12 Captivating Historical Sites to visit in Jodhpur




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Decked with uncountable imprints of architectural brilliance, chivalry and natural charisma, Jodhpur continues to behold the mystique of its past. Founded by Maharaja Rao Jodha in 1459AD, this city treats its visitors by offering several sightseeing options that represent and embody its historical splendour.

If the history buff inside you wants to take a glimpse into the bygone era, come to Jodhpur and witness the royal Rajput heritage well preserved and protected. The most sought after places to visit in Jodhpur include its palaces and forts, shrines, museums and gardens that exhibit the erstwhile magnificence of this glorious city.

Given below are some of the must-visit historical sites in Jodhpur:

Top 12 Historical Places in Jodhpur



1. Mehrangarh Fort


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 37081 google reviews)

Owing to its magnificent architecture and its diverse history, Mehrangarh Fort holds the pride of the palace in Jodhpur. Regarded as one of the most terrific and splendid forts of Rajasthan, Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459. This fort sprawls over a massive area of 5 Kms, and situated on a 125m high hill on the outskirts of the city of Jodhpur.

There are seven gates to enter this fort that were constructed by different rulers in order to commemorate the victories over the armies of Jaipur and Bikaner.

The fort offers a panoramic view of the city of Jodhpur that appears as a blue carpet laid at the foot of a hill. All the rulers of Jodhpur have contributed in building this fort. There are magnificent palaces situated within the fort complex. The most prominent ones include Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Takht Vilas, Zenana Dude, and Jhanki Mahal. Apart from the palaces, the fort also houses two temples- Chamundi Devi Mandir, dedicated to Goddess Durga, and Nagnechi Ji temple dedicated to the Kuldevi of the Rajput clan.

There is also a museum within the fort that displays an exquisite collection of musical instruments, palanquins, royal cradles, arms, costumes, furniture and paintings.

Entry Ticket: Rs 60 (Indian), Rs 400 (foreigners)
Location: P.B # 165, The, Fort Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:00 PM

2. Moti Mahal


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 37081 google reviews)

Of the five historic rooms in Mehrangarh Fort, Moti Mahal is the largest and brightest. Literally meaning 'the palace of pearls', it earned its title as the minutely crushed seashells and lime plaster efficiently combined to offer a polished, pearly appearance to its scintillating surface. This magnificent room is like an aesthetic dream come true and is also embellished with contemporary design ornaments such as seashells, gold leaves, mirrors, and colourful windows. An interesting feature of this room is that the five alcoves situated inside were actually hidden balconies through which Maharaja's five queens would listen to the proceedings of the royal court.

This is the grandest room of the fort as it used to be the main hall from which the King carried out his daily proceedings. The royal seat or throne was placed at the head of the chamber in the centre, with cushions on either side of the room for the ministers to get seated during private meeting sessions. The utterly magnificent hall is said to be the place for the auspicious coronation ceremony of many Jodhpur rulers.

Entry Ticket: Rs 20 (Indian), Rs 250 (foreigners)
Location: P.B # 165, The, Fort Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:00 PM

3. Sheesh Mahal


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 63 google reviews)

Situated in the Mehrangarh Fort complex, Sheesh Mahal is a glorious example of the Rajput architecture. Also popular as the Glass Palace of Jodhpur, this magnificent structure is decked with intricate and elaborate mirror work from floor to ceiling. These ornate materials are well complemented by the brightly coloured murals and paintings of various deities made in plaster.

The numerous ornamented panels depict deities like Lord Rama, Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Krishna and others that show the strong influence of religion on art and architecture at that time. The floors and ceilings are inlaid with mirrors, which earns the place the title of 'Hall of Mirrors'. The enthralling green, blue, silver and gold ornaments suspended from the ceilings and the imposing European chandelier as well are among the most prominent features of the hall. Also to mention, this was the bedchamber of Maharaja Ajit Singh who reigned over Jodhpur from 1679 to 1724. The Sheesh Mahal of Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most opulent palaces in Jodhpur.

Entry Ticket: Rs 30 (Indians), Rs 50 (foreigners)
Location: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:00 PM

4. Umaid Bhawan Palace


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Rating: 4.5 (based on 19714 google reviews)

Constructed between 1928-1943, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is among the world's largest private residences and is built using the similar palm court marble that was used in constructing the great Taj Mahal in Agra. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, this magnificent palace continues to serve as the residence of the royal family of Jodhpur, and also stands as one of India's last remaining palaces.

