Places To Visit In Jodhpur
Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan. It flourished quickly, fuelled by profits from opium, sandalwood, dates, and copper trade. The city has a charming blue tinge to it when viewed from above or from a distance, and makes a pretty mean picture. With its imposing Mehrangarh fort dominating the skyline, Jodhpur is hard to not be impressed by. The new city is definitely chaotic, but foray into the narrow lanes of the old city, and you'll find pots, pans, idols, bejewelled fabrics, sensual spices, traditional clothes, ornaments and metalware all jammed between rows of shops, tinsel, stalls and hoards of haggling women! A shopper's paradise, Jodhpur is famous for its richly carved furniture, metal arts, lahariya bandhini textiles and traditional footwear.
Take a trip back in time at the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur - Mehrangarh - that was constructed in the year 1459 and stands 150 meters above mean sea level. There are a number of things to see within the fort complex - several palaces, courtyards, gardens, galleries, a museum, temples and so on. Mehrangarh is a captivating experience. As you approach, its scarred walls loom overhead transporting you back in time. It's a real treat to wander around at your leisure, taking a fix of information when you feel like it. Personal guides are available for around $3.
Umaid Bhavan Palace
One of the most fascinating tourist attractions of Jodhpur is the lovely Umaid Bhavan palace. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum. The Umaid Bhawan Palace building stands out for its impressive size and glorious pink and white exteriors. Having taken over 3000 workers 15 years to create, it is a vibrant example of what hard work can accomplish. The palace museum has some fantastic collections of rare clocks, exotic furniture, stuffed leopards and amazing trophies. Wandering through the history laden corridors of this palace, you are sure to be amazed. Part of the palace is still occupied by the royal family of Jodhpur.
Jaswant Thada Mausoleum
The Jaswant Thada Mausoleum lays to the left of the Mehrangarh Fort. This beautiful monument is built of intricately carved marble. The slabs are thin and highly polished and emit a warm glow when the sun's rays hit them in the morning and evening. There is also some delicate marble cobweb work on the cenotaph. Within this cenotaph there are two more tombs, as this mausoleum is a traditional cremation ground of Jodhpur rulers. The grounds also include exquisitely carved gazebos, a beautiful multi-tiered garden, and a small lake. The main memorial has been built like a temple. To visit the mausoleum, you have to go through some rocky hillocks which lend a mystical aura to the whole visit.
Mandore was the former capital of the formidable Marwar kingdom. At Mandore Gardens, you will find the brooding cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. The beautiful cenotaphs at Mandore Gardens are set amidst the rolling greenery of a well landscaped rock garden. There is a hall of heroes, dedicated to various deities and Rajput heroes from popular folklore, whose statues are carved out of rock and painted in bright colours. As you climb up the hill, you will come across the relics of Mandore, including its old palace. The queens cenotaphs stand still on a rocky outcrop and are a ten-minute walk over the hill. This attraction is visited by thousands of visitors every month and it is definitely a haven for photographers with a love for historical design.
Osian is famously popular due to its oasis-like appearance. This ancient desert township is a tribute to the glorious past of Rajasthan. The showstopper's here are fifteen beautifully preserved temples. Sculpted from stone in the 8th and 9th centuries, the Osian Temples are some of the most outstanding architectural designs in India. The oldest and most popular of the structures is the Sun Temple, that has one of the most finely constructed gateways you will ever come across. The astounding fact is that no two temples in this group are alike. Considering that each temple is so intricately carved signifies a lot of design, creativity and skill that was used to build them!