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Phalodi is a town located about 140 kilometres away from Jodhpur. It was established in the 1400s and has a heritage value that makes it a tourist destination. Its proximity from other tourist destinations like Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur etc. also make it a tourism hub in Rajasthan. The town is famous for its salt industries and its extreme temperature. Therefore, is also known as Salt City. Here, salt is still traded like it used to ages ago, on Camels. In 2016, the temperature of Phalodi reached a staggering 51ᵒC and was the only place in the country to have the highest confirmed temperature.
About 300 years ago, Phalodi was known as Phalvaridhika and was first ruled by Rao Maldeo Rathore. The town is especially known for its rich cultural and historical legacy. There are several attractions in Phalodi, like the natural terrains, the Royal Rajputana Fort, Bazaars, Palaces, and ancient Jain and Hindu Temples that keep drawing tourists from across the world for shopping, sightseeing, birdwatching etc. Phalodi is also exclusively known for its Satta Bazaar or the Betting Market. Many say that the bookies of Phalodi are renowned for being precise most of the time.
Phalodi has quite a number of attractions in and around the town. Amongst them, Lala Niwas is a major heritage attraction and heritage hotel. Lal Niwas was built in the mid-18th Century and is famous for its architecture. The name is derived from the fact that it is built entirely of red sandstone. The traditional architecture has Jharokas, jali work, wooden doors and windows. The interiors are equally beautiful with carved stone antique wooden furniture and décor items. Guests can book rooms at this hotel to experience the royal hospitality of Lal Niwas.
Phalodi is also known for its ancient temples. Amongst them, the Jain Glass Temple, which is situated within the city limits, is just 2.6 kilometres from the centre of Phalodi. It was built by the Oswal Jain Community in the mid-19th century and is also known as the Parsnath Jain Temple. Kalyan Raoji’s Shrine that was built in the early 13th Century and the temple dedicated to Shantinath and Latiyal Devi are also located in the town. These temples can be covered in a day while another day might be required for the shrines located far away.
Ramdevra Temple and Sachiya Mata Temple
The Ramdevra Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the Sun Temple are located outside Phalodi but can be covered in a day. Sun Temple, 135 kilometres away from Phalodi and the Ramdevra Temple, 143 kilometres from Phalodi, are located in Jodhpur. The Sun Temple is a 10th century temple with ancient architecture dedicated to the Sun God while the Ramdevra Temple is a 20th century shrine dedicated to Ramdevji Baba. These two temples can be explored along with the 9th century temple, Sachiya Mata temple which is located about 75 kilometres away from the town.
Khichari Bird Sanctuary
Phalodi is also famous for Khichan Bird Sanctuary or Demoiselle Crane Village which was established in the village of Khichan, about 4.3 kilometres to the east of the town. The sanctuary is home to a number of local bird species but is also a temporary abode for migratory birds namely Karkara, Kurjan and Kunch. These birds migrate from Europe and fly through Poland, Ukraine, Africa and Mongolia. The migratory season lasts between October and March and that is when visitors get to see the birds, but even during other seasons, they can explore the sanctuary and get to observe the local birds.
Other than sightseeing, Phalodi can also be a treat to shopaholics. Local footwear, called Jootis, from the town is a must-buy. The delicate embroidery found on these Jootis is very authentic from the region. Accessories and jewellery from Phalodi are also famous in the country. The lac bangles, bead jewellery and necklaces with chunky pendants with local designs and colours are quite interesting. The town is also famous for handicrafts. There are several shops where tourists can buy gifts and souvenirs.
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