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"The Blue City"

Jodhpur Tourism

Also known as the "The Blue City", "Sun City" and "Gateway to Thar", Jodhpur is famous for its Mehrangarh fort, blue houses, temples, sweets and snacks. Apart from the fort, there are multiple temples, lakes, shopping streets that are like a mirage from a bygone era. 

The former capital of Marwar, Jodhpur is one of the most enchanting cities of Rajasthan, with its mighty Mehrangarh fort overlooking the city. The city is called the Blue City as it looks completely blue in colour from an aerial view because of its blue walls and blue houses. Nearby Jaswant Tada and Umaid Bhawan Palace are also among the top attractions in Jodhpur. However, the magic lies in the old city itself with hundreds of shops, guesthouses, eating joints and vendors make it a chirpy bustling city, especially near the landmark clock tower and Sardar Market.

Seen in the backdrop of the movie, The Dark Knight Rises, Jodhpur attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Jodhpur is conveniently located in the centre of Rajasthan making it easier for people visiting Jodhpur to explore other destinations of the state.

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The Blue City

The Blue City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur has a bluish landscape and is noted for herculean Mehrangarh Fort. The colour of Jodhpur tells the history and makes it a legend - of a populace who shaped a paradise in the heart of the heat and sandstorms of Rajasthan. The Mehrangarh Fort, made with burnishing red sandstone provides a striking contrast to the blue city and 'stands out' at a height of 400 feet above the Jodhpur skyline.

History of Jodhpur

The city of Jodhpur was founded by the Rajput chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha. It was believed that the Rajput clan that he belonged to were the successors of Lord Rama.

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Shopping in Jodhpur

People from all across the world visit Jodhpur to buy the handicrafts that it is famous for. In fact, there is an endless list of items which can be bought from the place.

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Restaurants and Local Food in Jodhpur

The monumental shift in the way people approach street food has been evolutionary. Jodhpur is known for its lip-smacking street food and classic dining restaurants which have taken its traditional food to another level. Here are the top places to knock for in the city:

Jodhpur Cuisine is synonymous with spice, chilly, street food and rich culture of sweets. There are some items the city has on its menu which are brimming with colour, festivity and spices. One cannot come to Jodhpur and not try the almost staple and yet exciting in every bite, Mirchi Bada, Mawa Kachori and Pyaaz Kachori. Almost as popular and a must try item is Makhaniya Lassi.
Jodhpur is an equal paradise for those who love deserts- except that sweets will not just be the end of your course but are as significant as the entire meal itself and have a vibrant food culture about them. The popular indulges here are Besan ki Chakki, Mave ki Kachori, Motichoor Ke Laddu and Maakhan Vade.

If you want a taste of the wild street side slurries and Slurpees, head down to Sojati gate where the bustling market surrounds various local eating joints for desi snacks and drinks at very affordable rates. Another popular area is the Sardarpura market which provides a customised range of food items and dining restaurants such as Gypsy. If you want to dine in with your family or friends for brunch or dinner, restaurants such as Indique, Omelette shop, Jharokha and Nirvana that have classy decors and mouth-watering food for an exquisite experience. They are moderately expensive and offers you a wide range of service. If you want something more on the barbeque side, head down 2 kilometres down south of Jodhpur to On The Rocks for a hearty meal with extra mayonnaise. Savour your sweet tooth at Janta Sweet House with a cherry to top your meals.
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Suggested Itinerary

Very often referred to as the sun city of Rajasthan, the blue-walled destination offers vicarious attractions for its visitors. Here's an itinerary to get your around the town:

Day 1 After you reach the destination, the first step towards starting your day will be getting to the New Town area which is situated around a magnificent clock tower. The roads around have a lot of traditional merchandise and end towards the Sardar market which is a popular destination for shopping. Next, you can take a cab from the central taxi station to Mehrangarh fort which is approximately an hour from the stand. A major attraction to the city, it offers an amazing cityscape and a walk around the fort walls is an adventurous sport.  End your day with a dinner at Indique Restaurant in Pal Haveli with a mesmerising view of Mehrangarh Fort.


Day 2 Have a hearty breakfast of traditional Rajasthani Dal Bati Churma and take a bus from your nearest bus stand to Umaid Bhawan Palace. A 347-roomed palace that is a historic landmark and great spot to take some photographs too. Take a small walk or get a cab to get to your next spot that is Mandore Gardens. It is a green area housing the government museum "Hall of heroes". The best place to visit during the evening is the Kailana Lake where you can end your day with some Kesari ice cream from the carts around.

