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Published: October 11th 2018
Jodhpur, also known as the Blur City is the second largest city in Rajasthan. This place has a long history to it. It is also known as the Gateway of Thar as it is on the edge of the vast Thar desert. the shade blue is prominent in the old side of the city.
How to Reach:
Jodhpur is a well-connected city. It has multiple trains which connect it to many other cities. It also is connected via flights from Delhi and Mumbai majorly. So, reaching Jodhpur is quite simple. Just that you need to plan your travel and stay in advance. You can also reach the place in your car from nearby metro cities.
Inside Jodhpur, you can hire a taxi to take you around the city. Transport is easily available around the city.
Places to Visit: Exploring the Mehrangarh Fort :
This is a must-see place in Jodhpur. This is the largest fort you will find in all of Rajasthan and it is just magnificent. From the impressions of cannonballs on the outer walls to the beautiful architecture, this place just transports you to a different era.
Many sections are open to the public. There are different chambers which have completely different and unique, architecture-wise.
The most prominent ones are: Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Hall)
: It has large and small mirror work all-over which is simply breath-taking. Moti-Mahal (Pearl Hall)
: It was built to be the hall of public audience (known as Diwan-IAam) has excellent carved woodwork. It is pearl colored inside and it has been decorated with glass colorful mirrors. A palmist sits in the courtyard to foretell the fortune of the travellers which is an interesting add-on to the whole fort exploring experience. Of course, it is not free. Is he really authentic? Well, my experience says otherwise. You can get your palm read for the sake of fun of course but if you are really interested in getting real readings and accurate answers, I suggest you join psychic chat
rooms instead. Phool Mahal (Flower Hall)
: It used to be the Pleasure Dome of the Kings. It is a beautifully decorated chamber with 36 Raagamala paintings that depict the various moods of musical raags. Takht Vilas (King Takht Singh's Chamber)
: Its another beautiful chamber of the many such chambers of this fort. It is both traditional and modern. It has paintings of Raadha and Krishna on the walls You can also see Christmas tree balls hanging from the ceiling which gives this room a mixed feel.
Other interesting experience that you will not forget is the Rajasthani folk singers sitting near the entrance playing Sarangi.
There are many other sections open to the public which you will have to explore. There is an area from which you can view the entire Blue City, do not miss that.
The Jodhpur Flying Fox Experience:
If you love adventure, this is one of the best activities I have done in any tourist place. Flying Fox provides Zip-Lining within the fort. This circuit has 6 zip lines and it takes about 90 minutes to complete but is totally worth it.
The magnificent palace was amongst the last palaces that have been built in India. Only a part of this palace is open to visitors. The royal family still occupies a part of it and another part has been converted to a grand luxurious hotel. There is an exhibition hall and a clock collection museum you can tour through. There is not much to do here as most of it is off-limits.
Relaxing at Jaswant Thada:
This is a relaxing spot which has a nice lawn in the front. You can enjoy stunning views of the city and the fort from here. It's an empty tomb build in the honour of Maharaja Jaswant Singh
. It has its own splendid architecture made of white marble and depicts portraits of the rulers.
There are many other tourist places to visit in Jodhpur like Step-well, Rao Jodha desert and Mandore Garden. You can stroll in the city to enjoy its essence and eat local food which is delicious.
Rajasthan is a place which is culturally rich, and Jodhpur definitely reminds you of that. You will find it difficult to bid this beautiful land of culture, art and history goodbye.
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