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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Sanket Paranjape

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"A good place for a romantic getaway" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Away from noisy atmosphere still very close to the city and few monumental and world heritage sights. The place is indeed serene & amidst natural beauty. To see about flock of 50 peacocks at one go is quite a rare sight to see! Recommend a must stay for couples to have a romantic getaway.
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"A nice city, must visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Jodhpur city is beautiful in Rajasthan it's also called as a sun city and it's popular in many things likes variety of sweets gulab jamun, mawa, mirchi bada etc, cultural, heritage etc. I saw many places Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Heritage Art School and Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Ramdevra Temple, Mandore Gardens, Kaylana Lake all was very nice. I enjoyed it. Must visit place.
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Gopal Mahecha

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"Lovable city with heritage background" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Jodhpur is such a lovable city. Because it has its heritage background. It also has inspirational historical background. Therefore we chilled out in heritage places. It also has many chilling out places like pub, clubs, etc, therefore we enjoyed it. We travelled here and there in the whole city and after that we got a superb experience of our hotel.
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"Wonderful city with a pristine heritage" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The city of Jodhpur sometimes feel like a foreign city with an extravagant ambience, It's a superb place to be. The Kaylana lake, Zenana Mahal, Jaswant sagar dam are must visits among others. Street foods are available aplenty and your taste buds would not want to leave the city.

Just take a stroll or take a auto-ride around the city visiting the different landmarks and you would not find out when time flies away. Just don't forget to take along an umbrella sunglasses and sun-creams.
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"The sun city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Jodhpur is a peaceful City and everyone can stay here 2 to 3 days. But I will suggest not to go there are in summer vacations like June July its too hot, 47 degree. The people were very nice, helpful and soft spoken, they always help with everything. And winter vacation there is no cold too much you can stay easily.
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"Must visit this place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good city having a good history. Must visit one time. It was lovely & fun loving. Food is good and had good options of hotels. It is a good place for sightseeing. There are many places to visit like Fort, Umaid Bhawan museum etc. City was good and people are of helping nature.
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Nitima Kanwar

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"A royal trip"

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  • Posted 1 month ago
Wonderful place to spend time with family and enjoy the royal palace and sun city fort. The place is very well maintained and wish to visit again soon. Jaisalmer is near by. Also Udaipur to try out and enjoy the Rajasthani culture and vast history associated with it.
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"Perfect for tension free holidays"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Jodhpur is a place of rajas and maharajas having rich history of glory. The destination is not only known for its glorious past but also good place for Rajansthani food and place for shopping. I went in for a shopping spree and didn't knew when to stop. Bandhani sarees, Lehariyas and many more type of print in all price and ranges were available. Also the artefact made of colourful leather were also worth purchasing. I had a memorable stay.
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Himanshi Legha

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"Dwelled into the beauty of the city"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was lovely, Fun loving. Enjoyed a hell lot there. This place is damn beautiful with its antiquities and all. Aaah we people just loved it. Its a good place for shopping and sightseeing too. There are many places to visit. You must visit kaylana. The lotuses there are mind boggling. One should also see the heritage sites there like its palace i.e Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan. There are many temples too. Food, they have local cuisines and we dwelled into the beauty of the city.
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"It was a good city to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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