Jodhpur is called the Sun City and not for nothing: it is said that the first ray of sun that hits the land does so in this fabled city. The city of Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. This city is divided into the old city and the new city. It has many palaces and forts. Here are some great places to visit in Jodhpur:
- Umaid Bhawan Palace: This palace was constructed in 1929 and finished in 1943. This palace is situated at the highest point in the city and houses 347 rooms which is why it was named as one of the largest private residences in the world. The architecture of the building itself is a mix of both Indian and European styles. Part of this palace is still home to the royal family and two other parts of the palace now act as the Taj Palace Hotel and a museum. The museum is open to the public, the hotel is open to guests and the residence is private and no guests are allowed entry there.
- Jaswant Thada: It was built in fond memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh the Second in 1899. It is constructed with marble and is quite a sight to behold. Intricate carvings adorn the walls as well as portraits of the Rathores, rulers of the past. The grounds of this place have a stunning garden and a large pond.
- Mandore Gardens: Mandore used to be the capital of Marwar before Jodhpur was ever founded. This 6th century throwback attracts tourists in large numbers. It houses a government museum and a large temple. Many statues found in this area are kept in the museum.
- Mehrangarh Fort: By far considered to be the most important place to visit in Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is one of India’s largest forts. It is 400 feet tall and was constructed in 1459 AD. This fort took many centuries to be constructed fully and that’s why you can see the influence of changing times on the architecture of this fort.
- Kailana Lake: This lake can be found in the west of the city. It is an artificial lake and was constructed in 1872 by Pratap Singh. Birdwatchers come here to catch a glimpse of some rare sights. Sailing a boat here is highly recommended for the views like the birds as well as the beautiful sunset.
- Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park: This park was created in 2006 with the sole intention of preserving and restoring the rocky formations near the fort. One of the main steps taken to do this was to plant 80 native species of plants taken straight from the Thar Desert. 200 acres of this land span the area and is located at the foot of the Mehrangarh Fort. The lush greenery here is beautiful and a sight for sore eyes.
- Chamunda Mata Temple: This temple was built by Rao Jodha and was built as protection against a curse given by an old sage. It is a testament to those times and revered by the people of Rajasthan.
- Balsamand Lake: This is an artificial lake that was created in 1159 AD by Balak Rao Parihar. The greenery surrounding the lake is home to mango, guava and papaya groves. The Balsamand Lake Palace was created to serve as a summer resort retreat for the royal family of Jodhpur. These gardens are home to many birds and peacocks and are so beautiful to watch. This palace was built using red sandstone.
These have been our top places to visit in Jodhpur, the Sun City of India. Make sure you enjoy your trip to this beautiful land and remember to travel safely.