Umaid Bhawan Palace
The way to the Umaid Bhawan Palace gives you the royal feel. Even the dome of the palace was visible from the Mehrangarh Fort. The palace looks so beautiful and enchanting. 1/4 part of the palace is open for the visitors which includes the museum, the royal courtyard and the clock collection museum. Also, there is a small shop inside the museum from where you can buy fancy dupattas, t-shirts, magnets, diaries and etc. Then near the exit gate, there is a museum of vintage cars. Probably 7-8 vintage cars are put on for the display.
In an hour we got free and there wasn't much to visit so we left for Camel Safari. There is a place called Osian, 80 km away from Jodhpur where you get to do Camel and Jeep Safari. Mostly all the travel and your agency provide you pick and drop service from your hotel, or the airport, train station or bus station.
The tour starts with pickup in Jodhpur around 2.30 pm or 3 pm. You travel by private car to Osian where you have the chance to visit the Sachiya Mata Temple. After taking in the temple, head to the starting point for the camel safari. The camel ride is considered a peak experience in Rajasthan. Expect to spend about one to two hours riding the camel in the Thar Desert. Stay to watch the skies and sands change colours during the sunset hour, then return to your private vehicle for transfer back to Jodhpur.
In our safari, even the Marwari Lunch was included. The name of the camel that I rode was Jigar. On the way, we saw Nilgai and other camels. It took 40-50 minutes to reach the village where we had delicious food and relaxed for a few minutes. Then we headed back to the starting point where our car was waiting for us. It was a hell of a new experience and was so much fun. Do not miss the camel safari when you visit Jodhpur.
Where To Shop?
Jodhpur is famous for antiques, bandhani saree, footwear, red chillies, and traditional men & women wear, bangles.
Go to Mochi Bazar if you want to buy fancy and elegant emojis. You will find varieties to choose from. There is a big market for bangles near the clock tower market. If Rajasthani handicrafts and textiles fascinate you? Then visit Tripolia Market, this market offers a huge assortment of wooden handicrafts, brass items, colourful apparels, metal furniture, marble statues, silver jewellery and traditional artefacts. This is also one of the most interesting clothing markets in Jodhpur.
And do not forget to eat spicy mirchivada, kachori, Rajasthani dal baati and lassi.
From blue houses, magnificent forts and palaces, lots of temples and colourful fairs and festivals to delicious lassi and spicy mirchibada, Jodhpur will give you a concentrated experience of Rajasthani culture.