-- Jodhpur - A Great City --

  By : Apurva Pathak [on Mon, 24-Jan-2011]    Destination : Jodhpur
Walking through crowded alleys of markets and narrow roads stuffed with traffic, the second largest city of Rajasthan can catch you by surprise. Magnificienty carved like a sand sculpture rising above the desert, the city of Jodhpur orbits around the huge Meherangarh Fort. Its gigantic form in a way exhibits its protective and powerful presence over the city. Built by Rao Jodha, the fort attracts the lens of your camera at the instant you spot it towering over the city gracefully. Being a major tourist attraction it is divided into palaces, museums and galleries internally to bring into life the stories of the its past. Life in Jodhpur with bright sunny days is simple yet bewitching. Houses, not so tall, not very modern are painted in blue, it is aptly described as the blue city. Camels and vehicles rush through same narrow roads, weird looking rickshaws hustle through the traffic that you cant fail to notice. Jaswant Thada, a traditional cremation ground of the royals, is another architectural landmark that is a must see. Built in white marble by Sardar Singh in 1899 in loving memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, it looks like a temple. It has a beautiful garden and a small lake in vicinity. A sense of foreboding is sure to take over you the moment you set foot here. The Umaid Bhavan palace is where you must stop by. It is a sandstone marvel and is also called the Chittar palace. Most of the interior is not accessible to tourists. It is an epitome of architectural beauty with an amazing exterior. Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1943 it is one of the finest palaces in India. It was converted into a heritage hotel in 1977 and boasts of 343 rooms. A stay at the Umaid Bhavan palace can be enjoyable. Jodhpur aptly compliments a visit to Rajasthan.
 
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