Jodhpur: Beautiful blend of modern and traditional infrastructure

BY Seema Shukla

Jodhpur is the second-largest city in Rajasthan. It is also known as the Blue City, this name is very appropriate to the city having most of the architecture for instance forts, palaces, temples, Havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue.

History showed that Jodhpur was built in 1459 AD by the Rathore clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore Clan is credited to build Jodhpur in India. Jodhpur is built in place of the ancient capital, Mandore of the state of Manwar. Therefore, the people who belong to Jodhpur are commonly known as Marwaris.

Jodhpur is a city of many magnificent forts and palaces like Mehrangarh fort, Khejarla Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Phool mahal.

Mehrangarh Fort is a perpendicular and impregnable fort located on the hilltop. It spread over an area of 1,200 acres. The fort was constructed by Rajput ruler Rao Jodha. The fort is very popular among visitors for its extremely beautiful architecture.

Khejarla Fort, another center of attraction is located 85 kilometers from the main city.  The stunning red sandstone fort, now converted into a hotel, is a beautiful example of Rajput architecture.

Umaid Bhawan Palace, popularly known as Chittar Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 to counter a famine that had hit the state at the time. This beautiful sandstone and marble palace was designed by HV Lanchester (a renowned British architect). It took almost 16 years to build this palace.

Moti Mahal is built for the queens to listen to the proceedings that were taking place in the Srinagar Chowki, The Royal Throne of Jodhpur. Another spectacular mahal known as Sheesh Mahal is befitted its name as the walls of the whole palace is adorned with mirror work that stretches across ceilings and to the floors. Phool Mahal or Flower Hall is the most exorbitant of all the halls in the palace. In addition to palaces and forts, Jodhpur has Chamunda Mataji temple, the Ranisar lake, and Padmasar lake. Ghanta Ghar and Mahamandir temple to visit.

The strapping forts that tower this magnificent city sum up a spectacle you would not want to miss. Jodhpur provides a beautiful amalgamation of traditional and modern living styles. You can get a glimpse of royal culture which is influenced by technology also. The tourist can also experience amazing Rajasthani cuisine is also influenced by the Rajputs, who are predominantly non-vegetarians. Their diet consisted of game meat and dishes like Laal maas (meat in red gravy), Safed maas (meat in white gravy), and Jungli maas (game meat cooked with basic ingredients). Jodhpur is the best place to visit if you love to experience a royal lifestyle.

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