Located at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is a fascinating medieval city of Rajasthan. Founded by Rao Jodha, a Rajput king of valiant Rathore clan in 1459, Jodhpur is known for its amazing architectural splendor, vibrant culture, talented craftsmen, and lots of great shopping. The major tourist attractions in Jodhpur include its magnificent forts, palaces, cenotaphs, temples and gardens.
On your tours to Jodhpur, you can visit the famous Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mahamandir, Mandore Gardens and Bel Samand Lake and Palace among other tourist attractions of the city.
Mehrangarh Fort: One of the finest and most formidable forts in India, the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is located on a steep 125 m high hillock, graciously overlooking the city. Spread over an area of 5 sq. km, the Fort has seven splendid gates to enter into. Standing as a mute spectator to the splendors of an era replete with chivalry, glory and grandeur, the Mehrangarh Fort houses a number of beautiful palaces like the Phool Mahal, the Moti Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. The Fort also houses a Museum.
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Located at 2 km southeast of the Jodhpur city at the top of a hill, Umaid Bhawan Palace is another major landmark of Jodhpur. Commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 as a famine relief scheme, the impressive rose sandstone and marble palace was built between 1923 and 1940, providing employment for 3,000 famine-stricken people. Now a famous hotel, the Palace also houses a Museum.
Jaswant Thada: The 19th century royal cenotaph of Jaswant Thada is located north of the Mehrangarh Fort. The memorial is made of white marble and dedicated to Jaswant Singh II (1878-95), one of the most famous kings of Jodhpur. Inside, the reverent ambience is framed with several portraits of Jodhpur royalty.
Mandore Gardens: Located at just 9 km from Jodhpur, Mandore is famous for its sprawling gardens, massive cenotaphs, temples, ruins and sculpture. A popular picnic spot, the gardens are famous for its manicured lush green lawns, rock-carved sculptures, all from a single piece of stone, and a small museum displaying sculptures and ivory and lacquer pieces.
Mahamandir Temple: Located at just 2 km from Jodhpur on the Mandore Road, the Mahamandir Temple is famous for its 84 intricately carved pillars, ornamented with detailed carvings of yogic postures.
Balsamand Lake and Palace: Located at only 7 km from Jodhpur, the beautiful Balsamand Palace is the erstwhile summer palace on the embankments of a serene and calm Balsamand Lake.
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