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Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. A major trade centre of the 16th century A.D. the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan.
 

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Marwar Festival: Held in October in Jodhpur, this annual, event attempts to showcase the art culture of the Jodhpur region. It ids devoted almost exclusively to song and dances, and the Maand Festival has become a part of this huge region celebration.
 
 

PLACES TO SEE

Osiyan Temple
A number of historical monuments dot the city and surrounding region. Some of these monuments are described here. An ancient Jain temple, well worth the visit, lies in the village of Osiyan, about 60 km outside Jodhpur. There are many sections of this temple, which was built in several distinct phases.
 
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is not only one of India's most imposing palaces but also among its most recent. This lavish art deco monument to royal living had an improbable conception: it was built as a public relief and employment project during a long period of drought. Over one million square feet (90,000 m²) of the finest marble was used in the construction of the palace. A special type of sandstone, called Chittar sandstone, has been used in constructing the palace and this gives it a special effect. For this reason, it is also referred to as Chittar Palace by the locals.
 
Mehrangarh Fort
The Mehrangarh Fort lies at the outskirts of Jodhpur city and is located atop a 125 m high hill. The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur ka kila) is the most majestic and one of the largest forts in India. It was originally started (c.1459) by Rao Jodha, founder of Jodhpur. However, most of the extant fort dates from the period of Jaswant Singh (1638-78). The walls of the fort are up to 36 m high and 21 m wide; they enclose some exquisite structures.
 
Jaswant Thada
The Jaswant Thada is architectural landmark found in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs.
 
Weather Rainy Season Rainfall Best time to come
In Summer: 42.2° C (Max) - 27.3° C (Min)
In Winter: 27.5° C (Max) - 9.5° C (Min)
July to Mid Sept, and very humid (Up to 90%)   Sep to March
 

HOW TO REACH JODHHPUR

By Air
Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities which include Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jaipur, Udaipur.

By Road
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Jodhpur. The roads are very good, and it takes around 8-9 hrs from Jodhpur. You can also come by taxi.

By Train
Jodhpur is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata.

Getting around
Mandore, Kalinga Lake and Garden, Balsamand Lake, Sardar Samand Lake and Palace, Dhawa ( Dholi) forest area, Khichan, Osian,
 
 
The history of the city dates back to the 12th century A.D. when the Hada Chieftain, Rao Deva, conquered the territory and founded Bundi and Hadoti. Later, in the early 17th century AD during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the ruler of Bundi -Rao Ratan Singh, gave the smaller principality of Kota to his son, Madho Singh. Since then Kota became a hallmark of the Rajput gallantry and culture.

The history of Kota is linked with the history of Bundi. Both Bundi and Kota came under the rule of the Chauhans in the 12th century. The descendents of the Chauhans set up their capital at Bundi and ruled from here. While Bundi was the capital, Kota formed the land granted to the eldest son of the ruler. This arrangement continued until 1624. In 1624, Emperor Jahangir, the great Mughal ruler, partitioned Bundi and made Kota an independent state. Rao Madho Singh, son of the ruler of Bundi, ascended the throne of Kota. It became a part of the British Empire in 1818 and later became a part of the Indian state of Rajasthan, when it gained independence in 1947.
 

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ussehra Mela (Sep - Oct of every year): Dussehra, an important festival of the Hindus commemorating the victory of good over evil, is celebrated in Kota like other parts of India with great fervor. The specialty of Dussehra in Kota is the Dussehra Mela celebrated in the month of October.
 
 

PLACES TO SEE

Maharao Madho Singh Museum
Maharao Madho Singh museum is situated in the old palace. The museum has on display a rich collection of Rajput miniature paintings (Kota school), sculptures, murals, arms, etc. Also exhibited are some artistic items used by the former rulers of Kota.
 
Government Museum
Housed in the Brijvilas Palace, the Government museum exhibits an array of rare coins, manuscripts, sections of Hadoti sculpture, etc. The most remarkable item on display is a sculpted statue brought here from Baroli, famous for its beauty and the history attached to it.
 
Kishore Sagar & Jag Mandir
Prince Dher Deh of Bundi got the Kishore Sagar Lake constructed in 1346. A scenic lake, it houses a palace, Jag Mandir in the center. Made up of red sandstone, the palace looks a picture of serenity standing in the middle of the lake. Nearby is Keshar Bagh, housing some royal cenotaphs. Boating facilities are also available at the lake.
 
Chambal Garden
Situated near the river Chambal, Chambal garden serves as a popular picnic spot. The garden is nearby Amar Niwas Palace and presents a picturesque sight. One can even go for boating in the Chambal River.
 
Weather Rainy Season   Best time to come
In Summer: 42.6° C (Max) - 29.7° C (Min)
In Winter: 24.5° C (Max) - 11.6° C (Min)
July to Mid Sept, and very humid (Upton 90%)   Sep to March
 

HOW TO REACH KOTA

By Air
Kota does not have an airport of its own. Kota railway station is located at the extreme northern end of the town. There is a small aerodrome, which is not operational. Nearest airport is Jaipur (240 km).

By Road
The main bus station in Kota is located on Bundi Road near the eastern bank of the Chambal River. There is a good bus service from Kota to Ajmer (6 hours), Chittorgarh (6 hours), Jaipur (6 hours), Udaipur (6 hours), Jodhpur (11 hours) and Bikaner (12 hours).

By Train
Kota railway station is located at the extreme northern end of the town. As Kota is on the main Delhi–Mumbai railway line via Sawai Madhopur, a number of trains pass through and stop here. The trip to Jaipur takes about 5 hours, while it takes 10 hours to reach Delhi from Kota.

Getting around
To move within the city, travelers can either use auto-rickshaws or cycle-rickshaws. Minibuses link the main bus station with the railway station.
 
 
   
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