Standing in the middle of 26 acres of lush greenery, the gardens of this palace make for majestic scenes from the 64 luxurious suites of the palace. It also has a museum that offers insights into the glorious old times. There are also three fine-dining restaurants inside the palace that offer an exotic range of traditional Rajasthani cuisines and the choicest of dishes from the International cuisines. Relish the mesmerizing sunsets by the striking subterranean zodiac pool while having a glass of your favourite drink. Choose from a vast range of exclusive therapies at the Jiva Spa and feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Umaid Bhawan Palace upholds the legacy of a rich past while also symbolizing modern Jodhpur. At this imperial palace in Jodhpur, you will get to experience royalty like never before.

Entry Ticket: Rs 30 (Indians), Rs 100 (foreigners)
Location: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-04:30 PM

5. Jaswant Thada


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 7812 google reviews)

This white marbled architectural wonder, also described as the 'Taj Mahal of Mewar', is a memorial site of the Rajput clan. It is a cenotaph that was constructed in the 19th century by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the honour of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, Jodhpur's 33rd Rathore ruler.

Having a temple-like facade, Jaswant Thada is an example of immaculate craftsmanship. The structure is mainly built using white marble, which is of such a fine quality that the exterior surface of the entire building emits a warm glow when sunlight falls over it. The memorials inside the monument are beautifully decorated with intricate carvings and paintings and portraits of the Rajput ancestors and valiant rulers. While most part of the structure exhibits traditional Rajput architecture style, its domes are inspired by the Mughal architecture and also displays how the Rajputs blended with the Mughals. Lush greenery encloses the magnificent structure making it an even more mesmerizing sight. Jaswant Thada is undeniably one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur.

Entry Ticket: Rs 15 (Indians), Rs 30 (foreigners), Rs 25 (camera)
Location: Larawan PB# 65, c/o Mehrangarh Fort, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Rajasthan 342001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-06:00 PM

6. Ranisar Padamsar


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 286 google reviews)

Built over 500 years ago, Ranisar Padamsar are the two lakes situated adjacent to each other in Jodhpur. They are located near Fateh Pol, at the rear side of Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur, being located in the desert region of Rajasthan, these lakes were constructed in order to conserve water to avoid scarcity of water. The peacefulness of these lakes stand in stark contrast to the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, which makes it a sight to behold. The pristine waters have been conserved and looked after for years and offer a serene aura with a mesmerizing reflection of the magnificent fort over its surface.

In the 15th century, the construction of the two lakes was funded by two different queens. Ranisar lake was constructed by Rani Jasmade Hadi, the queen-consort of Maharaja Rao Jodha, the ruler who founded the city of Jodhpur; and Padamsar lake was built on the orders of the daughter of Rana Sanga of Mewar, Rani Padmini. These lakes were created in order to conserve water in the desert region of Jodhpur and also signify the ancient tradition of women being in charge of the public water works. They represent the classic water storage systems and were considered as the chief source of water to the city.

Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Fate Pole Road, Near Mehrangarh Fort,Chand Bawari, Sodagaran Mohalla, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

7. Toorji Ka Jhalra


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 2048 google reviews)

Built in 1740, Toorji ka Jhalra, also known as Stepwell of Jodhpur, is a complex and detailed design of a stepwell and is among the few existing structures exhibiting Jodhpur's traditional water management systems. This architectural marvel was constructed by the queen consort of Maharaja Abhaya Singh, and is a symbol of the ancient tradition of the region where women used to supervise the public water works. The structural layout of this stepwell assists the visitors in comprehending the lifestyle of the older generations who used the stepwell, as the local freshwater source.

This 250-year old stepwell was constructed using the red sandstone found in Jodhpur. Having a depth of around 200ft, it was also embellished with cow waterspouts, medieval lions, rejoicing elephants, and niches that displayed various Gods and Goddesses. Its imposing design allures many tourists, and is considered as a recreational site by the locals and visitors to engage in some cheerful water games to beat the summer heat.

Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Sutharo Ka Bass Rd, Makrana Mohalla, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

8. Khejarla Fort


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Rating: 4.3 (based on 898 google reviews)

Within the vast deserts of Rajasthan, lay great secrets and tales and a glorious culture that is still alive and prevalent. The Khejarla Fort is an ancient cherishable monument that once stood as a guardian of the city in the old times and also served its purpose as a historical heritage, assisting archaeologists and historians in comprehending a huge part of the Indian history. The massive fort exhibits the Rajput-Mughal architecture style and makes the spectators admire its grandeur even in its old and ruined exterior.

Khejarla Fort is more than 400 years old and has witnessed the prosperity and downfall of 14 generations of the Rajput dynasty. The fort had been beneficial to the Rajput rulers to protect themselves from the attacks of the Muslim invaders and has survived well as it would be reconstructed each time it was damaged.

