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"The Blue City"

Jodhpur Tourism

Jodhpur, fondly known as the "Blue City" due to the indigo hues of its houses, is a historic city located in the heart of Rajasthan, India. Situated on the eastern edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is renowned for its majestic Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India, offering panoramic views of the city's azure skyline. This ancient city, founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, holds significant historical importance as a former princely state of Marwar.

Travelers are drawn to Jodhpur for its architectural splendor, exemplified by the intricate carvings and expansive courtyards of Mehrangarh Fort, and the lavish interiors of Umaid Bhawan Palace, now partly converted into a heritage hotel. The bustling markets of Jodhpur, such as the Sardar Market and Clock Tower Market, are vibrant hubs where one can immerse in the local culture, shop for traditional handicrafts, textiles, and spices, and savor local delicacies.

Jodhpur is famous for its delectable food items, especially Pyaaj Kachori, Mirchi Bada and Mawa Kachori. Beyond its forts and palaces, Jodhpur offers a cultural tapestry woven with folk music, dance, and festivals like the Marwar Festival and Gangaur, celebrating the region's rich heritage. In September, the city hosts the colourful Marwar Festival and Rajasthan International Folk Festival.

Some traditional villages are located around Jodhpur, and a tour of these villages (called Bishnoi Village Safari) is one of the popular things to do here. One of the strangest temples in India, where a Royal Enfield motorbike is worshipped, is located nearby and worth visiting. The ancient Thar desert town of Osian is also located here, 65km north of Jodhpur.

The city's proximity to the Thar Desert allows visitors to experience camel safaris, exploring the rustic beauty of Rajasthan's rural life and witnessing mesmerizing desert sunsets. The best time to visit Jodhpur is from October to March when the weather is pleasant, ideal for exploring the outdoors and attending festivals. Seen in the backdrop of the movies, the most popular being The Dark Knight Rises, Jodhpur attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors worldwide. Moreover, it is conveniently located in the centre of Rajasthan, making it the base for visiting nearby places.

Must Know Before You Travel to Jodhpur

Attraction Closure: Occasionally, attractions like Umaid Bhawan Palace may be closed for private events. Check ahead for closure dates.
Pre-Booking: It's advisable to pre-book activities like guided tours of Mehrangarh Fort, especially during peak tourist seasons, to ensure availability.
Transport Options: Jodhpur has limited public transport options. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are readily available for local travel.
Network Connectivity: While major areas in Jodhpur have good network coverage, some rural or remote parts may have limited connectivity. Consider downloading offline maps and a translation app if needed.
Currency: ATMs are available in the city, but it's recommended to carry sufficient cash, especially when visiting rural areas.
Online Ticketing: Buying tickets online for major attractions like Mehrangarh Fort can save time and sometimes offer discounts.
Dress Code: Certain religious sites may enforce a modest dress code. Respect local customs by dressing appropriately when visiting temples or other religious places.
Health Precautions: Ensure you are acclimatized to the desert climate and consider any necessary vaccinations before traveling to Jodhpur.
Parking: Parking in central Jodhpur can be limited. Plan to park at designated areas near attractions.
Accommodation: Stay in the Old City area of Jodhpur, near Mehrangarh Fort and Clock Tower, for easy access to major attractions and local eateries.

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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.

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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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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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 for Jodhpur

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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FAQs on Jodhpur

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 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 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

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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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 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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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 is not so good about Jodhpur?

Summers can be very hot.

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.

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Popular Questions And Answers on Jodhpur

Q. What street food should I try when I'm in Jodhpur?

Kovid Kapoor

6 years ago
Jodhpur street food is generally spicy. You should definitely try the Mirchi Bada, Ma Mawa Kachori and Pyaaz Kachori, with the famous Makhaniya Lassi on the side.
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Q. How many will it take for me to explore all these maharangarh fort, jaswant tada, umaid bhawan palace, khejurla fort, not like just going and viewing it from outside.. But giving some time..

Kovid Kapoor

6 years ago
Just came from there over the weekend. Mehrangarh fort takes time - easily 3 hours if you really want to spend go through the collection in details, and appreciate it completely. Ummaid Bhawan Palace (Read More) takes another 2-3 hours, and I would recommend to visit them both on different days. The rest of the attractions should not take so long. So I would say, please take upto 3 days if you want to really dig deep into all the different attractions of Jodhpur, although 2 days could be sufficient as well.
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Q. What are the reasonable good hotels at jodhpur for an elderly couple.?

Nupur Kapoor

6 years ago
Lots of good hotels in Jaipur. Hotels Suncity, Ratnavati are good options on a tight budget.
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Jodhpur Reviews

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Mister Rajpurohit

4 years ago
Blog is awesome, Mehrangarh Fort is literally superb Place to visit. Do you guys know why Jodhpur is called Blue City?

Deepak Bhati

6 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 cus (Read More)tomers 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

6 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 ge (Read More)tting drugged and looted have surfaced.
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