Famous as one of the largest private residencies in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a marvel built by Maharaja Umaid Singh and was the last royal palace built in India before independence, making it the youngest of all royal palaces. Spread over 26 acres, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one part palace, one part hotel and one part museum.
An interesting fact about this property is that it was built for a noble cause - to provide employment to famine-struck locals, thus acting as a symbol of hope.
Located just 9 km north the city of Jodhpur, Mandore is an ancient town best known for Mandore Gardens, an exquisite collection of charming high rock terraces, nenorials, temples and cenotaphs.
Prior to the founding of Jodhpur, Mandore functioned as the capital of Marwar Kingdom. Quite interestingly, Mandore is believed to be the birthplace of Ravan's wife, Mandodari. The town has a temple dedicated to Ravan and a few of the local Brahmins even believe Ravan to be their son-in-law.
Built by Maharaja Sardar Singh, this age old clock tower which is locally referred to as 'Ghanta ghar' is a prominent city landmark. Surrounded amidst the clamourous and vibrant Sardar Market in the city centre, the clock tower imposingly dominates the entire expanse around it.
This bouldered expanse of 200 acres is an ecologically restored desert that was created in 2006 with a view to restore the area's natural ecology. Situated at the foot of the historic Mehrangarh Fort, the desert rock park is home to unusual volcanic ricks and sandstone formations.
Rao Jodha Desert Park is criss-crossed with 4 walking trails that take the visitors up-to the city walls and are excellent for watching the native reptiles, birds and plant species.
Ajit in the Hindi language means – The invincible and Bhawan is the synonym to home. True to its name stands tall and mighty red sandstone architectural grandeur built in 1927 for Major General Maharaj Dhiraj Sir Ajit Singh, the younger brother of Maharaja Shri Umaid Singh of erstwhile Jodhpur State. The palace is still home to the royal family and is open to all as well.
" We Are Talking about something that cannot be bought it’s our Heritage, and it needs to be preserved for our community" – BEN BURROUGHS
Passionately preserved by Rani Maa Usha Devi Ji wife of Late Maharaj Swaroop Singh Ji Son of Sir Ajit Singh Ji along with her two sons Maharaj Raghvendra Singh Rathore and Suryaveer Singh invites one and all from across the globe to experience this majestic marvel amidst incredible royal hospitality of Rajasthan.
Standing a hundred feet in splendor, the mighty Mehrangarh Fort is a brilliant piece of archtecture and one of Jodhpur's most prominent attractions. Built in 1460 by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, this imposing and invincible red sandstone architectural marvel is nestled 400 feet above the skyline of Jodhpur and is a sight to behold.
Lying on the fringes of the Thr Desert, Osian is an ancient desertt city that lies in ruins. Lying about 70 km away from Jodhpur, the desert town is known for its collection of its temples that have successfully stood the test of time.
Though it does not feature on a regular tourist's map, Osian is a wondeful escape to the Thar Desert, worthy of every tourists' time who is visiting Jodhpur.