We reached Jodhpur on our 4th marriage anniversary. It was the Christmas eve as well. It was beautiful staying at Mandore Guest house, about 7 kilometers from Jodhpur and right across the supposedly beautiful Mandore gardens (which we never visited). We wanted to have a good time on this special day and were off towards the city. The things on agenda were of course the delicious Marvadi cuisine, The Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and the Umaid Bhavan palace. Most structures in Jodhpur (just like in Jaisalmer) were Blue. This is to avoid insects, we were told. I kept wondering if the color had something to do with pesticides.
Nevertheless, Mehrangarh fort is one of the beautiful(lest) fort and the biggest in Rajasthan and was constructed in 1459. Unlike the Jaisalmer fort, this was better maintained and un-littered. The fort is more or less a museum and a house to various artifacts of the erstwhile rulers of Jodhpur. Same goes for the Umaid Bhavan palace which is now converted into a five star hotel. Jaswant Thada is the place where the royal family is cremated. The beauty and majesty of the place is something that cannot be expressed in words. Hence, the pictures.
|A traditional welcome|
|The name of the constructor ruler|
|One of the many amazingly constructed buildings inside the fort|
|I dunno who he is, but made-up for a good photo|
|One of the many antiques in the fort museum|
|View from the other side - This side is also seen in The Dark Knight Rises|
|Towards Jaswant Thada|
|Jaswant Thada - first view|
|The front facade|
|Umaid Bhavan Palace|
|Umaid Bhavan - Hotel entrance|