An interesting historical site, Toorji ka Jhalra Jodhpur is a stepwell. A glimpse into the kind of important responsibilities women had in royal families. The building has layers and layers of stairs fencing from all corners and eventually leads towards the water pond. The women had to manage their water system. Hence it comes with no surprise it was built by the queen, a consort of Maharaja of Jodhpur Abhay Singh. It is located in Makrana Moholla and Gulab Sagar in the old city. The beautiful stepwell looks appealing and mesmerizing due to its impressive style of architecture.
What’s there to see?
Presently, Toorji ka Jhalra is being used as an unofficial swimming pool where locals enjoy a dip or a dive. While recently cleaning and restoring the stepwell, the architects found 200 feet of treasure. The items found are red sandstone with carvings of elephants, medieval lions, cow water-spouts, and a niche of Hindu deities Toorji ka Jhalra. The water is clean as you can find fishes swimming in the water. There are many rooftop cafes and nearby restaurants that are always full, the view from the cafe is brilliant. An ideal time to visit this place is in the early morning or the evening. Although there are no time restrictions, visitors can visit this place anytime. Enjoying a cup of coffee or just witnessing the view from the rooftop is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Originally the Toorji ka Jhalra was made of a Persian wheel that was driven by a pair of bullocks. These bullocks were earlier used to circle the platform on the top and because of their effort. The water drew up to two different access levels and then to a separate tank. In the process of restoring the stepwell, the excavations had to go under 200 feet where some hand-carved treasures were found. The whole stepwell has been given an urban and a modern face with the addition of cafes, restaurants, and shops.
History of Toorji ka Jhalra –
Toorji ka Jhalra was built during the reign of Maharaja Abhai Singh Rathore in 1724 and 1749. During that time, the female members of royal families & Queens would partake in heading projects to build public water works. The wife of Maharaja Abhai Singh Rathore and the Queen of Marwar headed this project and thus built it in the 1740s. To restore this historical heritage, the debris inside the well was cleared and the waterbody was entirely cleaned. The place has ever since been recognized as an iconic tourist attraction in the Jodhpur sightseeing tour.
Architecture Design of Toorji ka Jhalra –
The artistry style of the stepwell was enhanced by an exquisite manner depicting the perfection. Also, there are cow and lion-shaped waterspouts were carved for giving the water outlet. The stairs leads way to the water level and are beautifully designed with some statues of Gods and Goddesses in between. There’s are galleries around the steps that were used to keep lamps illuminating the place at night. These are now used as a platform to make a dive into the water during Jodhpur Tour Package.
Recently, precious sculptures of elephants in dancing positions were extracted during the cleaning and renovation of Jhalra. This has happened underwater more than 200 years ago. The stunning masterpieces have elegantly carved out of the famous Red Ghatu or the Lal Ghatu stone. The technique of Persian wheels was used to raise the water to high levels. A pair of oxen were used to rotate the wheels from the above platform and water then rose to two different levels.
What’s the best time to visit Toorji ka Jhalra?
The best time to visit this tourist site is during the early morning or in the evening. Both these are perfect to enjoy the chilling vibes of this place. When planning a Jodhpur Tour Package 2 Days, you can embark on a visit to this place to swim and dive into the waters. This will be a one-of-a-kind experience to relish in the city.
How to reach Toorji ka Jhalra?
Toorji ka Jhalra is located in Gulab Sagar Makrana Mohalla on Sutharo ka Bas Road in Jodhpur. From the heart of Jodhpur, the baori is around 4.5 kilometers away and can be accessible via NH62 – Ratanada Road Route. The other route is a long road to the stepwell that goes through NH 62 – Harish Joshi Marg. The Jodhpur bus station and airport are around 6 kilometers away from the attraction. However, the railway station is just 2.5 kilometers away. Besides, you can hire a Cab Rental in Jodhpur to access the tourist site.
Out of many splendid stepwells like this are a key feature of Rajasthan’s lifestyle and culture. This makes it a unique and versatile attraction in Rajasthan Tourism. Enjoy visiting the stepwell and experience the splendid beauty and architectural design.