Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, and it features many forts, palaces, and temples. It is set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The city is embellished with imprints of architectural prowess, honor, and natural beauty. Jodhpur was founded in the year 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha. The town has a beautiful blue tinge to it when it is viewed from above or from a distance.
The following are some of the top attractions and places to visit in Jodhpur:
The Fort is one of the most massive forts in India and was built by Rao Jodha in the year 1460. There are seven gates, and one of the gates was constructed by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the victory against the Mughals. The fort is very impressive, and it has a well-preserved heritage structure.
It is a cenotaph that was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II in the year 1899. The walls are intricately carved with sheets of marble and have beautiful domes.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park:
The Desert Rock Park was developed with the aim of restoring the natural ecology of a vast wasteland. It was formed in 2006, and over 80 species of plants were grown in the park. The park has a walking trail and is extended for about 70 hectares.
Umaid Bhavan Palace:
The Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the city. Maharaja Umaid Singh built the Palace. Some parts of the Umaid Bhavan palace have been converted into a hotel and a museum.
Some of the best cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s former rulers are found in Mandore Gardens. There is a separate hall that is dedicated to various deities and Rajput heroes. The place has many visitors every year, and people love taking photographs of the beautiful historic design.
Siddhanth Shiv Temple:
It is a real challenge to visit the temple. You need to climb hundreds of stairs which were made out of rocks. The temple is believed to be built by Gauri Shanker. It is said that he had carved the steps to the temple.
Sachiya Mata Temple:
The Sachiya Mata Temple has located 60kms from Jodhpur and the mother goddess, Sachiya is worshiped in the temple. The crowd is disciplined here, and the temple has some beautiful marble carving, and it also has many statues of elephants and snakes.
Balsamand Lake and Garden:
Balak Rao Parihar built Balsamand Garden in 1159 AD. Initially, it was constructed as a water reservoir to provide water to Mandore, which was the capital of Jodhpur. The lake is the home for many birds and animals. You will be able to see peacocks dancing in the rain, and it is a perfect place for all nature lovers.