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Jodhpur Tour Travel Guide

ABOUT JODHPUR RAJASTHAN

Established in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha (chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs), Jodhpur is an imperial city of that echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Within the walls are regal palaces with priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Sightseeing of Jodhpur includes visit to the Fort, palaces, Armoury and Jaswant Thada.

Getting there
Fly Away : Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Udaipur.

On Track : Jodhpur is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from Jaipur,Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata.

On Wheels : Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Jodhpur. The roads are very good, and it takes around 8-9 hrs from Jodhpur. You can also come by taxi.

PLACE TO SEE IN JODHPUR RAJASTHAN TOUR PACKAGE

Mehrangarh Fort
This very impressive fort is situated on a steep hill 125 metre high and is 5 km long. This fort which is invincible from outside has four gates approached by a winding road.

This fort encloses many palaces which are known for their intricate carvings and sprawling courtyards. These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant hawdahs, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

The Moti Mahal— has a delicately carved stone screen and treasures the Sringar Chowki, royal throne of Jodhpur.

The Phool Mahal–houses the Jodhpur coat of arms. The walls of this palace are covered with paintings depicting various musical moods.

The Umaid Villas— displays the Rajput miniature paintings .

The Ajit Villas— exhibits musical instruments and the royal costumes.
Both these villas are joined by a beautiful mirror room.

The Maan Villas— displays Rathore armoury and the ‘Tent room’. This tent room is an imperial Mughal campaign tent, used by Shahjahan but wrested by Jaswant Singh from Aurangzeb in a battle. Made of red velvet and embroidered with gold thread, it gives some idea of the grandeur with which the Mughals approached even their battles.

Jaswant Thada
This royal cenotaph in white marble built in 1899 A.D is a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Some rare portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here

Umaid Bhawan Palace
This palace is the only 20th century palace, and it was build under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. It took 16 whole year to get this palace completed. This palace is made out of a particular type of sandstone which does not weather away. It is still the residence of the former rulers , but a part of palace has been converted into a hotel and some remaining part serves as a museum.

Girdikot and Sardar Market
These colourful markets are a shoppers delight.
This market is situated in the heart of the city and has many tiny shops dotting its narrow lanes. This market is known for its range of handicrafts.

Jodhpur Museum
This museum situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens, has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars.

Excursions to Places to See around Jodhpur

Balsamand Lake and Gardens Tour
This artificial lake, built in 1159 A.D, which is 7 kms from the main city is a very good picnic spot. There is a beautiful summer palace on the banks which has a lovely garden. Also there is a bird sanctuary here.

Mandore Tour from Jodhpur
This ancient capital of Marwar is situated 8 kms away from Jodhpur city in the north direction. It has ‘The hall of Heroes’ where sixteen huge figures have been carved out of a single rock. It also has the shrine of 330 million Gods and the royal cenotaphs. But one can not miss the caves and the sprawling gardens, which are now shelter place for monkeys and peacocks. This beautiful garden with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot.

Mahamandir Sightseeing
Built in 1812 A.D. this is a lovely place which is built around 100 carved pillars of the Shiva temple

Kailana Lake Sightseeing
The beautiful lake is an ideal picnic spot.It also has a lovely garden. It provides water supply to the city.

Osian Trip from Jodhpur

This place situated at a distance of 65 kms on the Jodhpur-Bikaner route, was a great trading centre between the 8th and 12th centuries and was then dominated by the Jains. Legends say that this town was founded by Utpaladeva, a Rajput prince of the Pratihara dynasty. It was then known as Ukesha or Upkeshapur. This place once had more than 100 temples but now barely 16 stand and even these have been destroyed by time.

Of all the temples at Ossian which have decayed with time and have even lost images of their deities, there is one temple that has remained somewhat intact, it is the shrine of Sachiyamata on a nearby hillock. Built in 1234 A.D, this temple was dedicated to Durga or Mahisasura Mardini. Today it has become a very important shrine for Jains.

Dhawa visit from Jodhpur Rajasthan
This wildlife sanctuary with the largest number of Indian antelopes, makes it a nice place to visit.

Nagaur Tour from Jodhpur
This place has an imposing fort and palace. This town is host to a smaller version of Pushkar Fair. This is a cattle and camel fair and attracts a large number of rurals from far and wide. This week long fair which is held in late January also includes camel races and various cultural programmes.

Rohit Fort visit from Jodhpur
This fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel and is worth visiting.

Luni Fort visit during Jodhpur Tour

This fort has also been converted into a heritage hotel. But its lovely surroundings and impressive structure make it worth visiting.

Quick Facts of Jodhpur

Best Season : October and March.
Area : 75.50 sq kms
Climate : Max Min
Summers : 42.2°C – 27.3°C
Winters : 27.5°C – 9.5°C
Excursions : Balsamund Lake and Palace ( 7 km), Mandore (8 km), Sardar Samand Lake and Palace (65 km).

Jodhpur Short tour from Jaipur

If you are looking for a short trip to Jodhpur from Jaipur, then the below mentioned tour program will be suitable option for you.

Jaipur – Jodhpur – Jaipur Tour

Day 1:: Jaipur – Jodhpur (Km350)
Arrival at the Airport/Railway station and transfer to the hotel. Rest day at leisure. Evening (Optional Dinner at Hotel Umaid Bhawan Palace)

Day 2:: Jodhpur Culture of Rajasthan
Fullday sight seeing of Jodhpur with city Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Old Fort Museum, Guda Bishnoi, Evening walk through the local markets.

Day 3:: Jodhpur – Jaipur (Km350)
After breakfast drive to Jodhpur Airport or Railway Station to reach your next destination.

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