Gaze your eyes down from a high vantage point of mighty Mehrangarh Fort, and get soaked into one
of the most absorbing views of the world! Jodhpur – the magical land of royals in the middle of Thar
is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Bright and sunny throughout the year, the Sun
City’s houses are painted in bright blue colour. This omnipresent blue shade of Jodhpur is a lively
display of human resilience against the stark Thar. Against this bleak backdrop of brown earth the
Blue City appears magnificent!
Experience the essence of royalty and grandeur of princely Rajputana era with various places in and around the Blue City that displays richness of India’s royal past.
One of the largest forts of India, Mehrangarh Fort commands a captivating view of the entire Jodhpur city. It is from the top of this fort that you can see the famous blue houses of the city that give the city its nickname ‘The Blue City’. The Museum, palaces and the other areas of the fort also make for a fascinating dive into the mighty history of the Rathore rulers in Jodhpur.
UMAID BHAWAN PALACE
A working palace and a museum, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is an impressive landmark of the city of Jodhpur. The palace’s museum offers to see artefacts from the royal era, striking murals on the wall of the palace, erstwhile maharaja’s collections and war weapons. While rest of the palace is converted into a 5 Star Hotel and some portion is occupied by the royal family.
Developed under the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, Jaswant Thada is a striking array of royal cenotaphs constructed with milky white marbles. It is often visited on the way to or way back from Mehrangarh Fort. The lake in front of this cenotaph too furnishes quite a surreal foreground to this monument.
Mandore is a beautiful town, situated just 9 kms from Jodhpur. Once a part of the Parihar Empire, today, it is famous for its Royal cenotaphs, temples, a ruined fort and other monuments all located within a very green stretch which is dubbed as the Mandore Garden.
Jodhpur’s nearest desert getaway, Osian is the desert city that offers an exhilarating desert safari experience into its remote villages and across the makeshift sand dunes. The 9th century temple of Osian is quite a sight and it towers over the city when you look at it from the desert. A camel safari and Jeep Safari inside the desert is one of the exciting desert experiences in Osian followed by dinner.
A prominent landmark of Jodhpur, the massive Clock Tower or Ghanta Ghar , is a vibrant market place that offers its visitors an exciting shopping experience. A fabulous variety of fabrics, furniture, handicrafts, glass bangles, cutlery, carpets and marble goods can be purchased here at exciting prices.
Yet another artificial lake, Kailana Lake is a birdwatchers’ paradise in Jodhpur. A boat ride can help add some mesmerizing photographs to your Jodhpur diaries which also include beautiful views of sunset.
RAO JODHA DESERT ROCK PARK
The 200 acres of park is formed to restore the rocky area near Mehrangarh Fort. This recently revived place reflects the hard work and dedication of the ecologists who spared no efforts to make the place brimming with greenery.
Polo has been the royal sport of Jodhpur since medieval times. The city allures many Polo enthusiasts to witness and participate in the various equestrian events that are held here.