Welcome to Jodhpur

The capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama – the epic hero of Ramayana.The massive 15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 Mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall -10 km long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. A major trade centre of the 16th century A.D. the fortress-city of Jodhpur is now the second largest city of Rajasthan.

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Mehrangarh fort

Beyond question, Mehrangarh Fort tops the list of ‘must visit’ places in Jodhpur. It is one among the largest Indian forts. This invincible fort stands magnificently 400 feet above the city. Rao Jodha constructed the fort in 1459 AD. Though the attempt to construct the fort was started in 1459, the fort had seen many centuries before it was completed. Hence, you could find that the style of architecture represents various periods. The grandeur in architecture is awe-inspiring. The Dark Knight Rises was also shot here.

Mandore Garden

The story goes something like this. The wife of Ravana, Mandodari is believed to be from this very town. What this means is that Ravana is son in law of the Mandore town.The people of the town actually acknowledge this fact. There is a mysterious cave in Mandore which is believed to be gateway to hell. A lot of people have gone into this cave but failed to find its end.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Last Royal Palace built in India before Independence.

Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last royal palace built before the Independence of India. Its foundations were laid in 1929 and completed in 1943. Four years after the palace’s completion, the country became a free sovereignty. Independent India had no royal kingdoms, only their lavish homes remained. Maharaja Gaj Singh, the descendant of Maharaja Umaid Singh still resides here.

One of the largest private residences in the World.

Maharaja Umaid Singh had a vision to create the largest private residence in the world. For the luxury home, the Maharaja hired the British engineer, H.V. Lancaster, contemporary of Sir Edward Lutyens who planned the buildings of the New Delhi government complex. The Chittar Sandstone has been used for the outer structure. The inner architecture is a combination of lndo-Saracenic, Classical Revival and Western Art Deco styles designed in Makrana marble and Burmese teak wood. The exotic frescoes of the palace are painted by Polish artist, J.S. Norblin. Umaid Bhawan Palace is spread over 26 acres of lush grounds including 15 acres of well-kept lush gardens. The royal residence has 347 rooms, an exquisite throne chamber, an exclusive private meeting hall, a Durbar Hall to meet the public, a vaulted banquet hall, private dining halls, a ball room, a library, an indoor swimming pool and spa, a billiards room, four tennis courts, two unique marble squash courts and long passages. The gardens of the beautiful property have peacocks freely roaming around. Views of Mehrangarh Fort and other attractions of Jodhpur can also be seen.

Bal Samand Lake Palace

Bal Samand Lake is a lake situated 5 km from Jodhpur on Jodhpur-Mandore Road. This lake is a popular picnic spot, built in 1159 AD by Gurjara-Pratihara rulers. It was designed as a water reservoir to provide water to Mandore. The lake has a length of one km, breadth of 50 m and a depth of 15 m.

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Jaswant Thada

The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph located in Jodhpur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II and serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar.The mausoleum is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.

Osian Temple

The Sachchiya Mata Temple is located in Osian, near Jodhpur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Maa Jagat Bhawani Shri Sachchiyay Mataji was historically called Shri Osian Mataji.

Osian is situated about 25 miles (40 km) from Jodhpur. It is connected by roads and trains with Jodhpur and Pokharan.

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Ramdevra Temple

Ramdevra Temple was built by the ruler of Bikaner, Maharaja Ganga Singh in 1931 to pay homage to a Hindu folklore saint, Baba Ramdevji. As the legend goes Baba Ramdevji dedicated his entire life to helping the downtrodden, and he took Samadhi in the year 1442.

Osiya is situated about 25 miles (40 km) from Jodhpur. It is connected by roads and trains with Jodhpur and Pokharan.

Festivals In Jodhpur

  • Marwar Mahotsav Gangaur

  • Baithmaar Gangaur Mela Teej

  • Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF)

  • World Sacred Spirit Festival

Cuisine

Rajasthani Thali : A number of dishes from Indian cuisine originated in Jodhpur, such as Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Ki Kachori, Pyaaj Ki Kachori, Hot & Spicy Mirchi Bada, Dal Bati Churma, Lasan Ki Chutney, Mirchi Ka Kutaa, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Ker Sangri Sabzi, Raab, Lapsi, Aate Ka Halwa, Kachara Mircha Sabzi and Kadhi Pakoda with Baajre Ka Sogra. Jodhpur is known for its sweets ranging from traditional “Makhanbada”, “Malpua”, “Ghevar”, “Motichur Ke Laddu”, “Besan barfi”, “Thorr” and “Gulab Jamun” to Bengali “Rasgulla” and “Ras Malai” prepared by special cooks in Jodhpur.

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