Jodhpur is the second largest city in rajasthan state and the major tourist destination in india. Jodhpur is known as the “Blue City”. The name is clearly befitting as most of the architecture – forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. Jodhpur history revolves around the Rathore Clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. He founded Jodhpur in 1459. The city is named after him only. It was previously known as Marwar. Jodhpur is also known for the rare breed of horses known as Marwari or Malani, which are only found here.
Attractions And Palaces To Visit In Jodhpur –
Mehrangarh Fort –
Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a hill which is 125 metres above Jodhpur’s skyline is the Mehrangarh Fort. This historic fort is one of the most famous in India and is packed with history and legends. Meharngarh fort was founded by Rao Jodha in the 15th century. Mehrangarh fort has several brilliantly crafted palaces which include Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana, Jhanki Mahal and Phool Mahal. In order to keep the antiques of Mehrangarh preserved, buildings in the fort premises serve as museums which host a collection of musical instruments, furniture, palanquins, paintings and canons.
Umaid Bhawan Palace –
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the most beautifully built palaces of that era. Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 to counter a famine which had hit the state at the time. It was also known as the Chittar Palace while being constructed thanks to the use of stones drawn from the Chittar hill. It is recognised as one of the largest private homes in the world and also one of the more spectacular buildings. It is the only palace built in the 20th century.
Jaswant Thada –
Jaswant Thada is a spectacular marble structure built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 to commemorate his father Maharaja Jaswant Sigh II. Jaswant Thada is managed and looked after by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust (MMT). Beautiful view of the lake, chirping of the birds and tranquil ambience makes this royal cenotaph one of the must visit attractions in Jodhpur.
Clock Tower –
Clock Tower known as “The Ghanta Ghar”. is situated in one of the busiest areas of Jodhpur, the Sadar Bazaar. It was constructed by Shri Sardar Singh Ji of Jodhpur. It Is well maintained and must visit place in jodhpur.
Mandore Garden –
Mandore is a major tourist destination of Jodhpur. Founded back in the 6th century, Mandore was earlier the capital of the Rajputana Kingdom. Set at a distance of 9 km from Jodhpur city, Mandore Garden is a major tourist attraction of Jodhpur. The natural charm of the garden makes it truly alluring. The garden is immensely beautiful and is studded with temples, lawns, galleries and high rock terraces.
Shopping In Jodhpur –
Jodhpur offers shopping experience with textile dyers, metal engravers and die-makers. Jodhpur still, probably, has the last of the tailors of the classic 'Jodhpur' breeches. While in Jodhpur, don't forget to buy the famous Jodhpuri Suit. It gives a royal identity to your dressing.