|Mandore Gardens||Located 8km North of Jodhpur|
|Umed Gardens||Positioned just next to the popular Umaid Palace|
|Mehrangarh Fort||Situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city|
|Jaswant Thada||Located left of the Meharangarh Fort|
|Umaid Bhavan Palace||Located in the heart of the city yet far from the hustle & bustle of busy city life|
|Rai Ka Bagh Palace||Located close to the Rai Bagh Palace Railway Station|
|Balsammand Lake||Located on the Jodhpur-Mandore road, about 7km from the heart of the city of Jodhpur|
|Kaylana Lake||Located 8km west of Jaipur on the Jaisalmer Road|
|Sardar Samand Lake||Located 60km South-east of Jodhpur off the Jodhpur-Pali road|
|Government Museum||Located near the High court Road in the middle of the Umaid Public Garden|
|Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum||Located inside Umaid Bhawan Palace|
|Chamunda Mataji Temple||Located in the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort|
|Raj Ranchodji Temple||Located at Kamla Nehru Nagar|
|Baba Ramdeo Temple||Located on a sandstone hill|
|Mahamandir Temple||Situated on the road that leads towards Mandore|
The Gardens of Jodhpur
Mandore was the erstwhile capital of Marwar before Jodhpur. Hence this place holds great historical importance. Located 8km North of Jodhpur, Mandore is well known for its gardens. With a natural rocky terrain and the cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers make this garden attractive to tourists.
The city of Jodhpur excels in Gardens and parks, which are most often considered to be of equivalent worth and beauty as the Mughal Gardens. Umed Gardens is one of the most the famous one in Jodhpur and it is named after Maharaja Umed Singh. The garden has five entries to ease tourists entering in to the garden from different directions. Inside the garden, one can enjoy the museum, towering Ashoka trees and aesthetically designed fountains, zoo and a library.
Forts and Monuments in Jodhpur
Founded by Raja Jodha in 159, this is the most spectacular Fort in the entire Rajasthan.Situated on a 150 meter high hill; the Mehrangarh Fort can be reached from the city, 5kms below, through a circular road. The special attraction of the fort are the seven different gated that need to be crossed in order to gain access into the fort. Each of these gates bear the marks of the cannon-balls of the battles that Jodhpur has been the victim of. One of these gates is named Jayapole, meaning the gate of victories. This was erected by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victory against the forces of Jaipur and Udaipur. Some other attractions of the Fort include the Moti Mahal or the palace of pearls that houses the throne of Jodhpur. The left of the Mehrangarh Fort is the Chhatri of a soldier, Kirat Singh Soda. It is the spot where he fell while defending the fort against the armies of Amber.
Located left of the Meharangarh Fort, this is a 19th century royal cenotaph built in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. The son of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, Maharaja Sardar Singh, in the memory of his father, built the Jaswant Thada. The cenotaph has two more tombs within it. Near to this are the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs.
A white marble memorial, the Jasant Thoda exemplifies architectural brilliance. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh displays portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. The main memorial has been built like a temple. To visit the Thada you have to go through the rocky hills. This also lends a mystic aura to the whole visit. Do make sure to visit this architectural delight while on a tour to Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Umaid Bhavan Palace
Perhaps the most imposing of all the palaces in Jodhpur is Umaid Bhavan, Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh with the assistance of an Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester, the Umaid Bhavan has 347 rooms.
It was actually built for the welfare of the people. The purpose was to give employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long period of drought and famine. The construction of the palace utilized approximately one million square feet (90,000 m˛). Another special feature of the palace is the use of a special type of sandstone, called Chittar sandstone, giving it a special appearance. Umaid Bhavan palace of Jodhpur is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Over three thousand artisans were employed in the construction of this palace. Almost half of the palace has been converted into a hotel and another part of the palace into a museum.
Rai Ka Bagh Palace
Built close to the Rai Bagh Palace Railway Station, this octagonal palace was built by Maharaja Jaswant Singh-I, Hadiji, in 1663. In 1883, Swami Dayanand Saraswati came to Jodhpur. The arrangements for his public audience were made in the public ground of this palace only. He gave his sermons there itself. Even Jaswant Singh used to listen to Swami Dayanand in this palace only. At present the palace houses the income-tax office.
