A Travel Guide to Jodhpur

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Have you ever wondered why Jodhpur is termed the blue city, even though not all of the city is painted blue? Speaking with the locals will give you a host of new theories and reasons - some say the blue colour keeps the termites away, while others believe that the colour keeps the houses cool. Set in the Thar Desert's striking landscape, the blue city of Jodhpur reflects the rich history and culture of Rajasthan and is popular among travellers. Fondly called the 'Sun City', the city's ancient ruined temples, grand palaces, the majestic forts and the beautiful endless span of the desert makes for a perfect vacation. Whether it is taking a stroll around the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, binging on mirchi vada and pyaaz kachori, or shopping for exquisite bandhanis and mojris, you can never get enough of this beautiful city.

Best time to visit Jodhpur

The months from October to March are the perfect time to visit Jodhpur. Let us look at the various seasons round the year to help you plan your trip better.

  • Winter: Winter is the perfect time to visit Jodhpur with the temperature ranging from 7°C to 25°C. The weather is pleasant for tourist activities like desert camping, sightseeing and attending festivals like the Desert Kite Festival.
  • Summer: Jodhpur experiences peak summers during April through July, with daytime temperatures lying between 32°C and 43°C. Evenings are pleasant to go on sightseeing sprees.
  • Monsoon: Jodhpur receives moderate rainfall from July to August. The temperature ranges between 23°C and 37°C making this a comfortable experience.

Most spoken languages in Jodhpur

  • Hindi
  • Marwari
  • Rajasthani

How to reach Jodhpur

  • By air: You can book your flights to Jodhpur and arrive at the Jodhpur airport is situated 5 km from the city centre. Once you land, you can hire a cab or auto to the city. IndiGo now operates non-stop daily flights connecting Jodhpur with Delhi and Ahmedabad and seamless connections to other key destinations in India. 
  • By bus: Jodhpur is well connected by buses from Delhi which ply throughout the day. AC Goldline and Silver Line Express are government-operated buses that run between the two places.
  • By train: Jodhpur is well connected to Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata by the rail network. You can also take a trip on the luxurious 'Palace on Wheels' to visit Jodhpur. Rajasthan Sampark Kranti, Howrah Jodhpur SF Express, Chennai Jodhpur Express, Suryanagari Express, Jaisalmer Delhi Express and Yesvantpur Bangalore Jodhpur Express are some of the popular trains that run from Jodhpur.

Getting around Jodhpur

The best way to get around Jodhpur is by hiring taxis or auto-rickshaws. These modes are not only convenient but affordable too.

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Places to visit in Jodhpur

  • Mehrangarh Fort: This fort tops the list of 'must visit' places in Jodhpur. The architectural style of the fort represents various periods in history. An interesting fact: 'The Dark Knight Rises' was shot at this magnificent fort. While here, remember to visit the Ranisar and Padmasar lakes and the Chokelao Bagh.
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace: This 347-roomed massive palace is located on the highest point in the city. A part of the palace still serves as a residence to the former royal family with other parts being converted to a hotel and museum. On your visit to the Umaid Bhawan, do remember to observe a stunning vintage car collection.
  • Kailana Lake: Located on the west of the city, this man-made lake is a birdwatchers' paradise. You can go boating or catch a breathtaking view of the sunset on your visit to this lake.
  • Jaswant Thada: Located close to the Mehrangarh Fort, this marble structure consists of manicured multilevel gardens, intricately carved gazebos and a pond. Jaswant Thada offers a stunning view of the Umaid Palace.
  • Mandore Gardens: Sightseeing in Jodhpur is incomplete without a visit to the Mandore Gardens. This place attracts a large number of tourists for its cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers. This place also houses a 'Hall of Heroes' and a temple dedicated to 300 million Gods along with various other artefacts. You can witness the architectural splendour of the bygone era here.

Places to eat in Jodhpur

Gypsy Restaurant
Gypsy Restaurant

The Gypsy restaurant is popular pure vegetarian restaurant in Jodhpur. It serves a special traditional thali comprising of 29 dishes. Along with the great quality of food, this restaurant will win your heart for its warm ambience and friendly staff.

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Mehran Terrace
Mehran Terrace

This restaurant situated at the Mehrangarh Fort offers a romantic setting. It is the perfect spot to celebrate any occasion with live performances and delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices of food.

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Shandar Sweet House
Shandar Sweet House

This place is a must visit for traditional pure ghee sweets and Indian snacks. You must try out Dahi Wada, Gatta Curry, Lehsun Dal, Dal Malai Kofta and Gulab Jamun Sabzi at this typical Rajasthani restaurant.

