Away from the main city of Jodhpur, lies the neglected beauty of an era; the Mandore Gardens, often known as the in-laws place of Ravan.
From the History
Rao Jodha, the Rajput chief of Rathore clan founded Jodhpur in 1459. As he hailed from the nearby town of Mandore, it served as the capital for rulers of Jodhpur. Later due to security concerns for the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, the town was abandoned. The history of Mandore dates back to the 6th century. It is also the native place of Mandodari, Ravan's wife. Our auto driver thus introduced us to Mandore as Ravan's sasural.
The small town has cluster of temples and cenotaphs of former rulers. (A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honor of a person/people whose remains are elsewhere). Most of the architecture is inspired from the Hindu or Rajput era. Instead of the traditional Rajasthani umbrella shape roof (chattar), these structures have been built with temple shape roofs. Each structure has beautiful carvings on walls inside and outside, decorated entrance, exquisite statues and many of them are up to 4 storey high. You ought to get smitten with the place's beauty and cant stop from exclaiming how fantastic it is!