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Jodhpur

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1/5 Mehrangarh fort towers over Jodhpur's blue city
Mehrangarh fort towers over Jodhpur's blue city
2/5 Interior of a royal appartment in Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur
Interior of a royal appartment in Mehrangarh fort, Jodhpur
3/5 Wherever you are in Jodhpur there's invariably a view of the mighty fort
Wherever you are in Jodhpur there's invariably a view of the mighty fort
4/5 Traditionally the colour of only Brahmin houses, many in Jodhpur are now painted blue
Traditionally the colour of only Brahmin houses, many in Jodhpur are now painted blue
5/5 Local tailor at work in Jodhpur
Local tailor at work in Jodhpur

The over-riding impression of Jodhpur is one of absolute solidness - it looks as if everything was built to last forever

The over-riding impression of Jodhpur is one of absolute solidness - it looks as if everything was built to last forever. The city is dominated by the mighty 15th century Mehrangarh fort that Kipling called ‘the work of giants’.

Built of red sandstone, and with richly decorated interiors, the fort sits on top of platform of sheer cliffs, paid for from taxes on the desert trade route from north India to the Gujarat coast. From the ramparts there are great views of the blue painted city below. Known as a city of enlightened maharajas you can now zoom on a zipline over the forts ravines and water tanks, or enjoy a private viewing of its museum with the curator in addition to the more usual sightseeing options. 

Umaid Bhawan is another royal creation that can be seen from miles around. Construction of the English designed palace began in the 1920’s to create employment for the maharaja’s drought and famine struck subjects. 15 years and 347 rooms later it is the last of the great Indian palaces and remains the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family. There’s still plenty of space for guests -  most is now a luxury hotel, or tea served, of course, by staff in jodhpurs.

The fort is the main reason to visit Jodhpur but the town itself has a relaxed atmosphere conducive to exploring and the colourful market is also worthy of a visit. 

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Garden at Ratan Vilas, Jodhpur

Ratan Vilas

This sandstone mansion has been lived in by of a branch of the

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Evening at RAAS. From the rooms, gardens and terraces there are spectacular views of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort

RAAS

The owners and architects of Raas have done an amazing job of

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The leafy gardens at Rohet Garh

Rohet Garh

Just 45 minutes’ drive to the south of Jodhpur and

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