Tourist Attractions in Jodhpur

the Blue City of Rajasthan

Jodhpur, the Blue City

City of Rajasthan, 342 km from Jaipur

must-see attraction

Visit duration: People typically spend 1 to 1.5 days here

Blue City of Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Portaut of a man with turban, Blue City, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Places to visit in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Mehrangarh Fort

must-see attraction

26°17'53.4"N 73°01'08.0"E

Fort in Jodhpur

Old Blue City and Clock Tower Market, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Clock Tower Market, Jodhpur

must-see attraction

26°17'42.4"N 73°01'26.7"E

Old Blue City of Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Jaswant Thada

could-see attraction

26°18'14.3"N 73°01'31.2"E

Historic building in Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Umaid Bhawan Palace

could-see attraction

26°16'52.3"N 73°02'50.4"E

Palace in Jodhpur

About Jodhpur City

The unconventionally beautiful city of Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan. The city has been the capital of the mighty Marwar kingdom and the rich traditions reflect in the daily life of the people even today. Lying at the geographic heart of Rajasthan, Jodhpur attracts swarms of tourists every year.

Jodphur has been nicknamed the Blue City. You may be disappointed if you look for Chefchaouen-like blue but indeed the houses of the old part of the city are painted in different shades of blue.

The city houses several luxurious palaces, intricately designed temples, and other attention-grabbing monuments. One structure that stands head and shoulders above the rest is an impregnable-looking, mammoth fort known as the Mehrangarh Fort. If history excites you, the city has some of the greatest tourist places where you can spend hours and discover how life has unfolded in this ancient city over the centuries.

History of Jodhpur

Founded several centuries ago by Rathore ruler Rao Jodha in 1459, Jodhpur’s strategic location linking Delhi to Gujarat made it the capital of the state. During the late 16th century, the kingdom was annexed to the Mughal empire by Akbar. Jodhpur, then known as Marwar, became a Mughal vassal that enjoyed autonomy. This led to the amazing amalgamation of vibrant Mughal and opulent Rajput architecture leading to some of the most iconic monuments across the state of Rajasthan.

A mightly fort called Mehrangarh Fort has guarded the city for centuries. This impressive fort overlooks old Jodhpur which is painted blue. The bylanes of the old city offer a photographer's paradise where every nook and corner tells a story that you can capture in your frames.

The proximity of the city to the Thar desert shows signs of desert life. Desert nomads called banjaras had settled down in different parts of the city during different times. To add a splash of colour to the dull desert backdrop, men and women both dress in vibrant colours. While men tie multicoloured turbans on their heads, women wear long and wide skirts of different colours.

Aerial view of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The vibrant fairs and festivals celebrated in Jodhpur

Every fair and festival that Jodhpur celebrates is a spectacle to behold.

  • Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival

    Held in the Polo Ground of Jodhpur, kite flyers from around the globe come together to take part in this three-day event. Since it takes place in January, you can plan your Rajasthan tour in a way that you can witness the sky getting spotted with kites of different shapes and sizes.

  • Marwar Festival

    Celebrated in September-October according to the position of the moon, this two-day festival marks the celebration of the heroes of Rajasthan. The festival takes place at different portions of the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore and Mehrangarh Fort. Folk artists assemble to celebrate the days of glory and remember the heroic lives of Rajasthan rulers through traditional songs and dance.

Street with blue walls in the Old Blue City of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Rajasthan

Facts and tips about Jodhpur

  • Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort looks as if it has mushroomed from the cliff below without any distinction between the fort’s foundation and the cliff. Since the cliff was chiseled to form the base, the appearance of the fort is like this.

  • On the day you visit the Mehrangarh Fort, don’t miss to stop at the Jaswant Thada which is a cenotaph of a Rajput ruler and some of the royal family members. This is a peaceful place with stunning views of nature which includes a serene lake where birds visit.

  • On your Jodhpur trip, carry cotton clothes and sunblock if you are visiting in summer. Even in the winter months, remember to hydrate yourself.

Sleeping in Jodhpur

There are various kinds of accommodation facilities that you can find in Jodhpur.

