Jodhpur Tourism
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Jodhpur Tourism

Jodhpur Info

  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 231 m
  • Pincode: 342001
  • District: Jodhpur
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0291
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 45°C, Winter 5 to 20°C
Jodhpur is the second biggest city in Rajasthan. It is about 335 km west of Jaipur, the capital city. Since it lies on the geographic centre of the state, it has emerged as an important tourist transit base.

This city is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Thar’ because it is located right on the border of the Thar Desert.  It is also popularly called the ‘Sun City’ because it experiences bright and sunny days throughout the year. Another name for this city is ‘Blue City’ because the houses around the Mehrangarh Fort are all painted blue.

History of Jodhpur

The history of this place dates back to the time when the Rathores were forced by the Afghans to leave Kaunaj, which was their original homeland. They settled in Pali, which is located close to present day Jodhpur. 

Rathore Siahaji tied the knot with the sister of a local prince, which added to the power and strength of the Rathore Clan.  After some time, they succeeded in driving the Pratiharas out of Mandore, which is located at a distance of about 9 km from present day Jodhpur, and made it their capital city. 

However, after some time, they felt that they required a secure capital. As a result, Jodhpur was formed by Rao Jodha, the chief of the Rathore clan, in 1459, to serve as a capital city and the city was also named in his honour. Earlier this place was known as Marwar.

The Rathores shared healthy relations with all the Mughal kings, except Aurangzeb. After Aurangzeb's death, the Mughals were driven out from Ajmer by Maharaja Ajit Singh and it was made a part of Marwar (present day Jodhpur). Jodhpur started developing into a modern city under the rule of Maharaja Umed Singh. It further prospered under the British rule.

People & Culture of Jodhpur

The city of Jodhpur has lent its name to a type of trousers. Jodhpurs, as they are called, are loose around the thigh and tight at the calf and are mainly designed for horseback riding and playing polo. Invented in 1887 for use by Sir Pratap Singh, it caught the fancy of the British aristocracy and soon became popular. 
The forts, palaces and havelis of the city are complemented by the various vibrant fairs and festivals that draw a large number of people. Some of the popular events of Jodhpur are Marwar Festival, Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival, Nagaur Fair etc.

Things to do in Jodhpur

The ‘Blue City’, as Jodhpur is known, is famous for its palaces, havelis, forts and museums. Some of the places to visit in Jodhpur include Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rai ka Baag Palace, Balsammand Lake and Kaylana Lake. Umed Garden and Nehru Park also attract a large number of people.

Food & Shopping in Jodhpur

Jodhpur is not only popular because of its palaces, forts and temples, but also because of its handicrafts, folk dances and folk music. The tie and  dye textiles, lacquer ware, embroidered leather shoes, antiques, puppets, carpets, Rajasthani textiles, miniature camels and elephants, clay figurines, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery found in Jodhpur are popular worldwide. Popular bazaars in Jodhpur include Mochi Bazaar, Sardar Market, Tripolia Bazaar, the market near the Clock Tower as well as the Station Road. 

Also, no trip to Jodhpur is complete without tasting its local delicacies. Snacks like kachoris and the world renowned dal baati is a must-try. Other local specialities include mirchi bada, makhania lassi, Jodhpuri maas, gatte ka saag etc.

Travelling to Jodhpur

Jodhpur is well connected to major cities in India by rail, road and air. The airport here is very close to the city and has regular connections to major cities in the country. From the airport, auto rickshaws and taxis are available to reach the city centre. Located centrally, the Jodhpur Railway Station has trains bound to big and small cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Indore, Bangalore and Hyderabad among other destinations. 

To reach Jodhpur from cities within and outside Rajasthan, state-run buses are widely available. These buses leave from the Roadways Bus Stand. Services are also offered by private buses which mostly leave from the bus stand on Pal Road and some leave from Kalpataru Cinema. 

Travelling within Jodhpur

Travelling within Jodhpur can be done with the help of tongas, auto rickhsaws and mini buses with auto rickshaws being the most popular. Most auto rickshaws do not run on metres and the price needs to be negotiated before boarding. A standard way of negotiating is to quote 60% of the offered price. Tongas are a leisurely way of moving around and are a good option if there is no hurry.

The best time to visit Jodhpur is between October and March, during winters.
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Ramesh  Mehta
  • Ramesh Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews

"The fragrance of Rajasthan" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Jodhpur is a city of history, fun, food, masti and most of all royal fragrance. The Umaid Bhavan showcases the weapons and other stuff that was used by the Rajput Rulers, especially by the Maharaja Hanwant Singh and their forefathers. Mehrangarh Fort is another attraction, even for the foreign tourists. It's too huge, really. Moreover, one can enjoy Kachori - Mirchi Vada at every single corner of Jodhpur. You can enjoy exclusive sweets like phini, ghevar, jalebi, rabdi and a lot more at Jodhpur Sweets, Janta Sweets
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Ashok Kumar
  • Ashok Kumar
  • Lives in Nainital
  • 7 Reviews

"Beautiful experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
The sight-seeing experience of Jodhpur was excellent especially Mehrangarh fort. But my shopping experience in Jodhpur was far better than in Jaipur. I would definitely suggest traveler's not to shop from Jaipur and better buy for traditional arts and crafts from National Handloom. You can find everything and in reasonable rates.
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Vijaykumar S
  • Vijaykumar S
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 21 Reviews

"Visit for the experience of Royalty and the Sweets of Rajasthan" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Royal Forts, Museums, Monuments, Parks, you name it and Jodhpur has it. Roads are quite good and wide and it feels good to travel. Lots and lots of sweets to be had if you love sweets. Good food available at very economical price. Lots of Options available for Staying and one can choose the affordable hotel depending on the budget.

