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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Gaurav Garg

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"It was a good city to visit" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Good city having a good history as it is on the name of Jodha Bai. Good places to visit like Fort, Umaid Bhawan museum. Mandore. City was good people are of helping nature. Having good option of hotel. We had a good experience of Flying Fox in Fort. It was very adventurous.
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Mohit Jain

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"Jodhpur for its heritage and delicious food" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
One of the best place if you want to explore history. Old monuments, forts great sight seeing place and if you are foodie then its right place for you for mouth watering food especially manakchok ke spicy mirchi bada or surya ke samose or hot and spicy onion kachori /special garlic pakoda and not to forget shastri circle ki shree nath pav bhaji and other street food. Street food is also famous of Sojati gate. Then Shandar cuisine you must try. Moving on to Jodhpur sweets n Janta sweets where you can try best sweets but don't miss chaturbhuj ke Gulab Jamun located in center of city. Also missrilal ki lassi world famous. Jodhpur is a place where culture, history, and all other stuff is preserve safely here you will find all religions celebrated equally and awesome way. A must visit city.
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"Must visit one time" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Must visit one time. Must visit the old market and do some shopping. Must visit heritage property. Food is good and u will enjoy eating the local street food. Local sight seeing is good but try to visit in winters. Any one can travel by road as road condition is good.
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Khitab Mankad

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"A city of rich cultural heritage and authentic Rajasthani cuisine"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Jodhpur should be visited by those who have a deep interest in studying Indian History. The city of Jodhpur has epic stories of brave Maratha Rulers.

Apart from the forts and temples, this city has much more to offer. It is a must-go destination for foodies. Here you'll get to relish the authentic Rajasthani delicacies like Dal Baati, Churma, Kachori, Mirchi Vada, Govind Gatta, Sheero, etc.

Jodhpur has a hot climate, so it is advisable to visit during monsoon or winter. Tourists should continuously consume the tangy Jaljeera or sweet and sour Nimbu Sarbat.
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"A nice historical place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The city is surrounded by a huge fortress wall. Thar desert is close by. They offer desert safaris from this place. Explore the palaces, forts and temples in this historical city. Its markets is an amazing place to go as a couple or alone. For photography amazing scenes during winters if you go up before the sun and enjoy the sun rise.
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Amit sharma

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"Hot climate even in the month of November"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Jodhpur is 2nd largest city of Rajasthan and I was their because of wedding purpose of my friend. It was a good city with good people, cooperative and helpful people. I saw the complete royal Rajwara culture in that city. Good handicrafts, good food, good & cheap markets but hot climate even in the month of November.
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Prashant Kanaujia

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"Perfect getaway for a journey into the past"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The city is surrounded by a huge fortress wall. Thar desert is close by. They offer desert safaris from this place. Explore the palaces, forts and temples in this historical city. Its markets offer a range of beautiful textiles, embroidered leather goods, antiques, carpets, puppets and figurines.
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"Amazing place for nature's best"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Amazing place to go as a couple or alone for photography. Amazing scenes during winters. If you go up before the sun and enjoy the sunrise in winters, the scene from the top of the Meranghar Fort. Pure relaxation place good food for travellers who travel for the first time. During November there is this Pushkar Mela which happens. It's called the camel feast.
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Hemant Hemant

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"Awesome and cultural place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Jodhpur is an awesome city according to me. It is very cultured place in Rajasthan state. The look of Jodhour is very good. I think the first impression is last impression. So overall, I am a fan of Jodhour and I wanna suggest all the people for a tour to Jodhpur.
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"Splendid and extravagant with food and culture"

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Also known as the Blue city or the Sun city. Crowded by foreigners, the city has lot to offer in palaces, forts, havelis, gardens, affluent and luxurious hotels and more. Travelling to Jodhpur can be very subjective and vary from person to person.

If you really want to explore then even three days are less, else if you are right on schedule a day or two would do. The most hyped location of the town is Mehrangarh fort which is one of largest forts of India and comes under UNESCO heritage. It gives stunning view of the entire city and all blue houses and that is where you discover the reason for why it is called so. On its way is the Jaswant Thada, a white marble cenotaph built in the memory of maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It simply is beautiful.

Then comes the Ghanta Ghar famous for food and shopping especially for tourists looking to pick up some souvenirs in the form of scarves, Jodhpuri shoes called Mojari etc. It has parks like Nehru park and Mandore having temple and ruins of fort with subtle greenery. A number of step wells can also be encountered in the way from Mehrangarh fort to Ghanta ghar.

For the foodies out there, mirchi vada and, mawa kachori are a must try if you happen to visit Jodhpur from its renowned shops named Shahi Samosa shop and Janta Sweet Home. One can also try dal baati churma from Bhavni Dal Bati and I am sure you won't be disappointed.

The city overall brings into account the grandeur and magnificence with which our kings lived with almost every house made of red stone, helping people, delicious food, royal treatment with its own unique statement.
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