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Overview to Jodhpur: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

The Blue-Washed Houses

If its location on the edge of the Thar Desert wasn’t fantastic enough, first glimpses of Jodhpur are unforgettable. Rising above the beautiful blue-washed city, like an island from the ocean, is the hulking Meherangarh Fort; a truly majestic spectacle.

The complex was built in the 14th century and was described by Rudyard Kipling as “the work of angels and giants”. Certainly there is a monstrous aspect to its fortifications while, inside, a series of palatial apartments like the Flower Palace and the Queen’s Palace can be explored

Around the fort, the Old City - a dense hive of winding streets and tumbledown houses - meanders away. Exploring it can be a bewildering experience, as its winds up and down, twisting and turning back in upon itself.

Sights of interest include the impressive gates that pierce the city walls: Sojati Gate and Jalori Gate. To the north of the Old City, meanwhile, the wonderfully intricate decorations of the royal cremation grounds, Jaswant Thanda, make it well worth the steep climb.

Not far from the city’s ornate clock tower lies Sardar Market, the city’s bustling vegetable market. Jodhpur is also home to a couple of atmospheric bazaars and countless artisans’ stores on shopping streets like Nai Sadak, which is a good place to pick up saris or sandals.

In terms of eating and drinking in Jodhpur, many of the better restaurants are based outside the old city walls to the south. After dark, conventional nightlife is practically non-existent – although the haunting sight of the sun setting red against the fort certainly makes up for a lack of clubs and alcohol.

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