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Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur Tour OperatorsStanding at the edge of the Thar Desert lies the 2nd largest city after Jaipur. This city houses a number of palaces, temples and other architectural monuments which add to its glory. This city founded by Suryavanshi Rao Jodha in 1459 A.D. was once the capital of former princely state of Marwar. The old city of Jodhpur is surrounded by a 10 kms long wall. From the fort you can see the wall here separating the old city from the new city. The new city has rapidly grown round this Mehrangarh Fort.

With the Mehrangarh fort on the west and stately sandstone palace of Umaid Bhawan on the east, this city is prevented from the deserts with eight gates facing different directions. The glorious and elegant monuments, temples and gardens of the city are a reminder of the past and depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

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Prime Attractions of Jodhpur

» Mehrangarh Fort
The Mehrangarh fort is set on a 125 m high hill which can be accessed by a winding road uphill. The majestic fort is one of greet hilltop forts. Mehrangarh means 'Majestic Fort'. This fort which can be seen from the surrounding part of the city was originally built in 1806. 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. Mehrangarh has its 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 its own peculiar style. The only means to access royal residences were the narrow staircases built within. The fort still houses a collection of musical instruments palanquins, furniture and cannons.

The well situated Mehrangarh almost appears impressible. The battlements are set four hundred feet above the hill. The fort also has three gates, each built to commemorate a victory as well as to reinforce the fort.

» Umaid Bhavan Palace
Umaid Bhavan Palace Jodhpur Travel VacationsThis palace built of Chhittar sandstone or pink sandstone is also called the Chhittar palace. Built in the 20th century the palace has quite a few western touch as it was designed by the British Royal Institute of Architects. The palace took 16 years too be built and was a project to give employment to people during the severe famine. The dome of the palace is only one of its kind in Rajasthan.

The palace houses 300 rooms, has its 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.

Excursions of Jodhpur

» Mandore
9 kms north of Jodhpur lies Mandore, popular for its gardens which house the royal cenotaphs or dewals of the Jodhpur rulers. It includes Maharaja Jaswant Singh and the finest and largest of all, that of Maharaja Ajit Singh. The Hall of Heroes houses 15 figures representing indu dieties or local heroes on horse, carved out of rock and brightly painted. The shrine of 33 crore Gods, is painted with figures of Gods and Spirits.

» Mahamandir
This is a small walled town, clustered around a 100-pillared Shiva temple. The town was built in 1812.

» Osian
55 kms from Jodhpur are the largest group of Jain and Hindu temples, on the outskirts of the town of Osian. The intricately sculpted temples has an unrivalled beauty. This town which was once a great trading centre is an oasis and houses an abundance of peacocks. The largest of the 16 Jain and Brahmanical temples is dedicated to Mahavira, the last of the Jain tirthankars. In the same area the Surya temple has fascinating images of Durga, Surya and Ganesh.

The sculptural intricacy of the Osian temples rival that of any of the famous temples of the country, be it the Sun Temple of Konark, or the Hoysala temples of Karnataka.

» Sardar Sammand Palace and Lake Resort
Your vehicle smoothly treads through the vast plains of Marwar after witnessing the picturesque hills of Dungarpur, Udaipur and Kumbalgadh. And now you can see the imposing domes of some structure, you wonder...what it must be. And then you reach to that place called the Sardar Sammand Palace, overlooking the Sardar Sammand lake, surrounded by the gardens and plantations. This palace was built in the 1930s' Art Deco period, from sandstone blocks carefully joined together. The palace provides a swimming pool facility complete with steps and arches, squash and tennis courts, an art deco drawing room, a marble biradari pavilion, lawns, gardens and the terrace to relax in the morning breeze. The calls of a million birds sound like an avian orchestra at night, and in the morning, hundreds of ducks, wading birds and herons can be seen from the balcony. There are steps leading to the lakefront.

Its just an hour's journey from Jodhpur. The drive takes you through the Guda Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can see herds of chinkara, the graceful Indian gazelle, blackbucks and blue bulls, desert foxes, desert cats, some peafowl and numerous Indian grey partridges. The Bishnoi hamlets of Khejarali, known for their religious commitment to wildlife and environmental conservation, the potters village of Sinhasini, settlements of the Raika with herds of camel, sheep and goat, and Jhalamand (a village with a castle that hosts tourists in comfortable rooms) are popular tourist attractions. At Salavas you get to see durries, carpets, rugs and blankets being woven on traditional pit-looms; at Luni, the castle hotel, Fort Chanwa, offers small, beautiful rooms and beautifully carved courtyards and a swimming pool.

» Balsammand Lake & Palace
Balsammand Lake & Palace Jodhpur ToursMany a times you must have dreamt of staying in a huge, royal palace on the sea-shore or on the banks of river or if not both at least a palace facing the water reservoir. There is such a place at Mandore in Rajasthan .The 19th Century sandstone palace built on a hillock facing Balsammand lake is one of such places that's definitely going to win your heart. The palace was created by Maharajah Sur Singhji, as a summer pavilion. It is very finely carved with latticed windows that allow the soft, cool breeze to blow into the interiors of the palace. The embankments of the lake, in front of the palace, have domed structure that offers fabulous views of the lake encircled by hills. An artificial cascading waterfall, brings water down from the reservoir to the gardens. Mandore, is a part of Jodhpur but it enjoys the calmness by being far from the city crowd.

The rooms and suites, the entire ambience here makes you feel as if you are staying in a royal palace. You can even enjoy a walk through the trees, the rose beds, pools covered with lilies and the groves of mango, plum, banana, pomegranate and so on. You will also get to see the peacocks, blue bulls, jackals and hundreds of flying foxes (fruit bats) in the trees.

Festivals of Jodhpur

The vibrant Marwar festival held annually brings to life, the very essence of the magic, that is Rajasthan.

Where to Stay

RTDC Hotel, Ghoomar; Ajit Bhawan, Heritage Hotel; Umaid Bhawan Palace, Ratanada Palace, and Raj Basera are some of the premier hotels available for accomodation.

How to get there

» Air
Indian Airlines operates flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur.

» Rail
Jodhpur is connected by rail with Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Lucknow.

» Road
Jodhpur is well connected with Delhi (597 km), Udaipur (260 km) and Jaipur (336 km).

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