Jodhpur is India's trendiest destination. It's annual polo tournament held in December draws the best polo players in the world.
Jodhpur is where the celebrities from all over the world come to throw their parties. The list is illustrious and includes luminaries like Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Eva Herzigova, Demi Moore, Wendi Murdoch, Holly Candy, Mick Jagger, Sting, Quincy Jones and many others.
Diana Ross has performed here at grounds of the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
The locals, however, get more excited with the presence of Bollywood celebrities instead of the A-listers of the Hollywood.
The credit for making Jodhpur, the celebrity destination squarely goes to its maharaja Gaj Singh. Chivas Royal has a blend of its premium brand whiskey Royal Salute to honour Gaj Singh. Gaj Singh became the maharaja at the young age of four, when his father died in a plane crash.
Jodhpur is a small, clean and sparkling city, especially when compared to the capital Jaipur. Its skyline is dominated by the Mehrangarh Fort. Mehrangarh Fort has been filmed in the movie The Dark Knight Rises.
The 374 rooms Umaid Bhawan Palace was built to give employment to the people suffering from years of drought and famine in 1920s. It has 28 acres of gardens and was considered as one of the largest private residences in the world. 80 rooms or so are now run as a hotel. This attracts the jet-set as the hotel has a reputation to be one of the world's finest palace hotels.
The celebrities from the Western world are able to stroll through the Jodhpur city without the locals recognising them often, much appreciated by the celeberities.
Jodhpur's skyline is dominated by Mehrangahr Fort. Around the fort are blue painted houses giving the city the name of Blue City. Jodhpur is called the Sun City for its all year round bright and sunny weather.
As Jodhpur is in the approx. center of Rajasthan, it forms a part of most Rajasthan itineraries. A 10 km long thick stone wall surrounds the old Jodhpur city and has 8 gates leading out of it.
Jodhpur city has many beautiful palaces and forts such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai ka Bag Palace. Other charms of Jodhpur include Government museum and it's beautiful Umed garden.
Jodhpur has supplied many generals to the Mughals. Jodhpur was a fief under the Mughal Empire.
Jodhpur is now a major handicrafts industry centre. Furniture is the main product. Jodhpur has contributed immensely to the Indian cuisine. For example the Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Kachori, Pyaaj Kachori, Hot & Spicy Mirchibada (chaudhary ka mirchi bada)(A preparation made with potato, onion, chilli and gramflour), Dal Bati Churma, Panchkuta, Lapsi (a special kind of dessert made with wheat, Jaggery, and ghee), Kachar mircha curry (made with chilli and kachar, a special type of vegetable grown in desert area) and Kadhi (made with gramflour, curd and chilli) with Baajre ka sogra. Jodhpur is known for its sweets ranging from traditional "Makhanbada" to Bengali "Roshogollas".,"Ras madhuri"
It is also a major education hub. Must See Mehrangarh Fort. A magnificient edifice, the fort is a marvel in construction. Consider eating your dinner here.