Jodhpur is an important city for its historic landmarks and natural attractions. People from all over India and several parts around the world come here to relax, be with family, check out amazing architecture, try local cuisine, and view amazing monuments, palaces and temples. There are so many tourist destinations to see and one of them is Masooria Hills.
Masooria Hills offers a stunning view of the entire city. It is very panoramic and extremely interesting. But people come here not just for the view but also to see the Veer Durgadas Smarak, an eye-catching memorial of a well-loved local hero.
This exquisite monument was unveiled on October 3, 1998 in honor of Veer Durgadas Rathore, a celebrated historical figure that has helped shape the present state of Jodhpur. He was a loyal supporter of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, not to be confused with Maharaja Jaswant Singh II after whom the popular marble palace, Jaswant Thada was constructed (more about the Jaswant Thada later). Veer Durgadas Rathore is honored in history as the “Pride of Marwar (Jodhpur)” for having preserved the reign of the Maharaja after he died by making sure Singh’s son succeeded the throne.
Veer Durgadas Rathore is also considered as the guardian and protector of Marwar. He is highly honored by historians and present national leaders for preserving the integrity of Marwar as an independent city. If not for his reign, the city may have fallen in the hands of the Moghuls.
The hero’s memorial is surrounded by facilities that regularly attract thousands of local and foreign tourists. There is a museum, restaurant, children’s playground, park, several fountains, and information center. With all these amenities surrounding the important 36-feet high monument, the hill becomes a cozy place for visitors and families who just want to enjoy the spectacular site.
The smarak on Masooria Hill is just one of the many interesting memorials and structures in the city. A leading example is Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph that is often compared to the most popular marble palace in the world – the Taj Mahal. The beautiful and blissful Jaswant Thada is only a few meters away from the majestic Mehrangarh Fort.
Meanwhile, Mehrangarh Fort is clearly the one most important structure in the state Rajasthan, if not India or South Asia. It is the oldest and most majestic fort in this part of the subcontinent. Every visitor to Jodhpur should see this 400-feet high fortress that had stood on a hill against the elements through the centuries.
Another important monument is the city’s old Clock Tower. It is located in the heart of the city beside the local market. Tourists make it a point to see the Clock Tower despite the fact that its location is always noisy and crowded with market goers.
Jodhpur is not just about man-made structures. An important city attraction is the Dhawa Doli Wildlife Sanctuary. The park satisfies all animal and nature lovers who enter its gates.
Finally, in addition to Masooria Hill and other city destinations, Jodhpur also takes pride in its soothing lakes. There are a number of man-made lakes and the two most popular ones are Kaylana Lake and Balsamand Lake. The lakes are always full of families and tourists picnicking.