carvings, breathtaking courtyards, sprawling balconies, sunlit galleries, and luxurious private residences. You can also visit the famous Umaid Bhawan Palace that boasts of a vibrant museum filled with a collection of vintage clocks and cars. Other popular attractions that you can explore in this city are Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Clock Tower, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Balsamand Lake, Sardar Samand Lake, and Umed Garden Zoo. For shopping, you can visit the Tripolia Market that offers everything from rare antiques to treasured statues to colourful fabric. You can also take a guided tour of Marwar Village or go on Bishnoi Village Safari to explore more about the rich culture and traditions of the city.
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