Jodhpur is also known as blue or sun city, It is the second-largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Named after King Rao Jodha it was historically capital of the Marwar kingdom.
Jodhpur is geographically located in the center of Rajasthan and can be easily reached in a couple of hours from Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ajmer, Shekhawati & Jaipur.
Here is the list of places we visited in Jodhpur during our two days stay in Oct-19.
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in the world and is visited by tourists all across the globe.
Built-in 15th century by Maharaja Rao Jodha this fortress has thick walls and large courtyards. It has a total of seven gates built by Maharaja Man Singh to celebrate his victories over Jaipur, Udaipur, and Bikaner.
Built on a hilltop known as Bhakurcheeria (mountain of birds), you can see hundreds of eagles flocking it.
Fort houses museums, craft markets, cannons, armor collection, temples, gardens, and restaurants.
You will need a minimum of 3 hours to explore this fort. It has also featured in the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises.
Jaswant Thada is one km from Mehrangarh Fort. It is a cenotaph built-in memory of Raja Jaswant Singh and serves as the cremation ground for the Royal Family of Mawar.
It is built of pure white marble and has intricate designs all over the walls and ceiling. It even has a well-maintained garden where you can sit and relax for some time.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is within walking distance from Fort. It was created in 2006 to restore the natural ecology of rocky wasteland around Mehrangarh Fort.
We visited it around sunset, post climbing a hillock in the park you can click magnificent shots of Mehrangarh fort.
It isn’t a normal park as you have to walk through rocky patches and climb really steep parts and even tickets are a bit expensive. If you have some time then try visiting it around sunrise or just before sunset.
Post 20 min drive from Rao Jodha park we reached Mandore gardens. Mandore is an ancient town and was the capital of Marwar before it was abandoned in the 15th-century.
These gardens are huge and have many centuries-old temples that tell you stories of the glorious past of Marwar. Sadly by the time, we reached it was a bit dark. This place needs to be explored around 5 pm or early morning to enjoy the best views. If you are visiting Jodhpur please don’t miss it.
Janta Sweets Foodcourt
After a long and tiring day, we decided to have our dinner in Janta Sweets Foodcourt.
We had Onion Kachodi, Rainbow Kulfi, Cheese Sandwich, and polish it down with loads of Chaas (buttermilk).
And then packed some Gevar packed to take back home.
It was our last day in Jodhpur as we had to catch a train to Mumbai at around 7 pm. We decided to start a bit late, packed our bags had breakfast at homestay. Post requesting them to keep our luggage at their reception we booked Uber till Clock Market.
Toorji Ka Jalra
A well-kept step-well in the heart of the city. Every corner of this step-well is Insta worthy and you should definitely spend some time here.
Shahi Samosa & Mirchi Vada
This place serves the best samosas in India, You should definitely try their Samosa and Mirchi Vada
Umaid Bhavan Palace
Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the world’s largest private residences. This palace has 347 rooms and a major part of it is converted into a Hotel. A small section of the palace is converted into a museum which is open to tourists. The royal family still lives in a section of this palace. It was even awarded the world’s best hotel at the Traveller’s Choice Award organized by TripAdvisor. International celebrities Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s tied knot here.
Why Jodhpur is called Blue City?
- Since the weather here remains hot all year and blue reflects heat so people have painted their house to keep them cool.
- When the fort was built most of the Bhramins painted their houses blue to identify themselves as Blue color is associated with Lord Shiva.
- Limestone and Copper are available in abundance near Jodhpur, so these must have been the cheapest and easily available options to paint houses blue.
Some interesting Graffiti on the walls
- Stick to easy peasy cotton wear and comfortable shoes as you have to walk a lot and climb to Mehrangarh Fort is steep.
- Plan your visit during winter months ( Nov-Feb) and avoid peak summers.
- Wear a cap and sunglasses as it gets very hot during peak hours.
- We visited Mehrangarh fort during the first half of the day, I think if you want better photos you should visit post-lunch and stay till sunset to capture some amazing shots.
- Don’t forget to hire a guide or opt for the audio guide with headphones while purchasing your tickets to Mehrangarh Fort
- Monuments hold deeper meaning when you know about their past too.
- I am not a fan of shopping while I am traveling but you can definitely buy some bangles, Colorful dupattas, silver jewelry, and famous jodhpuris.
- Carry a water bottle, you can get it re-filled at many places
- All the tourist places in Jodhpur have very good facilities, definitely the best I have seen in India.
- I preferred uber for traveling within Jodhpur, it worked perfectly for us family of 4.
- Uber is definitely a cheaper option, you don’t have to bargain with cab and auto drivers – trust me saves a lot of time and patience.
- You can spend as much time as you want at any place rather than dealing with drivers who start rushing things.