Jodhpur city is undoubtedly one of the most exuberant and historic tourist destinations in Rajasthan. Dubbed as the Blue city , Jodhpur is a perfect destination for those who love to take a walk back in time and have a keen eye for details. On the other hand, the city also welcomes those who enjoy soaking in the culture and traditions and accept uniqueness as a way of life. So if you are someone who wants to learn more about the rich history of Rajasthan or imbibe in the vivacious culture, Jodhpur is the certainly the best pick for you.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Jodhpur that make your trip to this Blue City worth it:
Mehrangarh Fort is inarguably the best tourist place to visit in Jodhpur. Situated on top of a 410ft high hillock, this royal abode has now turned into a museum that depicts the rich culture and heritage of Jodhpur. It is also amongst the largest forts in India and accommodates several palaces within it. Built by Rao Jodha in 1460, the fort is known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. The museum in the Mehrangarh fort exhibits a selection of old royal palanquins, including the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin which was won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. The museum also has the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings and decorated period rooms. From the top of the fort, one can see a panoramic view of the old city of Jodhpur that still has those blue houses after which Jodhpur is called as the Blue City.
Reckoned to be one of the best architectural landmarks in Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada is located a short distance from the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph or an empty commemorative tomb built in the honour of Maharaja Jaswant Singh in the year 1899. The structure is built with white marbles and consists of many portraits of kings of Rathore. In the premises there is also a tiered garden, and a small lake.
Clock Tower or Ghanta Ghar is an important and most popular places to see in Jodhpur. Located in Old City, next to Sardar Market, it is a tall colossal tower that was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh during his rule between 1880 and 1911. Ever since the construction of this structure, the place became the landmark in the city. The nearby, Sardar Market or Sadar Market is a great way to explore the regular life of people of Jodhpur. Buying artefacts and local ethnic artistic things here along with trying out the famous chat delicacies is the best thing to do at this spot. At night the Clock Tower is lit up with beautiful lights and looks amazing.
Situated in the premises of Umaid Public Park, Sardar Museum is an important place to trace the glorious history of Jodhpur city. It is an old museum that showcases portraits of kings and other historical things. There are collections that exhibits stone sculptures, inscriptions, miniature paintings, terracotta, metallic objects, arms, coins, and art & craft items.
Probably amongst the most popular places in Rajasthan, Umaid Bhawan Palace adds to the glory of the city of Jodhpur. Now converted into a heritage hotel that has recently been honoured as one of the best hotels in the world, Umaid Bhawan was built in 1943. The Palace has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace also houses a museum that showcases the art pieces of the royal age, watching the details of which is the best thing to do here.
Some five kilometres from Jodhpur city, Balsamand Lake is one of the major attractions in Jodhpur. It is an artificially constructed lake that was earlier a water reservoir for the villagers of Mandore. It is surrounded with verdant greenery that adds more to charm of the place. There is also a palace located near the lake which further adds to the beauty. The lake is surrounded by gardens that house trees like mango, papaya, pomegranate, guava and plum. Animals and birds like the jackal and peacock also call this place their home.
Located in the west of Jodhpur, Kaylana Lake is an artificial lake that makes for another must-visit place in the city. Spread over an area of 84 sq. Kms, Kaylana is a picturesque lake with pleasing surrounding of lush greenery. It is also home for some of the exotic species of birds, making it an excellent place to go birdwatching in Jodhpur. The place is also popular for giving the best views of sunrise and sunset in the city.
Situated at the foot of Mehrangharh Fort, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is an artificially created park. It was constructed with an objective to preserve the rocky trails of Jodhpur around the fort and to restore exotic plant species that belong to the Thar Desert area. The park is spread over 200 acres and showcases some of the exotic plant collections. The charming terrains make it one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur. So, if you really enjoy flora and its vivid variety then this is the place for you.
Mandore Gardens is one of the best parks to visit in Jodhpur. Mandore has a history dated back to 6th century, which is way earlier than the establishment of Jodhpur as a city. A popular place in Jodhpur, Mandore Gardens accommodates great traditional values and fine ancient architecture . The garden hosts a museum, a ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a temple dedicated to the 33 crore Hindu Gods. It is altogether the best place to learn about the historical importance of Jodhpur city.
