Jodhpur is a city of tourists, where they come from all over the world to enjoy the graceful forts and palaces, Gardens that are breathtaking and Museums that narrate a lot about the history of this place. The Mehrangarh Fort is one good place to visit where you can spend half of your day, as it is spread over an area of 5 kms. Pilgrims visit this place to offer their prayers at the Ganesh Temple which is also called Ratanada. One can indulge in extensive shopping of handicrafts made of iron, wood and camel bone here. The Sadar Bazaar is one good stop for the shoppers who like to purchase handmade and colorful fabrics. With lots more to see and do in this colorful city, one will love to lodge in the beautiful hotels of Jodhpur.
Places To SeeMehrangarh Fort
The fort is located at an altitude of 150 m on a lofty hill. It was constructed by Rao Jodha in the year 1459. Seven gates lead into the fort. You can see the marks created by cannon balls during battles. There is also a chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a warrior who laid his life to protect the fort against Amber’s armies. Siddhnath Shiv temple
The temple is set between the Takhat Sagar hills. Stairs leading to the temple have been cut from rocks. The desolate area attracted a hermit named Veetragi Narain Swami, who gained many devotees in this region. Later another saint named Gaurishankar also came here to meditate. It is believed that he created the temple here by cutting stones. Achal Nath Shivalaya
The religious center was built by Nanak Devi, the queen of Rao Ganga, in the year 1531. Within the temple there are various halls like the Garbha Griha, Mandap Bhavan, and Kirtan Bhawan. All these halls are constructed with carved Chhitar stones. You can also see a water reservoir known as ‘Ganga Bawari’ near the Shivling inside the shrine. Umaid Bhawan Palace
The palace takes its name from its founder Maharaja Umaid Singh. It is also known as ‘Chittar Palace’ given that it is located on Chittar Hill. The palace exemplifies Indo-colonial and art deco architectural styles. Large chiseled sandstone structures have been interlocked to create the structure and there is no mortar binding. Baba Ramdev Temple
Also known as the Adhar Shila Temple, the Baba Ramdev temple is an ancient shrine located on Massuria hill top, between the Jalori and Nagori gates in Jodhpur. A small rock fronts the temple and has ‘Enter at your own risk’ engraved on it. These words don’t refer to any danger but hint to the mystery encompassing the temple. Chamunda Mata Temple
The temple was built by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur in the year 1460. The temple is located close to the southern gate of Mehrangarh Fort. The royal shrine attracts hordes of devotees especially during the Dussehra festival. Jai Pol
Located at a distance of about 5 km from Jodhpur city, Jai Pol is one of the historic structures set in the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. Jai Pol means the 'gate of victory’. It was constructed in 1806 by the then ruler of Marwar, Maharaja Man to celebrate the triumph of Marwar over the arch rival kingdoms of Jaipur and Bikaner.
Things To DoBalsamand Lake
Balsamand Lake is an artificial lake that was built by Balak Rao Parihar in 1159 AD. During the days of yore, the lake served as a water reservoir of Mandore. It is surrounded by gardens which attract peacocks. The Balsamand Lake Palace overlooks the lake. Exhibiting traditional Rajputana architectural style, it serves as a summer resort for the royal families of Jodhpur. Osian
The town is famous for its Jain and Hindu temples that date to the 8th and 11th centuries. The Sachiyamata Temple is the most important shrine among all the temples located here. The Surya temple of the Sun God, Goddess Kali temple, Sachiya Mata temple and the Jain temple of Lord Mahavira are also worth a visit because of their architectural splendors. Osian also boasts of a five megawatt (MW) solar power plant, the very first industry in this town. Tip
: You can also enjoy camel rides here. You can watch the beautiful views of the temples while enjoying the camel ride. Chokelao Bagh
This beautiful garden was created by Maharajah Abhai Singh in 1739. It can be found in the Mehrangarh Fort complex. Over the years, the garden has witnessed much innovation. It has three terrace areas, with each area designed uniquely. There are several decorative plants in the garden as well as fruit trees such as banana, desert apple, pomegranate, orange and jasmine. Machiya Safari Park
Situated on the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer Route at a distance of 9 km from the Jodhpur city, Machiya Safari Park is a popular site for sightseeing and picnics. You can view several animals and birds in their natural habitat such as monitor lizards, desert foxes, blue bulls, mongoose, rabbits, wild cats, and monkeys.