Rohet Henna Tattoo
Rohet consists of a majarah's palace, known as Rohetgarh, a small surrounding village, and surrounding countryside of various family farms and open landscape. In the morning after breakfast, we walked outside Rohetgarh's walls and mingled with the villagers. Soon a young woman offered to paint a henna pattern on my wife's hand, which she accepted, and soon many from the street stopped to watch. Henna is a woman's craft, something done on important occasions, such as before marriage, and so I watched for awhile and then walked down the street to find craftspersons at work.
Mehrangarh--Citadel of Palaces
Most of the most ornate palace construction dates back the period of Mughal rule (1582-1739), when palace intrigue and decadent entertainment of visiting Mughal rulers was paramount for the survival of the host royal families.
Umaid Garden & Zoo
One of the popular gardens of Jodhpur is the Jodhpur Umed garden. It is spread on an area of 82 acres. The famous Umed garden of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was developed by Maharaja Umed Singh. It is named after him only. The garden has five separate gates around it to facilitate entry to the garden from different directions. It has lush green lawns with beautiful roses and other seasoned flowers. Also inside the garden, is a museum, towering Ashoka trees, artistically designed fountains, a library and a zoo.
A 'Walk-in Aviary' in the zoo was constructed in the garden in 1978. The aviary houses different types of birds, local, African and Australian parrots, ducks, rabbits etc. All the birds and animals are kept in their natural environment. However this is very poorly maintained!
Also in the Umed garden, is a large cage for bears opposite the aviary. Also there are pigeons, crocodiles, foxes, deer, lions, leopards, etc. Children as well as adults very often visit the garden with equal interest. The garden is known for mesmerize people with the nature's beauty in which it abounds. Also, it is a good place to educate children in relation to nature.
Moti Mahal or Pearl Palace
The Moti Mahal (otherwise known as the Pearl Palace) is probably one of the prettiest with beautifully decorated ceilings and walls. Finely carved latticed screens decorate the windows. It was built by Raja Sur Singh around the end of the 16th century.
Mehrangarh Fort - Paintings
This Gallery displays a large and magnificent collection of Miniature Painting; and perhaps the finest collection of paintings from the Marwar School.
Court painting in Jodhpur developed greatly developed during 17th Century through the association of Marwar's Rulers with the Mughal Emperors. During the 18th and 19th centuries it evolved into a distinctive Rajasthani style, combining Mughal naturalism with local folk style and bold colours.
Jodhpur paintings later took on an even more exuberant turn under Maharaja Man Singh (1803-43), and dozens of paintings of the ruler, his nobles and his ladies were made. Most of these are densely packed scenes of festivity or processions, but Man Singh was also a devoutly religious man, and he commissioned many paintings of his gurus and himself at worship.