Places to visit in Jodhpur

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Planning to visit the Blue city. Here is a list of best places to visit in Jodhpur for an unforgettable experience. If you are in the planning phase this would help you decide how long you should plan to stay to cover all the places to visit in Jodhpur.

The city of Rao Jodha, founded in 1459 is also known as the Sun City as it enjoys Sunshine practically throughout the year, or as the Blue city on account of the houses in the old city having been painted in a blue / Indigo colour.

Winter months October till March are the best months if you wish to really enjoy all the places to visit in Jodhpur.

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Jaswant Thada

Rajasthan has had a long tradition of building Cenotaphs or chattris as they are called locally, to honor the life of the rulers. Jaswant Thada is a beautiful milky white marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant singh II in 1899.

Located about 1 km away from the Mehrangarh fort, it offers commanding views of both the City and Mehrangarh fort alike. When there also look for a cenotaph which was built for the Peacock who flew into the funeral pyre.

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Mehrangarh Fort.

Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur. He founded Jodhpur in 1459 as the capital of Marwar (Mandore was the previous capital). One year after his accession to the throne, Jodha decided to move his capital to the safer location of Jodhpur, as the one thousand years old Mandore fort was no longer considered to provide sufficient security.

Located on a 410 feet elevated hill above the city, Mehrangarh Fort is not only one of the largest forts in the country, but also a very well guarded one. The fort encloses a museum now which exhibits various belongings of the royals.

From the entrance One could either climb up the Ramp (usually takes 10 minutes steep uphill walk) or take an elevator which opens right in the heart of the fort.

Elevator requires a separate ticket and is best purchased along with the entrance ticket itself.

So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “ the work of giants”. And Jackie Kennedy “If there was to be an Eight Wonder of the World it would be Mehrangarh FORT.

Today, the fort is acknowledged as one of the best preserved forts in India.

There are multiple sections which should be visited to get an excellent overview of the Fort and the grand life of the Maharajas.

Clock Tower

From the fort, one should take a walk down the hill through the lanes and by-lanes of Jodhpur and get a glimpse into the life of the locals who live there.

A good 12-15 minutes walk downhill would bring you the heart of the Old city, The clock tower market.

Walking down one see’s numerous Guest houses and small restaurants and in the middle of it all are the children playing, people sitting and chatting and stray cows and dogs.

The clock tower is the main square where you will see daily household items being sold on one side and Spices on the other.

A walk around this market is bound to reward you with countless Photo opportunities and motifs. Wholesale Grain market, countless shops selling Patchwork bedsheets and wall hangings. Best time to do this is usually late afternoon.

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Mandore Gardens

Mandore was the erstwhile capital till 1459, when Rao Jodha decided to shift his capital to Jodhpur. Mandore still retains an old world charm where you can visit the cenotaphs and the old temples.

Close to the Cenotaphs is The hall of heroes, dedicated to Rajput folk heroes and several deities. The statues are carved in stone and very flamboyant.

A must visit is The Shrine of the Three Hundred Million Gods and goddesses.

If you are upto it, Climb up the hill to enjoy the view of the ruined city of Mandore with its old palace.

A word of advise: Beware of langur monkeys in this garden. They play around in hordes

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Bishnoi Village Safari

A half a day trip, best done in the morning is a visit to the nearby Bishnoi Villages. Bishnoi’s are a Sect found in the Western Thar region who follow a set of 29 principles/commandments given by Guru Jambheshwar.

A half day Village safari would take you through the part of Rajasthan less visited, where one sees the wild antelopes and deer, visits a Bishnoi village and gets a deeper insight into the life of the Bishnoi community and how they are the protectors of the wild.

Some villages are more enterprising than the others and one can see a flourishing “Durry” trade being carried out. Scores of Looms can be seen and people working on these, usually completing an order from the city.

PRO Tip: If you are into cotton carpets (Durries) then have some measurements with you. You may come across some exquisite patterns in pastel colour for a throwaway price.

Hanwant Mahal

Though not a place of Sightseeing, this is more a restaurant where one should go around Sunset time (time permitting, If you are staying for 2 or more nights, plan one evening to be there)

Hanwant Mahal offers stunning views of the Umaid Bhawan Palace hotel and the city best enjoyed with a Sun downer.

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Set in 28 Acres of manicured gardens, is the world’s largest private royal residence. Built to provide employment during the severe drought of the 1920’s by the Maharaja.

Henry Vaughan Lanchester was commissioned as the architect to prepare the plans for the palace; Lanchester was a contemporary of Sir Edwin Lutyens, who had planned the buildings of the New Delhi government complex.

Lanchester patterned the Umaid Palace on the lines of the New Delhi building complex by adopting the theme of domes and columns. The palace incorporates a blend of western technology and Indian architectural features.

Umaid Bhawan has 2 sections, one is a Luxury Hotel and the other private residence of the current Jodhpur Royal family.

Osian Temples

Like Ranakpur Jain Temples (Places to visit in Udaipur) Osian temples are located around 69 Kms away from jodhpur and are referred to as the Oasis of the Thar Desert.

What one see’s today are a cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 12th centuries. The city of Osian was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwar during the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty ( mid-8th to the 11th century).

This is our list of the best places to visit in Jodhpur, we hope you enjoy your trip to Jodhpur