Jodhpur set at the edge of the Thar Desert, the imperial city of Jodhpur echoes with tales of antiquity in the emptiness of the desert. Once the capital of the Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha- chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama – the epic hero of the Ramayana.

The 5 km long majestic Mehrangarh Fort on 125 m high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Other monuments to be visited are Jaswant Thada - a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.



Mehrangarh Fort

This fort is one of the largest forts in India. It is situated at an altitude of about 125 metres and is spread over an area of 5 sq km, with seven gates. It has been a witness to the splendour of bygone era. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous places in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpur sculptures. Mehrangarh literally means "Majestic Fort". It is located at very centre of the city and is visible surrounding from the city. Originally built in 1806 the fort has been added to many times since. The

palaces in this fort were built in an informal pattern over several centuries. They have their own peculiar style, with narrow staircases, serving as the only means of access to the royal residences within. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the fort's ramparts are well - preserved.


Umaid Bhawan Palace

This immense palace known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used. the only palace built in 20th century under the famine .It was built in a time of peace and is quite western in its design. It was built as a famine relief project which employment to people for 16 years. It has its own theatre, eight dining rooms, and a banquet hall which seats three hundred people. A Ball Room had been built, catering to the Westernized royal lifestyle. Much of the interior of the palace is in the art deco style. In fact, it is said to be one of the finest

surviving examples of art deco in the world. Deep within the palace is an indoor swimming pool, with a mosaic of zodiac symbols. The palace now runs as a hotel, though, a part of it has been retained as a museum and part as royal residence.


Jaswant Thada

Close to the fort complex lies white marble cenotaph, built in 1899 in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswanth Singh II rare portraits of Jodhpur rulers are also to be seen at Jaswant Thada.


Government Museum

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


Clock Tower and Sadar Market

A prime attraction of the city is clock tower and the colorful Sadar Market near to it. These colorful markets with tiny shops dotting the narrow lanes are situated in the heart of city and popular for a wide range of handicrafts making then the favourite haunt of shoppers.


Mahamandir Temple

Built in 1812, this is an old walled town with few hundred houses. The temple with 84 beautifully carved pillars is an architectural wonder.


Kailana Lake

An artificial lake on the Jaisalmer road. An idyllic picnic spot with spectaculars sunsets.


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