Umaid Bhavan Palace
Pippala Devi Ossian Temple
Surya Ossian Temples
Baba Ramdeo Temple (Adhar Shila Temple)
Welcome to Jodhpur,
Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, a chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459. The city is known as the "Sun City" because of its bright and sunny weather throughout the year. It is named after him only. Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India was previously known as Marwar. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan.
It is divided into two parts - the old city and the new city. The old city is separated by a 10 km long wall surrounding it. Also it has eight Gates leading out of it. The new city is outside the walled city. Jodhpur is a very popular tourist destination. The landscape is scenic and mesmerizing. Jodhpur city has many beautiful palaces and forts such as Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Rai ka Bag Palace. Other charms of Jodhpur include Government museum and it's beautiful Umed garden. The 'Sun City', instituted by Rao Jodha is a tourist hotspot also because of its premier museum and haven of indigenous art.
A famous Shiv temple in Jodhpur is the Achal Nath Shivalaya. Nanak Devi, the queen of Rao Ganga, constructed Achal Nath Shivalaya temple of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. The construction of the temple got completed on 21st May 1531. There is a large water reservoir called Bawari in the temple, which was made near the Shivlinga. It is known as Ganga Bawari.
The temple consists of the following separate halls:
- The Garbh Griha
- Mandap Bhavan
- Kirtan Bhawan
All these halls are made up of carved Chhitar stone. If you are a Shiv devotee, do not miss this temple on your trip to Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Baba Ramdeo Temple (Adhar Shila Temple) of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is situated on the route between the Jalori Gate and the Nagori Gate in Jodhpur, India. It is also known as the Adhar Shila Temple and stands on top of a sandstone hill. The antiquity of the temple attracts tourists to this place. Do add this temple to your itinerary, while visiting Jodhpur.
Adhar Shila Temple in Jodhpur, India acts as a symbol of divine devotion and duty. Many unproved legends and local beliefs surround this temple. Just outside the main entrance to the temple, is a tiny rock inscribed with the words "Enter at your own risk". This inscription lends a mystic appeal of this ancient temple. Also, it adds a mysterious angle to the temple, making it prone to people with an inquisitive mind.
The Balsammand Lake in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is a popular picnic spot, encircled by hills. It is an artificial lake built in 1159 AD. Balsammand Lake is approximately 7 kms from the main city, on the Jodhpur - Mandore road. This lake is approximately one kilometer long, fifty meters wide and fifteen meters deep. Next to the lake stands the Balsammand Palace, an artistic eight-pillared palace with three entrance gates. Maharaja Sur Singh got the palace constructed in 1936, as a summer pavilion.
All around the lake are lush green gardens. You can also take a walk through the trees, the rose beds and around pools covered with lilies. Also in the garden are the groves of mango, guava, papaya, plum, banana, pomegranate and other fruits. An artificial cascading waterfall brings water from the reservoir to the gardens. The embankments of the lake, in front of the palace, have domed structure that offers fabulous views of the lake. One will also get to see the peacocks, blue bulls, jackals and hundreds of fruit bats in the trees.
Approximately 2 km from the city and on the way to the lake, is the Maha Mandir. A hundred pillared temple, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A walled town is built around the temple. The lake is a must-see picnic spot, enchanting tourists with the cool breeze blowing through the lush greenery around the lake. The peaceful surroundings of Balsammand Lake will leave you at peace with yourself.
At some point of time in our life, we all want to stay at a place overlooking a water body, preferably a sea. The Jodhpur Balsammand Palace in Mandore, Rajasthan offers you this kind of comfort. This palace is built on a hillock facing Balsammand Lake. This popular excursion of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was constructed in 19th century and is made up of sandstone.
Maharajah Sur Singh of Jodhpur, as a summer pavilion, built this palace encircled by hills. The Balsammand Palace of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is beautifully carved. Allowing the cool breeze to blow into the palace are the latticed windows. The lakeside, in front of the palace, has domed structure that provides fabulous views of the lake. The gardens get water from an artificial waterfall, bringing down water from the reservoir.
The palace has now been converted into a heritage hotel. While staying there, you will feel as if you are staying in a royal palace. To fully enjoy this place, you should roam around the place and take a walk through the trees. Also good for a walk are the rose beds, the pools covered with lilies and the groves of mango, plum, banana, pomegranate and lots of other trees. You may also get to see the peacocks, blue bulls, jackals and hundreds of fruit bats in the trees.
If you are looking for calm and peace, while on the trip to Jodhpur, this is the perfect place for you. The Balsammand Palace, along with the lake and gardens, is sure to win your heart.
The Chamunda Mataji Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is situated in the southern end of the Mehrangarh Fort. Chamunda Mataji was the favorite goddess of Rao Jodha. In 1460, he brought her idol from the old capital of Mandore in 1460. Then, it was installed in the Mehrangarh Fort. Till date, the goddess remains the Isht Devi (the adopted goddess) of Maharajas and the Royal Family.
