MANDORE TOURISM GUIDE:
Map: Mandore Tourism, Rajasthan, India
Location: 9-km North Of Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Tourist Attractions: Hall Of Heroes, The Cenotaphs.
Historical Significance: Erstwhile Capital Of Marwar Region.
Best Time To Visit: October To March.
An Oasis in the Parched Land:
Situated 9-kms north of the city of Jodhpur, is Mandore which, was the capital of Marwar prior to the foundation of Jodhpur.Today, its extensive gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular local attraction. The gardens also contain the cenotaphs of Jodhpur rulers, including Maharaja Jaswant Singh and the largest and finest of all, the soaring temple-shaped memorial to Maharaja Ajit Singh.
Inhabited since the late Gupta period (5th-6th century AD), Mandnaya- Pura, the original capital of Marwar, once had a 10km wall and a population of 50,000. It was captured by the Rathores in 1381AD and effectively abandoned when the court was transferred to Jodhpur in 1459 AD. The ruins now stand in lush, shady gardens and are entered via the Ajit Pol, the gate that was built as a celebration of Ajit Singh’s victory over the Moghuls in 1707 AD.
It is truly an oasis in the desert with its beautiful laid out gardens. The sprawling greenery of Peepal, Banyan, Palms and Plantains alongwith swirling fountains and lovely peacocks make Mandore a visual treat.
MANDORE PRIME ATTRACTIONS:
Pleasure Palace Of Abhai Singh: The pleasure palace of Abhai Singh now encloses a small museum.
Mandore Gardens: The extensive gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular local attraction and a picnic spot of the city. The ruins of the original capital of Marwar, stand in lush, shady lanscaped gardens and are entered via the Ajit Pole, the gate that was built in celebration of Ajit Singh’s victory over the Moghals in 1707 AD. more…
Hall Of Heroes: It is a rock wall with high relief; brightly painted depictions of local heroes such as Pabuji and Chamunda (1707-49). ‘Hall of Heroes’ houses sixteen gigantic figures chiselled out of a single rock and the cenotaphs of the former maharajas of Jodhpur.
Shrine Of 30 Crore Gods: The crowded modern shrine houses 30 crore Hindu deities, among them Brahma, Lakshmi and Kali, being the most prominent ones.
Memorials Of Maharaja Jaswant Singh And Ajit Singh: Mandore remained the royal cremation ground and there are numerous memorial ‘chhatris’ and temples, both Hindu and Jain, the earliest of which (on the hill) date from the 8th century. The finest are the memorials of Maharaja Jaswant Singh (1638-78 AD) and Ajit Singh (1678-1731AD), the second of whom was cremated along with six queens and 58 concubines.
Ajit Pol: It is the gate that was built as a celebration of Ajit Singh’s victory over the Moghuls in 1707AD.
MANDORE SIGHTSEEING AND EXCURSIONS:
Mandore Lakes and Gardens:
Balsamand Lake And Garden: It is a pretty lake with a pleasure or summer palace on its banks.
Monuments in Mandore:
Ossian: Ossian (also spelt as Osian) is a major site, containing monuments spanning five centuries of artistic evolution.
HOW TO REACH MANDORE:
Air: The nearest airport is at Jodhpur, to which regular flights are available from Delhi , Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur.
Road: Mandore is well connected to the nearby cities by motorable roads. There is no direct rail connection to the city
PLACES TO STAY IN MANDORE:
Umaid Bhawan Palace, RTDC Hotel Ghoomar, are some of the best accommodations avaialabe in the nearby city of Jodhpur. For paying guest accommodation within Mandore city, Rajasthan Tourist Office can be contacted.
NEARBY CITIES OF MANDORE:
Ossian: 73-km (approx.)
Merta: 113-km (approx.)
MANDORE GENERAL INFORMATION:
Climate Maximum Minimum
Summer: 42°C 27.3°C
Winter: 27.5°C 9.4°C
Clothing Summer: Light Tropical
Winter: Light Woollen
Nearest City: Jodhpur