Blue City’s Culinary Extravaganza

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The Blue City is a marvelous, appealing and sensorial extravaganza for life! Its colors (truly much more than the signature blue), smell of heritage blending with urban in the air, sounds of folklore and tastes of typical Rajasthani or rather more Jodhpuri street food and royal cuisines are the most fetching things you will be experiencing when in Jodhpur.

Jodhpur has made a significant contribution to our country’s culinary sketch, especially in terms of street snacks and munchies. The most demanded culinary such as, mawa kachori, makhaniya lassi, pyaaz ki kachori, mirchi bada, laal maas and ker saangri are originated here in Jodhpur. The Sun City also delights those with sweet tooth. A vast variety of mawa cakes & burfis, mohanthaal, and doodh phirni, which, according to tradition, are to be had before a meal are the desserts to die for. Among the many experiences that the city has to offer, the combination of its culinary delight with the experience of shopping spices from its famous markets is one of the finest!

mirchi bada JodhpurJodhpur’s local traditional bazaars and famous gates like Sojati Gate and Jalori Gate are alive with the daily life buzz. True to Rajasthani tradition, shops sell everything, of which Jodhpur’s spices sold in these markets are very popular among the tourists. The famous Sadar Bazaar is teeming with local temptations of excellent spices such as the bright red and pungent Mathania chilies, which lend their flavor to the local cuisine! You’d love to take back home some samples of the great spices to add the Jodhpuri flavor to your cooking.

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Image via City Of Jodhpur

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Or if you just want to savor the Blue City’s delectable cuisines from within the luxuries of Royal Rajasthan, then you shall visit Ajit Bhawan- India’s first heritage hotel that houses finest restaurants in Jodhpur to satiate your quest for authentic Jodhpuri Cuisines!

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Book a table: Ph: +91 291 2513333, 2510410
Mob: +91 9928754913

Email: sales @ajitbhawan.com

Website: http://www.ajitbhawan.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Jodhpur- A Romantic Gateway for perfect Honeymoon

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It’s the wedding season!  You too may be getting married soon? Or are you already married and planning to go on a second honeymoon? If you are already dreaming of a perfect romantic honeymoon, it’s time to stop here. Oh no no we are not asking you to stop dreaming but we have a wonderful idea of a perfect dream like honeymoon for you!

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Here is one of the most fascinating honeymoon destinations in Rajasthan to visit, after which you may not want to go back home.

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Jodhpur, the azure blue city of Rajasthan with old world charm, is a magnificent destination. Encompassed by a fascinating fortress wall with bastions and the striking blue buildings, this Sun City is popular across the globe for its scenic beauty and grand cultural heritage. Gazing at its marvelous palaces, forts alongside your partner will not only make you fall in love again and again but will also take you into the romance of Jodhpur’s historic grandeur.

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A shopper’s paradise, Jodhpur is full of colors, tinkles and flavors. You’d get a good chance to pamper your newlywed wife with beautiful range of textiles, embroidered leather goods, antiques, puppets and figurines.

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The most amazing thing about Jodhpur is the traditional lifestyle, festivities and the ever cordial people. This is undoubtedly reflected in the food here, which makes Jodhpur a haven of flavors for connoisseurs of cuisine. The palate is pampered with a wide variety of snacks and meals- aromatic and flavorful. The famous Mirchibadas accompanied by tamarind chutney, or the hot and spicy gate ki sabzi will sure spice up your romance with its spices 😉 Yet another sweet treat is the selection of laddoos, which guarantee to melt in your mouth!

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As the month of romance is already almost here and this is the best time to enjoy the grandeur of Blue City with your brimming romance, plan a Romantic Getaway to Jodhpur with your beloved better half 🙂

Reservations
Book a luxurious and romantic stay at one of the magnificent suits at Ajit Bhawan- India’s First Heritage Hotel in Jodhpur.  Set in the serene desert of Rajasthan in India, Ajit Bhawan stands as an oasis of hospitality and warm Rajput charm. Experience royal lifestyle and have a taste of Rajput legacy.

