Famous Places to Visit in Jodhpur
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Jodhpur is the second largest metropolitan city of Rajasthan, previously it was the capital of Maharajas mainly Man Singh and Ajit Singh. There are many forts, cenotaphs, lakes, and gardens along with big markets for traditional item shopping.
Here are some top 18 places that you must visit in Jodhpur –
1. Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort located 125m above the city of Jodhpur in Mehrangarh. The fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459, the fort is one of the biggest forts in India. The fort is enclosed in thick boundaries inside which many palaces are there which are famous for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. There is a total of seven gates in the fort, you can see the imprints of cannonballs fired on the second gate of the fort during wartime. Fort includes Jayapol i.e. victory gate built by Maharaja Man Singh and Fattehpol i.e. victory gate built by Maharaja Ajit Singh, these victory gate commemorates the victory of Maharajas over Jaipur and Bikaner Armies and Mughals respectively. There is a museum inside the fort which is one of the most well-stocked museums in Rajasthan, it consists of royal palanquins (popular means of travel for the ladies of the nobility). The museum includes the heritage of the Rathores such as customs, paintings, arms and decorated period. The fort has many antique things to gain your attention and will attract you, it has many galleries and they are – Daulat Khana, Elephant’s Howdahs, Armoury, Paintings, Turban Gallery and Palanquins. You must visit the fort and get some knowledge of the ancient kings of Rajasthan.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Palace is presently a hotel which is owned by Gaj Singh. The Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of Gaj Singh in 1943. Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the world’s largest private residence today, it has 347 rooms along with the principal residence of the former royal family of Jodhpur. Taj Hotels the chain of luxury hotels manages one part of the palace. The Palace is divided into three sections royal family residence, Taj Hotel and a museum which consists of many interesting 20th-century histories of the royal family. The Palace is huge and attracts people with its great architect and beautiful paintings on its wall. People also visit there to get the experience of Royal treatment; you must visit the palace at least to see the museum and to know to the history of one of the world’s largest private residence.
3. Clock Tower
Clock Tower of Jodhpur is also known as Ghanta Ghar, it was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh between 1880 to 1911. Clock Tower is a long beautiful architectural tower which consists of a huge clock, this tower is located in Sardar Market or you can say Sadar Bazaar which was named after Maharaja Sardar Singh. You can visit this clock tower to see its amazing architect and click some photos near the tower. You can also do shopping in the Sardar Market which has a variety of items such as traditional clothes, jewellery, food restaurants and cafes.
4. Mandore Gardens
Mandore Gardens is as old as Ramayana, the wife of Ravana, Mandodari she was from Mandavyapur – the old name of Mandore. Mandore is the old capital of the kings of Jodhpur. The great garden will welcome you with its greenery, mischievous monkeys and birds. You will find some street vendors, stunning pieces of architecture and craftsmanship. There are many beautiful cenotaphs of the Jodhpur Maharajas, the architecture of these monuments is so wonderful that you might not stop yourself to capture them from every angle. The Garden consists of the cenotaphs of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and Maharaja Ajit Singh, the architectural design of ceiling, walls and pillars are worth watching.
5. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is an artificially built park which contains ecologically restored desert and land vegetation. The park was created to restore the natural ecology of the large rocky area below the fort in 2006. The park has an interpretation gallery, plant nursery which includes 250 species of native plants, it has large numbers of lithophytes. Trees such as Rohido, Kumatiyo, Peeloo, Kharo Jaal and many more species of trees are there. Some small shops and cafes are also there inside the Park. The park is the restoration of architecture and ecology, it’s one of the best places to spend time with your family and friends in the beautiful combination of rock and plants.
6. Rai ka Baag Palace
Also known as Raj Bagh Haveli, it is a palace situated in Jodhpur, Rajasthan which was constructed in the year 1963 by Hadiji who was the queen of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-I. This palace is octagonal and is one of the favourite spots for tourists due to its attractive rock carved structures and lush greenery. This place is currently used as an Income Tax Office but people can visit this place to admire this magnificent piece of beauty. It was liked by the king so much that he used to spend almost gis entire personal time in this octagonal-shaped bungalow. This centuries-old place is a treat to eyes made with spectacular architecture which is worth visiting.
