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Jodhpur

Jodhpur Tour PackagesJodhpur is second only to Jaipur in size in the desert land of Rajasthan. When the Rathores were driven out of their original homeland Kanauj by Afghans and they fled to and found solace in region around Pali a short distance from present day Jodhpur. A manoeuvre lead to marriage between Rathore Siahaji and the sister of a local prince that helped the Rathores to establish and strengthen themselves in this region where they flourished well.

An astute sage advised Rao Jodha to build himself a stronghold. Thus the foundation of impregnable Meherangarh Fort atop a steep hill was laid in 1459, at the base of which grew the city that derives its name from him - Jodhpur. The robust exterior of Meherangarh is in direct contrast to the delicacy of its residential apartments within.

The Rathores enjoyed good relations with the Mughals and Maharaja Jaswant Singh (1678) supported Shah Jahan in the latter's struggle for war of succession. Only problematic relationship they had was with Aurangzeb. After Auranzeb's death Maharaja Ajit Singh drove out Mughals from Ajmer and added it to Marwar.

In the reign of Maharaja Umaid Singh Jodhpur grew into a fine modern city. Umaid Bhawan Palace is an exercise in Rathore rococo translated into a concrete pink-sandstone, 347-room reality by H.V. Lancaster. The quintessence of Jodhpur was its valour and equestrian skill. Since medieval times, Jodhpur nobility has been enjoying the traditional sport of Polo.



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