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Rajasthan Travel Guide

Jodhpur

Jodhpur, Rajasthan's second-largest city, is known as the Blue City because of the azure-painted houses of the Old City, which are especially impressive when viewed from the ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort. The city, at the base of a sandstone ridge, was the capital of the Marwar kingdom for five centuries, and it's encircled by a 9-km (6-mile) wall, which keeps out the desert sands. It was

named after its 15th-century founder, Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore clan of Marwar. The clan traces its lineage to Lord Rama, hero of the ancient Hindu epic The Ramayana.

There isn't that much to do in Jodhpur, aside from a few sites including the incredible Mehrangarh Fort, and many people use the city as a jumping-off point for Jaisalmer, or as a place to overnight on the way to Jaipur or Udaipur.

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