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Jodhpur

Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajahastan is famous for its magnificent fort and fine palaces and also for its location on the edge of the Thar Desert. The city is known as the BlueCity because of the blue painted buildings that occupy the region north of the fort. The buildings are painted blue either as a sign that they are occupied by the Brahmin caste who reside in this district, or as a a chemical treatment to protect against the termites found in this part of town, but either way make a startling contrast to the desert colours beyond.

The most notable feature of Jodhpur is Mehrangarh Fort which sits on a ridge overlooking the city. The fort is famous for its fine stone carvings, and has a commanding view over the town.

On the other side of JodhpurUmaid Bhawan is a wonderful palace built by the Maharaja of Jodhpur in 1928 in unique Indian Art Deco style. Although part of the palace is still occupied by the Maharanja's family, parts of this fabulous building have been turned into a hotel while other parts are preserved as a museum.

The heart of the city is marked by a 19th century clock tower surrounded by a vibrant market, famous for its spice. It is worth spending some time to experience the atmosphere and vibrant Rajastani colours of this part of town.

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Time: GMT +5½ hours

Flight time: Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.

Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.

Visas: Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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