5 Must Visit Places in Jodhpur
While returning to Pune we had to take our flight from Jodhpur. My body doesn’t allow me to sit at one place for more than an hour and it was a 24 hr halt!!
After visiting few places we couldn’t resist ourselves from rescheduling our flights and give Jodhpur a try. So from the very lot here are our recommendations for 5 must visit places in Jodhpur.
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1. Mehrangarh Fort
Constructed and completed in 1459 by Rajput ruler Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh Fort lies on a hilltop and is visible from every part of Jodhpur. Mehrangarh Fort was built on “Bhakur Cheeria” which literally means “Mountain Of Birds”.
Mehrangarh Fort derives its name from Mehr-garh, where Mehr means “Sun” and Garh means “Fort”. Rajput ruler Rao Jodha was a believer of Sun god and hence is the name of the fort. The fort enclosed by Fortified walls are about 120 feet high and 70 feet broad. This fort really dignifies the Rajput rulers royalty, prestige and honor.
Legends Associated : According to legends, to build the Jodhpur Fort the king had to displaced sole human occupancy on the hill – a hermit with name Cheeria Nathji. He was hesitant to leave the hill but couldn’t do anything. But before leaving hermit cursed Rao Jodha-“his city will ever face scarcity of water”. Rao Jodha managed to appease the hermit by creating a temple and a house in the fort. In addition to this he buried four people alive at the four corners of the Mehrangarh Fort. Another story says that a man named Mehran was buried alive.
Places to visit in Mehrangarh Fort:
- Sheesh Mahal
- Moti Mahal
- Phool Mahal
- Zenana Deodhi
- Takht Villas
- Jhanki Mahal
- Chamunda Devi Temple
- Mehrangarh Museum
How To Reach Mehrangarh Fort?
- Airport : Taxi and Auto Rickshaws are easily available. Fort is just 10 km away from the airport.
- Railway Station : If you love to walk then Mehrangarh Fort is just 2.5 km away. However, rickshaws or taxi will take somewhat bigger route.
- Mehrangarh Fort is about 2 km from Old town and 10 km away from city center.
2. Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph that stands opposite to beautiful Mehrangarh Fort. Built by Maharaj Sardar Singh of Jodhpur in 1899, this cenotaph basically serves as cremation ground for the Royal family of Jodhpur.
In Rajasthan Jaswant Thada is known as “Taj Mahal of Marwar”. It boasts very beautiful marble work and magnificent architecture and design.
3. Umaid Bhavan(Palace)
One of the largest private residences in the world with 347 room, Umaid Bhavan is a prime example of Royality. The palace is divided into three parts. A part of palace serves as residence to the Royal family of Jodhpur. The other two parts of the Umaid Palace are serving as Taj Palace Hotel and a Museum.
It took about 14 years of construction to make this awe-inspiring and jaw dropping palace. This palace also has collection of vintage cars which is stunning and shows what money can buy for you. Museum is open for public but part of palace converted to hotel is exclusive for guests.
4. Mandore Garden
Mandore Garden was created even before Jodhpur was established by Marwar rulers. Mandore was capital of Marwar dynasty and served as a residence for Royal family of Jodhpur until shifted to Jodhpur by Rao Jodha. Mandore garden has an amazing collection of temples and memorials.
The garden has many cenotaph of Jodhpur rulers and family members. Ravan temple is another attraction at Mandore considered to be native place of Ravan’s wife Mandodri. Isn’t it awesome that Ravan is son-in-law for some Brahmins of Jodhpur!!! May be!
Osian is located at about 70 kms from Jodhpur. This place is famous for ruins of Jain and Hindu temples. At some point of time this place was an important halt on silk route. Mahavir temple, Sun temple and Sachiya Mata temple are must visit places.
Apart from the temples Osian is a place to hit the desert sands nearby Jodhpur. This place is also famous for its Desert and Camel Safari.
Interesting Fact: 60% of the lakes on earth are located in Canada.
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