Chamunda Mata is worshipped by most of Jodhpur's citizens also. During Dussehra celebrations, Mehrangarh Fort is thronged by devotees to get a glimpse of Chamunda Devi. If you are a devotee of Chamunda Devi, do visit this temple, when in Jodhpur.
This sanctuary is about 40km southwest of Jodhpur, on the road to Barmer , and has populations of Black bucks, desert foxes and nilgaies. There is no accommodation here but it is possible to take a half day tour from Jodhpur.
The area which is called Ratanada was named after a dog called Rata. About 150 years ago a teacher Radidas in a place called Gorunda saw a statue of Vinayakji in the hills of Ratanada. The statue is eight feet high and five feet wide.
Giridkot and Sardar Market, located in the heart of the city, are popular for a wide range of handicrafts. One can find textiles, silver, handicrafts, aromatic spices, vegetables and colorful Indian sweets in these shops.
Government Museum of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is situated on the High Court Road. It stands in the middle of the Umaid public gardens. The museum building and the garden were developed during the time of Maharaja Umaid Singhji. It encompasses a wide collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits and local arts and crafts. Also displayed in the museum are, portraits of rulers and the manuscripts and images of Jain Tirthankars.
Rajasthan's popular Government Museum also has a public library and a zoo, located in the pleasant Umaid Gardens. The museum holds a special attraction for kids. Children get very excited by the sight of stuffed animals, including a number of desert birds in two glass cases, each with a thorn bush. There is also a military section, exhibiting cumbersome wooden biplane models and an extraordinary brass battleship.
If you want to get an experience of the tribal India, Jodhpur Guda Bishnoi Village is the place for you. It is approximately 25 kms from the main city of Jodhpur. The Guda Bishnoi village of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is scenic beauty marked with Khejri trees and deer. Also in the village is the Guda Bishnoi Lake. It is an artificial lake, perfect as a picnic spot. A person interested in exotic wild life and nature should definitely visit this village.
he Bishnoi community inhabits the village. The villagers are staunch worshippers of nature in all its forms, specially the sanctity of plant and animal life. They even pray to the green trees and animals that inhabit their land. In this world of exploitation everywhere, they make every effort to conserve the environment. Another fact about the Bishnoi tribals is that they worship Lord Vishnu and are vegetarians.
Around the Guda Bishnoi Lake, you can see numerous migratory birds like domicile Cranes etc, blackbucks and chinkaras. This pond is drinking point for antelopes black bucks of near by area. The Guda Bishnoi village in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India is a kind of desert oasis. It is the perfect place to experience the traditions and customs of tribal life. It is a place caught in a delightful time warp, where life still goes on like the days of the past.
The Hall of Heroes is a monument located in Mandore, which is about 10 km north of Jodhpur. Mandore had been the capital of the princely state of Marwar before Jodhpur. The Hall of Heroes is situated near the temple-shaped cenotaphs of former Rajput kings in Mandore Gardens. The hall was built to honour the memory of the brave Rajput folk heroes. A visitor can see the spectacular sight of the fifteen life-size statues of as many folk heroes of Rajasthan, carved out of stone and rock in this hall. The statues are painted in eye-catching bright colours that are characteristic to Rajasthan.
There are three Ossian Harihara temples near Jodhpur. These temples are dedicated to Lord Harihara (A union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu). The first two of the Harihara Osiyan Temples in Rajasthan were constructed in the 8th century. On the other hand, the third one was added in 9th century. The temples are raised on huge plinths. Almost every space in the temples is sculpted to a great extent.
However, one thing worth noticing in the Harihara temples is that the architecture is far more advanced than some of the other temples in Ossian. The pillar sculptures of the porch are especially quite complex. Another fact, a sad one, about these temples is that time has had its bad effect on them. For example, the first temple has witnessed much ruination of its ornamentation. It is now only left with its beautiful archway and the porch columns of the shrines.
Jai Pol or Jaya Pol (which means "the gate of victory") is one of the historic structures in the magnificent Fort Mehrangarh in Jodhpur. It is the most famous of the seven gates in the imposing fort. It is situated in a hill about 5 km from Jodhpur city. Jai Pol is constructed in 1806, by Maharaja Man Singh, the then ruler of the kingdom of Marwar. This gate is constructed to celebrate the victory of Marwar over the neighbouring rival kingdoms of Jaipur and Bikaner after fierce battles. In the wall near the gate, scars made by cannon balls from the old battle can still be seen.
There are approximately 15 Ossian Jain temples near Jodhpur. The most fascinating one of the Jain Osiyan temples in Rajasthan is the Mahavira temple. It is dedicated to the last (24th) Jain Prophet. The main temple was constructed around 775 A.D. And till about 15th century, the other smaller shrines were being added to the main complex.
Ossian holds a great significance for the Jain community. This is so because the Oswal Jains (a rich trading community) came from Ossian. Thus, deriving their name from this town. It is because of the donations of these Oswals only that so many temples were constructed. Even their upkeep was possible because of due participation of Oswals.
