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.
city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and
innumerable bastions.A major trade center of the 16th
century A.D. the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the second largest
city of Rajasthan.While the graceful palaces , forts and temples
strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur,
exquisite handicrafts , folk dances, music and the brightly attired
people lend a romantic aura to the city.