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Jodhpur Tour (Rajasthan)
(3 Days / 2 Nights)
(Jodhpur)


Day 1: Jodhpur - Arrival

Today arrival in Jodhpur and transferred to the hotel.   
 
      Clock Tower, Jodhpur      Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur           Umaid Bhawan  Mehrangarh Fort Inside View

Day 2: Jodhpur
Today sightseeing of Jodhpur - Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower and Bazaars of Jodhpur.

Day 3: Jodhpur

After having breakfast drive to airport or railway station for the onwards journey. (End of Tour)
 
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JODHPUR
Jodhpur stands on a low range of sandstone hills and is famous for its fort, perhaps the finest and the most striking in Rajasthan, a land of fortresses. Jodhpur is 616 km. (383 miles) from Delhi, 309 km. (192 miles) from Jaipur and 103 km. (64 miles) from Marwar junction on the Western Railway. It is connected by road with Jaipur 307 km. (230 miles), Abu 265 km. (165 miles), and Udaipur 511 km. (318 miles).

The city was founded in 1458 by Rao Jodha, the head of the Rathor clan of Rajputs, which claims descent from Rama, the hero of the Ramayana. It is surrounded by a strong wall 7,498 m. (24,600 ft.) long 2.7 m. (9 ft.) thick, and 4 m. (15 ft.) to 9 m. (30 ft.) high, built of large blocks of cut stone and strengthened by buttresses, towers and ramparts. Its seven gates flanked by bastions are fixed with pointed iron spikes.

The Fort
Situated on an isolated rocky eminence, 122 m. (400 ft.) above the city, the fort dominates the surrounding plain. It is scarped on every side, specially on the southern side where the palaces are built on the edge of a perpendicular cliff, 36 m. (120 ft.) high. The walls of the fort, relieved by round and square towers, are from 6 m. (20 ft.) to 36m. (120 ft.) in height, 3 m. (12 ft.) to 21 m. (70 ft.) thick and enclose an oblong space about 457 m. (1,500 ft.) in length
and 228 m. (750 ft.) in breadth at its widest. This enclosure is full of palaces, barracks, temples and other buildings. From the battlements of the fort, there is a splendid view of the entire city.


A gradually ascending road winds up to a massive gateway with immense portals, the first of a series of barriers thrown across the circuitous approach to the fort. Fateh Pol or the Gate of Victory, leading up from the city, was erected by Maharaja Ajit Singh to commemorate his victory over the Mughuls in 1707. Amrit Pol was built by Rao Maldeo. Jodha-ka-Phalsa indicates the extreme limit of Rao Jodha’s fort. The Jaya Pol commemorates the triumph of Maharaja Man Singh over the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner which marched on Jodhpur in 1807. On the walls of Loha Pol, the last gate, are the palm marks of some ladies who immolated themselves on the funeral pyres of their husbands.

Palaces and Temples
The principal buildings in the fort are the princely palaces decorated with beautifully carved panels, latticed windows of delicate design, and pierced screens of red sandstone. Moti Mahal, built by Maharaja Sur Singh, and Phool Mahal, built by Maharaja Abhaya Singh, have fine decorations in colour on the ceilings, pillars and walls. Old weapons and arms used by the rulers are displayed in the Sileh Khana.

Among the many fine old buildings and temples in the city are the Talhati-ka-Mahal and Raj Mahal on the bank of Gulab Sagar. The temple of Ganga Shyam has a lovely spire. About 2 km. (1½ miles)
from the city, in the small walled town called Mahamandir, is a big temple with a colourful interior and a roof supported by a hundred pillars. Of the modern palaces, the Umaid Bhavan crowning the Chitar hill is a magnificent building of imposing proportions and striking beauty.

Tanks
There are several attractive tanks in Jodhpur. Five kilometres (3 miles) to the north, between the city and Mandor, is Balsamand with a well laid out garden and a palace on its embankment. The Kailana is the largest tank in Jodhpur.

Museum
The Sardar Museum in the Willingdon Garden has a variety of exhibits including specimens of local arts and crafts and also inscriptional slabs, coins and sculptures from Kiradu, Osia, Bhinmal, Nagaur and other historical Places in the region.

Mandor
About 8 km. (5 miles) to the north of Jodhpur city is Mandor, the old capital of Marwar. It was the capital of the Parihar Rajputs till 1381 when it was captured by the Rathor chief, Rao Chonda. Subsequently, it served as the Rathor capital till the foundation of Jodhpur in 1459.

In the extensive garden at Mandor are the dewals or cenotaphs of the former rulers of Jodhpur. Raised on high plinths, crowned with soaring spires and decorated with sculpture, these monuments reflect the epoch of Marwar’s glory. The architectural composition partakes both of Saivite and Buddhist styles, but the details are decidedly Jain, particularly the columns.

The cenotaph of Maharaja Ajit Singh (who died in 1724), the largest of all these buildings, stands in a line running from south to north, with the other principal cenotaphs of Raja Maldeo, Raja Sur Singh, Raja Gaj Singh and Maharaja Jaswant Singh. To the east of this line of monuments are the smaller cenotaphs of other rulers and nobles.

Of considerable interest is the ‘shrine of 330 million gods, containing painted figures of divinities and heroes. In the ‘Hall of Heroes’ is a group of sixteen colossal figures carved out of a single rock.

On the rocky plateau farther up is the site of an ancient city now littered with ruins. The remains of the old fort and temples lie buried in the mass of debris all around. Some distance from this point are the chhatris of the old chiefs and the Panch Kund recessed in the rock.

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