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Tourist Attractions of Jodhpur
Jodhpur is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Rajasthan with people from India as well as all over the world visiting the city every year. The enchanting forts and palaces of Jodhpur illustrate the glorious traditions and culture of this city.
There are a number of tourist attractions in and around Jodhpur. Some of them are:
Umaid Bhawan Palace
This opulent edifice in sandstone is still the residence of the former rulers with a part of it running as hotel and remaining part as a museum. The construction of the palace was completed in 16 years. A must see place for any torist visiting Jodhpur.
The 5 km long majestic fort on a 125 metre high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Within the fort are some magnificent palaces with marvelously carved panels and latticed windows. These palaces have a superb collection of palanquins, miniature paintings of various schools, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.
Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble and was built to commemorate Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Some rare portraits of the former rulers of Jodhpur are also displayed here.
Girdikot and Sardar Market
These colourful markets with tiny shops dotting the narrow lanes are situated in the heart of the city and are popular for a wide range of handicrafts, making them the favorite haunt of shoppers.
Balsamand Lake and Gardens Located at a distance of 5 km from Jodhpur, this lake was built in 1159 A.D A splendid summer Palace stands by the lake side surrounded by beautiful gardens which is an ideal picnic spot for tourists.
Mandore The ancient capital of Marwar has cenotaphs of the Jodhpur rulers. The Hall of heroes has fifteen figures carved out of the rock on the wall which represent Hindu deities. Its beautiful gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular picnic spot.