Jodhpur – The City of Sun and Sand

Life on earth originated with the help of sun rays. The sun is the storehouse of energies. So, a dull weather brings down our energy levels. Proper balancing of energies in the cosmos keeps us physically fit. We assimilate the cosmic energies in the form of life force that reaches to various organs and keeps them in unison. Any imbalance in this absorption from the sun affects mental and physical health. This could be experienced by visiting Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan where the ‘sun’ shines brightly throughout the day, on the ‘sand’of the Thar desert.

The historic city of Jodhpur is bestowed with every features of tourists’ attraction such as its glorious culture and tradition, the aroma of spices, the color and textures of the fabrics and handicrafts, the magnificence of forts and the palaces and the religious sanctity of the temples. Jodhpur is the capital of the state of Marwar to replace the erstwhile capital Mandore, the ruins of which can now be seen at the Mandore Gardens.

A visit to the Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur gives view of the palaces, temples and gardens that stand mute witness to the bravery, valor and military strategies of the Rathore kings. The three kilometer of colossal ramparts built around the edges of the fort says for itself the invincibility of the 500 years old fort built by Rao Jodha, after whom the place has been christened.

Palaces or ‘Mahals’ in Jodhpur have diverse names signifying the aesthetic sense and the fervor of excellence, magnificence and extravagance, of the royal families. Moti Mahal or ‘Pearl Hall’ is pearl colored and the windows are richly colored. After getting into the Sheesh Mahal or Mirror Hall, one will be amazed to find myriad of images of him, moving and dancing as he moves inside it. The Phool Mahal or the Flower Hall still reflects the rhythmic feet of the dancing girls and the echoing melody of the accompanying music.

One can comfortably walk about a kilo meter from Mehrangarh fort to reach Jaswant Thada to see the royal cenotaphs nicely marbled and located next to a small lake. Tourist visiting Jodhpur experience a live royal life by staying in the 5-star hotel, a partial conversion of the Umaid Bhawan Palace, where the Mharaja of Jodhpur still resides.

There are a number of natural spots for the visitors. A resort can be found just adjacent to Balsamand Lake. For those interested for picnic, Kailana Lake is the right destination. Other destinations are Ranisar Padamsar and Gulab Sagar Lake.

Those interested for religious sites may visit Baba Ramdev Temple at Masuria Hills, Ganesh Temple at Ratanda, Mahamandir Temple, Pal Balkaji Temple at Pal Gaon, Santoshi Maa Temple and Asqkiya Gajananji Temple at Juni Mandi.

Tourists can have an exclusive experience of the traditions and culture of Jodhpur if they pay visit during the festive occasion of Marwar Festival that usually falls during October every year.

A visit to Jodhpur, also known as the ‘Blue City’ re-energizes both mind body and leaves an imprint of pleasant memory of Marwar.