Jodhpur - The Blue City
Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan is popularly known as the Blue City. The name is clearly befitting as most of the architecture – forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue.
Places to Visit in Jodhpur:
Sitting atop a 400-feet-high hill, the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort commands the landscape of Jodhpur with its architectural brilliance and grandeur. The foundation stone of this majestic fort was laid by Rao Jodha in the mid-15th century. Built over a period of 500 years, the fort bears testimony to the glorious era of the erstwhile ruling dynasty, and houses possibly the best museum in Rajasthan displaying paintings, arms and armoury, textiles, decorative arts and other prized exhibits.
Standing adjacent to Mehrangarh Fort, this is a cluster of majestic cenotaphs in white marble. Built in 1899 A.D. in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the main cenotaph of these holds portraits of various Rathore rulers. While visiting places in Jodhpur, at this place, you will feel tranquillity all around. Also, you will realize that it is more of a temple where deceased rulers are worshipped.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The palace is situated on the highest point in the city. The 347-roomed massive palace is named one of the largest private residences in the world. The palace boasts of a combination of Indian and European style of architecture. A part of the palace still serves as a residence to the former royal family, while other two parts of the palace are converted into Taj Palace Hotel and museum.
Mandore, belonging to the 6th century, was Marwar’s capital before Jodhpur was established. Mandore Gardens here attract tourists in great numbers. The Mandore Gardens also house a government museum, a ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a temple to 33 crore Gods.
Kaylana Lake is yet another artificial lake located in the west of Jodhpur city. It is considered to be one of the most visited lake destinations in Rajasthan state. This lake is spread over a land of 84 sq. kilometres and is a picturesque tourist place in Jodhpur every tourist must explore. This lake is surrounded with lush greens and is home for some of the exotic species of birds. Birdwatching is one of the best activities one can engage in at this location.
Located within five kilometres from Jodhpur city, Balsamand Lake is situated on the Jodhpur- Mandore route. This destination is hence an easy reach to every tourist that visits Jodhpur city. Balsamand Lake was artificially constructed in 1159 AD by Balak Rao Parihar and since then is a great tourist attraction site in Jodhpur. This lake was earlier a water reservoir for the villagers of Mandore but now is transformed to an artificial lake.
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