First stop Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph to Maharaja Sardar Singh, who died in 1899 which contains some portraits of Rathore rulers going back to the 13th century & above a lake with some interesting birds.
Next on to the Mehrangarh Fort 120m above Jodhpur. Steep and winding roads climb to the front and rear entrances of the fort, which has many defensive structures. Nevertheless, the fort was taken by the Moghuls, the Marathas and the British. The palace interiors show incredibly elaborate filigree work in sandstone, the renovation work is really good & the museum includes a royal palanquin collection & an exhibition of miniature paintings was excellent. The views over the surrounding plains includes the Umaid Bhawan.
The Chokelao Bagh was opened by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and is the only garden within the Mehrangarh Fort. Designed in 1739 by Maharaja Abhai Singh, the garden has three terraces, each with different themes.
We walked through cobbled stone streets through four areas of the old city – Brahmpuri, Nav Choukiya, Sarafa Bazaar and Katla – a market where everything from household items to vegetables and jewellery is sold. Dad purchased a new door bell & a korai.
In the evening we enjoyed a cooking demonstration (white chicken & biryani) in a family home – & then ate these with other typical Rajasthani dishes.