Lying about 141 km from the city of Jodhpur, Phalodi is an old caravan centre in the Thar Desert. It is scattered with noted forts and palaces that make for interesting historical tours. The main attraction is Phalodi Fort, renowned for its marvellous architecture. It was constructed in 1488 by Rao Hammir Ranawat, who was the grandson of the king of Marwar, Rao Suja. Another attraction is Lal Niwas, named so for the red sandstone used in its construction. This residential palace was created in the year 1750, but like a number of old palaces in Rajasthan, now serves as a heritage hotel. Glass work and grand chandeliers lend an elegant look to Lal Niwas. Other than this, Phalodi also boasts of a large number of havelis that have been painted in vibrant hues.

In history, this place finds mention owing to its Jain and Hindu temples. The Ramdevra Temple is one such masterpiece, housing an idol whose origin has been traced as far back as the 8th century.

Tourists can shop for classical jutis that are embellished with heavy embroidery, and are quite popular in Phalodi.

This town is believed to have been founded in the 15th century, and is more famously known as salt city, sharing its borders with such major towns of Rajasthan as Bikaner, Nagaur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Even today, it thrives on the trade of salt.

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