On our first afternoon we explored Mandore Garden, which is famous for the monkeys that live there.
Mandore was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar. It was located about 5 miles north of the city centre of Jodhpur (but it’s now part of Jodhpur) and was later abandoned for the security of Mehrangarh fort.
The ruined fort and palace survive on the hilltop (which we didn’t visit). The garden below has become a public park with fountains and the cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s maharajas – who presumably continued to use the gardens after moving to the Meherangarh in Jodhpur.
In case you are wondering: a cenotaph is an “empty tomb” or a monument erected in honour of a person whose remains are elsewhere. You can walk inside the monument to have a look around, but you have to take off your shoes!
Here’s a group shot of the team on the first afternoon in the beautiful Mandore Garden. We are all eager and ready to go exploring! Follow us on our footsteps as we explore Jodhpur…