The entrance to the temple complex has carvings of beautiful maidens on it. The roof is also beautifully decorated. The terrace on which the temple stands is built up of sandstone. The main Mahavira temple has an inner sanctum and three balconied windows. The main porch of the temple has beautifully ornate pillars. And the second porch, which was later added on, has more stylish construction. The other Jain temples are quite smaller and are uniform to some an extent. Only little differentiation can be seen among them.
The Jodhpur Jaswant Sagar Dam lies in Pichiyak village between Bilara and Bhavi of Jodhpur district. It was constructed, in 1892, by Maharaja Jaswant Singh. The water from Jaswant Sagar Dam of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is utilized for irrigation purposes in Jodhpur. The greenest part of Jodhpur receives water from this dam. Also available here, are boating facilities have for tourists.
It is nice place for those who love boating or wading around in water. Also, a visit to the Jaswant Sagar Dam will serve as an educational trip for the children.
The Jaswant Thada is architectural landmark found in Jodhpur. It is a white marble memorial built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument, in its entirety, is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These stones are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when the sun's rays dance across their surface. Within this cenotaph, there are also two more tombs.
Famous Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur, India is an example of architectural brilliance in India. It is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. The carving shows the genius of the sculptors. These stones are extremely thin and polished. As a result, the outside surface of the monument emits a warm glow when the sunrays fall on its surface. There is also beautiful marble jali work on the cenotaph. You can have some nice views from the terrace in front of the cenotaph.
Inside the main hall are royal portraits and other possessions. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh displays portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. The main memorial has been built like a temple. To visit the Thada you have to go through the rocky hills. This also lends a mystic aura to the whole visit. Do make sure to visit this architectural delight while on a tour to Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Jodhpur is an antique hunter's paradise. The Jodhpur antiques include textiles, silver jewellery, pottery, carved ducks, metalwork, marble figures, paintings, antiques, ivory, bed covers, wall hangings, puppets, clothes, especially designed furniture, etc. You can also find old furniture, chests, cabinets, sculptures, doors, windows, carved lintels, old pictures, memorabilia, rare, first-edition books, etc.
Some of the main centers for antique shopping in Jodhpur, Rajasthan are:
- Rajasthan Art Emporium
- Rajasthan Arts and Crafts House
- Sun City Art Exporters
Most of Jodhpur, India Antique shops are located at the foothill of Umaid Bhawan. The prices of the antiques are not too high and more or less fixed. You can also get fake antiques in Jodhpur that are quite cheap. The handicraft emporiums in Jodhpur are even exporting large quantities of antique items. So, if you looking out for authentic (expensive) or fake (cheap) antiques, Jodhpur is the place for you.
Bandhini is an ancient, resist-dyeing technique, widely used in the state of Rajasthan. It is also known as Tie and dye. Bandhini is used to design decorative patterns created by skilled artists with the help the dyes. The fabric is tied in intricate patterns with the help of nails, beads or grain. This acts as a prevention against seepage of color into the tied areas during dyeing.
You can find Jodhpur Bandhini at Kapra Bazaar. Jodhpur, India Tie and dye in small motifs or in wave-like strips, on cotton, chiffon or silk and many other patterns are available. Bandhej of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is used as Sarees, Jodhpuri coats, Rajasthani dresses, Salwar-kameez sets, yardages for turbans, etc. You can find all types of Bandhini at Mehar Collection. Even the prices there are pretty less.
The Jodhpuri craftsmen have perfected the technique of Bandhini. They can make the most intricate patterns emerge in discharge, with vibrant backgrounds. To go to Jodhpur and come back without buying Bandhini is a sheer waste. There are a lot of shops in Jodhpur, selling Bandhini. Some of the good markets in Jodhpur for Bandhini are:
- Sojati Gate Market
- Nai Sarak Market
- Sadar Marke
Jodhpur is one of the famous chilly growing districts of Rajasthan. It is the best place for those who are fond of spicy food. Jodhpur chillies are famous, not only throughout India, but abroad also. The most famous one is Mathaniya's red chilly of Jodhpur. It is famous for its reddish color. It is sent to many parts of this country and even exported to other countries.
Shopping for spices in Jodhpur is an intriguing experience. Heaps of red chilies on the pavement stalls create delightful vistas against Jodhpur's desert skyline. The best market for buying chillies of Jodhpur, India is the famous Clock Tower.
Jodhpur has a number of restaurants and eating-places. You can every cuisine in Jodhpur, ranging from Indian to Chinese to Continental to Mughlai cuisine. While there, do not forget to try the famous Kachouri (a snack eaten with chutney). Those with a sweet tooth should try laddoos, which simply melt in your mouth. And not to forget, do have a tall glass of buttermilk or 'lassi'.
A number of Indian delicacies have also originated in Jodhpur. Following are some of the famous Jodhpur cuisines. Read on to know "What to eat in Jodhpur, Rajasthan":
- Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Kachori, Pyaaz Kachori
- Hot and Spicy Mirchibada (A preparation made with potato, onion, chili and gram flour), Panchkuta.
