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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

History of Jodhpur

Jodhpur in Rajasthan is one of the most popular tourist destinations because of its havelis, forts, rich heritage and because it was home to the Maharaja and his Royal family. It is also called the ‘Blue City’ because of the houses around Mehrangarh fort that are painted in blue.

Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, the Chief of Rathore Clan in 1459. Thus the city is named after him. Much later, during the British Raj, Jodhpur flourished and became one of the largest cities in Rajasthan.

People and Culture of Jodhpur

Jodhpur is always full of tourists from all over the world. The city has a rich cultural heritage and a majority of the population speak in Rajasthani, Marwari and Hindi.

The main festivals in Jodhpur include Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival, Nagaur Fair, Marwar Festival and Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival. These festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show.

Things to Do in Jodhpur

Famous for its forts, museums, palaces, havelis and other splendid architectural buildings, Jodhpur is indeed buzzing with tourists all year round. There are lots of places to see in Jodhpur. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the must places to visit in Jodhpur. This fort is one of the largest forts in India and is still run by Jodhpur Royal family. It has many palaces enclosed within its boundaries.

From the list of Jodhpur tourist places, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum is another popular tourist attraction. The museum exhibits the exclusive belongings that were owned by Maharaja and the Royal family. The museum displays everything from antiques to crockery to photographs to clocks to various other elite things. Umaid Mahal is the residence of former Jodhpur Royal family and some part of the palace is maintained by Taj Hotels. Umaid Mahal is indeed one of the popular Jodhpur places to visit. Ghanta Ghar and Mandore are other two Jodhpur attractions.

Food and Shopping in Jodhpur

Apart from sightseeing in Jodhpur, the city also has a number of posh as well as pocket friendly restaurants of different cuisine. Jodhpur tour is incomplete without a tall glass of lassi and kachori. Maakhan vade, Besan ki chakki, Pachkuta, Hot & Spicy Mirchibada and Kachoris are famous snacks and sweets of Jodhpur that you will find in all eateries.

Things to do in Jodhpur also includes shopping. Handicrafts, antiques, tie and dye clothes, embroidered shoes and jewellery are some famous things of Jodhpur. Clock Tower Market, Mochi Bazaar, Nai Sarak and Sojati Gate Market are the most famous markets of Jodhpur. Without a visit to these markets, your trip to Jodhpur is incomplete.

Accommodation in Jodhpur

Tourists who are wondering how to reach Jodhpur can choose to travel to Jodhpur by bus, by flight, by train or by taxi. There are various luxury hotels, budget hotels, resorts and guest houses for accommodation in Jodhpur. Also, many hotels in Jodhpur are in the vicinity of major Jodhpur sightseeing places. Plan Jodhpur getaways with your family or friends and book a hotel in advance to avoid the last minute rush!


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Nitish Varshney

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"An Amazing city with amazing people and phenomenal lifestyle" new review

  • 6.0/7
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Jodhpur, a city of culture and heritage, is one of the astounding cities in the India.
Known as Bluecity and Suncity, Jodhpur has its own built legacy of historic monuments. This review has been long overdue but as they say, "Its better late than never"
It is covered from hills and rocks from all four directions and its main charm is you can have everything here. From lip smacking food to adventurous tasks, from peaceful stay to wild long drives, Jodhpur has all.
Now come to the places one must not skip. Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Palace, Mandore Garden, Tripoliya Market, Kaylana Lake are some of the main tourists attractions. The Mehrangarh Fort, with its beauty, is the living proof of the hard work and skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors. Take a look of Museum in fort and you will love it. It is beautifully laid out. It has a palanquin section where you can see a wide collection of old royal palanquins. The heritage of the Rathores, including arms, costumes, paintings, decorated period rooms, etc, is exhibited in the museum. The museum gives us an idea of the grandeur of the royal families of the past.
One can have beautiful view of BLUE CITY from top of the fort. Jasvant Thada is again a must visit. It is very nearly situated to the Fort.
Ganesh Mandir, Pal Balaji, Samrat Ashok Garden, Masuria Pahadi, Bhim Bhadak Cave, Siddhnath Shiv Temple, Ranchordas ji Temple are some fantastic places one must explore in Jodhpur. Enjoy boating in Kaylana lake and from kaylana go 2 kms above to have a lifetime experience in Bhim Bhadak Cave. Its a military radar area but visitors entry is allowed from 7 to 7.
Jodhpur is rich in food and its cultural activities. Do not miss shopping from railway road and Nayi Sadak. You will find some impeccable handicrafts items here and Jooti for which Jodhpur is world famous.
If you are in Jodhpur and do not try local food your holiday is of no use.
Have Dal Bati, Mirchi Bada, Pyaaj Kachori, Lassi and Shahi samosa. I bet you won't get these anywhere outside the Jodhpur.
Visit Shastri Circle at night and enjoy musical fountain there. This place is fabulous. You can have horse riding here. Food is what one can get pretty easily in all its circumference.
Janta Sweets, Poker Sweets, Pali Gulab Halwa, Gypsy Restaurant, 15 A. The, Recipe, Tamarind are few of the most trusted eating places in Jodhpur.
Jodhpur is well connected from most of the major cities of India. Stay is not a problem here as it has plenty of luxurious resorts, hotels along with hundreds of budget hotels.
Best time to visit Jodhpur is November to January as rest of the year summer remains at its peak here.
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Pamela Mukherjee

