- A valiant sentinel in the desert, on the eastern fringe of the Thar Desert.
- Founded in 1459, by Rao Jodha, the chief of Rathore clan of Rajputs.
- A high stone wall nearly 10 kms in length.
- Eight gates once protected the city.
- Stands an imposing fort on a low range of sandstone hills, about 125 mts. above the surrounding plains.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Jodhpur Airport, Jodhpur, (JDH), 6 kms away from Jodhpur city centre.
- Rail: Jodhpur Railway Station, Jodhpur, 8 kms away from Jodhpur city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE:
FORT & MONUMENTS
Mehrangarh Fort Jaswant Thada Umaid Bhawan Palace
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
Umaid Bhawan Palace Mehrangarh Fort Govt. Museum
Machiya Safari Park
Girdikot & Sardar Market Phalodi-Khichan Pali Nagaur Nimaj Sojat City
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
- Dashehra Fair At Massoria Hill
- Nau Sati Ka Mela
- Rata Bhakar Wala Ka Mela
- Baba Ramdev Ka Mela
For more information visit https://jodhpur.rajasthan.gov.in/
ATTRACTIONS OF JODHPUR
- Magnificent Mehrangarh crowning a perpendicular cliff.
- Ranks it as the best fortress in Asia.
- Built by Rao Jodha in 1459, when he shifted his capital from Mandore.
- It house a palace intricately adorned with long carved panels.
- Latticed windows exquisitely wrought from red sandstone.
- Apartments within have their own magic – the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana.
- A rich collection of palanquins, howdas, royal cradles, miniature paintings of various schools, costumes, furniture and an impressive armoury.
- Display of cannons on the ramparts is among the rarest in India.
- It is imposing white marble memorial.
- Built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II in 1899.
- Houses portraits of successive Marwar rulers.
Umaid Bhawan Palace:
- Beautiful palace built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, (1929-1942) for 13 years to complete the palace.
- A splendid example of Indo-colonial and art deco style of 30’s.
- Palace has been converted into a luxury hotel.
- A portion of it remains for visitors to view an excellent museum.
- It lies in the middle of the Umaid public garden.
- A rich collection of armoury, textiles, local arts and crafts, miniature paintings and portraits.
Girdikot & Sardar Market:
- A narrow lane near Clock Tower is dotted with shops selling exquisite Rajasthani handicrafts.
- Great temple has 84 pillars ornately carved with designs.
- Figures depicting various postures of Yoga.
ATTRACTIONS OF AROUND JODHPUR
- 11 kms away from Jodhpur city centre.
- Popular picnic site and sunset point.
- 9 kms away from Jodhpur city centre.
- Old capital of Marwar is known for its extensive gardens with high rock terraces.
- Garden is dotted with ornately carved cenotaphs or “Devals” of Jodhpur rulers set on a high plinth and crowned with souring spires.
- Another attraction is the “Hall of Heroes” with has sixteen gigantic figures of Hindu and folk deities chiselled out of one single rock.
- 60 kms away from Jodhpur city centre.
- Medieval town of Thar was a great trading centre between 8th – 12th centuries.
- Today, it is a desert oasis with Hindu and Jain temples, beautiful sculpted.
- Largest of these are Sachchiya mata temple and Mahavir Jain temple which are both functional.
- There are rows of sand dunes on western end of the village.
- One can enjoy lovely sunsets and camel rides.
- City of richly carved havelis and temples, 135 kms away from Jodhpur.
- Khichan village nearby attracts a large number of migratory Demoiselle Cranes locally called as ‘Kurjan’ during winters.
- Many folk songs are based on the beautiful birds who keep on coming here year after year.
- Greeted by the villagers with great enthusiasm and love.
Machiya Safari Park:
- 12 kms away from Jodhpur city centre and just 1 km from Kailana Lake.
- Park inhabited by deer, desert fox, monitor lizard, blue bulls, rabbits, wild cats, mongoose, monkeys etc.
- Large number of birds, which can be seen from an exclusive bird watching point.
- 77 kms away from Jodhpur city.
- Pali is named after the Paliwal Brahmins who once inhabited the area.
- The former capital of Jodhpur district.
- Ancient Pali housed a highly evolved civilization.
- There are very old temples Somnath and Naulakha.
- 141 kms away from Jodhpur city.
- Ahhichatragarh Fort built by Mughal Emperors Akbar and Shah Jahan.
- Well planned Mughal Garden retains its old pleasant appearance even today.
- City and buildings show distinct Muslim influence.
- Best time to visit during the Ramdeoji Ka Mela and Tejaji Ka Mela (fair) in February and August respectively.
- 12 kms away from Jodhpur city.
- Has a temple, dedicated to goddess Durga.
- Built in 9th century AD.
- A unique art gallery showcasing some masterpieces of sculptural art.
- 90 kms away from Jodhpur city.
- Situated on the bank of the Sukri River near Pali town.
- Fort has a big reservoir and several temples like Sejal Mata, Chaturbhuj and others.
- A major attraction of this city is the plantation of ‘mehandi’ trees.