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Situated 9-kms north of the city of Jodhpur, is Mandore which, was the capital of Marwar prior to the foundation of Jodhpur. Today, its extensive gardens with high rock terraces make it a popular local attraction. The gardens also contain the cenotaphs of Jodhpur rulers, including Maharaja Jaswant Singh and the largest and finest of all, the soaring temple-shaped memorial to Maharaja Ajit Singh.
Inhabited since the late Gupta period (5th-6th century AD), Mandnaya- Pura, the original capital of Marwar, once had a 10km wall and a population of 50,000. It was captured by the Rathores in 1381AD and effectively abandoned when the court was transferred to Jodhpur in 1459 AD. The ruins now stand in lush, shady gardens and are entered via the Ajit Pol, the gate that was built as a celebration of Ajit Singh¿s victory over the Moghuls in 1707 AD.
It is truly an oasis in the desert with its beautiful laid out gardens. The sprawling greenery of Peepal, Banyan, Palms and Plantains alongwith swirling fountains and lovely peacocks make Mandore a visual treat.
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