The Mandore Ruler Rao Jodha founded the Jodhpur. Jodha conquered the surrounding territory and thus, founded a kingdom that came to be knowns as Marwar. Jodhpur is famous for its forts, palaces, and temples. It is popularly known as Blue City all over India and is among the famous tourist places to visit in Rajasthan. The best time to visit Jodhpur is in Winters from November to February. Apart from the tourist places to visit in Jodhpur, it is also known for antiques, bandhani, red chilies, and traditional men and women wear. Also, people visit Jodhpur to buy handicraft items. If you are visiting to purchase handicraft items, then explore the following local markets:
- Clock Tower Market
- Sojati Gate Market
- Mochi Bazaar
- Sarafa Bazaar
- Tripolia Bazaar
5 Places to visit in Jodhpur
Let’s explore more about Jodhpur.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
Umaid Bhavan Palace was built around 1943 and named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of current Maharaja Gaj Singh. This Palace holds a prominent position among other places in Jodhpur. The Palace has 347 rooms and one part is managed by the Taj hotels and another part of Umaid Bhawan has been used as a museum for the public.
If you are a car enthusiast, then the exhibition of vintage cars is a beautiful thing to see. You will love the palace’s interior, which is a blend of eastern and western architectural styles, and where the traditional design meets the contemporary design.
I had never booked a room there but I heard that those who booked a room, got true royal treatment in the hotel.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
One of the best places to visit in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh fort. Around 1460 A.D., Rao Jodha, the Mandore Ruler built the Mehrangarh fort. This fort stands splendidly at 120 meters above the city. If you have watched the movie the Dark Knight Rises, then you will be happy to see that one of the movie scenes was shot in the Mehrangarh fort. Apart from this, many more Television ADs were also shot in the Mehrangarh fort. This vast fort, which is spread across 5 Kms in the heart of the Jodhpur City, is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan.
Originally a palace, and is now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings, and elaborate Rajasthani carvings. The families that lived inside the fort were believed to have their origins in the Sun God from Hindu mythology.
There are three palaces at Mehrangarh fort, these are
- Sheesh Mahal (the mirror hall),
- Moti Mahal (glass-painted windows of pearl colors), and
- Phool Mahal (the large hall of leisure activities of the Royal family)
Jaswant Thanda was built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. You can couple your Mehrangarh trip with Jaswant Thanda as both are adjacent to each other. The stunning construction of marble is amazing and also known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar.
It is one of the best-preserved sites that stand strong to tell the antiquity of an ancient era. Mandore served as the capital of many Jodhpur kings and even witnessed several invasions from various dynasties over the centuries. To protect Mandore further from invasions, the capital was shifted to the Mehrangarh Fort, as it offers better protection from enemies.
The Mandore Gardens has ancient temples and high-rock terraces that are quite amazing. You can spend the whole day seeing and clicking photos of the Gardens.
Osian Temple as known as Khajuraho of Rajasthan located 65KM from Jodhpur City. The place is a combination of Jain and Hindu temples, surrounded by hamlets and dunes. The famous temple includes the Sachiya Mata temple, the Sun temple, and the main Jain Temple. The Jain temple was built in the dedication of Lord Mahavira. The Sachiya Mata temple is dedicated to the 9th incarnation Of Goddess Durga. The Sun temple is dedicated to the Sun God and also, houses the idols of Goddess Durga and Lord Ganesha.
The Jain temple also symbolizes the stunning architectural design and is adorned with beautifully carved pillars.
These are only a few of the best tourist places to visit in Jodhpur. Depending upon your itinerary, you can visit a lot many other tourists place in and around Jodhpur. Other famous places around Jodhpur are Balsamand Lake, Toorji ka Jhalra, Khimsar (desert safari), Ranakpur (famous Jain Temple), and Pali. You can contact me if you are planning to visit any specific place in Jodhpur.