What you will like
- Forts, Palaces, Temples and Heritage Monuments
- Different architectural styles
- Local cuisine, sweets and street food
- Handcrafted souvenirs
What you might not like
- Soaring temperatures during summer months
- Architecture, history, and culture buffs
- Nature lovers
- Those seeking Royal/Desert holiday experience.
How to Reach
By Air- Jodhpur has its own domestic airport which is known as Jodhpur Airport, located merely at a distance of 5 kilometres from the main city. Well-connected to other major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur. One can hire a cab or taxi which will charge around Rs. 100.
By Rail- Jodhpur Railway Station is well connected by Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Even the luxurious ‘Palace on Wheels’ also visits the city of royal splendor.
By Road- Jodhpur is well-connected with national and state highways that connect cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Jaipur. Government operated buses like AC Goldline and Silver Line Express also run between the Delhi and Jodhpur and Jaipur to Jodhpur as well.
Local Food and Eateries
The delectable Marwari cuisine is a must-taste when you are in the Blue City. The fare is primarily vegetarian, tasty and spicy leaving you craving for more. Sweets form an important part of the regular meals. Apart from the different types of dishes served at the fancy restaurants, hotels and luxury resorts, it is the local street food that appeases an ardent foodie’s palate.
Dal Bati Churma, Chilli Sabzi / Vade, Badam Halwa, Motichur Ladoo, Mawa, Malpua, Kachoris with sweet /spicy fillings, Makhan Bada, Besan Chakki, a lip-smacking array of Kulfi in different flavours and immensely filling creamy Lassis (Clock Tower Market) are some of the local foods you can’t afford to miss when in Jodhpur.
Trying out the traditional Rajasthani Thali (Lunch Platter) at Gypsy in Sardarpura is a great way to ease those pangs of hunger and sample several regional delicacies at the same time! Several other restaurants /hotels in this locality and around the city cater to luxury and budget dining experiences.
Janta Sweet House has different outlets across Jodhpur to satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings for fast food. Fruit juices are also served here. Check out the Kachoris here.
Shopping at Jodhpur
Colourful Hand-dyed and designed Tie-and-Dye fabric, beautiful Silver Trinkets/Jewellery pieces, handcrafted/embroidered footwear, wood/marble Artefacts, appealing pieces of Blue pottery are but a few souvenirs you could shop for to remember this trip.
Markets at the Clock Tower, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Nai Sarak, and Sojati Gate offer a great collection to choose from. It is, however, important to compare prices and drive a fair bargain when shopping at the marketplace. While there are dedicated bazaars for fabrics (Kapra) and footwear (Mochi), others including Tripoli and Sarafa markets also showcase an extensive array of merchandise that makes excellent gifts.
While a short holiday in Jodhpur may not really do justice to this city, it may be just enough to experience the best of the local attractions and activities that are quite popular with tourists.
Day 1- Kick start your first day in the city with a visit to the famous Ghanta Ghar aka Clock Tower from where you can get an unobstructed bird’s eye view of the entire city. This part of the New Town is also a busy shopping hub with the Sardar Market in the vicinity being a haven for shopaholics! Make a mental note of things you wish to shop for later and head straight to the Mehrangarh Fort for a leisurely excursion through the large premises soaking in the grandeur and architecture of this impressive structure. Take time to visit the Museum at the fort to view exhibits on display and better understand the historical background of Mehrangarh. Expect to spend at least a couple of hours at the Fort.
Break for lunch and treat yourself to a sumptuous local spread at any of the restaurants en-route and rest your feet before proceeding to Jaswant Thada, a memorial complex intricately crafted out of white marble. The architectural nuances, sculptures, portraits of erstwhile kings who ruled Jodhpur, a mini garden and lake are quite a pleasure to behold. Allow yourself about an hour’s time to explore the marble structure.
Time permitting, check out the step well Toorji Ka Jhalra on your return trip, before settling for dinner at one of the many restaurants near the Clocktower.
Day 2- Enjoy a delicious traditional breakfast and hit the road leading to the beautiful Umaid Bhavan Palace, which is still home to Maharaja Gaj Singh and his family. While one part of the palace is converted into a heritage hotel run by the Taj Group, the other serves as a royal residence. The Palace with over 300 rooms and its own Museum is an impressive piece of mixed-architectural styles that make an excellent background for photographs as well! Spend about an hour or two exploring the premises before you get to explore Mandore Gardens.
Mandore was the capital of Marwar, and these gardens hold the tombs of Maharaja Ajit Singh, the Maharani and other rulers of Jodhpur. The tombstones are shaped to resemble Hindu temples and sport intricate, ornamental carvings. The rocky terrace, “Hall of Heroes” dedicated to legendary local heroes, a shrine dedicated to 30-crore Hindu deities, and the Government Museum at the premises are bound to demand at least an hour of your time.
Break for lunch and a short rest and proceed further to the scenic and calm settings of the Bal Samand Lake where you can unwind and relax. Flanked by fruit orchards fed by waters from the artificial lake and the magnificent Bal Samand Palace, now a heritage hotel, these surroundings make an excellent picnic spot.
Head back to the city for some souvenir shopping at the markets, hearty dinner and great night’s rest.
Day 3- If you are religious, visit the Chamunda Mata Mandir, Kunj Bihari Temple and the Mahamandir dedicated to Lord Shiva and offer worship. Architectural nuances of these temples are indeed captivating. Spend time at the Umaid Gardens and visit the Zoo here.
If temples don’t interest you, you can check out the Geographic heritage site at Welded Tuff, visit the Rao Jodha Statue, and spend time at Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park or even explore the