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What You Should Know More About Jodhpur

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Jodhpur is 21. Anyone below 21 years may be prohibited from buying or consuming alcohol.


  • What you will like there?

    Street Food
    There is something really authentic about the street food of Jodhpur. When here, Janta Sweet home is the place you should try. Don’t forget to hog on to the Mawe ki Kachoris, Jodhpuri Mirchi Vadas and Pyaaz ki Kachoris. Lassi and desserts which are an equal delight. 
    Rajasthani Feast
    Once done with the street food, relish on the authentic royal thaali of Rajasthan. It is an elaborate six course meal that will leave your belly delighted. 
    Trinkets and textiles
    To shop for souvenirs in Jodhpur, there is Nai Sarak and Sardar market that offers a number of options for satiating your shopping desires. Do indulge yourself in shopping for pretty silver jewellery, colourful bandhini sarees and embroidered mojris & juttis. Do bargain a lot to get the best deal. 
    Antique shops & Pichwai paintings
    Jodhpur is a home to shops that sell beautiful old furniture such as doors, chests, windows, etc and antique paintings and other items. Explore a cluster of antique shops located at the foot of Umaid Bhawan.  
    Luxe living
    Jodhpur is a little laid back when compared to the other towns and cities of Rajasthan. If you are out on a honeymoon or if you want to have a private time with your partner you can book a luxury room in a lavish villa to partake in the luxe lifestyle of the city. 
    Festivals & folklore
    Jodhpur has its own share of fables and folklores most of which are kept alive via its festivals that are celebrated round the year. Some of the festivals that you must watch out for include Jodhpur Polo Season conducted in December and Flamenco & Gypsy Festival conducted in March.  
    Vintage car display
    There is something for the car enthusiasts too. The Umaid Bhawan palace Museum of Jodhpur conducts a rally of the classic vintage cars that were once driven by the Maharajas. There are Hummers, Rolls Royce’s, Mercedes and other exotic cars in mint condition. 
    Safari rides
    If you enjoy a Safari ride, you can get an ample number of options for this in Jodhpur. For those who think that Safari rides are incomplete without a sight of wildlife, Chinkara Sightseeing in an open jeep can be your preferred choice. To explore and experience the village life of Rajasthan, you can take a safari that drive you through the rural areas of Jodhpur. In the middle of the ride, you can get down and join the villagers for a chit chat over a cup of tea. 
    Glamping in the desert
    The camping trips in Jodhpur are very different from the ones you take in other parts of the country. These are set up in the midst of wilderness and sand dunes. Further, the safari style deluxe tents are pitched within the dunes that house with them jute rugs, teak furniture and tiled bathrooms. Post sunset, the camping site appears like a rustic lounge with mattresses laid out and candles lit accompanied by a light chatter over a three course dinner.  

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  • What is the best time to visit Jodhpur?

    The climate of Jodhpur is hot and arid with temperatures soaring to 45 degree Celsius in the summers. Also rain brings extreme humidity making it unpleasant to travel.

     

    • The best time to visit Jodhpur is between October to February when the weather turns pleasant. These are the winter months during which the temperature goes down to 7 degree Celsius but doesn't go beyond 24 degree Celsius making for a perfect time to soak into spirit of the city with pleasant evenings and desert activities.
    • If you are planning to visit jodhpur during January check the dates for the Calendar Kite Festival to enjoy a colourful splendour of sky. The winter months are the peak tourist season of Rajasthan and you can enjoy activities like desert camping, sightseeing and festivals like Marwar festival and Kite Festival at its fullest.

  • How to reach Jodhpur?

    It is easy to reach Jodhpur as it has a well connected network of trains, flights, buses and roads. There are many ways of reaching Jodhpur.

     

    • Air: The Jodhpur domestic airport is well connected with all the major cities of India. You can get direct flights to Jodhpur from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur or connecting flights from Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore.

     

    • Train: Popular trains like Chennai Jodhpur Express, Suryanagari Express, Howrah Jodhpur SF Express, Yesvantpur Bangalore Jodhpur Express, Jaisalmer Delhi Express, Rajasthan Sampark Kranti and other such trains regularly run from major Indian cities like Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Udaipur to Jodhpur. You can also hop onto the luxurious ‘palace on wheels’ that also stops at Jodhpur.

