Jodhpur was once
the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Marwar. It was also
called as the Land of Death. The city was called
1549 AD. While on tour to Jodhpur, you will come across many
historic yet interesting buildings.
Most important place to visit in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort.
It was built by the Rathore Rajputs in the 15th century AD when
they shifted their capital from Mandore to Jodhpur. Today the
part of the fort has been converted into a museum, which is
managed by the Royal Trust. The important buildings within the
fort are the Moti Mahal, Janaki Mahal, Chandan Mahal, Darbar
Takhat or Throne Room, Rang Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal,
Umaid Vilas and Maan Vilas.
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
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 displayed here.
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.
Clock Tower & Sadar Market - In the old city, clock tower is a
prominent land mark. But main attraction is the Sadar Market.
The market has kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture.