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Top 10 Things to do in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Jodhpur, also known as the ‘Blue City’, is the most important tourist destination in India. It sits at the base of a golden sandstone ridge. It was the capital of the Marwah kingdom for 5 centuries and is named after its 15th-century founder, Rao Jodha. The city is also called the gateway to the Thar desert and is famous for its blue houses. Listed below are some of the places to see and things to do in Jodhpur.

Top 10 things to do in Jodhpur Rajasthan

1. Mehrangarh fort-The fort stands at 400 feet above the ground, was started to be built around 1459 AD by Rao Jodha. Looking straight down a perpendicular cliff, the fort has been impregnable and has awe-inspiring grandeur. Explore the fort’s museum or take a guided tour. The museum has the most well-stocked display of royal items, some 15,000 items from Raja Gaj Singh’s personal collection including paintings, palanquins, thrones, etc. The approach to the fort is by a steep walkway or an auto-rickshaw.

2.Jaswant Thada- This is the royal marble crematorium, Built in the memory of Raja Jaswant Singh in the year 1899. Capping the enormous white structures are the marble canopies with intricate carvings, portraits of Rathore rulers. It has multilevel gardens, a carved gazebo, and pond and gives a fantastic view of the Fort.

3. Mandore Gardens- Mandore was Marwar’s capital before Jodhpur. These gardens depict the exquisitely sculpted red sandstone davals of former rulers. It is an architectural splendor and a picnic spot. The Hall of Heroes depicts 16 colorful painted Heroes and deities carved from a single piece of stone, a temple of 33 Gods, and a government museum that has sculptures from 5th to 9thcentury as well as ivory and lacquer work/

4. Kailana Lake- Artificial lake built-in 1872, it is located to the west of the city. It was constructed by Pratap Singh is the most frequented lake and Its a birdwatchers paradise. A boat ride for some fantastic photographs is must

5.Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park- Outdoor museum, 200 acres of park at the foot of the Fort, native museum with 80 species of native plants, walking trails, and there are some 7000 shops at the Sardar bazaar selling traditional handicraft, saris and spices Rajasthani cuisines, built-in 1880 and 1911 by Maharaja Sardar Singh.

7. Chamunda Temple- Built by Rao Jodha, located inside Mehrangarh Fort, it houses the idols of Chamunda Mata, offers stunning views of the city, and Umaid Bhavan, and is famous for its evening aarti.

8. Balsamand Lake- This is an Artificial lake having mango plums mango, guava groves, Lake Palace made with red sandstone Rajputana style, the main tourist attraction is the boat ride and an artificial waterfall.

9. Masuria hills garden- Locate On top of Masuria hill, it gives a great view of the city, great sunset views and is a great picnic spot.

10. Flying Fox Jodhpur-A zip line tour made of 6 cables that stretch across fortress walls takes you on a tour of lakes, battlements, and valleys of jodhpur.

How to reach- connected to Delhi and Mumbai,; the airport is about 5 km from the city center

Air India  operates daily flights to Jodhpur from Delhi and Mumbai

It is well connected by direct trains from all metros and major cities in India, including Delhi

Jodhpur can be reached by RSRTC  (Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation) buses and private luxury buses which operate from all major towns and cities in Rajasthan as well as the cities of Ahmadabad and Delhi.

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