     

    • Bus: Jodhpur can be reached by numerous private buses, Volvo coaches and deluxe buses that ply between Jodhpur and Delhi at regular intervals. You can also travel in a government operated bus from Jaipur.

     

    • Road: Several National and state highways connect Jodhpur to major cities like Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. A 600 km road journey from Delhi to Jodhpur takes 14 hours long and gives you scenic views of the rusty countryside on your way.

  • Which are the best places to visit in Jodhpur?

    To have the best travel experience of the colourful city of Jodhpur, here is a list of some of the best places to visit in Jodhpur

     

    • Mehrangarh Fort: Enclosing a museum, this fort exhibits various belongings of the royals.

     

    • Jaswant Thada: Royal Cenotaph built in spotless white marble with a small pond and a pretty garden.

     

    • Mandore Garden: The garden has a beautiful ruined fort and palace built like traditional Hindu temples.

     

    • Balsamand Lake: surrounded by lush natural landscapes, the tranquil waters and peaceful environment of this artificial lake makes for a great destination to unwind.

     

    • Mahamandir Temple: The Mahamandir Temple comprises a collection of 84 fantastically carved pillars which is a sight to behold.

     

    • Masuriya Hill Garden: Witness wonderful sunsets and soak in the nature of this beautiful garden amidst a stunning statue of Maharana Pratap.

     

    • Sadar Bazaar and clock tower: Explore the local streets of Jaipur, buy ethnic artefacts and sample famous chat delicacies in Sadar bazaar that houses the clock tower built by Maharaja Sardar singh

  • What things can I do in Jodhpur?

    Listed are popular things to do in Jodhpur. These include:

     

    • Go for desert camping on the undulating landscapes of Jodhpur

     

    • Explore the bustling bazaars of old Jodhpur

     

     

    • Explore the Majestic fort of Mehrangarh.

     

    • Participate in a traditional Opium Ceremony, Amal Sabha.

     

    • Meander through the streets of the blue city and experience local culture.

     

    • Enjoy paragliding in the golden desert of Rajasthan

     

    • Go trekking at Chopasni Village

     

    • Go on a Camel safari at Samsara and Osian

     

    • Take a flying fox adventure on an exciting 6 zip line.

     

    • Get your hands on delicious daal baati churma and other traditional Rajasthani dishes.

  • Which are some best resorts to stay in Jodhpur?

    Some of the best resorts to stay in Jodhpur include:

     

    • Lariya Resort, Chopasni

     

    • Bal Samand Lake Palace, Mandore Road.

     

    • Pratap Nivas, An Amritara Resort, Jhalamand

     

    • Hari Mahal – A Vivanta by Taj heritage

     

    • Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Cantt Area

     

    • Rohetgarh, Rohet

     

    • Mihir Garh, Khandi

     

    • Raas, Makrana Mohalla

     

    • Ranbanka Palace, Circuit House Road

     

    • Indana Palace, Shikargarh

     

    • Bijolai Palace, Kailana Lake

     

    • Bishnoi Village Camp and Resort, Guda Bishnoiyan

     

    • Ratan Vilas, Ratanada
    • Ajit Bhawan, Circuit House road

  • Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Jodhpur?

    Jodhpur boasts of some drool worthy lip smacking Rajasthani fare which are a must try. Some of the best places to experience local cuisine in Jodhpur include:

     

    • Indique at pal Haveli: Candlelight rooftop dinner with excellent views of the fort.

     

    • Mid Town Restaurant: offers exclusive Rajasthani Thali

     

    • Janta Sweet Home, Nai Sarak: offers delectable Jodhpuri sweets and specialities like mawa laddoo, mawa kachori and Malai Sandwich.

     

    • Vijay Juice Bhandar, sardarpura: offers refreshing juices and shakes.
    • Gypsy Dining Hall, Sardarpura: offers traditional Rajasthani thali
    • Raas Haveli, Mehrangarh: boutique hotel offering signature Rajasthani Laal maas

     

    • Aashapurna Ajmeri Kadhi Kachori food stall: offers Dal Puri & Dal Pakwan and kadhi kachori

     

    • Surya Shahi Namkeen, Jalori Gate Circle: Mirchi Bada, Namkeen, Samosa.

     

    • Food stalls near Shastri Circle: sample Rajasthani kulfi

  • What are the best public transport modes to commute around Jodhpur?

