Jodhpur Tour

Jaswant Thada: This white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II is a short distance from the fort, just off the fort road. The cenotaph, built in 1899, was followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs which stand nearby. There is some beautiful marble jali work and fine views from the terrace in front of the cenotaph.

 
Mehrangarh Fort: The Meherangarh fort, meaning the ''majestic fort'', is set on a 125 mt high hill which can be accessed by a winding road uphill. The majestic for, built in 1806, is one of greet hilltop forts and can be seen from the surrounding part of the city. The medieval charm is displayed in the exquisitely carved panels and porches and the decorated walls and windows of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. Meherangarh has it''s own architectural appeal, such as brilliant stained glass, that creates vibrant mosaics on the floors, with the passage of the sun through the day. The palace in this fort has it''s own peculiar style. The only means to access royal residences are the narrow staircases built within. The fort still houses a collection of musical instruments palanquins, furniture and cannons. 
 
The well situated Meherangarh almost appears impressible. The battlements are set 400 ft above the hill. It has three gates, each built to commemorate a victory as well as to reinforce the fort. 
 
Mahamandir Temple: Built in 1812, this is an old walled town with few hundred houses. The temple with 84 beautifully carved pillars is an architectural wonder.
 
Kailana Lake: An artificial lake on the Jaisalmer road. An idyllic picnic spot with spectacular sunsets. Leterally, the great temple, a place where sacred glory reigns in a peaceful tranquility. Situated on Mandore road, the temple is an architectural splendor, supported by 84 pillars and ornamented with detailed designs and figures depicting various postures of Yoga. The entire structure is marked by a unique and original style.
 
Clock Tower & Sadar Market: The clock tower is a popular landmark in the old city. The vibrant Sardar Market is close to the tower, and narrow alleys lead from here to bazaars selling vegetables, spices, Indian sweets, textiles, silver and handicrafts. It is a great place to ramble around at leisure.
 
Government Museum: This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens.
 
Bal Samand Palace: Located at a distance of 5 kms to the north of the Jodhpur city is the Bal Samand lake. Built in 1159, Bal Samand is an artificial lake; the source of city's water supply. Surrounded by lush gardens, the lake is the site of the red sandstone building of the Bal Samand Palace. 
 
The palace, a brilliant example of the fine Rajput architecture, was built as a spot for royal recreation and holiday. It was recently converted into a Welcom Heritage Hotel featuring all modern amenities and facilities. A bird sanctuary and public park have been created here which provide excellent excursion spots. 
 
Umaid Bhavan Palace: The Umaid Bhavan Palace is an oasis in the endless deserts of Rajasthan, and rises out of the dunes and barrenness that characterises much of this north-western state. The palace took 16 years to be built and was a project to give employment to people during the severe famine. The dome of the palace is only one of it''s kind in Rajasthan. The palace houses 300 rooms, has it''s own theatre, 8 dinning rooms and a banquet hall which can hold 300 seated people. Ballroom has also been built to cater to the westernized royal lifestyle. The palace also contains an indoor swimming pool with a mosaic of zodiac symbols. The royal family still resides in a part of this palace and the rest has been converted into a hotel and a museum. 
 
Turned into a hotel in 1977 by maharaja Gaj Singh and Welcomgroup, the impression one has of Umaid Bhavan is that it has innumerable rooms, but those available to guests only total 47. Parts of the palace have been converted into a museum, exhibiting objects from an era long past. The Umaid Bhavan Palace celebrated it''s golden jubilee in 1993. 
Jodhpur is at the edge of the Thar desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is dominated by a massive fort, topping a sheer rocky ridge right in the middle of the town. Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rajput clan known as the Rathores. His descendants ruled not only Jodhpur, but also other Rajput princely states.
 
The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by 10 kms long wall, built about a century after the city was founded. From the fort, you can clearly see where the old city ends and the new begins. It's fascinating to wander around the jumble of winding streets in the old city, out of which eight gates lead. Jodhpur is affectionately referred to as the ' Blue City ' because of the indigo-coloured houses in the old town. These can be seen from the ramparts of the mighty Mehrangarh, which looms high above the buzzing city.
 
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