Some of the popular sweets of Jodhpur are:
- Mave ki Kachori
- Besan ki Chaaki and Maakhan Vade
Jodhpur footwear is famous throughout India. The catalogue of Indian footwear is incomplete without the mention of Mojris of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Also known as Jodhpuri Jutis, this footwear can help give a royal touch to your dresses. It is usually worn with traditional Indian dresses like Sherwanis, Achkans, Kurta-Pyjama, Jodhpuri suits, etc. They come in different colors and designs, and are normally hand crafted.
Footwear is the one of the important article on sale in the popular markets of Jodhpur. Some of the good markets for buying Jutis are:
- Mochi Bazaar in the walled city
- Jutti Corner on Station Road
Different types of Jutis/Mojris are available in Jodhpur. The range is quite wide and fascinating. You can get any pair, from the embroidered Jutis to the beaded ones to the plain ones, as per your choice. A nice embroidered pair of Mojris costs around Rs. 450-500. You can also get simple pairs, without much embroidery, for approximately half that price. So, do remember to buy a nice pair of Jodhpur footwear, whenever you get the opportunity to visit Jodhpur.
Kaylana (Kailana) Lake in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is located 8 kms to the west of Jodhpur on the Jaiselmer road. Pratap Singh, the then Prime Minister of Jodhpur, got the lake constructed in 1872. This artificial lake is spread over 84 square kms. Where the lake now lies, was once an area having palaces and gardens of two rulers of Jodhpur. They were destroyed to make the Kaylana Lake. Near to the lake is a Dak Bungalow of PHED, the Irrigation department. There are also boating facilities available for the tourists here.
An ideal picnic spot for tourists, this lake offers a breathtaking view of the sunset. At that time the sky looks like a canvas splashed with spectacular colors. Kaylana Lake is the perfect place to relax or have picnics. If you are interested in birds, then, this place will further interest you. Also known by the name of Pratap Sagar, the area around this lake was once full of wild bears. It served as a secured hunting place for the royal members.
Khichan is a village in the Jodhpur that in recent years has established a tradition of feeding wild birds, including Demoiselle Cranes that winter here every year. Up to 500 kilogrammes (1,102 pounds) of bird seed are consumed every day by the feeding birds. Khichan village now hosts over 9,000 Demoiselle Cranes from as early as August each year to as late as March of the following year.
The village, which has become popular among bird watchers, achieved international recognition when it was featured in Birding World magazine in an article titled, ?Khichan - the Demoiselle Crane village.
Kunj Bihari Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan seems like a replica of the Ghanshyamji temple in Jodhpur. Kunj Bihari Temple is another example of architectural splendor in Jodhpur. Specifically the top of the temple and its entrance are artistically made. Devotees of Krishanji should try to visit this temple on their trip to Jodhpur.
At the entrance, itself, rests a statue of Meera Bai, the great devotee of Lord Krishna. Inside the temple is the Garbh Griha (Central hall), where, just opposite to and facing the Meera is Lord Krishna. To the right of the statue of Meera, is the statue of a saint, Namdeo. Also to the left of Meera is Hanumanji's statue.
Loha Pol (the gate of iron) is another historic gate in the magnificent Fort Mehrangarh, like Jai Pol. It is situated in a hill about five kilometres from Jodhpur city. It is one of the seven gates in the fort. It is the fourth gate of the fort. It leads to palaces and residences of kings. So it had been the most heavily guarded gate. It was through this gate that the bereaved queens ran into flames to commit 'sati' immediately after the death of their husbands. The 'hand prints' of those queens can still be seen in Loha Pol.
Fort Chanwa of Luni is an exceptional example of Elegance and Symmetry in Indian architecture of the last century. The entire fortress is carved out of the famous red sandstone of Jodhpur and with its ornately carved lattice work friezes and intricate Jherokas it exquisitely captures the romance and grace of a bygone age.
The Fort is composed of a lyrical complex of courtyards, towers, water-wheels, stables, passages and unexpected stairways to secret pavilions and panoramic roof tops spanning the village below and the Thar horizon beyond. The traditional paintings on the walls harmoniously reflect the skill of the master craftsmen and the bygone days.
The village of Luni nestles in the shadow of the Fort walls and is a hub of activity with its many artisans fashioning metal, clay or wood into intricate forms and demonstrating the skills passed down over the centuries by their ancestors.
The Fort has been beautifully restored to its former glory by its owners Maharaj Dilip singhji, the youngest son of H.H. Maharaja Umaid Singhji and his wife Rani Madhu.
Each room has been created and decorated with its own particular charm and the many courtyards, verandahs and gardens all offer a setting and ambiance set to capture your heart.
The Jodhpur Machiya Safari Park lies on the way to Jaisalmer. It is about 1km from Kaylana Lake. It is a must see place for those interested in wildlife. The main fauna of the Machiya Safari Park of Jodhpur, Rajasthan includes, deer, desert fox, monitor lizard, blue bulls rabbits, wild cats, mongoose, monkeys, etc.
There is also an exclusive bird watching point from where you can see a large number of birds. Thus, serving as a good place for bird watchers too. The safari park also has a fort inside its complex. The fort also gives a nice view of the sunset. Machiya Safari Park is an interesting place to visit with kids.