    Getting around Jodhpur is easy with a variety of fast and convenient transportation options available. Popular cab services like Ola/Uber and local apps like ‘Meri auto’ and ‘Meri cab’ run between places as per requirement. However the narrow lanes of Jodhpur are difficult to be traversed by cars. That’s when Autorickshaws come to aid. They are the most common local means of transport but they are unmetered and hence need to be negotiated for fares before getting on board. Apart from these mini buses are also available but they are not advisable as they get chaotic. Traditional means of transport like Tongas, horse driven carriages also run around the clock tower and local bazaars of Jodhpur. A very popular cab service called Suncity Cabs operate within Jodhpur.

  • What are the best places of shopping in Jodhpur?

    Jodhpur is the hub of authentic artefacts, chic mojris, traditional jewellery, exclusive fabrics, classic handicrafts and exquisite antiques. The best places for shopping in jodhpur include:

    Jodhpur is the hub of authentic artefacts, chic mojris, traditional jewellery, exclusive fabrics, classic handicrafts and exquisite antiques. The best places for shopping in jodhpur include:

     

    • Tripolia Bazaar: famous for local textiles and handicrafts

     

    • Sarafa Bazaar: famous for dedicate handicrafts like bandhani and lahariya, meticulously designed jewellery, bangles and accessories.
    • Kapra Bazaar: famous for exquisite pieces of Rajasthani art, dress materials of bandhani, lehariya and block prints.

     

    • Mochi Bazaar: famous for colourful and intricately designed Mojris.
    • Clock Tower or Ghanta Ghar: famous for fine variety of spices, especially Mathaniya’s red chilli.

     

    • Nai Sarak: famous for Bandhani saree, dupattas, suit pieces and turbans.
    • Umaid Bhawan Palace Market: famous for exquisite antiques, designer furniture and handicrafts made of mirrors and beads, sequins and silver jewellery.

  • Which places are best for Desert camping in and around Jodhpur?

    Famous for its desert camps in the middle of endless sands, Jodhpur gives oodles of opportunities for camping in the Thar dessert.Here are the best places for Desert Camping in and around Jodhpur.

     

    The desert camps are luxurious and offers you a wide range of activities like sightseeing, camel safari, village safari, bonfire with traditional Rajasthani dishes, music shows and folk dances and a picturesque sunset of the desert.

  • What are the timings, and charges to visit Mehrangarh Fort?

    One of the most magnificent forts in India, the Mehrangarh Fort adorns Jodhpur’s stunning skyline with its beautiful architecture. This red sandstone structure is still run by the Jodhpur Royal Family.

     

    • Admission timings: 9:00 to 17:00 all days

    -Entry free on 12th of May on account of Jodhpur Foundation day.

     

    You don’t need a ticket to enter the fort itself. The ticket prices mentioned are that of the museum section.

    • Ticket prices:

    -For International visitors: INR 600 (including audio)

    -For Indian nationals: INR 100

    -For senior citizens, students and para-military personnel: INR 50

    -Audio Guide: INR 180 extra.

  • What are the timings and entry fee to visit Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur?

    Umaid Bhawan is a magnificent palace of sandstone and marble and one of the largest private residences in the world. It is currently a residence of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels and it was awarded as world’s best hotel at the Traveler’s choice awards.

    The timings and charges are for the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.

     

    • Visitor timings: 9:00 am to 17:00 pm everyday except gazette holidays

     

    • Entry Fees: International visitors: INR 50

    Indian Visitors: INR 15

    • Best time to Visit: October to March

  • Where can we go for village safari in Jodhpur?

    No trip in Rajasthan is complete without a village safari. You get a chance to be up close and personal to the unique traditions and customs of a village in your safari. Here is a list of villages safaris you cannot miss in Jodhpur.

     

     

    • Osian Village Safari: take a full day village safari to the ancient town of osian known for its ancient and ruined shrines.

  • Why Mandore Garden is famous? How far it is from Jodhpur?

    Mandore Garden is located at a distance of 9 km from Jodhpur. The Mandore Garden is famous for its charming collection of temples, memorials and high rock terraces with a ruined temple. This garden houses a government museum called the ‘Hall of Heroes’ which commemorates popular folk heroes of the region. A huge ruined temple is the highlight of the Gardens. The outer wall of the ruined temple depicts finely carved botanical designs, birds and animals. This garden is open for visitors from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

  • How far is Jaisalmer from Jodhpur? What all places can we see in between?

