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Special Places to Stay in Jodhpur
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Pal Haveli ($)
This is a unique hotel located in the heart of the old city of Jodhpur, with superb views over the city.
Devi Bhawan ($)
Devi Bhawan is a delightful little garden hotel, run by a friendly young Rajput couple, Rambha and her husband Pritviraj Singh.
Ratan Vilas ($)
Ratan Vilas is a charming family run heritage hotel. A circular formal drive leads you to the handsome sandstone building built in 1920. With a pleasant front lawn, this is a calm oasis away from the clamor of the old city.
Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli ($)
Situated just below the impressive Meherangarh Fort, the Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli is an authentic haveli which has been lovingly resorted into a heritage hotel.
Ajit Bhawan ($$)
Ajit Bhawan is a lovely resort set in fabulous gardens with a spectacular swimming pool.
Jodhpur's most innovative boutique hotel, stunningly situated at the foot of the mighty Meherangarh Fort, in the heart of the Old City.
Things to see and do in Jodhpur
Rajasthan's second largest city after Jaipur, Jodhpur stands at the edge of the Thar desert. The city is dominated by the massive Meherangarh Fort that sits atop a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of town. From the many terraces and walls of the Fort, the Blue city is a joy to watch.
The Royal public areas include a superb Durbar Hall, various reception halls, Maharajah's palaces and finally the Royal ladies' quarters or the zenana. Close to the entrance is the marble throne, where all of the Jodhpur's royals were crowned.
The Meherangarh fort has an interesting museum with some world class exhibits. These include ornate Howdahs (seats strapped on elephant-backs) and palanquins for transporting royal ladies.
This ethereal white marble structure is the cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, who was cremated here in 1895. According to the custom at that time, his many wives and concubines jumped into his funeral pyre! The marble walls and pillars are richly carved and set in peaceful gardens.
Walk in the Old City
Below the Fort, the old town bazaar is equally interesting. At one end is the clock tower, around which the oldest market lies. The clock tower is one of the most important landmarks of Jodhpur and can be seen from afar. The market sells Jodhpur's famous tie and die fabrics, saris, embroidered leather slip-on shoes, all made from camel leather.
Don't miss out on the creamy lassis, some of the best in India!
Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Rajasthan International Folk Festival, popularly known as Jodhpur RIFF, is back again to enchant music lovers at the magnificent Meherangarh Fort in Jodhpur from October 21-25, 2010. In its fourth year, the five-day 'Rajasthan International Folk Festival' has been carefully designed to present to its patrons the exceptional traditional music of Rajasthan, as well as unique collaborations between Indian and international performers. Music lovers can book their passes for the festival online from August 21, 2010 on the festival website www.jodhpurfolkfestival.org.