Jodhpur: Jodhpur, the second largest city of the state of Rajasthan, is often called the blue city and is an oasis in the arid Thar Desert. Representing this colourful city with shades of blue, Jodhpur has a history that is rich and a present that beckons strongly to the discerning tourist. Forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, Jodhpur has them all and in plenty.
Places worth visiting in Jodhpur include the Meharangarh Fort, that stands guard over the city from an isolated hill, the Jaswant Thada, an imposing white marble cenotaph, built in memory of the Maharaja, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is a splendid example of Indo colonial architecture. The Umaid Bhawan Palace, other than still being the home of the royal family of Jodhpur, is also a deluxe hotel, and a part of it is a museum. Jodhpur is also a popular shopping destination, with antique furniture being a popular buy amongst tourists.
Jaisalmer: Deep in the heart of the Thar Desert is Jaisalmer, one of the last princely bastions in the region. Founded on what was the crossroad of lucrative trade routes, this remote settlement came to be celebrated for the valour of its rulers, and for the aesthetic sense represented by their palaces and havelis.
It's unique location in the midst of miles of sand dunes makes it India's most popular destination for camel safaris. Places to see in and around Jaisalmer include the many Havelis, located in the bylanes of the old city, the imposing Jaisalmer Fort, which is known as the World’s largest living Fort, the many Hindu and Jain temples inside the Fort etc. Also worth visiting, are the Sam Sand Dunes, located just outside Jaisalmer, that offer unbelievable desert vistas, stretching for miles and miles.