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Museum, Historical Site, Architecture , Fort

The charm of the Indian culture and vigor of the Rajput warriors is collectively reflected in this magnificent fort, one of the best in India. Standing tall and proud on a rocky hill in Jodhpur’s skyline, this fort is still run by the royal family of Jodhpur. A pocket-full-of history, legends and myths, this fort will enchant you in every way

Meherangarh Fort

Hotel, Museum, Historical Site, Palace

A former palace and one of the most extravagant residences of the world, this palace is situated atop a hill and is also called Chittar palace because of the extensive use of the Chittar stone in its construction. Built during the early 20th century over a period for 15 years will marvel you with the Indo-Saracen architectural style and grand décor like none other.

Umaid Bhavan Palace And Museum

View Point, Historical Site, Memorial

This Milky-white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, sitting above a small lake 1km northeast of Mehrangarh, is an array of whimsical domes. It’s a welcome, peaceful spot after the hubbub of the city, and the views across to the fort and over the city are superb. Built in 1899, the cenotaph has some beautiful jalis (carved marble lattice screens) and is hung with portraits of the Rathore rulers going back to the 13th century. Look out for the memorial to a peacock that flew into a funeral pyre.

Jaswant Thada

Landmark, Watch Tower, Historical Site, Market

The century-old clock tower is an old city landmark surrounded by the vibrant sounds, sights and smells of Sardar Market, which is marked by triple gateways at its north and south ends. The narrow, winding lanes of the old city spread out in all directions from here. Westward, you plunge into the old city’s commercial heart, with crowded alleys and bazaars selling vegetables, spices, sweets, silver and handicrafts.

Clock Tower

Park, Historical Site, Fort

While most of the Thar Desert is rocky, in this corner of Jodhpur lies a natural wonder of sandstone formed on layers of volcanic rock. With the Mehrangarh Fort soaring above, the seventy acres of Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park are a painter’s palette of colors – purple and red and auburn. Get a handbook from the Visitor Centre to help you identify all the unique desert plants you’ll see – trees, shrubs, herbs, climbers, and grasses. The flowers, changing with the seasons, are beautiful flecks of color in a harsh landscape. The Centre itself is a historic location. Long ago it used to be the gateway into Jodhpur, and it will be your gateway into the park, taking you through an old aqueduct of beautiful rock formations.

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

Garden, Walking Area, Historical Site, Memorial

This was the former capital of the Rathore clans of the Rajput’s and is an ancient town located near Jodhpur. In the Mandore garden, there are the dewals or cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s former rulers. Instead of the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, the cenotaphs of the famous Mandore garden of Jodhpur, Rajasthan are built along the lines of a Hindu temple. They are four stories high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone. The most impressive dewal is the dewal of Maharaja Ajit Singh. These cenotaphs are set in beautiful landscaped gardens. The cenotaphs of the Maharani are set on a rocky outcrop over the hill

Mandore Garden

Village, Neighborhoods

Get the perfect glimpse of the colorful rural life of Rajasthan by visiting this little village of Guda Bishnoi. Located at a distance of around 25 kilometers, this picturesque town is marked with Khejri trees and deer. The artificial lake completes the ecosystem and supports the vegetation of the village and is a nice picnic spot when in Jodhpur

Guda Bishnoi

Religious Site, Temple

Sachiya Mata (the Mother of Truth) is the ninth and final avatar of the goddess Durga. This temple, few kilometres out of Jaipur, is said to have been built in the 9th to 10th century C.E. by the Parmar King Upendre. Smaller shrines, dedicated to each of the goddess’s avatars, flank the paths leading up to the temple. Most devotees visit the temple after the birth of their children. But the real crowd comes during the Navratri nights, in spring and autumn. Archaeological excavations at the site unearthed ancient statues and paintings. The temple is a treasure-house of lovely sculpture work

