Tour to the royal place of Jodhpur
Posted On February 15th, 2017
The Blue City of Jodhpur is a spectacular place to visit. Modern Jodhpur has expanded much beyond the city walls but the immediate buzz that comes out from visiting this place is the royal essence. What is more interesting here is that The Blue City is literally blue. The winding and glittering tangle of the old century lanes has too many places to captivate any traveller’s mind.
The tour to Jodhpur starts from Mehrangarh Fort, which is about 400 feet above the city. It’s construction started by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD however seen many centuries before it was completed. Mehrangarh is packed with history and legend and does not need a ticket to enter the fort itself. Following the defeat of Maharaja Man Singh in 1808, Jai Pol was built. Dodh Kangra Pol was an external gate before Jai Pol was built. The main route goes up to the left through the 16th-century Imritia Pol. Next is Loha Pol which is the fort’s original entrance.
Built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh is Jaswant Thada. Placed closed to Mehrangarh Fort, this is also a major tourist place. The tranquil ambience of the construction with multilevel garden and carved gazebos make it one of the finest tourist spot. Balsamand Lake was built by Balak Rao Parihar in 1159 AD and is surrounded by greeneries. The palace there is turned into a heritage hotel and brings out the Rajputana style of architecture.
Located on west of the city is Kailana Lake. This artificial lake was built by Pratap Singh in 1872 and is a great place to enjoy a panoramic sunset view.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, which was built in 2006 had the sole aim to restore the rocky area near the fort. More than 80 native plant species from the desert was grown.
In 1929, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum was inaugurated. This 347-roomed massive palace is named one of the largest private residences in the world and boosts of Indian and European style of architecture.
Belonging to the 6th century, Mandore Gardens attract tourists in great numbers all through the year. There is a government museum, a ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a temple to 33 crore Gods inside the gardens. It preserves the architecture of the bygone era. A famous landmark in the Old City is the Clock Tower, which was also constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh during his tenure between 1880 and 1911. The Sardar Market, adjacent to Clock Tower has many indigenous objects to sell.
January, February and March are the best three months to visit this place. Do not forget to taste the Rajasthani culinary dishes special to Jodhpur. One can request the hotels to arrange for the tempo travellers or the car rentals to find taxis and cars depending on the budget and the number of travellers. For not only the leisure tourists but Jodhpur is also one of the choicest place as a shooting destination. The hotels and sharing accommodations with great choice of food and shopping bazaars have made this place develop as a lovely holiday destination.