There are approximately 100 towers in the city, most of which are
surrounded by defensive battlements. You can spend the morning at Mehrangarh
Fort that towers over the city like an eagle's eyrie and then come downhill
to lunch at Umaid Bhawan Palace, the largest art-deco residence in the world
and now home to the head of the royal family, museum and luxury hotel.
Departure, after unwinding and relaxing at the palace.
Attractions of Jodhpur
Situated at an altitude of about 125 metres, the Mehrangarh Fort is spread
over an area of 5 sq. km in the heart of the city. The fort has seven gates
of which the noted ones are the Jayapol, built by Maharaja Man Singh in
1806. Inside the fort, a series of courtyards and palaces greet the visitor.
The palace apartments house a splendid collection of the trappings of the
Indian royalty. The fort is visited by thousands of tourists every year who
come to have a glimpse of the artillery system of the Rajput warriors. One
can have a bird's eye view of the city from the fort.
Mehrangarh, one of Rajasthan's finest forts, looks down protectively over
the city, from the hilltop. The fort is situated at an altitude of about 125
metres and is spread over an area of 5 sq. km with seven gates. One could
drive up or walk to the top of the small and not so steep hill. Driving or
walking up, the sheer rock face from where emerges the tall and massive
sandstone wall of Mehrangarh looks awesome indeed.
Red sandstone stairs led up to the chessboard checked courtyard of the neat
white marble cenotaph. Dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant, II of Jodhpur
(1873-1895) by his on Maharaja Sardar Singhji (1895-1911). This memorial was
built in 1899. Inside, the reverent ambience is framed with several
portraits of Jodhpur royalty. It is a peaked structure from the outside with
precise trelliswork and excellent carving. Owing to its beauty the memorial
in Marble, often described as the "Taj Mahal of Marwar". Earlier
the last rites of the Rulers of Jodhpur were performed at Mandore, the old
capital of Marwar.
After the demise of Maharaja Jaswant Singh they were performed at Jodhpur
itself. Besides the cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, there are smaller
cenotaphs to the east. Beautiful marble jali (lattice) work has been done on
them. Jaswant Thada is a short distance from the fort road. There is a
water-body on the west of the complex, still used by the Royal Family for
ritual bathing after a cremation; it is referred to as the Dev-Kund.
Shopping Attractions at Jodhpur
Jodhpur is an antique hunter's paradise. Many of these are made-as-old
artifacts from Jodhpur and the Shekhawati region. You will found old
furniture, chests, cabinets, sculptures, doors, windows, carved lintels, old
pictures, memorabilia, and rare, first-edition books. Prices are not high
but further bargaining is difficult. Most such shops are located at the
foothill of Umaid Bhawan.
At Kapra Bazaar, look out for bandhini and lahariya (hand-dyed) fabrics
worn by the locals. Tie-dyed in small motifs or in wave-like strips, on
cotton, chiffon or silk, these are available as sarees , Jodhpuri coats,
Rajasthani dresses, salwar-kameez sets, yardages used for turbans. At Mehar
Collection you will found all types of bandhini in a very suitable prices.
If you want to give a royal
touch in your dresses Visit Mochi Bazaar in the walled city and Jutti Corner
on Station Road for Jodhpuri footwear, or finely embroidered mojris. A pair
should cost about Rs 450-500, though those with less embroidery & larger
stitches is half that.
Jodhpur is a veritable shopper's paradise. There are so many markets to
fulfill your thrust of shopping viz. Tripolia bazaar, Sarafa bazar,
Sardarpura Market, Sojati Gate, National Handloom is most popular
departmental shop where you will found all type of accessories and cloths
situated in Nai Sarak and if you are tired with shopping take Jodhpur
speciality- Mrichi bada and some sweets available near this shop. Jodhpur is
home to many talented and skilled craftsmen like textile dyers, metal
engravers and'die-makers, and probably the last of the tailors of the
classic 'Jodhpur' breeches. Specially Jodhpuri suit gives you a royal
identity to your dressing.