Jodhpur - The Blue City
This magnificent town dates back to 14th century AD and is the second largest town in Rajasthan. The enormous Mehrangarh Fort stands above the city filled with havelis, palaces, temples and forts in various shades of blue. The city is the only place where you can find the rare breed of horses called Malani. The prosperous city of the Rathore people was originally an ancient capital of Manwar state called Mandore. A few of its relics are still viewed in the beautiful Mandore Gardens.
Major Attractions of Jodhpur:
Mehrangarh Fort :
This is one of the most favorite tourist destinations in India. There is a rocky terrain leading to the well fortified fortress. This mammoth fortress stands high at 125 meters and has eight gigantic exit gates. You can still view the imprints of the armies’ cannonball attacks on the fort's second gate. Famous for intricate carved panels, latticed windows and decorated glass, three of the most pleasant palace walls are listed below.
Moti Mahal :
This Royal Pearl Palace has color tinted glass windows with five corners. This was mainly used by queens in order to listen to the proceedings of the Royal Throne of Jodhpur, Srinagar Chowki.
Phool Mahal :
This means ‘Flower Palace’ which was the holiday home for the Maharajas to enjoy. It is the most extravagant hall lined with exquisite gold and vibrant flowery designs.
Sheesh Mahal :
Mostly adorned with mirror work from the floor to the ceiling, this Glass Palace is located in the Mehrangarh Fort compound. There are images of gods made in plaster.
Ranisar Padamsar :
There are two famous lakes adding beauty ordered by two famous queens back in the 14th century. While Rani Jasmade Hadi ordered the Ranisar Lake, queen Padmini ordered the Padmasar Lake. These waters are located at the Fateh Pole in Mehrangarh Fort.
Umaid Bhawan Palace :
Also known as the Chittar Palace due to stones from Chittar Hill, this is the only palace built close to the 20th century. This spectacular marble and sandstone structure built in Western Art Decor and Classical Revival styles is also one of the world’s largest private homes.
Best Time to Visit Jodhpur
This is one place you can visit all year round. The tourist season is bustling and crowded. There are deals and discounts in off-season. As it is extremely hot during summers, it is advisable to visit in winter or monsoons when weather is pleasant. In January, there is a famous Desert Kite Festival. So, if you want to view the sky filled with colors, then visit during this festival.
How to Reach Jodhpur
The Jodhpur Airport is only 5 km from the city with domestic flights connecting to major cities in India.
From there hire a taxi or take a regular state bus or deluxe bus to destination.
There is also well connected rail network to various cities around the country through Jodhpur Railway Station. Luxurious trains such as Maharajas Express, Palace on Wheels and Deccan Odyssey also cover the Jodhpur.
Journeys of Maharajas Express Train:
- Heritage of India : On Day 3, You will reach Jodhpur early in the morning.
- Indian Splendour : Explore the Blue City, Jodhpur on the 5th day of the tour.
Shopping in Jodhpur:
Tourists throng the bustling Sardar Bazaar for various items like colorful Rajasthani textiles, classic silver jewellery, mini clay animal figurines, and marble artefacts. You will find Tie-Dye Prints and Bandhani at Sojati Gate. For daily utensils, colorful embroidery shoes, and leather Station Road is the best market. If you’re looking out for Lac bangles or Lac work Mochi Bazaar is the place. For Textiles, antiques, and handicrafts then Nai Sarak or Ganta Ghar which is also famous for spices.