Mandore Garden

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Time Required: 1-2 hrs

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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Entry Fee:

Garden: No entry fee,
Museum: INR 50
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Mandore Garden, Jodhpur Overview

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. 

The most striking feature of the garden is the gorgeous cenotaphs or 'dewals' that can be found spread all across the Mandore Gardens. Undoubtedly, the most beautiful and famous of these cenotaphs is the one that belongs to Maharaja Ajit Singh. The structures inside the garden are undoubtedly its most striking feature, the Hall of Heroes for instance - has 16 figures of warriors carved from a single rock.


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Royal Cenotaphs of Mandore
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The Mandore Gardens are adorned with beautiful cenotaphs, which heighten the beauty of the gardens and add to its rich historical connections. These cenotaphs are a class apart from the usual Rajasthani umbrella-shaped structures, in the sense that these cenotaphs have been erected in a style that was influenced by the architecture of a Hindu temple. These cenotaphs are four-floors high, have all been built in red sandstone, and are complete with well-defined columns and stylish spires.

The Hall of Heroes is a popular tourist spot that is located in the Mandore Gardens. The hall is located quite close to the cenotaphs and is dedicated to the Rajput folk fighters as well as different deities. Sixteen brightly coloured statues, which have been carved out of a single rock, can also be found in the Hall of Heroes, and are really appealing to the visitors' eye.

Another famous attraction that can be found in the Mandore Gardens is the shrine that belongs to 'Three Hundred Million Gods'. This shrine is dedicated to various Hindu gods, and one can find their images in glowing colours at the shrine.

Though who are curious to attain even greater information about the garden and the structures that can be found here can visit the Mandore Garden Government Museum. The government museum is home to numerous artefacts and relics and is a storehouse of information.
The museum is open from Saturdays to Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

It is advisable to visit the Mandore Gardens in the winter months from October to March. The town of Mandore is located quite close to the Thar Desert, and hence the heat can become unbearable in the summer months.

1. Ensure that you are wearing comfortable footwear as you will have to walk around a lot. Also, you need to remove your shoes before entering the cenotaphs.
2. It is suggested that one wears shades and carries an umbrella to avail some protection from the scorching heat.
3. Do not forget to take your camera along, as the place has opportunities for clicking some fantastic photographs.
4. The place is abounded by monkeys, so beware. 

Mandore Gardens is easily accessible from the town of Mandore itself, as well as from Jodhpur. The attraction is just 10 kilometres away from the Main Jodhpur Bus Stand. One can also hire private taxis and auto-rickshaws to reach the place.

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