The Fort looks really impressive from town, placed as it is on a 122 m hill, and with really highand thick walls. From Jaswant Thada you'll get even more imposing views with the city, fort and the surroundings.
From the Fort walls you'll get stunning views of the "blue city" and scenery. I really recommend to take a walk inside the Fort and palace. It was an amazing experience to walk through the different rooms in the palace, with beautiful, intricate carvings. And learning about the Maharaja and family who lived there in 1500 and 1700-century... Picturing them there on the balcony, on the throne, lying on the cushions...
Mandore, which is situated about 10kms from Jodhpur, is a great place to visit if you are in Jodhpur. This place was originally the capital of the Rathore royalty and kings of Marwar. In the 15th century, Rao Jodha built a new city, Jodhpur, for reasons of safety. The mighty Mehrangarh Fort with its immense fortifications , was built as the new stronghold.
The remnants of the old capital have been very well preserved, and are set in well kept gardens.
The gardens are set on terraces, on a hillside, filled with bougainvilla and shady trees.Red sand-stone chattris are scattered on the hillside-they are built in Hindu fashion, with a slightly different style to normal chattris.
The most impressive chattri is that of Ajit Singh-It is Rajput architecture at its finest. It has a tall spire which towers above the other chattris.
The history of Ajit Singh is quite interesting. After his death in 1724, his 6 wives and 60 concubines commited sati (which was practiced at the time in Rajasthan).
Higher up on the hill are cenotaphs dedicated to various queens.
Mandore can be reached by Taxi or Auto-rickshaw. The driver will wait.
This beautiful room was the private sanctuary of Maharaja Takhat Singh he rould in1843 to 1873.It was during Takhat Singh’s reign that the British came to dominate India.This bedroom, which was also used dancing to entertain.On hot breezeless nights an attendant, the ubiquitous ‘Punkah-Wallah’ pulled the hand-drawn fan above the bed.The Christmas balls hanging from the wooden rafters are a wonderfully fitting variation to traditionally mirrored Indian ceilings.Unrelated images cover every inch of the walls. Paintings of European women mingle with traditional love stories, of Dhola and Maru,Krishna Lila and dancing girls, Hindu Gods and Goddesses… Even the floor is painted.
Jaswant Thada, located half way up the long road that climbs onwards to the fort, is the traditional cremation ground of the rulers of Jodhpur. Taking pride of place amongst the ornamental gardens and chattris is the fabulous white marble memorial to Jaswant Singh II, built in 1899. The cenotaphs of other rulers , in the same neighborhood , are relatively simpler.
Inside the main hall are royal portraits and other possessions.
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.
A quaint palace that is easily visible from most places in Jodhpur. Interesting piece of trivia shared by the auto driver who took us there was that this palace was built by the then King Umaid by hiring brahmins in the times of famine by paying them with 2 square meals a day only!! It was built in the 20th century only and is built of sandstone. The Cupola rises to a 105 feet!! There is a museum inside that is quite interesting
A vintage car collection- mostly American makes- is also on display here. Only a portion of the palace is open to the public for an entry fee of Rs 15 pp. (for Indians)
Don't expect to have much to eat here, better to visit the same between meals.
This temple is now also a place of education. Hardly popular it is a structure that is beautiful and yet uncrowded! Must see in our opinion for the peace and the birds! We sighted parrots by the hoards! :) Dont miss the yoga asanas on the walls of the temple!
A visit to the mandore gardens may well have been worth braving the sun and heat if not for the fact that the garden is horribly littered and ill maintained! The cenotaphs are beautiful and it really is such a crime for them to exist in such a pathetic condition! More plastic than grass in this garden really!
We spent the entire afternoon at the Mehrangarh fort, this is the best plce to visit in Jodhpur, the intricate carvings of the chambers in the fort were awesome!
There is so much to see and absorb in this fort that time is never enough! Couple of nice cafes and restaurants within where you can have a good meal and some delicious lassi! Cheers! :)
A chamber full of armoury, another showcasing the palanquins of the queens of Jodhpur, a picturesque temple and a terrace full of canons- all in all an enthralling experience.
