Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India for exploring Jodhpur, the Blue City of India

Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan’s most historic cities and a major tourist destination. Due to a bright and sunny climate, Jodhpur is also called as the Sun City. Most of the houses in Jodhpur are painted in blue, making Jodhpur a Blue City.

There are many places to stay in Jodhpur like the royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, or the 500-year old Singhvi House, which was given as a gift of appreciation by the Maharaja of Jodhpur to one of his commander-in-chief, Shri Akheraj sa Singhvi. It is now a heritage guest house, run by the descendants of the commander.

So let’s go on a tour of this amazing city.

Old City

The Old City is where you will find houses which are centuries old, and vintage havelis, coloured in blue, and numerous narrow lanes and alleys, which will take you to those times, when Jodhpur was an important trading centre on the Delhi-Gujarat trading route. Jodhpur flourished during that era when it traded in opium, copper, silk, sandalwood, dates and coffee. Even now, when you visit the Clock Tower in the Old City, you step in a huge and vibrant marketplace, selling everything from spices, handicrafts, textiles, to jewellery, utensils and gifts.

Local street food

Jodhpur is a delightful place for foodies. Though you get the typical Rajasthani delicacies, some of its local street food can be found nowhere else in India, There are tea stalls, or ‘Chai Wallahs’, found in busy marketplaces in Jodhpur. These serve piping hot masala tea, filter coffee, masala milk, and other beverages. Janta Sweet Home is a popular eatery located near Nai Sarak Circle. It’s very famous for its juicy Marwari sweets and snacks like jalebis, mirchi bada, samosa, pyaaz kachori, mawa kachori, rabri etc.

Walking tour of Old city & Mehrangarh Fort

If you want to experience the age-old charm of Jodhpur, then hire a local guide, and go on a walking tour on the narrow lanes of the Old City. The walk will last 1-2 km, where you can see the vintage havelis and age-old houses, and also the bustling life in the bazaars. After this, you can walk a further 1-2 km to reach Mehrangarh Fort. If you don’t prefer walking then you can drive straight to Mehrangarh Fort. It is one of the largest forts of India and a breathtaking architectural beauty. There are lavish palaces with remarkable décor and eye-catching antique furniture, and temples with intricate carvings. There also is a museum inside, having a rare collection of paintings, armoury, palanquins, and other artefacts.  

And if you are not interested in a walking tour then you can book a taxi or a contact a car rental firm in Jodhpur like Rajputana Cabs to hire a car, driver & guide for a full day city tour of Jodhpur. Plus, you can also plan a one side ride from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in a taxi cab, which is just a 4-5 hour drive, and the experience in Jaisalmer is amazing/

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace is a supreme example of luxury and glamour, and one of the best attractions of Jodhpur. The descendants of the royal family still live in one of the wings, and another wing has the luxurious heritage hotel, owned by Taj Group of Hotels. Lush green lawns surround the palace, and inside are chambers with marvellous décor and antique furniture. The museum inside the palace has rare treasures and priceless memorabilia.

Insider Tip

August isn’t the best month to visit Jodhpur, due to high vrowd

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