The imperial sun city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha it was once known as Marwar or the 'Land of Death'. Jodhpur or The Blue city (named because of the blue colored houses to ward off mosquitoes) is the place of origin of those baggy horse-riding trousers, Jodhpurs.
In the heart of the old city, overlooked by the magnificent Mehrangarh fort, are remnants of earlier structures. 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 lending a romantic aura to the city. The most alluring part of Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle, festivity and the smiling people who treasure this former Princely state.
Jodhpur forms a part of the trio of the bigger and more developed cities of the region; the other two being Bikaner and Jaisalmer. Within close distance are a number of aristocratic homes turned into resorts. About 4 miles away from Jodhpur lay the artificial lake Balsamand which was built in 1159 AD. Also situated nearby is Osiyan, a small town full of peacocks and beautiful jain temples. There is a wildlife sanctuary at Dhawa, on the Barmer Road. The Khimsar Fort at Nagaur, Sardar Samand Lake, Rohet Garh, Jhalamand Garh and Luni Fort are also worth visiting.
Countless festivities celebrate the rich past and culture of the princely state. The Marwar Festival held annually is one such spectacular bonanza.