How would it feel to be greeted by the first ray of sun in the morning, not through your window at your home but in a land where the sun seems to ‘rise’? Jodhpur is famously called the Sun City, as the sun is visible here first every morning. Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan has a fascinating past. It was founded in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha and the city earned its name after him. The city is famous for its magnificent forts, palaces and blue buildings.
People from India as well as all over the world visit Jodhpur every year to experience lifestyle of this city. There are number of tourist attractions in Jodhpur that one should visit in his lifetime.
Osian is an ancient town located in the Jodhpur District of Rajasthan. There are several beautiful temples and shrines, oldest among them being the Sun temple. It is an oasis in the Thar Desert, and has been known as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan” due to the erotic sculptures on the temples. It is a huge centre of Jain and Brahmanical religions. It has the largest group of Hindu and Jain temples in Rajasthan. The doorway to this temple is one of the finest to be seen anywhere in India.
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Balsamand Lake and Garden
Balsamand Lake was built in 1159 AD by Balak Rao Parihar. This artificial lake is situated 5 km from Jodhpur on Jodhpur-Mandore Road. It was constructed as a water reservoir to provide water to Mandore. This lake is a popular picnic spot of Jodhpur. In the green gardens that surround the lake are housed groves of trees like mango, papaya, pomegranate, guava and plum. The lawns and gardens with birds and peacocks finding their homes here, the place is exquisite. The palace reflects Rajputana style of architecture. The palace has been presently converted into a heritage hotel.
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The Majestic Mehrangarh fort is situated in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. It is one of the largest forts in India and famous tourist place in Royal Rajasthan. It is about 400 ft above the city and at top you will get breathtaking views of Jodhpur city. It contains several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards inside its boundaries. One of the highlights is the museum, which houses an outstanding collection of fine and applied arts from the Mughal period of Indian history.
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Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal memorial made up of white marble and wonderful architecture piece of art. This white marble wonder of Rajasthan is often called the Taj Mahal of Marwar. The main memorial is built like a temple, with beautiful domes and finely carved sculptures. The inside is adorned with portraits of Rathore rulers. It’s a peaceful place to relax and enjoy stunning views of the Fort and city.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was developed in 2006, with the aim of restoring the natural ecology of a large rocky wasteland area next to the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. This sandy desert park has rock loving plants which adapts to the arid surrounding. This Desert Rock Park also consist a plant nursery, visitors centre and rocky walking trails. It extends to 70 acres out of 200 acres of land around Mehrangarh Fort.
Mandore Garden is a heritage spot, situated in its namesake town, towards the outskirts of Jodhpur. The Mandore garden has charming collection of temples and memorials and it’s on high rock terraces. Cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s erstwhile rulers are dotted across this landscaped garden, which are different from those found in other regions of Rajasthan. These red sandstone cenotaphs resemble 33 crore Hindu Gods temples and have four storeys, elaborately designed columns and tall spires. Ravan temple is another attraction at Mandore. It is believed to be the native place of Ravan’s wife Mandodari.
Clock Tower or Ghanta Ghar
Clock Tower, also known as Ghanta Ghar is a famous landmark in the Old City of Jodhpur. It was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh during his tenure between 1880 and 1911. Beside the tower, there in the Sardar Market, more than a thousand small shops that sells a variety of products at quite a reasonable price. This bustling market is popular for selling spices, handicrafts, tea, sweets, jewellery and much more.
Flying Fox Jodhpur
This enthralling Jodhpur flying fox activity consists of 6 zip lines up to 270 m long and lasts an approximate 1 to 1.5 hours. This thrilling 6 zip line adventure tour operated to international safety standards and rated the No.1 activity by TripAdvisor. This exciting activity lets you glide serenely over the majestic Mehrangarh fort and offers stunning views of the Blue City of Jodhpur along with an aerial experience of two desert lakes and the Rao Jodha Eco Park.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
At present, this royal palace is divided into two sections – one part serves as a hotel and the other as a museum. The museum is an unmissable part of this magnificent palace and displays a wide collection of antique objects that belong to the Maharaja and the royal family. The museum has items ranging from weapons, an array of stuffed leopards, antiques, crockery to various trophies. Tourists can also view a wide collection of crockery, cutlery, rocks, watches, photographs and other antiques in the museum. A banner presented by Queen Victoria is one of the proud possessions of this museum.
