Phalodi Fort is an offbeat destination near Thar Desert in Rajasthan.
If you are anywhere nearby Phalodi, you can visit this town to enrich your travels.
Welcome to the scorching hot, but oh-so-historically rich town of Phalodi! This charming little place is located in the Jodhpur district of the Indian state of Rajasthan and serves as the headquarters of the Phalodi tehsil. But, what really sets Phalodi apart is its nickname as the “Salt City” due to the thriving salt industry in Rin.
Now, let’s talk about the weather. As Phalodi is in the buffer zone of the Thar Desert, you can imagine that temperatures can get a little extreme. In fact, Phalodi holds the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in India, a sizzling 51°C (124°F) on May 19th, 2016. But hey, if you’re a fan of the heat, Phalodi just might be the place for you!
The town has quite a rich history too. Phalodi was originally known as Phalvardhika and was founded in Vikram Samvat 1515 by Shri Siddhuji Kalla with the help of Shri Maa Latiyal. The name was later changed to Phalodi at the request of Phala, the widowed daughter of Shri Sidhu Kalla, who generously donated to build the fort of Phalodi. The fort is an imposing structure with outer walls.
One of the town’s biggest draws is its proximity to the migratory bird “Kurja” (crane). The village of Khichan is just a short 4 kilometers away from Phalodi, and Bawari Kalan and Bawari Khurd are just 15 and 18 kilometers away, respectively. The town is also home to several government and semi-government offices, making it a hub for commercial and industrial activity in the surrounding hinterlands.
So, if you’re looking for a little slice of history, heat, and community, come on down to Phalodi! Just make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.