PLACES TO VISIT IN JODHPUR

#EPISODE 6

PLACES TO VISIT IN JODHPUR

From Jaisalmer, we reached Jodhpur after a 5 hours travel. Here we stayed for two days and visited the main spots and after finishing shopping, we left for Udaipur.

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JODHPUR’S FORT

QUICK HISTORY OF JODHPUR

Before exploring Jodhpur, here are some of the histories and facts of Jodhpur.

  • First of all, Jodhpur is called as “SUN CITY”, because of the extreme climate it faces, mostly sunny and rare rainfall.
  • It is the second largest city of Rajasthan
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BLUE CITY
  • Jodhpur is named after the King Rao Jodha who founded Jodhpur. He was a Rajput chief of Rathore clan
  • Rao JODHA – JODHPUR
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TEMPERATURE WHEN WE STAYED THERE
  • It is also called as the “BLUE CITY”, because of the blue painted houses and buildings in the old city.
  • Some folks believe that the city is blue because of the following reasons :
    • To beat the heat of the city,
    • To attract the traders, as Jodhpur lies in the trading route.
    • Some believe that it is the Ruler’s orders.
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BLUE CITY

PLACES WE EXPLORED IN JODHPUR

The places we explored in Jodhpur are Umaid Bhavan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort.

UMAID BHAVAN PALACE

One of the largest and grand private residence is Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur.

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UMAID BHAVAN PALACE

It was built by the King Umaid Singh in order to provide employment during the drought time, which was started in 1929 and ended in 1943.

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PAINTINGS INSIDE UMAID PALACE

Umaid Bhavan is also called  “CHITTOR PALACE” because the stones were obtained from Chittar Hills.

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OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE FORT

There are three functional units or sections. They are:

  • Museum
  • Royal Residence
  • Taj hotels
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INSIDE THE MUSEUM

This Indo-deco architecture based Palace is a grand, lavish place, build using Teak, marble, and sandstone.

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AROUND THE MUSEUM

PALACE

A section of this place, where still the Royal Family lives. It has more than 300 rooms, several courtyards, private, public meeting halls, library, dining rooms, tennis court, ballroom, billiards rooms, etc. Visitors are not allowed there.

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OVERVIEW

MUSEUM

The museum exhibits the old vintage cars used by the Royal Family. This museum also includes old fort paintings, other Royal belongings. The place is well maintained.

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DINING TABLE WITH SILVER DISHES
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ROYAL FAMILY PLAYED POLO
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MINI BAR
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MINI GLASS CUPS AND JARS
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GLASS DISH
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PEN IN OLDEN DAYS
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WRITING TABLE MADE OF MARBLE
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DRESSING TABLE MADE OF MARBLE

Furthermore, the museum also exhibits some of the rare old vintage cars used by royal families. Some of them are:

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ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM – I
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ROLLS ROYCE
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OLD VINTAGE CARS USED BY THE ROYAL FAMILIES

 HOTELS

A section of the place is converted into luxurious, expensive hotels. A place must be visited, once in a lifetime.

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GARDEN AROUND THE PALACE

MEHRANGARH FORT

One of the largest, giant and magnificent fort is Mehrangarh Fort. It was built by Rao Jodha in 1460. Also, this fort is still maintained by the Royal Families of Jodhpur.

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MEHRANGARH FORT

There are seven gates in this fort. They are in brief as follows.

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WALKING TOWARDS JAI POL
  • JAI POL

This gate is the sign of victory over the wars with Bikaner and Jaipur. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh.

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JAI POL
  • FATEH POL

This gate is the sign of victory over Mughals. Further, it marks the western gate of the fort. Maharaj Ajit Singh built this gate.

FATEH POL
  • AMIRITI POL

Next, this gate has the iron spikes to stop the rambling elephants of the enemies. Maharaja Maldeo built this gate.

IRON SPIKES ON THE GATE
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RAO JODHA FALSA – OUTER BOUNDARY
  • DODH KANGRA POL

This gate still has the cannon bill hit marks. And this is the fourth gate of the seven gates.

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PAST FATEH POL
  • GOPAL & BHAIRON POL

These are the small gates in the fort, which has several rooms for safeguarding.

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GATES WITH GUARDING ROOMS
ON A CLOSER LOOK
  • LOHA POL

This is the sixth gate of seven gates. This gate has “hand imprints” of the royal queens of Maharaja Man Singh, who committed Sati.  And this wall remarks the last massive Sati.

SATI – HAND IMPRINTS OF ROYAL QUEENS
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LOHA POL
  • SURAJ POL

Finally, this is the last gate of the fort. It leads to the coronation courtyard, where the king is coronated.

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SURAJ POL
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PAST SURAJ POL
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WALKING TOWARDS INNER MAHALS
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AFTER PASSING 7 GATES

CORONATION COURTYARD:

Coronation courtyard is located past Suraj Pol.  There is a special chair made of marble. Here is where the King is coronated.

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TOWARDS CORONATION COURTYARD
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PAST SURAJ POL
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CORONATION CHAIR PAST SURAJ POL

ANCIENT TEMPLE

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TEMPLE INSIDE FORT

There is an ancient temple inside the fort. The Chamundi Mata Temple is one among them. It is located at one end of the fort, surrounded by a beautiful small garden.

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VIEW OF THE CHAMUNDA MATA TEMPLE

FORT MUSEUM

The fort museum exhibits many heritage resources of Rathore.

  • PALANQUINS

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    KING’S GOLDEN PALANQUIN

Palanquins is a travel medium for the Royal families. It has the extended rods on both sides. It is carried by the men.

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QUEEN’S PALANQUIN
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SILVER ONE
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PEACOCK PALANQUIN
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SIMPLE PALANQUIN USED BY IMPORTANT OFFICIALS
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ROYAL WOMEN’S PALAQUIN
  • ARMOUR

Furthermore, the Fort museum displays weapons, the sword that is made of silver, ivory, iron. The swords of Akbar the great, other rulers which weighs overs 3kgs.

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19TH CENTURY SWORD
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SWORD OF AKBAR THE GREAT
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CANNON
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SWORD OF KING AJIT SINGH
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20TH CENTURY SWORD
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SILVER HUKKA
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SECRET WEAPON AND HELMET
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GRAND SHIELD OF THE KING
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ATTIRE OF KING WHICH HAS ZARDOSI WORKS

 

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ATTIRE OF ARMY MEN WEIGHS OVER 20 KGS
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LOCKS AND KEYS WHICH WORKS IN CLOCKWISE AND COUNTER CLOCKWISE TO CLOSE.
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SWORDS AND SHIELDS
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SWORDS OF DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZE
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GOLDEN DOOR DISPLAYED IN THE MUSEUM
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DIFFERENT WEAPONS USED BY THE ARMY OF JODHPUR
  • ELEPHANT HOWDAHS

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ROYAL ELEPHANT HOWDAHS

The following are some of the Royal People’s collection of elephant seats, decorated with gems, stones, silver, gold.

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SILVER HOWDAH
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DIFFERENT MODELS OF HOWDAH
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ANOTHER HOWDAH MADE OF SILVER
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MIRROR HOWDAH
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ELEPHANT DECORATIONS
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USED BY ROYAL OFFICIALS
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OTHER HOWDAHS
  • DAULAT KHANA

Daulat Khana is known as “Wealth Stone”. It is a three-storey building often called Treasure Room.

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DAULAT KANA
HANDWORKED GATE
  • CRADLES

The fort museum displays the different cradles used by the Royal Children. Janki Mahal is now almost converted into the museum for cradles.

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GOLDEN CRADLE OF THE ROYAL KIDS
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CRADLES INSIDE JHANKI MAHAL
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WOODEN CRADLE
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ANOTHER CRADLE WITH VELVET BEDDINGS
  • PAINTINGS

The fort museum shows the finest examples of Marwar paintings.

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PAINTING DESCRIBES MAHA KALI, HINDU GODDESS
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PAINTINGS DISPLAYED IN THE FORT

MAHALS & COURTYARDS

There are different mahals and courtyard inside the fort for various purpose. Some of them are:

SHEESH MAHAL

The Sheesh Mahal also called mirror palace. It is mainly used for religious works.

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CEILING OF SHEESH MAHAL

JANKI MAHAL

This Mahal is also called as the peeping palace. Now displays the cradles of Royal kids.

PHOOL MAHAL

The “room of flowers” is the meaning of Phool Mahal, which is the private hall of the Royals.

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KING’S THRONE IN PHOOL MAHAL

Maharaja Abhaya Singh built this grand Phool Mahal. Furthermore, it is believed that the Phool Mahal was a private and exclusive chamber of pleasure. This Mahal is painted and decorated in gold.

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CEILING OF PHOOL MAHAL

MOTI MAHAL

Moti Mahal is the largest period room of the fort, also called the pearl palace. The king used to sit on his throne and meet all his officials. In addition, the Moti Mahal has five unique windows leading to hidden balconies.

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KING’S THRONE IN MOTI MAHAL

It is believed that the balconies were built for the five queens of the Maharaja to enable them to listen to an on-court proceeding. Since they were intelligent, they participated in decision making.

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WINDOWS LEADING TO HIDDEN CHAMBER

KING’S PALACE

The following picture shows the King Takhat’s bedroom. He was deeply interested in art, therefore the ceiling was painted on a variety of subjects.

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TAKHAT VILAS

QUEEN’S PALACE

Royal women with their children lived at the end of the fort, where no men were allowed except the King.

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ROYAL WOMEN PALACE
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TOWARDS QUEENS PLACE

IN AND AROUND THE FORT

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CANNONS ON THE SECURITY WALLS
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ON A CLOSER LOOK
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INTERESTING HOLES IN THE WALLS, THROUGH WHICH WE CAN SEE DIFFERENT VIEWS OF THE CITY
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THROUGH ONE OF THE HOLE

 

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A VIEW FROM THE FORT

Later, we returned back to the hotel and had our lunch. We had naan, paneer masala, dhaal, gulab jamun, cucumber, and sabji.

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LUNCH BREAK

Finally, after enjoying our lunch, we departed to Udaipur. Most of all, we had a good time in Jodhpur. One of the most beautiful and admirable Place.

In case if you missed exploring Jaisalmer, click here – Jaisalmer.

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5 Replies to “PLACES TO VISIT IN JODHPUR”

  1. VInoth kumar says: Reply

    Beautiful clicks

  2. Pragadeesh Raju says: Reply

    excellent clicks….

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      CHEERS! @PRAGADEESH RAJU

  3. Makes every one to visit the palace

    1. Preethi Anandan says: Reply

      THANKS! @GOMATHI

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