Jodhpur is now a state of Rajasthan but earlier it was historically the capital of the Marwar empire. Officially it’s the second metropolis of the state and second-largest city of Rajasthan. Many palaces, forts, and temples located in the very direct landscape of the Thar Desert make Jodhpur a popular tourist destination. Its also known as “Blue City”. 

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh is one of the largest forts in India which located in Jodhpur of Rajasthan. The fort has been built with a thick wall, 410 feet above the city. In 1459, The Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha. Many of the palaces within the boundaries are famous for their intricate carvings and spacious courtyards. The effects of the artillery shelling by attacking Jaipur’s army can still be seen at the second door. To commemorate his victory over the Jaipur and Bikaner armies, Maharaja Man Singh built Jaipol, the ‘Victory Gate’.  There are a total of 7 doors. 

Umaid Bhawan Palace 

Umaid Bhawan Palace 

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid Bhavan Palace, one of the largest private residences in the world, is located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

Part of the palace is operated by the Taj Hotel. The fort is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh. He was the grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh. Part of the palace is a museum. And the palace has a total of 347 rooms which is the main residence of the former royal family. 

On 18 November 1929, the ground for the foundation of the building was demolished by Maharaja Umed Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943

At the Travelers Choice Awards organized by TripAdvisor, Umaid Bhawan Palace was awarded as the best hotel in the world.

Jaswant Thada

The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph of  Maharaja Jaswant Singh 2, which was built by his son  Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899. It serves as the graveyard of the Rajput family of Marwar.

The tomb is made of intricately carved sheets of marble. They give off a warm glow when exposed to the sun, thus being made from extremely thin and polished sheets.

Balsamand Lake

5 kilometers from Jodhpur on Jodhpur-Mandore Road, Balsamand Lake is situated. It was built in 1159 AD by the Gurjara-Pratihara rulers and is now a popular picnic spot. It was built as a reservoir to deliver water to Mandor. The lake has a length of one kilometer, a depth of 15 meters, and a breadth of 50 meters.

Gazebos, a tiered garden, and a small lake are carved into the grounds of the cenotaph. It was later built as a summer palace on its banks. The lake is lined with mango, papaya, pomegranate, guava, and plum trees and is surrounded by lush greenery. 

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is spread over 72 hectares. The park contains restored desert and dryland vegetation. the park was opened to the public in February 2011. this  Park has attempted both ecological and architectural restoration.

The park was created in 2006 to restore and restore the natural ecology of the vast, rocky area next to and below the fort. 

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