Location: In the northern state of India, Rajasthan.
Major Tourist Attractions: Government Umaid Museum, Mandore, Kailana Lake, Mahamandir Temple, Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada
Best Buys: Leather products, handicrafts & antiques, wooden & iron furniture, Jodhpuri handicrafts, jewelry & silver, carpets and textiles
Best Hangout: Girdikot and Sardar Market, central market, or Ghasmandi Bazaar.
Nearby Tourist Destinations: Jaipur, Ajmer, Mount Abu, Bikaner, Udaipur, Jaisalmer.
Jodhpur in the north Indian state of Rajasthan is especially known for its shopping and its wholesale and export operations. Jodhpur, the heart of Rajasthan and the glittering jewel of her eternal crown, bedazzle the Thar, enriching the desert with entrepreneurship, scholarship and art. It is an island of marble palaces, separated from the desert by an immense wall, with eight gates facing different directions. Popularly known as the blue city, Jodhpur appeals every tourist from various edges of the world.
Major Tourits Attractions
Umaid Bhawan Palace:
Located at a short distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, the Amer Fort complex stands amidst wooded hills overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, with its forbidding ramparts reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below.
Constructed in 1799, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh who appointed Lal Chand Usta as the chief architect who designed the Hawa Mahal for a specific purpose the Hawa Mahal is a five-storied structure that has no steps but ramps that lead to tiny cocoons from where the ladies of the regal family could see what was going on in the city.
Mandore Jaswant Thada:
The world famous palace of Jaipur which is popularly known as The City Palace was built by the Kachhwaha ruler of Amber Sawai Jai Singh in early 18th century. The different Mahals of this palace is decorated with pillars, arches, Mehrabs, and grills and also with beautiful inlay works. It is very rare to find such a scientific and modern 18th century building.
Mandore: Mandore was the capital of the ancient Marwar Empire, prior to the foundation of the city of Jodhpur. Extensive gardens with the rock terraces make this historic city even more enchanting. The soaring temple shaped memorial to Maharaja Ajit Singh here is the largest and the finest of all the cenotaphs of Jodhpur rulers. It houses the “Hall of Heroes” which contains 16 figures of Hindu deities and local heroes on horse back.
65 Kms from Jodhpur, lies ruins of an ancient city called Ossian. This city is famous for Brahmanical and Jain temples, which belong to 8th and 11th century. Surya or Sun temple and the Sachiya temples are famous for their beauty. The shikhar of Sachiya temple is clustered by two rows of turrets, an ambulatory and a large assembly hall with an elaborate ceiling. This town which was once a great trading centre is an oasis and houses an abundance of peacocks. The largest of the 16 Jain and Brahmanical temples is dedicated to Mahavira, the last of the Jain tirthankars. In the same area the Surya temple has fascinating images of Durga, Surya and Ganesh. The sculptural intricacy of the Osian temples rival that of any of the famous temples of the country, be it the Sun Temple of Konark, or the Hoysala temples of Karnataka.
This village is inhabits by the Bishnoi community. They are staunch believers in the sanctity ofjplant and animal life. Villages are marked by Khejri trees and deers, which thrive. It has become a popular tourist attraction. Many agencies are offering a trip by jeep to the surrounding villages to see the local way of life. Settlements of the Bishnoi Tribal Community who are famous for their reverence for plant and animal life can be seen in the villages. These trips offer good opportunity to buy rugs and handicrafts. Visitors are shown how villagers make dhurries and can try making pots, grinding grain and firing slingshots
Bal Samand Lake :
Originally constructed as a bund by Balak Rao Parihar and enlarged by Maharaja Sur Singh, this spot overlooks a fine artificial lake. The Bal Samand lake.
Jodhpur Fairs & Festivals
Gangaur Festival (March -April): Gangaur festival is popular among women who pray to the goddess Parvati. This festival in common in all parts of Rajasthan but in Jaipur and Udaipur it is a attraction as procession of caparisoned horses and elephants accompanying the image of Lord Shiva. The married women pray for the well being of their husbands.
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