At the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. The massive 15th century Mehrangarh Fort looms over the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125m above the plains. A high wall encompasses the city – 10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with people wearing lovely multi-hued costumes, artistically designed. Shopping in the bazaars of Jodhpur is a heady experience with a colourful display of handicrafts. The tie-and-dye fabric, embroidered “jutis” or slippers in suede, camel skin, velvet & leather, beautiful silks, durries, marble souvenirs from Makrana, an extensive range of useful and decorative items etc., are of interest.

The Mehrangarh fort is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels and latticed windows. These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings from various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

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