Laterally, the great temple, is a place where sacred glory reigns in a peaceful tranquility. Situated on Mandore road, the temple is an architectural splendor, supported by 84 pillars and ornamented with detailed designs and figures depicting various postures of Yoga. The entire structure is marked by a unique and original style.
Mandore is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur. It was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar. Later it was abandoned for security concerns regarding the Mehrangarh fort. Its extensive Mandore garden, with high rock terrace, makes it a popular local attraction.
In the Mandore garden, there are the dewals or cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. Instead of the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, the cenotaphs of the famous Mandore garden of Jodhpur, Rajasthan are built along the lines of a Hindu temple. They are four stories high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone. The most impressive dewal is the dewal of Maharaja Ajit Singh. These cenotaphs are set in beautiful landscaped gardens. The cenotaphs of the Maharani are set on a rocky outcrop over the hill.
Near to the cenotaphs is the hall of heroes. The hall is dedicated to various deities and Rajput folk heroes. The statues of the deities and heroes we are carved out of rock and painted in bright colors. Also in this garden of Jodhpur, is "The Shrine of the Three Hundred Million Gods", filled with brightly colored images of the various Hindu Gods. As you climb up the hill, you come to the ruined city of Mandore, with its old palace.
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in forts. It is also the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur, infact, in the whole Rajasthan. The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India. It is situated on a 150 m high hill. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The Mehrangarh Fort can be reached from the city, 5 kms below, through a circular road.
Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. The gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. Its second gate still stands witness to canon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur during wars. One of the gates is Jayapol, meaning victory. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals.
Other attractions of Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan include several palaces inside the fort, with their sprawling and huge courtyards. One of the fort's palaces, The Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace, has the royal throne of Jodhpur, the Sringar Chowki. The fort also has galleries, temples, etc. To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort is the Chhatri of a soldier, Kirat Singh Soda. It is the spot where he fell while defending the fort against the armies of Amber. The Mehrangarh Fort, with its beauty, is the living proof of the hard work and skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors.
It comprises of follwing galleries :
- Elephant's Howdahs : The "Elephant Howdah" was a kind of two-compartment wooden seat fastened on to the back of an elephant. The front compartment had a raised protective metal sheet for kings or royalty. The rear compartment was for a reliable bodyguard, disguised flywhisk attendant. This gallery displays fine examples of elephant seat from the museum collection, which is regarded as the best in the country.
- Palanquins : Palanquin was a popular mode of travel for the ladies of the nobility, till the second quarter of the 20th century. On special occasions, the male nobility and the royals also used them. This gallery displays one of the richest collections of palanquins in Rajasthan. The most exquisite ones include Pinjas, the covered palanquin beautifully decorated with lacquer paintwork. Another one is Rajat khasa, the beautiful lotus shaped royal silver palanquin used by the maharajas.
- Daulat Khana(Treasures Of Mehrangarh Museum) : In this gallery are displayed some best preserved collection of fine arts of the Mughal period, during which the Rathores maintained close links with the Mughal emperors. Displayed in this gallery are finest examples of arms, textiles, decorative arts, paintings, manuscripts, headgears, etc.
- Armoury : This Gallery displays a rare collection of Armour from every period in Jodhpur. Also displayed are sword hilts in jade, silver, rhine horn, ivory, shields studded with rubies, emeralds and pearls, guns with gold and silver work on barrels. The personal swords of some emperors are also displayed. They include The Khanda of Rao Jodha, The sword of Akbar the Great and The sword of Timur the Lame.
- Paintings : This Gallery displays colours of Marwar-Jodhpur, the finest example of Marwar paintings.
- The Turban Gallery : There is Turban Gallery in the Mehrangarh Museum also. In it are preserved and displayed many different types of turbans once prevalent in Rajasthan.
- The Folk Musical Instruments Gallery : In this gallery are a number of different types and kinds of folk musical instruments, some particular to a group or community, and some to a region. A recorded rendition accompanies the display of the instruments here.
Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort Museum is one of the finest museums in Rajasthan. It is beautifully laid out. It has a palanquin section where you can see a wide collection of old royal palanquins. The palanquin section of the museum of Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India also includes the elaborate domed gilt Mahadol palanquin, won in a battle from the Governor of Gujarat in 1730.
The heritage of the Rathores, including arms, costumes, paintings, decorated period rooms, etc, is exhibited in the museum. The museum gives us an idea of the grandeur of the royal families of the past.
Jodhpur Nehru Park is another one of the popular gardens of Jodhpur. The park is covering an area of 14 acres. Nehru Park was developed as a park for children. The famous Nehru park of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was inaugurated on 7th September 1966 by the then Chief Minister, Shri Mohan Lal Sukhadia. The park reflects the beauty of nature through its fountain, pond, swings, flowerbeds, trees and plants, etc.
