Jodhpur city is surrounded
by a 10 km long wall with eight gates serving as entrances. The new
city is settled around this walled area. The Maruthal or 'land of
death' , came into life when the Rathores of Kanauj moved in. But the
city of Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodhaji in 1459 AD.
In Jodhpur, the genius of its sculptors comes to life in its exquisite
palaces, forts, temples and havelis, which stand testimony to the
imperial grandeur. The most alluring part of Jodhpur is the
traditional lifestyle, festivity and the smiling people who treasure
this former princely state.
Mehrangarh Fort - Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is
one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of
numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones
yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures.
Umaid Bhawan Palace - The only palace built in 20th century
under the famine relief programme, has now been converted into a hotel
with some parts being retained as a museum.
Jaswant Thada - The 19th century royal cenotaph is built in
white marble, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare
portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.
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
Clock Tower & Sadar Market - In the old city, clock tower is a
prominent land mark. But main attraction is the Sadar Market. The
market has kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture.
PALACE ON WHEELS
what luxury in the royal times was all about! Welcome to Palace On
Wheels, a luxury train that carries with it an ambience of the
Rajputana era and an exciting fairytale journey, which takes the
visitor to the imperial cities of Rajasthan every single day. The
coaches also carry out an image of the Rajput states with beautiful
interiors. Last but not the least the "Royal Treat" for the passengers
on board include saloons, bar lounges & libraries in every coach as
well as restaurant and organized shopping facilites.
Mandore : Towards the north of Jodhpur is the ancient capital
of Marwar, Mandore. It is just 8 kms from the city. Main attractions
of the place are Hall of Heroes with sixteen huge figures carved out
of a single rock, the shrine of 330 million Gods and the royal
cenotaphs. But one can not miss the caves in crags and the sprawling
gardens, which are now shelter place for monkeys and peacocks.
Greenery of the place makes Mandore, in true sense, an oasis.
Ossian : 65-km from Jodhpur, lie ruins of an ancient city
called Ossian. This city is famous for Brahmanical and Jain temples,
which belong to 8th and 11th century. Surya or Sun temple and the
Sachiya temples are famous for their beauty. The 'shikhar' of Sachiya
temple is clustered by two rows of turrets, an ambulatory and a large
assembly hall with an elaborate ceiling.
Guda Bishnoi : The villages are inhabitated by the Bishnoi
tribe who are staunch believers in the sanctity of plant and animal
life. Villages are marked by Khejri trees and deers, which thrive
there. 25 kms from Jodhpur.
LAKES AND PALACES
Balsamand Lake & Palace : This picturesque artificial lake is 7
kms from the main city. Summer palaces along the embankment and a bird
sanctuary has made it a picnic spot.
Sardar Samand Lake and Palace : Rajasthani village life and
vibrant cultural colours come alive as you drive along the 55 kms
stretch. The monotony of the drive is broken by Chinkaras and Black
Bucks who frisk pass the road.
HOW TO GET THERE
Jodhpur has its own airport
and regular flight services conect the city with other major cities in
and around Rajasthan.
Rail: The city is also well connected by the railway lines and
trains are available for other major cities in the country from here.
The 'Palace on Wheels' also visits this city of royal splendour.
Road: The state transport has bus services from other cities of
the state and some services are interstate too.
PLACES TO STAY
The variety of hotels and
guest houses in Jodhpur makes one feel at home. Accommodation here is
available to suit tourists of every budget. Hotel Karni Bhawan, Ajit
Bhawan are heritage hotels. The Rajasthan Tourism Department has the
Ghoomar Hotel. The palace hotels options include the Umaid Bhawan
Palace, Ratanada Polo Palace, Rajputana Palace. Raj Basera also
provides good accommodation facilities. There are low budget
accommodations avaialable too.