Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Jodhpur In Rajasthan is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan in India. A tourist’s dream that will enthrall you with a glorious past world of historical palaces, forts, and temples. Jodhpur has a magnificent culture with the people dressed in colorful turbans and skirts.  A proud city with breathtakingly beautiful havelis, or palaces, pillars intricately chiseled to perfection, and ornate marble windows. Jodhpur stands to salute the clan of people, who were famous for their bravery and their honor. The mighty Rajputs preferred death over defeat. Jodhpur is famous for its blue buildings that denote the homes of the upper class in the caste system that is prevalent from ancient times. This city is the inventor of the famous Jodhpurs, these pants were worn during the polo matches by the Kings and Princes. The best time to visit this city is from November to March.

Places to visit in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort

The majestic Mehrangarh Fort overlooks the city of Jodhpur from a height of 400 feet. This impressive palace is enclosed within an intimidating fortress wall and it is a heritage monument. This beautiful palace is grandly decorated with chiseled marble.  Today, it houses a museum. The Mehrangarh Fort has never lost a battle nor has it ever been successfully invaded. This fort bears testimony to all the attacks on its walls like the cannonball marks and soul stirring tales of faithful Queens, who committed Sati on the flames of their King’s pyre. The dynasty of the Rathores is well documented at this place, with the legacy of their triumphant victories and the treasures that they captured. The museum has on display has an amazing collection of art from the Mughal period of India’s past. Wander around this amazing fort and admire the canons and antique artillery that are on the fort walls. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Blue City below, this was significant in the past as the Brahmins or the upper caste could be differentiated from the other castes of this city. The fort is the venue for music festivals like the World Sufi Spirit Festival each year.

Umaid Bhavan Palace

Jodhpur is home to beautiful palaces and forts, a traditional t city that has amazing lakes, fortified palaces, with a magnificent tiger reserve. A rich history and heritage that will enthrall the visitor. The Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the most impressive palaces in Jodhpur, this heritage building has today been divided into three distinct areas. The Heritage Hotel, Museum and the Maharaja’s or King’s Royal Residence. This palace was built in 1944 and the royal family still occupies a portion of it. The hotel is extremely luxurious and will give the guest a taste of royal treatment at over $600 a night, you will be treated like a king! This Heritage hotel has been renovated to have modern facilities installed in this old palace without disturbing it’s authentic Maharaja’s style. Stroll around this magnificent palace and marvel at the marble squash courts and richly decorated billiards rooms. Have a traditional meal at one of the restaurants, expensive-but a once in a lifetime experience! The private museum is impressive with a collection of this royal family’s treasure. There are antique crystal, old clocks, glassware and a car collection. There is a large collection of photographs of the royal family in their fineries.

Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada is around 4 km away from the city of Jodhpur. This is located towards the left side of Mehrangarh Fort and it lies between the city on one side and the fort on the other. This appealing cenotaph is a son’s tribute to his father, the King of Jodhpur. Cenotaph is an empty commemorative tomb that is built to honor a special individual and this tomb was built in the year 1899 in remembrance of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Jaswant Singh II was the 33rd King of Jodhpur. A serene and beautiful place, the Jaswant Thada is an architectural feat for the time that it was built. Marbles were cut thin and polished to perfection, these were carved in such a manner that the outside surface reflects the sun’s rays and creates a halo during the day and at night, this marble glows with the moon’s rays. There are intricately carved lattice screens created by master craftsmen in marble that are breathtakingly beautiful and domes that seem to reach out to the sky.

Bal Samand Lake Palace

This amazing palace of Bal Samand Lake in Jodhpur is a classic example of Rajput architecture. It is built with red sand stone and has landscapes with greenery and flower beds. This palace stands beside a scenic lake that has been in existence from the 13th century. This lake was the water reservoir that supplied drinking water to the city. The Rajputarchitects made it a great setting for the royal families to relax beside the cool waters in the evening. This lake is about 5 km north of the city of Jodhpur. This palace was built by Maharaja Sur Singh of Jodhpur in the early 19th century. It was constructed on a hillock and it faced this picturesque lake. The Maharaja wanted a summer retreat and this area surrounded by hills and this scenic lake was perfect. The view of the lake from the palace is spectacular with the intricately decorated domes and arches. The cool breeze enters the palace from the latticed windows. This palace is a hotel today; spend a night to experience true luxury. Walk around and explore the grounds that have mango trees, pomegranate and guava trees lining the courtyard. The rose bushes intoxicate the air with their fragrance. This is truly a retreat from the sun.

A Trip to Mandore

 Mandore is a beautiful old town that was the capital of the Marwar region before Jodhpur was founded. An ancient city that has many historic monuments, but many of them are in ruins due to mismanagement. Take a stroll around the old fort that still bears the damages of cannon ball attacks. There are a few intricately decorated cenotaphs and temples that reflect the architectural prowess of this region during the ancient times. Located about 8 km north of Jodhpur this is highly recommended, but do watch out for the monkeys! Opening Hours:

Museum 10:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday to Thursday.

Zanana Mahal

The Zenana Mahal was the royal abode of the Jodhpur queens. A whimsical and elegantly decorated place this was indeed, fit of the queen and her ladies. The spectacular palace is part of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort that is about 5 km away from the city of Jodhpur. In the ancient times, more than two third of the fort was reserved for the zenana, it means the King’s women. The Moti Mahal Chowk is the chambers of the Jodhpur queens. A special court that was decorated with different colored hues and many jharokhas, these were sculptured sandstone windows or partitions. These jharokhas were the only way the women could see the proceedings of the court without exposing themselves. They could see the king listen to the citizens and pass judgments when necessary, all behind the jali screens. The Zenana Mahal was guarded by eunuchs. This ensured that the women were safe and protected from other men. A glorious setting, this was the pleasure palace of the King, who enjoyed evenings of music and dance with his queens and their cohorts. The walls of the palace are graced with intricately carved sculptures and artistically sculptured screens divide the large halls. The Zenana covers the Shringar Chowk or the Coronation courtyard and the women could see the proceedings from the top floor.

Clock Tower and Old City Market

he Old City Market is the heart of this royal city. A stunning and bustling place, it still has the monument that is synonymous with this city, the Clock Tower. An old clock that still keeps precision time after all these centuries. The Sadar Market is a perfect place to get the feel of this vibrant city of Jodhpur. Browse around the stalls and see the vivid colored fabrics in cottons, silks and blends. There are stalls selling the traditional bangles, sarees and beautiful handicrafts. The crowds here can be overwhelming, be warned!

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