Jodhpur is the land of Royalty is a
glittering jewel in the golden sands of the barren desert landscape. The light
that reflects of the golden sands engulf a land renowned for its vibrant colours,
people in the bright clothes and beautiful jewellery, living in city dotted and
dominated by towering fort and palaces that rise from sand like a mirage.
Besides a tour of the massive and impregnable Mehrangarh Fort, we also decide to
go Native here. We ride horse carriages, as do the natives, to the Clock Tower
Bazaar. This is guaranteed to be a fun experience as the carriage plods along
through bustling parts of the Old city. The Clock Tower bazaar itself is a
fascinating and colourful "you name it we have it" kind of bazaar.
Palaces to See
Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India.
The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of
hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The only palace built in 20th century under the famine relief programme, has now
been converted into a hotel with some parts being retained as a museum.
The 19th century royal cenotaph is built in white marble, in commemoration of
Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur are also
This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits,
local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the
Umaid public gardens.
Mandore : Towards the north of Jodhpur is the ancient capital of Marwar,
Mandore. It is just 8 kms from the city. Main attractions of the place are Hall
of Heroes with sixteen huge figures carved out of a single rock, the shrine of
330 million Gods and the royal cenotaphs. But one can not miss the caves in
crags and the sprawling gardens, which are now shelter place for monkeys and
peacocks. Greenery of the place makes Mandore, in true sense, an oasis.
Ossian : 65-km from Jodhpur, lie ruins of an ancient city called Ossian.
This city is famous for Brahmanical and Jain temples, which belong to 8th and
11th century. Surya or Sun temple and the Sachiya temples are famous for their
beauty. The 'shikhar' of Sachiya temple is clustered by two rows of turrets, an
ambulatory and a large assembly hall with an elaborate ceiling.
Guda Bishnoi : The villages are inhabitated by the Bishnoi tribe who are
staunch believers in the sanctity of plant and animal life. Villages are marked
by Khejri trees and deers, which thrive there. 25 kms from Jodhpur.
LAKES AND PALACES
Balsamand Lake & Palace :
This picturesque artificial lake is 7 kms from the main city. Summer palaces
along the embankment and a bird sanctuary has made it a picnic spot.
Sardar Samand Lake and Palace :
Rajasthani village life and vibrant cultural colours come alive as you drive
along the 55 kms stretch. The monotony of the drive is broken by Chinkaras and
Black Bucks who frisk pass the road.