Earlier there was a pond named Bakhat Sagar pond. But slowly and gradually the pond deteriorated with the city's dirty water getting collected there. In order to solve the problem, its upper portion was converted into Bakhat Sagar residential colony. The lower portion of the pond contains the Nehru park now.
Nimaj near Jodhpur, Rajasthan is specifically known for a temple. The Nimaj temple in Jodhpur, India was built in 9th century. The Nimaj temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. Also within this place, is a unique art gallery. The gallery showcases some masterpieces of sculptural art. Adorning the masterpieces is the natural surroundings. This helps in providing an authentic ambience to the whole gallery.
Phool Mahal (means 'the palace of flowers') is now the most popular period room in Mehrangarh Fort Museum. It was built by Maharaja Abhaya Singh in the eighteenth century as a private room for the king's pleasure. The gold used for the construction of Phool Mahal is believed to have come from Gujarat as the booty of the war in which the king defeated a Mogul governor. The other attractions in Phool Mahal, such as the paintings, portraits and raga mela, were the contribution of a later king, Jaswant Singh.
The Ossian Pippala Devi Temple near Jodhpur relates to the 9th century and was constructed in the early part of the century. It is a minor temple as compared to the other Ossian Temples. But still, it is worth visiting.
The temple has an open-air mandap (a platform for wedding and other rituals), with well stretched out balconies. Only a part of this mandap has still been preserved. The main attraction of the Pippala Devi Osiyan temple in Rajasthan, India is its splendid columns. However, they could not stand the test of time and have witnessed substantial damage. The other main feature of the complex is the large sabha mandap (assembly hall). It has thirty pillars dating back to the 10th century. It is still in an okay condition.
The Rai ka Bag Palace of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is another tourist spot for you to visit on your trip to Jodhpur. The queen of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-I, Hadiji, built this palace. It is situated near the Raika Bag palace railway station. Famous Rai Ka Bag palace in Jodhpur, India was constructed in 1663. It was amongst the favorite palaces of King Jaswant Singh-II. Most of the time he stayed in the octagonal bungalow of Rai Ka Bag palace.
In 1883, Swami Dayanand Saraswati came to Jodhpur. The arrangements for his public audience were made in the public ground of this palace only. He gave his sermons there itself. Even Jaswant Singh used to listen to Swami Dayanand in this palace only. At present the palace houses the income-tax office.
One of the temples to visit in Jodhpur is the Raj Ranchhodji Temple. Queen Jadechi Rajkanwar built Raj Ranchhodji Temple of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She got it constructed after the death of her husband, Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Most of the temple is built using red sandstone. Also there are carvings with beautiful filigree work on the stone adorning the temple.
Inside the temple is the statue of Ranchhodji. It is made up of black marble. The main door of the temple has stained glass windows of green, yellow and blue color.
Rasik Bihari Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is located off the Udai Mandir road. It is also known as Niniji Temple in Jodhpur, India. The temple building is quite a fascinating one. It is mainly dedicated to Rasik Bihari. At present, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is overlooking the management and maintenance of the temple.
Rasik Bihari temple has meeting halls known as Sabha Mandaps. They are constructed with red sandstone pillars. Inside the temple complex is Garbh Grihai, surrounded by a gallery (for parikrama), made up of white stone. The meeting hall is devoted to Rasik Bihari, Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. It also has statues of Lord Vishnu, Garuda and Hanumanji, resting on both sides of the hall doors. On one part of the main door, you can see Adi Vinayak Ganeshji.
The Ossian Sachiya Mata temple near Jodhpur was originally built in the 8th century. However, the temple complex that now stands dates back to the 12th century. The Sachiya Mata Osiyan Temple in Rajasthan is dedicated to Sachi Mata. Sachi Mata, also known as Indrani, was the consort of the rain-god Indra. According to the legend, Indra married her for her voluptuousness. The main shrine, along with the other two temples - the Chandi Ka Mandir and the Amba Mata Mandir, was constructed around circa 1178.
For entering the Sachiya Mata temple complex, one can use a series of magnificently sculpted arches. The temple complex was built in several phases, rather than in one go. Inside it are beautiful images and sculptures of Hindu deities. Located at the north-end of the complex is a sculpture of Varaha (boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu). And to the east is an image of Vishnuji with Lakshmiji. Lying to the west is a stone slab coming out of the walls, full of sculptures.
The latest additions to the temple were carried on in the 12th century. Since then the temple has remained unchanged. The temple is a beauty of architecture. It is an architectural splendor that can be compared to any other throughout India.
Santoshi Mata Temple is situated in Lal Sagar, near Mandore, which is about 10 kilometres away from Jodhpur city. Santhoshi Mata is a goddess worshipped particularly by women in India. There are several Santoshi Mata temples in various places all over India. But the temple in Jodhpur is considered among devotees as the 'original temple'.
Near to the city of Jodhpur is the Sardar Samand Lake. The lake lays 60-kms south-east of Jodhpur off the Jodhpur - Pali route. The scenery of this lake is fascinating. Sardar Samand Lake attracts countless varieties of migratory birds. So, if you are a bird watcher, this is the place to be. Also enchanted by its placid waters are tourists who come to enjoy peace and solitude of the place.
