This fort is one of the largest fort in India. the fort is situated at an altitude of about 125 metres and is spread over an area of 5 sq km, with seven gates. It has been a witness to the splendor of bygone era. The beauty and the grandeur of numerous places in the fort narrate a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpur sculptures. Mehrangarh literally means “Majestic Fort”. It is located at very center of the city and is visible surrounding from the city. Originally built in 1806 the fort has been added to many times since. The palaces in this fort were built in an informal pattern over several centuries. They have their own peculiar style, with narrow staircases, serving as the only means of access to the royal residences within. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the fort’s ramparts are well – preserved.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
This immense palace known as Chittar Palace because of the local chittar sandstone used. the only palace built in 20th century under the famine .It was built in a time of peace and is quite western in its design. It was built as a famine relief project which employment to people for 16 years. It has its own theatre, eight dining rooms, and a banquet hall which seats three hundred people. A Ball Room had been built, catering to the Westernized royal lifestyle. Much of the interior of the palace is in the art deco style. In fact, it is said to be one of the finest surviving examples of art deco in the world. Deep within the palace is an indoor swimming pool, with a mosaic of zodiac symbols. The palace now runs as a hotel, though, a part of it has been retained as a museum and part as royal residence.
Close to the fort complex lies white marble cenotaph, built in 1899 in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II rare portraits of Jodhpur rulers are also to be seen at Jaswant Thada.
This museum has a rich collection of weapons, textiles, miniature portraits, antique weapons local crafts and images of Jain TIrthankars. It is situated in the middle of the Umaid public gardens.
Clock Tower and Sadar Market
A prime attraction of the city is clock tower and the colorful sadar Market near to it. These colorful markets with tiny shops dotting the narrow lanes are situated in the heart of city and popular for a wide range of handicrafts making then the favorite haunt of shoppers.
Jaisalmer fort was built in 1156 by the Rajput ruler Jaisala. Standing proud to a height of hundred meters over the city with its 99 bastions, the fort is splendid sight in the afternoon sun. The fort is entered through a forbidding series of massive gates leading to a large courtyard. Outside the fort is the main market place called Manek Chowk. From Manek Chowk, one can walk into the lanes where the famous carved havelis are to be found.
Patwon Ki Haveli
It is one of the largest and most elaborate houses in Jaisalmer. It is five storeys high, extensively carved. It is divided in to six apartments two owned by the Archaeological Survey of India, Two by families who operate craft shops here, and two private homes.
The delicate Pagoda like Tazia Tower rises from the Badal Mahal (Palace of Clouds). Rising in its five-tiered splendor, with each storey graced by a delicately carved balcony. The tower is of historical significance. Tazias are ornately decorated bamboo, paper and tinsel replicas of a bier carried in procession during Mohurram.
Gadsisar Sagar Tank
The beautiful arched gateway across the road down to the tank is said to have been built by a prostitute. A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.
This group of fine jain temples were built in the 12th to 15th century within the Jaisalmer fort. They are beautiful carved and dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Sambhavnathji. there is also a Shiva and Ganesh Temple inside the fort. Gyan Bhandar or Library : Some of the oldest manuscripts of India are found in this library established as a part of Jain temples.
City Palace a largest complex palace in Rajasthan. The palace has many courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, rooms and hanging gardens. The main entrance is through the triple arched gate, the ‘Tripolia’ with eight marble porticos. The maharanas were weighed under the gate in gold, the equivalent amount of which was distributed among the populace. The main part of the palace is now been converted in to an museum , in which very beautiful mosaics of peacocks at the Mor chowk, the Glass and Mirror work in the Manak and Moti Mahal and a beautiful collection of miniatures in Krishna Vilas.
Built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh. The temple is located at about 150 metres north of the entrance to the city palace. The temple is designed in Indo-Aryan style and is the largest and most beautiful temple of Udaipur. A brass image of Garuda lies in front of the temple.
The Pichola lake is surrounded by hills, gardens, havelis, ghats and temples. The lake was enlarged by Maharana Udai Singh, who found this city. the two islands on the lake Jag mandir and Jag Niwas present a magnificent sight. Boat rides is the major attraction of this place.
Fateh Sagar built by Maharana Fateh Sagar. In the middle of this beautiful lake is a Nehru Park, a lovely garden island with a boat shaped cafe accessible by an enjoyable boat rides.
On the top ofMoti Magri there is an overlook to Fateh Sagar Lake is the bronze statue of Maharana Pratap on his horse chetak. This Pratap memorial also known as ‘Pratap smarak’. the statue is kept under a garden.
To the north of the citylies a beautiful garden known as ‘Saheliyoin-Ki-Bari’. This small ornament garden with its fountain, Kiosks, marble elephants and delightful pools. The hilltop Sajjangarh Palace was fort in the west of Udaipur is a vantage point from a magnificent point of the city.
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