Before visiting Jodhpur, I called up a friend of mine who had already visited the city. She told me that if I wanted to visit Jodhpur, I should not miss out on one of the 3 landmarks in Jodhpur- Meherangarh fort, Umaid bhavan palace and Jaswant Thada.
I had asked my friend to tell me about all the minute details of Jodhpur. I hired a private taxi, on my first day in Jodhpur, which cost me Rs.1200 for about a 7 to 8 hour tour. This included pick up and drop to the hotel and sightseeing. The private taxis have a yellow number plate. The best way to move around Meherangarh fort and Umaid bhavan palace is to move around in a cab. When I set out, I wasn’t sure whether I can cover these 2 places on the same day, as there is a lot to see there. These private taxis and other taxis are found waiting outside the railway station.
I hired a registered guide when I reached Umaid bhavan palace. He told me that this palace was built to offer employment to the people during a period of drought. Umaid bhavan palace was built between 1929 and 1944. The guide also told me that this palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh and it was one of the last palaces built in India. Maharaja Umaid Singh hired an Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester, to design and build this palace.