The city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 and is named after him. It is referred to as the \'Sun City\', with a hot climate and sun shining over it all year. The city is also known as \'Gateway to the Thar\' as it lies on the edge of the Thar. Being the second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur has formed an important tourist attraction with a number of temples, palaces and forts and a rich architectural and cultural heritage.
Jodhpur has two parts - Old city (surrounded by a wall of 10 km stretch) and new city. Old city is also known as the \"Blue City\" as almost all the houses are painted in blue color.
Amongst attractions in the city are Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh Fort, Osiyan Temple, Kaman Art Gallery and Umaid Bhavan Palace made of Chittar sandstone which is the biggest private home in the world. Each of these structures is built artistically in stone or marble highlighting Rajasthan\'s historical past. These apart, Mahamandir, Government museum, Mandore Park and Kailana Lake are other attractions in the city.
The city is famous for its handicrafts and furniture exports.