Visit to Jodhpur — Rajasthan

Meharangarh Fort - Jodhpur, Rajasthan

“Jodhpur” is the city in the Thar Desert of the northwest state of Rajasthan. It is also called Marwar. Though, it has a history of the royal Rajawara, The Rajputana. The state of Rajput king referred as Rajputana. The city is also known as the Sun City due the sunny weather in entire years. The city has a history related British and Mughal Empires as well as Marathas.

The most attractive places for tourism are Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawab Palace, Jaswant Thada, Balsamand Lake, Kaylana Lake and Ghanta Ghar.

“The Meharangarh Fort” is built by the Rajput King Rao Jodha around 1460. In fact, Rao Jodha was the founder of Jodhpur, previously it was known as Marwar. The fort is situated 410 feet above the city and enclosed by imposing thick walls. The fort has seven gates to enter inside, but the main four gates are namely as, Jai Pol, Fateh pol both Pol (gate) are a symbol of victory, Dedh kamgra pol still bears blemishes of bombardment by cannonballs and last fourth gate is Loha Pol which is immediately left to handprints (sati marks) where the ranis were immolated themselves in johar (funeral pyre) of their husband Maharaja Maan Singh in 1843. The palace also includes Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana.
 Now, the fort is established in the museum it has the Elephants Howdahs, Palaquins, Daulat Khana — Treasures of Mehrangarh Museum, Armoury, Paintings, and The Turban Gallery. The museum preserved the traditional belongings of the Rajputanas.

“Umaid Bhawan Palace” is one of the world’s largest private residences. The one part of the palace is managed by the Taj Hotels and one part has a museum. The named is given after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner, Gaj Singh. The palace is built to provide the employments to the thousands of citizens during the period of famine. The palace was built with “dun-coloured” (golden-yellow) sandstones and marbles. The palace is set in the area of 26 acres land, including 15 acres lavish garden. 
The museum has exhibits of stuff leopards, a very large symbolic flag gifted to Maharaja Jaswant Singh by Queen Victoria, and the vintage cars of royal kings are also displayed in front of the museum. A collection of clocks, paintings and a lot things are exhibited in the museum.

The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.The Balsamand Lake is a lake situated 5 km away from Jodhpur on jodhpur-Mandore Road. It is a famous picnic spot. It is also a home of birds and animals like peacock and jackals. It has lush green ground and trees like mango, papaya, plums, etc. The Kaylana Lake is an artificial lake built by Pratap Singh in 1872. The Ghanta Ghar is also the clock tower of Rajasthan; it was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh from whom the market takes name.

When you come to visit to Jodhpur take the spicy Marwari food with local recipes. You will find a large variety of Rajasthan food. You can also enjoy the horse riding, camel riding and shop the traditional Rajasthan attire. You will enjoy the rajasthani music called mand, with traditional musical instruments.