From the blue painted houses and the lovely weather to the shimmering palaces and historical forts, Jodhpur is a city that attracts tourists with its royal charm. A visit to this vibrant city takes you to some of the best tourist attractions located in the deserts of Rajasthan.
A day is not enough to marvel the beauty of the places here, but if time is a constraint and if you still want to visit a few places, thie list below could help you spot the best of Jodhpur that you could visit in a day.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The Umaid Bhawan palace is one of the main attractions of Jodhpur and also one of the largest private residences around the globe. It is also called Chittar Palace as it is located atop the Chittar Hill and the Chittar sandstone was mostly used for the construction of the palatial structure.
Today the palace is in three parts which has a five-star hotel, a museum and the residence of Jodhpur royal family. What makes the structure worth exploring is the Indo-colonial architectural style where no mortar binding has been used to construct the palace. The Umaid Bhawan palace is located about 8 km from Jodhpur city.
The Mehrangarh Fort is yet another specimen of the royal life led by the Rajputs of Jodhpur. One of the largest forts in Rajasthan, the Mehrangarh fort is a must-visit attraction of the city.
The fort is located atop a hill and the fort complex has a number of palaces and temples among which the ones not to be missed include the Sheesha Mahal, the Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Jhanki Mahal.
The Mehrangarh Fort is situated about 14 km from Jodhpur city and about 6 km from Umaid Bhawan Palace.Umaid Bhawan Palace
Located less than a kilometre from Mehrangarh Fort is a graceful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II who was the 33rd ruler of Jodhpur. The structure was built by his son and is popularly called the 'Taj Mahal of Marwar' owing to the intricate carvings on marble.
The main memorial structure was built like a temple and is one of the attractions of Jodhpur worth exploring.
Mandore was the earlier capital of the Marwar Kings and the place was abandoned so that the Mehrangarh Fort could be protected better. The garden has a number of cenotaphs built in the memory of the Kings of Jodhpur. The interesting part is that these cenotaphs are built resembling temples using the Hindu architecture, unlike the typical Rajput style.
Atop a hill in the garden, you can view the ruins of the old Mandore city which was once a happening city of Jodhpur. The cenotaphs of Queens are also visible from the hill top. The Mandore Garden is located in Mandore which is around 8 km from Jaswant Thada.
Shopping at Jodhpur
After having visited all these places, how can one return home empty-handed! The Clock Tower and the Sardar Market are the best shopping sites in the city of Jodhpur. You can buy shining silverware, handicraft items, rare antique pieces, etc. from here.
The Clock Tower is located around 8 km from Mandore Garden and the Sardar Market is just beside the tower.
Dining and Stay Options
The Jodhpur city has an array of restaurants and hotels that could fit in to your budget. You can choose the best of your choice from this list.