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"Jodhpur the blue city - a must visit place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2016
The city of Jodhpur is a famous tourist destination owing to its royal heritage. Places of tourist interest in Jodhpur include clean & massive fortress, striking cenotaphs, and spectacular gardens.

If you wish to visit Blue city-Jodhpur I suggest you to visit the place from November to February. The worth place to visit & must try their spicy Golgappa & if money matter not bother you then stay once at Umaid Bhawan to pamper yourself with Royal Rajasthan & their hospitality.
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Kiran sood Sood

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"Luxurious Heritage at Jodhpur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 14, 2016
Rajasthan is state of many kingdoms. Jodhpur is the one known for its rich styles even today. Remember Jodhpur's jackets and anarkalis. We were excited to shop around after visiting Grand Palace. Gold plated ceilings and unique architecture of the palace is breathtaking. The natural air conditioning through double wall system is amazing. The most fascinating thing for me is bangles of lac customised to my size. My arms full from shoulder to wrist carried complimentary box from the person sitting by the side of fire and doing hard work in the warm afternoon. Lahariya sarees is another attraction. Above all food in desi ghee is yummy. Worth visiting Jodhpur came with me as beautiful memories to cherish for lifetime.
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Zenon dcruz

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"Awesome princely city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2016
Amazing princely city.

Places worth visiting are:

Mehrangarh Fort and do the zip lining
Jaswant Thada
Umaid Bhawan palace
Sardar market and have the lassi and great place for handicraft shopping
Mandore Garden
Osian for desert safari

If you have some money stay at a heritage or palace hotel. Absolutely worth it.

The locals are very friendly and relatively honest. The usual hassles one may get at touristy places like hawkers, beggars, ongoing bargaining, etc. Are relatively non-existent here making the experience even more enjoyable.
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"Amazing place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2016
Our trip to Jodhpur was just random. We took a Volvo bus from Delhi, which took ten hours to reach. Here, I would advice to opt for comfortable bus services like Volvo which you can book online at RSTC website and take a late night bus from either Bikaner House (near India Gate) or you may board the same from IFFCO Chowk. The best part about Rajasthan is that surface transport is pretty well developed and the roads are in really good shape, making your travel a comfortable one.

We took an auto from the bus stand to our hotel (The Kothi Heritage). My husband & I was quite clear to move around the city in local transport because we both enjoy doing things locally.

During our short stay there, we covered three places- Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada and Mehrangarh Fort.

As a tourist, I haven't found it too interesting. Most of the rare & vintage collections have been moved from the museum to the hotel. So, there wasn't much on offer and besides, you could hardly explore a fraction of the hotel. Nevertheless, you can get a glimpse into royal lifestyle of royal family as well as a great collection of vintage clocks. There's a curio shop but the prices they charge are exorbitant. There's also on display collection of vintage cars that date back to the 19th century which the royal family owns. The view from the hilltop in which the Palace is situated is beautiful.

We spent the evening exploring the market around the Clock Tower. The Clock Tower is a beautiful piece of architecture and is an easily recognizable city landmark. A staircase leads you to the top floor where it houses the clock. Jodhpur is famous for spices especially Mathania Chillis. So, don't forget to purchase your share of freshly grounded spices and a packet of sun dried Mathania Chillis. Also, jootis for men and women and children are available in variety of colorful embroideries and designs for cheap. So, mochi bazar is a must visit along with Sadar market for a collection of Bandhej and Lahariya scarves and stoles.

