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Umaid Bhawan Palace

Jodhpur Tourism


Jodhpur, called The Sun City, is also the second largest city of Rajasthan and was founded by the chief of the Rathore Clan - Rao Jodha, in 1459. It is also known as the Blue City, since in the old city area almost all the houses are painted blue. In olden times, Jodhpur was the capital of Marwar State founded by Jodha Rao. The city is surrounded all over by a high stone wall which has seven different inlets.

Tourist attractions in Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace

The stunning red stone palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 20th century with a purpose to give employment to people. The palace has 347 rooms & counted among the finest palaces of India. A part of the palace is a museum showcasing clocks and tea sets to paintings and royal costumes & the rest of the past is converted into a luxury hotel. The museum is open to visitors for a chosen entry fee and is closed on Mondays. It took over 5000 workers more than 16 years to complete it. Its Indo-Art Deco style broke with the convention of Rajputana architecture; however the palace still had separate residences for males and females according to medieval traditions.

Mehrangarh Fort

This fort was built by Rao Jodha and is situated on a 150m high hill; the fort is one of the largest forts in India & still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur. This fort has a museum which houses antiques, ornaments & weapons and literature including some unique products like 'Pea Pulao Poster'. The fort is a delightful mix of elaborate latticed windows, intricately carved panels and gracefully curved porches. Every part of the fort has a distinctive appeal, the Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana all add to the distinct ambience of the fort. High on the wall is the second largest cannon in Asia, whose recoil itself requires as large an area as a football field.

Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada is a milky-white marble cenotaph was built in 1899 in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It is also known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar. The marble stones used in this monument are extremely thin and polished finely; they emit a warm glow when they radiate the sun's rays from their surface. Jaswant Thada was the traditional crematorium of Jodhpur’s ruling family. The monument is enhanced by a lake, landscaped gardens and gazebos with carvings. A secluded place that evokes a feeling of serenity, it is well worth a visit. Small fees are levied for entrance as well for camera.

Balsamand Palace

The splendid Balsamand Palace was built in 13th century. Located on the banks of Balsamand Lake and just 5 kms away from Jodhpur, the red stone building of Balsamand Palace is as famous as the Lake Palace. Initially a summer palace of the Jodhpur royalty, it is built in the Rajput style of architecture and is now refurbished with modern amenities. The palace has total 36 air-conditioned rooms. All the rooms are equipped with all modern amenities. The palace has a lake view open-air restaurant serving multi-cuisine dishes.

Sardar Samand Palace

Sardar Samand Palace is just 55 kms away from Jodhpur. It was built in 1933 by the Maharaja of Jodhpur Umaid Singh. The palace was once a beautiful hunting lodge and now turned into a heritage resort, situated on the banks of Sararsamand Lake. The hotel is managed by the Welcome Heritage Group of Hotels. Saradar Samand sports the Art Deco style of architecture. The Sardar Samand resort has total 19 rooms equipped with all modern amenities, few of them are air-conditioned and others are air-cooled. The rooms provide a beautiful view of the Sardar Samand Lake.


Other popular attractions of Jodhpur are:

  • Ghanta Ghar
  • Arna-Jharna: Desert Museum of Rajasthan
  • Kaylana Lake
  • Machiya Safari Park
  • Rai Ka Bag Palace

How to Reach

  • By Air: Jodhpur is well connected by flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Jaipur. The Jaisalmer Airport is in the cantonment area, and is managed by the Indian Air Force. Ratanada airport is about 6 km from the city.
  • By Rail: Jodhpur is well connected by trains to all the major cities.
  • By Road: Jodhpur is well connected by buses from Delhi. Both Government operated buses and private buses are available to travel to nearby cities.

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