Visit the Mehrangarh Fort
A visit to the Mehrangarh Fort tops the itinerary checklist of must visit places in Jodhpur when booking Rajasthan holiday packages. Sprawling in an area of 1,200 acres, the mighty Fort is one of the largest forts in India. Showing reminiscence of Rajputana's grandeur and excellent architecture for more than 550 years, Mehrangarh is surrounded by robust walls.
The Fort features numerous tourist attractions such as Mehrangarh museum, Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Takhat villas, National Geological monument, Rao Jodha desert rock park, Kirat Singh Soda's chhatri, Chamunda Mata temple, and seven gates named as Jayapol, Fattehpol, Dedh Kamagra pol, Imritia pol, Suraj pol, loha pol. The museum of the Fort boasts a rich collection of palanquins, textiles, wooden crafts, howdah, royal cradles, miniatures, costumes, and furniture in its several art galleries.
You can also enjoy a thrilling zip-lining ride witnessing incredible views of the mighty Fort, gorgeous lakes, and the city. Visiting hours of the fort is 9 am to 5 pm.
Marvel at Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan is a Royal palace built between 1928 and 1943. Built-in Indo Saracenic architectural style, Umaid Bhawan is made of dune-coloured sandstone and golden yellow sandstones.
Spread in 26 acres, This Palace is surrounded by flower-loaded gardens, fountains, flora, and fauna. This palace is among the biggest private residences to stay in the world. The Umaid Bhawan palace features a luxurious Royal Hotel, an automobile gallery, and a museum, whereas the Royal Family still occupies a significant part of the palace.
The hotel, managed by Taj Hotels, is a preferred destination for grand weddings oozing in grandeur, royalty, culture, and history. The heritage hotel consists of 347 well-decorated luxury rooms, several courtyards, banquet Hall, billiards room, and dining halls. Located at a distance of 10 KM from Jodhpur city centre, Visitors can visit the palace from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Take a stroll at Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada is a stunning historic cenotaph built out of beautifully carved white Marble. Surrounded by multi-tiered gardens and a small lake, Jaswant Thada is among the most beautiful buildings in Jodhpur. Maharaja Sardar Singh built this amazing cenotaph in the memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh, in the year 1899.
The design of the building is similar to a temple featuring an array of whimsical domes, carved scriptures, ancient paintings, portraits. Spend some time in the tranquil and soothing environment and take a stroll amidst the lush greenery. You can visit the gorgeous cenotaph from 9 am to 5 pm on all weekdays. The entry fee of this place is Rupees 15 for Indian and for foreigners it is Rupees 30; and visitors have to pay an extra fee for carrying cameras and camcorders in this place. It is located in Lawaran near Mehrangarh fort.
Enjoy at Kaylana lake
Kaylana Lake is a perfect picnic spot away from the city, and it is a picturesque artificial lake. Spread in an area of 0.84 square km, Pratap Singh built the lake in the 19th century. The average depth of the lake is nearly 35 ft to 40 ft, which varies depending on the water level.
Its surroundings of Babool trees, lush vegetation, and migratory birds attract lots of nature lovers and bird watchers. Kaylana Lake is quite famous for offering gorgeous visuals of stunning sunrise and sunset. You can also visit hills, temples, and trekking trails located amidst a wide range of flora and fauna near the lake. Please spend some time in its pleasant surroundings and go for a thrilling boat ride. It is located on the way to Jaisalmer at 8 km from Jodhpur city's main bus stand.
Jodhpur desert safari
The most offbeat thing to do in Jodhpur, the desert safari in the golden Dunes, is an exhilarating experience like nowhere else. The nearest desert from Jodhpur is the Osian desert at a distance of 70 Km from the city.
Jeep safari and traditional camel safari are the two best safaris to explore the dunes of the Osian desert. You will spot many blackbucks, foxes, and blue bulls on the safari tour while passing through the dunes.
Adventure enthusiasts can engage in some other thrilling activities like quad biking, dune bashing, horse riding.
These desert safaris have different tours such as Morning safari, evening safari, and overnight safaris. Stay in an overnight camp under the starry night in the desert for a lifetime surreal experience. You can also enjoy traditional folk art, cultural dance, and music performances with a buffet dinner in the middle of the dunes.