Jodhpur in Rajasthan is often called ‘The Blue City’. I had visited Jodhpur twice once in 2011 and then in 2016 with a few friends. In both the years, I had gone to three places; Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan, and Jaswant Thada
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Places to stay in Rajasthan: Bijolai Palace, we bought a deal from goibibo.com and chose this property. It is situated on the outskirts of the city at a calm and serene location. I won’t recommend this place as the best one to choose but yes it does gives a palace feeling at cheap rates. You can search for hotes near Fort too.
I noticed that the blue city was transforming into a colorful one. Houses had been turning pink. Standing at the parapet I could see thousands of houses and felt ‘kingship’.
Things to Carry: I had visited in the month of March in 2016 when the temperature had ranged 23 – 26 degree Celsius. So carried summer clothes, sunglasses, Hat, Mosquito repellent, Sunscreen, light Shoes to avoid tanning, a camera. These are a must.
How to reach Jodhpur: Trains can be searched at irctc website [www.irctc.co.in], It is well connected by roads with most of the metro cities, and Jodhpur has an airport too.
The colossal Mehrangarh owns a landscape with eight gates and ruling a rocky edge. The new city, however, is sited at the outskirts of the mammoth. Jodhpur has been known for the rare and gaited breed of ponies and horses known as Marwari or Malani.
According to Jodhpur tourism website, ‘‘Jodhpur marks its origin back to the year of 1459 AD. The history of this prosperous city revolves around the Rathore clan. Rao Jodha, the chief of Rathore Clan is credited with the origin of Jodhpur in India. The city is known to be built in place of the ancient capital, Mandore of the state of Manwar. Hence, the people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are commonly known as Marwaris. Also, it is believed that the relics of Mandore can still be witnessed in the Mandore Gardens’’ [tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/jodhpur].
We had reached Jodhpur one previous night, and it took us 4 hours from Jaisalmer to reach Jodhpur by a rented Travera Car. We began Jodhpur sightseeing at around 10:00 AM after having our breakfast at Bijolai which was complimentary. Mehrangarh took almost half of the day as there was so much to see, such as;
…Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal, Museum with Six different galleries, Ranisar Padamsar Lakes, Café and Snack shops, Cultural, apparel and jewellery and various other artifacts shops etc. Cultural performance at the entrance is eye – catching though it is a small welcome gesture. It is also famous for it being a National Geological Monument; Rao-Jodha Desert Rock Park and The Nagnecha Mataji Temple.
In the evening there is Sound and Light Show.
It takes one full day or maybe two to roam in and around Jodhpur.
The next place to visit was Jaswant Thada.
Very close to Mehrangarh fort, we could see the white shining marble structure from every part of the Mehrangarh Fort. They are on the same route so you could visit anyone first. We went to the fort first and then to the Thada Palace.
The Thada Palace, a commemorative was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State way back in 1899 in the reminiscence of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Jaswant Thada and had served as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar.
Next on the list was Umaid Bhawan.
According to Jodhpur tourism website, ‘‘Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 to counter a famine which had hit the state at the time. It was also known as the Chittar Palace while being constructed thanks to the use of stones drawn from the Chittar hill. The palace was designed by HV Lanchester, a renowned British architect, and was completed in 16 years. Built with sandstone and marble, the architecture of the palace is described as a blend of lndo-Saracenic, Classical Revival and Western Art Deco styles. It is recognised as one of the largest private homes in the world and also one of the more spectacular buildings. It is the only palace built in the 20th century’’ [tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/jodhpur].
There is a lot to explore in Umaid Bhawan. It has two wings one Hotel wing run by Taj Group and the other wing is Museum with a lot of objet d’art. It endows beautiful ancient clocks in different shapes of the light house and the Windmill etc, stuffed leopards, paintings and photographs of Maharaja’s family till date.
At the Garden side, there is a collection of Vintage Cars jailed in compartments. We could only click photos from outside. Outside the gate, we stood for some time and clicked pics and had the best time of the trip.
Adjacent to Umaid Bhawan has established an integrated township (Royal Township): Umaid Heritage for Royal Families.
Ghanta Ghar; Clock Tower of Rajasthan
It is an old market place near Jodhpur Railway Station.
There are various other places to see in Jodhpur which I could not cover; Jodhpur Government Museum (near Umaid Bhawan), Chamunda Mata Ji Mandir, Khejaria Fort, etc.
My Visit to Jodhpur with my friends made me know them and myself more profoundly.
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