City of Rajasthan, 342 km from Jaipur
Visit duration: People typically spend 1 to 1.5 days here
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.
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.
Every fair and festival that Jodhpur celebrates is a spectacle to behold.
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.
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.
There are various kinds of accommodation facilities that you can find in Jodhpur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.