Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.
Mehrangarh Fort: It is a magnificent fort with seven gates. Set on a rocky outcrop it overlooks the walled “blue” city. The fort also houses a museum with some interesting exhibits. It is a historic beauty and the main tourist attraction of Jodhpur. While at Mehrangarh Fort one must not forget to visit the spectacular Phool Mahal which is one of the most beautiful rooms in the fort.
Umaid Bhawan Palace: Built in yellow sandstone, it is the last palace to be built before independence. It was built with the purpose of generating employment for those affected by famine. Tourists can enjoy the privilege of staying here as a part of the palace has been converted into a luxury hotel.
Toorji Ka Jhalra: It is a step well and is located very close to the Clock Tower. It is an amazing piece of architecture. The water in the well is however not very clean so tourists should avoid any contact with it. Overall it’s a great place to hangout.
Manak Chowk and Havelis: These are some havelis with marvelous architecture. The best feature is the carved stone facade. It’s one of the most popular tourist sites in Jodhpur.
Jaswant Thada: Made of marble this royal Mausoleum is another architectural marvel. It is a beautiful spot with whimsical domes, intricate carvings and a small lake nearby. It’s a great place to sit back and relax.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is an amazing place for explorers. It’s a superbly planned park complete with trails, guides, route markers, ponds and lakes throughout. Nature lovers can also visit Balsamand Lake and Garden. It’s a sublime place with pools and fountains, a lake, a small palace and and well maintained gardens. Mandore Garden located at the outskirts of the city is another famous garden with many temples. It’s a perfect place for picnics and family get togethers. Tourists can also visit Machia Biological Park to learn about various flora and fauna. Kaylana Lake and Sardar Samand Singh Lake are also much visited tourist spots. Besides visiting various gardens and lakes one can also plan a visit to Dhawa Doli wildlife Sanctuary and spend their time amidst nature.
Jodhpur is truly a food lovers’ paradise. Jodhpur is especially known for the peculiar dishes like Gulab Jamun ki Sabzi, Kadi Kachori, Kabuli, Mirchi Vada, Marwadi Kulfi, Choorma Laddoo. Jodhpur has a large variety of street food to offer along with the other famous Rajasthani dishes like Gatte ki Sabzi, Ker Sangri, Dal Baati Choorma, different types of Kachori, the famous Thaali, Lal Maas, Makhaniya lassi etc. Foodies can also try Kalakand, Bajre ki Khichdi, Besan Chakki, Fini, Ghevar.
Jodhpur is a city of blue houses. It can be exciting to explore them and click beautiful pictures of the city bathed in colour blue. If you want to get a taste of the Jodhpuri culture be a part of the Marwar festival. Adrenaline junkies can go paragliding. One can also go on desert safari to explore the rural hinterland.
Jodhpur has some amazing markets from where you can buy ethnic items. Nayi Sadak is famous for traditional Rajasthani clothes like tie and dye fabrics, Lehengas, Saris, Rajputi Poshak, Bandhej Dupattas, Kurtis. One should not forget to buy Mojaris or Jutis from Mochi Bazaar. Sojati Gate Market is another sought after market in Jodhpur, from here, people can buy souvenirs, handicraft items, lac jewellery. Clock Tower Market specialises in spices, especially Mathaniya’s red chilli.