A lively establishment in the barren region of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Situated at the centre of the state, Jodhpur is famous for some of the most impressive historical monuments, celebrated not just in the state but in the country. Painted mostly in blue, Jodhpur is certainly one of the highlights of the state.
As you arrive at Jodhpur, the grand view of Mehrangarh Fort looking upon the town from a high hill is hard to miss. This mega structure not only radiates strength but also the beauty that it was built with. The magnificent view of the imposing Mehrangarh fort standing in the middle of a teeming, widespread city painted in blue highlights is nothing short of the imaginary setting for a movie. In fact, this same locality of Jodhpur had been shot to attain the rich effect of a fairytale in the fantasy film, The Fall.
Mehrangarh Fort is the major tourist attraction of Jodhpur. One of the largest forts in the country, its construction was initiated by Rao Jodha in 1459, along with the founding of Jodhpur itself. Perched atop a 125 meter hill, Mehrangarh Fort is surrounded by a wall 36 meters high and 21 meters wide. Walking into the premises of this humongous fort could be overwhelming, as your presence is easily belittled by the gigantic walls that soar from the sides of your passage. Mehrangarh Fort has seven high gates that reflect strength and grandeur. However, cocooned inside these burly structures are some beautiful palaces built with a rich aesthetic sense. Holi Chowk, Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal and Sukh Mahal are some of the highlights.
A visit to Mehrangarh Fort can be a dip in the pool of nostalgia. Where the exquisite regal palaces stir the feeling of happy, peaceful days, the dents of cannonballs on the walls and the handprints of the Satis at the Lohapol gate, the widows that jumped in the burning funeral pyres of their martyred husbands evoke a deeply moving sadness.
In a fashion after most of the royal monuments of the state, the rooms and chambers inside the palaces of Mehrangarh Fort have been turned into museums or royal items and weapons. Rajasthani folk singers and performance of artists are staged at frequent points to make your visit interesting and memorable. An elevator is available for those who wish to climb up with ease and visit the parts of the fort on their way down.
Slightly off the way to Mehrangarh Fort is Jaswant Thada, a striking cenotaph built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Built entirely in marble, Jaswant Thada rests on the verge of a beautiful pond in a hilly area. This remarkable architectural wonder of Jodhpur, fashioned in the way of a temple, exhibits marvelous craftsmanship through its delicate latticework. The spacious terrace in front of the entrance to the cenotaph offers a grand view of Mehrangarh Fort, the landscape view of Jodhpur city and the distant, silhouette view of Umaid Bhavan Palace. During the tourist season, in winters, the atmosphere at Jaswant Thada is quite enjoyable. You can club the visit to Jaswant Thada with your visit to Mehrangarh Fort.
Next attraction in Jodhpur is Umaid Bhavan Palace, an imposing structure that is rich in its imperial appearance and young in age. Built in an exclusive type of sandstone called Chittar, which also gives the palace another name – Chittar Palace, this edifice is unique in its external textural effect. Umaid Bhavan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, a connoisseur of architectural aesthetics, who was also the president of the British Royal Institute of Architects. Built in 1943, Umaid Bhavan Palace of Jodhpur is one of the finest palaces in India. This massive building with 343 rooms was converted into a heritage hotel in 1977. Today, most of the Umaid Bhavan Palace is inaccessible to the common tourist, save a museum on its backside and a coffee house where entry is allowed upon a deposit of 800 rupees. Those willing to spend, however, can enjoy a stay at the palace as hotel guests.
An important settlement in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a must-see. To enjoy Jodhpur, it is recommended that you keep at least two to three days at hand.
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Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan. It has sunny weather throughout the year. Jodhpur’s major tourist attraction is Mehrangarh Fort, which is internally divided into several palaces, galleries, museums and temples. Jaswant Thada, lies to the left of Mehrangarh Fort Complex, is a royal cenotaph built in white marble. Another interesting place is Umaid Bhavan Palace, part of which is converted into a hotel and a museum. Osiyan, an ancient Jain temple lies at a distance of about an hour which was built in several distinct phases.
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|5 Star Hotels:
||Ajit Bhawan,Devi Bhwan
||The Gateway Hotel,Park Plaza,Taj Hari Mahal
||Jodhpur Airport (4 km away), Jaipur Airport (284 km away)
|Nearest Major City(s):
||Bikaner, Nagaur, Pali, Jaisalmer
|How to reach:
||Good road connectivity. Can be reached from Delhi via Jaipur, Gurgaon, Ajmer, Pali and Beawar
|Major Tourist Attraction:
||Mehrangarh Fort,Umaid Bhawan Palace,Jaswant Thada
||Historical Monuments, Wooden furniture, Thar Desert.
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