Set at the edge of the Thar Desert, is popularly known as the blue city of the country due to its houses painted in blue are seen from the fort. It is the second largest city of rajasthan. The imperial city of Jodhpur was once the capital of Marwar state. It was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha who was the chief of the rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of the Ramayana. The massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring125 meters. above the plains .A high stonewall protects the well-fortified city. The wall is nearly ten kms in length along with eight gates facing various directions and innumerable bastions. The city lies at the foot of the hills. The clear distinction between the old and the new city is visible from the ramparts of the fort. The life style in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with folks wearing lovely costumes artistically designed. The colorful turbans wore by the men folk add more color to the city. It was from here that the popularly worn baggy tight, horse riding trousers 'Jodhpuris' took their name. Shopping in Jodhpur bazaars is a lifetime experience with a colorful display of the rich collection of exquisite handicrafts. The tie and dye fabric embroidered 'juits' or slipper in suede.

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