Located within the depths of the Thar Desert, is the stronghold of the Rathore clan- Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, the second largest city of Rajasthan. It is an island of marble palaces, cordoned off from the desert by an immense wall, with eight gates facing different directions. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan. A part of the Palace Umaid Bhawan built between 1928 and 1943, of His Highness Maharaja of Jodhpur is converted to hotel which is operated by Taj Hotel Group is the highlight of this city besides Forts and Palaces. This hotel and the Jodhpur city has hosted many Royal Wedding of celebrities from around the world.