After our stay in Jaishalmer in our trip to Rajasthan in february 2020 we went to Jodphur by overnight train .
Here too we had booked with our
Club Mahindra resort time share .
Like in Jaisalmer the resort was a bit away from the main city and tourist areas .
We took a cab and checked in to the palatial royal resort which was once home to some royal personage .
It was called Pratap vilas .
We were impressed by the facade the driveway the antique car parked outside the horse farm closeby the manicured gardens and metal furniture .
The lobby too was very impressive the swimming pool the open air tgeater where by evening nimble limbed dancers danced to tune of drums and exotic folk songs .
The rooms were made in great taste with a fine bed ornamental windows with all modern comforts .
We sat in the lawn listening to the lilting strains of the music and dance in tge cold February chill .
In the morning we took a cab to reach Jodphur city .
The city was big .
It had plenty of big institutions like the AIMS,IITJodphur,law institute,national leather institute ,Rajasthsn high court were just a few .
It had lot of flyovers and modern buildings too
The main market with clock tower called Sardar market was crowded colourful a bit messy too but offered plenty of shopping options .
Jodphur is famously called Blue city as most of the old town in the shadow of the famous Mehrengarh fort is painted with Indigo blue .
Viewing from the high ramparts of the fort a museum today one could see a fairy tale Blue city lying in front .
Its the beauty of Jodphur that had made it a favourite for film shooting .
Many prominent Hollywood and Bollywood films were shot here .
Jodphur was built in 1459 by Marwar king Raja Jodha .
After some centuries it was captured bt Akbar and later ruked by Aurangazeb after whose time it came back to the Rajput kings .
They continued to rule under British patronage .
In 1947 after our Independence Raja Hukumat Singh agreed to merge the kingdom to state of Rajasthan in India .
The magnificient Umaid Bhavan the palace of the ruling royal family is partly a luxurious hotel today though members of tge royal family continue to stay in some parts of it .
The Jaswant Tada is a very serene monument for the Royal family members who rest there .
It has a beutiful garden bordering on a hillock and a waterbody .