It has been drawing the attention of tourists from all over the world. Standing as the sentinel of the country's western border, Jodhpur is famous for its magnificent forts and palaces.
At a distance of 6 km from Jodhpur Junction, Mehrangarh Fort is an ancient hill fort situated in Jodhpur City. It is among the best tourist places in Rajasthan and also one of the top places to visit in Jodhpur. Situated at 410 feet above the city, Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD when he transferred his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur.
At a distance of 3.5 km from Jodhpur Junction and 6 km from Jodhpur Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a royal palace located on Chittar Hill in Jodhpur City of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest private residences and also one of the popular Jodhpur tourist places.
At a distance of 1 km from Mehrangarh Fort and 5 km from Jodhpur Junction, Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph located near Mehrangarh Fort entrance in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan state. It is famed as one of the most beautiful white marble cenotaphs in Rajasthan and also one of the popular Jodhpur tourist places.
At a distance of 2.5 km from Jodhpur Junction and 3 km from Mehrangarh Fort, Sardar Government Museum is located in the middle of the beautiful Umaid Public Gardens on the High Court Road in Jodhpur. It is one of the most famous museum of Rajasthan and also one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur.
At a distance of 8 km from Mehrangarh Fort and 9.5 km from Jodhpur Junction, Mandore Garden is situated at Mandore, the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar before the establishment of Jodhpur. This is a popular picnic spot for the people of Jodhpur. The extensive Mandore Garden has high rock hill terrace, making it a popular local attraction.
Balsamand Lake was built in 1159 AD by Gurjara-Pratihara rulers as a reservoir to supply water in the Mandore region. The lake has a length of one km, breadth of 50 m and a depth of 15 m. The lake is surrounded by lush green gardens that house groves of mango, papaya, pomegranate, guava and plum. An artificial cascading waterfall brings water from the reservoir to the gardens. The embankments of the lake, in front of the palace, have domed structure that offers fabulous views of the lake. Visitors can also see animals and birds like peacock, jackal and blue bull roaming in the area.
The Park extends across 70 hectares about 200 acres of rocky land surrounding the fort. It was created in 2006 for restoration of natural ecology of rocky wasteland and was opened to the public in 2011. This sandy desert park has rock loving plants which adapts to the arid surroundings.
Ghanta Ghar was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh Ji of Jodhpur. Beside the tower, there is the Sardar Market that is frequented by tourists on shopping spree. From this market, tourists can purchase Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery. One can also shop here for the finest variety of spices. It is a great place to ramble around at leisure.