It’s raining destination weddings in Bollywood! After DeepVeer’s wedding, preparations are in full swing for Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas’ wedding. While Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh got married at the beautiful and tranquil Lake Como, Italy; Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have zeroed down on Jodhpur, Rajasthan for their nuptials. The sangeet is rumoured to be celebrated at the fabulous Mehrangarh Fort, and the wedding will take place at the palatial Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel. These two desirable wedding venues have a history of several high-profile weddings and celebrations. Umaid Bhawan is not only a favorite destination for travellers but one of the hottest spots for a palace wedding among celebrities. Prominent celebrity weddings include the infamously extravagant (but short-lived) Liz Hurley-Arun Nayar wedding in 2007. The celebrity rendezvous at this palace is known to be so lavish — it’s no wonder that Umaid Bhawan is a favorite among celebrities across the world; ranging from the Ambanis and Shah Rukh Khan to Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger, Christian Bale, Madonna and more. While you may be wondering why Priyanka and Nick chose a palace in Jodhpur for their wedding instead of Mumbai or New York; let us tell you, every inch of Umaid Bhawan palace reflects royalty and is a treat to your eyes.
What is it that makes Rajasthan city a favorite among all?
Every part of India offers different shades like colorful sights, rich cultural diversities, warm people and historical heritage. Rajasthan is one of the jewels in India’s crown, which offers a mixture of everything, from nature to culture and history. Colourful, chaotic and brimming with history, Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Most tourists in Rajasthan visit four cities – the pink city of Jaipur, the blue city of Jodhpur, the golden city of Jaisalmer, and the white city of Udaipur. This glorious beautiful state has a lot to offer to all type of tourists – whether you’re looking for an adventure tour, romance, fun, or solitude; you will get everything you want here. And the good news is that with the increasing flight connections to India and the simplified online visa process travelling to India is as easy as it gets.
Here are the places you should not miss when visiting Jodhpur:
There are only a handful of blue cities around the world and Jodhpur is one of them. When one thinks of Jodhpur, images of towering forts and opulent palaces spring to mind. Even Lonely Planet is not immune to its charms. The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, cultures and traditions of this desert city makes Jodhpur one of the most romantic cities in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is a dry desert city and you’ll feel like you are in Alladin! The beautiful city has been given many names due to its uniqueness. It is known as “Sun City” for the bright and sunny weather it enjoys all year round. It is also known as “Blue City” because of the blue colours that decorate many of the houses in the old city area. Jodhpur is known for the rare breed of horses called Malani, which are only founded here.
1. Mehrangarh Fort
It is one of the largest forts in India and tops the list of must visit places in Jodhpur. Build around 1460 by Rao Jodha, it is now run by the royal family of Jodhpur. Rajasthan’s second largest city, Jodhpur is entirely dominated by its spectacular Mehrangarh Fort. The fort rises 125 meters over Jodhpur offering a panaromic view of the city. There are a number of things to see within this fort complex – several palaces, courtyards, gardens, galleries, a museum, temples and so on. For someone adventurous, you can actually go zip-lining, or Flying Fox as it is commonly known inside the fort, which gives you a bird’s eye view of the gardens and the desert lakes. Mehrangarh Fort is packed with history and legends and apart from the museum section you don’t require a ticket to enter the magnificent fort.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace
‘Don’t lose your way while exploring, every corner of the palace has numerous stories to tell’. Umaid Bhawan is a magnificent palace located on Chittar hill which is the highest point in the whole city. It is one of the world’s largest private residences and the glorious heritage and hospitality is kept alive by the Taj Hotels Group who own a part of the palace, pampering guests with exquisite delights. The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is spread over 26 acres of lush grounds including 15 acres of well-kept lush gardens. The royal residence has 347 rooms, an exquisite throne chamber, an exclusive private meeting hall, a Durbar Hall to meet the public, a vaulted banquet hall, private dining halls, a ball room, a library, an indoor swimming pool and spa, long passages and part of the palace also houses a museum. The gardens of the beautiful property have peacocks freely roaming around. It makes one feel royal from head to toe.
3. Mandore Gardens
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mandore Gardens is the place to visit. Mandore Gardens is home to several historical monuments. Apart from the mandora fort, the Mandore Gardens houses a government museum, a hall of heroes and a temple to 33 crore Gods. There are high rock terraces, which make the garden even more spectacular. These gardens are worth visiting for the fantastic architecture and history of a bygone era.
4. Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar) & Sardar Market
Tall and impressive, the Clock Tower is another popular landmark, located in the heart of the city, very close to the vibrant Sardar market with a brilliant selection of goods on sale. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. Here you can wonder through nearly 7000 shops selling spices, Indian sweets, silver, fabrics and handicrafts, thus providing you with a great shopping experience.
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5. Jaswant Thada Jodhpur
Moving away from the chaos and mayhem of the old city of Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada is a funerary memorial built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Made with finely carved marble layers, Jaswant Thada looks imposing and is now the cenotaph for other three rulers. This cenotaph holds some exceptional portraits of former maharajas of Jodhpur and is a must visit.
6. Kaylana Lake
This serene lake is an artificial lake, constructed in the year 1872 by Pradip Singh. The lake is spread over 84 square km and is a tremendously scenic picnic spot, located on the west of city. The sight is a birdwatcher’s paradise, providing an incredible view of the sunset and you could sail on a boat if you aim to add some breathtaking photographs to your collection.
7. Jodhpur Stepwell (Toorji-Ka-Jhalra)
If you like action, then why not jump! It doesn’t cost you anything either. Descending layers of stairs wind around the stepwell leading down to the pool of water is the Toorji Ka Jhalra, commonly known stepwell of Jodhpur. It is an intricate design of the stepwell. These staircases going down to the pool is supposed to be built back in 600 A.D. Its impressive design attracts many tourists and is regarded as a fun place by locals and visitors to engage in harmless, recreational water games. It is a very refreshing place to get a break from the heat of Rajasthan and have some fun with family and friends.
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