Rajasthan is the land of heritage, heroism and honor. Massive forts, unique palaces, colorful culture differentiate this land from the rest of the world. Among the important cities of Rajasthan, Jodhpur the ‘sun city’ deserves a special mention. The city was named after its founder Rao Jodha. This second largest city of Rajasthan is a home of imperial forts, amazing palaces and massive lakes.
There are many famous tourist spots in Jodhpur and Palace on Wheel will help you to explore them.
One of the largest fort in India, Mehrangarh was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD. Standing 400 feet above the city, this fort is known for the beautifully decorated Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. In order to reach this marvel you have to cross seven gates made by Maharaja Man Singh and Maharaja Ajit Singh which represents the victory of Rajput. There is a museum as well which has six well stocked galleries.
Located in the city Mandore, former capital of Marwar, Mandore garden is very famous among tourist for its beautiful verdant garden, government museum, ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a temple of Three Hundred Million Hindu Gods .
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
To restore the rocky area near the Mehrangarh Fort, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was built in the year 2006. Spread over 200 acres this park is a home of unique plants like Kumatiyo, Hingoto, Goondi, Bordiand animals like Indian crested porcupine, palm squirrel etc.
Chamunda Mata Temple
Build for the protection against the curse given by an old sage, ChamundaMata Temple is very famous among the local people. Ancient Idol of Durga Maa was installed here by Rao Jodha.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Named after the Maharaja Umaid Singh, this huge royal residence is situated on the highest point of the city. HV Lanchester, a British architecture, built this palace which is also known as Chittar Palace.Build with golden yellow sandstone, Makrana marble and Burmese Teak wood, this Palace is a master piece of Indo-Saracenic style.
A part of it has now been converted into a heritage hotel while in other two parts there is a residential area and a museum which is open for visitors.
This cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, was built by the Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur state in 1899. With a multi-tiered garden and a serene lake, this monument is a perfect illustration of skillful marble sculpture. Because of the similarity with the Taj Mahal, people also call this as the Taj Mahal of Marwar.
One of the finest example of Rajput architecture, Khejarla Fort was built by the Maharaja of Jodhpur. Zenana Mahal and Mardana Mahal created for the royal ladies and gents is a prominent example of Rajput Tradition. This red sandstone fort is now a heritage hotel and serves visitors across the world.
Palace on Wheels
Palace on Wheels train is joint venture of Rajasthan Development Tourism Corporation and the Indian Railways. Launched in 1982, this express is equipped with the modern amenities like Wi-Fi, saloon, Ayurvedic SPA and two restro-bar lounge.This train is designed with 32 Deluxe and 2 Super Deluxe cabins and can manage a total of 82 guests.
This train runs from September to April with a 7 night and 8 day long trip.
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A visit to the Blue city Jodhpur on Palace on wheels will surely give you an amazing experience.