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The second metropolitan city in the state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a true representative of the era of the Marwar Kings and their kingdoms. Originally built around the impressively large Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, has expanded well beyond its original borders over the last few decades. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, with many palaces, forts, and temples set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.
The festival of Teej is the most popular not just in Jodhpur, but the entire state of Rajasthan. It celebrates the onset of monsoon and the union of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Men and women wearing colourful clothes, offering prayers to the Gods with their henna-painted hands make up the general atmosphere of this festival. Jodhpur is home to many popular tourist attractions like the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. As exquisitely carved as it is remarkably built, the fort is now converted into a museum housing art, armour, and other royal artefacts. The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, the residence of Maharaja Gaj Singh II, is one of the most luxurious palaces ever built. Three hundred and fifty rooms amidst lush gardens make this palace a true experience of royalty, which can be experienced first-hand by staying at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel present in one wing of the original palace. Other adventures and activities include gliding above the Mehrangarh Fort and shopping from local bazaars.
Jodhpur is an important destination in India both historically and culturally, and the Taj Umaid Bhavan Palace is the embodiment of the city’s heritage.