Phalodi is a city and a municipality in Jodhpur district in the Indian state of Rajasthan.It has an average elevation of 303 metres (994 feet). Phalodi is also called the "salt city" due to the concentration of a large number of salt industries located in the area.
Phalodi was initially called Phalvardhika. In Vikram Samvat 1515, Shri Siddhuji Kalla have founded Phalodi by grass of Shri Maa Latiyal with named as Phalvaridhika, which was later renamed as "Phalodi" at the request of Phala, the widowed daughter of Shri Sidhu Kalla, who gave a generous contribution in cash to build the fort of Phalodi.
A new airbase of the Indian Air Force at Phalodi was commissioned in 2010. It is the IAF's sixth airbase in Rajasthan. The base is located about 100 km from the international border with Pakistan. It lies between the Jaisalmer and Jodhpur airbases of the IAF. The base covers an area of 4000 acres and is equipped with sophisticated surveillance equipment and deep penetration aircraft. The base is under the South Western Air Command and it is now the base for a squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets.