Situated amidst the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan. This city which was formerly the capital of the Marwar state, was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the gallant Rathore clan. The city is fortified by a 10 km long wall and has eight gates, which serve as entrances to the city. This city has a unique culture of its own.
The majestic havelis of Jodhpur stand testimony to the rich culture and tradition of the city. The places of tourist attractions in the city include Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada and many more.
On the Jodhpur Tours one cannot miss, and neither afford to miss the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. This fort is perched on a high hill, 150 m from the sea level.
The valiant Rajput Rao Jodha built this castle in 1459 AD. The fort has seven gigantic gates and some splendid structures decorated with delicately carved panels and latticed windows. The fort encloses Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Silesh Khana and Daulat Khana and many other buildings. The collection of attractive palanquins, Marwar paintings, musical instruments, costumes, and a rare collection of armoury infuse regal glory to these mahals.
Another magnificent palace of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan Palace. This palace was constructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh, in the 20th century. This yellow sandstone palace was built to provide employment to the famine stricken people. It took nearly 16 years of hard labour to complete it. Nowadays one part of this palace is used as a hotel and another part is used as museum. The royal family of Jodhpur still lives in this palace.
To the left of Mehrangarh Fort is the Jaswan Thada. This cenotaph in white marble was built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This place has some beautiful portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur.
The place that fascinates the children and grown-ups alike is the Umaid Gardens. This garden is spread over an area of 82 acres, and was developed by Maharaja Umaid Singh. It has beautiful trees, various roses, seasonal flowers, fountains, library, a zoo and a museum. In 1978, a walk-in aviary was also constructed. Here one can enjoy the sight of different birds, which include African and Australian parrots.
To have a clear idea of the heritage and culture of Rajasthan, one must visit the Government Museum on Jodhpur Tours. This museum boasts of a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts, and astounding images of Jain Tirthankars. This museum is situated in the middle of Umaid Gardens. To get beauty of nature in this city of forts and palaces, visit the picturesque Balsamand Lake.
The Rai-ka-Bagh Palace is another place that attracts the attention of tourists. This palace was constructed by Hadiji, the queen of King Jaswant Singh-I. King Jaswant Singh-II was enchanted by this palace and most of the time he used to stay in the octagonal bungalow of this palace. In 1883, Swami Dayanand Saraswati rendered his sermons from here. However, presently the palace has reduced to being the income tax office. Whether such a utilitarian role suits its royal ambience is a matter open to debate.
The city of Jodhpur also has some extremely fascinating temples in and around its regal splendour. They include Raj Ranchhodji Temple, Achal Nath Shivalaya, Siddhanth Shiv Temple, Ganesh Temple and Ossian Temples. Together they can infuse hues of spirituality in your Jodhpur tours.
You can also fill the spare time in your Jodhpur tours by shopping for exquisite handicrafts, enchanting tie and dye fabrics, and embroidered jutis made of camel skin. And soon you may realize that there is so much to shop in the world of Jodhpur, and so little time…
Last Updated On: 2011/07/11