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Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. It is called the Gateway to Thar, as it is on the edge of the Thar desert. It is also called the Sun City as the sun shines (bright and hot) almost every day of the year.

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1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By car 1.4 By taxi 1.5 By bus Jodhpur is well connected by road, rail and air to all major cities and towns. By plane Jodhpur (JDH IATA) is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur; the airport is about 5 km from the city centre. Take a taxi (₹200) or autorickshaw (₹100) from the airport to your hotel. Air India operates flights to Jodhpur from Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur. Jet Airways operates daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai. By train Jodhpur is an important division of the North Western zone of the Indian Rail network . It is well connected by direct trains from all metros and major cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Bikaner, Ajmer, Alwar, Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Gaya, Kolkata, Indore, Lucknow, Varanasi, Patiala, Chandigarh, Kalka, Jammu, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The popular Mandor Express leaves Delhi at 20:45 and arrived in Jodhpur at 8AM the next morning (₹1,000 in AC2). Jodhpur is connected to Mumbai by daily train Suryanagari express which departs from Jodhpur at 18:45 hours and from Bandra Terminus(Mumbai) at 13:30 hours and takes 17 hours. From Jodhpur to Agra Fort: train number 2803. Sleeper AC 3 tiers ₹500 . Departure at 20:00, and arrival at 06:30. The taxi stand and auto-rickshaw stand are located near the exit of the railway station. The advance reservation office is on Station Road, between the railway station and Sojati Gate. The office is open from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 20:00 and on Sunday until 13:45. Foreigners can also buy Indrail passes in USD and reserve tickets at the International Tourist Bureau [formerly dead link]; this counter is located at the advance reservation office. You can also book your tickets online at IRCTC, the official booking site on the internet, from 00:30-23:30. By car By taxi Various tour operators and travel agencies offer chauffeured car-taxi services; these are charged on a per km, per day basis. You can plan to take one to arrive into the city or take one for sightseeing in and around the city. Autorickshaw taxis are common in the city. But they don't use meters, so ask price before sitting in these taxis. Ola is operating in the city, apart from the old town. By bus Jodhpur can be reached by RSRTC (Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation) buses and private luxury buses which operate from all major towns and cities in Rajasthan as well as Ahmedabad and Delhi.

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1 See 1.1 Mehrangarh Fort 1.2 Historical sites 1.3 Natural sites 1.4 Temples Mehrangarh Fort Mehrangarh Fort Moti Mahal Zenana Deodi 26.29805673.0188891 Mehrangarh Fort. Dominates the city and is the largest fort in all Rajasthan. Founded in 1458 as the site of Rao Jodha's new capital — hence the name, Jodhpur — the city has grown around it, and in the 500 years that have passed the fort has never been taken by force. It's easy to see why: it occupies the entire top of a 150 m hill with commanding views all around, with 3 km of massive ramparts built around the edges. An English-owned company 'Flying Fox' operate a zipline tour in the beautiful Chokelao Gardens within the fort.    The name "Fort" belies the size of the complex, which houses the Maharaja's palace, several temples and, tucked away in the back, an extensive garden still farmed to this day. Highlights within the palace include: Chamunda Mataji Temple. Tucked away at the far end of the battlements, this temple is devoted to Rao Jodha's favorite goddess and remains a local favorite to this day. Moti Mahal. (Pearl Hall). Pearl-coloured inside and decorated with coloured glass windows, this is where the Maharaja held his audiences, with the five alcoves on the far wall allowing his queens to listen. Phool Mahal. (Flower Hall). The most extravagant of them all, this was the Maharaja's pleasure chamber, for dancing girls and revelry. Sheesh Mahal. (Mirror Hall). Just what the name says. Zenana Deodi. The inner sanctum of the palace once guarded by eunuchs, this is where the Maharaja's wives whiled away their days. The delicate sandstone screens and carvings are exquisite. A number of people are employed here and there to add flavour by dressing in period costume and doing photogenic things like playing traditional instruments and smoke opium (yes, the real thing). Snap away, but they'll appreciate a tip if you do. The museum also includes galleries devoted to howdahs (elephant-mounted seats), palanquins, fine arts, weaponry and the inevitable Turban Gallery. Entry for foreigners is ₹600, and includes an excellent audio guide, or ₹400 for foreign students. ₹100 photography fee. Entry to the fort is free each year on its birthday (about the 12 May), and is not as crowded as you would think. Historical sites Jaswant Thada 26.30388973.0252782 Jaswant Thada (1 km downhill from Mehrangarh (easily walked).). Royal cenotaphs built in marble, with a picturesque location next to a natural desert lake with lots of birds. Great view over the city and of the fort, as well as small well-kept gardens. Entry ₹50 foreigners, ₹30 Indian. It is also free on the birthday of the Fort (about the 12th of May).    26.3414973.046343 Mandore (7 km outside the city). The ancient capital of Marwar, before Jodhpur was built.  26.28083373.0469444 Umaid Bhawan Palace. Clearly visible to the south of the city and completed only in 1944, this is the last great palace built in India. The Maharaja of Jodhpur lives here to this day, but half the building has been converted to a 5-star hotel (see Sleep) and there is also a small museum on grounds (₹100 for foreigners, ₹30 for Indians, ₹10 for children 5 to 11 years, open 09:00 to 17:00). A few vintage cars are also on display in glass enclosures. You'll have to take a rickshaw to get here, and it's best to ask them to wait: around ₹100 for a round-trip with an hour's waiting time.    Ghanta Ghar 26.295173.0245 Ghanta Ghar (Clock tower), Sardar Market. An architectural masterpiece built by Maharaja Sardar Singhji in 1910. It is illuminated with colorful lights at night. Entry fee of Rs 10/-.   (updated Feb 2019) Natural sites 26.33173.026 Balsamand Lake. Now converted to a resort.    26.2970873.025227 Gulab Sagar Lake. Gulab Sagar water storage was constructed by Gulab Rai in 1788.  26.2833372.966678 Kailana Lake. A picnic spot and a main drinking water source for the city.  Ranisar Padamsar. Ranisar was made by Queen Jasmade Hadi, Rao Jodha's wife in 1459. Ranisar is situated near Fateh Pole in Mehrangarh.  Temples 26.2712572.993679 Baba Ramdev Temple, Masuria Hills.  26.2747673.0393110 Ganesh Temple Ratanada.  Isqkiya Gajanan Ji Temple, Juni Mandi.  Mahamandir Temple, Mahamandir Chauraha.  Old city.  Pal Balaji Temple, Pal Gaon.  26.3267273.0514111 Santoshi Mata Temple, Lal Sagar. 

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