How would you feel to be greeted by the first ray of the sun, not through your window at home, but in a land where the sun seems to “rise”? Jodhpur is known as the “Sun City” for the bright warm and sunny weather. It is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan and is divided into old city and new city. This extraordinary city is steeped with rich culture, royalty in blood and a long history. So while you are in Rajasthan, you should not miss visiting Jodhpur. Here is the list you should follow:
1. Umaid Bhawan Palace
A luxury palace hotel, a museum and a working palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the most striking landmark of the city of Jodhpur. The magnificent palace was built in 1944 and is considered to be one of the last great palaces to be built in India. You can still find a royal family who occupies a section of it. It has 347 rooms, and is named one of the largest private residences in the world. Here you can enjoy a stunning vintage car collection, view the clock collection via a different period of history and track your place to the palace. It is also popular for destination weddings, as it is stepped in flair and grandeur, adding to the festivity of any affair.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Address: Circuit House Rd, Cantt Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
2. Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada, an intricately crafted cenotaph, was built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and is located near Mehrangarh Fort. The construction of this place is enchanting. The beautiful architecture features white marble lattice screens and whimsical domes. You will find portraits of Ranthore rulers inside, and the ground of Jaswant Thada consists of a stunning multi-level garden, a pond, and intricately carved gazebos. While relaxing by nearby lakes and gardens, you can enjoy a stunning view of Umaid Palace.
Address: Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
3. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was developed in the year of 2006, with the aim of restoring the natural ecology of a large rocky wasteland area next to the fort. More than 80 native plant species from the famous Thar Desert were grown. The 200-acre (81 hectare) park is situated at the Mehrangarh Fort, and reflects the hard work and dedication of the ecologists who spared no efforts to make the place green.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
Address: Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Website: Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
4. Mandore Gardens
Mandore was the capital of the Marwar region before Jodhpur was founded. Mandore Garden attracts many tourists in great numbers. It houses a government museum, a temple to 33 crore Gods and a “Hall of Heroes”. There is an old fort, as well as an eclectic collection of temples and cenotaphs here too.
Address: Mandore, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
5. Clock Tower
The Clock Tower is an old and famous landmark surrounded by the vibrant sounds and smells of Sardar Market, and sights which are also marked by triple gateways at its north and south ends. The tower was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh during his rule between 1880 and 1911. You can go shopping at Sardar Market, which has a wide range of products for sale there, with approximately 7,000 shops.
Address: Nai Sarak, Ghantaghar Market, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
6. Balsamand Lake
The beautiful lake was man-made and constructed in 1159 AD by Balak Rao Parihar, with the intention to provide water to the city of Mandore. The lush greenery around the lake has many mango groves, guava groves, papaya groves and pomegranate. The lake was also intended to serve as a summer resort for the royal family of Jodhpur. The location is exquisite and you will find this garden has birds and peacocks finding their homes here. If you want to stay here, then a perfect place to explore Rajasthan style is the heritage hotel, which was built of red sandstone.
Address: Jodhpur, Rajasthan
7. Kaylana Lake
Kaylana Lake is located to the west of Jodhpur, spanning about 8 kilometers (5 miles).This is yet another artificial lake which was built in the year 1872 by Pratap Singh. Today, the lake has turned into one of the city’s most popular picnic spots. There is nothing very significant to see here, but there is no better place in the city to catch the beautiful sunset. If you want to take some more exciting photographs, you can sail a boat.
Address: Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Website: Kaylana Lake
8. Mehrangarh Fort
The majestic Mehrangarh Fort which rises above the city is one of the greatest attractions in Jodhpur. The impregnable fort forms a picturesque backdrop of the city and is considered to be one of the largest forts in India. The fort is also famous for its museum, which is one of the well-stocked museums in Rajasthan. There are many things that you can enjoy at Mehrangarh Fort, like The Flying Fox, which is famous for zip lining. This beautiful fort is home to a few temples like Chamunda Mataji Temple and Nagnechi Temple. For a better view, make your way to the top of the fort by 3:30 pm, as this is when they feed the wild kites and eagles, which is an ancestral tradition.
Address: P.B No 165, The Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Website: Mehrangarh Fort
9. Blue City Walking Experience
Start your tour at 7 am in the morning and enjoy cycling through the best roads, alleys around the houses and historic sites. While going through, you will also learn more about the lifestyle of the people, who play a vital role in designing the culture of Jodhpur. Cycle through the Blue City, the Walled City, and the Sun City, and learn more about the place, royalties, and how it transformed from the days of Ramayana.
Blue City Walking Experience
Website: Blue City Walking Experience
10. Spice Paradise
Spice Paradise is a spice shop that is run by a kind hearted husband and wife team. They usually conduct Indian cooking classes which are highly popular. Along with the delicious cuisine, you will get to meet a lovely family and you can get great insight into Indian culture. Their masala chai has been perfected over the years and is highly recommended. It is advisable to book in advance as classes are often full.
Address: Clock Tower Rd, Manak Chowk, Girdi Kote, Amar Chowk, Kandoi Bazar, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Website: Spice Paradise
A perfect mixture of culture & adventure...
There is so much to do in this majestic city, which houses many attractions that have to be visited to discover and explore the rich culture. All in one, Jodhpur is the perfect tourist place, being an amalgamation of different travel experiences.
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