Jodhpur, the historic Sun City, has been the ruling capital of Marwar in pre- Independence era. It combines the charm of history and modernity in a curious manner that fascinates all the tourists on way to Jaisalmer. Situated on the foothill of a sandstone mound, belongs to the oldest mountain system of Arravali in the world. The city of Jodhpur seems like an oasis in the vast desert. Jodhpur is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Rajasthan. People from India as well as all over the world visit Jodhpur every year. There are a number of tourist attractions in Jodhpur, enchanting the tourists.
Jodhpur tourist spots stand as a living evidence of the grandeur, civilizations and art, music, and literature of the Jodhpur. The glorious past of Jodhpur is personified through the various forts, palaces and other monuments of Jodhpur. The main places to see in Jodhpur Rajasthan are:
This artificial lake is spread over 84 square km. Where the lake now lies, was once an area having palaces and gardens of two rulers of Jodhpur. An ideal picnic spot for tourists, this lake offers a breathtaking view of the sunset. At that time the sky looks like a canvas splashed with spectacular colors. Kaylana Lake is the perfect place to relax or have picnics. If you are interested in birds, then, this place will further interest you. It served as a secured hunting place for the royal members.
Umaid Bhawan :
Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residence in the world – set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden-yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale.
Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendour on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons. Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as the finest living example of a Hindu fortress. It is the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur. It is situated on a 150m high hill. Rao Jodha, the then chief of Rathore clan, constructed it in 1459 A.D. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several palaces, galleries, a museum, and temples and so on.
The Balsammand Lake in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is a popular picnic spot, encircled by hills. It is an artificial lake built in 1159 AD by Balak Rao Parihar. This lake is approximately one kilometer long, fifty meters wide and fifteen meters deep. Next to the lake stands the Balsammand Palace, an artistic eight-pillared palace with three entrance gates. Maharaja Sur Singh got the palace constructed as a summer pavilion. All around the lake are lush green gardens. You can also take a walk through the trees, the rose beds and around pools covered with lilies. Also in the garden are the groves of mango, guava, papaya, plum, banana, pomegranate and other fruits. An artificial cascading waterfall brings water from the reservoir to the gardens. The embankments of the lake, in front of the palace, have domed structure that offers fabulous views of the lake. One will also get to see the peacocks, blue bulls, jackals and hundreds of fruit bats in the trees.
The great Mandore Garden the natural beauty blended with historical significance makes it a great tourist attraction. Variety of tourists visits the garden to enjoy the dual attraction. This helps in making Mandore Garden a popular tourist spot. The Dewals and Cenotaphs built inside the garden let you know a lot about the rulers of Rajasthan who used to rule the region. This adds a historical significance to the garden. While visiting this garden, the remarkable feature of the garden that will surely attract your attention is the shape of cenotaph. Moreover, the particular garden also helps in adding a new dimension to Jodhpur tours as if you had enough of forts and palaces and the desert in Jodhpur, you can rejuvenate your soul by visiting this garden.
Osian (En Route Jaisalmer):
About 70 Km North-east of Jodhpur is Osian, an ancient Indian town, mentioned in the Hindu scriptures at ‘Utkeshpur’, known for centuries old relies of art and architecture. It is a ‘town of temples’, of different sects of religion. Along with the Jain temples, this town has famous temple dedicated to Shakti worship. Sachchiya Mata, the patron Goddesses of the town is a vaishnav deity is equally revered by the Jains. That makes osian a pilgrimage destination for the Hindus as well as by the Jains. The Oswal, a prominent branch of the Jains traces its origin to Osian and derives the epithet Oswal (of Osian) from it. The clusters of temples here date back to“11th and 12th century’s A.D. They are the best examples of the temple architecture of the Pratihar era. Surrounded by the Sandunes Osian is like an enchanting Oasis.