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Jodhpur, once capital of Marwar (the land of death) is a bustling business center today; complete with rugged forts, grand palaces, colourful bazaars, lakes and polo grounds. The city was founded by and named after Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore clan.

An interesting story in Hindu mythology explains the formation of the Marwar region. According to the story, Lord Rama wanted to cross the ocean to rescue his wife Sita, who had been abducted by the demon-king Ravana. However, Lord Rama’s path was obstructed by the Lord of the Sea. Rama then mounted his arrow to dry up the ocean, thus, forcing the Lord of the Sea to retreat. However, the arrow once mounted had to be discharged so Rama fired it into another body of water located in western Rajasthan, thus drying it up and creating the desert region. This is the area known as Marwar or Marusthali (the land of the dead).

Since then Jodhpur has come a long way. Located on the strategic trade route, the city has benefited from a flourishing trade in opium, copper, silk, sandalwood, date palms and coffee.

Like Jaipur - the Pink City, Jodhpur has come to be known as the Blue City due to the indigo tinge of the whitewashed houses around the Meherangarh Fort. It is divided into the Old City, well fortified by a thick stone wall, and the New City marked by numerous restaurants and big markets.

Moreover, the city has been made famous by lending its name to a type of trousers – the Jodhpurs. These were originally designed by Maharaja Pratap Singh for horse riding but soon became a rage amongst British aristocracy and are now popular on the Indian ramp.  

Today, Jodhpur draws international participants and spectators through a unique Kite Festival in January inaugurated at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. During this time the city skyline is dotted with colourful kites flown from roof tops.

Catering to a large number and variety of tourists each year the city offers a range of accommodations including heritage hotels with old fashioned as well as modern rooms with pools and lakeside views. The RTDC hotel is also an option for the economical traveler.

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