Baijoo Niwas Guesthouse

A 90-year-old heritage property, Baijoo Niwas Guesthouse is located close to the railway station. Known for its peaceful ambiance and warm service, you can stay at this mid-budget hotel. There are luxurious rooms and spacious suites that you can choose from.

Baijoo Niwas, guesthouse in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The Almond Tree Hotel

Set amidst the foothills of Umaid Bhawan Palace, this is a mid-range hotel with spacious 8-bedrooms. The hotel has spectacular views of Umaid Bhawan. The rooftop terrace is a perfect place to rewind.

The Almond Tree, hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The Ajit Bhawan Hotel

This hotel has a 24-hour reception and offers modern accommodation facilities. This palace hotel also has a restaurant The Jodhpur Café that serves authentic Rajasthani cuisine along with international delicacies. You can stay in the different options like rooms, suites and even tents.

The Ajit Bhawan, resort and hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Hotel Ratan Vilas

This hotel was once the private residence of Maharaja Ratan Singh. This place is a twenty-minute drive from the Mehrangarh Fort and is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The mid-budget hotel has an in-house restaurant that services authentic Indian and international cuisine.

Ratan Vilas, hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Gouri Heritage Haveli Guesthouse

Located in very close proximity to Mehrangarh Fort and Clock Tower, the hotel has luxurious rooms with all modern amenities. The terrace of the place offers a great view of the muscular fort and its surroundings. This mid-range hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves Indian and Chinese cuisine.

Gouri Heritage Haveli, guesthouse in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Eating in Jodhpur

There are several eating places in Jodhpur. While some serve authentic Indian food, most places also have tourist-friendly options along with exceptionally great service.

Dylan Cafe Restaurant

The restaurant serves Indian and Asian cuisine. There are also quick bites like sandwiches available. The most attractive feature of this restaurant is the view of the Mehrangarh fort that you get from the rooftop. You can also get gluten-free and vegan-friendly food. It is located near Gulab Sagar Baccha.

Dylan Cafe Restaurant, restaurant in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Blue Bird Cafe & Restaurant

This is another restaurant that has a great view of the fort along with the old blue city. The restaurant offers delectable Indian delicacies and healthy food options like muesli. A must-try local delicacy that this place serves is Rabodi and Kar Sangri.

Blue Bird Cafe & Restaurant, restaurant in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Restaurant Khaas Bagh

Located in Ratanada, this restaurant serves authentic Rajasthan cuisine along with other north Indian delicacies. The place has both outdoor and indoor seating facilities. The outdoor has a cabana and fountain. They offer an extensive selection of food. It is better to make reservations if you plan to visit on weekends.

Restaurant Khaas Bagh, restaurant in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

The Filos Cafe & Restaurant

This restaurant is located in the Air Force Area. The place serves an array of cuisines like Continental, Italian, Fast food and seafood. The rooftop ambiance is nice, especially if you want to dine with a good view.

The Filos Cafe & Restaurant, restaurant in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Cafe 651

If you are planning to celebrate a special occasion that coincides with your Jodhpur days, this is your place. Located in Sardarpura, the restaurant offers continental and cafe items. The best here are Tiramisu Pancakes, Strawberry Shakes and Stuffed Garlic Bread.

Cafe 651, restaurant in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

How to reach Jodhpur

Jodhpur can be reached easily from all parts of the state. It takes 5 hours from Udaipur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer and 4.5 hours from Pushkar to reach Jodhpur.

Other cities near Jodhpur

  • Ranakpur - 162 km
  • Pushkar - 187 km
  • Bikaner - 244 km
  • Udaipur - 258 km
  • Mount Abu - 268 km
  • Jaisalmer - 282 km
  • Jaipur - 342 km

FAQs about Jodhpur

1. Is Jodhpur safe for solo travellers?

Yes, the entire state of Rajasthan which includes Jodhpur is safe for solo travellers. However, at busy tourist spots, keep your personal belongings, especially costly ones, safe as you may risk losing them.

2. What is the population of Jodhpur?

Jodhpur has a population of 1,550,000. The city has seen a decline in the growth rate in population over the last couple of years.

3. Does Jodhpur have a Royal Family?

Yes, Jodhpur has a Royal family with Gaj Singh as its current King. However, he will be the last King as the position has now been abolished.

Park at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
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