|Surrounded by a powerful wall, although there are many trees, plants and some artificial lakes in town, the dry desert of Rajasthan is just outside the city walls. This landscape and the gigantic Mehrangarh fort give Jodhpur an incredible, unusual, and even a dreamlike presence of a city in a moon landscape.
At the foot of the fort in the old town of Jodhpur stands the Clock tower that is surrounded by bazaars and markets. Here you can buy arts and crafts, silver works, fabrics (also Pashmina shawls), spices and much more. And don’t forget to look for some of the sought-after antique wooden arts and crafts that Jodhpur is also famous for by collectors.
While visiting Jodhpur, you must visit the Mehrangarh fort which sits 375 feet on a hill. You’ll enter the fort through one of the eight large gates, and once you enter the compound you’ll se where the walls withstood the impact of canon balls during many years of war. One of the eight gates– the Lohapol gate–is the last gate of the fort where you’ll see 15 hand impressions. Those impressions were made by six of Maharaja Man Singh’s wives, who let themselves burn in 1843 together with the corpse of the Maharaja. This commitment of death by the women on the funeral pyre of their husband is named ‘Sati’. Although forbidden for 150 years, it is still practiced today in some of the villages of Rajasthan.