Behind every beautifully carved stone window waits a Queen, praying for her Lord's return from the battle field. Every Cenotaph tells a stirring tale of valour and sacrifice, every palace whispers a thousand secrets. Indeed as one winds one's way through the city's bustling narrow streets and climbs to Mehrangarh, Fort, magnificent with her impregnable walls and beautiful palaces, one is transported back to a time when chivalry was a way of life,

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honour life itself and death the ultimate prize. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The foundation of city of the Jodhpur was laid by the fifteenth Rathore ruler Rao Jodha in 1459, the same year in which he began the construction of the famous Mehrangarh fort. Though very much a part of his grand design, Jodhpur was not a 'planned city' in the modern sense. The city's foundation is celebrated on 12th May, because the foundation of Mehrangarh Fort was laid on 12th May 1459. It can be said the Mehrangarh Fort was really the seed from which Jodhpur evolved and her growth was organic and closely related to the fortunes of her rulers. Like other medieval cities Jodhpur was originally a walled city too, and Jodha's walled Jodhpur had four Pols or gates, three of which still stand. In the north was the Bhagi Pol of which not a stone remains. In the south the Singh Pol, the Lion Gate, and in the south-east, the Bhomiaji Ki Ghanti Ki Pol. The gateway to the east, the one most travelled by, was the Phooleleo Pol which is still in fairly good state. Today, Jodhpur is Rajasthan's second biggest city and offers her visitors a plethora of delights.