7. Jaswant Thada
Also known as Taj Mahal of Marwar, it is a cenotaph made in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh 2 by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the year 1899. This place also serves as the crematorium for the royal Rajput family of Mewar. This white marble memorial attracts a lot of tourists because of its marvellous architecture and intricate carvings. Presently, this place also displays portraits of Marwar rulers and serves as orientation space. This serene venue also offers many entertaining events like concerts, music festivals, Rajasthani folk occasions and the World Sacred Spirit Festival. This beautiful place is surrounded by lush greenery and perched tenderly on lakeside which makes it one of the most charming sight to view. People who love art visit here to witness this beautiful architectural brilliance.
8. Bishnoi Village Tour
This Safari was started by Rajas and Maharajas of Jodhpur to showcase the rich culture of Rajasthani people and experience tribal India to Indian and foreign guests. This place is a scenic beauty itself surrounded by trees and deer. People who are interested in experiencing the exotic wildlife should visit this cool and amazing place. It is also a famous picnic spot near the Guda Bishnoi Lake. There is given a huge priority to plant and animal life by villagers and they make every effort to conserve the environment. The flora and fauna of this village are very beautiful and is a treat to the eyes. It is like a desert oasis and is a perfect place to experience the culture, traditions and lifestyle of tribal life. It is a place where you can see the True Rajasthan where we can see the way people do things like making textiles, cooking, using opium in their Rajasthani style.
9. Masuria Hills Garden
Masuria Hill Garden is located in the main city of Jodhpur is one of the most beautiful places in Rajasthan. The place is famous for its best panoramic view of the whole city. The golden desserts with the beautiful houses itself determine the striking feature of the Hill Garden. The place is one of the most visited tourist places in Jodhpur. Despite its beautiful views, the place is also famous for its very old temple of Baba Ramdev. Many devotees visit daily to worship their God. The place also consists of the statue of great folk hero Veer Durgadas Rathod. This duality of the place makes it most famous among all over India. With the beautiful views at the top of the Masuria Hill Garden, anyone can feel relief from their daily stressed life.
10. Chamunda Mata Temple
Chamunda Mata Temple is located at the southern part of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. The temple was created by Rao Jodha during the year 1460. Rao Jodha itself installed the idol inside the temple which he brought from Mandore. Many Hindu followers visit to worship Goddess Chamunda (Durga). The area of the Temple is surrounded by dense green lawns. Chamunda Mata Temple is also known for its beautiful engraved architecture and sculptures. Mostly the Temple is crowded during October, the season of Dussehra, most of the people visit the Temple to worship Goddess Durga. It’s the best place for the balanced budget of people because most of the hotels are cheap and affordable. The place also offers a beautiful view of the city, being on the top of the fort.
11. Toorji ka Jhalra
Toorji ka Jhalra also known as Toorji’s Step Well is constructed during 1740 by the Queen-consort of Maharaja Abhaya Singh. The architecture itself determine the old-age responsibility of the royal women as being in charge of public water bodies. These water reserves help during the hard time when there is no rain in the city. The design itself determines the lifestyle of old-age peoples. The creative design makes it attractive for the tourists, and the locals use it to play games during the summer to beat the heat. The place also gives life to many water bodies which were feed by the locals. Some 250 years back the place is constructed with rose-red sandstone which was found in Jodhpur.
12. Kaylana Lake
Kaylana Lake is located 8 km away from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It’s an artificial lake constructed by Pratap Singh during the year 1872. The lake was spread over the area of 82 km². Formerly the place consists of a palace and a garden built by the rulers of Jodhpur, Bhim Singh and Takhat Singh. Afterwards, it was destroyed by Pratap Singh and turned into a beautiful lake. The Lake receives water from Hathi Nehar which is further connected to Indira Gandhi canal. The people of Jodhpur depend mostly on Kaylana Lake as a verge of drinking water. The water bodies help the growth of Bamboo trees and also many migratory birds like Siberian crane and Pelicans were found during the winter season.
