Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4

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20th Dec 2016
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

The family trip had been going fantastic. On our fourth day, we reached Jodhpur, the "blue city" or sometimes referred as "sun city".

Day 4

Duration: 20th-21st (2 rooms) - 

Cost: Rs 4,400/-

Recommended/Spacious Rooms

Photo of Hotel High Pointe, Jodhpur, India by Shashank Sinha

1) Umaid Bhawan:

By the first looks of it I mistook it for Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi. I bet you did too ;)

Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the larget private residencies in the world, a part of it is also managed by Taj Hotels.

Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh of the palace, this edifice has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace also houses a museum.

Entry Fees: Rs 25 (Indian) and Rs 50 (Foreign)

Time to Visit: 9 AM to 5 PM (all days of the week)

Photo of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha

The more I explored this palace, the more I was awestruck. Awestruck knowing how the Rajas and the Maharaja's of their time lived, a life full of lavishness.

A little replica of the heritage inside the palace.

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

You can witness many artifacts of history preserved in the palace.

Vintage Collection of Cars

Just at the boundaries of the lawn, you can see vintage cars which ruled back in the day.

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

2) Mehrangarh Fort:

Does this fort even need introduction? Cannons on the roof, featured in hollywood flicks like Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, the fort's architecture is second to none.

Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha

With hand sculptures on almost every brick, every wall, it's one elegant structure.

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

Blue City or Sun City, indeed !

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

The magnificence of the cannons is breathtaking. The cannons have been cordoned off by a rope.

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

Incoming!

The royals moved to Mehrangarh Fort from Mandore as it the former offered better protection from enemies. The below picture justifies the "why" part.

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

Century old artifacts:

Palanquin

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

One hell of a lock. People had advanced security back in the day! :P

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

Warrior's wardrobe!

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

3) Jaswant Thada:

It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar.

Entry Fee: Rs 15/-

Time to visit: 9 AM to 5:30 PM

Photo of Jaswant Thada, Лаваран, Джодхпур, Раджастан, Индия by Shashank Sinha

Very few people visit Jaswant Thada and in my honest opinion, just like the crematory, the ambiance was dead here. Perhaps not a sough after viewpoint in Jodhpur.

The structure has wall paintings hung inside, but apart from that not much.

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

In the far backdrop of the below picture you can notice Mehrangarh Fort.

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

4) Mandore Gardens:

The bygone capital of the Jodhpur Kings, it's an amazing yet abandoned destination in Jodhpur. Often you won't read much about it anywhere and the garden itself might not seem well kept if you do visit there. However, the ruins are eerily breathtaking.

No Entry Fee

Photo of Mandore Garden, Mandore, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha

Beggars, lovers can be spotted along the turns of the pathways.

20 minutes of your time is enough to traverse the gardens.

Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage & More in Jodhpur - Part 4 by Shashank Sinha

That was all from my visit to Jodhpur. We were all set to explore the dunes of Thar next.

Keep on reading folks. I hope you liked this one!

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