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    Umaid Bhawan Palace

    by lynnehamman Written Nov 4, 2008

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    This Palace,one of the most recently built in India, is built from fine white marble and sandstone, is a wonderful example of Indo- Saracenic architecture. It has magnificent gardens, courtyards and latticed balconies. The construction of the palace took 15 years, and was built by Mahrajah Umaid Singh.
    Part of the palace has been converted into a heritage hotel, and there is an interesting museum as well.
    This Palace is worth a visit, the architecture is superb. Gardens are green, and worth having a look at. Tea is served in the hotel restuarant.

    The Maharajah of Jodhpur lives in this palace.

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    Visit the Markets

    by lynnehamman Written Nov 4, 2008

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    The markets around the Clock Tower come alive at night. There are stalls and small shops selling everything imaginable. Colorful turbans, Bangles, textiles, Jooties (shoes) and Rajasthani crafts. The Sabzi Market (veg market) is colourful, and the spice market has hundreds of types of spices for sale. We never bought any edibles, but I did pick up some glass bangles, which I managed to get home to Australia, without breaking them.
    A stroll around this area at night is really fun and entertaining. The locals love to chat.

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    Sati Shrine

    by lynnehamman Written Dec 13, 2008

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    HANDPRINTS- SATI SHRINE

    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.

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    Jaswant Thada

    by lynnehamman Written Jan 28, 2009

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    Jaswant Thada

    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.

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    Mandore Gardens,Chattris & Cenotaphs

    by lynnehamman Updated Apr 8, 2009

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    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.

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    MehranGarh Fort

    by umashanker Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    Impregnable Mehrangarh

    My son Ishaan took this picture of this high fort situated on a hill.We bought the entry tickets and enter in the fort.On the right hand side in the huge entrance there was visible two line hindi poem (Doha) that mention the date of the construction of this magnificent fort and the name of king Jodha ji who built this fort.It is 650 years old fort. on the right hand sight there was research librarey for scholars.Most kings of Rajastan used to give patterage to scholars and writers, so many written records and litretures are availabe in these forts and palaces.
    Dhoa: two line hindi poem that ends with simili was a popular style of poems in northen India during medival period.

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    Mandore : A graden of cenotaphs

    by umashanker Updated May 19, 2005

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    Mandore Garden

    Manore was capital of formar Marwar.There are so many worth seeing cenotaphs of royal family of rathores.Infact there has been a tradition of making Chattari( cenotaphs) in all parts of Rajasthan.The most beautifull cenotaphs are in Skekhawati region where beautifull paintings on the chattaris can be compared with frescos of Italy.But Modore cenotaphs are also beautifull by arcitecture standards although paintings works are missing here .The beauty of these cenotaphs is the carving work and huge sizes.All these are in the midst of lush green garden.The presense of monkeys and peococks make this lonely garden lively.It is is an ideal place for picnik for locals.

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    Mehrangarh Fort

    by munki Updated Mar 17, 2005

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    Meharngarh Fort


    Most people will agree that the main site in Jodhpur it has to be its fort. I arrived to Jodhpur at night after 4 hours in a government bus from Ajmer. After finding a room in a guesthouse in the old town I went to the top terrace restaurant to have dinner. The view of the fort at night from the roof terrace was magic. It was really one of the most enchanted moments during my visit to Rajasthan.

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    Meherangarh Fort

    by lynnehamman Updated Dec 13, 2008

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    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.

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    Umaid Bhavan Palace

    by munki Updated Mar 17, 2005

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    Umaid  Bhavan Palace


    This immense palace with a peculiar creamy-pink sandstone and marble is now occupied by a luxury hotel, however visitors are allowed into the small museum and a courtyard. You won't be allowed inside the hotel if you are not a guest, so the visit is not worthy, although there are some interesting antique shops on the way to the palace.

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    Veer Durga Dass Rathore'

    by umashanker Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    Hero of Marwar

    There were many paintings in a hall in mehrangarh fort.This is the painting about the legandary hero of Marwar;Veer Durga Dass Rathore .In the glass cabinet there was sword for display.Durga dass rathore was not the king of this dynesty but a brave and faithfull warrior of marwar kingdom. Durga dass Rathore spent many years in oblivian in raising the little prince Ajit singh and save the prince from mougul tyranny.He waged strugle for the claim of prince and scusseded in his aim.
    Veer Durgadass Rathore is the hero of folk songs, paintings and icon of bravery among rajputs.

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    MUSEUM- MEHERANGARH FORT

    by lynnehamman Updated Dec 13, 2008

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    BABY CRADLE
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    Elephant's Howdahs
    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
    Palanquins were used by ladies of the nobility until 1920's. They were also used by royal men on occasions of importance

    Armour
    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.

    Paintings
    This Gallery displays colours of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings.

    Baby Cradles
    A collection of baby cradles & rockers can be seen. Handpainted and embellished with birds & flowers.

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    Jaswant Thada

    by umashanker Written May 18, 2005

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    Relaxing moment

    Just after the entrance there are few cenotaph biult in memory of royal members.they are in midst of well maintain garden.You tend to sit for a while and the stairs of cenotaph and enjoy cool breeze at the top of this hill.As me and my son relaxed here after a walking journey from Meharn grah to this place.

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    Jaswant Thada

    by umashanker Written May 18, 2005

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    Entrance: Jaswant Thada

    Jaswant thada is at a walking distance of mehrangarh.It is an enjoyable walk on slopy hill road.As you reach the entrance of the Jaswant Thada,You feel a relief as there is lush green trees around Jaswant Thada.

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    Folk Music while You Dine

    by lynnehamman Written Nov 4, 2008

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    We had a wonderful evening listening to Rajasthani music while having dinner one night.The musicians not only played their traditional instruments, but also sang and danced. Colourfully dressed, they entertained for hours. Before each song, they would explain(in fairly good English) what it would be about.
    The setting for this performance was perfect- rooftop restuarant, moonlit evening, blazing candles.

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