After Jaisalmer, the Palace on Wheels Train will take you to the next legendary spot, Jodhpur. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan and also houses many unique and interesting architectural structures. This is the land of tales and the city of structures in this state.
Jodhpur used to be the capital of the Marwar state. It was formed in the 15th century. The Mehrangarh Fort on a hill stands since 15th century as a mark of this historic place. This city is filled with numerous palaces, temples, forts, grandeur, folk dance performances and many others. The attire of this land is another attraction.
If you are planning to enjoy this city to the core, shopping is the best way. You can find numerous styles and versions of handicrafts here. Fabrics like jute, embroidered material, dye fabric and accessories in camel skin are very common here. There are numerous festivals that are celebrated in this state to highlight the culture and tradition of the land. The best of all is Marwar festival.
Main areas for sightseeing in this city are forts and palaces. The best of all is the Mehrangarh Fort. Jaswant Thada is a memorial built for Maharaja Jaswant in 19th century with marbles. Umaid Bhawan is a palace that is now a heritage hotel and also a museum. A little away from Jodhpur, there is Mandore garden which has cenotaph of major rules of the city.
Government museum and zoo of Umaid gardens are also important attractions. If you like museum sightseeing, you ought to try Old Fort Museum which has ancient upholstery, golden throne, pearl embedded shoes, mirrors, weapons, paintings, royal tents and many others. Balsamand Lake and the garden surrounding the lake are very important and romantic destinations in the city.
A little away from the main city of Jodhpur, there are a few minor tourist destinations that you ought to enjoy. The best of all is the desert hamlet where you can enjoy picturesque spots for picnic, sightseeing and also for photography. Osian is a small oasis which is located 58 km away from the city of Jodhpur. There is a wildlife sanctuary in Dhawa which is located 45 km away from the heart of the city. There is a fort and many beautiful murals in Nagaur which is 135 km away from Jodhpur. 40 km away from the city, there is Rohet Fort which is now a heritage hotel. Khimsar has a 16th century fort and is 92 km from Jodhpur. There is a fort in Luni which is 20 km away from Jodhpur and it is now a heritage hotel.