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A valiant sentinel in the desert, on the eastern fringe of the Thar desert has the distinction of neither being a part of the Thar desert nor out of it.
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At best it is a doorway to the wonderland of sand dunes and shrubs, rocky terrain and thorny trees. The home of the Rathroes - the awesome princely state of Rajasthan. They conquered Marwar or Maroodesh, land of the sand after the fall of Delhi and Kannauj.
In 1459 AD, Rao Jodha, chief of Rathore clan of Rajputs, who claimed descent from Rama, the epic here of the Ramayana, laid the foundation of Jodhpur. A high stone wall protects the well-fortified city. The wall is nearly 10km in length and has eight gates facing various directions.
Places to See
Mehrangarh fort is about 5km from Jodhpur Town. Guarding the city below, crowning a perpendicular cliff, the fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD when he shifted his capital from Mandore. Standing sentinel to the city below, it over looks the rugged and rocky terrain and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely wrought from red sandstone
Mandore was the capital of Marwar before the foundation of Jodhpur. Today, its extensive gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular local attraction. The highlight of this place is the "Hall of Heroes" which houses sixteen gigantic figures, chiseled out of one single rock. The statues are either of popular Hindu deities or famous folk deities. The royal cenotaphs or "Devals" of Jodhpur rulers on a high plinth crowned with souring spires, ornate carving are amongst other attractions of the Mandore. The longest and fines of all cenotaphs, are those built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and Maharaja Ajit Singh.
Fairs & Festivals
Jodhpur celebbrates all the festivals like Gangaur, Teej etc. with traditional Gaity.