What an amazing kick start to my day! After exploring and getting mesmerised by the beauty of Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, my heart started craving for more. I was so taken aback with the beauty of the architecture in Jodhpur that I wanted to explore more and thus I decided to visit another beauty.
I quickly got hold of my gadget, surfed on the internet for some amazing places in the vicinity of Umaid Bhawan and circled upon Rai Ka Bag Palace. As this place is located just 5.5.kms from Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, it just took 15 minutes for me to reach there. On my way, I did a little research about the history of this place. This palace was basically built in 1663 by Queen Hadiji and is located near the railway station which goes by the same name.
This place was a favourite of King Jaswant Singh II and so he preferred to spend most of his time here at Rai Ka Bag Palace, Jodhpur. While exploring, I got an important piece of information that the renowned Hindu religious leader and founder of the Arya Samaj – Swami Dayanand Saraswati too had paid visits to Jodhpur in the late 19th century. He hasn’t only visited, but also gave sermons in the palace grounds. King Jaswant Singh too was supposed to be very much taken up by the preaching of Swami Dayanand.
However, at the present time, the palace now houses the income tax office of Jodhpur. I must admit Jodhpur boasts of palaces that have great architecture and the Rai Ka Bag Palace was no exception. The octagonal shape of the palace with an artistic look really blew my mind.
My camera just couldn’t stop clicking while admiring the spectacular architecture. I went around the entire palace and was really awestruck by the art work on the walls. Being a government office, the place is crowded, but do not think of missing a great architecture.
The entry here is paid, but yet it is worth watching. My day ended in the lap of beautiful architecture and I felt happy to have visited here.