Sachiya Mata Temple

Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site

Raj Ranchhodji Temple was constructed byQueen Jadechi Rajkanwar. After the death of her husband, Maharajah Jaswant Singh, she got the temple constructed. Red sandstone, of which the temple is made, has carvings with beautiful filigree work on stone. Made up of black marble, statue of Ranchhodji is located in the interior of the temple. Stained glass windows of green, yellow and blue colour adorn the main door of the temple

Raj Ranchhodji Temple

Religious Site, Temple

The Siddhanath Shiv Temple is located just between the Takhat Sagar hill ranges and is close to the beautiful Kaylana Lake. The stairs have been made by cutting up rocks and are the only suitable way to reach the top of the hill to the temple. According to local legends, the site where the temple has been built was absolutely deserted for many a years. A hermit named Veetragi Narain Swami came here looking for a peaceful place to meditate and started living here. The hermit came to be highly respected and worshipped by the local people of all nearby villages. After some time a handicapped saint by the name of Gaurishanker also came to reside at the spot. He was popularly known as Nepali Baba and though he only had 4 fingers in each of his hand, he still carved a temple out of stones that came to be known as the Siddhanath Mahadev Temple

Siddhanath Temple

Garden, Lake, Picnic Spot

The lake is a man-made construct, built in 1159 AD by Balak Rao Parihar to provide water to the city of Mandore. One kilometre long, 15 metres deep, and 50 metres wide, it is a rather convenient picnic spot not far from Jodhpur. The best way to experience it is if you stay at the Lake Palace built on red-sandstone, but it’s not mandatory. You still get to take in the lush greenery and the wildlife even if you’re not a guest. It is a pretty and peaceful place

Balsamand Lake And Garden

Garden, Historical Site, Palace, Architecture

This adorable residence was built with the interest of Queen Hadiji, the wife of King Jaswant Singh-I. Adorned by lush gardens and spectacular Rajput design, this was the king’s favorite abode and the octagonal bungalow was where the king stayed most of the time.

Constructed in the 17th century, the palace grounds were also used as a venue for the sermons of Swami Dayanand Saraswati. Now converted into an income tax office, the place is great to walk around in the evenings and though can’t be toured from the inside still makes up for a great sightseeing opportunity from the outside.

Rai-ka-bag Palace

Art And Culture, Educational Site, Workshop

One doesn’t usually visit Jodhpur with the intent of picking up a local art form and learning it. But Rajasthani miniature painting is unique, elegant and fascinating. At this unassuming looking school and gallery, a small art community thrives under the tutelage of master painters Vijay Raj and Gaurav Solanki. They will teach you for free, in oil work and watercolor. Even if you don’t sign up for lessons, do buy some paintings as souvenirs. They are the best things you could take back from Jodhpur

Umaid Heritage Art School

Religious Site, Temple

Pratihara King Vatsa built this temple in 775 AD, devoting it to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankara. It is a beautiful structure of red sandstone, famous for the carvings depicting scenes out of the life Lord Neminath, the 22nd Jain Tirthankara. Maidenly figures rest on its doors, intricately carved pillars surround the porches. Three balconies let light and wind into the inner sanctum. There, on the main shrine, a high platform, sits a 32 inch idol of Lord Mahavira.

Jain Mahavira Temple

Library, Museum, Outdoors, Garden

Covering an area of about 82 acres is a green oasis with lush lawns, towering ashoka trees, roses, seasonal flowers, museum, fountains, library and a zoo. Situated in the public park of Umaid Gardens, on the High Court Road, this museum is named after Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur. The museum contains an arresting collection of 397 stone sculptures, more than 1900 miniature paintings, weaponry, coins and other arts and crafts belonging to different time periods. There is a separate historical section which gives information about the history of the city, the rules of Jodhpur, the Umaid Bhavan Palace and the Mehrangarh Fort. The paintings of various royalties and the Jain Tirthankers are the pride of the museum

Sardar Government Museum And Umed Gardens

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