Jodhpur An expanse of houses that appear as blue cubes on an easel from elevation, an invincible mammoth of a fortress, a chic Art Deco palace, an internationally acclaimed folk music festival, countless heritage mansions, desert winds, a romantic lake palace, dashing men and polo. Jodhpur is all this and more. Known for its magnificent forts and palaces, Jodhpur today commands a special place on India’s tourist map.
Tourist Places in Jodhpur:
Mehrangarh Fort: Described by Rudyard Kipling as the “work of giants, fairies and angels”, this magnificent fortress is situated 125 meters above the city of Jodhpur on a hill. This is one of the most impressive and formidable forts in all of Rajasthan. Within its high walls are beautiful palaces and museums filled with stunning artifacts and preserved under the careful attention of Jodhpur’s present Maharaja. Also visit the Jaswant Thada, a cluster of white marble royal cenotaphs built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
Visit a Bishnoi village- The Bishnoi sect was founded in the 15th century and the community believes in and follows 29 principles that aim to preserve nature. Killing animals and felling of trees are prohibited as they are considered to be sacred by the Bishnois. The Bishnoi tribe has a distinctive way of life. They due to their faith are known as environmentalists in the fundamental sense. They preserve the wild life in a scientific and logical manner that has been evolved over centuries of living with nature. It is because of their protection that in Bishnoi-dominated areas, deer and antelopes are seen grazing peacefully in their fields. Safaris can be arranged to villages across desert on camel and horseback.