The great fort has now been converted into a resort, which has a rugged look on the outside but furnished with all the modern amenities on the inside. The rooms and hallways have a royal look to them to signify the royalty that prevailed in the place years ago. The Khejarla Fort now is a popular tourist site that showcases the brilliant and rich Rajput heritage

Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: FORT, Khejarla, Rajasthan 342601
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:00 AM-08:00 PM

9. Phool Mahal


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Rating: 4.3 (based on 152 google reviews)

The Phool Mahal, literally, the palace of flowers is one of the most opulent halls present in Mehrangarh Fort. Constructed in the 18th century by Maharaja Abhaya Singh, the mahal served as the place where he would relish the performances by the female dancers. It is less accessible in comparison to the other halls and rooms of the fort, which hints at the exclusivity and private usage of this hall. The embellished interiors of this place depict the extravagances relished by the emperors of Jodhpur.

Phool Mahal is adorned with elaborate work of gold and the ceiling is inlaid with gold filigree. Its magnificence is furthermore amplified by the glass windows and mirrors. Many beautiful paintings and portraits from the 18th century can also be found, especially the ones from the popular series of Raga Mala. Some furniture from the British time period is also exhibited in the room. Phool Mahal is elaborately decked with gold that signifies the royal splendour.

Entry Ticket: Rs 20 (Indian), Rs 250 (foreigners)
Location: Phool Mahal Palace, Old City Rd, Kishangarh, Rajasthan 305801
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:00 PM

10. Sardar Samand Palace


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Rating: 4.3 (based on 110 google reviews)

Situated on the bank of Lake Sardar Samand lake, Sardar Samand Lake Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933 to serve as a hunting lodge.

Now turned into a luxurious hotel, the resort houses an impressive conglomeration of original African trophies and watercolor paintings. It also has a maintained lush garden, an exotic boat house, a swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, and above all the mesmerizing Sardar Samand lake that allures a number of migratory and local birds like Himalayan Griffon, yellow-legged green pigeon, and Dalmatian pelican. So, if you are a history buff and also looking for a luxurious stay at Jodhpur, then Sardar Samand Lake Palace is the most suited place for you.

Entry Ticket: Free Entry
Location: Pali, Rajasthan 306104
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 45 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:00 AM-06:00 PM

11. Mandore Garden


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Rating: 4.2 (based on 12977 google reviews)

Situated to the North of Jodhpur, the ancient town of Mandore is a popular tourist attraction. It was the initial capital of Mewar, until the city of Jodhpur was founded and was known as Mandavyapar. Legend has it that the demon king Ravana and his queen consort, Mandodri, the princess of Mandore, got married in this town.

Lack of aggressive measures resulted in the degradation of Mandore's architectural magnificence into ruination. Today, the beauty and history of Mandore exists mostly in relics and ruins. However, this place doesn't stop to attract visitors and lure them by its folktales and fantasy tales.

While visiting this glorious site, do not miss out on the Mandore gardens that houses several beautiful temples, high rock terraces and memorials. Amongst the cenotaphs located in the garden, the chhatri of Maharaja Ajit Singh, built in 1793, is the most prominent one. Also visit the Mandore government museum, Hall of heroes, and a Hindu temple dedicated to 33 crore Gods. The government museum houses an impressive range of artifacts that belong to this region.

There are temples dedicated to the Demon King Ravana in Mandore and in Jodhpur as well. Ravana was regarded as the master of all evil spirits and the sacred threads that are given by the priests after intense prayer to Ravana is believed to have curing prayers. Therefore, do not be surprised if you hear 'Jai Lankesh, Jai Lankesh' filling the morning air in Mandore or Jodhpur. It is a common tradition among the devotees and descendants of Ravana to sing bhajans in praise of Ravana, the most learned scholar in the history of Hinduism.

Entry Ticket: Free Entry, Rs 50 (for museum)
Location: Mandore, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342007
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-10:00 PM

12. Chokhelao Bagh and Interpretation Center


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Rating: 4.0 (based on 25 tripadvisor reviews)

Situated within the Mehrangarh Fort complex, Chokhelao Bagh was established by Maharaja Abhai Singh in 1739. However, Maharaja Takht Singh, in the year 1844 made some changes at the site in order to spend some leisure time amidst the nature's serenity. An interesting feature of this garden is that many plants here can survive for long without regular watering. One can see trees like, desert apple, orange, banana, apple and pomegranate among others that fill the air with a fruity fragrance.

Brightly coloured flowers on the garden's upper terrace give the impression of an intricately designed garland. Mehtab garden (the Moonlight garden) at the lower level looks mesmerizing at night with its white Chandan flowers.

There is also an on-site restaurant where visitors can stop by for savouring some delicious dishes while also relishing the splendid view of Chokhelao Bagh.

Entry Ticket: Rs 30
Location: P.B # 165, The, Fort Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:00 PM

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