Jodhpur is a beautiful city and a treasure when it comes to the royal monuments and stunning architectural marvels. The city has amazing royal palaces, massive gardens, cenotaphs, mythological structures, wonderful bazaars, and many more. There are so many places in Jodhpur one must visit. Here is the list of places that you must go to if you happened to be in Jodhpur:
1. Mehrangarh Fort: Mehrangarh fort was earlier known as Mihirgarh which is made of two words; “Mihir” which means sun deity and “Garh” means fort. Sun deity is said to be the chief deity of the Rathore dynasty. There are various Mehrangarh fort facts that make it a pride of Jodhpur. The fort is not only historically significant but also has architectural importance. The fort is massive, enclosed with thick walls, and sprawled over a large area. The Mehrangarh fort is situated 410 ft. above the ground level. Within the Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur, there are several other palaces built to serve different purposes and there are many beautiful carvings inside these palaces. This Jodhpur ka Kila spreads over 5 kilometers above the hilltop and one can have a full view of the city from the fort.
2. Jaswant Thada: It is a cenotaph located in Jodhpur which was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This cenotaph has served as a cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. The mausoleum is built out of sheets of marble. The cenotaph’s ground is not like any other ground. It has beautiful features such as a garden, and a small lake. There are three other cenotaphs in the grounds comprising the cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant and Maharajas of Jodhpur.
3. Ghanta Ghar: It is also known as the clock tower of Rajasthan. The tower was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. The market got its name from the same maharaja. In fact, the tower presence is very much evident in the market. The Sardar market is also known as Girdikot. It is a busy shopping site for a variety of items including traditional clothes, jewelry, foods etc.
4. Mandore Garden: This place has its historical significance. The place is known as the birthplace of Ravana’s wife Mandodari. The mandore garden is in a town located 9 km north of Jodhpur city.
5. Kaylana Lake: Kaylana Lake is located 8 km west of Jodhpur. It is an artificial lake, built by Pratap Singh in 1872. The lake spreads over an area of 84 km2. There used to be palaces and gardens in the place of the lake. These palaces and the garden were built by two rulers of Jodhpur – Bhim Singh and Takhat Singh.
6. Toorji Ka Jhalra: Toorji ka Jhalra has a fabulous architecture. Toorji ka Jhalra has a large number of ‘kund’ or step-wells. A queen of Maharaja Abhay Singh built this stepwell or the ‘jhalra’ in the 1740s. Jodhpur has an old tradition in Jodhpur of constructing step-wells by the queens or royal ladies.