pleasing gateway is 65 km away from Jodhpur, formerly known as
'Ukeshpur'. Osian is a large centre of Brahmanical and Jain temples,
which dates back at a span of five centuries. The Sun Temple is the most
venerated and the oldest temple amongst them. To our surprise, most of
these temples face in the west direction. Moreover, there are the
Mahavira Temple and the three Vishnu temples that are worth visiting.
Situated 8 km from the city,
Mandore was the former capital of Marwar before Jodhpur. The old
cenotaphs of the Rathore rulers are the main attractions here along with
the rocky caves, which once were a roof to homeless ascetics. Sixteen
deities are carved out of the rock face that are slightly dazzlingly
presented in a place adjacent to a temple within the complex. The deftly
landscaped gardens are crowded with an array of birds and small animals.
The luxuriant foliage set to music against the rippling fountains truly
presents a picturesque sight.
10 km from Jodhpur lays the
imperial retreat of Jhalamand. The 18th century palace is set amidst
serene surroundings and is a perfect getaway. One can take a walk of the
village or choose for the safaris here.
and Balsamand Lake
Mahamandir is 4 km northeast of the
city. An old town surrounded by walls, it was built in 1812, which
features the hundred-pillared Shiva temple. Just 3 km away is Balsamand,
an artificial lake with a summer palace on its banks, a public park and
bird sanctuary that makes it a perfect model for a peaceful reprieve.
The palace has now been converted into a hotel.
66 km of postcard-perfect beauty
and passing sights of Bishnoi villages (the Bishnois are the oldest
conservationists in India) brings one to the hunting chalet of the regal
family, which has now been converted into a hotel. The rooms though not
lavish are open and have unpretentious interiors. Their old-worldly
dwellings and the sight of the lovely Black Buck acts as an overture to
the revelation of the calm waters of Sardar Samand Lake.
There are many excursion points around Jodhpur. Read further to know about prime excursions around Jodhpur, Rajasthan.