Day 3 Spend your last day in the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park to make it a little adventurous. Spend your day trekking on the glades of the rocky mountain. There are a couple restaurants around which provide traditional as well as a contemporary menu for delicious suppers around the clock. Take off from the park before sundown and travel to Jaswant Thada which is known for its marble carvings and tranquil environment. Have your dinner in the Rocky Mountain Dhaba in a classic way.

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What is the best time to visit Jodhpur?

November to February are the best months to visit Jodhpur, although they are cold, with temperatures going close to 0 degree celsius for a few days in January. This is a good weather to visit the forts of Jodhpur. October and March also provides pleasant weather for a trip to Jodhpur. However, being in an arid land, Rajasthan and also Jodhpur is extremely hot during summers, so April to September must be avoided.
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What is not so good about Jodhpur?

Summers can be very hot.

What are the things to do in Jodhpur?

The top things to do in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Garden, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Flying Fox Jodhpur, Ghanta Ghar. You can see all the places to visit in Jodhpur here

What is famous about Jodhpur?

Rich in heritage and culture. Well connected to all major cities across the country. Beautiful architectural monuments. Delicious street food.

What is the local food in Jodhpur?

The monumental shift in the way people approach street food has been evolutionary. Jodhpur is known for its lip-smacking street food and classic dining restaurants which have taken its traditional food to another level. Here are the top places to knock for in the city:

Jodhpur Cuisine is synonymous with spice, chilly, street food and rich culture of sweets. There are some items the city has on its menu which are brimming with colour, festivity and spices. One cannot come to Jodhpur and not try the almost staple and yet exciting in every bite, Mirchi Bada, Mawa Kachori and Pyaaz Kachori. Almost as popular and a must try item is Makhaniya Lassi.
Jodhpur is an equal paradise for those who love deserts- except that sweets will not just be the end of your course but are as significant as the entire meal itself and have a vibrant food culture about them. The popular indulges here are Besan ki Chakki, Mave ki Kachori, Motichoor Ke Laddu and Maakhan Vade.

If you want a taste of the wild street side slurries and Slurpees, head down to Sojati gate where the bustling market surrounds various local eating joints for desi snacks and drinks at very affordable rates. Another popular area is the Sardarpura market which provides a customised range of food items and dining restaurants such as Gypsy. If you want to dine in with your family or friends for brunch or dinner, restaurants such as Indique, Omelette shop, Jharokha and Nirvana that have classy decors and mouth-watering food for an exquisite experience. They are moderately expensive and offers you a wide range of service. If you want something more on the barbeque side, head down 2 kilometres down south of Jodhpur to On The Rocks for a hearty meal with extra mayonnaise. Savour your sweet tooth at Janta Sweet House with a cherry to top your meals.
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What are the top hotels in Jodhpur?

There are 248 in Jodhpur which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Jodhpur are Karan Heritage, Desert Hermitage, Cygnett Style Mantra, The Rohet House, Dev Bagh, NotOnMap - Ganga Ram Homestay. You can see all the hotels in Jodhpur here

How much does a package cost for Jodhpur?

The packages for Jodhpur start at INR 7766 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

Who should visit Jodhpur?

Jodhpur is a great place for all those who love scenic beauty, magnificent architecture and an atmosphere of rich heritage and culture.

What are the places near Jodhpur?

The top places near to Jodhpur are Udaipur which is 197 km from Jodhpur, Jaipur which is located 284 km from Jodhpur, Osian which is located 55 km from Jodhpur, Pushkar which is located 154 km from Jodhpur, Jaisalmer which is located 223 km from Jodhpur

What is the best way to reach Jodhpur?

Jodhpur has a good connectivity by air, road and rail. Jodhpur has its own airport and railway station. Road connectivity is good too.
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Mister Rajpurohit 5 months ago
Blog is awesome, Mehrangarh Fort is literally superb Place to visit. Do you guys know why Jodhpur is called Blue City?
Deepak Bhati 2 years ago
so true and very helpful, i would like this place to list if mangement consider it worth. Frespresso coffee and food with 3 stores, is leading coffee chain of town in terms of satisfied and loyal customers as well. It's bohemian style cafe serves variety of coffee and food cuisine from all around the world. The menu has more than 90 choice for food and beverage to satisfy every thirst and hunger. Frespresso Coffee & Food is not just about Coffee,..... its a attraction provide the view of local market and view of clock tower at the same time you can sip your coffee in coziness. Our other two stores located @ 1. sardarpura and 2. circuit house.
Kovid Kapoor 2 years ago
- This is an extremely sunny city. Sun screen is a must! Also keep hats, glasses and umbrellas handy. Avoid taking food, etc from seemingly friendly locals as many instances of locals and tourists getting drugged and looted have surfaced.
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