Fondly known as the Blue City, Jodhpur is a Rajasthani city, beaming in shades of rich blue, some light; some dark, but mostly all blue! The highlight of the city is the Mehrangarh Fort that stretches its thick walls around the Old City area, outlining the city’s blue cubicle-like settlements with just the right amount of earthen tone. Travellers from across the world marvel at Rajasthan’s exhibit of the traditional Indian culture, but what’s with the Blue City being so famous? Read on to find out!
Top 6 things to do in Jodhpur
1) Explore the deserts of Jodhpur on an over-lander
What better way to explore the deserts of Jodhpur than to drive through the sandy landscapes in an over-lander? This desert Safari is like no other and will take you through the rural parts of the city. When you are on the safari, you will be able to spot black bucks, a host of migratory birds, along with some local colourful birds.
2) Pack in the bird’s eye views from the Mehrangarh Fort
Jodhpur is known as the blue city because of the plenty of hutments and settlements painted in a radiant blue colour that fill up the streets of the city. The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur Head to the topmost point of the Mehrangarh Fort and put everything aside to admire the aerial views of the entire city that is bathed in blue. Don’t forget to take some postcard-perfect pictures when you are here!
3) Revel in the local Jodhpur festival
As we all know, Rajasthan is a culture pot, beaming with local culture and heritage. The Jodhpur festival is one of the most popular celebrations that you can participate in when you are visiting this blue city. Ever seen turban tying or moustache tying competitions? The Jodhpur festival is a unique spectacle that will give you a chance to look at some of the most unexpected sites. Make sure you don’t miss the local Kalbeliya performance, an internationally renowned dance form, performed by professional dancers. Usually, the festival is held in the months of September or October at the Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhavan.
4) Feel the adrenaline rush as you zip line over Jodhpur
Ziplining in Jodhpur is sure to give you a rush, that too, a very aesthetically enriching one. You will be ziplining over some splendid lakes and ravines, the archaic walls of the Jodhpur Fort. Even if you are petrified of heights, we recommend you to give this adventure sport a shot and to pack in one of your most valued experiences. It’s not only the adrenaline rush that is great about ziplining through Jodhpur, but also the beautiful vistas of the Blue City of India.
5) Indulge in the local Jodhpuri eats
You have never truly visited an Indian city till you have indulged in the local fare. Some of the foods that you must taste when you are in Jodhpur are the Mirchi vadas, Pyaaj (onion) Kachoris and the Mawa Kachoris. Mirchi vadas are full of spice, stuffed with a gooey potato filling and then deep-fried in steaming hot oil. Pyaaj Kachoris and Mawa Kachoris are yummy snack items that you can munch on when the hunger pangs strike while you are touring the city. If you are keen on sampling more local food, we suggest you go in for a full-fledged Rajasthani thali that lets you taste most of the traditional food, don’t forget to taste the Gulab Jamun ki sabzi and Laal Maans, when in Jodhpur.
6) Go shopping at the Old City markets
Jodhpur’s Old City market is definitely worth visiting, especially if you love shopping as much as you love exploring old, meandering lanes that are bustling with people. As you walk through the Old City, you will see the clock tower standing tall, adorning the market as a centrepiece. Next, head to Sadar Market, a typical Indian bazaar, filled with people and bursting with colours. You will find everything here, right from hand-made articles to aromatic spices to an array of fabrics. If you like photography, the Old City is the best place to snap some brilliant, artsy pictures. Some other places to shop at, when you are in Jodhpur are Mochi Bazaar, Sojati Gate Market and the Nai Sarak (best for traditional bandhej/ bandhanis).
Hotels in Jodhpur
- Ajit Bhavan
Ever fancied staying with an Indian royal family? Built in 1927, Ajit Bhavan is one of the most sought-after heritage hotels in Jodhpur. The hotel has been built in a traditional Rajasthani style, giving guests a chance to experience true blue Indian culture. You can choose from luxurious tents or village-style cottages. They also have themed suites which consist of two bedrooms, a living room, a private courtyard, a study and three sprawling bathrooms. They also have an in-house restaurant and bar, serving up some yummy food and drinks for diners.
Where? Circuit House Road, Ajit Colony, Jodhpur, Rajasthan- 342006, India.
- The Arch Boutique Homestay
This homestay is beautifully done up in an old-world style, giving you the feel of staying at a heritage hotel without having to pay a steep price for it. Located in the Old City area, this homestay is a great stay option in Jodhpur for travellers. There are about six different rooms at the homestay, all done up differently. So, when you are making bookings, check the room that you want and then go ahead with it. They also have a vegetarian restaurant that serves local Rajasthani food.
Pricing: Moderately pricedWhere? Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan- 342001, India.
3) Budget Heritage Guesthouse: King’s Retreat
This guesthouse is the perfect place for travellers who are looking for an in-budget hotel in Jodhpur that has great hospitality, yummy food and of course, the quintessential Rajasthani vibe. You will find stained glass, dome-shaped windows and high ceilings at this Budget Heritage Guesthouse. They also have a rooftop restaurant, we suggest going in for the desi thali if you decide to eat here, followed by a chilled beer.
Where? Killi Khana, Naya Bass, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan- 342001, India.
Best time to visit Jodhpur
The months of October to March are the best times to visit as the Jodhpur weather around this time is the most suitable. However, if you are looking at doing a budget trip, we suggest you go in the summer months as it is considered to be off-season time, giving you better travel and stay rates.
How to reach Jodhpur?
Bus: If you are travelling from Delhi, you can take a direct Volvo or deluxe coach.
Train: Jodhpur is well connected to major Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. Some trains plying from these cities to Jodhpur are Jaisalmer Delhi Express, Yesvantpur Bangalore Jodhpur Express, Suryanagari Express.
Air: The Jodhpur domestic airport is only 5 kilometres away from the main city centre, making it convenient for travellers who are pressed for time.
If you are planning a full trip across the cities of Rajasthan, we suggest you plan Jodhpur after visiting Jaipur. The Jaipur to Jodhpur distance is about five hours via road. You could also take a train (Jaipur Jaisalmer Express, Ranthambore Express) or a bus from Jaipur to Jodhpur.
Jodhpur is one of the most beautiful jewels of India, carrying the rich Indian heritage on its shoulders. One of the best places to experience the Rajasthani culture, Jodhpur has a relaxing, yet aesthetic character that perfectly rejuvenates travellers.
Feeling blue? Pack your bags and set out to explore the Blue City of India to beat all your blues!