Things to Do in Jodhpur

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Jodhpur also known as the "blue city" is the second-largest in the state of Rajasthan. The beautiful city is famous for its forts and palaces, food, temples and lakes. The city has everything from ma (Read More)rkets to tours and attractions.

Here is the list of 22 Things to Do in Jodhpur

1. Magnificent Mehrangarh Fort

Magnificent Mehrangarh Fort
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Mehrangarh, also known as Mehran Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 in Jodhpur, is one of the largest forts in the country. It is situated at the top of a 410 feet elevated hill and guarded by massive walls. One of the most easily recognisable forts in Jodhpur, it has appeared in many Hollywood and Bollywood productions such as The Lion King, The Dark Knight Rises, and the more recent - Thugs of Hindostan.

2. Enjoy Picturesque Fort Views with Flying Fox

Enjoy Picturesque Fort Views with Flying Fox
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The Flying Fox Zipline Tour in Jodhpur is arguably the most memorable way to experience the Mehrangarh Fort, a key attraction of the blue city. A stunning way to admire the stunning art, architecture, and colours of the city, Flying Fox in Jodhpur is a sport, especially for all the adrenaline junkies that visit this historic city.

3. Amazing Dining Experience at Umaid Bhawan Palace

Amazing Dining Experience at Umaid Bhawan Palace
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Voted as the Best Hotel in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace is also a major tourist attraction in Jodhpur. Apart from being a heritage hotel, it is a museum and the residence of the Royal Family of the present owner, Raja Gaj Singh. Because of its location on the highest point in Jodhpur, the Chittar Hill, it is also referred to as the Chittar Palace.

4. Explore the Beautiful Mandore Garden

Explore the Beautiful Mandore Garden
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Famous royal cenotaphs, Mandore Garden is located just 9 kilometres away from Jodhpur in Mandore which was once the ruling seat of the Pratihara dynasty. The garden is a part of the more massive Mehrangarh Fort, and also houses the famous Hall of Heroes and the temple of Three Hundred Million Gods.

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5. Shop at the Famous Sardar Market

Shop at the Famous Sardar Market
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The largest and busiest marketplace of Jodhpur, Sardar market is named after Maharaja Sardar Singh, the king of Jodhpur responsible for building the Ghanta Ghar which lies near the market. This is the most famous shopping zone of Jodhpur and attracts customers from all parts of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, and the world.

6. Explore the Clock Tower and Old Market in Ghanta Ghar

Explore the Clock Tower and Old Market in Ghanta Ghar
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The Ghanta Ghar in Jodhpur is a magnificent clock tower in the centre of the city, built by Maharaja Sardar Singh about 200 years ago. Known as the clock tower of Rajasthan, it is a popular landmark that signifies the start of Old Jodhpur. The tower offers a brilliant panoramic view of the city from the top.

7. Desert Camel Safari

Desert Camel Safari
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A trip to the desert would be incomplete without a camel safari across the seemingly endless expanse of the sandy terrain. With Rajasthan being the desert state of India, a trip to this cultural oasis will only feel complete by availing a camel safari. The city of Jodhpur offers multiple packages of varying durations for its visitors.

8. Dine at the Stepwell Cafe at Toorji Ka Jhalra

Dine at the Stepwell Cafe at Toorji Ka Jhalra
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Constructed in 1740, Toorji Ka Jhalra, commonly called the stepwell of Jodhpur, is an intricate design of stepwell, one of the few remaining structures depicting the traditional water management systems of Jodhpur. The three-decker cafe provides the best view of the stepwell with delicious Indian and Continental food.

9. Rooftop Restaurants in Jodhpur

Rooftop Restaurants in Jodhpur

FIne dining is on every tourist and local's list when going out in the city. The delicious food with beautiful views is a treat both to the eyes and stomach. In the city of Jodhpur, dining with the view of the Mehrangarh Fort is a must-have experience. Some of the top restaurants and cafes to enjoy the spectacular views are Blue Stay Rooftop Cafe and Restaurant, Kesar Heritage Restaurant, Gopal Roof Top restaurant, Indigo Restaurants, Panorama 360 and many others.

10. Enjoy Lakeside Picnics and Sunsets at Balsamand Lake

Enjoy Lakeside Picnics and Sunsets at Balsamand Lake
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Famous for being the site of the Bal Samand Lake Palace, a heritage hotel, Balsamand Lake was built way back in the 12th century. Located just 5km away from Jodhpur, it is a world away from the crowds and hustle of the city. The lake was created in 1159 AD by the Gurjara-Pratihara rulers to save the city of Jodhpur from droughts.