13. Phool Mahal
Phool Mahal or place of flowers constructed by Maharaja Abhaya Singh in the 18th century is one of the most lavish, opulent and eminent period halls which is located in the Mehrangarh fort which itself a famous tourist attraction and this place have served the purpose of a pleasurable dome of the Maharajas and female dancers of Rajasthan. It is called Phool Mahal because it was built to look as beautiful as a spectacular and admirable flower. Things like beautiful paintings including the famous raga mala paintings, artefacts and furniture from British period enhances the grandeur of the hall and showcases the royalty of Jodhpur. This place is a treat to photographers as it consists of beautiful paintings and portraits in this hall heavily decorated with gold and other expensive items.
14. Hanwant Mahal
Hanwant Mahal is a five-star luxury hotel which is located on the Umaid Bhawan hill inside Umaid Bhawan Palace and is a part of a royal residence which provides royal dining experience to its guests by offering delicious Rajasthani and North cuisine in this heritage site and reminds you about the bygone era. Earlier it was a place to retreat for Kings and royal people after hunting. The view from the rooftop of this place offers us a majestic view of the amazing landscape of the whole city which is very beautiful and soothing to eyes. It also has events like fold songs and dance which shows you the culture and art of Rajasthani people. People come here to celebrate occasions like wedding and parties in this rich-cultured prestigious venue and perfect for joy and excitement in these occasions.
15. Khejarla Fort
Kherjarla Fort is one of the most famous Heritage sites located within the desert of Rajasthan in Bilara Jodhpur. It is a well-known tourist destination which exhibits the rich and brave Rajput heritage. It offers to stay and having an enlivening experience of royalty and grandeur of Rajputs of a long-gone era of chivalry and valour. This spectacular hotel has stone-carved rooms and latticework designs in which amazing pictures and antiques are added to increase the place’s beauty. It gives a mesmerising view of the surrounding ruins and the palace which is itself a destination. The management also provides jeep and horse safari to the surrounding areas and offers exquisite international and local cuisine to its customers. This place is a must-visit place in Jodhpur if you want to have an amazing experience of royalty.
16. Phalodi Jodhpur
Also known as ‘Salt City’ due to its salt industry in Rin is a town in Jodhpur which is one of the most famous tourist hubs in Rajasthan. It is located in the buffer zone of Thar desert which lies between the Golden City and Sun City. This place is famous for its local goods like jootis, bangles, jewellery and clothes and also famous because of many royal forts, halevis, bazaars and temples. The most famous place which attracts the tourists in Phalodi is the Phalodi fort which is more than 300 years old. These places showcase the Rajput architecture of the typical Jharokha and Jaali styles. There are also heritage hotels like Lal Niwas which gives the customers an experience of royalty. This place is separate from other locations and it gives truly the feel of living in the bygone era and have an amazing experience.
17. Sardar Samand Lake Palace
It was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur in the year 1933 in Pali, Rajasthan as a hunting lodge which is located in one of the most famous city’s locales and is now used as a heritage 3-star hotel for both business and leisure travel. It is situated amidst the famous serene lake which is known as Sardar Samand Lake and features African trophies and watercolour paintings. It has every facility for a perfect vacation like a lush garden, tennis court, boating, swimming pool, squash court and so on. Tourists visit this hotel who has an intriguing love for history and want to experience the livelihood of royal people. It is one of the places in Jodhpur where you will feel relaxed by taking a refreshing break. The blend of traditional Rajasthani hospitality and modern luxury is a unique and charming experience and thus is considered as one of the best accommodations in the country for a vacation.
18. Sheesh Mahal
Also known as Glass Palace, Sheesh Mahal is a characteristic feature of royal Rajput architecture which was once used as residential quarters by Maharajas of Jodhpur. It is a Hall of Mirrors in Mehrangarh fort which was probably used for private devotion. It showcases some paintings which depict gods such as Ganesh, Brahma, Krishna and Shiv-Parvati which shows us the strong influence of religion and culture on art during the time of Maharajas. This place is a treat to the eye of the visitors and is a marvellous piece of architecture. The beautiful ornaments and crafts are such an amazing addition to the beauty of this place. It is considered as one of the most beautiful palaces in Jodhpur and this beautiful location is a major tourist attraction for people who love history and art.
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