Umaid Bhawan Palace
This Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh using the services of Edwardian architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester. Residence of the Royal Family and now a Heritage Hotel, is an awe-inspiring study in the art deco style.
The Mehrangarh Fort, atop a rocky hill overlooking the city, was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The Fort has been impeccably maintained and it would be difficult not to be amazed at the sheer size and solidity of it. The Museum houses several interesting collections including one that of palanquins.
Close to the Fort is Jaswant Thada, the marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, built in his memory by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh.
The 100 pillared Maha Mandir Temple is intricately carved with figures depicting yoga postures.
Mandore was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar and is located about 5 miles north of Jodhpur. Here you will find the Dewals, or Cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. Unlike the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, they were built along the lines of a Hindu temple. They are four stories high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone.
Discover a world of tribal colour and rustic cultural grandeur in Guda Bishnoi Village located at a distance of 25-kilometers from the main Jodhpur city.
Picnic near the tiny manmade lake located in the Guda Bishnoi Village and see migratory birds stop here and drink water. Marvel at the floral variety that flourishes in this barren land.
The temples here are among the earliest of all medieval temples of Rajasthan. Ruins of several temples dot the present day Ossian. The earlier temples are almost like miniature shrines, some only eight feet in height. Among these intricately carved red sandstone edifices, three are dedicated to Harihara- or the union of Vishnu and Shiva. Profusely carved from their raising plinths, pillars and right upon the very pinnacle of the spires, these temples are considered architectural masterpieces.
Jodhpur, the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, after Jaipur, lies on the brink of the Thar Desert. Its climate certainly follows the desert pattern of dry hot summers with soaring temperatures and extremely biting winter nights. However, the evening temperatures in summer drop considerably and make nights much more pleasant and during the winters, the sun makes for crisp bright days. A fair amount of rainfall in the months of July and August ensure that the catchment areas in and around the city fills up and the city remains fairly green.