Next day was meant for Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Mehrangarh Fort is really an architectural marvel. The Jaali-wali Khirkis and large open squares are truly beautiful. And oh boy! The view of the city from the top is priceless. There's a lift service to the top of the fort and I would suggest you to take this as climbing down is much easier than climbing up till the 12th floor!!! The Marwar Region (includes Jodhpur) is famous for miniature paintings. There's a museum that houses such paintings and its a delight to see such beautiful creation. You may shop for knick knacks for your dear ones as there are a couple of shops in the fort which are reasonably priced. One should not miss the house of royal cradles which has a very never-before seen collection. Also, you will be in awe of the period rooms like Phul Mahal, Seesh Mahal and Moti Mahal. We missed out on the aerial zip line activity as we were short in time.

We then directly headed to Jawant Thada. You will get an awesome view of the Fort from there. Jaswant thada serves as the burial ground of the Marwar rulers.

We then took the train to Jaipur and reached the same night and it took around 4 hours to reach.

When in Jodhpur, don't miss to explore the old city on foot. The blue-lime washed houses make for a beautiful background and the narrow alleys have some amazing curio shops. Near the Clock Tower, you will get all sort of Lac bangles and ornaments which makes for beautiful pieces. Also, when you bag is full with goodies but you want to purchase more, don't hesitate to buy the canvas bags that are available near Clock Tower because they make for a great buy and are strong and sturdy and quite spacious!!

Also, Jodhpur offers one of the best Kair Sangri and kachori. And lastly, dont forget to buy you share of different papads..
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Pawan Shakyawal

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"Heritage city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
Last year I went Jodhpur in winter. Weather was so good in day and evening. Jodhpur was a mix of old and new culture. Old and colourful buildings and roads like Mandor garden, Meharanghar fort, etc. Markets were so beautiful and colourful and full of handmade items. Food and hotels were the best in all over in India. We saw royal culture and Rajput culture very closely. Old nukkads and some tea shops were very famous in Jodhpur. Very spicy food and different in variety. Fast food or snakes culture with Rajasthani touch like mirchi bada, shahi samosa, kedar baati, warwadi rabdi and ice-cream were so good. Very friendly people. This was the best trip of my life. Next time I will go to Jodhpur with my wife.
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Tushar Patoliya

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"Nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 15, 2016
Amazing destination to visit, but don't follow the Google maps, as we were stuck in the old residential area while going to Mehrangadh fort by car. Out of the imagination you can have flashback of lavish lifestyle of Kings, their territory and art. There are few shops at the fort with various art and craft products, you will love to do shopping over there,

Folk singers in the fort itself are amazing, Rajasthan's are very much attached to their cultural value, and we went to the fort in Rajasthani attires, we got so much appreciation for that. It was one of the best trip.
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Rajan Shah

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"Beautiful City and Great Destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 14, 2016
Jodhpur is one of the most beautiful cities that I have visited. The city is kept clean and its a peaceful place! The city has a great heritage and history. It is easily accessible and is well connected to all major cities in the country through air, rail and road!

Jodhpur has a lot of to see and experience. To name a few - Meharangarh fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace museum, Jaswant Thada, Mandore garden, clock tower. Jodhpur offers a great feat to history and art lovers.

Jodhpur also is famous for its hospitality and food. The food rich and very tasty especially the ever famous Dal Baati and Churma, various kinds of namkeen and chats and the best of lot - the morchi wadas!! Simply mindblowing!!

I recommend that everyone should visit Jodhpur
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Sanjay Rajwani

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"Blue Houses"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 9, 2016
Jodhpur is good city. It is one of the most populated city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is 2nd biggest city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur known as blue city and sun city also blue city- because most of the house are painted with indigo blue colour. Sun city-It is the place where we can see sun all over the year that's why it is known as sun city. Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Palace are the best attractions of Jodhpur. There are many architectural heritage (Ratan Vilas and Devi Bhawan) in Jodhpur. Both are awesome and it has many historical buildings also. Jodhpur city is like any other 2 tier city and you will have to dig hard to find any glimpse of rich heritage. Except that all the houses and buildings are made of stone and exteriors are almost uniform throughout. Jodhpur sweets are famous in all over india. I likes mishrimal hotels makhania lassi and Jodhpur samosa mirchi vada also. Whenever you visit Jodhpur, don't miss it
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Sunanda behera

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"It wasn't a great destination"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Mar 1, 2016
Except Bishnoi village nothing is there. When you plan for Jodhpur only plan for staying in Baishnoi village and take a Jeep safari of Bishnoi village then you come back. Don't waste time in Jodhpur you may visit Jaisalmer and Udaipur also.
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