Jodhpur is at the edge of the Thar desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is dominated by a massive fort, topping a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores. His descendants ruled not only Jodhpur, but also other Rajput princely states.
❖ Mehrangarh Fort
The Mehrangarh Fort ("Majestic Fort") is located on the hilltop that rises sharply at the city of Jodhpur. With its 68 ft wide and 117 ft high walls soaring 400 ft above the city the fort dominates the surrounding plains and appears very majestic and impregnable. The Mehrangarh Fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 when he shifted his capital from Mandore. Mehrangarh Fort
1. The outer court which contains the stables and kitchens
2. The durbarhall (reception rooms) and maharajas' palaces
3. The zenana or queen's palaces
4. Moti Mahal
5. Phool Mahal
❖ Umaid Bhawan Palace
The Umaid Bhavan Palace that is renowned for the sandstone used in its construction that does not weather is currently run as a Heritage Hotel by the family of Rathores the royals of the erstwhile state of Jodhpur. It is also referred to as the Chhittar Palace owing to the fact that the Chhittar sandstone was used in its construction. It took 16 years to build this palace that is now segmented into the royal residence, the Heritage Hotel and the museum. The style of construction is typical of the Rajputs with the beautiful balconies, charming courtyards, terrific terraces, green gardens and royal rooms. All the rooms have been elegantly furnished with antique furniture pieces. The stupendous house of Maharaja Umaid is simply far above the other forts and palaces in Jodhpur. The magnificence and majesty commanded by the Heritage Hotel of Umaid Bhavan is unparalleled. Umaid Bhawan Palace
1. Construction of the Palace
4. Palace Served As A Military Base During Second World War
❖ Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada The Jaswant Thada, located half way up the interminably long road that climbs onwards to the fort, is the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur. Taking pride of place amongst the ornamental gardens and chattris is the fabulous white marble memorial to Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899. The cenotaphs of other rulers , in the same neighborhood , are relatively simpler.
❖ Clock Tower & Sadar Market
In the old city, clock tower is a prominent land mark. But main attraction is the Sadar Market. The market has kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture.
❖ Government Museum
Government Museum of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is situated on the High Court Road. It stands in the middle of the Umaid public gardens. The museum building and the garden were developed during the time of Maharaja Umaid Singhji. It encompasses a wide collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits and local arts and crafts. Also displayed in the museum are, portraits of rulers and the manuscripts and images of Jain Tirthankars.
❖ Mahamandir Temple
Mahamandir Temple The splendid Mahamandir temple is famous for its exotically carved 84 pillars that are nothing less than architectural splendors. Constructed in the year 1812, the lovely Mahamandir is renowned for its delicate cutwork on stone. Marvel at the delicately crafted stone sculptures and ornate pillars that are so integral to the medieval Mahamandir. Experience tranquility as you invoke divine blessings at the ancient Shiva temple that is located within the Mahamandir complex in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
❖ Kailana Lake
Situated on Jaisalmer road. This is a charming picnic spot with a small artificial lake. And if you are here to stay on to take delight in the sunset. It is like a canvas with a splash of romantic colors. The beauty will linger on with you for a long time.
❖ Balsamand Lake & Palace
Balsamand Lake & Palace An enchanting picnic spot with cool breeze weaving through the lush grove of mango, guava, papaya and other fruits. A placid artificial lake with a summer palace on the embankment. It was built by Balak Rao Parihar in 1159 AD. The serene surroundings will leave you at peace with yourself.
❖ Marwar Festival
Marwar Festival Marwah Festival is a two day extravaganza rejoicing in the grandeur of the desert kingdom, the Marwar festival is a multi-venue-event celebration. Originally known as the Maand Festival, this festival features folk music centred on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers. This festival is devoted to the music and dance of the Marwar region and offers a good opportunity to see the folk dancers carrying pots on their heads and singers who assemble here and provide hours of lively entertainment. These folk artistes provide a glimpse of the days of yore, of battles and valiant heroes who still live on in their songs.
How to Reach
By Air: Indian Airlines operates flights from Jodhpur to Delhi, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Mumbai.
By Bus: There are various buses from Jodhpur to Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajmer, Jaisalmer, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
By Train: There are rail connections to Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Kota, Bikaner, Ahmedabad and Delhi.