Located at the end of Mehrangarh Fort, Chamunda Mata Temple is among the oldest and most revered temples in Jodhpur. The Goddess is considered the main deity of the inhabitants of Jodhpur and is regarded as the 'Isht Devi' or foremost goddess of the royal family. This holy temple attracts a lot of devotees and worshippers, especially during festivals of Dussehra and Navratri, and is considered a pilgrimage site among many Hindus.
Constructed in 1740, Toorji Ka Jhalra, commonly called stepwell of Jodhpur, is an intricate design of stepwell, one of the few remaining structures depicting the traditional water management systems of Jodhpur. This architectural wonder was built by the queen-consort of Maharaja Abhaya Singh, a sign of the age-old tradition of the region where royal women were in charge of overseeing the public water works. The design and structure help onlookers comprehend the lifestyle of the earlier generations who had used it in its prime, with the site serving as the local watering hole for its time.
Located two kilometres away from Jodhpur on the road towards Mandore, it is a very big temple with he fantastically carved 84 pillars which are a sight to behold. Other important temples of Jodhpur include Chamunda Mataji Temple which is located inside the Mehrangarh Fort, Baba Ramdev Temple, Ganesh Temple and Pal Balaji Temple.
A characteristic feature of the royal Rajput architecture, the Sheesh Mahal in the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur is a treat to the eye of the beholder. Also known as Glass Palace of Jodhpur, this marvellous piece of architecture is decked from ceiling to floor with intricate mirror work. These decorative ornaments are complemented well with the brightly coloured paintings of various religious figures made in plaster.
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In the royal state of Jodhpur lies Jaswant Thada, a splendid marble cenotaph monument that is also a mausoleum for the kings of Marwar. The memorial was built in the honour and memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 and is still used by the Marwar Royal Family as cremation grounds. The beautiful edifice is made out of intricately carved marble that is offset vibrantly against the red steps that lead up to the entrance.
Mehrangarh, also known as Mehran Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 in Jodhpur, is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated at the top of a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by massive walls. One of the most easily recognisable forts in Jodhpur, it has appeared in many Hollywood and Bollywood productions such as The Lion King, The Dark Knight Rises, and the more recent - Thugs of Hindostan. The entrance of the fort, atop a hill, is majestic and has seven gates.
Famous for its wide green expanses, exquisite architecture and royal cenotaphs, Mandore Garden of Jodhpur is indeed a sight to behold. Located just 9 kilometres away from Jodhpur; Mandore Garden is situated in Mandore which was once the ruling seat of the Pratihara dynasty. The garden is a part of the more massive Mehrangarh Fort, and also houses the famous Hall of Heroes and the temple of Three Hundred Million Gods. The garden also has a Government Museum, which is full of artefacts and old relics.
Phalodi is a town located about 140 kilometres away from Jodhpur. It was established in the 1400s and has a heritage value that makes it a tourist destination. Its proximity from other tourist destinations like Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur etc. also make it a tourism hub in Rajasthan. The town is famous for its salt industries and its extreme temperature. Therefore, is also known as Salt City. Here, salt is still traded like it used to ages ago, on Camels.
Situated 70 km south of Jodhpur, Pali is famously known as the industrial city of Rajasthan. It has been a hub for merchant activities for generations and is a great site to visit to learn and see the history associated with Rajasthan. One can find many temples in and around the city to satiate their taste for culture and history while also see numerous industries of Rajasthan, with Pali being a famous exporter of textiles such as cotton and synthetic materials.
Known For : Sand Dune Village Khimsar Fort The Village
Famous for the Nagaur Festival, Khimsar is a small village in the state of Rajasthan, Ideal for a relaxed weekend getaway in the winters. During the Nagaur Festival, people from far and near come and trade cattle in bulk. Various activities like tug-of-war, camel racing, etc. are also organized. The red chili markets set up during this time are also famous all over Asia. Tourists mainly flock to this town during the Nagaur festival.
Best Time: November to February
Known For : Ranakpur Jain Temple Sadri Surya Narayan Temple
Ranakpur is a small quaint town nestled amid the secluded valley of Aravali Ranges in Rajasthan. Situated around 96 km North of Udaipur in Pali district, it is an important destination for Jain pilgrims. The place presents a unique spectacle of verdant greenery and gushing streams, an unusual sight in Rajasthan. Immersed in the vibrant culture with a myriad of enrapturing beauty in store, Ranakpur has made its way on the list of must-visit destinations in Rajasthan.
Best Time: October to March
Balagarh fort was built by the Marwar Thakur, Rao Maldeo in the 14th Century, it is otherwise known as the Pokhran Fort. Pokhran means the place of five mirages enclosed by sandy, rocky, salt ranges. Although a small temple made of red sandstone, the fort is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is situated in a remote region of the Thar desert which also served as a test site for India's first underground nuclear weapon detonations.
Known For : Kumbhalgarh Fort Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary Badal Mahal, Kumbhalgarh
Famous for its gigantic snake-like fortress, Kumbalgarh town is yet another feather in Rajasthan’s royal cap. The historic town is renowned for its majestic monuments, extravagant palaces, an array of temples and flamboyant chattris. The Kumbhalgarh fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan and is a truly magnificent sight. The charming location of the fort at the foothills of pebbly Aravalli hills increases the overall appeal of the place.
Best Time: October to March
Filled with vibrant colours, rich heritage, and warm hospitality, Barmer represents the true cultural beauty of Rajasthan. A part of the desert lands of Thar, it shares borders with Pakistan on the west and Jaisalmer and Jalore to the north and south, respectively. The historic town of the 13th Century is rooted in its flamboyant culture which is visible in its colorful houses, adorned with folk motifs and vibrantly dressed people. Barmer is also home to the majestic Barmer Fort and a lot of ancient temples.
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