| |Jodhpur is the gateway to the Thar Desert. In the dry deserts, Jodhpur stands as an oasis. In the past, it was the capital of the Marwar state, founded in 1459 A.D. by Suryavanshi Rao Jodha - the chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs. The city had high walls with 8 gates which are given names based on the cities towards which they open, for example Nagori gate opens towards Nagore and Sojati Gate opens towards Sojat. Jodhpur was once a major trade center of Rajasthan.
Jodhpuri people are amongst the most hospitable people of India. The typical Marwari accent in addition to the hospitality will amuse you and also will not let you forget the Jodhpuri locals ever. The lifestyle in Jodhpur, India is a great mixture of traditional culture and western culture. You will see people wearing multi coloured traditional Kurta and Turban above low waist denim jeans. The Women love wearing jewelry, they particularly like to wear specific type of jewelry like the ones worn on the feet, head, forehead, ear, nose, neck, arms, wrist, fingers, waist, etc. Also the famous Jodhpuri Jutiya are been worn by both men and women. The tight fitting pants which got famous recently have also been originated from Jodhpur and are also named as Jodhpuri’s. These pants were earlier worn by the Polo players and Horse riders of the Royal Family of Jodhpur.
Seeing the Massive Umaid Bhavan Palace of Jodhpur in the evening while the sun is about a bid adieu for the day anyone will fall in love with this amazing city. The exquisite handicrafts of Jodhpur and the folk dances and songs of the local Marwari’s add to the romance in the air of Jodhpur. You can find every kind of hand-made article in the bazaars of Jodhpur ranging from tie & dye textiles, carpets, embroidered leather shoes, antiques and puppets to the exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewelry.
Jodhpur has always been linked with the Rathore’s throughout its History. Rao Jodha, the Head of the Rathore clan, is the founder of Jodhpur in India. Jodhpur was founded in 1459. Jodhpur city got its name from Rao Jodha’s name. A brief on origin of Jodhpur is given in the following paragraph.
The Rathores fled to Pali after being thrown out from their original homeland, Kaunaj. After improving their grip on Pali which is 60 Kms from present day Jodhpur the Rathores captured Mandore which is 9 kms from present Jodhpur. In 1459 Roa Jodha felt the need for a bigger and secure capital and so Jodhpur was born.
When the British came to India Jodhpur was the largest state in Rajputana. The Marwari’s of Jodhpur prospered under the British Raj. These Marwari’s of Jodhpur include the legendary Birla, Bhandari, Bajaj, Mittal, and Agrawal families. When India became independent the States of Marwar, Mewar and other surrounding states together merged to form Rajasthan of which Jodhpur became the Second largest city.
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