JODHPUR – THE “SUN CITY” of Rajasthan
Going by the names “The Blue-City”, “Sun City” and “Gateway to Thar” Jodhpur is known for its blue houses, traditional monuments, holy places, Rajasthani Folk music and lavish cuisines. The former capital of Mewar and the grand Mehrangarh fort overlooking the city, Jodhpur is a magical place that captures your eyes and heart with its mesmerizing beauty. With countless shops, eating-joints and vendors adorning the city streets, Jodhpur has specialties to cater to individual tastes and choices. Blessed with sunny weather all over the year, the city appears to be painted blue from the aerial view due to the all blue-painted houses and street shops. With mighty forts resurrected throughout the city, Jodhpur proudly showcases the Rajasthani Culture to its explorers. And being one of the best hotels near station in Jodhpur, Hotel Rani Mahal facilitates in easy commute to the must-watch destinations as well as The Rani mahal is the best Hotels in Jodhpur near Railway Station.
Mehrangarh Fort has been named after its builder, Rao Jodha in the year 1438. Located right at the edge of the great Thar, Mahangarh fort is the prominence that just can’t be missed. Perched upon a 400 ft. hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forms in Rajasthan covering the vast area of land. It has marked its appearance in many Hollywood and Bollywood movies, The Lion King, The Dark Night Rises and The Thugs of Hindostan being a few of them. Spread across 5Km in the heart of the city, its surroundings is still infused with deep history and cultural relevance of our country. With temples, adventure activities, traditional Rajasthani Performances and gardens occupying the fort’s vicinity, the fort laces you to stay in Jodhpur.
Build in the year 1899 by Maharaja Sadar Singh Jawant Thada is also known as the ‘Taj Mahal’ of Mewar. Sheathed amidst the posh green gardens on the lakeside, Jaswant Thada is the Marble-Marvel with gorgeous white marbles contrasting with vibrant red steps embarking aesthetic pleasure to its viewers. The guests are welcomed with Rajasthani melodies and traditional greetings, which gets them in the vibes of our Indian conventions. One can dwell into the lakeside view, admire the intricate artistry on carved marbles and at the same time, look into the history of rulers, whose memorials are present in the premised of the monument. The entire structure resembles the temple that’s beauty is distinct with any other structure, alluring people from all over to appreciate its art and architecture.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
With the foundation made in 1929, Umaid Bhawan was opened officially for the visitors in the year 1943. Covering 26 acres of land, the Bhawan includes several chambers like throne room, private meeting hall, private dinner hall, public meeting hall, library, ballroom, spa, indoor swimming pool, royal sauna, marble squash court, tennis courts and much more. With a fascinating tale of safeguarding people from major famine and drought and being a source of employment for them, Umaid Bhawan is now a museum and residence of the present owner Raja Gaj Singh. Today, people engage themselves in the Bhawan to enjoy leisure strolls in the garden to spot our National Bird, visit the vintage clock collection, sport the trophy bar showcase, see the Ramayan Painting depicting the time of Lord Ram and so much more.
With royal cenotaphs attracting the tourists in experiencing the royal architectural style and attractions, Mandore is the pleasant treat for its viewers. It has Government museum that is a symbol of our history constituting old relics and artifacts. The greens and quiet of the garden, Mandore Garden has small lakes filled with fish which the visitors are most welcome to feed. The trees in the garden are a home for many species of birds which one can simply enjoy through sightseeing. Having the memorials of Marwar dynasty, the cenotaphs in the architecture are one of the many attractions for the tourists who are spell-bounded by the refined techniques of the architectures and designers of the yester-era, who, very beautifully, managed to create each and every cenotaph distinct from the existing. Along with this, Hall of Heroes, with 16 figures carved out of a single rock, Temple of 33 crore gods, with images of several deities are examples of marvels of the place.
Toorji Ka Jhalra
Build by the Maharaja Abhay Singh’s Queen in 1740s, Toorji Ka Jhalra is an age old public well. Rejuvenated after a long time, it is a geometrical marvel with clean lines and fish-filled water. It is one of the few systems which highlight the water management system of the past. The steps of the well provide easy-water access all the year round flowing through the fluctuating water table. When the well was restored, it exposed carved treasures in Jodhpur’s famous rose-red sandstone which includes long gone niches housing deities lions and cow water-spouts of medieval time, dancing elephants and intricate artifices. The exclusive shops, hotels, restaurants and cafes add to the modern side of the place.
Famous for scenery and bird watching, Kalyana Lake is a man-made lake build by Pratap Singh in the year 1872. Spreading over 84 Sq. Km and a rage of depth lying in between 30-35 feet, as per the water level, this proves as a treat for bird-watching enthusiasts as sedge of Siberia Cranes stopover the lake in the cold winters. The lake acts as the sole source for water consumption for the residence of Jodhpur city and the neighborhood regions. Being surrounded by the nature, Lake Kalyana is one of the most visited travel destination for people who enjoy long-drives, tripping between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. Sunset View is as soothing and relaxing viewpoint is this region of Jodhpur.
One of the famous landmarks of the city, it is griddled by exuberant Sardar Market and narrow alleys leading to the main market tempting the onlookers by textile, silver and handicraft. The place oozes the fresh fragrances of Indian spices.