Jodhpur is a city rich in history as well as architecture. The main tourist attractions of Jodhpur consist of its massive fort, palaces, museums, lakes, gardens, etc. Given below is a list of the places that should be included in a Jodhpur, Rajasthan sightseeing tour:
One of the largest forts in India, the Mehrangarh fort is the pride of
Jodhpur. Situated on a 150 m high hill, this magnificent fort was
founded in the year 1469 by Rao Jodha. The fort has seven gates, some of
which still stand as a witness to the battles fought by the armies of
Jodhpur. The fort houses a number of palaces inside, with extensive
patios. The main palaces are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal,
Takht Vilas and Jhanki Mahal. A museum also finds a place inside the
fort, displaying a rich collection of old royal palanquins, arms,
paintings, costumes, etc. There are also a number of galleries and
temples inside the fort. The Mehrangarh fort is a living proof of the
expertise and hard work of Jodhpur artisans.
One of the famous places to see in Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan Palace.
Built with the noble intention of providing employment to the people
during famine, this palace is an architectural beauty. The palace has
been divided into three parts. In one part, functions a hotel, in the
second, a museum and the third houses the royal family.
Rai ka Bag Palace
Rai ka Bag Palace was amongst the favorite retreats of Maharaja Jaswant
Singh II. Built by Hadiji, the queen of Maharaja Jaswant Singh I, the
palace ranks amongst the popular attractions of Jodhpur
Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja
Jaswant Singh II. A white marble memorial, the cenotaph is adorned with
exquisite carvings. It houses the portraits of the former rulers of
Jodhpur. Built like a temple, the Thada is a perfect example of skill of
the Jodhpuri sculptors.
The most famous museum of Jodhpur is the Government museum situated in
the Umaid public gardens. It has on display an array of weapons,
textiles, miniature portraits local arts and crafts, etc. Along with
that, the other museums of Jodhpur are the Mehrangarh fort museum and
the Umaid Bhavan palace museum.
Parks and Gardens
There are a number of beautiful parks and gardens in Jodhpur. The
Mandore garden houses the chattries (cenotaphs) of the erstwhile rulers.
The Umed garden and Nehru Park hold special attraction for the kids.
There are a number of temples in Jodhpur. One of the famous temples of
Jodhpur is the Raj Ranchhodji temple, enshrining a black marble statue
of Ranchhodji. Then, there is the Achal Nath Shivalaya, a must see for
the devotees of Lord Shiva. For Lord Krishna devotees, there is the Kunj
Bihari temple and the Rasik Bihari temple. Some other famous temples of
Jodhpur are Ghanshyamji temple, Chamunda Mataji temple, Baba Ramdeo
temple and Udai Mandir.