(Last Updated on : 11/08/2010)
There are several places of interest around Jodhpur
that are worth checking out. These are accessible from the city as numerous local transports are available.
: This town is well known for its gardens and temples. It is the most oft-visited tourist destination from Jodhpur. It is historically important, as this was the ancient capital of Rajputana. It is located at a distance of 8 kilometers from Jodhpur city
. Mandore Gardens, Hall of Heroes, temple of 330 million Gods and the Royal Cenotaphs are the major places of attraction here.
Bal Samand Lake and Palace
: Bal Samand Palace in Rajasthan is built on a hillock and faces the Balsammand Lake. It was constructed in 19th century with sandstone. Today it is one of the favorite heritage stays around Jodhpur. Maharajah Sur Singh of Jodhpur, as a summer retreat, built this palace. The lakeside presents remarkable views of the lake.
Sardar Samand Lake and Palace
: Located at a distance of 60 kilometers from Jodhpur this is another place that provides the tourists with fabulous scenic beauty. It was constructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh. Its architecture is essentially Rajputana. The lake, in particular, is the abode of migratory birds. It forms a wonderful background for the palace, which has been converted into an accommodation unit in the recent years.
: It is a desert town that is known for its temples. This place presents the splendor of Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 55 kilometers from Jodhpur city. The main attractions of this place are the gold dunes. The town dates back to 8th century. The exotic sculptures at the Osian temples represent the lifestyle of the people of ancient times.
: The Dhawa Wild Life Sanctuary has an exclusive collection of wildlife species. It is located 45 kilometers away from the Jodhpur City. Its distinctive collection of desert rats and antelopes has made it popular amongst the travelers. The largest number of chinkaras or Indian Gazelles is to be found here.
: This desert town is situated around135 kilometers to the northeast of Jodhpur. The city dates back to the 4th century. The main attraction of this place is the Ahhichatragarh Fort. Within the fort premises the visitors will come across palaces, mosques, temples, baolis, water systems, fountains, open terraces and others. The five-domed mosque, built by Akbar, is another attraction of this place.
: This fort is situated in Mount Abu. It was built by Maharana Kumbha in the 14th century. It is well known for Achaleshwar Mahadeo temple too. This also forms one of the major attractions for the hill station as well.
Dargha of Sultan UL Tarkin
: This dargah is dedicated to a disciple of Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer.
: Located 135 kilometers away from the city of Jodhpur it is worth the visit. It is also accessible from Osian. Phalodi is the city of intricately carved havelis and temples while the village of Khichan houses the flocks of Demoiselle cranes. These migratory birds receive a warm welcome and from the village. Several folk songs are based on them.
: It is a desert resort. Located right at the heart of the desert area it presents a magnificent view of the golden sand dunes. The resort is just the perfect place to stay and enjoy its beauty. This place is a far away cry from the resorts of the Southeast Asian countries. Its unique features make it a must see for the tourists.
Jodhpur Guda Bishnoi Village
: It is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from the city of Jodhpur. It is famous for the tribal community of Bishnoi. Located on the banks of Guda Bishnoi, an artificial lake, it presents a picturesque picture to the visitors. This lake is an abode to the migratory birds. The tribal community is quite protective about the wildlife that resides in the adjacent areas. In fact they are staunch worshippers of nature.
Other places of interest around Jodhpur include Amar Singh's Cenotaph. Besides this there are several temples that are also part of the excursion tours. These are Jain Kaanch ka Mandir and Bansiwale ka Mandir. It is a unique feature in Rajasthan that both the Hindu and Jain temples coexist. This reflects the religious sentiments and the beliefs of the people.