Planning to visit Rajasthan? Travel to Jodhpur, one of the princely cities offering royal attractions. Many a tourists from across the globe visit this city to experience the glory and charm of the bygone era of raja-maharajas. The foundation of this second largest city of Rajasthan was laid in the 15th century by Rao Jodha who was the ruler of the Rathore clan. The city is affectionately dubbed as the Blue City with majority of its structures painted in blue. Its rich cultural heritage reflects in its palaces, forts, heritage hotels, culture, festivals and handicrafts. The charm of this city even attracted the famed Rudyard Kipling who came here to shoot some scenes for his film the Jungle Book. This destination is also covered by Palace on Wheels, one of the most luxurious trains of the world. Main attractions of Jodhpur are: Mehrangarh Fort Dominating the landscape of the city, Mehrangarh fort is a famous attraction. Perched on a hill, the fort was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Later more structures were added to it by his successors. It is a huge fort with fortified walls. Offering bird’s eye view of the city, the fort boasts of wonderful apartments such as Pearl Palace, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal and Takat Niwas. Umaid Bhawan Palace Extravagantly majestic, this palace is an architectural marvel. Ideally located on a hill at the highest point in the city, the palace was once the largest residence in the world. Set amidst sprawling green gardens, the palace was completed in 16 years. It was built by interlocking of the carved positive and negative pieces of stones. The palace always maintains pleasant temperature which is one of its striking features. There are 347 rooms in it and some portion of it has been converted into a heritage hotel. Handicrafts You can shop for a wide variety of colorful and beautiful handicrafts in the bazaars of Jodhpur. From wooden furniture to embroidered juttis, tie and dye fabric, miniature paintings, puppets, leather ware and jewelry. Nagur Fair It is the second largest cattle fair of Rajasthan after Pushkar Fair. Celebrated in January every year, the fair is marked by several cultural activities such as camel competitions, camel races, dance and music. Jodhpur Tourism offers tourists an opportunity to explore and experience royalty of Rajasthan. The famous attractions of Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Nagur Fair and colorful handicrafts. For more info visit www.rajasthan-tourism-india.org/.