Jodhpur was once the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Marwar. It was also called as the Land of Death. The city was called Jodhgarh till 1549 AD. While on tour to Jodhpur, you will come across many historic yet interesting buildings.
Most important place to visit in Jodhpur is the Mehrangarh Fort. It was built by the Rathore Rajputs in the 15th century AD when they shifted their capital from Mandore to Jodhpur. Today the part of the fort has been converted into a museum, which is managed by the Royal Trust. The important buildings within the fort are the Moti Mahal, Janaki Mahal, Chandan Mahal, Darbar Takhat or Throne Room, Rang Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Umaid Vilas and Maan Vilas.
Jodhpur is the land of Royalty is a glittering jewel in the golden sands of the barren desert landscape. The light that reflects of the golden sands engulf a land renowned for its vibrant colours, people in the bright clothes and beautiful jewellery, living in city dotted and dominated by towering fort and palaces that rise from sand like a mirage. Besides a tour of the massive and impregnable Mehrangarh Fort, we also decide to go Native here. We ride horse carriages, as do the natives, to the Clock Tower Bazaar. This is guaranteed to be a fun experience as the carriage plods along through bustling parts of the Old city. The Clock Tower bazaar itself is a fascinating and colourful "you name it we have it" kind of bazaar.
Palaces to See
Situated on a steep hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous palaces in the fort narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
The only palace built in 20th century under the famine relief programme, has now been converted into a hotel with some parts being retained as a museum.
The 19th century royal cenotaph is built in white marble, in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.
This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens.
Clock Tower & Sadar Market - In the old city, clock tower is a prominent land mark. But main attraction is the Sadar Market. The market has kept alive the old 'haat bazaar' culture.