Jodhpur Travel Guide
Travelling to Jodhpur excites every Indian almost, it was the same for me. Rather for me, Rajasthan, the state itself, excites me always. Jodhpur, the blue city was on my list for a long time, and what could have been better than going for my first ever solo trip to Jodhpur.
Most of you must have read my blog on Udaipur-The city of Lakes, and if not, the please do by clicking here. Because this one is a continuation to it.
I was in Udaipur for a couple of purposes and Travel was one of them, I was there with my sister. Now after staying there for a couple of days my sister went back to her work while i planned on exploring the state more.
About the city
Jodhpur, also known as the blue city and/or the sun city, is the second most populated city in Rajasthan, it’s the second metropolitan city too. Known mostly for the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is also a strategic location for the defense fronts of the country, being just 250 Kms away from Indo-Pak border. Jodhpur is also known for the numerous educatioonal institutions present there such as AIIMS Jodhpur, Jodhur IIT, NIFT Jodhpur to name a few.
Why is Jodhpur called the Blue City?
Well there quite a lot of versions to why Jodhpur is called to blue city. And if you expect the whole city to be blue, you’ll be disappointed, because it isnt so. Only the old part of the city is painted in sky blue, especially the part of the city which shares the walls with Mehrangarh fort.
Now coming to the reason why they are painted in blue, some say it’s because the locals in that particular area believe in Shiva, and because lord Shiva is related to blue color, the city is painted in blue. Some say it’s to keep the houses cool because of the arid climate. Some also say it’s to keep the termites away. Now it really depends on themselves which they want to believe. So i’ll keep it till there.
How to reach Jodhpur?
Jodhpur being one of the few metropolitan cities in Rajasthan, is well connected to all major cities in the country mainly through railways and bus. Also there are a few flights which fly directly to Jodhpur from Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Indore and Bangalore.
If you take my personal opinion, buses to Jodhpur are the easiest and cheapest means. From Udaipur, the distance is about 250 Kms, and from Jaipur it’s about 350 Kms and from Ahmedabad it’s around 450 Kms. Rajasthan State Transport buses are cheap and frequent, and if you want volvos, you’ll get that too.
Where to Stay?
Like every popular destination, Jodhpur also has varied options of accomodation depending on your preferences and budget. There are super expensive hotels like Umaid Bhawan Palace, there are heritage homestays like Rani Mahal, there are numerous hostels and i’d recommend Locomo and Zostel. There’s options for budgets of Rs. 200 a night to Rs. 20,000 a night, so Jodhpur would never disappoint you with accomodation.
Must Visits in Jodhpur
Coming to the most important part, also the most controversial part. What are the places which you can’t miss out, while on a trip to Jodhpur.
If there’s anything that makes Jodhpur as popular as it is today, it is because of Mehrangarh Fort. Built in 1459 by Rao Jodha, it is one of the largest forts in the country. The fort is surrounded by the old city of Jodhpur, and is mostly painted in blue, which is also one of the reason it’s called the Blue City.
At the entrance of the fort, you’d find rajsthani folk musicians, welcoming you, amidst the huge gates.
It’s followed by a lavish heritage restaurant, Chokelao Mahal, serving royal delicacies.
On walking a couple more steps and crossing a couple more gates you’ll reach the Mehrangarh Fort Museum which seems to be the real deal. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love it in there, also if you’re an architecture buff, you’ll spend a lot of time in observing the archs and the domes. And if you’re a photo freak, like me, you’ll get those picture perfect frames from the various windows inside the museum, giving you the view of either the city or the mighty fort exteriors.
The Chokelao garden inside the fort is a beautiful spot to take some fresh air and spend some time with your loved ones. A few more steps would take you to Chamunda Devi Temple, and you’ll find a balcony like setting, from where you’ll be able to see the actual blue city, the old city of Jodhpur.
Ghanta Ghar & Sardar Market
Another two marvels of the blue city, Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) and Sardar Market are next to each other and is adjacent to Mehrangarh Fort. A walk down the market is sure to give you a pleasant sight of vivid colors and aroma of the local spices, being sold along with the tinkling sounds of the locally made chooris (bangles).
Toorji ka Jhalra
It’s an age old stepwell built in the year 1740’s by the wife of Maharaja Abhay Singh, it was a tradition then for the women of Royal families to build public water works. You might not find it in most of the tourist guides, but trust me, this should be on your list if you love history and architecture.
Some other recommended spots include
- Jaswant Thada
- Mandore Garden
- Umaid Bhawan Palace
- Rao Jodha Dessert Rock Park
Me being me, I wasn’t really interested in exploring these touristy places, so what i did was, i explored the city to find the delicacies.
What to eat in Jodhpur?
Okay, let me be honest, when i travel, i don’t mind putting in a lot of extra calories, so when i explore a place, it’s food is a very major point of interest. So let’s get started with the list of recommended delicacies of Jodhpur.
- Mawa Kachori : Well, if you have a sweet-tooth you can’t miss this delight which gives you a massive sugar rush, as soon as its in your mouth.
- Laal Maas : Jodhpur being closest to Mathania, where the special mathania mirch (chilies) is grown, without which Laal Maas is incomplete, is the best place to try this rather world famous delicacy.
- Dabeli : Yes, a gujarati snack in Rajasthan. For the ones who do not know, Dabeli is the Gujarati take on burgers, with adding a few grains of pulses and a wholesome amount of chutneys. You’d find dabeli stalls all around the market places.
- Makkhaniya Lassi : If you love lassi, and like it thick and creamy, it’ll be your wonderland.
Apart from these there are a couple of restaurants which i’d like to recommend for lunch and dinner respectively.
- Stepwell Cafe, Toorji ka Jhalra : It is a small cafe just next to Toorji Ka Jhalra. I’d recommend this place highly! It’s a beautiful cozy cafe with a pleasant view of the stepwell. Also their food is top notch. Also they serve booze quite cheaper than the other places in Jodhpur.
- Indique Restaurant : Well, this one’s a royal affair. But if you like your meal under the stars and with some majestic view of forts, this place is going to amaze you. With the hustle and bustle of Sardar Market on one side and the royal Merhrangarh Fort on the other side, this place is highly recommended. But, if you’re traveling solo, i’d suggest you to book a table beforehand, because they’re not really warm towards solo travelers, and/or maybe Indians as a whole, because we don’t tip their waiters in hundreds and thousands.
Well these were the ones, i absolutely loved, so please don’t judge me on this.
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