Jodhpur is set at the edge of the Thar Desert. This imperial city echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. In the past, it was the capital of the Marwar state, founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha - the chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs. A high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions encompasses the city. It was once a major trade center. Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan.
Regarding the Jodhpur culture, the Jodhpuri people are amongst the most
hospitable people of India. They have a typical Marwari accent. The
lifestyle in Jodhpur, India is quite fascinating. The folks there wear
nice and lovely multihued costumes. The women folk wear wide gathered
skirts and a hip length jacket, with three quarter length sleeves,
covering the front and back. Women are also love to wear jewelry on many
parts of their body. They particularly like to wear specific type of
jewelry like the ones worn on the feet, head, forehead, ear, nose, neck,
arms, wrist, fingers, waist, etc. Another one of the unique features of
the culture of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is the colorful turbans worn by men.
The popular tight, horse riding trousers, 'Jodhpurs', took their name
from this city only. The main languages spoken here are Hindi, Marwari
The graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring
alive the historic grandeur of this city. Lending a romantic aura to
Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, folk music and the
brightly attired people. The desert people are quite affable. With their
sweet smiles and warm hospitality, they win the hearts of the tourists.
The famous Marwar festival brings out the festive spirits of the people
of this city. The bazaars of Jodhpur have a range of items from tie &
dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquerware, antiques, carpets
and puppets to the exquisite Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines,
miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver