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Mandore Gardens
📍 Mandore Garden, RajasthanView map ›

🗓 Best Time To Visit:October to March

⏰ Open Hours:8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

🎯 Things To Do:Explore the historical cenotaphs, Visit the Hall of Heroes, Enjoy the local flora and fauna

💰 Entry Fees:Free

🧳 Traveller Types:History buffs, Nature Lovers, Photographers

🏛 Known For:Historical cenotaphs, Beautiful gardens, The 'Hall of Heroes' depicting popular Hindu deities

📍 Distances:9 km from Jodhpur Railway Station, 7 km from Jodhpur Airport, 342 km from Jaipur

👣 Explore Nearby:Clock Tower Market, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort

🌳 Park Facilities:Restrooms, Food stalls, Parking area

📸 Best Spots for Photography:The central cenotaph, The Hall of Heroes, Garden views

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Friendly:Yes

♿ Wheelchair Accessible:Partially, Some areas might be difficult to navigate

🍴 Nearby Dining Options:On The Rocks, Mehran Terrace, Gypsy Restaurant

🛍 Nearby Shopping Spots:Clock Tower Market, Nai Sarak

🌙 Night-time Experience:Limited, as the gardens close at 8 PM

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Mandore Garden: A Historical and Cultural Gem in Jodhpur

Mandore Garden is a stunning attraction in Jodhpur that will take you back in time to the glorious era of the Marwar dynasty. Located just 9 kilometres away from the city, this garden is a part of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and houses some of the most beautiful and impressive monuments, temples, museum and gardens in Rajasthan.

If you are looking for a place to explore the rich history, culture and art of Jodhpur, Mandore Garden is the perfect destination for you.

Famous Royal Cenotaphs

The most striking feature of Mandore Garden is the cluster of royal cenotaphs or chhatris that dot the landscape. These are dome-shaped structures built as a homage to the rulers of Jodhpur and their families. Each cenotaph is unique and showcases the architectural style and craftsmanship of the Marwar dynasty. The most beautiful and famous of these cenotaphs is the one that belongs to Maharaja Ajit Singh, who ruled Jodhpur from 1678 to 1724. His cenotaph is a three-storeyed structure with intricate carvings, pillars, arches and balconies.

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It also has a large statue of the king on a horseback at the entrance. Some of the other notable rulers and their cenotaphs are Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, Jaswant Singh II, who built the Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur, and Bakhat Singh, who was known for his love of art and music.

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Hall of Heroes

Another attraction in Mandore Garden that will awe you with its uniqueness and charm is the Hall of Heroes. This is a monument that displays 16 figures of warriors carved from a single rock. These warriors are the heroes of Jodhpur who fought bravely and sacrificed their lives for their kingdom.

Some of them are legendary folk heroes, such as Pabuji and Shambhuji, who are revered as gods by the local people. Others are historical figures, such as Durgadas Rathore, who defended Jodhpur from the Mughals, and Akheraj, who was a loyal minister of Maharaja Ajit Singh. The Hall of Heroes also has colourful paintings on the walls that depict scenes from the battles and stories of these warriors.

Temple of Three Hundred Million Gods

If you are interested in Hindu mythology and spirituality, you will love visiting the Temple of Three Hundred Million Gods in Mandore Garden. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu pantheon and contains images of various gods and goddesses, such as Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Durga, Hanuman and many more. The temple is also known as the Shiva Temple or the Navgraha Temple as it has nine shrines for the nine planets or celestial bodies in Hindu astrology. The temple is a place of worship for the devotees who come here to offer prayers and seek blessings from their favourite deities.

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Government Museum

If you want to learn more about the history, culture and art of Jodhpur, you should not miss visiting the Government Museum in Mandore Garden. This museum is a treasure trove of artefacts and relics from the past that showcase the richness and diversity of Jodhpur. The museum exhibits items such as coins, weapons, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, textiles, jewellery and more. Some of the highlights and interesting facts about the museum collections are:

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The museum has a rare collection of ancient coins from different periods and dynasties, such as Mauryan, Kushan, Gupta, Pratihara, Mughal, Maratha and British.

The museum has a fine collection of miniature paintings from various schools and styles, such as Marwar, Mewar, Bundi, Kishangarh and Kangra.

The museum has a remarkable collection of stone sculptures from different eras and regions, such as Gandhara, Mathura, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

The museum has a fascinating collection of manuscripts written in different languages and scripts, such as Sanskrit, Prakrit, Persian, Arabic and Urdu.

Play of Langur Monkeys

One of the most fun activities that you can enjoy in Mandore Garden is watching and feeding the langur monkeys that roam freely in the garden. These monkeys are friendly and playful and will entertain you with their antics and expressions. You can buy some fruits or nuts from the vendors in the garden and feed them to the monkeys.

They will happily accept your offerings and may even pose for a photo with you. However, you should also be careful and respectful while interacting with the monkeys. You should not tease or hurt them, keep your belongings safe, and follow the instructions of the staff and guides in the garden.

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Best Time To Visit & How To Reach

The best time to visit Mandore Garden is between October and March, when the weather is pleasant and the garden is lush and green. The garden is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day and the entry fee is free for the garden and INR 50 for the museum.

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You can reach Mandore Garden from Jodhpur city by bus, auto-rickshaw, taxi or car. If you are looking for a place to explore the rich history, culture and art of Jodhpur, Mandore Garden is the perfect destination for you.

Other Attractions To Visit Near Mandore Gardens

Here are some of the places to visit near Mandore Garden in Jodhpur:

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Mehrangarh Fort:

This is one of the most impressive and majestic forts in India, perched on a hill overlooking the city of Jodhpur. The fort was built by Rao Jodha in the 15th century and showcases the history, culture and art of the Marwar dynasty. The fort has several palaces, courtyards, galleries and museums that display the royal heritage and splendor of Jodhpur. The fort also offers stunning views of the city and the blue houses below. The fort is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day and the entry fee is INR 100 for Indians and INR 600 for foreigners.

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Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park:

This is a unique and eco-friendly park that was created in 2006 to restore the natural ecology of the rocky wasteland near the Mehrangarh Fort. The park has over 80 species of native plants that thrive in the arid conditions and provide habitat for various birds, butterflies and reptiles. The park also has walking trails, interpretation centre and a café that offer a relaxing and educational experience for visitors. The park is open from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM every day and the entry fee is INR 100 for Indians and INR 300 for foreigners.

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Umaid Bhawan Palace:

This is one of the largest and most luxurious private residences in the world, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in the 20th century. The palace is a blend of Rajput, Mughal and Art Deco styles and has 347 rooms, including a museum, a hotel and a royal residence. The museum showcases the history, lifestyle and belongings of the royal family of Jodhpur, such as vintage cars, weapons, paintings, clocks and more. The hotel is managed by Taj Group and offers a royal stay for guests who can enjoy the palace facilities, such as swimming pool, spa, gardens and more. The palace is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day and the entry fee is INR 30 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners.

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Jaswant Thada:

This is a beautiful marble cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 as a memorial for his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph is an example of Rajput architecture and has intricate carvings, domes, pillars and jalis (lattice screens). The cenotaph also has portraits of the rulers of Jodhpur and a garden with a lake. The cenotaph is a peaceful and serene place to visit and offers a panoramic view of the Mehrangarh Fort and the city. The cenotaph is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day and the entry fee is INR 15 for Indians and INR 50 for foreigners.

Mandore Garden is a historical and cultural gem in Jodhpur that will captivate you with its beauty and charm. It is a place where you can experience the glorious past, the vibrant present and the hopeful future of Jodhpur. Whether you are interested in architecture, art, mythology or nature, Mandore Garden has something for everyone.

