About Jodhpur: The former capital of Marwar state, Jodhpur, was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. According to Rathore tradition, the clan traces its origins back to Lord Rama. The city of Jodhpur has grown around the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. The old walled city is protected by a high stone wall with seven gates (Nagauri gate, Merati gate, Sojati gate, Jalori gate, Siwanchi gate and Chand pol) and countless bastions. It is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.
Sightseeing in and around Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Balsamand Lake, Mandore Gardens, Machiya safari Park, Osian, Guda Bishnoi Village
Climate of Jodhpur in September: Max. Temp 36, Min. Temp 25.
How to Reach:
By Air: Jodhpur airport is situated about 5 km from the city centre. It is connected to Delhi, Bengaluru, Jaipur and Mumbai with regular and frequent flights.
By Train: Jodhpur is well connected to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Jaipur & Mumbai and all the big cities of our country.
By Road: Jodhpur is connected by road from various cities in North, South & West Zone of the Country.
Guarding the city below, crowning a perpendicular cliff, the Mehrangarh Fort was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459 Ad when he shifted his capital from Mandore. It is one of the largest forts in India. Standing sentinel to the city below, it overlooks the rugged and rocky terrain and houses a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels and latticed windows exquisitely wrought from red sandstone. The apartments with, have their own magic the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana with a rich varied collection of palanquins, howdas, royal cradles, miniature paintings of various schools, costumes, furniture and an impressive armoury. The display of cannons on the ramparts near Chamunda temple is among the rarest in India. As you climb up, folk musicians revive the grandeur of a bygone era.
Close to the fort complex, lies Jaswant Thada. This 19th century royal cenotaph was built in white marble in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II in 1899 and three other cenotaphs, stand nearby. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh holds the rare portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. These four cenotaphs commemorate notable acts of bravery, generosity of the four successive rulers. A visit inside the cenotaphs, with some villagers of the region, would bring forward the reverence they still hold for their brave kings.
Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh (1929-1942), and named after him, this exquisite palace is also known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used. It is a splendid example of Indocolonial and art deco style of the 30s. A unique feature of this palace is the fact that the hand chiselled sandstone blocks have been put together in a special system of interlocking, there is no mortar binding. A portion of the palace has been converted into a hotel, the other remains on view to visitors in form of excellent museum which houses model aeroplanes, weapons, antique clocks and bob watches, Priceless crockery, and hunting trophies. Both section retain the ambience of royal splendour.
The romantic looking Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built with the purpose of giving employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long drawn famine. The royal family of Jodhpur still lives in a part of the palace.
Tripolia Market in Jodhpur is the business sector offering grouped and exhibit of products from conventional antiques and wooden handiworks, batik sarees, high quality papers, metal things, metal furniture and souvenirs, marble statues and models, beautiful array and fabrics, silver gems, well known compositions of Rajasthani floor coverings.
You can shop here for local Handicrafts and Textiles. The stock is amazing, the shopkeepers are lively and always smiling and it is an ideal shopping hub with reasonable price tags
Clock Tower / Ghantaghar
At a distance of 1.5 km from Jodhpur Junction and 3 km from Jodhpur Fort, Ghanta Ghar, also known as clock tower, is situated in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan.
Ghanta Ghar was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh Ji of Jodhpur. Beside the tower, there is the Sardar Market that is frequented by tourists on shopping spree. From this market, tourists can purchase Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery. One can also shop here for the finest variety of spices. It is a great place to ramble around at leisure.
Osian is an oasis in the Thar Desert, and has been known as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan” for its temples. Osian is famous as home to the cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. The city was a major religious centre of the kingdom of Marwar during the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty. Of the 18 shrines in the group, the Surya or Sun Temple and the later Kali temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Mahavira stands out in their grace and architecture. The town was a major trading centre at least as early as the Gupta period. It maintained this status, while also being a major centre of Brahmanism and Jainism for hundreds of years. This came to an abrupt end when the town was attacked by the armies of Muhammed of Ghor in 1195.
Ranakpur is a small village in the Pail district of Rajasthan. Located on the western side of the Aravalli Range, Ranakpur rests midway Udaipur and Jodhpur. This village is famous for the 15th-century Ranakpur Jain Temple, which hold immense religious significance for the Jains. The grandeur of the temple is reflected in its magnificent high pillars. The backdrop of endless desert and the beauty of the temples are mesmerizing.
Pushkar is recognized as one of the most sacred cities in India. It is 14 km away from the city of Ajmer. This holy city finds its reference in the travelogue of Fa-Hien, a renowned 4th-century Chinese traveller and in the writings of the period when Mughals invaded India. An eminent Indian poet, Kalidas, holds Pushkar in high esteem in his famous work, “Abhigyan Shakuntalam”. This small city is home to over 400 temples and 52 ghats. The Brahma Temple at Pushkar is one of the few temples in India dedicated to Lord Brahma. The other famous temples in Pushkar are the Varaha Temple, the Aptaeshwar Temple and the Savitri Temple. What Makes Pushkar Popular Amongst Tourists – Tourist Places In And Around Pushkar The holy Pushkar Lake is another religious attraction of the place and has a legend behind its origin. According to the legend, Lord Brahma killed the demon Vajra Nabh with a lotus flower. Consequently, three petals fell from that flower, of which one fell in Pushkar, where the holy lake came into existence. Millions of people take a holy dip in the Pushkar Lake on Kartik Purnima (full moon), as it is a popular belief that it is the path to salvation. Pushkar is also popular for its fairs and festivals. Every year, in the month of November, the city hosts the world famous Pushkar Cattle Fair, the largest cattle trade fair in the world. Besides the cattle trade, the fair also exhibits different aspects of the Rajasthani tradition and culture.
Accessibility To The City – How To Reach Pushkar Travellers can easily reach Pushkar from any part of the world. The Sanganer Airport, Jaipur is the nearest airbase to Pushkar, while Ajmer railway station is the nearest railway station. Ajmer has excellent road connectivity to other leading cities of the state, such as Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.
Kumbalgarh is a renowned tourist destination located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. This place lies in the southern part of the state and is also known as Kumbhalmer. Kumbalgarh Fort is the second most important fort of the state of Rajasthan. It was built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Travellers can enjoy the panoramic views of the nearby areas from the top of the fort. The long winding wall was constructed to guard the attacks of enemies. This wall is said to be the second longest continuous wall, next to the Great Wall of China. The Palace Of Clouds Like other places of Rajasthan, Kumbalgarh is also known for its enchanting palaces including Badal Mahal. This building is also known as the Palace of Clouds. Mardana Mahal and Zenana Mahal are the two interconnected parts of this palace. The splendid rooms of the palace are adorned with pastel-colored murals. The chambers are famous for their unique air conditioning systems. Tourist Places In And Around Kumbalgarh Apart from beautiful palaces, Kumbalgarh is also famous for many ancient temples. Among them, the Vedi Temple, Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Muchhal Mahavir Temple, Parshuram Temple, Mammadev Temple and Ranakpur Jain Temple are the prominent shrines of the destination. Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal place to see four-horned antelopes or chausingas, panthers, wild boars, wolves, sloth bears, jackals, sambars, chinkaras, leopards, hyenas, jungle cats, nilgais and hares. This is the only sanctuary of the state where tourists can spot wolves. Haldighati and Ghanerao are the other popular tourist attractions of Kumbhalgarh.
How to Reach Kumbhalgarh Tourists can easily reach the destination by air, rail and road. The Maharana Pratap Airport or Dabok Airport of Udaipur is the nearest airbase to the place. Foreign tourists can reach the destination from the Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi. The Falna junction railway station is closest to Kumbhalgarh. Major Indian destinations, like Mumbai, Ajmer, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur, are connected to this railhead by frequent trains. Tourists can avail cabs from both the airport and the railway station to reach Kumbhalgarh.
