Jodhpur which was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert. Besides, being famous for forts and palaces, it is also well-known for the miniature Jodhpur paintings which portray the royal ladies, birds and flowers.
The places which are worth visiting in Jodhpur include the Meherangarh Fort which stood as a guard for the Moti Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal and the Phool Mahal. Umaid Bhavan, was built in the 20th Century when Jodhpur was plagued by famine. Jodhpur Museum has a collection of the antiques and weapons of Rao Jodha’s time.
Giridkot and Sardar Market are famous for the wide range of handicrafts. There is an artificial lake called the Balsamand Lake which is located at a distance of 4 miles from Jodhpur and is a popular tourist destination.
Apart from these tourist spots, there is Bundi which is famous for its step wells and waterworks. Chittorgarh attracts a large number of tourists because of its Victory Tower which was built by Rana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over Mahmud Khilji. Kota is another city of palaces, Ranakpur is renowned for its Jain temples and Udaipur is the city of lakes.