Tourism in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India - 'RAJPEDICON 2017'
Achal Nath Mahadev Temple
Achal Nath Temple in Jodhpur is a famous Shiva temple constructed in 1531 by Nanak Devi. She was the queen of Rao Ganga. There is a water reservoir known as ‘Ganga Bawari’ located near the Shivling inside the shrine. It is a drinking water tank. Temple also in-houses the Garbha Griha, Mandap Bhavan, and Kirtan Bhawan which has the beautiful work of carved Chhitar stones.
Achal Nath Shivalaya construction completed on 21st May 1531. This old temple is a place of religious faith on Lord Shiva as the diety of people of Jodhpur.
Achal Nath Shivalaya Time : is open 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm (Daily)
A Celebration of Rural Rajasthan The truly unique Komal Da Ethnographic Museum of Rajasthan lies on the outskirts of Jodhpur city, perching upon the edge of the Aravali mountain range as it descends to the plains of the great Thar Desert. Set against this stunningly beautiful natural landscape, the museum explores the traditional lifestyles of indigenous Rajasthani communities and the deep relationship between them and their natural environment. Unlike traditional museums that confine their collections to rarities, antiques, curiosities, and objects of great historical or artistic significance, the Komal Da Ethnographic Museum focuses on contemporary artifacts from rural societies.
Bal Samand Lake Palace
A stone's throw away from the ancient capital of Marwar, Mandore, and only 8 km from the city-center of Jodhpur, Bal Samand is a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The lake was engineered in the 12th Century but the exquisite red sand-stone palace came later; it was built by Maharaja Jaswant Singh I of Jodhpur in the 17th Century, at the very zenith of Rathore Rule under the umbrella of the Mughal Empire. Set in a private estate of over 60 Acres, with sprawling orchards of lime and pomegranate and landscaped gardens criss-crossed by elegant waterways and even a aqueduct, the palace with its lovely promenade on the lake, was always more than just a residence; a pleasure palace in the finest Mughal tradition of the picnic.
The clock tower is a popular landmark in the old city. The vibrant Sardar Market is close to the tower, and narrow alleys lead from here to a bazaar selling vegetables, spices, Indian sweets, textiles, silver and handicrafts. It is a great place to ramble around at leisure.
Old City, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph located in Jodhpur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar.
The mausoleum is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.
The cenotaph's grounds feature carved gazebos, a tiered garden, and a small lake. There are three other cenotaphs in the grounds. The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh displays portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan.It is officially the second metropolitan city of state. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name. The capital of the kingdom was known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.
The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright and sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Jodhpur is also known as the "Blue City" because of the blue colours that decorate many of the houses in the old city area. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades.
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below. The imprints of the impact of cannonballs fired by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate. To the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending the Mehrangarh fort.
There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (meaning 'victory'), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur, Udaipur and Bikaner armies. Fattehpol (also meaning 'victory') gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints upon these still attract much attention.
Sojati gate, situated about 5kms from the city center is one of the most important and busiest commercial center of Jodhpur. Surrounded with many popular bazaars and emporiums, Sojati Gate Market is famous for gifts shops and tie and dye saris. It is one among the good markets for selling Bandhini pattern cotton, chiffon or silk clothes. One can also purchase different varieties of beautiful Rajasthani handicrafts from here. Manohar Jewellers, an ideal showroom of excellent Indian jewellery is located at Sojati Gate Market.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Palace, located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, is one of the world's largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh of the palace, this edifice has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace also houses a museum.
Umaid Bhawan Palace was called Chittar Palace during its construction due to use of stones drawn from the Chittar hill where it is located. Ground for the foundations of the building was broken on 18 November 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh and the construction work was completed in 1943. The Palace was built to provide employment to thousands of people during the time of famine.
Recently, Umaid Bhawan Palace was awarded as the World's best hotel at the Traveller's Choice Award, which was organised by TripAdvisor.