Jodhpur Tourism, India 2020 (155 Tours & Activities)

Set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan reflects rich history and is a favorite among travelers. Fondly called the ‘sun city’, the tourist places in Jodhpur are rich in cultural heritage. The majestic forts, ancient ruined temples, grand palaces, and the beautiful endless deserts make for a perfect vacation be it with friends, family or your other half.

Whether it is walking around the grandness of the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, binging on mirchi vada and pyaaz ki kachori, or shopping for mojris and bandhanis, you can never get enough of this beautiful blue city.Shop for antique silver jewelry, handcrafted embroidered juttis, and colourful bandhani sarees from famous Sardar Market and Nai Sarak.

Take a stroll around Umaid Bhawan palace and visit the vintage car museum. Get a taste of the village life of Jodhpur in a village safari or soak in the tranquility of the desert on a camel safari. Go desert camping in luxury tents or stay amidst the luxury of magnificent heritage hotels. When it comes to activities, there is no dearth of things to do in Jodhpur.

Apart from its wonderful palaces and forts and delicious rajasthani thali, Jodhpur is also known for its festivals. Listen to renowned artists at the World Sufi Spirit festival or witness folk artists and musicians at Rajasthan International Folk Festival.

Visit around January and get to see the Jodhpur international Kite festival and Nagaur Festival. The beautiful and ancient forts, palaces and temples, picturesque Thar desert, rich cultural heritage and the eye-catching marvels are some of the tourist places in Jodhpur which will etch delightful memories in your hearts.

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20 September 2019
Excellent
Rajasthan > Jodhpur > Osian Desert > Safari Camp > Camel Safari When I heard of Camel Safari Activity in Thrillophilia first thought which came into my mind was of Sand Dunes & Sunset. Thrillophilia arranged the activity to such an extent that it was like dream became reality. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset upon reaching the summit of our 30 minutes hip-hop Camel Ride. An experienced guide accompanied us explaining the flora and fauna of the desert along the ride and he took few pictures also to memorize this event. Everything was perfect from the evening sun to the delicious meal that one can enjoy afterwards at the camp (at extra cost).
14 December 2018
Excellent
My mom and I really enjoyed this camel ride. The guide, Dhanna was fantastic and took us back to his place for a home cooked meal made by his wife. It was so peaceful riding the camels in the Thar desert to disappear from the hustle and bustle of the India cities. We couldn't have loved the tour any more. Absolutely fantastic!
"Excellent tour special thanks to Sumer and family for very nice Camel ride and homely tasty food. "
21 October 2019
Excellent
Wow, it was such a nice experience, the desert safari, and the camping all was so fantastic. The view of the sunset and then stars in the night was so mesmerizing.
Magnificent. We got a very good tour guide for the whole trip. Megarath fort is remarkable. The tour guide did an excellent job of explaining everything in so detailed as well as the Indian culture. He is good in English speaking.
02 March 2020
Excellent
It was an amazing stay. The booking through Thrillophilia was super smooth. The owner of the place Mr. Mahaveer is very helpful and welcoming person. All staffs of this place are very very well behaved and courteous. They served us all inclusions, written in booking voucher. The Camel Safari, Rajasthani Folk Music & Dance, food (lunch, dinner and breakfast) were awesome. The Rajasthani dishes were so delicious. We've enjoyed every bit of stay at this place!! Definitely recommenced place.
Excellent
"Experience was awesome...????... never thought such experience as I kept expectations low and then what I saw n feel over there was some different level and full of excitement.\nrecommend to everyone. with or without family... doesn't matter."
30 December 2019
Excellent
Owner Mr. Mahaveer is very humble and helpful, great experience of my life, they provide high class service. Tent is very comfortable. Cultural program is Osm. Food is very tasty and yummy. Thank you mahaveer ji ????
17 November 2019
Excellent
A really great time! We very much enjoyed the cultural experience in the local village. We also took a jeep safari which showed the local wildlife; our guide Minaj was sweet, friendly and took extra time to be sure we really enjoyed it. Can't wait to come again! The Bishnoi people were inviting and helpful, and the sweet and quiet time in desert was a great reprieve from the cities. We wish them well and to see again.
05 November 2019
Excellent
It is a great deal. Beautiful place to stay. Owner Mr. Mahaveer is very humble and helpful person. Food was tasty & ample. The provided unlimited mineral water for us as and when required. Camel safari was also good & enjoyable. We enjoyed true Rajasthani folk cultural program at night. It was diwali on that particular day. They had arranged some in-house fireworks. Dark starlit sky, campfire, fireworks, folk music & wines - the whole ambiance was ecstatic. Overall a very good & comfortable stay. Only thing I would like to remind you that the region where the camp is located is named Osiyan. Here, you won't find complete desert like Jaisalmer. It is more like a terrain covered with thorny bush. Sand dunes are limited though the camel will take you to a nearby one. But, it's not a fault of owner. You will get compensated with their warm & humble hospitality.

People Also Ask About Jodhpur

  1. Drinking Law

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


  2. 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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  4. What is the best time to visit Jodhpur?

    The climate of Jodhpur City 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.

     

     

     

    • 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.

  11. 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:

     

    • 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.
  12. 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 Jodhpur.

     

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

  13. 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 making it an important sightseeing place in Jodhpur. 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.

  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

  17. 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.
  18. Which heritage havelis are good for a luxurious stay in Jodhpur?

    The list of luxurious heritage havelis in which you can stay on your Jodhpur Tour 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