Set in the edge in the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity inside the emptiness in the desert. When the cash with the Marwar state, Jodhpur was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, chief from the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - the epic hero from the Ramayana

The enormous 15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of the rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Over the plains. The Jodhpur City is encompassed by a higher wall -10 km lengthy with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. A key trade centre with the 16th century A.D. the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the 2nd largest town of Rajasthan. While the graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn all through the city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folks dances songs plus the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city. The jumbles of extensive winding streets are flanked with pavement stalls. The way of life in Jodhpur is unusually intriguing with folks donning beautiful multihued costumes, artistically created. Women people wear extensive gathered skirts as well as a hip duration jacket, with three quarter length sleeves, covering the front and back. The colorful turbans worn through the men folk add additional colour for the city. It was from here which the popularity worn baggy - tight, horse riding trousers- 'Jodhpurs' took their name.

The main places of interest within the precincts of the fort are the two towers known as the 'Kirti Stambh' (Tower of Fame) and the 'Vijay Stambh' (Tower of Victory). Besides these, there are several temples, reservoirs, and palaces originating between the 9th and 17th centuries AD. There is also a big complex of Jain temples within the fort.