The second-largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a place everyone reads about in history books. From Maharajas, Ranis, forts, palaces, temples and havelis to the breathtaking landscapes of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur has been popular among tourists all over the country, as well as outside the country. The elusive blue-inked architecture, the dominating view of the strapping fort atop the hill, the amazing white marble cenotaph, the age-old lakes and their stories and legends that are closer to truth and many more interesting places – a Jodhpur vacation tour can fulfil your dream of visiting a historical place with amazing stories.
Famously called ‘Blue City,’ Jodhpur was founded by a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha, after whom the city is named. The kingdom was previously known as Marwar, the capital of Mandore and that’s why the people of Jodhpur were named ‘Marwari’. The old city was centred around Mehrangarh Fort, bounded by a ten-kilometre wall with eight gates around. Over the past decades, a new city started building outside the wall. A bird’s eye view from Mehrangarh Fort is enough to realise that the whole city seems to wear a uniform colour, blue. As legend has it, the houses are coloured with copper sulphur to repel the insects, which turns out to be blue in certain weather conditions. And, that’s how Jodhpur gets its name ‘Blue City’.
There are innumerable top things to do in Jodhpur. A day trip in the city starts with a steaming cup of ‘masala chai’ as you start walking the alleys of the blue town. As you pass across the busy roads full of colourful shops selling souvenirs, clothes, snacks and many more, you will get glimpses of Mehrangarh Fort above Jodhpur’s skyline. As a contrast, there comes the white-marble adorned Jaswant Thada, at the foothills of the gigantic fort. After finishing the trip to the fortress and the palaces inside it, make sure to visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, the world’s largest private palace made in the 20th century. If that does not satiate your trip in Jodhpur, then head towards Bishnoi Village and Osian, two worth-visiting villages near the city.
Top Tourist Places in Jodhpur Rajasthan
- Mehrangarh Fort
- Umaid Bhawan Palace
- Chamunda Mataji Temple
- Ranisar Padamsar
- Jodhpur Government Museum
- Jaswant Thada
With a dominating landscape of a complex, rising atop a hillock, Mehrangarh Fort has been one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur over the years. The fort, situated around 122 metres above Jodhpur’s skyline, is packed with stories and legends from the past. One of the most famous historic forts in India, built by Raja Rao Jodha in 1459 AD, it is an epitome of an awe-inspiring architecture of various styles of different periods.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The only palace built in the 20th century; Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the must-see places in Jodhpur. Also known as Chittar Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace is located on the highest point of Jodhpur city. It was designed by a famous British architect, HV Lanchester, thus flaunts a blend of Indian and European styles of architecture. The palace has three parts now, the first one is reserved for the former royal family and the other two were converted into Taj Palace Hotel and Museum. Only the museum is open to the public.
Chamunda Mataji Temple
Chamunda Mataji Temple was built by Raja Rao Jodha and is located inside Mehrangarh Fort. It is home to the main deity of the royal family and Maharajas, Isht Devi. The deity is worshipped by the locals, as well as tourists. The temple remains open from 5 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM on all days of the week.
Ranisar & Padamsar Lakes
Ranisar Padmasar are two lakes located adjacent to each other near Fateh Pol in Mehrangarh Fort. Ranisar was built in the 15th century owing to preserving water those days, following the order of Rani Jasmade Hadi, who was Rao Jodha’s wife. Padmasar was ordered by Rani Padmini Rao Ganga, who was the daughter of Rana Sanga of Mewar. The lakes are the popular tourist places in Jodhpur, famed for offering a peaceful and serene atmosphere along with scenic beauty to the tourists.
Jodhpur Government Museum
One of the most popular visiting places in Jodhpur, the Government Museum is home to a rich collection of relics made by the craftsmen of Marwar. Jodhpur Government Museum, located in the heart of Umaid Garden was built by Seth Ramkumar Maganiram Bangar in 1935. It houses a wide range of collections from Makrana (marble items with golden work), Sambher (Jaisalmer salt items) and Merta (ivory items) to wooden artefacts and Marwar paintings.
Jaswant Thada, located near Mehrangarh Fort, is one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur. A cenotaph, dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh, one of the reformers of the state, Jaswant Thada is made of extremely thin and polished marble sheets that glow when illuminated by the sun. The place features a small lake, a garden, gazebos and three more cenotaphs on the grounds. The building is maintained by MMT (Mehrangarh Museum Trust) and is open to tourists. There is also a museum inside where you will find the portraits of Marwar rulers along with didactics.
If you want to plan a trip to Jodhpur for your upcoming holidays this year, you can contact Bon Travel India for all types of assistance. Bon Travel India offers several tour packages for Rajasthan Jodhpur Sightseeing tour, such as the Jodhpur family tour package, Jodhpur heritage sightseeing tour package and more.
Best Time to Visit Jodhpur Rajasthan
October to March is the best time to visit Jodhpur as you will find the weather pleasant and perfect for visiting the must visit places.
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