Explore the magnificent fort and blue houses of the priestly class
Also known as, the Blue City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is famous for the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, the bustling Sadar Bazaar and, the blue houses of the priestly class. It is the gateway to the Great Indian Thar Desert with scorching temperatures for most part of the year and was once the capital of the state of Marwar (meaning the land of the dead) of princely Rajasthan or Rajputana City.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Jodhpur.
Built in between the 15th to the 20th century, Mehrangarh Fort, meaning Fort of the Sun, is over 500 yards long with its 70 feet thick walls rising to 120 feet at certain places. One look at this magnificent citadel that stand on a silent rocky outcrop in the heart of Jodhpur and it is not difficult to imagine rank upon rank of loyal warriors streaming down the hillside ready for battle. The museum at Mehrangarh Fort houses an impressive collection of artefacts that harks back to an era that was glamorous, graceful and romantic. It also acts the venue for the RIFF festival every October.
Built in the 19th century in white marble, the royal mausoleum of Jaswant Thada is a classic example of the Rajputana architecture which brilliantly assimilates Hindu and Mughal styles. From top of the Mehrangarh Fort it looks like an alluring milky white temple amidst the surrounding barren rocky hills, whilst a closer look at the exquisitely carved domes and lattices of the monument reveal incredible local craftsmanship. The pre-dawn concerts at the Jaswant Thada is a highlight of the RIFF Festival.
Bishnoi Village Visit
Head out on local jeeps to the Bishnoi villages located in the outskirts of Jodhpur for a slice of the life and times of India’s original eco-warriors. Bishnois are well known lovers of nature and staunch environmentalists. In the year 1730, 363 Bishnois sacrificed their lives while trying to peacefully protect a grove of trees they considered sacred.