‘Blue City’ or ‘Jodhpur’ is the second-largest city in Rajasthan. Around 1459 A.D., Jodhpur was established. The history of this prosperous city revolves around the Rathore dynasty and Rao Jodha, chief of the Rathore dynasty, is credited with the origin of Jodhpur. Most of the famous places and things in Jodhpur are Temples, Mehrangarh fort, blue houses, snacks, and sweets. Apart from the fort, there are multiple lakes, shopping streets, and temples which one can see and enjoy.
Mehrangarh Fort, also called Mehran’s Fort, was built in Jodhpur by Rao Jodha in 1459; it is one of the biggest forts in the country. It is located on a hilltop of 410 feet high and is protected by huge walls. Mehrangarh Fort is listed among the most magnificent hill forts of Rajasthan. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most amazing places to visit in Jodhpur. The fort was built so perfectly that you would not be able to understand where does the hill ends and the wall of the fort began. It is almost 100 feet above the city skyline. Unbeatable and impressive, this grandeur in red sandstone is wrapped in an eccentric beauty. The majestic entrance of the fort is over a hill and it has seven doors. These are called Victory Gate, Fateh Gate, Gopal Gate, Bhairon Gate, One Meg Gate, Marty Gate, and finally the Iron Gate. There is a museum in the fort which is one of the famous museums of Rajasthan and this museum has six different galleries: Howrah, Palanquins, Daulat Khan, Kavach, Paintings, and Pagari Gallery.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhavan Palace was built in 1943; it is a wonderful amalgamation of a fascinating past and a luxurious present. It can be a heritage hotel, a museum and the residence of the Royal Family of the present owner, Raja Gaj Singh. In addition to being of a historical landmark, it was commissioned in 1929, it was built in order to provide employment to the drought and grief-stricken farmers of the area and thus took longer to complete. In this palace has 347 rooms and a part of it is operated by Taj Group of Hotels. Umaid Bhavan Palace offers amazing encounters ranging from heritage walks to unforgettable dining experiences.
Mandore Gardens is among the most beautiful places present in Jodhpur city. This garden is located in Mandor, which was once the ruling seat of the Pratihar dynasty. The garden is more spacious and is part of the Mehrangarh Fort, the Hall of Heroes and the temple of three hundred million Gods are also famous. There is also a government museum in the garden, which is full of artifacts and old relics. The best specialty of the garden is the gorgeous cenotaph or ‘deals’ which can be found spreading in the Mandore Garden. Of course, the most beautiful and famous of these synagogues is that of Maharaj Ajit Singh. Rajput is standing near the cenotaphs of folk heroes and heroes dedicated to many deities.
Chamunda Mata Temple
Chamunda Mata Temple is located at the end of Mehrangarh Fort, This Temple is among the oldest and most revered temples in Jodhpur. Chamunda Mataji was Rao Jodha’s favorite goddess and so her idol was bought to the Mehrangarh Fort. Therefore, the fort became a place of devotion and was turned into a temple. After that time till now, locals worship Chamunda Mata. In fact, till date, the goddess remains the Isht Devi of Maharajas and the royal family. The people also come here for the ‘Manglik’ pooja proceedings. It is a fine example of the connection between the daily life of the Rajput rulers and religion.
In the royal state of Jodhpur lies Jaswant Thada, a splendid marble cenotaph monument that is also a mausoleum for the kings of Marwar. The memorial was built in the honor and memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 and is still used by the Marwar Royal Family as cremation grounds. This beautiful edifice is made out of intricately carved marble that is offset vibrantly against the red steps that lead up to the entrance. Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur is considered as an architectural landmark. On the steps leading up to the monument, one can see local musicians and folk dancers entertain the visitors.
Osian is an old town situated in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This town is a combination of Jain and Brahmanical temples and is a famous religious site visited by many tourists from all around the country. The area of the town is surrounded by hamlets and golden sand dunes. This destination awaits you at a distance of 65 km from Jodhpur in the ancient desert town of Osian. Baptized as Osian Temples these 15 beautifully sculpted Hindu and Jain temples invite you. Hailing from the 7th and 8th centuries, these sacred places prove the architectural proficiency of ancient India. The Sun Temple is also worth a place here with other famous places in Jodhpur as it is the oldest of all.