The majestic city of Jodhpur is a sight to behold. Dating back thousands of years ago, this city in India is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is often called the Blue City, because of the bright blue hues of its old houses. But it is also known as the Sun City, in large part due to the sunny weather that shines on the city for the majority of the year. Travelers have always loved visiting Jodhpur because of the breath-taking palaces, forts and buildings that can be found in the city.
Leafcanoer, aartideetoo, recently shared their experiences in Jodhpur in the leaf, “Blue Jodhpur – Sun City of India.” In it, aartideetoo highlights the top attractions to visit for Jodhpur travel.
Here is a look at the top attractions to visit in Jodhpur:
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is known as one of the largest private residences in the world, partially managed by the Taj Hotels chain. The palace was built between 1929 and 1943, and has over 300 rooms, some of which house the Jodhpur royal family. Part of the palace also houses a museum, which is open to the public to tour.
The palace is built from a combination of sandstone and marble, set over 26 acres of land. As the Jodhpur royal family still lives within the palace, there are a number of decorations dedicated to the royal family, including the family’s coat of arms. The palace architecture pulls from Indo-Gothic, Classical Revival, and Art Deco styles, as well as influences from traditional Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The result is a magnificent space worth visiting.
The tomblike monument of Jaswant Thada was built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh, in honor of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh. The structure of the memorial is built from carved sheets of marble, and the grounds surrounding the monument include a garden, lake, gazebos, and several other mausoleums.
The highlight of any trip to Jodhpur is a visit to Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Set on a hill 410 feet above the city, the Mehrangarh Fort is a looming and imposing presence in the city of Jodhpur. The structure is enclosed by thick walls, and within these walls are several palaces and gardens worth exploring, as well as a museum that is open to the public. Visitors can view the museum’s large collection of palanquins, the popular mode of transportation for the Indian nobility, as well a rare collection of armory from every historical era in Jodhpur.
The Mehrangarh Fort was initially built in 1460 by Rao Jodha as a way to protect the newly founded city of Jodhpur. However, the fort took over 500 years to be completed, with the latest installation completed in the 20th century. The fort can be entered through a series of seven gates, the most notable of which are Jai Pol (Gate of Victory), Fateh Pol, Dedh Kamgra Pol, and Loha Pol.
Visitors to Mehrangarh Fort can also explore the area surrounding the fort. The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, adjacent to Mehrangarh Fort, was created in 2006 in an effort to restore the natural landscape and ecology of the area. There are several trails that visitors can follow to explore the 200 acre park, providing travelers an opportunity to see the plants native to the area.
For the intrepid traveler, Jodhpur certainly sparks a sense of adventure and intrigue. But these three sites are just the tip of the iceberg for anyone interested in Jodhpur travel. The city is a treasure trove of unique finds and cultural experiences. For more ideas of what to see in Jodhpur, check out more of aartideetoo’s leaf by downloading the LeafCanoe app.