Towards the north of Jodhpur is the ancient capital of Marwar, Mandore. It is just 8
kms from the city. Main attractions of the place are hall of Heroes where sixteen huge figures
which have been carved out of a single rock, the shrine of 330 million Gods and the royal
cenotaphs. But one can not miss the caves in crags and the sprawling gardens, which are now
shelter place for monkeys and peacocks.
It is 65 Kms from Jodhpur. This city is famous for
Brahmanical and Jain temples, which belong to 8th and 11th century. The Jain Mahavir Temple is
is unique among the Osian temples, with the vaulted design of its hall-ceiling.Surya or Sun temple and
the Sachiya temples are famous for their beauty.
The villages are
inhabitated by the Bishnoi tribe who
are staunch believers in the animal life. Villages are
marked by Khejri trees and deers
which thrive there. It is 25 kms from
Balsamand Palace & Maha Mandir
Maha Mandir is about 4 kms north-east of the city.It is built around a 100 - pillared Shiva temple. Balsamand is a comfortable and serene hotel. Summer palaces
along the embankment and a bird
sanctuary has made it a picnic spot.
Sardar Samand Lake and Palace
The route to this wildlife centre, 66 kms south-east of Jodhpur, passes through a number of colourful little villages. Some of the wildlife to be seen at the lake includes blackbuck, chinkara and a variety of birdlife. Sardar Samand Palace, formely the maharaja of Jodhpur's summer palace, has now been converted into a hotel.