    Jodhpur is approximately 288.8 km far from Jaisalmer and it takes about 4 h 58 min to reach by car. Places we can see in between include:

     

    • Mandore: Located at a distance of 9 km from Jodhpur, Mandore is known for for its garden, ancient temple and a ruined fort. The outer walls of the ruined mandore temple depicts finely carved botanical designs, birds and animals and is a secluded and tranquil place away from the otherwise crowded city.

     

    • Osian Village: The ancient town of Osian lies 65 kms on the way to Jaisalmer and it is known for it’s ancient and ruined shrines.

     

    • Khichan Village: Known as the village of ‘Migrating Birds’, Khichan village offers mesmerising views of the migrating birds congregating during winters.

     

    • Ramdevra Temple: This temple is dedicated to saint Ramdevra who was believed to be the reincarnation of Lord Krishna.

  • Which heritage havelis are good for a luxurious stay in Jodhpur?

    The list of luxurious heritage havelis in Jodhpur include:

    • Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Circuit House Rd
    • The Gulaal Hotel, Bera Road
    • Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli, Makrana Mohalla
    • Pal Garh Heritage Hotel, pal village
    • Heritage Kuchaman Haveli, Stadium Road
    • Raas Jodhpur, Makrana Mohalla
    • Heritage Hotel Fort Chanwa, Luni
    • Rawla Narlai heritage resort, Desuri
    • Haveli Inn Pal, Jodhpur
    • Hari Mahal, Jodhpur
    • Jodhana Heritage Resorts, Jodhpur

Traveller Tales from Jodhpur

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Siddhran Dwivedi

06 September 2016

My girl friend wanted to experience a desert camping and so I took her over to the Samsara desert campus. The ambience, location, service and food was moderate. The highlight of the stay was the desert camping, like us there were many couples and hence we had fun time mingling with the other travelers. Mobile network reception was average, but however there weren’t Wi-Fi connectivity (my GF wasn’t able to update her pics on Insta). It was a different experience to stay in a village away from the city life. The manager of the property was polite, knowledgeable and friendly too, each time we reached our bedroom; the staff had managed to decorate it beautifully with towel art and fresh flowers. All the more this place is completely safe and ideal for couples, honey moon trips and family. My GF is totally impressed and has put an indent now itself to take her there again for her birthday. Friendly place!!

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Anilaabh Somayaji

06 September 2016

Wow! What a place! A beautiful resort to stay away from the hustle bustle city life, I am damn sure every visitor would have the same reaction just like me, if you happen to visit the Samsara Desert campus. The greatest part of the trip was that the roads were totally smooth and hence we reached without any stress or tension, my wife loved the sand dune that was visible from the room backyard. The resort is fully green and maintained well by the staff; we enjoyed every bit of the trip. Full marks to the staff and room service!

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Dhanu Chattopadhyay

15 December 2015

I was visiting to the mehrangarh fort, I came across this zipline adventure thing. I never did it earlier but really wanted to hop on . But i couldnt do it as i reached the fort late in the evening and they have time duration for when to do it. So do check before going. But luckily I got the chance next day, and truly it was an amazing experience.

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Aditya Gandhi

06 October 2015

Rajasthan is a magical place, and this activity made the tour so memorable for me and my family. it was like all of my family about 6 of us did this and we loved it. best part are the views of the city and the fort. the safety was good and the instructors were also experienced. do it!!

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Kin Verma

28 December 2015

ZIPlining over blue city was out of the world. you get t osee the whole city from top and the royal forts. its like flying above the city and witnessing a bird eye view of the city. it was a very different ziplining experience for me! great acyvitiy in jodhpur. a must do in jodhpur

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Suryakanta Mehra

03 January 2015

Cant even begin to explain how amazing this entire experience was! I had goosebumps! hats off on teh safety procedures and equipment that was well taken care of. What a away to celebrate NEW YEAR!

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Chidaakaash Namboothiri

28 December 2015

flying through the ziplines in this royal city of jodhpur is one unforgettable experience i got. don't worry guys it is totally safe and the instructors are experienced. go for it..

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Sushma Ahuja

28 December 2015

ziplining over the royal forts of jodhpur is so amazing that you will feel, you are traveling in a time machine and hovering over the vintage villages and forts.

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Vedanga Pothuvaal

09 October 2015

Ziplining makes so much sense here. I glided over the fort in the evening, and the views alongside the experience itself left me speechless.

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