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About Jodhpur :

Jodhpur, once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar, is now the second largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort, and on the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan; the monuments temples and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.

Founded in 1459 AD by the Suryavanshi Rao Jodha, Jodhpur gradually grew around the towering Mehrangarh Fort, built as a stronghold on the advice of a sage. Alongwith Bikaner and Jaisalmer, Jodhpur too is situated on the ancient silk route that linked Central Asia and Northern India with the seaports of Gujarat. As a result it became a major trading centre in the 16th century. Reminiscent of the bygone years is the fact that Jodhpur is still the leading centre for cattle, camels, wood, salt and agricultural crops. The beauty and imagination that has gone into the making of this monumental city proclaim the life-springs of creative genius that appear incongurent with the harshness of this land and its climate.

Top Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort –In the turbulent political times of 1459 AD. Rao Jodha was adviced by a saint to establish an impregnable head-quarter and so, the Mehrangarh Fort was built on a steep hill. This formidable hill top fort is among the best in India with exquisitively latticed windows in residential apartments within. Carved panels and porches, elaborately adorned windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana, seem to make the medieval splendour come alive. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture and the cannons on the fort's ramparts are preserved.

Jaswant Thada - Situated to the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex, an immaculate elaborately carved marble memorial, built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur --the Jaswant Thada is an architectural landmark. With the noble crematorium and three other cenotaphs near it, the memorial has two more tombs within it. The beauteous stone and jali work on the cenotaph is extremely thin and polished, showing the carving genius of the sculptors. Consequently, the outside surface of the monument emits a warm glow when the sun rays fall on it.

Umaid Bhawan Palace - Umaid Bhawan place is located in the south of the city and clearly visible from most parts of the city. The palace was completed in 1944 and it is last great palace of India. Now half of the palace is used as five star hotel. The palace has a little museum also on grounds.

Mandore Garden - The former capital of Marwar, north of Jodhpur. Worth seeing are the old cenotaphs and caves in the crags, which once sheltered ascetics. The exquisite landscaped gardens come alive with peacocks and monkeys and the sprawling greenery of sacred peepal, banyan, bottle-brush, pomegranate, palm & plantains and bubbling fountains are a feast for the eyes. Set against a rocky wall is a pillared compound, housing the "Hall of Heroes" and "Shrine" of the 330 million gods.  






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