For the perfect Rajasthani tradition that encompasses royalty and ethnicity, Jodhpur is a place that is never to be missed. The second largest city of Rajasthan is one of the popular tourist destinations in India featuring grand forts, palaces and temples set in the backdrop of the Thar desert. Jodhpur is easily approachable from state capital Jaipur. It is popularly known as the Blue city due to its blue coloured houses found in the old city. It is also known as the Sun City because of its round the year bright sunny weather.
The Mehrangarh fort is the prime attraction of Jodhpur. It was built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. It literally means ‘majestic’ which simply lives up to its name standing atop rocky ridge at the elevation of 125 meters. The sturdy fort is guarded by 7 gates or poles such as Jai Pol, Fateh Pol, Loha Pol, etc. The fort which covers a total area of 5kms is famous for its carved panels and gorgeously latticed windows. Further, the significance of this fort is enhanced by buildings such as Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Rang Mahal and Royal Darbar Takht.
At Umaid Bhawan Palace, the tourist can feel the architectural wonder of Jodhpur. Designed by a British architect, the magnificent palace took 16 years to complete. The building is constructed using marble and sandstone and is spread across 26 acres. The palace is divided into three major parts, the residence of the royal family, a luxury Taj Hotel and a grand museum which focuses on history of the royal family. The palace is considered as one of the largest private residences in the world as well as the only palace built in the 20th century.
Another fascinating tourist spot is Jaswant Thada, a white marble made cenotaph built by Sardar Singh as a tribute to his father and Jaswant Singh II, the ruler of Jodhpur. The memorial is built by carving thin marble sheets and the intricate design can be spotted when it emits a warm glow in the sunlight. Jaswant Thada also features a small lake and a tiered garden. Ghanta Ghar or the clock tower of Rajasthan is also a major tourist spot in the city and is located in the famous Sadar bazar where tourists throng to buy Rajasthani handicrafts, textiles, classic silver jewellery, marble inlay work, clay figurines and a lot more.
The world is full of recreation and Jodhpur contributes to it a lot. The Science Park, Machiya Safari Park and Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park are some of the places where you can a have brief sojourn and chance to explore the nature. About 9kms from Jodhpur is an ancient town Mandore which is a must visit. The town boasts of historic monuments, temples and the famous Mandore Gardens which is a popular tourist attraction. Other places to visit in Jodhpur are Sardar Samand Lake and Palace, Masura hills, Shastri Circle, Kailana Lake, Ranisar Padamsar and Balsamand Lake.
Jodhpur is an ideal destination for experiencing the lifestyle of the royals. It has several lovely dimensions of nature ranging from the picturesque beauty of lakes to the calmness of the deserts and soothing flaura and fauna. The rich history of Jodhpur awaits with endless vistas for the tourists.