11. Walking Tour of the Blue City

Walking Tour of the Blue City

The blue city of Jodhpur is instagrammable, with blue-painted lanes covering temples, forts, havelis, houses and shops. It is a popular tourist destination with heritage and historical monuments. To tour the beautiful city, many tours are organized by tour operators with a guide covering the main attractions of the city. Some tours include pick up and drop off from the hotel.

12. Explore Nature at Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

Explore Nature at Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
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Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was created in 2006 out of a large, rocky wasteland beside the Mehrangarh Fort. The park was built to restore the natural ecology of this neglected terrain and has become a prime tourist attraction of the city today. The rocky ravines are densely populated with the indigenous flora of the Thar desert, there are over 200 species of plants at this eco-park.

13. Stay at these Royal Palace Hotels

Stay at these Royal Palace Hotels

Jodhpur is home to beautiful and magnificent palaces and forts. Staying like royals is an experience you should indulge in while you stay in the city. Spending a night in the historical palaces with beautiful architecture converted into a hotel is a mesmerising luxury experience.

14. Taste the Delicious Street Food of Jodhpur

Taste the Delicious Street Food of Jodhpur

The delicacies of Jodhpur are a must-try including all sorts of sweet and chilli flavour drinks and food. Some of the famous street food products are Makhaniya Lassi, Dal Batti Churma, Dahi chaat, Kadhi Kachori, Pani Patasa, Malai Ghevar, Mirchi Bada, Matka Kulfi, Shahi Samosa and Gulab Halwa.

15. Experience Royal Hospitality at Khejarla Fort

Experience Royal Hospitality at Khejarla Fort
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Khejarla Fort in Jodhpur is an ancient monument that has since been converted into a heritage hotel. Have you ever wondered what it must have been like for the royal kings and queens of ancient India to live in their magnificent castles? If so, the Khejarla Fort is an experience worth trying out.

16. Birthwatching at Sardar Samand Lake Palace

Birthwatching at Sardar Samand Lake Palace
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One of the best road trips from Jodhpur, the man-made Sardar Samand Lake is a favourite among those looking for a weekend getaway from the city. Situated approximately 50 km away, it is one of the more pristine lakes present in the region, with countless migratory birds approaching its banks to enjoy this serene location.

17. Hotel Stay Experience at Fort Chanwa

Hotel Stay Experience at Fort Chanwa

Situated in Luni near Jodhpur in Rajasthani, Fort Chanwa is an excellent example of elegance, royalty and architecture of the last century. Constructed by Maharaja Manish Soni hundreds of years ago, the fort has lately been converted into a luxury heritage hotel by its owners Maharaja Dalip Singh and Rani Madhu Devi.

18. Watch a Peaceful Sunset at Kaylana Lake

Watch a Peaceful Sunset at Kaylana Lake
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Located 8 km to the west of Jodhpur, Kaylana Lake is a massive manmade lake, covering a surface of 84 square km. A peaceful location, this lake is a must-visit for most travellers who are road tripping between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. It also serves as an excellent viewpoint for sunsets in Jodhpur.

19. Popular Royal Enfield at Om Banna Temple

 Popular Royal Enfield at Om Banna Temple
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Om Banna temple, better known as 'Bullet Baba Temple', is a temple with an unusual backstory which may be found on NH65 between Pali and Jodhpur, near the Chotila village. This is the shrine dedicated to Om Banna, a traveller who passed away at his site, and his bike, a 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet.

20. Watch wildlife at Dhawa Doli Wildlife Sanctuary

Watch wildlife at Dhawa Doli Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated around 45 km southwest of Jodhpur city near Barmer in Rajasthan, Dhawa Doli Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of rich wildlife mainly comprising of wild animals that include blackbucks, cheetal, sambhar, Desert Rats and Antelopes, desert foxes and nilgai etc. The place is also considered a haven for birdwatchers since it attracts a lot of exotic migratory birds.

21. Witness the Lifestyle of Rural Rajasthan at Bishnoi Village Tour

Witness the Lifestyle of Rural Rajasthan at Bishnoi Village Tour
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Experiencing the culture of the Bishnoi community is a vital part of any leisure trip to Rajasthan. The Bishnoi Village tour comprises four villages spanned across four hours, where one can absorb and witness the authentic traditions and lifestyles of rural Rajasthan, a continuing tribute to the original way of life present in Marwar. This tour spans an average of 6 hours, allowing travellers to witness the simplicity and peace of a time forgotten.

22. Enjoy Water Rides at Fun World

Enjoy Water Rides at Fun World

One of the best and most popular destinations of Jodhpur, the Fun World is the complete Family entertainment centre with all the facilities and amenities that one may need to have a comfortable and fun time on a vacation. The first of its kind place in Jodhpur, the Fun world is a unit of Park club and resorts Ltd that is designed to allow the guests to have all the fun.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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