Located within a 500 metres distance from the famous Ranthambore Fort in Rajasthan, Jogi Mahal is the iconic hunting lodge built by the royalties of Jaipur for their entertainment and recreation. It stands by the beautiful lake, called Padam Talao, inside the Ranthambore National Park, which gets its name from the blooming lotuses in the water. The lake happens to be a favourite watering hole of the animals of Ranthambore like tigers, leopards, deer, monkeys and more.
Situated at its banks, Jogi Mahal offers a splendid view of the lake, its surroundings and the green forests stretching for miles beyond. In the olden times, Jogi Mahal served its purpose of being a hunting abode for the kings of Jaipur and their royal guests and other dignitaries. When the authority of the Maharaja dynasty faded out, Jogi Mahal was then turned into a guest house catering to visitors of Ranthambore. But that too has been stalled of late. Now it stands as an abandoned but proud reflection of true Rajasthani architecture at its finest. It is also home to the second largest Banyan Tree of India, after the one that stands in the Botanical Garden of Shibpur, West Bengal. The tree is a feast for the eyes, and adds to the tranquil ambience of Jogi Mahal all over. This heritage place serves as a good stoppage destination on your way to someplace else. Spend an hour or so here, regain your energy and refill your food and beverage supplies and click some pictures before you get started for the next attraction.
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