Though an artificial lake, the Balsammand Lake is one of the veritable attractions of Jodhpur. Located on the Jodhpur-Mandore road, about 7km from the heart of the city of Jodhpur, this pristine and picturesque lake was built in 1159A.D. by Maharaja Sur Singh who also erected the eight pillar palace beside the lake. The lake is surrounded by verdant gardens all around. Tourists often cannot resist the desire of exploring this garden filled with mango, guava, papaya, plum, banana, pomegranate and other fruit-trees. This place is also host to an artificial cascading waterfall that brings water to the garden. Tourists can freely roam about the garden and explore the beauty of the palace as well as the garden
Located 8km west of Jaipur on the Jaisalmer Road, this lake was built by Maharaja Pratap Singh, the then Prime Minister of Jodhpur in 1872. This beautiful lake spreads over an area of 72 square kilometers an even provides boating facilities to the tourists.
Also known as Pratap Sagar, this lake appears spectacular at the time of sunset. The area surrounding the lake was once a secured hunting ground for the royal family, as it was heavily infested with wild bears. This is also a paradise of the bird-lovers. This place therefore is sure to leave you mesmerized and captivated.
Sardar Samand Lake
The Sardar Samand Lake lies 60km South-east of Jodhpur off the Jodhpur-Pali road. Showcasing a pristine lake and an immaculate surrounding, this lake is a virtual paradise for the ornithologists and the photographers alike. Even the route to the lake is a treat for the lovers of nature and free wildlife like the Black Buck, Chinkara and the Nilgai. On your way to the lake look out for a small hill on which is perched the summer palace of Maharaja Umaid Singh.
Museum In Jodhpur
The Government Museum of Jodhpur is located near the High court Road in the middle of the Umaid Public Garden. It encompasses a wide collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits and local arts and crafts. Also displayed in the museum are portraits of rulers and the manuscripts and images of Jain Tirthankars.
The uniqueness of the Museum lies in the fact that it houses attractions for the kids as swell as the adults. While a public library holds the interests of the intellectual section of the visitors, children get very excited by the sight of stuffed animals, including a number of desert birds in two glass cases, each with a thorn bush. Another interesting section for the youngsters is the one dedicated to the military affairs and upholds wooden biplane models and extraordinary brass battleships.
Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum
The Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum is a part of the spectacular Umaid Bhavan. It encases a fantastic collection of antiques from weapons, stuffed leopards, antiques and amazing crockery that all belonged to the royal family. If History has always been your forte, this is exactly the place that you should be.
Temples in Jodhpur
Chamunda Mataji Temple
Located in the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort, Chamunda Mataji was the favorite goddess of Rao Jodha. In 1460, he brought her idol from the old capital of Mandore in 1460. Then, it was installed in the Mehrangarh Fort. Till date, the goddess remains the Isht Devi (the adopted goddess) of Maharajas and the Royal Family.
The deity of this temple,i.e. Chamunda Mata is a revered figure in Jodhpur. On the occasion of Dussehra, this temple is thronged by thousands of devotees to get a glimpse of Chamunda Mata.
Raj Ranchodji Temple
The Raj Ranchhodji Temple is one of the most veritable attractions of the city of Jodhpur. It was built by Queen Jadechi Rajkanwar after the death of her husband, Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Most of the temple is built using red sandstone. Also there are carvings with beautiful filigree work on the stone adorning the temple. Inside the temple is the statue of Ranchhodji. It is made up of black marble. The main door of the temple has stained glass windows of green, yellow and blue color.
Baba Ramdeo Temple
Located on a sandstone hill, this temple is also known as the Adhar Shile Temple. The Baba Ramdeo Temple is a religious destination in Jodhpur that is associated with a lot of mysticism and legends. What serves to heighten this aura is the little notice inscribed on a rock outside the temple, which in the native language means, ‘Enter at your own risk’.
‘Maha’ in the native tongue means ‘huge’. Hence the Mahamandir constitutes one of the biggest religious destinations of the city. It is situated on the road that leads towards Mandore. Built in 1812, this temple exemplifies almost 84 pillars. The walls and pillars of the temple are studded with expertly designed traditional motifs. There are plenty of ancient shrines and houses located in the premises of Mahamandir Temple.