5.Mandore Garden- Mandore garden is known as the birthplace of Ravana's wife mandodari and is the collection of beautiful temples and memorials of the Marwar dynasty. This place is very beautiful and is one of my favorites in Jodhpur. This place has a great history and is awesome for photography 📷.
Next was Mandore gardens which was like 7 Km from the city. It's a nice little park/fort/museum. You're going to read a lot about this combination below. We had pudina lime soda outside to quench our thirst which was fabulous with black salt, pudina, lime and soda. As soon as we entered there were people playing a Hindustani instrument which was great to hear but the sad fact was it was a disguise in which they were asking for alms. We got a few photos clicked and there was a museum but other than that there wasn't much to see and museums are something you got to take time off and see. Not in a hurry.
Do I need to put any words for this place ? When I got into this place I was pretty sure that " This is the place of this trip". I was getting goosebumps as if I was roaming in any Roman city. It was post midday and Sun was benevolently flaunting its self thus creating a magnum atmosphere. I was spell bound by seeing the architectural marvelous of this place. It was a perfect combination of art and beauty. A photographers paradise indeed.Note : Beware of monkeys in Mandore garden.
Sight 3: Mandore GardensMandore was the old capital of Pratiharas that later moved to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, and is 9 km north of Jodhpur's main city. The place constitutes an old Mandore fort, temples, cenotaph and Museum showcasing rich heritage. The spot is great for an evening walk and also your little one can roam around in the umbrella stroller. If not in the evening try to visit the place in the morning and avoid the afternoon heat as it will be uncomfortable for your child.Entry Fees: Rs 100/- for adults.Duration: 1 - 2 hrs.Essentials: Stroller, hat, water, munching snacks.
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 00816We 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.