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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular places to explore around Jodhpur?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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Are you poring over maps to check out nearby attractions? Or going around asking for similar information from your hotel manager or any local that you can catch hold of? If you have some time on your hands, are willing to explore beyond the blue city, we have some suggestions.

  • Mandore

    This is a small town about 9 kilometres away from Jodhpur and gets a lot of tourist influx coming from Jodhpur. Mandore was the earlier capital of the Rajputana kingdom before Marwar. It is visited mainly for the Mandore Fort and the famous Mandore Gardens which was built around the royal cenotaphs (Chhatris) of the Rathore rulers made of red sandstone, six of which stand out. While the Mandore Fort is now in ruins, the gardens are still quite charming. It also contains a Government museum which houses various artifacts belonging to the bygone era, and a temple dedicated to 33 crore Gods! No kidding, seriously! It houses pictures of various Hindu Gods worshipped all over India and abroad. Also worth a visit is the Ek Thamba Mahal, which was a pleasure palace built by Raja Ajit Singh during his reign.

  • Osian

    Nicknamed as the ‘
    Khajuraho of Rajasthan’, this is an ancient town in the Jodhpur district and is an important centre for the Oswal Jain community. Historically this town served as an important religious site for the Marwar Kingdom during the time of the Gurjara-Pratihara dynasty. It has a cluster of ancient Hindu and Jain temples from the 8th to 11th century, the most famous one being the Mahavira Temple and the Osian Mata Temple. The Sachiya Mata temple and the Sun temple are especially known for their architectural beauty. Apart from religious temples, Osian is also famous for its camel safaris and desert activities like sand dune camping, village and wildlife safaris, desert picnics, desert jeep safaris, campfires with live folk performances etc.

  • Jaisalmer

    The yellow desert town of India is perhaps among the few places in the world which still have a living fort, as about a quarter of the city’s population still resides inside it. Oft described as the
     Golden City, the havelis, built by merchants during the 19th century, are meticulously carved from golden-yellow sandstones, which are still preserved in a beautiful condition. The famous film “Sonar Kella” directed by Satyajit Ray was filmed in this location. The camel safaris here, are very popular across India. Conventional tours to the desert are arranged in Sam and Khuri. Enriched by the Jain community, Jaisalmer has a number of beautiful Jain temples dedicated to Tirthankaras like Shantinath and Parshva. From oldest libraries and museums containing ancient manuscripts and artefacts, to the scenic Gadsisar Rainwater Lake, there are many hidden gems within Jaisalmer, which make it a place worth visiting at least once a lifetime

  • Jaipur

    At a distance of about 325 kilometers from Jodhpur, this capital city is the most natural place to begin the discovery of Rajasthan. With its myriad colours, colourful festivals, ancient palaces, forts and a flourishing art and craft industry Jaipur truly has a regal air about it. Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar, planned the city architecture based on the principles of Vastu Shastra. The city was divided into nine blocks, two of which consist of state buildings and palaces, and the remaining seven assigned to the public. In 1876, to welcome the then Prince of Wales, the city was freshly painted in pink to match the sandstone they were made of. Since then, Jaipur has been referred to as the Pink City. Though the pink city is not very pink anymore, certain older section of the city have maintained the uniform pinkness, which give you an idea about its aura in the past. The heritage hotels present a wonderful opportunity for travellers to experience the architectural heritage from closed quarters. Besides history and heritage, Jaipur is an exciting shopping destination and those who want a bird’s eye view of the city, can opt for hot air balloon rides.

Sounds good? If yes, then set free the traveller in you and start on a new journey. Bon voyage!

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