After the visit to Jaipur & Ajmer, I became more thirsty to see the other parts of Rajasthan through my naked eyes especially Jodhpur; the city of magical blue. So when I got the opportunity to celebrate the very first day of the year with those blue-painted houses & the charming fort I could not miss it.
Mandor Express reached at the exact time Jodhpur on first January. As per booking I and my family checked in the hotel Ghoomar (RTDC) & begin our journey to explore the city from there. Jodhpur has a history of war, romance and valour at the border of the great Thar Desert to savour the vibrant colours of life of the second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is an apt destination. The city is also known as the Blue city due to the blue-coloured houses situated in Jodhpur. Founded by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rathore clan, in 1459 AD. The cleanest city was built to serve as the new capital of Rathore kingdom, Known as Marwar (the merchant people under this city called Marwari). Gaj Singh the recent king of Jodhpur maintaining the charm of history as before & started to modernize the city with high rises & luxurious hotels.
The city of Jodhpur is a famous tourist destination owing to its royal heritage. Places of tourist interest in Jodhpur include a clean & massive fortress, striking cenotaphs and spectacular gardens. Besides forts and palaces, the House of Mandodari also situated in Jodhpur can be a major attraction for travellers. Some of the famous attractions in Jodhpur are as follows:
Complete city view from the fort
One of the largest forts of Rajasthan, Mehrangarh Fort located at a height of 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur, the fort is named after the Sun deity, from where the Rathore claim descent. Mehrangarh Fort stands as the most prominent and visited monument in the city. Its vast has a number of halls that are worth a visit and there is even a museum in there which displays showcases collections of palanquins, furniture, cannons, paintings and folk musical instruments. The Daulat Khana, a gallery of the museum houses one of the finest collections of Mughal miniature paintings. I have been to the Chamundi Devi temple in the fort. It’s a kind of must-visit for anyone arriving in Jodhpur for its sheer grandeur.
The fort was not as much crowed at that time and most of the tourists were local people from Rajasthan or foreign tourists. The stunning view of the entire city of Jodhpur from the fort was amazing, the houses painted blue, and the city palace view from the top of the fort, totally worth it!!!
Jaswant Thada is a striking marvellous white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Jaswant Thada, fondly called the “Taj Mahal of Marwar “was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh to commemorate his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The main cenotaph was given the shape of the temple with intricately carved marble stone. This beautiful cenotaph surrounded by a calm lake called Devkund & a mind relaxing garden with the chirping of different kind of birds. There are many temple shaped small cenotaphs that proved that royal family members slept peacefully. Worth visit place & cherish your memories once again.
I found exact same at Mandore garden with a charming collection of temples, cenotaphs and high rock terraces what I thought. A cool breeze was blowing like a sizzling style in the garden. For people seeking peace, there can be no better place than Mandore Garden.
Before visit Mandore Garden I was thinking that this garden is famous for its beautiful view along with 33 crores of temples but after been this place I stunned to see that this place is actually the birthplace or maternal home of Mandodari the wife of the eternal villain in Epic Ramayana: Dasabhatar Ravana. Everyone knows about Ramayana; the war between Lord Ram & Ravana. So when I visited the palace of Mandodari & her father May Danava I really flattered.
House of Mandodari; wife of the epic villain Ravana
In my personal view among the world’s largest private residences, Umaid Bhawan Palace is located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The palace has been divided into three wings – museum, the residence of the erstwhile royal family of Gaj Singh and the heritage hotel. The palace is also known as Chittar Palace due to the extensive use of Chittar sandstone and its location on Chittar hill.
At the night we enjoyed a short walk through the local and vibrant bazaar of Jodhpur. A shopaholic person can easily find many items like Bandhej, Mojris, Jodhpur breeches, antique items, furniture and handicrafts to fulfil their buying thirst.
If you wish to visit Blue city-Jodhpur I suggest you visit the place from November to February. It the worth place to visit & must try their spicy Golgappa & if money matter does not bother you then stay once at Umaid Bhawan to pamper yourself with Royal Rajasthan & their hospitality.
“I will travel.
Since my mind will not permit,
A sitting to wish dreams to visit.
I am one who would rather travel.
I choose to greet and meet my destiny.”- Lawrence S. Pertillar
(Historic Reference is taken from Wikipedia, google)