Located around 9 km from Jodhpur, the Mandore Gardens is a beautiful park where the architectural intricacies of the ancient cenotaphs create a mind-blowing visual feast. Pair it with the bright tropical flowers, and you’ll get the idea of why it’s been one of my favourite places to visit since I started exploring Rajasthan. If you’re hesitant about visiting the Madore Gardens because of its distant location, rest assured that it’s well worth it. A visit to Jodhpur would be incomplete without having a peek at Mandore, the abandoned capital of the former Jodhpur State, historically known as the Kingdom of Marwar.
Yes, since the 6th century the ancient city of Mandore had been the local rulers’ seat of power. It served as a capital of the region till the middle of the 15th century, when Rao Jodha, the king of the Rathore dynasty, shifted the center of administration to Jodhpur. The Mehranghar Fort’s hilltop location in Jodhpur provided lots of strategic advantages against invaders.
Spread around the old cremation ground, the Mandore Gardens remain one of the best-preserved landmarks of the abandoned capital city. The site houses beautiful chhatris (memorials) and temples, telling us stories of the era bygone through elaborately carved red sandstone. The architecture of the royal memorials is an amalgam of Hindu and Jain elements, with their pillars and domes, shikharas (spires) and terraces, jaalis and arches. One of the most exquisite structures in the garden is the Maharaja Ajit Singh’s memorial.
The place is open from 8 am to 8 pm seven days a week, and the entrance is free of charge. Unfortunately, the garden is poorly maintained, and I couldn’t stop wondering why such a magnificent place was getting so little love. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes as exploring the site involves a lot of walking. Slip-on footwear is preferable as you’re expected to take off your shoes before entering the cenotaphs. The stone terraces get very hot under the blazing Rajasthani sun, so perhaps it would be advisable to wear socks – I found it absolutely impossible to stand barefoot! Also, I‘ve read in other blogs that the place is overrun by monkeys and one has to be careful not to provoke them, but to be honest I didn’t see a single one. I guess I was lucky 🙂
Anyway, I was planning to make this post completely visually oriented, so without further ado I’ll just let you enjoy the photos below. Hope they’ll inspire you to visit the beautiful Mandore Gardens near Jodhpur.
The Mandore Gardens near Jodhpur – a charming collection of royal memorials #india #rajasthan #travel #jodhpur #architecture #indiapalette
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