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Jodhpur (the city of the Sun God) was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, A Rathore chief. This 500 year old settlement was the head quarters of the Rathore Rajputs.

Enclosing the impressive forts, palaces and temples is a high stone wall with seven gates.

The Meherangarh Fort is an impressive fort which stands on a low range of sandstone hills, about 125 mts high. It was built by Rao Jodha when he shifted his capital here from nearby Mandore. The marble coronation seat can be seen in a courtyard. There are arched passageways from courtyard to courtyard and carvings on the sandstone windows with heavy lattice work. The walls and doors are decorated with intricate paintings and inlay work. Wooden craftsmanship can be seen at the Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Man Mahal (Palace of Honour) and Sileh Khana.

The Meherangarh Fort Museum is one of the best with a valuable collection of royal swings, howdahs, weapons, including swords of Akbar, Timur, musical instruments & miniatures. Also on display are the campaign tent of the Maharaja Abhai Singh & the Jodhpur Gaddi, the 300 year old golden throne of the Jodhpur royalty.

Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada was built in 1899 in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, out of thin sheets of marble which allow the sunlight to filter in..

Umaid Bhavan

The Umaid Bhavan Palace, also known as Chittar Palace, on account of the type of sandstone used in the construction is a wonderful, awe-inspiring structure. A portion of this palace now houses a hotel and a museum.


Located 9 kms north of Jodhpur is the ancient capital of Marwar. The cenotaphs built in sandstone in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh and Maharaja Ajit Singh are located here. Near the cenotaphs are the sunken gardens. The Hall of heroes depicts several deities. There are 16 figures carved out of a single rock. br>


The Osian village is located 65 kms from Jodhpur. This is the site of the ruins of around 15 Hindu and Jain temples. The Surya temple constructed in the 8th century has a conical roof & finely carved pillars.

is the place where Aurangazeb stayed when he attacked Jodhpur. The Royal Castle now functions as a Welcom Group Hotel.

Harihara Temples There are several temples dedicated to Lord Siva & Lord Vishnu in two sites, belonging to the 8th - 9th century. There are carvings in these temples in the Pratihara style. The deities of Siva, Vishnu, Navagrahams, Naga (the double spiral, cosmic serpent) & other Gods are installed in the temples.

Mahishasuramardini Temple
is dedicated to Pipla Devi. There is an assembly Hall with 30 pillars.

Sachiya Mata Temple
belongs to the 12th century. There is a main shrine, an ambulatory, a hall with a dome ceiling resting on carved pillars.