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Ghanta Ghar

// Sunday Travel Trivia

Located in the shadows of Mighty Mehrangarh fort, the Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh.

A prominent landmark in the Old City of Jodhpur, the tower was completed in 1910 and the clock built by Lund and Blockley installed in 1911. The same clockmaker who had supplied the clocks to the Bombay University and the Victoria Terminus in Mumbai.

Presently the clock keeper Mohammad Iqbal who is the second generation from his family looks after the complex mechanism of this fascinating clock. Mohammad’s maintenance of the clock started on 10th September, 2009. It is said that he and his son, Mohammad Shakeel, are the only people who know how to make the complex clock work.

The Sadar Market market that sprawls symmetrically around the clock tower is full of life with all sorts of things on display from fruit veggies to clothes and spices. It’s at night that the tower comes to life when it is all lit.

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