A valiant sentinel in the desert, on the eastern
fringe of the Thar desert has the distinction of neither
being a part of the Thar desert nor out of it. At
best it is a doorway to the wonderland of sand dunes
and shrubs, rocky terrain and thorny trees. The home
of the Rathroes - the awesome princely state of Rajasthan.
They conquered Marwar or Maroodesh, land of the sand
after the fall of Delhi and Kannauj.
In 1459 AD, Rao Jodha, chief of Rathore clan of Rajputs,
who claimed descent from Rama, the epic here of the
Ramayana, laid the foundation of Jodhpur. A high stone
wall protects the well-fortified city. The wall is
nearly 10km in length and has eight gates facing various
stands an imposing fort on a low range of sandstone
hills, about 125m above the surrounding plains. Invincible!
And dauntless in its league with time! 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 other side of the city, facing the fort is the
Umaid Bhawan Palace. One of the most