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Marwar Festival, Jodhpur
Held in October in Jodhpur, this annual event attempts to showcase
the art and culture of the Jodhpur region. It is devoted almost exclusively
to songs and dance, and the Maand Festival has become a part of this
huge regional celebration.
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The massive Mehrangarh fort and the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace
which are symbols of might and valour of the Rajputs, make Jodhpur
an ideal location for the festival. It was originally known as the
'Maand Festival', a classical style of folk music centred on the romantic
lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. The festival is held for two days
during the full moon of Sharad Purnima.
The Marwar festival displays the music and dance of the Marwar region.
The spirited folk dancers gathered here, perform with zest and entertain
the audience with Rajasthani folklore. These folk artistes bring to
life the myth and legends of the area and sing songs in memory of
the brave heroes.
Other attractions of the festival include horse riding and horse polo.
Various other competitions are also held during the festival.
Once the capital of the Marwar state , it was founded in 1459 A.D.
by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be
descendants of Rama - the epic hero of Ramayana.The massive 15th century
A.D. Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125
Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10
km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions.
A major trade centre of the 16th century A.D. the fortress-city of
Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan.
Places to see
Jodhpur is famous for Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan
Palace, Balsamand Lake and Gardens and many more.
Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi,
Mumbai, Calcutta, Jaipur, Udaipur.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned
buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Jodhpur. Best
way to travel by road shall be from Jaipur and Udaipur.
Jodhpur is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro
cities of India. There are daily trains from Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai