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About Jodhpur

The historical and ancient city of Jodhpur is situated in the Thar Desert, in the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. This is a 15th Century city built around the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. This city is also known as the “Blue City” due to the uniformly painted houses in light blue colour.

The city of Jodhpur is popular for its rugged natural beauty. Its rocky landscape and desert plantations along with ancient ruins of the historical forts and palaces create an adventurous and a mesmerising ambience for visitors. The city looks magical at night, with the forts lighting up the horizon and performers adding to the cultural vibrance of the city.

The main attraction of this city is its majestic forts and palaces. The entire city is built around the imposing structure of the Mehrangarh Fort. The Umaid Bhavan Palace is the epitome of royal magnificence and another stunning attraction that you can check out when you are visiting. The other architectural marvels include the Jaswant Thada, the Ghanta Ghar or the Clock Tower, the Mandore Gardens, the Rao Jodha Rock Park, Phool Mahal – located within the Mehrangarh Fort, the Chand Baori and Osian Temples and Toorji ka Jhalra, to mention a few.

The beautiful city of Jodhpur is thriving with life and adventures. You can enjoy activities such as Overlander Safaris, where you get to meet the locals in the rural regions and learn about the
intricacies of their unique culture and lifestyle. The cultural performances at the Desert camps are experiences you can’t miss when you’re in Jodhpur. The true essence of Rajasthani folk music and dance is on full display during these performances. Trying out the unique cuisines and famous street food in Jodhpur is also bound to be a memorable experience when you are in the city.

Jodhpur experiences semi-arid and fairly warm temperatures all throughout the year, which makes it ideal for winter travels. The city is also known as the “Sun City” due to its sunny weather prevailing throughout the year. The weather experiences a sharp fluctuation with days that are hot and dry and cold nights. Rainfall is sparse. The weather is most pleasant from October to March, which is also the best time to enjoy and explore this marvellous city.

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What are the best places to visit in Jodhpur?

1. The Mehrangarh Fort: The Mehrangarh Fort is the most significant and majestic landmark in Jodhpur. Situated at an elevation of 400 feet above the city, it is one of the largest forts in India. This spectacular fort is famous for its architectural splendour and historical significance.

Location: P.B #165, The, Fort Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006.
- INR 60 for the Indians and INR 400 for the foreigners.
- INR 70 for the Indians and INR 600 for the foreigners for a trip to the museum.
- INR 200 and INR 100 for photography and videography.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

2. Jaswant Thada: 
The Jaswant Thada Fort was built in the year 1899 in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The marble construction of the majestic fort is the main attraction of this structure.

The fort is a visual delight for all visitors. The interiors are adorned with the portraits of the Rathore rulers and the grounds of the fort are landscaped into a multi-level garden with a pond and beautiful gazebos.

Location: Larawan PB #65, c/o Mehrangarh Fort, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Rajasthan 342001.
- INR 15 per domestic tourist
- INR 30 per International tourist
- INR 25 for photography
- INR 50 for videography
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

3. Umaid Bhawan Palace: 
The Umaid Bhavan Palace is the largest private residence in the world. The royal ambience and the grandeur of the palace is truly a wonderful thing to behold.

With 347 rooms decorated with the finest royal furnishings and intricate interiors, the palace is divided into three main sections. The royal family resides in the residence and the other two sections are converted into a museum and the Taj Palace Hotel. Visitors are permitted to enter the museum and hotel.

Location: Circuit House Road, Cantt. Area, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006.
Price: For museum entry:
- INR 30 for Indians
- INR 10 for the children between the ages 5 years to 11 years
- INR 100 for foreigners.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

4. Mandore Gardens: 
Mandore Garden is a popular tourist destination because of its historical value and architectural beauty. Before Jodhpur was established, Mandore was the capital of Rajasthan.

This spectacular garden houses a government museum with precious artefacts and marvellous statues, a temple dedicated to all 33 crore Hindu Gods and Goddesses and a “Hall of Heroes”. This is a great location for photography, for picnic and shopping too.

Location: Mandore, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342007.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.).

5. Toorji Ka Jhalra: 
Toorji Ka Jhalra consists of a stepwell with a pond in the centre that was built in 1740 by one of the queens of Maharaja Abhay Singh. This structure is also a testament to the advanced water management system that prevailed 250 years ago. The entire structure is constructed with the rose-red sandstone that is typically found in Jodhpur.

Location: Sutharo Ka Bass Road, Makrana Mohalla, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001.

6. Ghanta Ghar: 
Ghanta Ghar, popularly known as the Clock Tower, is one of the most popular places to visit in Jodhpur, and also a striking landmark in the city.

Built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1870, this place is located close to the famous Sardar Market, where you can buy various traditional Rajasthani items like jewellery, embroidered textiles and food items. The tall tower of the Ghanta Ghar is the main attraction of this place.

Location: Nai Sarak, Ghantaghar Market, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.).

7. Osian Temples: 
The Osian Temples are a group of 15 intricately built temples carved out of stone, whose construction dates back to the 8th and 12th centuries.

Built by the Pratihara King, Vaasta in 783 A.D., these beautifully carved Jain and Hindu temples are famous for their unique structure and the fact that these are some of the oldest standing structures in the city. These temples are situated approximately 65 km from the desert town of Osian, where you can also enjoy a camel safari in the desert sand dunes.

Location: Jodhpur - Bikaner Highway, Osian, Rajasthan 342303.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).

8. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park: 
Built-in 2006, the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park in Jodhpur is spread over a sprawling 72 hectares of land. Situated near Mehrangarh Fort, this park is a popular tourist destination.

This is one of the most tranquil places to relax and unwind in the midst of dinner. The park features approximately 80 various species of plants from the Thar Desert. The park also features an outdoor museum and a native plant nursery.

Location: Mehrangarh, Fort Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001.
- INR 100 per adult
- Free entry for school students
- INR 200 for hiring a tour guide.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.).

9. Phool Mahal: 
As the name suggests, the Phool Mahal is a magnificent palace built in the shape of a flower.  This awesome palace was built by Maharaja Abhay Singh for his entertainment, where graceful dancers performed for the king.

As a result, the palace is adorned with enchanting flower motifs carved in stone and decorated intricately with gold. This is one of the most attractive and visited sections of the Mehrangarh Fort, simply because of its intricate architecture and colourful history.

Location: P.B # 165, The, Fort Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006.
- INR 20 for Indian tourists
- INR 250 for International tourists.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

10. Kaylana Lake: 
Kaylana Lake is one of the most famous and visited artificial lakes in Jodhpur. This lake was constructed by Pratap Singh in 1872. This beautiful and tranquil lake is a bird watcher’s paradise.

You can enjoy a romantic boat ride in the blue waters and watch the sunset with your loved ones. It is the perfect place for a romantic and relaxing evening in Jodhpur, especially after a hectic day of sightseeing through the city.

Location: Kalyana Lake, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 342007, India.
Timings: Monday to Sunday.

What are the best things to do in Jodhpur?

1. Explore The Mehrangarh Fort: Exploring the majestic Mehrangarh Fort and learning about the rich history and cultural significance of this structure is one of the most fascinating things to do when you are in Jodhpur City. The fort is divided into several sections, fascinating rooms and intricately decorated balconies reflecting its architectural brilliance of the Rajas and Maharajas who lived in these palaces.

Location: P.B # 165, The, Fort Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006.
- INR 60 for the Indians and INR 400 for the foreigners
- INR 70 for the Indians and INR 600 for the foreigners for a trip to the museum
- INR 200 and INR 100 for photography and videography.
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

2. Desert Safari Camp: 
Experiences in the famous Desert Safari Camps in Jodhpur are some of the exciting things you can do when you are here. The most coveted experience is, of course, embarking on camel rides through the vast sand dunes, exploring the arid desert as you occasionally encounter other desert animals like the foxes, blue bulls and the blackbucks.

Location: Bhram Puri, Ashok Gehlot Ji Ki Gali, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006.
Price: Starting from INR 500.
Timings: Open on all days of the week for 24 hours.

3. Dine at Indique Restaurant at Pal Haveli: W
hile holidaying in Jodhpur, you must indulge in the dining experience at the Indique Restaurant at Pal Haveli. This restaurant is the best place for casual fine dining in the city.

The restaurant mainly serves North Indian dishes with the mesmerising view of the Mehrangarh Fort on the horizon. Here you can enjoy a range of authentic Rajasthani and North Indian dishes that will leave you satiated.

Location: Pal Haveli, near Clock Tower, Pal Haveli, Ghantaghar, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001.
Price: INR 1,200 for two people.
Timing: Monday to Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).

4. Participate at Amal Sabha- The Traditional Opium Ceremony: A
mal Sabha or the opium ceremony in Jodhpur is a unique blend of rituals and celebrations. Although opium is banned in India, it is a part of an ancient Rajasthani ritual and the worship of Lord Shiva.

On this occasion, filtered opium water is first offered to Lord Shiva and then it is distributed amongst the visitors by the eldest member of the group. Tourists are allowed to be a part of this off-beat celebration as well.

5. Go on a food tour: 
Jodhpur is the hub of all kinds of Rajasthani cuisines and delicious street foods. Trying out these irresistible, mouth-watering dishes can be a fun-filled experience for you while you are holidaying in Jodhpur. When you’re in Jodhpur, you have to try out the famous Makhani Lassi at Mishrilal Hotel. It is extra creamy and thick served with whipped cream, yoghurt, sugar and saffron – a preparation that is not found anywhere else in India. The other signature local delicacies include Pyaz Kachori, Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada, and the famous Mawa Kachori.

Location: Jodhpur.
Price: Starting from INR 30.

6. Indulge in a shopping spree: 
Jodhpur is a cultural paradise and its marketplaces reflect the beautiful culture of this place. When you’re in the city, you can curate various unique, local and indigenous items like colourful turbans, bandhani textiles and dupattas, exquisite brass and copper artefacts, handmade silver jewellery, beads and precious stones, etc.

The wooden and fabric handicraft items are particularly famous here. You can also buy exotic spices and other culinary items. You can also get your hands on amazing antique pieces that make for excellent gifts and souvenirs from your travels to Jodhpur.

Location: Here are some of the best marketplaces in Jodhpur:
- Clock Tower Market
- Nai Sarak
- Mochi Bazar
- Kapraa Bazar
- Sarafa Bazar
- Tripolia Bazar
- Umaid Bhavan Palace Market
- Sojati Gate Market.
Price: Starting from INR 100.

7. The Overlander Safari: 
As you explore the historical forts and palaces of Jodhpur, you can opt to go for an Overlander Safari. This safari will take you to the rural parts of Jodhpur where you can mingle with locals and learn about their culture and livelihood.

The population in these areas mostly consists of people who belong to the Bishnoi tribe, a sect of people who live a completely eco-friendly life with the limited resources they have access to. While you are there, you can even sample the famous local bajre ki roti that is handmade with ghee by the locals. It is an eye-opening cultural experience that will make your trip to Jodhpur truly memorable.

Location: Rural areas of Jodhpur.
Price: INR 5,000 for two people.

What is famous in Jodhpur?

The historical city of Jodhpur is mostly famous for its magnificent forts and majestic palaces. The Mehrangarh Fort is the most striking feature of this city. The city is also defined by the clusters of homes, all of which are painted uniformly to appear blue, which has led to the city being referred to as the “Blue City.”

What is the best time to visit Jodhpur?

The best time to visit Jodhpur is between October to March. The weather is most pleasant during October and it is also the peak season for tourism in this city. These months are winter months and make sightseeing easy due to the cool atmosphere.

What should I buy from Jodhpur?

- Bhandhej
- Mojris
- Traditional Pichhwai Scroll Paintings
- Hand-Crafted Bangles
- Traditional Handicrafts of Rajasthan from the Tripolia Market
- Traditional Silver Jewellery from Sarafa Bazar
- Spices from the Clock Tower Market.

Why Jodhpur Is Known as Blue City or Sun City?

All the buildings in the older region of Jodhpur are coloured in a uniform light blue shade, symbolising the hierarchy of the Brahmins (which is the highest caste) in the city. The city is also known as the “Sun City” due to the bright sunny weather which prevails throughout the year.

How many days are sufficient for Jodhpur?

Approximately 3 to 4 days are sufficient to spend a short vacation in Jodhpur and explore all the famous forts and palaces and indulge in some shopping as well.

However, the length of your vacation depends on how extensively you would like to travel and explore the city of Jodhpur since it has innumerable historical structures, lakes, gardens and natural attractions that are worth exploring.

What is the history of Mehrangarh fort?

During the 15th Century, Rao Jodha, an ambitious king, ruled the city of Jodhpur. During his rule, he came across an enormous hill and wished to build a magnificent fort by sculpting it out of the surface of the hill. In order to execute his will, he had vanquished all the dwellers from the hill.

Everyone abided by his order except for one saint, named Chidiyawale Baba who cursed the kingdom with droughts if he constructed this fort by removing the inhabitants of the hills. To save himself and his kingdom, Rao Jodha needed one man to die wilfully to get rid of the curse.

A nobleman named Rajaram Meghwal volunteered to lay down his life for the sake of the king. Thus, Rajaram was buried alive and the majestic fort of Mehrangarh was erected on the spot of his burial.

Can we visit Umaid Bhawan Palace?

The Umaid Bhavan Palace is a Royal residence with the royal family currently residing in it. Therefore, it is not open for tourist visits.

However, visitors can visit the Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum with a ticket and also enjoy fine dining at the Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel. The Palace also houses the Taj hotel where guests can experience luxury hospitality during their trip to Jodhpur.

What is the famous food of Jodhpur?

Some of the most famous food in Jodhpur include Mawa Kachori, Makhan Bada, Ghevar, Makhaniya Lassi, Mava, Malpua, Besan Barfi and Gulab Jamun, all of which can be found in the lanes and alleys of the city.

What is the minimum temperature of Jodhpur?

The average minimum temperature recorded in Jodhpur is 9.6 degrees Celsius. During the peak winter time which occurs in January, the temperature at night can drop below 10 degree Celsius, making it very cold.

Is it worth going to Jodhpur?

Yes, the Blue City of Jodhpur is one of the most enchanting and magnificent cities, where you can enjoy a vacation with your loved ones.

Besides the historical grandeur of the forts and palaces, this city is a conglomeration of vibrant and ethnic lifestyle, ancient handicrafts processes, traditional folk music, a colourful culture and sumptuous cuisines. It is worth several visits, where each time you will have the opportunity to discover some new and exciting aspect of the city.

Which is better: Jodhpur or Jaisalmer?

Both the cities of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are equally magnificent and picturesque as tourist destinations though they are very different from each other.

Each city has its unique historical forts and palaces, culture and natural beauty. While Jaisalmer is known for its desert safaris and mesmerising yellow limestone architectures, Jodhpur is famous for its rural communities, ancient historical forts and delicious food.

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

- Bus: You can explore the city by state-operated bus services during the day. The frequency of the buses is comparatively low.

- Taxi: Hired taxi services are one of the most comfortable and easiest ways to travel around the city. You can find them at frequent intervals and the fares are also quite affordable.

- Rickshaws: The un-metered auto-rickshaw and the cycle rickshaw services are one of the most sought-after ways to explore the city as the drivers are well versed with thin alleys and popular landmarks in Jodhpur.

Which are the famous forts in Jodhpur?

1. Mehrangarh Fort: The Mehrangarh Fort, constructed in 1459, is the epitome of royalty and the most significant contribution by the Rajput ruler- Rao Jodha. It is one of the largest and the most magnificent forts in Jodhpur.

2. Umaid Bhawan Palace: 
The Umaid Bhavan Palace reflects the royal grandeur of Jodhpur. It is one of the largest royal residences in the world. This exquisite palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh.

3. Khejarla Fort: 
Khejarla Fort was built in 1611 for Maharajah Gopal Das Ji and is famous for its unique sandstone towers and luxurious interiors. The beauty of this fort has made it one of the most brilliant Indian royal architecture.

4. Fort Chanwa: 
Fort Chanwa is famous for its red sandstone structure with intricately carved balconies and “jharokhas'' or windows. This magnificent fort reflects the signature latticework and carvings. This fort is an epitome of elegance and a visual delight for any visitor.

Which are the famous heritage sites in Jodhpur?

1. Mehrangarh Fort: The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the brilliant architectural wonders of Jodhpur. Built in 1459 by Rao Jodha, this majestic fort holds immense historical significance and is considered one of the most important heritage sites in the city.

2. Jaswant Thada: Ja
swant Thada is an exemplary architectural marvel known for its white marble cenotaphs. Built in 1899 by Maharaja Sardar Singh, this fort is known for its work of art and intricate carvings and is known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar.

3. Umaid Bhawan Palace: 
The grandeur of Umaid Bhavan Palace is truly exceptional. It is one of the most important heritage sites in Jodhpur and is the largest private royal residence in the world. Constructed in 1928, the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and the royal and luxurious interiors are the main attraction of this palace.

4. Phool Mahal: 
The Phool Mahal is an important heritage site in Jodhpur. It is a famous hall in the Mehrangarh Fort. This vast hall was initially built for the entertainment purpose of the Maharajas.  Built by Maharaja Abhay Singh, this place was constructed for the dancers in his palace and therefore, was sculpted with intricate floral designs.

5. Toorji Ka Jhalra: 
Toorji Ka Jhalra reflects the masterful architectural dexterity of the Rajasthani Rajas. It is an amazing structure consisting of multiple stepwells surrounding a “kund”. This structure was built in 1740 by one the queens of Maharaja Abhay Singh, which is now an important tourist destination and a heritage site in Jodhpur.

Which are the famous resorts in Jodhpur?

1. The Prem Beacon, Jodhpur: Situated approximately 10 km away from the Mehrangarh Fort, the Prem Beacon Resort is a chic, trendy and a comfortable retreat to spend an enjoyable vacation with your friends and family. The air-conditioned rooms are fitted with flat-screen TVs and the retreat is well known for its sumptuous cuisine and great hospitality.

2. Thar Oasis Resort and Camp: 
Situated 43 km away from the Khichan Bird Sanctuary, the Thar Oasis Resort and camp is a comfortable ethnic resort to spend a cherishable vacation with your loved ones. The resort provides amenities like a bar, a restaurant, a beautifully landscaped garden, free parking along with free Wi-Fi, front desk and room service.

3. Lariya Resort: 
If you are seeking luxury and comfort along with modern facilities, the Lariya Resort is the best retreat to be in when you are in Jodhpur. With a modern architectural style and a landscaped pool, all the rooms in this resort feature elegant furnishings and fine interiors along with amenities like air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a restaurant serving mouth-watering dishes along with a barbeque facility.

4. Rawat Resort: 
The tranquil and elegant ambience of the Rawat Resort in Jodhpur is perfect for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. With a crystal blue swimming pool, the resort also features amenities like private bathrooms, 24 hours front desk and efficient room service.

Which are the famous places for shopping at Jodhpur?

1. Clock Tower Market: The Clock Tower Market is one of the landmark places in Jodhpur, known for its finest quality of spices, especially the Mathaniya’s red chilli. Other stuff available in this market are flavoured teas, handicraft items, antiques and hand-embroidered fabrics.

2. Mochi Bazar: 
While holidaying in Jodhpur, you can pick your pair shoes or traditional Rajasthani 'jutis” from the famous Mochi Bazar. Available in vibrant colours and patterns, this market is a one-stop-shop for all varieties of traditional Rajasthani footwear. Other unique items like the lac bangles and antique items are available as well.

3. Umaid Bhavan Palace Market: 
The Umaid Bhawan Market is a paradise for the antique collectors. This palace-market is famous for traditional metal works, designer furniture and exquisite collection of antiques. You will find the finest quality of sequins, pottery, beads, mirrors, copperware and brass items, marble and metalwork to puppets and textiles.

4. Tripolia Bazar: 
Jodhpur is a city of traditional Rajasthani culture and lifestyle. Tripolia Bazar is a mini-Rajasthan where you can buy all the ethnic and traditional items of the state, such as the famous wooden handicraft items, colourful embroidered apparels, brass and copper items, metal furniture, silver jewellery and various other traditional artefacts.

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.

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Reviewed: 24 Dec 2023
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