Mandore Gardens Reviews

After arriving at our stay at 1 pm, my partner and I had lunch at the rooftop restaurant of Jodhpur palace guest house with a beautiful view of Mehrangarh Fort. After taking a nap for 2 hours, we started exploring this beautiful city. We hired a two-wheeler which costs Rs. 500/- per day. As old Jodhpur has narrow lanes. At 4 pm, we visited this famous sweet shop Mohanji mithaiwala, Ada bazaar road, Jodhpur and had delicious Rabdi Ghewar. At around 5 o'clock, we headed to Mandore garden which is situated around 10 km from Jodhpur city. Mandore is a suburb Historical town located 9 km north of Jodhpur city, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Mandore is an ancient town, and was the seat of the Pratiharas of Mandavyapura, who ruled the region in the 6th century CE. Even after the disintegration of the Gurjara-Pratihara empire, a Pratihara family continued to rule at Mandore. This family formed an alliance with the Rathore chief Rao Chunda (r. c. 1383-1424) to defend its chiefdom against the Tughluq dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate. Rao Chunda married a Pratihara princess of Mandore, and received the Mandore Fort in dowry; the Fort served as his family's capital until 1459 CE, when Rao Jodha shifted it to the newly-founded city of Jodhpur. Mandore was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Marwar (Jodhpur State), before Rao Jodha moved it to Jodhpur, where he built Mehrangarh. Mandore remained as royal cremation grounds, where Devals of all the Kings of Marwar till Maharaja Takht Singh were built. From Maharaja Jaswant Singh-II onwards, Jaswant Thadabecame the royal cremation ground. Monuments: The ' Mandore gardens', with its charming collection of temples and memorials, and its high rock terraces, is another major attraction. The gardens house the Chhatris (cenotaphs) of many rulers of Jodhpur state. Prominent among them is the chhatri of Maharaja Ajit Singh, built in 1793. Ravan temple is another attraction at Mandore. It is believed to be the native place of Ravan's wife Mandodari. Ravan is treated as son in law among some local Brahmins. The Mandore Gardens also house a government museum, a 'Hall of Heroes' and a Hindu temple to 33 crore gods. Various artefacts and statues found in the area are housed at the museum. The 'Hall of Heroes' commemorates popular folk heroes of the region. It contains 16 figures carved out of a single rock. Next door is a larger hall called "The temple of 33 crore gods" which houses images of various Hindu deities.
Day 2: We woke up early the next day, as we had a plan to visit the Osian sand dunes and safari. I would suggest you to not take a package from the hotel. We instead Googled and and listed out some local cab services and after negotiating with a couple of them fixed a rate of Rs. 2000 plus toll tax of Rs. 70 for both Mandore and Osian, with one of them. The owner who himself drove us, was a well behaved and cordial person. It was a great experience. Jodhpur Taxi Booking: Phone number - 094147 00816 We left at about 11 am and in an hour reached Mandore. The temples reminded me alot of the temples in Khajuraho though both the places are from different eras and built in different architectural styles. It is an ancient town that's located 9 kms north of the city. It's a huge area covered by temples and gardens. The historic town boasts several monuments. The now ruined Mandore fort, with its thick walls and substantial size, was built in several stages and was once a fine piece of architecture. A huge, now ruined temple is a highlight of the fort. The outer wall of the temples depicts finely carved botanical designs, birds, animals and planets. The place has a huge history and is a must visit when in Jodhpur.
Beautiful Architecture Faded with time Mandore Garden was once the capital of Rathore. It has enormous collections of temples and chhatris. They were constructed in the honorable memory of all the rulers of that period. It also consists of an Ravan temple, which the locals believed as the native place of Ravan's wife Mandodari. We reached to this very beautiful place around 5 pm, special thanks to Air India which got delayed by an hour. The place went dimmed when we arrived, as a result we couldn't capture the scenic beauty of the wonderful place through my lens. Although, I will suggest you to visit this wondrous place early where you can get adequate light. Also, there are grey patches all over the garden which made us little insecure to roam around when it was dark. Never the less, our Driver, Punamchand escorted us within the garden. He even shared the information of the garden and reason of its establishment.
-Untidy and littered. People (usually locals) come to walk or picnic and litter the place. Several people feed langur, in-spite of the warning signs within the premises and hence the place is full of garbage. -No maintenance of the premises or monuments by the authorities. The architectural master pieces lie in ruins; dust and cobwebs with walls withering away. The park is half encroached by locals, bordering along the perimeter of the whole area. The temples/cenotaphs of the medieval age are the only saving grace which make a beautiful platform for photography. How to reach- Mandore Garden is fourteen kilometers from the north of Jodhpur city. It is easy to commute if you have your own vehicle, else very difficult to reach. Auto drivers charge exorbitantly high. Local buses are available otherwise.
The next day, after breakfast, we decided to start our exploration of Jodhpur by visiting the famous Mandore Gardens, a heritage spot.Mandore is known to be Ravana's wife Mandodri's hometown. Located at a distance of 9Km from Jodhpur city, this garden is famous for its lawns, architecture, cenotaphs, hall of heroes, a govt museum and the shrine of 300 million Hindu Gods. The cenotaphs are multistorey, and give the impression of presence of multiple temples in one same complex. Also, you'll find dozens of Langur monkeys at the entry gate. Additionally, You can climb the hill, and see the ruins of Mandore Fort and Ravana temple. The place is definitely a photographer's delight. Timings: 8am to 7pm Time required: 3 hours Entry fee:Nil
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