We waitied on the terrace for the sun to set before walking down to the Clock tower for some shopping and AJ feasted on some omelette :)
The best way to absorb the essence of Jodhpur is to indulge in a relaxed walk-around in the proximity of Clocktower. It gave me a true feel of the riot of colours, noises, commodities, the air and warmth that Jodhpur brings to the table. I suggest you commence your walk from one end of the straight Nai Sadak (near Janta Sweets) with the Clocktower ahead, and finish somewhere around the tower; a one km stretch all included. An amazing array of spices, leather goods, woolies, sarees, trinkets, fresh vegetables and what-have-you's uplift your spirits.
You may knock off your tiredness after the walk with a double helping of Mishrilal's malai lassi under the clocktower.
Mandore was the capital of the Marwars before Jodhpur was established.
What remains at Mandore today is a large, ill-kept garden, within which one can observe some decrepit, run-down temples and cenotaphs, but having amazing architecture.
After you make your way in, you will encounter a large gang of black-faced monkeys. They couldn't care less about your existence, unless you decide to step on their tails!
One can gather that the Jodhpur locals largely utilise Mandore Gardens as a picnic spot. I observed such a school bunch littering the place, in between their game of makeshift cricket.
A detailed tour of Mehrangarh Fort is the high point of one's Jodhpur visit. Built on a hill at a height of 125 metres, Mehrangarh is majestic and formidable. It is witness to the saga of centuries of successful defence of its citadel, and consolidation of Rathore rule. Seven imposing gates (you will find cannon marks on some these to bear testimony to the attacks that the fort survived) surround the fort. The sheer drop from the fort provides a magnificent panoramic view of entire Jodhpur. You may even hear the sounds from the city drift to your ears.
For those who are weak-legged, an elevator takes you directly to the highest point of the fort (charge : INR 15), from where you may work your way down. The pass for the elevator ride mentions "Elevator at User's Risk"!! Don't get psyched by that message; it's the usual disclaimer that governmental bodies apply to everything under the sun. The contraption in question is quite new, and well maintained.
I recommend you opt for the audio tour (charge : INR 150), which would give you a true sense of history, and the importance of each place / item in the fort. Superb samples of howdah (which royalty used to ride on elephants), palkis (palanquins), intricate architectural work on rocks and castles, armoury, artwork and dresses form part of the overall experience. But none beats the sheer grandeur, size and atmosphere of the Fort.
Inside the fort are also some quaint shops, offering samples of local handicraft wares. Whether you purchase some or not, stop by to admire `dhurrie' work that's woven in front of your eyes at one of the outlets there.
Just near Loha Pol gate, on entry, is a monument set into the wall, which displays handprints,covered in gold leaf. According to legend, when their husband, the ruler Maharajah Man Singh died in 1843, all his wives emolliated themselves on his funeral pyre. These are their hand-prints. This practice, called SATI , was banned in the 19th Century, but still apparently happens in the remote rural areas of Rajasthan.
Even today, women pray at this Sati shrine , believing that it strengthen and enrich their lives.
This magnificent fort- standing on a 125m high hilltop in the centre of Jodhpur, is one of the largest in Rajasthan. The walls are 36 metres high, and 21 metreswide.
The ruler Rao Jodha laid the foundations in the mid 15th Century, but it was fortified and expanded in 17th century by Jaswant Singh, ruler at that time.The Fort has seven huge entry gates, and the main gate entering the Fort is called Loha Pol.
Inside the Fort are numerous Palaces containing magnificent sandstone carvings,lattice-work, mosaic & goldleaf, and opulent chambers.
The Fort Museum houses displays of Rajput weaponry, Howdahs, Jewellery, and antiques of every kind that were used over the centuries.
I recommend that you use the Audio Guide, which you can get at the entrance to the Fort. It explains, in many languages, what you are seeing.
The howdahs were wooden seats covered with gold and silver cloth, which were fastened on to the elephant back. The front compartments had more leg space and raised protective metal sheet was meant for kings or royalty and rear smaller ones for a bodyguard .
Palanquins were used by ladies of the nobility until 1920's. They were also used by royal men on occasions of importance
A rare collection of Armour from every period in Jodhpur. On display are sword hilts in jade, silver, rhino horn, ivory, shields studded with rubies, emeralds and pearls, guns with gold and silver work on barrels. The gallery also has on display personal swords of many an emperor, among them are outstanding historical piece like the Khanda of Rao Jodha, weighing over 7 pounds, the sword of Akbar the Great and The sword of Timurlane.
This Gallery displays colours of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings.
A collection of baby cradles & rockers can be seen. Handpainted and embellished with birds & flowers.