We had arranged our Package with M/s. Vivid India Tours which was well organised by them and we thoroughly enjoyed.

Unforgettable Rajasthan.
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Ram Raghav
  • Ram Raghav
  • Lives in Begusarai
  • 2 Reviews

"A place free from pollution"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you remove the hot temperature in overall experience you feel good in this location. Air free from pollution, road free from traffic, sun free from cloud and man free from tension can enjoy this station. Lot of heritage places you will see during stay. The asia's largest air base is situated in this city. You can come to this place by air, train and bus from Delhi.
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Lilesh Daga
  • Lilesh Daga
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Royal experience and romantic place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I went Jodhpur on my New Year vacation. Must stay a wonderful place, we saw various forts. One of the best among was Umed Palace. The river view from the palace is awesome. Another must watch destination is Masuriya Hills. It is situated at height. A garden is there for children. You can have the entire view of the city. A perfect romantic place.
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Vivek Jain
  • Vivek Jain
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  • 6 Reviews

"Don't prefer Jodhpur; expensive"

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I have travelled after a long time to Jodhpur but as far I thought I must be that was not at all to the average also but I really thought of the places must be good though even those were somewhat average. The Marangarh Fort was good. The only place I liked it and rest as per the city part it was a quiet place and I even did not find any good thing to take back to my home at the market place. As people considered that Jodhpur is actually cheaper in cost of many products related in cultivation but those were far more expensive that my home town. I would never consider going to place again. I would prefer Jaipur than Jodhpur. So you beware, are wise and be safe all over this happy travelling.
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Alexander Krishna
  • Alexander Krishna
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 14 Reviews

"A place worth visiting"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Well, it was a great trip. We organised the trip ourself. It was more for the purpose for exploration.

We went to Umaid Bhawan and Mehrangarh Fort. We took a room in a fort view hotel at jodhpur. We also visited Jaswant Tada, Osiana for camel safari and had lots and lots of fun.

The trip was packed with Rajasthani dishes which were mouth watering. But don't miss the sweets and food at Janta Sweets and Restaurant, a true value for money.
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Aumit Raye
  • Aumit Raye
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 10 Reviews

"Jodhpur, the best place in Rajasthan"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2014
Jodhpur - one of the best fortress-cities in Rajasthan, a must visit for all tourists.
The Mehrangarh Fort stands tall forming a very formidable background to the city. The Fort can be seen from every nook & corner of Jodhpur. About 5 stories high, the upper most level can be reached by an elevator OR can also be walked up through not-so-difficult pathways leading through the Fort. (Caution : there is an entry fee to the Fort and also an additional fee for the elevator). From the top of the Fort the view is beautiful all around and one can easily see why Jodhpur is also called The Blue City. Excellent maintenance of Royal interiors and some of the most amazing weapons collection can be seen in this Fort. One of the largest forts in Rajasthan.
Next is the Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph right next to the Fort, is also a marvel to visit. Umaid bhavan, the palace of the current Royals in Jodhpur is a must visit too. This palace is also noticeable from all corners of the city. Houses an amazing collection of treasures from the Royal family attainments, recognitions and what a collection of vintage cars - there is the Cadillac, the Rolls R, the Buick, the Morris, you name the make and it is up there, polished and smiling at you ! The lawn is not to be missed here. It's maintained like a thick green carpet all around the main palace building. The Clock Tower - both during the day and during the evenings - the main market place with the Mehrangadh Fort as the backdrop - a must place for all visitors for their marketing needs if not for anything else. One can give Mandor a miss although they would tell you about the old capital city before Jodhpur. There are some Royal Cenotaphs there, there is also supposed to be a garden but this is quite barren and not worth the spend. Place could have been maintained better. But for its nearness to the main city of Jodhpur - that's why most give it a look-see. Don't miss eating out at Janta's, standing at one end of the road leading to Clock Tower. Just savour their delicacies - you'll surely go back time and again. Try their Lassi, the chaat of so many varieties, the kulfi, the mircha chop and a sweet called Gheebor !! Opposite Janta's is the restaurant serving good Rajasthani and Gujarati meals. Savour these too.

While in Jodhpur there is also a Village Safari which one could undertake if one has the time - just about a day is good enough. It's the usual fare: lifestyle of the village folk, demonstration of the various means of livelihood, taste-a-snack item, etc - but worth a visit.

In essence a great place to visit. But early October was not the right time to visit the place, it was quite scorching. may be December-January would be just the time.

We stayed at RTDC's Hotel Ghoomar, in close proximity to the main market area and Janta !!
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Rimpa Dutta
  • Rimpa Dutta
  • 14 Reviews

"Good shopaholic center"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 29, 2014
We have stayed for one day in Jodhpur. Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada & Umaid Bhawan these three were the good sightseeing spot. And clock tower is also a master piece to see & you can do shopping there, you have to get out side of the Chopra & in the main road you can get Rajasthani handloom & gift items in a great cheap rate. Good shopaholic center.
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Ramakrishnan
  • Ramakrishnan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Good place but very hot"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
Although the place is very hot with 38 Degree Celsius even during October, we really enjoyed the heritage properties in and around, which reminded our past history. We visited Fort, Museum, Lake and garden. Out of these, Mandore Garden was not so impressive as the maintenance is poor but worth watching this place. More than anything, we enjoyed eating 6 different varieties of chats, which is still mouth watering. Since we stayed in a Heritage Property (old Fort - Fort Chanwa Luni), the distance was too much, we spent most of the in travelling. Suggest people to stay within the city to spend more time in sight seeing to save time, money and fatigue.
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