Romance of the Desert
The Heritage Rajasthan
13 Nights / 14 days Delhi- Agra-Jaipur- Udaipur- Jodhpur - Jaisalmer- Bikaner- Mandawa- Delhi
13 Nights / 14 days Delhi - Agra- Jaipur - anthambore - Kota- Chittaurgarh - Dungarpur- Udaipur- Bombay
The Heritage Rajasthan
18 Nights / 19 days Delhi - Agra -Ranthambhore - Jaipur- Pushkar - Udaipur - Mt Abu- Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Mandawa - Delhi
|The blue-painted houses and the imposing Meherangarh Fort will catch your attention instantly as soon as you reach this ancient city. Cluttered with palaces and forts, temples and havelis with the Thar in the backdrop, this former capital of Marwar is now a leading tourist hub.
It is the second largest city in Rajasthan located about 335 kms west from Jaipur. Enjoying bright, sunny weather throughout the year, it is also called the Sun City. It was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan.
Modern day Jodhpur comprises the old city and new. The old city is surrounded by a thick stone wall and it is its grandeur that has many visitors swooning. The new city is a base for its booming handicrafts industry apart from spices and fabrics. Time your visit with the International Desert Kite Festival. During this time, the city gets zesty and the skies fill with kites of all colours and shapes. A sight for sore eyes!
Mehrangarh Fort: Overlooking the city from a 125 m high hill, the Fort is the key landmark of the city. Spreading over 5 kms it is the most majestic and best fortified structure in India enclosed by a 36 m high and 21 m wide wall. The exquisite adorations on the walls and windows of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal show the artistic excellence of the yesteryears. Rao Jodha started construction in 1459 and later additions were made by his ancestors. There is a Museum inside where a large collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal costumes, furniture, etc are kept. The cannons on the fort's ramparts are a must-see. It is well preserved. From here the view of the city is breathtaking.
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh from 1929-1943, today it serves as a residence for the royal family, museum and a heritage hotel. It is constructed with over one million square feet of the finest marble and a special type of sandstone, Chittar. It is the biggest private residence in the world having 347 rooms with a spacious courtyard and lush gardens. The Government Museum exhibits a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars.
Jaswant Thada: This white marble cenotaph is built of intricately carved sheets of marble. They are most delightful to gawk at in daylight shimmering brightly when the rays of the sun fall on it.
Osiyan Temple: Believed to be the place where a major Jain community, Oswal originated. This 11th century temple excels in sculptural intricacy.
Other local interests are Raj Ranchhodji, Siddhnath Shiv and Ganesh Temples and the Achal Nath Shivalaya. Places to see around Jodhpur is the ancient capital of Marwar, Mandore; Balsammand Lake and Palace; Jaswant Sagar Dam, Guda Bishnoi village etc.
Area : 75.50 sq km, Altitude : 230 meters, Rainfall : 31 cms Best seasons : october-march Clothing : summer light tropical, Winter light woolen, Languages : English, Hindi, Rajasthani