Museums and Significant sites in Jodhpur

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Which places are better than museums if you want to explore Jodhpur's regal past? The astonishingly rich Rajput heritage is not kept obscured but, extensively exhibited at the museums of Jodhpur. They offer vivid insights into the lives and lifestyles of the erstwhile generations and help us in getting a better understanding of Rajasthan's uncommon history.

Apart from the main city, the areas around Jodhpur are worth exploring too. The villages have an exemplary past and the villagers lead an unperturbed traditional lifestyle that attracts a number of tourists.

We have elaborated about some of the must-visit places in and around Jodhpur that will help you in exploring better.

Top 3 Sites to Visit in Jodhpur

1. Mehrangarh Museum

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Perched atop a hill, the Mehrangarh Fort museum extensively showcases the regal lifestyles of the royal families of Jodhpur. Representing the rich heritage of the Rajputs through the wide range of exhibits, this museum is one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur.

Palaces and monuments like Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Daulat Khana and Sileh Khana are a prominent part of the museum and reflect upon the opulent lifestyles of the Kings. The network of halls and courtyards feature stone-lattice work that is so exquisitely chiselled that it appears more like sandalwood than sandstone. The galleries around Shringar Chowk, exhibit India's finest collection of Howdahs (compartment seats hitched on an elephant's back for carrying people) and royal palanquins.

There are two galleries of Daulat Khana Chowk, one exhibits paintings, textiles, manuscripts, headgears, and the sword of the Mughal emperor Akbar, and the other gallery is the armoury. There is a gallery displaying fabulous miniature paintings upstairs from the regal Marwar school.

You can also visit Takht Vilas, that was the luxurious bedchamber of King Takht Singh; the exquisite zenana (area for women in the upper-class houses); the cradle gallery showcasing the beautiful cradles of the infant prince and princesses.

The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort Museum is nothing short of a wonder! This place offers vivid insights into the opulent lives of the erstwhile generations.

Entry Fees: Rs 250 (including still camera)
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. Sardar Government Museum

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To get the best glimpse into Jodhpur's rich history and culture, head straight to Jodhpur Government Museum. Constructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh, it is situated in the centre of Umaid Bagh, also called the Public park. The museum houses a wide variety of weapons, paintings, textiles, sculptures, metallic items, inscriptions, and other arts and crafts at the museum that assists in comprehending the lives of the earlier generations of Jodhpur. Apart from this amazing museum, Umaid Bagh also houses a zoo and the public library.

The museum is basically divided into four sections- the armoury, the archaeological area, the historical section, and the display of arts & crafts. As the Kings of Jodhpur were valiant warriors, this museum elaborately displays their military history. Battleships and military model planes are also exhibited here, along with an impressive range of heedfully preserved antiques. A corner of stuffed animals, representing the indigenous wildlife of the region is particularly appreciated by the children who visit. The range of the exhibits can be traced back to almost the 6th century AD.

Entry Fees: Rs 20 (Indian), Rs 100 (foreigners)
Location: Maliyo St, Baldev Ram Mirdha, Paota, Sri Ganganagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001
Closed on: Friday
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM-05:00 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM-05:00 PM

3. Bishnoi Village

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The Bishnoi Village has been a major tourist attraction not only in contemporary times, but also during the princely periods. The village is small, albeit amazing. Initially started by the kings of Jodhpur, the 'village safari' tour gives the visitors an insight about the exemplary lifestyles of the villagers. Tourists can embark on their safari either on camel backs or jeeps and observe the different areas of the village.

The village holds major attractions like the 'weaver's village' and the 'potter's village' where you can find the communities related to these occupations. Near Bishnoi village you can also visit, Khejarli, where hundreds of villagers sacrificed their lives for protecting the trees against being felled, Gudha village that is popular for bird-watching, Gudha-Bishnoi lake and Shephard's lake.

Bishnoi village is a part of the western Thar desert and the vegetation in and around the village chiefly comprises khejri trees and bushes. The area thrives with wildlife, and one can spot birds like peacocks, partridges, the great Indian Bustard, and animals such as chinkaras and blackbucks.

The locals of the village mostly live in thatched huts and wear traditional attires. While exploring Jodhpur and its nearby areas, taking a village safari in Bishnoi is one of the best things to do in Jodhpur.

Entry Fees: Free Entry
Location: near Ram Bagh, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452007
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 4 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 08:30 AM-06:30 PM

A tip from HelloTrippeR: Since this activity requires pre-booking, please book beforehand with the local vendors.

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