After Jaipur, Jodhpur is the largest city in Rajasthan. This is the city for those who get mesmerized by architectural beauty. The grand Mehrangarh Fort is the icon of beauty of this land. Within the fort, the ancient city still prevails with honor and heritage.
Jodhpur is a blend of many of India’s most famous aspects. It represents the legacy of the warriors in the Mewar region. However, it blends art, gastronomy, culture and folk traditions, making it one of the most important visitor attractions in India.
This blue city covers its reign with winding streets of blue walls, magnificent piece of architectural beauties here and there and most importantly, the best sunrise view of the whole state, deriving its name as the Sun City.
History of Jodhpur
The district of Jodhpur, has long been known as the ancient kingdom of Marwar literally meaning ‘The Land of Death’. It was founded in 1459 by the Rathore clan. Jodhpur was the largest kingdom of the Rajputana, and the third largest kingdom after the Kashmir and Hyderabad kingdoms.
Airport – Jodhpur airport
Language Spoken – Hindi, Marwari
Distance from Delhi – 605 km
Best time to visit – From August to end of March
- Winter (October to February) is pleasant and the atmosphere is mild and cool. Temperature levels during winter from 10°C to 24°C. This is the best time to enjoy a trip to Jodhpur.
- In summer (March to June), it is very hot and humid, and the temperature is between 36 °C and 42 °C, so you can’t enjoy outdoor activities.
- Monsoon (July to September) provides low and medium rainfall in Jodhpur. Although the temperature is stable at a more comfortable level, too high humidity makes it difficult to travel outdoors.
Top Attractions To Cover In Jodhpur
- Mehrangarh Fort – largest fort of the state covering ancient buildings, temples, shops and museum.
- Umaid Bhawan Palace – largest private residence of the world controlled by Taj Group of Hotels. It has an exclusive museum inside.
- Jaswant Thada – marble memorial built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh.
- Ghanta Ghar – clock tower of Maharaja Sardar Singh. Famous for shopping areas around it.
- Mandore Gardens – historic town closer to Jodhpur, famous for numerous monuments like royal cenotaph, ek Thamba Mahal, many temples and much more.
- Balsamand Lake – famous for Lake Palace, lush garden and an important picnic location.
- Rao Jodha desert Rock Park – covers 250 species of plants and birds, collection of distinctive sandstone and volcanic rock formations.
- Stepwell – there are three steps wells in Jodhpur namely, Toor Ji Ka Jhalra, Birkha Bawari, Mahila Bagh ka Jhalra and others.
Best Way To Reach Jodhpur
Jodhpur airport is located just 5 km away from the city. You can find frequent flight from major airports of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and others. You can also find buses, trains and cabs from surrounding cities and major states to Jodhpur, on a daily basis. If you choose train journey, opt for luxury trains like Maharajas Express or Palace on Wheels for a unique experience. For suggestion Maharajas Express luxury train is the best way to explore Jodhpur in luxurious way. Check out the images of maharajas express to find how you can enjoy in this luxury train.
Cuisine Of The Land
Top dishes to try here are
- Dal batti churma
- Laal maas
- Saiv tamatar ki sabji
- Lasan ka chutney
- Makhan bada
- Mawa kachori
- Besan barfi
- Besan ki Chakki
What To Buy In Jodhpur?
- Clock tower market – spices, handicrafts, teas, antiques and fabrics
- Nai Sarak – traditional tie and dye clothes, leather articles and other souvenirs
- Sojati Gate market – handicraft, jewelry, tie and dye fabrics, souvenirs and others
- Mochi bazaar – footwear, lac bangles, junk jewelry, and others
- Umaid Bhawan palace market – metal works, antiques, handicrafts, wood items, mirror items, puppets, silver articles and others.
- Kapraa bazaar – Printed material, silk articles and others.
- Sarafa bazaar – fabrics, trinkets, artifacts and others
- Tripolia bazaar –wooden handicrafts, marble statues, traditional artifacts, silver articles and others
Things To Do In Jodhpur
Surprisingly, there are a number of things to do in Jodhpur, from forts to gardens, local cuisines to Shopping.
- Explore the architectural beauties of the region
- Flying fox
- Explore Rao Jodha desert rock park
- Stroll through the blue streets of the city
- Desert Safaris
- Indulge in Local cuisines
- Go on a Shopping
- Do a Bishnoi Village Safari
- Stay in a Heritage House
- Explore Places near Jodhpur
- Chowki Dhani Village Experience in Jaipur
Festivals of Jodhpur
- Rajasthan international folk festival of October
- World Sufi spirit festival of February
- Marwar festival of September
- Desert kite festival of January
- Nagaur fair of January-February