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.
Mehandipur Balaji is a temple crossroad in the city of Hindaun in Rajasthan. It is a part of the Karauli district and lies close to the Aravalli Range. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Bharatpur at a distance of 81 km north-east. The state capital of Jaipur is not too far either and lies at a distance of 158 km west.
Places to Stay
Being a town without proper lodging facilities, Bharatpur is the best option to stay in the region with a good variety and range of budget hotels among which Swaraj Resort (Tariff – Rs. 500), Tourist Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Babali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Tourist Complex (Tariff – Rs. 700) are worth exploring.
The official language of the area is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November, the fasting month of Ramadan and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The main places worth a visit in Hindaun are Hiranyakashayap-ka-kua, Prahladkund and the temple of Nrasingh-ji. There are several places of interest in Bharatpur, some of which are Keoladeo National Park, Lohagarh Fort, Fateh Burj, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Kishori Mehal and others. Mathura in Uttar Pradesh (118 km to the north-east) is famous all over the word for temples dedicated to lord Krishna, as this is supposed to be the place of his birth. Vrindavan (a part of Mathura) is where Krishna spent his childhood days. Among the must-see spots is the picturesque Prem Mandir.
How to Get There
The closest airport to the city is the Sawai Mansingh International Airport in Jaipur at a distance of 160 km.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Hindaun City Railway Station.
Mostly state-run buses serve the city and connect it to other cities. Private services are also in the race; an example being that of Shree Krishna Travels. Buses to the area are available from Jaipur as well as Bharatpur. When you book your bus ticket online you don’t need to go to ticket counters and stand in long queues.