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8 Must-Visit Monuments of Jodhpur in Rajasthan for History Geeks

Jodhpur also known as the blue city of India is filled with many historical and cultural tales. It is no doubt that Rajasthan holds a special place in the hearts of travel lovers. And this city, Jodhpur with its rich heritage and monuments in blue color captivates many hearts. All those ancient temples and exquisite palaces are still intact from the development of the city, they still hold the same magnificence they did.

There are many destinations in Jodhpur that will welcome you to witness those beautiful architectures attached to the past tales of many maharajas. From the lush green gardens of Mandore to those exotic palaces and forts, every destination serves as a paradise for its visitors. So, if you want to explore and witness the influence of Umaid Bhavan Palace and Moti Mahal, then start packing your bags, the peak season is ahead.

List of Popular Historical Monuments to Visit in Jodhpur

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Khejarla Fort
  • Moti Mahal
  • Sardar Samand Lake Palace
  • Mandore
  • Rai ka Baag Palace

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Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort is one of the exotic historical sites in Jodhpur representing the mighty tales of Rathores. There are several palaces constructed in red sandstone, standing firm and tall, quoting the magnificence of historical India inside the fort. The site has served as a royal residence of Rao Jodha and was built in 1460 AD. The fun fact is that “The Dark Knight,” a Hollywood movie, was filmed here with the enormous walls of the fort in the background. It is recommended to book your trip during the annual fest season of World Sufi Spirit in February.

Highlights of the Place

The Fort is filled with unique carvings and huge walls of up to 118 ft. You will witness the palaces decorated with many ornaments which now serve as artwork with great historical relevance. The expansive and decorated courtyards will take you back to the time when many functions and festivals used to be held here.

Location The Fort, Paota, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006.
Timings 9 AM to 5 PM.
Entry Fees Native:  INR 70 per head & Foreigners: INR 600 per head

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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur

If you are a type who fancy luxury and wants to experience the sophisticated side of the city, then Umaid Bhavan Palace is a must-visit destination for you. This dominates the history of the city representing the exquisite beauty of architecture and culture of India. You will be able to explore the museum which is located on its premises. Experiencing and witnessing those exotic regal ornaments and antiques, you will notice that each gallery represents one unique variety of items. Many tourists come here just to see the historical antiques of the country.

Highlights of the Place

The Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the largest private residences worldwide. You will be able to see 347 rooms, a huge museum, a private swimming pool, tennis courts, and a vintage library inside the Bhavan. These unique things make it one of the most exotic sites to visit in Jodhpur. Many people like clicking pictures with this Royal Palace in the background.

Location Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Timings Palace timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Museum timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fees Native:  INR 25 per head for Palace/ INR 50 for the museum.
Foreigners: INR 30 per head for Palace/ INR 100 for the museum.

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Jaswant Thada

The Jaswant Thada Jodhpur

If you are planning on visiting Mehrangarh Fort, then it is only fair to explore Jaswant Thada. Mainly because this monument is located on the premises of the fort, you will be able to enjoy the pure beauty of this site. The place is filled with domes offering exquisite views of the neighboring places. This place is famous among peace lovers, as it offers you to rejuvenate your mind far from the busy city life. It is recommended to visit this place on a sunny day to witness many people wishing the best for their lives.

Highlights of the Place

The monument boasts the jali work, carved gazebos, exotic lush gardens, and intricate historical carvings. The place is also known as the Marwar’s Taj Mahal. This place made up of white marble is an architectural marvel in the history of India. Many people believe that this place can grant your wishes without putting much effort.

Location Jaswant Thada, Rajasthan 342002
Timings  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fees Native: INR 30 per head.
Foreigners: INR 50 per head.

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Khejarla Fort

Khejarla Fort Jodhpur

This 400-year-old Fort Khejarla which is located in a village sits in a rocky overlooking area, offering an exquisite experience for its visitors. The fort is made up of red sandstone representing the creativity of Rajput architecture. The place serves as an enthralling paradise to tourists, mainly because of the art and untamed surroundings. The Jharokahs will transport you back to the time, where you will experience the grandeur of the past.

Highlights of the Place

The palace is situated in the golden sand of Rajasthan giving breathtaking views of the neighbor The palace consists of the Zenana and Mardana Mahal, where you will be able to enjoy the culture and tradition of Rajputs (having separate residents males and females) in that era. The winter season is the ideal time to explore this fort.

Location Village Khejarla, Tehsil Bilara, Distt, Khejarla, Rajasthan 342601
Timings  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fees

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Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal Jodhpur

Moti Mahal also known as “the palace of pearls” is the largest palace inside the Mehrangarh Fort. It was built in the 17th century by Nawab Ali Sadaat Khan. The palace was built to monitor the movements of enemies from afar. At present, the lawns of the palace are used to organize cultural events and the palace itself is under the control of the Government. The place also offers you the most delicious delicacies of India including Chinese and Mughal cuisines.

