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Umaid Bhawan Palace, JodhpurHusband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. If the family is too busy, bored or self-absorbed, the lack of affection and affirmation leads to failure in developing the required bond between the family. Visit Jodhpur for your family vacation as it is one of the exclusive royal destinations in India.

On the edge of the desert lies Jodhpur, a city which retains its old world charm and tradition. An island of craggy red sandstone in a shimmering sea of sand. Situated on a jagged outcrop, surrounded by a great wall, Jodhpur was the stronghold of the Maharajas of the Rathore Dynasty.

History
Founded in 1459, Jodhpur takes its name from its founder, Rao Jodha. The oldest of Rajputana's great cities, Jodha's Jodhpur preceded Bika's Bikaner by three decades, Udai Singh's Udaipur by more than a century, and Jai Singh's Jaipur by nearly three hundred years. The capital of the former state of Marwar, Jodhpur was dominated by one of medieval India's mightiest forts, Mehrangarh - from where the warrior Rathore clan ruled for centuries.

Jodhpur has always played host to Kings, Empersons and Tsars; to humble saints and celebrated soldiers, all of whom chose to visit this historic city. In recent times as in times gone by, many a distinguished statesman has been overawed by the historical treasures this picturesque city has to offer. Its people are famed for their valour and yet renowned for their chivalry and hospitality.

Journey through eternity
The winding narrow maze of bazaars offer an abundance of traditional and exotic sights of craftsmen at work. You can visit Mehrangarh fort where the museum section has a valuable collection of royal Palanquins, elephant "howdahs" , miniature paintings and hunting tents.

Places Of Interest
The gateway to the Great Thar Desert, Jodhpur is today a modern, lively and bustling city that has kept pace with all the comforts of this century and yet manages to retain its feudal charm, offering travelers a destination that is hard to beat.

Umaid Bhawan Palace: Jodhpur's Royal Residence, the splendid Umaid Bhawan Palace, is its' most dominant landmark, visible from every part of this sprawling city. Designed by Henry Vaughan Lanchester, a worthy rival of Edward Lutyens, it took fourteen years to build and was completed in 1943. Maharaja Umaid Singh's Palace was the last of India's great palaces. Perched atop Chittar Hill, this magnificent edifice is considered the largest private residence in the world.

Jhalamand Garh: Barely 10 km from Jodhpur, the 18th century fort has a quiet, soothing ambiance, and provides a glimpse of the way a Rajput family lives in the rural countryside. From the Dari Khana terrace, there is a breathtaking view of Jodhpur town. The fort has 18 rooms, and provides Rajasthani and continental cuisine on request.
Meherangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India
Mehrangarh Fort: This desert kingdom, founded by the Rathores, is still characterized by the hilltop Mehrangarh Fort, its basalt walls merging with its sheer stony outcrop. From here the Marwar kingdom created its influence not only in the desert, but also in the politics of India, with their center in Delhi/Agra. Within the fort are some magnificently ornamented palaces, while close to its entrance is the perfectly detailed marble memorial, Jaswant Thada.

Ajit Bhawan: Built of sandstone as the residence of the younger brother of the Maharaja of Jodhpur in the 1940s, and one of the most charming, and personalized properties of Rajasthan, known for the atmosphere in which its dinner service is held in an open courtyard, Ajit Bhawan has 51 rooms in the main building, and in cottages especially created in the gardens. Each cottage is named after the Indian zodiac, and furnished in ethnic style. There is also a swimming pool on the premises.

Karni Bhawan: A modern home built by the Jagirdars of Soda, was in the 1940s, it has a swimming pool, health spa and sprawling lawns. The Dhani is a group of huts where meals are served, and breakfast can be had on the terrace with its uninterrupted view of Mehrangarh Fort. Known for its Rajasthani cuisine, the hotel has 32 rooms, of which 25 are air-conditioned.

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