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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular tourist attractions in and around Jodhpur?

Reet Cheema DEC 10 2012
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Forts, lakes, temples, wildlife, colourful festivals and shopping till you drop. You will get it all here in one huge bonanza package beautifully gift wrapped with the warmth and generosity of the locals, who will make your stay even more memorable. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything, here is a short overview of all the tourist attractions in Jodhpur.


If you visit Jodhpur, and miss out on the Mehrangarh Fort , it is a trip wasted. Mark this as a must visit destination. Originally built by Rao Jodha in 1459, as his base in the new capital of Marwar (Jodhpur), this fort had been extended and embellished a little more with every new ruler who reigned here. Thus this remarkable piece of architecture showcases a historical timeline with some remnants of each period preserved in its walls. The main palaces are Phool Mahal, Moti Mahal, Takht Vilas, Sheesh Mahal, Jai Pol and Jhanki Mahal. The fort also houses one of the best maintained museums, which displays a rich collection of palanquins, musical instruments, royal cradles, costumes, arms, antique furnitures and paintings. You can opt for an audio-tour or a guide service as well. There are also two temples located inside the fort - Chamunda Devi Mandir and Nagnechiaji Mandir which are dedicated to Goddess Durga and the Kuldevi respectively.

The other forts worth visiting are the Umaid Bhawan Palace (a beautiful marble and sandstone architecture which is one of the largest private royal residences in the world), and the Jaswant Thada (which is a royal memorial of the Rathore clan built in 1899, completely constructed out of intricately carved marble sheets, polished to perfection and reflecting a warm glow in the sunlight)


Located a little outside the city limits, the lakes of Jodhpur will lend a very calming and rejuvenating experience to your trip. After a hectic trip in the hot and dusty city, a trip to one of these lakes will be a welcome change and will also make great picnic spots. Additionally you can get glimpses of a variety of wildlife present around these.

The Balsamand lake is a beautiful piece of man-made architecture which was a reservoir built to provide water to Mandore. The highlights of this place are the lovely lush gardens full of fruit trees, the artificial waterfall which brings water to the gardens, and the beautiful lakeside palace.

The sunsets at the Kalyana lake are simply phenomenal with the sky sporting bright colourful splashes across its width. Located on the Jaisalmer road, this is a haven for bird-watchers.

At about 60 kilometres south-east of Jodhpur, along the Jodhpur-Pali road, lies another paradise for bird lovers - the Sardar Samand lake. With a beautiful scenic route, full of small, quaint villages, that leads to this lake, the journey itself is half the fun. Apart from birds, one can spot other wildlife like Blackbucks and Chinkaras.

Try and make time to visit these lovely spots, you will not regret it!


When it comes to shopping, the whole city is brimming with colours, fabrics, handicrafts, spices, clothing and so much more, that it promises to be an exhaustive but an equally exhilarating process. Different markets specialize in different wares.

For mirror work, Bandhani (tie & dye) fabrics and saris, Jodhpuri jackets, puppets, turbans and hand woven carpets, you can explore the Sojati Gate Market, Kapra Bazaar, Sardar Bazaar and Nai Sarak Market. The latter also includes lacquer bangles, silver jewellery and handicrafts.

Mochi Bazaar is the ultimate place for embroidered shoes and jootis. For wooden furniture or crafts, point your feet towards Pratap Nagar. Some of the other popular markets are Tripolia Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Station Road and Palace Road.

If you enjoy the spicy flavour of Jodhpur’s dishes you can take home the famous red chilli powder and other spices from the market near Clock Tower, at a fraction of the price, that you will pay pack home. No kidding! You can get some amazing deals here. And don’t forget to sample the unique flavours of tea. They will make interesting gifts or you can also save some for your own pleasure.

As always, for a one-stop shopping, you can visit the State owned Rajasthan Art Emporium, or the Circuit Road area. Oh, we almost forgot to mention the Antique market near the Umaid Bhawan palace (you will see it on your way up to the palace). Phew! That’s a lot of shopping areas for you to cover. Shopaholics, carry an extra bag or two to haul back your buys. On second thoughts, if you plan to shop that much, you might as well buy the carry bags as well.


Studded with religious architecture, Jodhpur will not disappoint the pious hearted. For example, the famous Chamundaji temple inside the premises of the Mehrangarh Fort, contains the adopted Goddess (Isht devi) of the locals and the royals and attracts a huge gathering during the festive season of the Navratras and Dussehra. The Ganesh temple in Ratanada is another popular tourist spot, situated on a hill. One can get amazing views of the city from up there. Other temples include the Udai Mandir, Baba Ramdeo Temple and the Rasik Bihari Temple. These architectural marvels also make very good photographic subjects. So make sure you are carrying your camera.


Surprisingly, the outskirts of Jodhpur contain a very diverse flora and fauna, even when it sits right at the gates of the
Thar desert. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts may get a pleasant surprise when they come across the biodiversity on display here. Dhawa Doli Wildlife Sanctuary is the most famous nature spot close to the city. This sanctuary is crawling with a variety of wildlife like the blackbucks, nilgai, desert rats, desert fox, cheetal and sambhar deer, patridges, cranes and more. The beauty of this place is breath-taking during early dawn or at dusk. Make sure you are carrying some warm clothes, as it gets slightly chilly once the sun goes down.

The Machiya Safari Park is also quite a success amongst the wildlife enthusiasts. Plan your trip during the winter season (October to February) as flocks of various species of migratory birds come and settle at this place. It also contains a fort hidden in its depth which has some great viewpoints to watch the wildlife and the sunset. A perfect picnic spot for you and your family.

At about 50 kilometres from the city, lies the Kheechan village which is famous for Kurjans, which are migratory birds hailing from the south-western Europe and settle here to create a natural bird sanctuary.

It is recommended that you visit at least one of these natural bounties. You will invariably come back with a totally different perception of desert cities, which will not be confined to endless sands, camels and bunches of cacti! Come here and see for yourself.

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