Jodhpur Forts and Palaces
Among Rajasthan's many princely settlements, Jodhpur is one of the most
distinctive. Located at the edge of the Thar Desert, the royal city of
Jodhpur still echoes with the tales of antiquity. Once the capital of the
Marwar state, it was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha- Chief of the Rathod
clan of Rajputs. A major trade center of the 16th century AD, the Fortress
City of Jodhpur is surrounded by a 10-km long wall that was built about a
century after the city was founded.
and Palaces of Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort : The most impressive and formidable
structures in Rajasthan is Mehrangarh Fort. The 5-km long majestic fort is
crowned on a 125-m high hill. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces
with marvelously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. Visit
these palaces that house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian
royalty including palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings,
costumes and furniture.
Jaswant Thada : This magnificent place stands testimony to
the architectural excellence of the ancient past. Built in memory of
Maharaja Jawant Singh II, it is a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white
marble. The beautiful marble lattice work and fine views from the terrace in
front of the cenotaph is sure to leave you spellbound.
Bhawan Palace : The opulent edifice in sandstone is the only 20th
century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to
famine struck population. Constructed of marble and pink sandstone, it is
also reputed as Chittar Palace. It houses a very good museum that offers an
amazing array of items belonging to Maharaja.
Girdikot & Sardar Market : These colorful &
attractive markets with tiny shops dotting the narrow lanes are located in
the heart of the city. Shopping here is a heady experience with a colorful
display of the rich handcrafted items. For the shopping freaks it will prove
to be a favorite haunt.
Balsamand Lake & Gardens : A perfect place to relax &
to enjoy your holidays in peace. A splendid summer palace stands by the
lakeside surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Osian : Take a break from the hectic routine and spend
some time at Osian, which is an idyllic spot for excursion. Enjoy undulating
terrain, punctuated by desert stretches and little hamlets as you drive
towards this ancient township.