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Shopping in Jodhpur

  • Ashapurna Mall: Ashapurna Mall is among the first malls in Jodhpur. This mall is in the heart of the city and is surrounded by prominent residential and commercial areas, making it an ideal and convenient location.
  • Blue City Mall: Known for its unique offerings, this mall in Jodhpur is one of the high end malls in the city.
  • Saarang Mall: Saarang mall is one of the few malls in Jodhpur which houses all high end brands.

Markets in Jodhpur

Similar to the other cities in Rajasthan, Jodhpur has one of the most colourful marketplaces with plenty of skilled artisans. From unique fabrics to chic mojaris, jewellery and handicrafts, you cannot bid farewell to Jodhpur without checking out the bustling bazaars of the city. 

  • Clock Tower Market: Locally known as 'Ghanta Ghar', this market is famous for its variety of spices (especially Mathaniya's red chilli), handicrafts, embroidered fabrics and other antiques.
  • Nai Sarak: A visit to Jodhpur is incomplete without buying the traditional tie and dye (Bandhani or Bandhej) fabric. The place is a must-visit on your trip to Jodhpur and is the best market in the city to pick up souvenirs on your way back home.
  • Sojati Gate Market: This market is thronged by tourists for beautiful fabrics, handicrafts and jewellery. Remember to stop at one of the stalls to get your hands adorned with traditional henna designs.
  • Sarafa Bazaar: This market is famous for silver accessories, trinkets, fabrics and other artefacts. Do brush up on your bargaining skills before you hit this bazaar.
  • Mochi Bazaar: Shop for chic mojaris in myriad colours and patterns at the Mochi Bazaar. You can also find lac bangles and junk jewellery at affordable rates at this market.

Where to stay in Jodhpur

TajUmaid

Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace If you believe in living life King size, then this is the perfect pick for you. This luxurious hotel offers its guests several facilities such as swimming pools, recreation rooms, ballrooms, lounge bar, a marbled squash room and a wellness spa. The royal family continues to share the mansion with its exclusive guests.

Raas

RAAS The Luxury Boutique Heritage hotel’s architecture comprises of red sandstone walls, stunning rooms, grand courtyards, and manicured lawns. The hotel offers a perfect combination of modern and traditional amenities in its 39 premium rooms. You can enjoy a stunning view of the Mehrangarh fort from this hotel.

SinghviHaveli

Singhvi’s Haveli This 500-year-old Haveli has 13 rooms adorned with traditional decor and other nostalgia. The suites in this heritage haveli are easy on the pocket and offer a stunning view of the blue city.

Ratanvilas

Ratan Villas This heritage hotel offers 15 rooms with modern amenities. Old family portraits fill the drawing room of the mansion, which is also at present occupied by the descendants of the maharaja who built the haveli. If you are lucky, you might run into one of the owners who could fill you with fascinating stories of the royal family.

Nightlife in Jodhpur

  • Pulse The Bar: A part of Hotel Shri Ram Excellency in Jodhpur, Pulse The Bar, attracts a number of visitors through its classy interiors and soothing interiors. The music is hep, the staff is fantastic and is a perfect place for nightcrawlers! While the menu is extensive, the drinks list is also quite impressive.
  • Trophy Bar: If you are looking at exploring a high-end place to unwind, Trophy Bar is your destination in Jodhpur. Located inside Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, this bar is adorned with trophies and wildlife artefacts. You’ll be amazed by the furniture which features animal-print cushions while the walls are decorated with hunting gear that apparently belonged to Maharajas who used to live there. Don’t miss trying their cuban cigars apart from the fine range of liquors. 

Places to visit near Jodhpur

  • Pali: Located nearly 1.5 hrs from Jodhpur, this quaint city is home to beautiful step-wells and ancient temples. Visit the Om Banna Shrine, dedicated to a deity in the form of a motorcycle, on your visit to Pali.
  • Osian: Located 1.5 hrs from Jodhpur, this place is known as the 'Khajuraho of Rajasthan' and is known to be centuries old. Visit the architecturally magnificent Osiyan temple on your visit here.
  • Khimsar: Located nearly 2 hrs from Jodhpur, Khimsar is home to the majestic Fort and the rustic dunes village. You must try your hands at desert safari on the sand dunes at Khimsar.

Festivals in Jodhpur

  • Jodhpur Marwar Festival: One of the most popular festivals in the city is the Jodhpur Marwar Festival. Celebrated in the memory of the heroes of Rajasthan, this festival takes places every year. One of the key highlights of this festival is the folk music centred on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers.
  • Nagaur Festival: This gala festival in Rajasthan is the second largest festival in India. An annual celebration of eight festive days is celebrated from January to February in the Nagaur locale of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. During these eight days’ fair, Nagaur also hosts the largest chilli market in India and the display of other Indian spices, leather works, and wooden arts and crafts.

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