Location: Jodhpur (256 km from Delhi)
Population: 1.8 millions
STD code: 0291
Famous for: Jaswant thada, Mehrangarh fort etc.
Temp: 28C - 14C
Getting There: Air, Bus, Rail
Shopping: Textile, Blue Pottries, Semi Precious Stones, Jewellery etc.
Near By: Samode
Held in October in Jodhpur, this annual event attempts to showcase the art and culture of the Jodhpur region. It is devoted almost exclusively to songs and dance, and the Maand Festival has become a part of this huge regional celebration.
The massive Mehrangarh fort and the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace which are symbols of might and valour of the Rajputs, make Jodhpur an ideal location for the festival. It was originally known as the 'Maand Festival', a classical style of folk music centred on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. The festival is held for two days during the full moon of Sharad Purnima.
The Marwar festival displays the music and dance of the Marwar region. The spirited folk dancers gathered here, perform with zest and entertain the audience with Rajasthani folklore. These folk artistes bring to life the myth and legends of the area and sing songs in memory of the brave heroes.
Other attractions of the festival include horse riding and horse polo. Various other competitions are also held during the festival.
Once the capital of the Marwar state , it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero of Ramayana.The massive 15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.
A major trade centre of the 16th century A.D. the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan.
Places to see
Jodhpur is famous for Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Balsamand Lake and Gardens and many more.
By Air : Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jaipur, Udaipur.
By Road :Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Jodhpur. Best way to travel by road shall be from Jaipur and Udaipur.
By Rail : Jodhpur is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata..