DESTINATION
HISTORY OF JODHPUR

Jodhpur set at the edge of the Thar desert, echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. It is 336km from Jaipur and 597km from Delhi The massive 15th century Mehrangarh fort is one of the prime attraction of Jodhpur, soaring 125mts above the plains .While the graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city bring alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city.

The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with folk wearing lovely multihued costumes, artistically designed. Women folk wear wide gathered skirts and a hip length jacket, with three quarter length sleeves, covering the front and back. The colorful turbans worn by the men folk add more color to the city. It was from here that the popularly worn baggy - tight, horse riding trousers- jodhpuri style.

The prime sites in Jodhpur - Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace and museum.

Sightseeing of Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort
The 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 meter high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Although invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels, latticedMehrangarh Forts Jodhpur, Jodhpur Forts, Jodhpur Monuments, Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur rajasthan windows and evocative names. Not worthy of these are the Moti Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana. These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, and miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
Jaswant Thada
A cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. The palace was completed in 16 years. This opulent edifice in sandstone is still the residence of the former rulers with a part of it running as hotel and remaining part as a museum.
Girdikot and Sardar Market
These colorful markets with tiny shops dotting the narrow lanes are situated in the heart of the city and are popular for a wide range of handicrafts, making them the favorite haunt of shoppers. Jodhpur Forts, Jaswant Thada Jodhpur Rajasthan India, places to see in Jodhpur, Jodhpur Sightseeing, Visit Jodhpur, Explore Jodhpur, and Jodhpur Monuments
Museum
The museum has an exquisite ensemble of paintings, sculptures and antique weapons.
Excursions
Balsamand Lake and Gardens (5 km)
A pretty lake built in 1159 A.D. A splendid summer Palace stands by the lake side surrounded by beautiful gardens. An idyllic spot for excursions.
Mandore (8 km)
The ancient capital of Marwar has cenotaphs of the Jodhpur rulers. The Hall of heroes has fifteen figures carved out of the rock on the wall which represent Hindu deities. Its beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot.
Mahamandir Temple (9 km)
Built in 1812 A.D. it is noteworthy temple with 84 carved pillars.
Kailana Lake (11 km)
The beautiful lake is an ideal picnic spot.
Osian (58 km)
An oasis in the desert, situated on the diversion off the main Jodhpur-Bikaner Highway. A drive to this ancient township takes one past undulating terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets. Osian has 15 beautifully sculptured Jain and Brahmanical temples. Of these the most outstanding ones are the earlier Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira.
Dhawa (45 km)
A wildlife sanctuary with the largest number of Indian antelopes.
Nagaur (135 km)
An imposing fort with beautiful murals. It is also the venue for beautiful murals. It is also the venue for a week long cattle fair held in Jan/Feb every year.
Rohit Fort (40 km)
Now a heritage hotel, the fort is worth a visit.
Luni Fort (20 km)
Now converted into a heritage hotel, this fort and its surroundings are worth a visit.

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