Siddhanth Shiv temple
Siddhanth Shiv temple is situated between Takhat Sagar hills and Kalyana Lake. Its way is on Chopasani Road and it is about 10 Km away from Jodhpur. One can reach the temple only after crossing the stairs made by cutting rocks. Siddhanth Shiv temple was believed to be built by Gaurishanker also known as Nepali Baba, himself by cutting stones. He was a handicapped saint, who had only four fingers in each of his hand and foot.
Kaylana Lake lies west of Jodhpur at a distance of around 8 km from the city, on the Jaisalmer Road. This artificial lake was constructed in the year 1872 by Pratap Singh and spread over an area of 84 sq.km. The location of this lake serves as a perfect picnic spot and offers remarkable views of the sunrise and sunset. It is a birdwatchers’ paradise. You could sail on a boat if you aim to add some breathtaking photographs to your collection.
Chamunda Mataji Temple
The famous Chamunda Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is located at the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort. Chamunda Devi was the favourite goddess of Rao Jodha. She got the main idol of Chamunda Devi for the temple from Mandore in 1460. Every year, during Dusshera, millions of devotees gather at the fort to get a glimpse of the temple. If you are a devotee of Chamunda Mataji, do visit this temple, when in Jodhpur.
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Umed Garden and Zoo
Umed garden was developed by Maharaja Umed Singh and spread over an area of 82 acres. It is a popular garden of Jodhpur. This popular garden has five separate gates around it to facilitate entry to the garden from different directions. Within the garden, tourists can find Ashoka trees, lawns, fountains, a library and a zoo. The zoo houses different types of birds, local, African and Australian parrots, ducks, rabbits etc. All the birds and animals are kept in their natural environment. At the zoo, tourists can also see lions, tigers, zebras, ostrich, pigeons, crocodiles, foxes, deer, lions, and leopards. This place is a must visit if you are travelling with kids. It promises a fun-filled and memorable experience in addition to loads of exciting photo opportunities.
Mahamandir temple located about 2 km away from Jodhpur on the road towards Mandore. It was built in 1812 and supported by 84 pillars which are decorated with frescos and carvings depicting yogic postures, intricate motifs and other artwork within its premises. In this temple many ancient shrines and houses that reflect intricate works of stone. The best part of this temple is its royal architecture which attract tourist in large numbers.
Shopping in Jodhpur
Shopping has always been a necessary component of a city tour. And especially if you are touring the heritage city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, it’s a no way back home without it. Jodhpur is known as handicraft city and is known for its fabrics. It is the home place of many talented and skilled craftsmen. They include textile dyers, metal engravers and die-makers.
Some of the famous Markets & Shops in Jodhpur:
- Sojati Gate – It is the best place in Jodhpur to buy Tie and dye sarees in a very reasonable price.
- Station Road – This market is popular for Leather, Embroidered shoes and Utensils.
- Tripolia Bazar – If you are interested in buying local handicrafts and textiles, then it is the best place for your shopping in Jodhpur city. One of the best place to buy a momento or souvenir.
- Mochi Bazar – A famous market in Jodhpur and is widely known for its Lac works specially lac bangles. Ladies enjoy shopping here. Other adorning items of ladies are also available here.
- Nai Sarak – Nai Sarak is also a perfect place if you are looking for buying some tie and dye dresses, leather items or handlooms from the Jodhpur city.
- Clock Tower – This market is popularly known for Spices. But apart from this market is also known for beautiful handicrafts and textiles items. You can buy a Jodhpuri saree here.
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How to Reach Jodhpur
By Air: Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport, which is at the distance of 5 km from the city and regular flights fly to Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai and Udaipur.
By Train: Jodhpur is well connected by railway lines. Trains to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata are easily available. The ‘Palace on Wheels‘ also visits this city of royal splendor.
By Road: Jodhpur is well connected to major cities of India by road. The main highway between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is through Agoli and Pokaran. The highway has good connectivity from Jaipur (330km), Delhi (585 km), Jaisalmer (307 km) and Agra (563 km) by car.
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