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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Ujjval Kothari

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"Nice place to go!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Super fun and tasty food and for the family entertainment and also night life. Street pani puri, shopping in C road and B road was good. Temples and mountain fort and many more. So its a great place to enjoy and also for religious spot like temple and mosque.
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Mohita Singhal

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"Jodhpur city of love!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Jodhpur has a rich and vibrant culture. The people of the city love wearing colourful clothes. The turbans sported by the menfolk and the silver jewellery of the women are very eye-catching indeed. As for the cuisine, it is for its sweets and snacks. Remember to indulge in the laddoos and kachoris!
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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice place to visit. Stayed in havelli. That was a nice experience. Visit to Mehrangarh fort and Umaid bhavan was awesome. Seeing fighter jets taking off and landing from umaid bhavan gives a feel of sonic boom. Can be visited in 2-3 hrs both. Do not take route according to Google maps while visiting Umaid bhavan palace as the visitors entry is from other far end.
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Swechha Agrawal

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"City of Marwaris" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Hmm Jodhpur, the city of Rajasthan especially inhabited by Marwaris. Its an awesome tourist place which includes the one and the most historical mewar palace. Various museum, place which will be loved by the women because of having various national hand looms which must be visited once and the last but not the least, rajasthani foods with the folk dance.
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Yashdeep  Chouhan

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"Awesome city with awesome food" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have been in Jodhpur for a while. Its a great destination to visit in Rajasthan. The Forts and Palaces here are incredible. The view of city from fort is amazing. Completely covered with blue colour. That's why it is called as Blue City. The peoples here are very helpful and sweet wearing colourful clothes specially ladies. Gents wear colourful turbans also called as safa. Among all the food is out of the world here.
Here are the famous food destination in jodhpurs.
1. Chatrbhuj Ke Gulab Jamun: A small shop located in inner city serves worlds best gulab jamun.
2. Manak Chowk Ke Mirchi Bade: Situated in Manak Chowk near famous ghantaghar. Famous for its spicy onion mirchi bada.
3. Mishri Lal Ki Lassi: Situated at ghantaghar entrance serves amazing lassi.
4. Ghaas Mandi ki maave ki kachori: A corner shop in area called ghaas mandi serves Maave ki kachori.

These are the following things which every travellers must taste to complete his/ her journey of Jodhpur.
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Sanjay Sharma

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"Jodhpur a place to explore your life"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Mehrangarh Fort a wonderful historical fort of Rajasthan located at Jodhpur. Explore the royal life and rich heritage of Ranbanka Rajput community. Along with the spicy life of people of Jodhpurs. Their morning begins with mirchi bada and ends with love and grace.
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"Royalty & loyalty, Jodhpur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Place is just awesome. Best sightseeing places were there, overall in the city called as Surya Nagri. Mehrangarh Fort & many more places are there to visit. Wishing again and again to visit Jodhpur. Hotels in Jodhpur are fabulous & good. Totally it was paisa vasool trip of my life.
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"Blue City visit Jodhpur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visiting the blue city is an awesome experience. Jodhpur Fort is the best fort of entire Rajasthan. Very well maintained, audio guide is a mandatory thing to avail to experience the rich history of the fort. Umaid Bhavan Palace museum is also a stellar destination.
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Zishan Syed

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"Awesome destination!"

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Jodhpur is awesome place its a good place relating to sand nature when you will go on top than you will found blue stone in single ring like (small blue colour home). Ghantagar is good for shooing. Also in city chatarbhuj gulab jamun good taste. Tea of bhati stall great taste. Also Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh fort, Lahriya resort is good for marriage garden and party.
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"A great place to visit-Jodhpur"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Jodhpur, the gateway to desert, is an old city, having historical background. The city is good with a good climate, good hotels for staying. There are lots of paces worth visiting, which are not very far from the city. Especially the Meherangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Balsamand Lake are the must-visit places. It is advisable to hire a car for visiting all these places. This will allow the traveller to make the journey comfortably and with ease.
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