Mandore is the old capital of Jodhpur kings. The garden houses the old Mandore fort, temples, and memorials dedicated to various Kings of Jodhpur. The ruins have an aloof feel as if they are trying to hide the secrets of their times. The evening sunlight dances rhythmically trying to know the secrets. The open sky and the ruins present a great opportunity for some well-composed pictures. I managed to click some, but we lost them.
The monuments though in ruins are maintained very neatly. But the complex as a whole needs better care. Also, this place is full of monkeys, so be careful.
Osian is a small town near Jodhpur famous for its temples and the sand dunes. I was so looking forward to visiting these temples from the moment we planned our Jodhpur trip. I love heritage architecture. The older it is, the better. But, thanks to our planning, we reached Osian late and choose to head to the sand dunes as our driver told we can visit the temples on our way back. By the time we returned, it was almost dark. It was disappointing to miss the temples. From, the little I saw some of the temples are in ruins.
Don't want to say negative things about a place, but we were a bit disappointed with the desert experience. It is not actually a desert as the one you find in Jaisalmer. There are some sand dunes with jeep and camel safari. We did not feel like we were in a desert. Our son had a happy time though playing with the sand and cried his lungs out when we had to leave. But I would like to think that it is because our driver misguided us. I have read great reviews of HACRA DHANI but did not try them personally. So, read well and go planned.
We took a bus from Jodhpur and reached Osian in 2 hours. We were lucky, we spotted black camels on our way. (Sorry, no pictures) I did not even know black camels exist. They looked so graceful.