The second largest city in the Indian State of Rajasthan was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the Kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert.
Places to Stay
There are beautiful places to stay in this marvellous city which include: The Blue House Hotel (charges Rs 1568 Onwards, 1.2 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Station Road), Hotel Haveli (charges Rs 1011 and above, 1.9 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Nai Sarak), Park Plaza - Jodhpur (Rs 4574 Onwards, 3.6 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Police Line Road) and Hotel Suncity International (Rs 1374 onwards, 3 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on Police Line Road) and Kothi Heritage (Rs 2825 and above, 2.5 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand on NH-112).
Marwar Festival :The most popular Jodhpur Festival - Marwar Festival, is Celebrated in the month of September-October in memory of Heroes of Rajasthan.Jodhpur Nagaur Fair:This is the second largest Fair in India which is celebrated during the month of January - February. It is popularly known as Cattle Fair of Nagaur.Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival:Started few years ago this festival has gained immense popularity. It is held on 14th of January every year.
Main languages of this region are Hindi, Marwari and Rajasthani.
Places to Visit
Mehrangarh Fort which is 4.2 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand is one of the most beautiful and main tourist spots in Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada which is 4 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand, Bal Samand Lake and Palace which is 10 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand and Kaylana Lake which is 9.1 KMs from Jodhpur Bus Stand.
How to Get There
Jodhpur Airport is the prominent Airport in Rajasthan and is connected to the major cities.
Jodhpur Railway Station is well connected to Major Cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Pune, Kota, Kanpur, Bareilly, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bhopal, Dhanbad, Guwahati, Nagpur, Lucknow, Gwalior and Jaipur. The railway station is also the originating point for various trains like Jodhpur – Indore Express, Jodhpur – Chennai express, Jodhpur – Puri Express, Mandore Express, Suryanagri Superfast Express etc
Jodhpur is connected by Road to all major cities in Rajasthan. Outer States are also well connected like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Ujjain, Agra. Rajasthan Roadways is providing Volvo bus service to major cities. Discounted bus tickets are available on a number of travel websites like TicketGoose.com.
A small hamlet in Gujarat’s Rajkot district, Chotila is about 170 km away from Ahmedabad. A renowned destination for Hindu pilgrims, it lies on the Ahmedabad-Rajkot Highway. The district headquarters, Rajkot, lies at a distance of 46 km west. Temple as well as Gujarati Thali enthusiasts must visit this place.
Places to Stay
There are many good budget hotel choices near Chotila in Surendranagar at a distance of 11 km. Some of them are Hotel Shiv International (Tariff – Rs. 1000 onwards), Krishna Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500) and Hotel Aditya (Tariff – Rs. 770) among others.
The official languages of the area are Gujarati and Hindi.
The Navratri festival is celebrated in Chotila with great joy, usually between September-November. Other important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The main attraction of Chotila is the Mataji temple which stands on top of the Chotila hill. Another popular tourist spot is the temple of Lord Shiva in Thanghad, located at a distance of 19 km away. Rajkot however has a good list of tourist options among which Lang Library, Gebanshah Pir Dargah, Swaminarayan Temple, Hashanshah Pir Dargah, Turkibapu's Dargah, Mohandas Gandhi High School, Watson Museum and Rotary Midtown Library are must-visits among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Chotila is the Rajkot Airport which is located around 49 km.
Rajkot Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 47 km.
There are regular bus services to Chotila provided by various private travel operators. Buses are readily available from Rajkot. While booking your tickets online look out for those bus booking sites that offer the cheapest bus tickets.