Eponymously known as the Industrial City, Pali has been an important part of Rajasthan from centuries and a hub for merchant activities. Carved out of erstwhile state of Jodhpur, Pali flaunts its rich heritage and culture in the form of beautiful Jain temples and other elaborate monuments.
Resembling an irregular triangle, this district shares a common border with eight districts in Rajasthan namely, Nagaur and Jodhpur in the north, Barmer in the west, Rajmasand and Udaipur to the south-east, Ajmer to the north-east and Sirohi and Jalore in the south and south-west respectively.
Top Attractions in Pali (Jodhpur)
Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a hill which is 125 metres above Jodhpur’s skyline is the Mehrangarh Fort. This historic fort is one of the most famous in India and is packed with history and legends. Mehrangarh Fort still bears the imprints of cannonball attacks courtesy the armies of Jaipur on its second gate. Chiselled and sturdy, the fort is known for its exquisite latticed windows, carved panels, intricately decorated windows and walls of Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929 to counter a famine which had hit the state at the time. It was also known as the Chittar Palace while being constructed thanks to the use of stones drawn from the Chittar hill. The palace was designed by HV Lanchester, a renowned British architect, and was completed in 16 years. Built with sandstone and marble, the architecture of the palace is described as a blend of lndo-Saracenic, Classical Revival and Western Art Deco styles. It is recognised as one of the largest private homes in the world and also one of the more spectacular buildings. It is the only palace built in the 20th century.
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Brij Lakshman Sagar
On the fringes of the badlands of Rajasthan, Brij Lakshman Sagar is a boutique hotel that was originally built in the late 19th century as a hunting lodge by the then Thakur of Raipur, Lakshman Singh Ji. It was established to host other noble families and British emissaries. To keep the culture of hospitality and traditions of the House of Raipur alive, they envisioned a getaway much like Thakur Lakshman Singh Ji, though with a conservationist view of the heritage and surroundings. The property has been meticulously planned and conceptualized following the zero kilometer design. Resources for the architecture are sourced from the vicinity, which is reflective of the rustic, local lifestyle of rural Rajasthan, India.
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