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Ghanta Ghar (Jodhpur)
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The century-old clock tower is a city landmark surrounded by the vibrant sounds, sights and smells of Sardar Market. The market is bordered by triple-arched gateways at its northern and southern ends. The narrow, winding lanes of the old city spread out in all directions from here.

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Westward, you plunge into the old city’s commercial heart, with crowded alleys and bazaars selling vegetables, spices, sweets, silver and handicrafts.

Ghanta Ghar in Jodhpur was built during the reign of Maharaja Sardar Singh (between late-19th Century and early 20th Century) as a prime landmark near the Mehrangarh Fort. The Clock was sourced from London and is believed to be bought from the company who made the Clock Tower in London. The area slowly became one of the most bustling areas of the city. Several shops came up and a marketplace, the Sardar Market, was set up. It was named after the Maharaja and since then, has been a shopper’s delight. During the time, products like spices, vegetables, clothing, tools etc. were available in the market. Today, the scene is quite modern as a lot more is sold and purchased at this market.

Ghanta Ghar is a good example of 19th Century stone masonry. It is made completely of sandstone, in harmony with the sandstone of the Mehrangarh Fort in the background. The tower is a five-tiered structure with a dome as the sixth level. The first level on the ground has a broader square-shaped structure with patios and jharokhas. This level is bounded with an octagonal stone fencing that makes the monument a roundabout and a landmark. The ceiling of the ground floor makes a balcony for the first tier which, along with the second tier, has carved stone jharokhas. The fourth tier is the stone clock. The fifth is a small chhatri or a gallery kind of a structure with arches and pillars.

Ghanta Ghar is located in Nai Sadak, near the Ghanta Ghar Market or Sardar Market. From the city centre, it is barely 4 kilometres away. Jodhpur has good public transport. Auto rickshaws, local buses and even cabs can be a good option other than self-driven vehicles. By road, travellers would have to take either the NH 62 – Ratanada Road route or the NH 62 – Harish Joshi Marg route.

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