Famously known as the Sun City, Jodhpur is a historic city and one of the most appealing tourist attractions for Indian as well as foreign tourists in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha after whom the city earned its name. The city of Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces. The enormous forts and palaces are a delight to the eyes and the history attached to each of the monument in Jodhpur have its unique significance in shaping the city and the nation as it is today.
The city of Jodhpur came into its being when Rao Jodha constructed the Mehrangarh Fort in 1459 A.D. Though the attempt to construct began in 1459; the fort had seen many centuries before it was completed. One can easily notice that the style of architecture repents various periods. The grandeur in architecture is indubitably awe-inspiring. An iconic shot of the famous Batman film ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was also shot here. The fort’s museum, Ranisar and Padmasar are also major tourist attractions within the fort premises.
Yet another proof of Jodhpur’s Royal history is the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The construction of Umaid Bhawan Palace began in the year 1929 and it was completed in 1943. The royal monument is located at the highest point in the city. The brainchild of Budhmal Rai and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, the Umaid Bhawan Palace boasts the fusion of Indian and European style of architecture. The stunning vintage car collection, the clock collection through different periods of history and trekking all the way to palace remains one of the most sought-after tourist activities in the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
The next stop for visitors to this historical city is the Mandore Gardens. Mandore, belonging to the 6th Century, was Marwar’s capital before Jodhpur was established. Mandore Gardens attract tourists in great numbers. The mandore gardens also house a government museum, a ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a temple to 33 crore Gods. The architectural splendour of the bygone era is clearly evident here. The gardens are an ideal spot for spending leisure time and enjoying picnic time.
For the shopping buffs, there can be no place second to Sardar Market near Clock Tower in the city of Jodhpur. While the Clock Tower offers an iconic view of the Mehrangarh Fort, the Sardar Market’s cluster of over 7,000 shops is nothing less than a pilgrimage for those who have a special place for shopping in their hearts. Tourists love to relish Rajasthani Cuisines in Sardar market.
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