Jalore is a district in the west-south part of Rajasthan located in the beautiful location of Arawali hills. It is surrounded by Barmer, Pali, Sirohi from west, north and east and from south it shares it’s border with Gujrat. Because of its 1200 units of Granite, this city is also referred as ‘The Granite City’.
According to the historical stories this city was referred as ‘DrumKulya’ (the northern part of southern ocean. In Dwapar era it was called as ‘Marudhnwa’ that changed during time in Marudhara or Marwar.
The old name of Jalore was ‘Jablipur’, to give tribute to the saint ‘Maharishi Jabali’. Sometimes it was referred with the name of ‘Kanchangiri’ and ‘Swarngiri’ mountains.
Several descents ruled Jalore including Parmars, Parihars, Mughals and finally after the death of Aurangzeb it was included in the Jodhpur kingdom and remained part of it until Indian independence.
According to the census 2011 the total population of Jalore is 18,28,730 of which the total male population is 9,36,634 and the female population is 8,92,096, where the density of this city is 172 persons per kilometre square. The sex ratio of Jalore is 895 girls per 1000 boys. The average literacy of this place is 54.86% of which the male literacy is 70.67% and the female literacy is 38.47%.
Places of Interest
Jalore fort is one of the best place to visit in Jalore. It is famous worldwide because of ‘The Topekhana’ inside it. This Topekhana was built by king Vikramaditya of Ujjain as a ‘Sanskrit School’. This is not in that amazing condition now because of not proper care, but after watching it anyone can say that it would be one of the most wonderful things of old days.
Sundha Mata temple is 900 years old temple of goddess Chamunda and is located on the 1220m height mountain names as ‘Sundh’ in the Arawali ranges. This place is a very sacred place. Bhakt from very far places also come here to visit this temple.
Malik Shah’s mosque, Sirey Temple, Rawla Bhenswara, Jalore wildlife Sanctuary is some of the places to visit in Jalore.
Transportation in Jalore
Auto rickshaws are the main medium to travel inside the city. They are a bit expensive compared with the city buses. City buses cover almost every main road of the city. Rental car and jeep-car taxis are also available to visit Jalore and nearby places.
How to reach
Jodhpur is the nearest airport to reach Jalore via airways. Flights for many major cities are easily available from Jodhpur airport. There is also an airstrip at Nun village 35 km away from Jalore.
If you travel to Jalore via railways then you can also find trains easily to Jalore. Direct trains from some places are also available and if don’t find any direct train then you can travel via nearby railway stations such as Bhinmal, Jodhpur, Gandhidham, Ahemdabad.
National highway number 5 passes through the district via Sanchor tehsil. So many private buses connects jalore to many major cities of India and some Jodhpur Rajasthan roadways buses are also available.
Luni, Bandhi, Jawai, Sukri, Sagi are the rivers which passes through or nearby the city.
Special about Jalore
Jalore is called as Granite capital of Rajasthan. The hills of Jalore provides the best quality of granite. This place is famous for high quality lakhaa granite.
Jalore is also famous for its heritage forts,monuments, hotels and resorts.
Mother of the history legend Maharana Pratap, Jeevant Kumar was from Jalore.
Rathore rulers of Jodhpur used Jalore fort to keep their royal treasure safe.