Mehrangarh Fort

A renowned landmark of Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in the city. An ideal vantage point for the panoramic view of Jodhpur, one can trek to the top to see the city spread like a blue ocean at the foot of a hill. The fort is a magnum opus known for its exquisite latticed windows, carved panels, intricately decorated windows and walls of the Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal that sit pretty within the vast, sprawling complex of the fort.

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Mehrangarh Fort

Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada is a 19th century royal cenotaph located to the left of the Mehrangarh Fort complex. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh to commemorate his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. A beau ideal of architectural excellence, it is a white marble memorial built out of intricately carved sheets of marble; in fact, the faade seems to shine when hit by sunlight.

 

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Jaswant Thada

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Built by and named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, the ruler of Jodhpur (1918-1947), Umaid Bhawan Palace is considered as one of the most opulent and largest homes ever built. Showcasing a lovely blend of eastern and western architectural influences, it boasts large viewing balconies, tall ceilings and sturdy stone pillars.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Mandore Gardens

Mandore Gardens are a beautiful tourist spot located a stones throw from the main city. The lush, verdant gardens are well-planned, with leafy trees that foster a pleasant and peaceful environment. You can spend a leisurely afternoon in the shade of these trees, while brushing up on the history of Mandore, which is steeped in royal occupation. Tourists can admire the dewals or cenotaphs, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, of Jodhpur's former rulers that are set in the landscaped lawns.

 

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Mandore Gardens

Pali

Located almost 70 km away from Jodhpur, Pali encapsulates the rich heritage of the region in a smattering of beautiful Jain temples and historical monuments. Tourists can visit the well-manicured Lakhotia Gardens, which are surrounded by the tranquil Lakhotia Lake. The gardens set along the lakeside make for an excellent view during daytime, not to mention, a great viewing point for the multi-coloured sunsets of Jodhpur.

A famous temple, Parshuram Mahadev Temple that is dedicated to Lord Parshuram also draws visitors. It is situated amongst the Aravalli mountain ranges and offers tourists adventurous and scenic opportunities. Bangur Museum and Jawai Dam are worth a visit too. The latter is built over River Jawai, a tributary of River Luni. While you�re here, make a stop at Jawai Dam Crocodile Sanctuary, home to several crocodiles, migratory birds, and various species of mammals like leopards. One can often observe the crocodiles basking in the mid-day sun on the banks of the dam, allowing you enough time for a lengthy photo op.

Pali

Sardar Samand Lake Palace

Located on the banks of the pristine Sardar Samand Lake, Sardar Samand Lake Palace was constructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933 as a hunting lodge. Even after decades, it remains the preferred abode of royal families and travellers as it has now been converted into a hotel. The resort itself is like a lesson in Rajasthans history, featuring an exquisite collection of original watercolour paintings and African trophies. The palace has its own Oriental Garden, boat-house, swimming pool, and tennis and squash courts. Thus, you can relax and rejuvenate, without a care in the world, as all your needs are attended to.

 

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Sardar Samand Lake Palace