Jodhpur is the second-biggest city in the Indian territory of Rajasthan and formally the second metropolitan city of the state. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name. Jodhpur was historically the capital of the Kingdom of Marwar, which is currently part of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is a famous and popular tourist destination, including numerous royal residences and palaces, forts and temples, set in the distinct scene of the Thar Desert. It is popularly known as Blue city and Sun city among individuals of Rajasthan and all over India
This list of top Jodhpur attractions and places to visit will give you a diverse experience of the city. Jodhpur Heritage Walk directs a vivid three to four hour guided tour through the city. On the off chance that you have an extra day or two, visit close by Bishnoi village or Osian, where you can see carved temples and go on a less-touristy camel safari.
The blue city has the most pleasant lakes, forts and palaces and the sky’s the limit from there. Here is a list of the best things to do in Jodhpur that will make you fall in love with this beautiful city.
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Explore Mehrangarh Fort-
The fort is the best place in the city. From the top, you can see the full view of the beautiful city. It’s among one of India’s largest forts. No trip to this city is completed without the visit to this fort. It is one of the best places to click most artistic and gorgeous pictures which will be memories for a lifetime. The fort consists of various chambers with each chamber having a story behind it. Each room includes different authentic swords, rides, clothes, furniture, etc. which can port viewers to ancient history for seconds. The fort is a kind of Indian version of Hogwarts from Harry potter. The magical power of this place is stories that took place here.
Tip: Must try the zip line at the fort. Consider this zip line as a broom to fly and encapsulate the time.
Explore Umaid Bhawan Palace-
Magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, completed in 1944, is one of the last grand palaces to be built in India. The royal family of Jodhpur still occupies a section of it. Most of the parts are now converted into a luxurious palace hotel, and unfortunately, it’s off-limits to anyone who’s not staying there. If you can’t afford $600 or more per night for a room, you can still get a glimpse inside the palace by having a pricey dinner at one of its restaurants or visiting the museum. The museum mostly displays old photos of the Maharaja and his family. There are a vintage watch and car collection as well. If you’re into that kind of thing, it’s worthwhile going there. Otherwise, you may be disappointed as you’ll get to see very little of the palace.
Explore Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park-
Every person starts travelling with many goals in mind, and one of the goals is to take a break from the monotonous life. This place is perfect for finding peace and walking in the arms of nature. This park is covered in 72 hectares and 600 million old sandstones. The walk inside this is a ‘Walk to Remember’. It is an adventure in its way. You will be given a map, and through that, you have to identify the way out. It is a perfect combination of nature and fun.
Take an Inside tour of Old City in Jodhpur-
Jodhpur is a place where you will explore the magic of why this city is called ‘Blue City’. The streets are very narrow, and each house painted blue while being connected.
Things to do in Jodhpur Old City are:
Market- You will find that this is the oldest market in the city. You will find here the original dress of the state called ‘Poshak’. This outfit can give one an insight into the lifestyle of ‘Royalty’. Another must-buy here must be the traditional print kurta and pyjamas along with an outfit called ‘Brijesh’.
Café- Another most essential thing one must do here is to visit the café. Stepwell café is an open café that gives you an aesthetically pleasing view of 300 old, intricately carved well called Toorji Ka Jhalara or visit Jhankar which is super cosy and gives the feel of ancient stone pillars. There are more old heritage houses which give one sense of the city; now converted into café which one should explore, for a royal taste one should visit Pal haveli which is18th century townhouse.
Clock Tower- One must en-route to this place. Its massive wall with the clock but it is incredible to see that with minimalist resources, this massive architecture was built. The market is famous for its diverse varieties of spices, especially Mathaniya’s red chilli. Here you will find the most amazing ‘Mishri milk lassi’ which is a traditional style shake and a must-have. One exciting ride you will find her in ‘Tanga’ which used to be kings’ rides in ancient times. One should give this ride a try to have one of the most joyful ride experiences.
Nai Sarak- This is the shopping hub of the city. No trip is complete without shopping. Here you will find the tie and dye fabric called bandhani or bandhej, beautifully handmade designed cloth in vibrant and traditional colour; it’s a must-have item.
Once in lifetime Foodgasm – “All about Foodies”
Choudhary Mirchi Bada – This is a tiny and very regular shop, but it provides one with the most fantastic Mirchi Bada. So for all those who do not know about this food item, it is chilly covered in spices surrounded with potato and finally layered with flour. From experience, one can say that this dish will ignite your taste buds and yet satisfy your hunger.
Surya Samosa- This small shop located at the corner of the Jalori gate makes the incredible samosa. This samosa is called ‘Shahi Samosa’ and the name itself can tell you that one of these can be enough for one’s appetite.
Jodhpur Sweets- A big shout out to all sweet lovers. Each sweet here melts in the mouth like soft cotton. There is no single item which is rated below five stars, but that’s not it, one can have the best Jalebi here. This swirly and twisted sweet is must-have; it is a mixture of perfect crispy texture and sweetness.
Shaandaar – This super old restaurant has changed from ages neither in its interiors nor its taste. The name means ‘Outstanding’, and it provides food exactly of taste which one can say is outstanding. All the food gravies must look the same, yet they are very different in taste. It would be best if you try varieties of Indian bread and garlic chutney. The food must end with a dessert called ‘Meva cream’. This cream contains mixed dry fruits and has a very smooth texture. One can call it Rajasthani style ice-cream. It would be best if you visited this restaurant when you are in this town.
Few Tips to remember:
1. Don’t forget to talk to local people whenever there is a chance. It will make your experience enriching.
2. Jodhpur is covered and surrounded by sand, so it is extreme in its temperature beat it winter or summer. The best time to visit is between October to March.
In the end, this city is a mixture of culture and varied people. Every traveller has a fantasy to explore the best wherever they go. Travelling is a wholesome experience, and this city gives you one. Just be a curious wanderer in the city and its culture, heritage, and most importantly local people will guide you through it because one thing is sure that this city is one of few cities which believe in ‘Atithi Devo Bhava,’ i.e. ‘Guest Is God’.