FIND OUT WHY I FELL IN LOVE WITH JODHPUR, RAJASTHAN. INDIA
Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan, is also known as the Blue City. It is a fantastic and mesmerizing sight driving into Jodhpur. As far as your eyes can see, every building, palaces, temples, Havelis and even houses are all painted in beautiful sapphire blue. It’s almost like the deep blue sky has landed on earth in Jodhpur. This blue city dates back to 1459 AD. Rich in history, culture, and traditions, Jodhpur revolves around the Rathore clan. This romantic city of all shades of blue is bound to seduce the most skeptic of travelers. There are so many things to do in Jodhpur.
THINGS YOU MUST SEE AND DO IN JODHPUR, RAJASTHAN. INDIA
(1) MEHRANGARH FORT IN JODHPUR, RAJASTHAN
This Fort is larger than life. Set on the top of a steep rocky hill, four hundred feet above the skyline of Jodhpur. Rajasthan is full of beautiful forts. It is almost impossible to say which one is the best. For me, this was my favorite. Mehrangarh is a magnificent spectacle red sandstone fort and an architectural masterpiece. It is a long walk to the entrance of the fort, enjoy the walk by taking in the view of the city from the top. When you walk in the Fort listening to engaging stories on your audio guide, make sure you take a moment to appreciate the history. Make sure not to rush through. There are some charming rooms, royal apartments, and balconies but my favorite place was the Phool Mahal.
(2) WALKTHROUGH THE MARKETS IN JODHPUR, RAJASTHAN
These medieval winding narrow streets overwhelm you as you make your way through the markets, it does not seem to lead you to where you want to go. Almost feeling like a maze. Ignoring the overpowering smell of scented incense and sewers is hard. The shopkeepers are inviting you to have a look at beautiful colored clothes, souvenirs, jewelry. The Bazaars and shops are selling almost everything. Don’t forget to try the best Misrilal Makhaniya Lasi in the town near the clock market.
(3) UMAID BHAVAN PALACE
This magnificent Palace is used for a few different purposes now; one half is a Heritage hotel run by Taj group proudly sharing the history of Jodhpur with tourist, the other half is the royal residence. It also has a museum which showcases the royal portraits, vintage cars, generations of imperial history and stories of Jodhpur.
(4) MANDORE GARDENS
Mandore was the capital of Marwar before the city of Jodhpur was founded. Mandore gardens are one of the significant attractions for tourists, its located a few kilometers out of Jodhpur; it displays cenotaphs of previous rulers of Jodhpur. One of the eye-catching sights is the Statue / Chhatri of Maharaja Dhiraj Ajit Singh, constructed in deep red sandstone with the breathtaking amalgamation of Buddhist and Jani architecture. Enjoy exploring the temples and temple ruins in the premises of the gardens.
(5) JASWANT THADA
Also Known as the Taj Mahal of Murwal. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. This magnificent marble structure is sitting above a small lake about 1 km northeast of Mehrangarh. Its sheer grandeur, the intricacy of motifs chiseled to perfection will leave you speechless.
(6) KAYLANA LAKE JODHPUR, RAJASTHAN
About 8km west of Jodhpur you will find Kaylana Lake. This man-made lake sprawled over 84 square kilometers and was constructed in 1872 by Pratap Singh. The lake was home to animals like Wild Boar and served as a hunting ground for the Royals back in the day. Today, the Kailana Lake is a favorite picnic spot where visitors can enjoy boating or merely stroll through the verdant lawns.
(7) RAO JODHA DESERT ROAK PARK
You will find Rao Jodha Desert rock park at the base of the Mehrangarh Fort. A visit to Rao Jodha is a fantastic change of pace, enjoy the walk or hike the rugged hilly tracks at your own pace. Take in the fresh air and relax amongst nature. This park was built to restore native plants species in the region. Keep an eye out for birdlife and butterflies, and if you’re a daredevil, then there’s an option for zip lining too!
#TRAVELQUOTE ……. “TOURISTS DONT KNOW WHERE THEY’VE BEEN, TRAVELLERS DONT KNOW WHERE THEY’RE GOING” by Paul Theroux