Famous Gardens of Jodhpur: Mandore, Umaid and Masuriya garden

Jodhpur, also known as Suncity, has some beautiful gardens where the visitors can go to relax. The special thing about these gardens is that there is more to these gardens than different types of plants and flowers. This article gives information about all that unique and special in the famous gardens of Jodhpur.

Jodhpur is largely a dry land with small hills. The nearest desert is just 60 km away. Still, there are few lovely gardens in the city which are popular tourist attractions. The most interesting thing about these gardens is that their specialty doesn't lies in the various types of colorful flowers and varieties of trees, but in something different viz.history, architecture and location. Read this article further to know what I'm talking about. Three famous gardens of Jodhpur are Mandore garden, Umaid Udhyan (garden) and Masuriya Garden.

Mandore Garden

These are the gardens situated in the place called Mandore which was once a small town but now is a part of the Jodhpur city. These gardens are one of the largest in the Western Rajasthan and have got a lot of historical importance as well.

History of Mandore Garden

Mandore was, in fact, the capital of the rulers of Marwar before Jodhpur was founded. It was founded in the sixth century and was ruled by the kings of different clans before Rathores got hold of it. Due to security reasons, Rao Jodha decided to shift his capital to Jodhpur and the place was abandoned.

Features of Mandore Garden

Mandore is famous today for its lovely gardens and few historical monuments. It is spread over a large area and consists of plains as well as rocks. The most famous attraction of Mandore is cenotaphs of different rulers of Marwar which are known as 'Chattris'. They were constructed using red sandstone and look very much attractive. One can also get to see the ruins of the Mandore fort, the seat of the Rajput kings before the capital was moved to Jodhpur. Another beautiful piece of architecture is Ek Thamba Mahal. It was built by Raja Ajit Singh more than 250 years ago. There is also a Hall of Heroes which consists of huge figures of various deities and folk heroes of Marwar. The garden has also got a small pond called Nagadari. Mandore is a popular tourist spot during rainy season.

Mandore gardens are open for the tourists everyday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2. Umaid Garden

Umaid garden, also known as Public Park, is a famous garden in the city which has also got a zoo, a museum and a library. The garden is situated near the high court.

Features of Umaid Garden

Umaid Garden lies on the busy street i.e. High court road, and so it is crowded most of the times. The gardens don't have anything special to write about them. But there is more to the place actually. The most famous attraction of the place is the zoo. It houses loads of animals and birds. The children would sure love seeing them. There is a museum as well in the garden which has got armoury, portraits, ornaments, and other artifacts on display. A very old library, known as Umaid Library, is also situated in the garden. This library houses a rich collection of books and manuscripts, mostly from Rajasthani literature. But the lack of maintenance as well as declining interest of the people has taken a toll on it.

3. Masuriya Garden

It is another very famous garden of Jodhpur which is situated on a small hill called masuriya. It is also famous among the devout people due to the centuries old temple of local deity baba Ramdev.

Features of Masuriya Garden

The most striking feature of this garden is that it is situated at a height from where one can get a breathtaking view of Jodhpur from different corners. So, one gets to see a different vision of the city from that of Mehrangarh. It is a popular picnic spot mostly during winters. There is a big statue of Veer Durgadas Rathore in Masuriya Garden. He is a famous folk hero of Marwar.

Masuriya Garden admission timings and park ticket prices

The park is open throughout the year and the timings are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entry charges are nominal at Rs. 10.


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