Known for its architectural beauty, Udai Mandir is amongst the most popular religious places to see in Jodhpur. Built and carved with sandstone, the main temple stands on a high raised platform and is supported by 102 pillars. Inside the temple, there are beautiful wall paintings with 84 Yogasanas and the pictures of Nath Yogis made up with gold. The temple has a Garbh Griha (sanctum sanctorum) and its upper portion is kept covered with cloth and is surrounded by gold pots. The gold polishing in Udai Mandir still has its original shine and quality.
Situated between Takhat Sagar hills and Kalyana Lake, Siddhant Shiv Temple is yet another important temple to visit in Jodhpur. One can reac the temple only after crossing the hundreds of stairs made up by cutting rocks. The temple is said to be built by GauriShanker (also called Nepali Baba, his real name was Veetragi Narain Swami and he was handicapped saint who had only four fingers in each of his hand and foot) himself by cutting stones. From the temple, one can get the clear view of Jodhpur and Machiya Safari Park.
Close to the city, Masuriya Hill Garden is one of the best places to see in Jodhpur. Here the statue of Maharana Pratap is the biggest attraction. The garden is said to be a great place for small family picnic in Jodhpur. One can also witness wonderful sunsets and relish the splendour of the hill garden, altogether it is a place for nature lovers and for those who would like to take a quiet break from sightseeing and temple hopping in Jodhpur.
Arna-Jharna is a unique museums should be as instead of being enclosed within the walls, it enjoys the open space of the desert. It is an idealplace to learn about various traditions of music instruments and how they came into being. In the museum, one can also watch the colorful puppet art of Rajasthan. The museum is given a typical Rajasthan’s village look; thus provide people with the knowledge of the rich culture and lively lifestyle in the state.
Located in Chandpole (near Soorsagar) of Jodhpur, Ram Dwara is a popular temple dedicated to Lord Rama. The major highlight of the place is a specific stone which is believed to filter every kind of water that passes through it. People from all over come to witness this miracle.
One of its kind temple in Jodhpur or may be in the entire state, Om Banna Temple (also known Bullet Banna and Bullet baba Temple) is a temple located in Pali district near Jodhpur. The temple is famous and is thronged by many as here the The 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet is the main deity. It is said that Om Bana, a local citizen, was riding the bike, it got unbalanced and hit the tree. He was dead immediately. Police took motorcycle in the police station but next day bike was found under the same tree. Even after numerous attempts to take bike away, bike was found at the same place under the tree where the accident happened. After this incident, the bike and the place started to become popular and people started to consider the bike sacred and now many visit here to seek blessings.
Located in Pichiyak village of Jodhpur, Jaswant Sagar Dam was constructed in the year 1892 by Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Back then it was built keeping in mind the need for water in Jodhpur. Today, the dam is transformed to become more of a place for recreational activities in Jodhpur. Surrounded with scenic environs, the dam provides good oppotunity for boating and to unwind and relax in the arms of Mother Nature. It is ideal to visit here in the evenings are the best time as it is quite popular for the picturesque sunset.
Umed Gardens and Zoo is a great place to witness migratory birds, while one relaxes amidst the greens. The migratory birds that are accommodated at this Garden zoo are believed to be from Africa and Australia. The place is further beautified with trees and plants making it an ideal place for family picnics. Both children and adults can enjoy watching the exotic animals as there is an opportunity to visit the ‘Walk-in Aviary’ at the zoo.
One of the most famous markets of Jodhpur. Tripolia is definitely a must-see. It is mostly a maze of chaotic and narrow streets that have shops that sell the best of Rajasthan style apparels. One can find Marwari style shops, where one has to sit on floors and bargain with the shopkeepers for the famed lahariya bandhini apparels and traditional footwear. Also, one can shop for local handicrafts at quite a reasonable rate here.
Rai Ka Bag Palace is one of the most popular tourist spots in Jodhpur and is located in the Old City. It was constructed in the year 1663 by one of the royal queens and is known for intricate carvings. It is also believed to be the palace where Raja Jaswant Singh would spend maximum of his time. The dome style architecture, marble finished rooms are worth seeing and though this palace is used by the government of Rajasthan, one can still make a visit to it to learn about the architectural splendour.
Phalodi Fort is a historical site and is one of those place that reflects the cultural richness of Jodhpur. It was constructed in 1488 by Rao Hammir Narawat and till today is one of the best examples of the Rajput style of architecture. One can witness the charm of this historical site and explore the village life of Phalodi at the same time. The artistic portraits and architectural designs are quite engaging and reflects the fine work of artists of Marwar of the pre historic era.
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