Highlights of the Palace

This palace of pearls is famous for its pure alluring beauty. The ceiling is decorated with many ornaments like gold leaves, seashells, and a mirror to give it a luxury touch. The expansive and exotic hall was used as the coronation ceremony of many rulers. You will be thrilled to find out that the five alcoves in the rooms were hidden balconies for queens.

Location Moti Mahal, The Fort, Paota, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006.
Timings  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entry Fees Natives: INR 25 per head.
Foreigners: INR 250 per head.

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Sardar Samand Lake Palace

Sardar Samand Lake Palace Jodhpur

The Sardar Samand Lake Palace has located 60 km on the Jodhpur Pali Road, southeast of the main city. The site was established by Maharaja Umaid Singh in the year 1933. This palace has served as the main residence for the king during summers and is now transformed into a luxury hotel heritage hotel providing the royal welcome to its guests. It is recommended to visit the place from October to March, as the city gets too hot during summer.

Highlights of the Palace

You will be able to enjoy the fascinating scenery of the place with many migratory birds. If you are a bird watcher then this place is heaven for you. On the way to your destination, you will be able to enjoy the wildlife in that region, especially the Blackbuck. you can also opt for exploring the Bishnoi village, the folks are known to conserve a variety of plants and animals.

Location Jodhpur Pali Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Timings  8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fees

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MANDORE

Mandore Gardens Jodhpur

Mandore is a historical town in North Jodhpur. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Rajasthan, offering breathtaking views of the lush greenery. There are many historical tales attached to the place and one of them is about Ravana, the demon king. You can witness a temple here dedicated to him, myths say that he got married here. Mandore was a very important (capital) of Marwar which was later shifted to Jodhpur city by Rao Jodha.

Highlights of the City

Don’t forget to explore the beauty of Mandore Gardens, you will be able to see a varied collection of temples and memorials in the glistening sand. You should also visit the government museum here which preserves the rich culture of the place. There’s a Hindu temple housing about 33 crore gods, you will be able to see their beautiful images on the wall.

Location 9 km north of the main city, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Timings  24 hours for village.
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM for gardens.
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM for museum.
Entry Fees No entry fees for Gardens.
Natives: INR 50 per head for the museum.
Foreigners: INR 50 per head for the museum.

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Rai Ka Bagh Palace

Rai Ka Bagh Palace Jodhpur

If you are visiting Jodhpur, you can’t miss exploring the magnificent octagonal bungalow known as Rai ka Baag Palace. This historical place was built in 1663 by the royal queen Hadji. The site is filled with lush gardens and unique wall carvings and is one of the favorite residents of King Jaswant Singh. The place has become one of the most historical sites that can captivate any visitor with its alluring beauty.

Highlights of the Place

The highlights of this place include the numerous expansive rooms and an exotic museum inside, where you can admire the art of cultural India. Currently, this palace serves as an office of Income Tax in Jodhpur. It is suggested to stay away from prohibited areas, as you might get in trouble breaking somewhere like this.

Location Near Rai ka Bagh Railway Station, Jodhpur India.
Timings Open 24 hours.
Entry Fees

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These are some of the most magnificent and famous historical sites in Jodhpur to visit with your peers. However, if you are planning to trip in peak seasons then it is critical to book hotels online before departure. We would suggest renting a lenient and flexible travel guide who can make sure that you are not leaving any must-visit place. The trip was exhilarating for us and we wish you good luck on your trip too!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the brief history of Jodhpur?

The account of Jodhpur is linked with the Rathore clan. They were driven from Afghan and then they settled in a place which we call Jodhpur now. Rao Jodha founded the city in 1452.

What are the popular historical points of tourist interest in Jodhpur?

The city is full of historical sites, and many tourists enjoy exploring places which are given below-

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Khejarla Fort
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Moti Mahal
  • Sheesh Mahal
  • Rai ka Baag Palace
  • Mandore Town
  • Sardar Samand Lake Palace

What are the top places to visit in Jodhpur for photographers?

Jodhpur is one of the most famous destinations for photographers. Some of the places with great views are given below-

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Clock Tower
  • Sardar Government Museum
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace
  • Balsamand Lake
  • Kaylana Lake
  • Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
  • Mandore Gardens

Who built Mehrangarh Fort?

The Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha.

Published: 04 Jan, 2023

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Disha Singh

From a very early age, she found fun in writing and as she is growing up as a young writer, she is interested in travelling and writing down facts and tales of her experience.