Mandir & Balsamand Lake
two km from the city is the 100-pillared Shiva Temple. Five
kilometres further north, the 13th century artificial
Balsamand Lake is a popular picnic resort. This outstanding
location is the site for the Bal Samand Palace, a fine specimen
of Rajput arhitecture in red sandstone surrounded by wide
expanses of lush green gardens. Built by Maharaja Umaid
Singh in 1936, the palace has been an exquisite setting
for royal leisure and recreation. Bal Samand is now operational
as a WelcomHeritage hotel.
The Rathores received Mandore as a result of a marital
alliance and the place was the former capital of Marwar
before Jodhpur. The extensive gardens at Mandore contain
the beautiful chatris (cenotaphs) of Rathore rulers
like Maharaja Dhiraj Ajit Singh and Maharaja Dhiraj Jaswant
Singh. The Hall of Heroes has 15 figures carved out of a
rock wall. The Shrine of 33 Crore (330 million) Gods is
painted with figures of deities and spirits.
Bishnoi Villages: The
bishnoi villages are located along and off the Pali
Road to the south-east of Jodhpur. The cult was established
in the late 15th century by Guru Jambhoji, who
outlined 29 conservation principles. The bishnois hold all
animal life as sacred and the rare blackbuck thrives in
Guda Bishnoi, along the small artificial lake, migratory
birds, blackbucks and chinkaras can be seen.
is a famous centre for weaving of durries (Indian carpets).
These durries are known for their intricate designs and
great colour schemes. Besides, you can also pick up hand-woven,
block-printed cloth known as fetia which is used
as a bed sheet.
Samand Lake: The tranquil waters of the Sardar
Samand Lake beckon countless varieties of migratory birds
as well as tourists who come to savour peace and quiet of
the place. The lake lies 60 km south-east of Jodhpur off
the Jodhpur-Pali route. Enroute to Sardar Samand from Jodhpur,
tourists can look forward to spotting wildlife of the region,
especially the blackbuck, neelgai and chinkara. The route
also passes through the bishnoi villages - a community
renowned for their abiding concern and practice of environmental
the lake stands the stylish Art-Deco summer palace of Maharaja
Umaid Singh, the Sardar Samand Lake Resort-yet another jewel
superb Art Deco hunting lodge was built by Maharaja Umaid
Singh in 1933. All the original features have been retained
and its expansive grounds and gardens offer delightful walks.
Overlooking the large lake teeming with birdlife, the lake
resort affords one of the most breathtakingly beautiful
views of the lake.
Doli Wildlife Sanctuary: 40 km south west of Jodhpur,
this sanctuary shelters blackbuck, partridges, desert fox
Nagaur lies about midway between Jodhpur and Bikaner.
The city of Nagaur dates back to the 4th century
A.D and was at the centre of Muslim invasions from Central
Asia.The massive protective walls of the historic Nagaur
Fort encompass an ancient complex of richly painted palaces,
mosques, temples, intricate baoris (reservoirs),
water systems, fountains, open terraces and pleasure gardens
dating back to the Mughal times. Delicate paintings adorn
many of the walls and ceilings of the palaces. The old city
also contains several mosques, including one commissioned
in the medieval atmosphere of Nagaur with a luxurious stay
at the WelcomHeritage Royal Camp. Pitched within the fortifications
of the splendid Nagaur Fort, the Camp offers a unique opportunity
to participate in the rich traditions of Rajasthan and witness
its vibrant culture and people. The Camp is an ideal stopover
for lunch for those who wish to visit the fort, the city
and the sand dunes which are only 55 km away.
Osian is another jewel of the romantic Thar Desert.
Known earlier as Upkeshwar, it was a great trading centre
between the 8th and the 12 centuries. The wealthy
Jains of the region dominated the city and built exquisitely
beautiful temples which rival the Hoysala temples of Karnataka
and Konark of Orissa. This great temple complex lies 65
km north of Jodhpur.
& Khichan: It is the tiny village of Khichan near
the town of Phalodi that brings hordes of visitors to the
area. Khichan is the feeding ground for the beautiful demoiselle
crane. From September to March, an estimated 7000 cranes
arrive every morning and feed on the grain spread around
the field by the villagers.