Saturday, January 1, 2011


                  After some memorable time at Jaisalmer & Sam,Khuri dunes it was time to move on to Jodhpur. Caught the evening train to Jodhpur, Jodhpur's main attractions are the Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Mehrangarh fort is situated 400 feet (122 m) above the city, and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. Some of the palaces inside the fort are

Umaid Bhawan Jodhpur
Moti Mahal - The Pearl PalaceBuilt by Raja Sur Singh (1595-1619), the Moti Mahal is the largest of the Mehrangarh Museum's period rooms.

Sheesha Mahal - The Hall Of MirrorsIt is a fine example of a typical Rajput Sheesh Mahal. The mirror-work includes large, regular pieces, rather than an intricate mosaic of tiny fragments; another thing is the superimposition over the mirror-work of brightly painted religious figures made in plaster.

Phool Mahal - The Palace Of Flowers The Phool Mahal was created by Maharaja Abhaya Singh (1724-1749). The grandest of Mehrangarh's period rooms the Phool Mahal was in all likelihood a private and exclusive chamber of pleasure; dancing girls once swooned in exhaustion here under a ceiling rich in gold filigree.

Umaid Bhawan Palace  is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owners of the palace, this monument has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. Part of the palace has been converted to a hotel and another part has a museum housed in it.

Fort Luni Chanwa
Around Jodhpur- One can visit the Osian temples about 65 km from Jodhpur which are medieval Hindu and Jain temples, like the Shiva temple, Harihara temple and the Surya temple. The temples date back to 8th-11th century. Osian also offers a desert safari and some camping options too.    Another place close to Jodhpur-40k, is Luni village where there is a lovely Fort Chanwa worth visiting and staying for one night at least.

 The city of Jodhpur is now on the international tourist map and also a big hit with the domestic tourists for leisure and conference. Jodhpur is almost an integral part of your Rajasthan itinerary also because of it's strategic location. I had a wonderful time at Jodhpur in my two days stay.

Next in line was Udaipur, and I had to go by road to Udaipur as Jodhpur to Udaipur has no train connection(strangely).

Dr. R.Anand
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Also see Bikaner, Jaisalmer.

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