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.
Dausa is a city in Rajasthan. It is also known as Dev Nagari. The city is well-known for its rich cultural tradition of Hela-Khayal Dangal, a musical style which is unique in the city and the district of Dausa. It is also a popular tourist destination in the state.
Places to Stay
Some good budget options in Dausa are Ravat Palace (Tariff – Rs. 800), Avadh Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Umaid Lake Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1800).
Hindi is the official language spoken in Dausa.
Basant Panchmi Mela is organised in February annually where along with worship of prominent deities there is also a large market for essentials and a number of rural entertainment options. Dolchi Holi is celebrated in the month of March with local rituals.
Places of Interest
Abhaneri, with its many medieval monuments like Harshat Mata Temple and Chand Baori (Step Wall), Bhandarej for its sculptures, terracotta utensils and lattice work from ancient times, and Sikandra, famous all over the world for its sandstone carvings, are must visits. There are places of great natural beauty in the city like Khawaraoji Fort which is surrounded by hills and Jhajhirampura, famous for temples of Shiv, Hanuman and other deities.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Dausa is located in the state capital of Jaipur, 55 kms away.
Dausa is easy to reach on the rail network, since it is on the Agra-Jaipur and Delhi-Jaipur route. Dausa railway station (about 17 kms from city centre) and Bandikui Junction (52 kms from Dausa city centre) are the important stations here.
Delhi Transport Corporation and private operators like Shrinath Travel Agency and Raj Travels are popular choices. Get a cheap bus ticket by logging on to several bus booking portals.