One of the most singular experiences awaits you in Jodhpur, from royal flourishes to natural splendors. Among several places to visit in Jodhpur, we have collated a handful below for you to add to your itinerary.
The best time to visit Jodhpur is during the months of October to March, which boasts some fine monsoon rains. Situated in the desert country means the climate can get quite hot and humid during other times of the year. If you like that sort of thing, feel free to visit outside the recommended bracket.
Wondering how to reach Jodhpur from other places within or outside Rajasthan State? Pre-mark your apps and maps to avoid confusion, because more than a handful of routes lead to this royal jewel in the crown of Jodhpur tourism. There are plenty of things to do in Jodhpur, mainly soaking up the historical sights that the city has to offer.
1. Jaswant Thada
One of the most historically significant places to visit in Jodhpur is this white-marble cenotaph, also known as the ‘Taj Mahal of Marwar’. It is a mausoleum for the Marwar kings of old and was originally built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh in honor of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The Marwar Royal Family is still in existence, and they use this place as their rightful cremation grounds.
Red stairs and white marble offer a visually unforgettable treat. Folk dancers and local musicians throng the place to date, rendering the ambiance like something that may have existed all those decades ago. Club Mahindra resorts in Jodhpur almost always point out Jaswant Thada as a point of interest. You can explore the monument itself, as well as the beautiful gardens within the premises. The marble craftsmanship is skilled beyond compare.
2. Kaylana Lake
Imagine packing takeout from one of several popular local restaurants in Jodhpur and indulging in a picnic by the lake. And not just any lake, but Rajasthan’s excellent Lake Kaylana. Still one of the most memorable places to visit in Jodhpur, the artificial lake covers 84 sq. km. and traces its roots to 1872 when it was commissioned by the legendary Pratap Singh. Not only Jodhpur but neighboring settlements too call this lake their main source of drinking water.
In addition to being a superb viewpoint, trekkers and other travelers have found the lake a peaceful gem to linger in between their journeys. Hilly terrain and rock formations complement lush Babul trees and bird-watching opportunities. Note: Winter summons Siberian Cranes. Nearby, in a 5 km. radius, stand a handful of other wonderful tourist hotspots – an assortment of temples dedicated to Mahadev Shiva, the Machiya Fort, and the Machia Biological Park.
3. Phool Mahal
The ‘palace of flowers’ looks like it was etched out of some ancient floral blitz of marble and stone. Standing inside the Mehrangarh Fort, the Mahal traces its roots back to the 18th century when it was commissioned by Maharaja Abhaya Singh. Living up to the symbolic side of its name, the palace used to entertain royalty with a host of women-led dance performances. It was once one of the most exclusive rooms in Rajasthan, but modernity has opened it for tourists all year round.
You’ll soon discover that Phool Mahal is the Fort’s most ornate room. Gold craftsmanship and gold filigree can be seen in several places throughout this room whose very design was inspired by flowers. Glass mirrors and windows capture and distribute light in enchanting ways. Ancient portraits and yesteryear creature-comforts also abound herein. British-era furniture adds to the historic value of this golden Flower Palace, making it one of the most valuable places to visit in Jodhpur.