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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Akshdeep Rajawat
  • Akshdeep Rajawat
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 2 Reviews

"Tradition at its best" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Went to Jodhpur with my family for 5 days. When you go in Umaid Bhawan Palace, it's like you are in the kings period. So many rooms with specially designed windows tell us about the awesome artists in that period.

Mehran Garh Fort was very attractive. Flying fox near Mehran Garh was very adventurous. So just go and feel like a king.
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Joe Bradd
  • Joe Bradd
  • 1 Review

"A very good place to visit in Winter" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It is one of my favorite place to go in Rajasthan, Marwari food is awesome and best time to go is in winters. Their culture is very different, went with my family and enjoyed a lot. Places to try are Fun N Food, Gypsy, Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada, Kaylana etc.
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Jugal Suthar
  • Jugal Suthar
  • Lives in Jalore
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  • 3 Reviews

"Jodhpur Deluxe and Heritage" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Jodhpur is a gorgeous city, whose legacy is widespread. It is worth watching Places Like Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Palace, etc. People is adorned here and there is a lot of Deluxe and Heritage Hotels. The food here is well known especially sweets. The city is greatness in Rajasthan State. It is also known as the 'Blue City'.
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Mihir Shah
  • Mihir Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"City of forts and beautiful fort lights at night" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I visited this place in Diwali 2014 with family. It is a nice place. Fort is very nice. I stayed for two days but 1 day is also sufficient.

For food you will have comparatively less choice then other tourist destination. Restaurants are bit scattered. Market is also not as good as other tourist destination. Gardens are not so good.

In summary, place is nice. You will love fort and palace. Lacking in food and shopping. City is not so developed like Udaipur or Jaipur.
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Ramesh  Mehta
  • Ramesh Mehta
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews

"The fragrance of Rajasthan"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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 3 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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  • 2 Reviews

"Royal experience and romantic place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2014
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 Nov 30, 2014
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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