Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, India. It was formerly a princely state under the same name with Marwar as its capital. According to records, Ahirs were the inhabitants of the place and has small settlements. The Rathore clan later on developed and established the Marwar region. Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan founded the city of Jodhpur in 1459. The city was a capital of Marwar region for several decades even during the time of Jodha. The city’s location on the strategic road linking Delhi and Gujarat enabled the business to flourish. The trades included that of opium, copper, silk, sandalwood, dates and other goods. Under the British rule, the rulers were made Generals of Mughals and were made to pay taxes. The city has many sweet shops under the name of ‘Jodhpur sweets’.
There are many nomadic tribes residing in and out of the city and their influences are clearly visible. Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Ghanta Ghar are a few of the places to visit. Numerous festivals takes place in this colorful city like Marwar Mahotsav, Gangaur, Nag Panchami Fair, Sheetla Mata Fair and Teej. The local cuisine of Jodhpur is quite famous as many of the delicacies in Indian cuisine originated from here. It is located at the geographic centre of the state hence is easily accessible. The well-established road, rail and air networks enables the connections from other major cities of country.