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Visit: http://www.ajitbhawan.com

Getting There

By Air
Jodhpur has an Airport which is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.

By Rail
The nearest railway station is Jodhpur, which is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Kota, Bikaner, Ahmedabad and all other major cities in the country. The Palace on Wheels, also visits this city of Royal splendor.

By Road
The state transport has bus services from other cities of the state and interstate services too.

 

 

Khichan- a remote village in Jodhpur that welcomes thousands of Demoiselle cranes for Bird Watchers!

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Rajasthan apart from being a destination of magnificent forts and palaces, from a couple of years has become a prominent tourist destination for nature enthusiasts. Moreover, the state has turned into a bird lovers’ paradise after the renovation of  prime lakes and ponds. Given the spurt in the number of migratory birds at various locations this year, not just ornithologists, even ordinary birdwatchers and environmentalists are upbeat and are looking forward to the state being harnessed as a destination for bird lovers.

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Every winter Jodhpur attracts thousands of migratory birds from foreign lands, demoiselle cranes being vast in number. Khichan, a village in Phalodi tehsil of Jodhpur is known for a large number of demoiselle cranes that visit this remote area of Jodhpur every winter. This annual bird migration began with around a hundred cranes in the 1970s, when a local couple started feeding pigeons. Other villagers joined their efforts, and as of 2014, Khichan hosted over 30,000 demoiselle cranes from as early as August each year to as late as March of the following year.

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Last year in January they made a record by crossing the count of 80 thousand demoiselle cranes making the Khichan village of Jodhpur a prime destination for birdwatchers!

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This year again we are expecting a huge number of demoiselle cranes in Jodhpur! So, dear bird watchers, get ready with your gears and head to the Khichan village for an exciting bird watching safari!!

To plan a trip to Jodhpur to see these gorgeous migratory birds kindly Visit http://www.ajitbhawan.com

 

The Blue City- Jodhpur’s International Kite Festival

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Jodhpur’s  International kite festival was initiated by Rajasthan tourism department only a couple of years ago. But in such a short span of time, it has become very popular among locals and tourists. In the Jodhpur International Desert Kite festival, the most skilled kite flyers from India as well as cross borders take part in the competition to showoff their kite flying skills. A lot of excitement surrounds this festival.

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The date of the festival coincides with Makar Sankranti on 14 January, and continues for three days. The venue is Jodhpur’s polo grounds, and for the duration of the festival, the skies above are filled with unique and colourful kites launched by local schoolchildren, released by the Air Force, and set aloft by participants in the contests. Contestants work hard to keep their kites aloft and also to disable their opponents’ kites. During the kite festival in Jodhpur, the sky gets filled up with kites of various colors and shapes. There is a huge enthusiasm among the people for this festival. The occasional uproar of the crowds on the snapping of the chords of others’ kites makes this day a cherished one for the people of Jodhpur.

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IF you are a kites connoisseur and love the colors in sky then fly down to Jodhpur for a fun filled holiday along with the International Kite Festival of the Blue City !

For a luxurious stay in India’s First Heritage Hotel- Ajit Bhawan logon to http://www.ajitbhawan.com

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Jodhpur ranked 10th among the World’s top travel destinations for 2017

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It gives us immense pride to share that the  Travellers’ Choice awards 2017 ranked   10th  globally and third most attractive tourist spot to visit in .

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The second largest city (after Jaipur) of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a feast for the architecture-lovers’ sore eyes. The older historic part of the city of Jodhpur is located around the great Mehrangarh Fort, which is bounded by a wall and several gates. Winding streets and unending attractive bazaars run throughout the city that are sprinkled with shops and thronged by visitors across the year. Also called the Blue City for its bustling blue houses, Jodhpur is a home to the magnificent Palaces and Jaswant Thada (popular as  Marwar’s Taj Mahal). The Blue City makes for a perfect getaway from Jaipur, Udaipur and Delhi.

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To experience the Blue City’s magnificence and grandeur plan your stay at Ajit Bhawan- India’s first Heritage Hotel! It is an imposing blend of crisp luxuries and imposing heritage. Ajit Bhawan stands as an epitome of self- indulgent and upscale hospitality in Jodhpur. The palace globally enjoys a prestigious reputation in the heart of Blue City with being located in close vicinity of Umaid Bhawan, historical Monuments, major Shopping destinations and Airport.

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Visit http://www.ajitbhawan.com/home.html for more details about the Palace and the city!

 

 

 

 

Serene ambience and all synonyms of luxury- presenting Ajit Suite-4

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Evoking the cast of sea and skies with an imperial touch of class, the blue-and-white palette brings comfort and style to you when you plan to live the beautiful moments of your life at our tastefully decorated suite within Ajit Suites by Ajit Bhawan.

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Painstakingly embellished in shades of sea blu and milky whites , this suite yields calm and collected ambience enriched with contemporary work of art in paintings of Hindu Lords Krishna and Shiva Parvati. This suite is spread over 850 sq ft area and maintains its character of grandeur by its sheer size.

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In this grand sized vacation setup, soothing azure walls let white mirror work linings take centre stage. Maintaining its own character of grandeur, the suite offers two side entries into its lavish bath area to bring comfort and style to the suite.

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Turquoise curtains unveil an uninterrupted view of the refreshing greens as you step out of blue aura of the room. The two private sit-outs provide a serene view of the gardens and ample breeze to relax in.

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The stay at Ajit Suites is an ultra luxurious and the most cherished affair. The evenings too proceed to a memorable and magical time at “Dhani”, where amidst the rustic and earthy setting our guests enjoy the true Rajasthani flavors. Each dish here is carefully prepared to ignite your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

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Ajit Suites – an experience that ignites tranquil moments of luxury in your soul.

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Immerse in the Rustic Grandeur of Suite-11 at Ajit Bhawan

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When booking rooms for your vacation, you may be wondering whether to book a room or a suite? This time allow yourself to spend a little more and experience the marveling comforts and luxuries of a royal heritage suite in Jodhpur!

A suite makes you feel like you are living in a micro apartment inside the hotel. They are very spacious with the best views and amenities that a hotel has to offer. Let us take you to one of our most exotic suites at Ajit Bhawan Jodhpur.

A sublime realm

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A sweet mystery it beheld

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Reflecting the indulgent taste of Rajasthan’s royalty, this room tastefully carries the marks of heritage through various pieces of art and portraits on the walls. The spacious room is brightly hued with the blend of beige and white. Medieval water pitchers, a vintage swing and huge fan made of fabric add to the grandeur of this colonial style room. A tender heaven for the tired travelers, this suite unfolds a sweet mystery from its green corridors.

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Moreover, a separate entrance leading to this suite which is spread over 1125 sq ft is rustic in design and feel. Delicately decorated with beige and white furnishings, the king sized beds with antique swing and vintage fabric fan carries the mark of the heritage feel that unfolds here. Lattice windows, wooden artifacts on the wall tastefully placed in the room to enhance the character of the private sitting room that this suite provides. The spacious bathroom in this suite is as luxurious as the entire aura of the pad and the cozy extension of the balcony provides a beautiful vista of green gardens.

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This marvelous suite in Ajit Bhawan is designed with a touch of luxury and furnished with a breathtaking range of facilities to make your stay comfortable in Jodhpur. Book this suite now as the lavish and elaborate atmosphere of the hotel will take you into the new splendid world of Royal Rajasthani Grandeur.

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Jodhpur Railway Station gets a new artistic and palatial makeover

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A traveler loves to keep moving forward, visiting new places, and doing new things, because he’s curious and curiosity keeps leading him down new countries, new cities! If we ask, what is that one thing that immediately catches your attention and influences your views about the city you land in? Off course the look of its Railway Station or Airport!

To delight the tourists coming to Rajasthan, the state tourism department has started an initiative to revamp its various Railway Stations with attractive and vibrant traditional art work and Rajasthani paintings. Following the Railway Stations of Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur and Bikaner, now Jodhpur joins the group!!

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Jodhpur Railway Station has been around since 1885 to be precise. And now it gets a brand new look with colorful and artistic paintings all over to amaze the tourists in the Blue City! To change the look of this ancient station of Rajasthan, regional artwork has been painted on its ceilings, walls and pillars. Mesmerizing geometrical flowers, kings, queens and royal lifestyle are depicted, making the station look both colorful and artistic.

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As Jodhpur is a major tourist destination, this effort will sure be appreciated by tourists. Moreover, it is also a matter of pride for the localites, not just to see tourism department trying to bring something new but also to see their local art being promoted in such a beautiful way.

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This is not all, Jodhpur rail division has also penned and composed its glory song and this has been prepared by rail personnel themselves. The song is played at the station occasionally!

Isn’t it exciting!!  Wouldn’t you want to visit the Blue City for its all new and artistically done Railway Station? For hotel bookings, make reservations now: www.ajitbhawan.com

Jodhpur RIFF- Best Time to Visit the Blue City!

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Winter’s chilling breeze, brighter moon nights, and the songs of the desert!! On splendid chilling October evenings, when the sun is setting and the sky is filled with orange and reddish hues, you hear light music passing by your ears and the wind embracing your skin gently. You must already be fancying a festive ambiance but the actual experience is truly beyond words.

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Do you know what the most amazing part of this festival is? It is the performances at dawn with the backdrop of illuminated Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and clock tower!  Everybody wrapped in shawls and sweaters occupy their place on the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, to enjoy the enthralling music of Rajasthani Folk musicians.  This is undoubtedly a soulful musical festival much far from conventional electronica, rock-metal clones, or mainstream tunes.

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The organizing team tastefully brings the best of folk musicians from across the world and into an unparalleled fusion with the traditional artists of Rajasthani folk, the Langas and the Manganiyars. You can imagine a melodious confluence of west and the east , the Rabab and Jazz, the Sarangis and Guitars, Violins and Morchang! Various artists, languages, instruments and music genres meet and jam on the main stage. This is exactly how the setting of Jodhpur’s Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) is, which is conducted every year in and around Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort.

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Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival is among the world’s top 25 music concerts which soak you totally into Rajasthani culture. This year, the fest is being conducted from 13th to 17th October. The event goes on from day to night where amazing performers showcase their area of expertise and enthrall the spectators. From Rajasthani folk music to traditional dances, from circus acts to plays, everything keeps people engaged throughout.

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All above Images Credit: http://www.jodhpurriff.org/

The Festival should not to be missed by anyone because this can only be experienced once in a year. The schedule for this year’s RIFF is as below:

Date Event(s) Time Venue
13-Oct Children’s Folk Morning 9.30 AM to 2.00 PM Veer Durgadas Memorial Park,

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Opening Night – Variety City Concert 8.30 PM to 10.00 PM
14-Oct 1)      Jodhpur RIFF DAWNS with the Meghwal of Marwar 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside

Mehrangarh Fort)

2)      Kahaniyan Kahan hai? 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh

Fort)

3)      Living Legends I 5.45 PM to 7.15 PM Lift Terrace

(Mehrangarh Fort)

4)      MOODY RIFF 7.45 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard

(Mehrangarh Fort)

5)      Desert Lounge (all acoustic, traditional – from Rajasthan) 11.30pm onwards Rao Jodha Park (Mehrangarh

Fort)

15-Oct 1)      RIFF DAWNS with Bhaga Khan Manganiyar 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside

Mehrangarh Fort)

2)      Where do we go from here? An interaction with the next generation of Langa and Manganiyar musicians and their teachers. In Residence II – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh

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3)      Living Legends II 5.45 PM to 7.15 PM Lift Terrace

(Mehrangarh Fort)

