Jodhpur is a sunny city set against a bright blue sky. A popular travel destination in Rajasthan Jodhpur was formerly the capital of the Marwar kingdom. A city grew outside the limits of the fort in olden times. Modern Jodhpur has grown and expanded though its palaces, forts and temples are favoured tourist attractions featuring beautiful architecture cradled in the sandy folds of the Thar Desert. A proper holiday guide to Jodhpur will enable you to plan your next vacation where there is so much to experience and enjoy.
Mehrangarh Fort holds the pride of place in Jodhpur because of its splendid architecture. Considered as one of the most formidable and magnificent forts of Rajasthan. The fort is spread over an area of 5 km and is built on 125 m high hill in the outskirts of Jodhpur city. There are seven gates, which can be used to enter the fort. These 7 gates are made by different rulers, and are built in honour of victory over Bikaner, Jaipur armies.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. It is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner, Gaj Singh. The palace has 347 rooms and is the principal residence of the former Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace is a museum.
Famous royal cenotaphs, Mandore Garden is located just 9 km away from Jodhpur in Mandore . The garden is a part of the more massive Mehrangarh Fort, and the temple of Three Hundred Million Gods. The garden also has a Government Museum. The structures inside the garden are undoubtedly its most striking feature, the Hall of Heroes for instance – has 16 figures of warriors carved from a single rock.
Bal Samand Lake Palace was historically the Monsoon Palace and housed the Royal family’s stables. The first rains in Jodhpur bring the Royal family to Bal Samand for a celebration. Bal Samand Lake Palace is romantic and indulgent. It has two sections- one of which is a beautiful palace of red sandstone with ornate Rajput architecture overlooking the stunning 12th-century lake. It is recorded as India’s first artificial lake.
Kaylana Lake is 8 kilometres to the west of Jodhpur City on the road to Jaisalmer. This is a manmade lake built by Pratap Singh in 1872. It is a huge lake which is spread over a vast range of 84 square kilometres and has a range of depth between 35-50 feet depending upon the level of water. Birdwatching enthusiasts are in for a treat as sedge of Siberian Cranes stopover the lake in winter season.
At a distance of 1.5 km from Jodhpur Junction and 3 km from Jodhpur Fort, Ghanta Ghar, also known as clock tower, is situated in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. It is one of the major landmarks in Jodhpur and also one of the top places to visit in Jodhpur.
Ghanta Ghar was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh Ji of Jodhpur. Beside the tower, there is the Sardar Market that is frequented by tourists on shopping spree.