Jodhpur, also called the “Blue City,” located on the edge of the Thar Desert, was once the capital of the former princely state of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha and is now the second-largest city of Rajasthan. Flanked on its western side by the Mehrangarh Fort and the eastern side by the stately sandstone Palace of Umaid Bhawan, the monuments, temples, and gardens of Jodhpur depict a multi-faceted grandeur.
Jodha is a colloquial version of the word Yodha, which means “warrior.” Its significance will automatically dawn upon you as you approach the landmark of the city, the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. One of Rajasthan’s finest forts looks down protectively over the city, from the hilltop. Still run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur Trust, a majestic fort on a 125-meter-high hill is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. Marvelously carved panels, latticed windows, and Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). House a fabulous collection of trappings Indian royalty, including palanquins, elephant howdahs, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes, and furniture. The Chamunda Devi Temple, dedicated to goddess Durga, stands on the southern end of the fort.
Continue your tour to Jaswant Thada, located a short distance from the fort, just off the fort road, is a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph, built in 1899, was followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby. There are some beautiful marble jali (lattice) work and fine views from the terrace in front of the cenotaphs.
Later proceed to experience the Bishnoi village safari to get an experience of tribal India; Bishnoi village of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is scenic beauty marked with Khejri trees deer. Also in the village is the Guda Bishnoi Lake. It is a natural lake, perfect as a picnic spot.
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.