While on your way to Sardar Samand Lake from Jodhpur, one may even spot feely roaming wildlife of the region, especially the Black Buck, Neelgai and Chinkara. Even the rote presents you with an interesting drive, keeping you entranced. The countryside with its lively villages and smiling village folk offers you taste of the region's hospitality. The route also passes through the Bishnoi villages, an old community.
The lake as well as the route to the lake, provides a virtual treat to photographers. On a hill overlooking the Sardar Samand Lake, stands the summer palace of Maharaja Umaid Singh. It was once the hunting lodge of the royal Jodhpur family. It has now been converted into the Sardar Samand Lake Resort. The resort offers some of the most breathtaking views of the magnificent lake.
Make sure to visit the Ossian Shiv Mandir near Jodhpur, while on a visit to the Ossian city. It is a living proof of the Indian architectural brilliance around Jodhpur. The Shiv Osiyan temple in Rajasthan is known for its beautifully carved pillars. On the pillars are embellishments of vase and floral motifs, typical of Hindu religious architecture. The temple ceilings were conceived by quite an imaginative mind and are decorated with lace like motifs.
Lord Shiva is often depicted in Hindu mythology as a Maha Yogi. The temples walls have a number of paintings depicting him in various yogic postures. This presents a wonderful sight to the eyes and takes you back to the past. So don't forget to include this temple in your Ossian itinerary.
Shrine of the Three Hundred Million Gods is situated in Mandore Gardens, which is about 10 kilometres away from the city of Jodhpur. This shrine is one of the major attractions of the Mandore Gardens. In this shrine, as its name implies, a visitor can find lavishly decorated and brilliantly coloured images of an unbelievable number of Hindu gods and goddesses. According to Hindu mythology, there exist a total of three hundred million gods in this whole universe. And this is one (perhaps only) place where one could catch a glimpse of all the Hindu gods. Many visitors have been left with admiration of the sheer beauty of the painted figures of gods in this shrine.
Siddhanth Shiv temple of Jodhpur, Rajasthan lies between Takhat Sagar hills. One has to first take up the road going from the right of filter house on Jodhpur-Chopasani Road. Then, only after crossing the stairs made by cutting rocks, one can reach Siddhnath temple.
The place where the temple now stands was absolutely deserted many years ago. Because of its isolation and peace, a hermit Veetragi Narain Swami started staying here. He was a saint, highly worshipped and respected in the nearby areas.
At some point of time, a handicapped saint named Gaurishanker, later known as Nepali Baba, also came to this place. He had only four fingers in each of his hand and foot. Nepali Baba, himself, made a big temple by cutting stones. This temple is now known as Siddhnath Shiv Temple.
Sojat city of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is situated on the left bank of the Sukri River, near Pali town. It was earlier (in the ancient times) known as Tamravati. There is also a fort in Sojat city. The fort has a big reservoir and several temples like Sejal Mata, Chaturbhuj and so on. There is also an old temple of Chamunda Mata situated on top of one of the hillocks. For Muslims, there is the Dargah of Pir Mastan. It is a very popular dargah, specially thronged by Muslims at the time of Urs - a Muslim festival.
Another tourist attraction in Jodhpur Sojat city is the plantation of Mehendi trees. Mehendi is a herbal plant. Its leaves are squashed into a thin paste and applied on the hands and the feet, of particularly females, in various attractive designs. Many tourists (specially the foreigners) who happen to visit this city get their palms and feet decorated by the Mehendi of Sojat.
While visiting this city, you can see the following prominent places:
-Ramdeoji temple, near village Biratiya
-The fort of Desuri
-Kurki, the birthplace of Mirabai (the legendry poetess who dedicated her whole life to Lord Krishna and his worship)
-Jawai Bandh and Jain temples of Narlai
The Ossian Surya Temples near Jodhpur was constructed in the 10th century. It is quite similar to the Sun Temple at Ranakpur. Surya Osiyan Temples in Rajasthan are dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. The inner complex of the temple houses the statue Surya. Also within the temple complex are the sculptures of the Ganeshji and Durga Mata. There is also an open mandap (a platform for wedding and other ceremonial rituals) in the temple.
The first Surya temple, dating back to the 8th century, has been incorporated into the Sachiya Mata temple complex. On its ceilings are images of serpents curled around lotus flowers. Below it is portrayed the life-story of Lord Krishna. Quite opposite to this, the entrance has erotic images of couples clutching each other in amorous embraces.
Inspite of all the beauty and splendor, the Ossian Surya Temples are ignored. The grace of the temples is slowly fading away due to neglect. The apathy is causing the temples to loose their sheen.
Takht Sagar Lake is situated near the Takht Sagar Hills, which is about 10 kilometres away from the main city of Jodhpur. The secluded Siddhnath Shiv temple is situated between the Takht Sagar Hills. The isolated temple attracts a large number of devotees each year despite the poor road that connects the temple with the city. Takht Sagar Lake can be considered as a part of the vast Kailana Lake. Takht Sagar Lake is named after an erstwhile king of Jodhpur. Maharaja Takht Singh was a king of Jodhpur in the 19th century. Kailana Lake was constructed during his time.