4)      STRINGS and BEATS 7.45 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (Mehrangarh Fort)
5)      CLUB MEHRAN 11.30 PM onwards Venue to be confirmed
16-Oct 1)      RIFF DAWNS with Smita Bellur 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)
2)      Winds of the Thar – The aero-phonic instruments of Rajasthan In Residence III – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh Fort)
3)      MOONRISE SPECIAL 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)
4)      INSIGHTS 7.30 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (in Mehrangarh Fort)
5)      RIFF Rustle at Club Mehran with Ben Walsh and a pick of Rajasthani and international artists from the festival 11.30 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (in Mehrangarh Fort)
17-Oct RIFF DAWNS with Jasleen Kaur Monga and Gurmat sangeet 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)

Revel in the festivities of Jodhpur RIFF and experience a luxurious stay at the royal palace Ajit Bhawan- India’s First Heritage Hotel! For more details you may visit http://www.ajitbhawan.com and http://www.ajitsuites.com

Tourist Places to visit in Jodhpur on World Tourism Day

 

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The World Tourism Day is commended on September 27 every year since 1980. The day aims to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. It is marked with special cultural programmes and events across the world and so in Jodhpur!

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The sun kissed city of Jodhpur has a wonderful history behind it. Jodhpur is dotted with rich tourism attractions like soaring forts and palaces shimmering in sandstone. The narrow lanes on the other side lead to an alluring world of antiques and handicrafts to offer a complete experience of this great city to the tourists!  Jodhpur, where history breathed and lived is one of the most vibrant places to make the most of World Tourism Day in Rajasthan! Here we have a list of few places to be visited by tourists in Jodhpur. In addition, there are also some marvelous tourism sites in Jodhpur that offer free entry to the tourists on World Tourism Day!

  1. Mehrangarh Fort Museum

With its spread out expanse, it prides to be one of the largest forts across the country. The breathtaking history, well-preserved heritage and impressive architecture of this fort make it the face of Jodhpur on national as well as global platform.

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  1. Jaswant Thada

The milky white marble complex features some beautiful portraits of the erstwhile rulers of Jodhpur and a memorial of the peacock that flew into a funeral pyre. Magnificently carved gazebos, an exquisite multi-tiered garden and a tiny lake surround this admirable cremation ground.

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  1. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

This Desert Rock Park was developed in the year 2006, with the aim to restore the natural ecology of a large rocky wasteland area next to the Fort. The Park extends across 70 hectares of rehabilitated land and has a walking trail. It’s interesting to explore at different times of the year, as its foliage changes with the seasons.

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  1. Government Museum

Visit this Museum on World Tourism Day for free to see a unique display of the rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain sages. A visit to this popular museum is a must if you are a connoisseur of history and archaeology.

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  1. Umaid garden Zoo

Meet the exotic African and Australian birds. Watch rabbits and ducks play among them in natural habitat as you visit the ‘Walk-in Aviary’ at the Umed Garden Zoo. You must pay a visit to this place if you are travelling with kids.
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  1. Jai Pol

A handsome section of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, Jai Pol is a massive gateway, constructed as a victory memorial. It is one of the seven entrances of the impressive citadel that is set atop a hillock. Even today, some cannon ball scars formed during the battle can be seen around the Pol, which are testimony of Jodhpur’s gallant history.

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  1. Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum

Visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace’s museum to admire the magnificence of erstwhile royalty through royal artifacts and armour, old clocks, glassware and other miniatures that are on display.

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  1. Clock Tower

The Clock Tower, also popular as Ghanta Ghar , is a prominant landmark in the Old City of Jodhpur. Bazaar surrounding Clock Tower is a hub of shopping with more than a thousand small shops that sell a variety of products at quite a reasonable price. This bustling market is popular for selling spices, handicrafts, tea, sweets, jewellery and what not :).

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Nevertheless, music, food, art and language too blend perfectly to give one a sprightly experience of Marwar in Jodhpur!  As the World Tourism Day is approaching, , Ajit Bhawan invites you to soak in the regalia of this bustling Blue City!

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