Jodhpur is one of India’s most attractive cities and its majestic forts provide to tourists some gorgeous glimpses of the city. The basic pleasures of life here are wonderful food, artistic creativity and those glorious views. Lying on the edge of the desert, you will certainly enjoy the unparelled combination of old world charm and tradition. It is the only place where you can visit the winding narrow maze of bazaars that offers an exotic sight of craftsmen at work. Jodhpur is indeed an overwhelming place to visit!
There are some great places to visit, but do not despair as you can easily get hold of some of the finest guides, who have excellent knowledge of the history of the place you visit and show you a lot of interesting things you will never see on your own. Take a trip to beautifully sculptured temples and magnificent forts and palaces of Jodhpur and you will definitely enjoy the scenery. During Safari, if you are camping in one the villages, you will relish the traditional meal and relax amidst nature. You can expect nice sites and interesting encounters in Jodhpur.
Forts And Palaces
Jodhpur’s forts and palaces are major source of attraction in the city that will take you to the times when the Rajputs were at their peak. One needs to spend enough time with these historical monuments to fully grasp the grandeur of the Rajput era.
Some of the major attractions around Jodhpur are:
This majestic fort is situated on a 125 meter high hill and is one of the most formidable as well as impressive structures. The fort has four gates and within the fort you can view some magnificent palaces equipped with some marvelously carved panels, evocative names and latticed windows. Not to miss are the not worthy Moti Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana as these palaces house a fabulous collection of elephant hawdahs, palanquins, miniature paintings of various schools, costumes, musical instruments and furniture. Thus visiting Mehrangarh Fort is a big chance in your life to feel the touch of Indian royalty.
While returning back from the fort, on left is Jaswant Thada, the graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. His son Maharaja Sardar Singhji built the Taj Mahal of Marwar in the memory of Maharaj Jaswant Singhji II of Jodhpur. It is very interesting to know that during the royal era, the wives and concubines committed Sati on Jaswant Funeral pyre. The timing to visit is from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Designed by Henry Vaughan Lanchester, the splendid Umaid Bhawan Palace, is its’ most dominant landmark, visible from every part of Jodhpur. Set in twenty six acres and surrounded by landscaped gardens, it is reputed to be amongst the finest palace hotels anywhere. The Art Deco interiors of the Rajput time are left undisturbed and the Umaid Bhawan Palace still is the residence of Umaid Singh’s grandson, present Maharaja of Jodhpur, whose family occupies a part of what was formerly the Zenana Court.
Shopping in Jodhpur is truly a delightful thing to do as you can buy all kinds of Rajasthani handicraft and antiques. Though it is very difficult to bargain, only excellent quality of the goods are available here. The tie and dye fabric, embroidered ‘jutis’ or slippers in suede, cancel skin, velvet and more color to the city.