Jai Pol, located on a hill at a distance of about 5 km from Jodhpur city, is one of the historic structures present in the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The meaning of Jai Pol is the 'gate of victory' and it is the most famous of the seven gates present in the imposing fort.
Jai Pol was constructed in 1806 by the then ruler of Marwar, Maharaja Man Singh. This gate was built to celebrate the triumph of Marwar over the arch rival kingdoms of Jaipur and Bikaner. The scars made by the cannon balls during the old battle can still be seen on the walls near the gate.
The Government Museum is located in the middle of Umed Public Garden. This museum contains a massive collection of armoury, textiles, miniature paintings, manuscripts, portraits of rulers, local arts and crafts.
Guda Bishnoi Village is a tribal hamlet located at a distance of 15 km from the Jodhpur city. The beautiful Khejri trees and the Guda Bishnoi Lake add beauty to the village. Tourists can spot here peacocks, black bucks, antelopes, chinkaras, cranes and various migratory birds. In addition to the Hindu deity Vishnu, the inhabitants of the village also worship gazelles and chinkara deer.
Jaswant Sagar Dam was built by King Jaswant Singh in the year 1892. It is located at Pichiyak Village, which is nestled between two places, namely Bilara and Bhavi. This dam is used to supply water in the region. Tourists can enjoy boating and wading on the lake.
Chokelao Bagh is a beautiful garden founded by Maharajah Abhai Singh in the year 1739. It is located in the complex of Mehrangarh Fort. The garden has been renovated over the last ten years. The garden has plants which can survive for a long time, especially during the hot summer months.
This garden is divided into three terrace areas, and each area is designed uniquely. Tourists can relax in the beautiful garden which is adorned with trees like banana, dessert apple, pomegranate, orange and jasmine.
Kailana Lake is a small artificial water body located on the Jaisalmer Road. This is a popular picnic spot which is renowned for its natural beauty. Boating on the lake is facilitated by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation.
This lake has another part known as Takhat Sagar Lake which is located around 10 km away from Jodhpur city. This lake is named after King Takhat Singh who ruled Jodhpur during the 19th century.
Mahamandir Temple is an architectural marvel located at a distance of 2 km from Jodhpur on the Mandore Road. It was built in the year 1812. This tranquil shrine is supported by 84 pillars, and the walls are adorned with various postures of yoga and traditional motifs as well. The complex of the temple has many ancient shrines which display intricate stone work.
Ganesh Temple is located at a distance of 5 km from the city of Jodhpur in Ratananda. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu Deity Ganesh, the son of Lord Shiva. According to a legend, a teacher saw a giant statue of the deity on the hills of Ratananda.
The statue’s height and width were 8 ft and 5 ft, respectively. This Ganesh Temple was built at the same place where the statue had been spotted. A large number of devotees visit this temple to offer their prayers to the deity.
Baba Ramdev Temple, also known as the Adhar Shila Temple is an ancient shrine located on Massuria hill top. This sandstone hill is nestled between the Jalori and Nagori gates in Jodhpur. There is a small rock in front of the temple with the inscribed word ‘Enter at your own risk’. These words hint towards the mystery of the temple.
Chamunda Mata Temple is a royal shrine built by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. He brought this deity to Jodhpur in the year 1460. This temple is located close to the southern gate of Mehrangarh Fort. It had been a favourite place of worship for the royal families of Jodhpur. On the eve of the Dussehra Festival, this shrine is visited by large numbers of devotees.
Achal Nath Shivalaya is a popular religious centre built by Nanak Devi, the queen of Rao Ganga, in the year 1531. Visitors can see a water reservoir known as ‘Ganga Bawari’ near the Shivling inside the shrine. The temple houses various halls like the Garbha Griha, Mandap Bhavan and Kirtan Bhawan. All these halls are constructed with carved Chhitar stones.
Machiya Safari Park is situated on the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer Route at a distance of 9 km from the Jodhpur city. It is a popular site for sightseeing and picnics. This park is a natural habitat of monitor lizards, desert foxes, blue bulls, mongoose, rabbits, wild cats and monkeys. Also, this is a perfect spot for the birdwatchers to see various rare species of birds. The park also has a fort, from where one can enjoy the mesmerising view of the sunset.
Ghanta Ghar is a beautiful clock tower, built by late Shri Sardar Singh of Jodhpur. The Sadar Market is a popular shopping zone located near this tower. Tourists can shop for Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery at reasonable prices in this market.
Balsamand Lake, built by Balak Rao Parihar in 1159 AD, is located on Jodhpur-Mandore Road. Earlier, this lake served as a water reservoir of Mandore. It is surrounded by a green garden which interestingly is home to jackals and peacocks.
The Balsamand Lake Palace is located overlooking the lake. This palace served as a summer resort for the royal families of Jodhpur. Exhibiting traditional Rajputana architectural style, this palace is one of the famous heritage hotels of Jodhpur.
Jaswant Thada is located on the left side of the Mehrangarh Fort complex. This is a beautiful marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. This monument was built by his son, Maharaja Sardar Singh in the 19th century. It is also known as ‘Taj Mahal of Marwar’ owing to its intricate marble carvings. The main memorial was built in the shape of a temple.