Jodhpur - The Blue City
Jodhpur is the muscular reminder of the Rajput culture, architecture and spectacle culture. The iconic emblem of the land is the mighty fort of Mehrangarh Fort and around the base of the fort, this vibrant blue City thrives with a labyrinth of medieval streets ending up in shops, cultural harmony of local lifestyle and pilgrimage site.
There is a distinctive aroma that you can sense in the streets of the markets and pilgrimage sites. It is a mixture of roses and incense, which is commonly used by locals and an important one to buy as a souvenir.
Top Luxury Trains Covering Jodhpur
Palace on Wheels Train
- Signature Itinerary : On Day Six, Train will reach Jodhpur at Mandor Railway Station in Morning.
Maharajas' Express Train
- Heritage of India : On Day Three, You will reach Jodhpur by 9:15 AM.
- Indian Splendor : On Day Five, Train will reach Jodhpur by 08:00 AM.
Highlights of Jodhpur in Luxury Train Tour
City sightseeing tour in Jodhpur, which includes many major attractions like Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh Fort, and others.
Shopping at the street markets for souvenirs and for cultural photography.
Traditional lunch at any luxury hotel.
Traditional spa session in any luxury hotel.
Cultural visit to the heritage Bishnoi Village.
Walking tour through the Old Clock Tower Market.
An exotic ride through the city in a tuk-tuk.
Traditional dinner at any luxury hotel or Hanwant Mahal.
Specialty of Jodhpur
The main structures of the land are the
majestic forts, palaces, and others. This city thrived during the 13th century under the rule of Marwar. The kingdom of Marwar used the process of building large structures as a backup way to promote employment during a famine.
Most of the structures of Jodhpur have Indo-Saracenic architecture. Top structures to visit here are Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada Palace, and others. The structures, which are less than three to four centuries old will have a hint of Islamic architecture too.
Hinduism is commonly followed here. The Sun City of Rajasthan is an eminent pilgrimage site with many spiritual structures like Kunj Bihari temple, Siddhanth Shiv temple, Udai Mandir, Chamundaji temple, Baba Rameo temple, Rasik Bihari temple and many others.
Jodhpur has a typical desert landscape and culture. Thus, lush vegetation is a little tricky here. This has not stopped the kings from creating lush gardens, which were used by them for relaxing with their queens. The most famous gardens of Jodhpur are the Mandore Garden and Umed Garden. These gardens are used by tourists for picnicking, strolling, evening relaxation, and others.
The cuisine, cooking style and ingredients of Jodhpur are quite similar to that of the rest of Rajasthan. If you love desserts, you would love Jodhpur cuisine. Most of the classic Rajasthani sweets originated from Jodhpur. Some of these desserts can be enjoyed in the authentic style only in Jodhpur, today.
You can also find international cuisine and fast food chains around the city. But, a tourist should try the local cuisine at least once during his/her visit. Kaacharaa mircha sabzi is an iconic dish, where is served in local hotels of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur only.
Apart from this, other iconic dishes to try here are raab, lapsi, badamhalwa, kabuli, baajrekasogra, kadhipakoa, and others. If you have a sweet tooth, the top desserts to try are motichurladdoo, kulfi ice cream, rasgulla, malpua, ghevar, besan barfi, and others.
All desert cities of Rajasthan are famous for a vibrant culture, which gives rise to beautiful festivals. Jodhpur is famous for holding many exotic one-of-a-kind festivals like International Desert Kite Festival, Marwar Festival, Nagaur Fair and others.
Most of the festivals include camel as an integral part of the celebration. Do you know that the camel polo game is the main attraction of the Marwar Festival and camel races and other competitions are conducted during Nagaur Fair? No matter what festival it might be, camel is celebrated as a cultural element.
Jodhpur also gets into merry mode during other local and state-wise celebrations like Teej, Gangaur, Holi and others.
The land has the traditional Rathore Rajput culture, which was revolving around trade. The locals wear multihued traditional dresses with large jewelry. Men fancy turbans around their heads. The markets are filled with unique dresses and accessories to satisfy the locals.
The traditional music forms of the land are the folk songs sung by saints in the past. The songs are tuned with instruments like baara, algoza, and others. Ghoomar dance is the traditional dance of the region. Other dances to enjoy are Gair, Chart Dance, and others.
Heritage lands like Jodhpur will have more interesting items in the market. Thanks to the rich culture, many craftsmen still make their living by selling masterpieces. Top items to buy here are spices, antiques, puppets, traditional attire, ivory articles, marble articles, miniature painting, spices, and others.
Climate of the land
Jodhpur has a typical Rajasthani climate with hot summer, warm winter and chilly nights in winter. Monsoon starts in July and ends by August. Rainfall is very minimal. Winter is the peak season for Jodhpur. The city temperature will not rise above 25 degrees C. Summers are harsh and humid with the highest temperature hitting up to 43 degrees C.
Thankfully, the Palace on Wheels and Maharajas’ Express do not operate during the peak summer season. Thus, no matter when you choose to ride the luxury trains India, Jodhpur will be at prime beauty.