Located on the foothill of a sandstone hillock, the city of Jodhpur seems like an oasis in the vast desert. Jodhpur is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Rajasthan. People from India as well as all over the world visit Jodhpur every year. There are a number of tourist attractions in Jodhpur, enchanting the tourists.

Jodhpur tourist spots stand as a living proof of the splendor, traditions and culture of the Jodhpur. The glorious past of Jodhpur is personified through the various forts, palaces and other monuments of Jodhpur. The main places to see in Jodhpur are:

Mehrangarh Fort

The MagnificientMehrangarh Fort

It is situated on a 150m high hill. Rao Jodha, the then chief of Rathore clan, constructed it in 1459. There are a number of attractions within the fort like several palaces, galleries, a museum, temples and so on. Jodhpur’s Meherangarh Fort presents a taste of the war, honour and profligacy that characterized Rajputanas.

Still run by the Jodhpur royal family, Mehrangarh is packed with history and legend. You don’t need a ticket to enter the fort itself, only the museum section.

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The Royal MausoleumJaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada lies to the left of the Mehrangarh fort complex. It is a royal cenotaph made up of white marble. Jaswant Thanda is a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II (1878–95), who purged Jodhpur of bandits, commenced irrigation systems and enhanced the economy.

It’s a welcome, peaceful spot after the hubbub of the city, and the views across to the fort and over the city are superb. Built in 1899, the cenotaph has some beautiful jalis (carved marble lattice screens) and is hung with portraits of Rathore rulers going back to the 13th century.

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Jaswant Thada
Umaid Bhawan Palace

The MarvellousUmaid Bhawan Palace

Dominating the city’s southeast horizon is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, a massive Indo-Saracenic heap specially made by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 as a famine relief project. Umaid Singh unfortunately had little time to enjoy his new home; only three years after it was finished he died.

The present incumbent, Maharaja Gaj Singh, occupies one-third of the palace; the rest is given over to a luxury hotel and a museum.

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Geography & Climate

Jodhpur is located at 26°17’N 73°02’E / 26.29°N 73.03°E an average elevation of 232 metres (761 feet).

The climate of Jodhpur is generally hot and arid but with a rainy season from late June to September. Although the average rainfall is around 360 millimeters (14 in), it is extraordinarily variable. In the famine year of 1899, Jodhpur received only 24 millimeters (0.94 in), but in the flood year 1917 it received as much as 1,178 millimeters (46.4 in).

Temperatures are extreme throughout the period from March to October, except when monsoonal rain produces thick clouds to lower it slightly. During these periods of heavy rain, however, the generally low humidity rises and this adds to the normal discomfort from the heat.