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Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Jodhpur is the first of the three stone - sculpted cities rising out of the golden sands of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second largest city in Rajasthan.

Standing sentinel above the city is the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, overlooking the rugged and rocky terrain. Equally enchanting is the Chittar Palace, better known as Umaid Bhawan Palace, today part hotel, part museum and part royal residence. The city can be roughly divided in to four parts - Ratanada, which primarily houses old buildings and government offices; Sardarpur, which is mostly residential; Old city is the market area and Shastri Nagar is the new Jodhpur.

The massive 15th century A.D. Mehrangarh Fort Looms on the top of a rocky hill, soaring 125 mts. Above the plains. The city is encompassed by a high wall - 10 kms long with 8 gates and innumerable bastions. While the graceful palaces, forts and temples strewn throughout the city brings alive the historic grandeur, exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people lend a romantic aura to the city. The jumble of wide winding streets are flanked with pavement stalls.

The lifestyle in Jodhpur is unusually fascinating with folks wearing lovely multihued costumes, artistically designed. Women folk wear wide gathered skirts and a hip length jacket, with three-quarter length sleeves, covering the front and back. The colorful turbans worn by the men folk add more color to the city. It was from here that the popularly worn baggy-tight, horse riding trousers - 'Jodhpuris' took their name. Countless festivities celebrate the rich past and culture of the princely state. The Marwar Festival held annually is one such spectacular bonanza.

  • Mehrangarh Fort: The 5 km long majestic fort on 125 m high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Although invincible from the outside, the fort has four gates approached by a winding road. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvellously carved panels, latticed windows and evocative names. Noteworthy of these are the Moti Mahal, the Phool Mahal, the Sheesh Mahal, the Sileh Khana and the Daulat Khana.

    Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur These palaces house a fabulous collection of trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs, and miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
  • Jaswant Thada: A cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Within the main cenotaph are the portraits of various Jodhpur rulers.
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace: The only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. The Palace was completed in 16 years. This opulent edifice in sandstone is still the residence of the former rulers with a part of it running as a hotel and remaining part as a museum.
  • Girdikot and Sardar Market: These colourful markets with tiny shops dotting the narrow lanes are situated in the heart of the city and are popular for a wide range of handicrafts, making them the favourite haunt of shoppers.
Excursions from Jodhpur
  • Osian (65 km): A caravan staging post of ancient times is now known for the sixteen ruined temples, both Jain and Brahmanical. These temples date back to the eighth and eleventh centuries. The most important temples are Sachhiyamata Temple and the Jain Temples which are well preserved.
  • Mandore Gardens (9km): The ancient capital of Marwar has cenotaphs of the Jodhpur rulers. The Hall of Heroes has Jodhpur rulers. The Hall of Heroes has fifteen figures carved out of the rock on the wall which represent Hindu deities.
  • Mahamandir Temple (9km): Built in 1812 A.D it is a noteworthy temple with 84 carved pillars.
  • Village Safari : Jeep Safaris to villages around Jodhpur are quite popular. Through safari one encounters village life, handicrafts, pottery, weaving, wildlife & folk art. Nearby villages are Salawas, Kuri, Khejarli, Kakani, etc
The surrounding countryside provide a fascinating and unique insight into both Rajasthani rural life and wild life. The villages which so far are totally untouched by tourism and "modernization" maintain their traditional way of life and crafts. The tour includes visits to the houses of weavers, shoemakers and a farmhouse lunch. Glimpses of wild life such as antelopes, chin Kara, peacocks and cranes give the impression of being on a unique Safari. Such a tour is one of the very rare opportunities for the tourist to see the rural life in India.

Taj Uumaid Bhwan Palace Jodhur TAJ UMAID BHAWAN PALACE - Luxury hotel
A monument to a blend of stateliness and art deco, the Palace ranks as one of the world's largest private residences. The only Palace built in the 20th century, over three thousand artisans from the region worked every day for thirteen years to transform the British architect, H.V. Lanchester's master plan into this magnificent marble and sandstone edifice. A classic example of the Indo colonial and art deco style of the 1930s, the palace provides an unmatched experience of a truly regal lifestyle. Even today, moth 'Darikhana', a colonnaded pavilion, is flower-decked for the wedding ritual with traditional floor seating. While the priests conduct the wedding rituals, the guests can begin celebrating with champagne toasts.

The wedding cake is cut and the dancing begins, amidst ovation from all present. The couple can take to the floor for the first dance, joined by the guests and relatives thereafter. A spectacular fireworks display from Lakeside begins ... and the buffet is laid out for the auspicious evening. The festivities go on till late in the night ... boats are made available through the night.

Departure The guests prepare to leave with fond memories of the Regal Wedding in Udaipur and our hospitality staff ensures that the coaches / cars are ready to transfer them to the airport and railway station. ore than fifty years after its completion, Maharaja Gaj Singhji, the grandson of Maharaja Umaid Singhji, resides here with his family.

Its sculpted lawns with sandstone pavements and bouquets of bougainvillea bushes, are a soothing sight in the midst of this desert city. Umaid Bhawan Place, with its immaculate landscape and splendid architecture, once privy to royalty, now plays host to the world. This opulent edifice in sandstone is still the residence of the former rulers with a part of it running as a hotel and remaining part as a museum. Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest residences in the world - set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens.

Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja of Jodhpur, this golden-yellow sandstone monument was conceived on the grandest possible scale, in the fashionable Art Deco style of that time. After 15 years in construction, the 347-room palace was finally completed in 1943 - and has served as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family since.

Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur The palace is a blend of eastern and western architectural influences. Its majestic 105-foot high cupola is influenced by the Renaissance, while the towers draw inspiration from Rajput tradition. The lavish interiors with gilt furniture and elegant artwork follow the Art Deco style, complemented by the exotic murals of the self-exiled Polish artist Stefan Norblin.

TAJ HARI MAHAL - Five Star hotel
Spread over 6 acres of gardens, it is centrally located in a prime residential locality. Just 4 km from the airport and a short ride from the railway station. The hotel design reflects the prevalent architecture of the Mandore region, which encompasses Jodhpur and its surrounding areas. The result is a harmonious blend of current day Jodhpur with highlights of its ancestral architecture.
You can choose from a total of 93 tastefully appointed standard rooms and executive and Presidential suites.

BAL SAMAND PALACE - Heritage hotel
Bal Samand Palace is a fine specimen of Rajput architecture in red sandstone surrounded by wide expanses of lush green gardens. It is built on the banks of BAL Samand lake - a 13th century artificial lake. For centuries, it has been an exquisite setting for royal leisure and recreation.