Udai Mandir in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is an architectural beauty. If you are an appreciator of architectural brilliance, do visit this temple on your visit to Jodhpur. Carved sandstone makes up the upper part of the temple gate. The main temple stands on a huge platform and is supported by 102 pillars. Inside Udai Mandir are beautiful wall paintings with 84 Yogasanas. The pictures of Nath Yogis made up with gold are also there in the temple.
The temple also has a Garbh Griha. The upper portion of the Garbh Griha is covered with cloth. Around it, is a railing of finely carved sandalwood, lending an exquisite touch. Inside the temple are gold pots. The main temple also has a grand door that is made up of sandalwood, carved beautifully. The gold polishing in Udai Mandir still has its, almost original, shine and quality. This temple is a must-see for a connoisseur of good architecture.
Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur, India is one of India's most imposing and recent palaces. Umaid Bhavan palace of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh. It is named after him only. He utilized the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester for the construction of this palace. It contains three 347 rooms. Constructed of marble and pink sandstone this immense palace is also known as the Chhittar Palace because it uses local Chittar sandstone. Umaid Bhavan palace of Jodhpur is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Over three thousand artisans were employed in the construction of this palace.
Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace was actually built for the welfare of the people. The purpose was to give employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long period of drought and famine. The construction of the palace utilized approximately one million square feet (90,000 square meter).
The Umaid Bhavan palace was converted into a heritage hotel in 1977. The Palace is now segmented into the Royal residence, the Heritage Hotel and the Museum. In a part of the palace the royal family of Jodhpur still lives. In another part of the palace is a well-maintained museum. India's Umaid Bhavan palace has an amazing Central Rotunda, the cupola rising to a hundred and five feet high. There is also the Throne Room with its exquisite Ramayana murals, a library, a private museum, an indoor swimming pool, a Billiards Room, tennis courts and unique marble squash courts.
Maharaja Umaid Singhji was very fascinated by western lifestyle. So, he hired the services of a well-known Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester to get Umaid Bhavan palace constructed. A part of the palace now houses the Umaid Bhavan Palace of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
he museum is very well maintained, displaying an exclusive range of items belonging to the Maharaja and the royal family. Rajasthan's famous Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum is highly recommended for its display of items ranging from weapons to an array of stuffed leopards to antiques to some fascinating crockery to various trophies. Also exhibited is a huge banner presented by Queen Victoria and an amazing collection of clocks.
One of the popular gardens of Jodhpur is the Jodhpur Umed garden. It is spread on an area of 82 acres. The famous Umed garden of Jodhpur, Rajasthan was developed by Maharaja Umed Singh. It is named after him only. The garden has five separate gates around it to facilitate entry to the garden from different directions. It has lush green lawns with beautiful roses and other seasoned flowers. Also inside the garden, is a museum, towering Ashoka trees, artistically designed fountains, a library and a zoo.
Viceroy Willingdon inaugurated the zoo in the garden. At the time of its inauguration, the Umed garden had lion, tiger, zebra, ostrich and an emu. There was separate cage made for monkeys. A 'Walk-in Aviary' in the zoo was constructed in the garden in 1978. The aviary houses different types of birds, local, African and Australian parrots, ducks, rabbits etc. All the birds and animals are kept in their natural environment.
Also in the Umed garden, is a large cage for bears opposite the aviary. Also there are pigeons, crocodiles, foxes, deer, lions, leopards, etc. Children as well as adults very often visit the garden with equal interest. The garden is known for mesmerize people with the nature's beauty in which it abounds. Also, it is a good place to educate children in relation to nature.
The Ossian Vishnu Temple near Jodhpur was constructed in the later half of the 9th century. It was once an architectural beauty. But now, the Vishnu Osiyan Temple in Rajasthan is showing signs of wearing down with the passage of time. The tower in the shrine has been unfortunately damaged. But inspite of that, the place is worth taking a look at.
However, still some features worth seeing are there in the temple. The most striking one is the wonderfully carved and columned mandap (a raised platform for weddings and other ceremonies). Adjunct to the mandap, is a balcony. It is artfully decorated with figures of various Hindu deities. Also, on it is a lot of foliate ornamentation. Located nearby is a Baori (Step well). Approximately one kilometre away from the Vishnu temple is a Ganesh Pillar. The pillar was built to honor Ganeshji (son of Lord Shiva).
Zenana Mahal (also known as Zenana Deodi) was the Queen's palace during the rule of the royal dynasty. This special building, which was once privileged to the ladies of the palace, is in the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, which is situated five kilometres away from the main city of Jodhpur. The palace, said to have been guarded by eunuchs during the era of the king's rule, was the place where the many wives of the king and their cohorts spent most of their merry time. The building even now has an exotic and sensuous charm to it, with its smooth sandstone screens and attractive rock carvings.
- Girdikot and Sardar Market Dhawa(Dholi) Forest Area etc.