Jodhpur is an incredible tourist city of Rajasthan, where the mighty Mehrangarh Fort rises above the desert lands, and Umaid Bhawan Palace stands tall in all its royal grandeur. Colours seem to be everywhere, from the blue-coloured houses to the brightly coloured attires of locals.
The royal past of Jodhpur can still be felt in its havelis, which have turned into heritage hotels. To visit such a fabulous city is to travel back in time when Rajputs reigned supreme over the arid desert lands. So, before you go on a tour of Jodhpur, get to know of this city in all its vivid colours.
What to eat in Jodhpur
When it comes to food, Jodhpur has some mouth-watering variety of local street food ranging from sweets, snacks, beverages and desserts. Pyaaz kachori, Mawa kachori, Mirchi bada, Dal Baati Churma are famous throughout Jodhpur. Sweets like Ghewar, Malpua, Motichur Ke Laddu, Gulab Jamun are laden with ghee and are available in sweet shops.
Gypsy Restaurant is well-known in Jodhpur for its Marwari vegetarian thali. It is a platter full of chapatis, dals, kadhi, vegetable curries, pulao served with pickles, farsans, buttermilk and sweets. Shandar Restaurant serves traditional Marwari foods, and its most unique dishes are Gulab Jamun ki Subzi and Govind Gatte. Its creamy lassi is a must-try.
Where to stay in Jodhpur
If you want to live in pure luxury in Jodhpur, then there is nothing better than Umaid Bhawan Palace. Part of this palace is now a heritage hotel, managed by the Taj Group of Hotels. If you want to stay in heritage environs, then there are 300-500-year-old havelis or mansions.
Singhvi’s Haveli was gifted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, way back in 1778, to one of his brave Commanders as a gift for his bravery. Its rooms have elegantly carved windows and modern comforts.
Pal Haveli is an 18th-century mansion, whose rooms have beautiful paintings, and its interiors are adorned with Rajput-era weapons and antique furniture. KP Heritage Haveli, built in 1902, has ancestral treasures that can be seen throughout the premises.
Travel transportation in Jodhpur
You can rent a car with driver in Jodhpur for as low as Rs 1600-2000 for 8 hours a day and Rs 2500 for an Innova taxi. Plus, as many travellers plan to visit Jaisalmer from the blue city, so you can book a Jodhpur to Jaisalmer taxi at Rs 2500 for one side, and similarly, you can hire a Jaisalmer to Jodhpur taxi at same fare.
What to explore in Jodhpur
Jodhpur has some mesmerizing tourist landmarks. Mehrangarh Fort is an impenetrable fortress soaring high above the old town of Jodhpur. The interiors of the fort have richly decorated palaces and intricately sculpted temples.
Jaswant Thada is close to Mehrangarh Fort and has marble memorials with amazing carvings.
Mandore Gardens has an old fort and various temples surrounded by lush greenery.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is an architectural marvel and still serves as a royal residence of the descendants of the royalty. Its rooms and chambers have the most opulent decor.
The old town of Jodhpur has a traditional bazaar near the Clock Tower. It is a busy market, throbbing with street shops and eateries. You can plan day tours, and visit tourist destinations near Jodhpur. You can go to Osian Mata Temple, or go horse riding at Camp Rohetgarh, or marvel at the intricately sculpted Jain temples at Ranakpur.