Udaipur, also known as the City of Lakes, is a picturesque spot, which is famed for magnificent forts, temples beautiful lakes, palaces, museums and wildlife sanctuaries. Maharana Udai Singh II founded the city in the year 1559. This place is a prominent tourist destination of India and is noted for its rich culture and tradition. Lakes In Udaipur Worth Visiting – Tourist Places In And Around Udaipur The Pichola Lake is a splendid artificial lake, which was created in 1362 AD as a result of the construction of a dam to cater to consumption and irrigation needs of the natives of the region. Owing to the beautiful surroundings of this place, Maharana Udai Singh, decided to build the city of Udaipur on the banks of this lake. Fateh Sagar is yet another artificial lake, which was developed by Maharana Fateh Singh in the year 1678. Some of the other magnificent lakes of the region are the Rajsamand Lake, the Udaisagar Lake and the Jaisamand Lake. Other Attractions of The City There are many palaces and forts, which stand as the epitome of Rajputana glory. The City Palace is a magnificent monument that was constructed by Maharaja Udai Mirza Singh, in the year 1559. In all, there are 11 palaces in the compound of the main palace. In addition to this, the lake palace is another popular spot, which is appreciated for its artistic excellence. This palace now serves as a 5-star hotel, boasting of beautiful rooms decorated with painted mirrors, pink stones and lotus leaves. Another grand structure perched at an elevation of 944 m above sea level is the Sajjangarh Palace, also known by the name Monsoon Palace. Maharana Sajjan Singh constructed this palace in the year 1884 to see the monsoon clouds from its top.
Mount Abu, located in the Sirohi District of Rajasthan, is a famous hill station. It is well-known for its natural beauty, comfortable climate, green hills, serene lakes, architecturally beautiful temples and several religious sites. The place is one of the popular pilgrimage sites for Jains. The hill station is at a height of 1220 mts, on the highest peak of the Aravalli range. Mount Abu enjoys the status of being one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rajasthan because of its illustrious history, ancient archaeological sites and wonderful weather. It is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees every year, mostly during summers and monsoons. In the last decade, this hill station has emerged as a popular summer and honeymoon destination.
For a Bong, Jaisalmer, the golden city of Rajasthan, has a very special place in his heart, as the very name of ‘Sonar Kella’, pushes him down the nostalgic lane where Mukul, the little protagonist of the legendary Satyajit Ray movie of same name, runs through the lanes and bylanes of the Jaisalmer Fort. The fort is called the Sonar Qila or golden fort because of the golden colored sandstones used in the construction of the fort. It is one of the few forts in Rajasthan, The Sadarbazar or the main market of the town starts just outside the main entrance of the fort and stretches till the heart of the city. Most of the houses here are built with golden.
colored sandstones and almost all of them look like a Haveli or a palace. Salim-Singh-ki- Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli are some popular tourist hotspots. You can visit the Sam Sand dunes for desert safari on camels and a desert night out in luxury tents or simply lie on your back on sand and behold the starry sky as a full canvas in a full moon night. For honeymooners, a quieter option would be resorts near Khuri village, almost 20 kms from Indo- Pak border. The lonely romantic night amidst the desert sand dunes can be your perfect backdrop for lovemaking under the sky, giving you a safe yet voyeuristic experience that would be unforgettable for your life. The food cooked by local village people and an evening full of music and folkdance from the traditional folk artists would leave you mesmerized. While going for desert safari, don’t forget to visit Kuldhara, the Jaisalmer version of Bhangarh, the most haunted place on earth.
Ajmer is one of the popular tourist attraction of Rajasthan. The city is the land of the great Rajput king Prithvi Raj Chauhan and the prophet of Islam Khwaja Mohinuddin Chisti. In spite of this the neighbourhood of Holy town Pushkar makes it more popular amongst all kind of tourist and travellers. The city is full of beauty divine and flavors. Visiting to the Dargah or gazing the beautiful evening at Ana Sagar everything here has a unique charm of heritage Rajasthan. Ajmer is very tourist friendly one can visit here throughout the year except the summer. The city is well connected by Rail and Road network from all major city of India.
Ranthambore national park is situated near Sawai Madhopur Rajasthan. Its nice place to see the wildlife in its natural habitat. It’s famous for Tigers but one can see variety of birds. The park has lakes where one can see the crocodiles. Other wildlife are jackals, hyena, boars and varieties of deers. The experience of going to jungle in open jeep /canter is awesome. There are many resorts and hotels near the parks.