Ajit Bhawan guarantees a dive into royal Rajasthani magnificence. The first heritage hotel of India, Ajit Bhawan, never fails to fascinate its aristocratic guests with its imperial, kingly lifestyle. It is indeed a reflection of the princely era of Rajasthan. But there’s so much more to the Sun City of India, Jodhpur, which the guests often fail to notice. A stay at this epitome of luxury is also an opportunity to saunter around the second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur, which is famous for its enchanting forts, palaces and lakes.
We have compiled a list of fascinating spots that would enthrall you with their charm:
1. Mehrangarh Fort: Undoubtedly the most popular spot in Jodhpur, it is one of the largest forts in India. A work of architectural brilliance, this 15th century fort is just about 3.2 kilometers away from Ajit Bhawan. Standing at a magnificent height of 400 feet above the city, the fort gives a splendid view of the blue city and is a treat for the eyes.
2. Jaswant Thada: Located left to the Mehrangarh fort lies Jaswant Thada. It is a royal cenotaph built in 1899 in the honour of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Made up of white marble, this stunning marvel consists of multilevel gardens, a pond and intricately carved alcoves.
3. Balsamand Lake: Built in 1159 AD, it is an artificial lake located 5 kilometers from Jodhpur, on the Jodhpur-Mandore highway. Lush greenery around the lake intensifies its existing beauty.
4. Ghanta Ghar: Also known as the clock tower, Ghanta Ghar is a prominent landmark in the old city. Located next to the Sardar Market, the colossal tower was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh between 1880 and 1910. The vicinity of the clock tower is home to about 7000 shops dealing in plenteous variety of handicrafts, spices and sarees. The tower is lit up at night and is a sight to behold.
5. Umaid Bhawan Palace and Museum: The construction of Umaid Bhawan palace began in the year 1929. It is one of the world’s largest private residencies. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, it is divided into three parts, one of which is still owned by Jodhpur’s royal family. The palace a combination of Indian and European architecture and has a museum which focuses on the 20th century’s venerable art.
6. Masuriya Hill Garden: Situated on the Masuria hills, this garden has Asia’s largest TV tower. The biggest attraction however, is the statue of Maharana Pratap with his horse.
Only a life full of flamboyant experiences can be deemed living. Anything less is merely existing. The next time you plan a stay at Ajit Bhawan, make sure you move through the blue city of Jodhpur against the backdrop of Thar and immerse yourself in the richness of Rajasthan’s royal past.