Popular, colourful and culturally rich, Jodhpur is one of Rajasthan's most beautiful cities. It is also known as the Sun City of India and is said to have been built in the 15th century by a Rao Jodha. This city was earlier known as Marwar and is currently the second largest city of Rajasthan. From the stunning Mehrangarh Fort (from where you can see the stunning blue city), Umaid Bhavan Palace to the bustling Sardar Market, there is tons to do and explore in this touristy city. If you like your holidays to be quiet and laidback, Jodhpur may not be for you – atleast for the first couple of days. There is too much to keep you busy. Like almost all cities in Rajasthan, there are historical forts and palaces to explore and admire. Do carry a scarf and water for your afternoon expeditions should the heat tire you out. There are also umpteen restaurants and small cafes in Jodhpur which offer you delicious food and are also very welcoming. Jodhpur is also a great place to meet like-minded travellers. Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities of the country via rail, road and air.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Jodhpur is from October to March
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Mehrangarh Fort stands on a rocky hilltop which is about 120 m from the ground. The fort is one of the most magnificent and biggest ones in the Indian sub-continent. Battlements of the fort is around 6m to about 36m in height. The fort is still maintained and run by a royal family of Jodhpur. The legend as well as history of the fort is not only interesting but enriched with battles, wars and more. The main entrance of the fort is from the northeast side and is called Jai Pol. There is a museum inside the fort that retains the antiques from the royal families as well as from the battles. The entry to the fort is free but there is a charge for the museum. You will have to walk around 300 m to reach the main entrance or take an autorickshaw for the same. Dodh Kangra Pol is the exit gate of the fort. There are other gates called Loha Pol and Suraj Pol as well.
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
This is another of the palaces where the royals used to reside in the past and is today one of the museums where people explore different exhibits. Apart from being a museum, Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the luxurious hotels in the city of Jodhpur. Once you travel around 3 kms from the city towards the southeast area, you will reach the place. Gaj Singh II still lives in one of the parts of the Umaid Bhawan. The palace was built in 1929. The place has about 365 rooms and was designed and created by one of the famous British architects Henry Lanchester. This palace was originally made for Raja Umaid Singh. To successfully build this palace it took about 15 years with around 3000 workers working on it and about an expenditure of 11 million INR. Makrana marble was used in the exteriors of the palace whereas Burmese teak in the inside. The collection of vintage clocks is another attraction to be seen here.
This is one of the marble structures in Jodhpur that was made in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The place is located on a lake just about 1 km from Mehrangarh Fort. There is an array of domes that will first catch your attention when you step here. The place is not only welcoming but also at peace and away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Another attraction of the place is the view that it offers of the entire city of Jodhpur. Jaswant Thada was built in 1899 and the architecture contains of jalis on the cenotaph as well as various paintings of Rathore rulers straight from 13th century.
Mandore Garden is a sightseeing place in Jodhpur and one that is at its best during early morning hours. There are memorials and temples in this garden that is more like a gem on the crown. However, most of the temples are empty or are either in ruins, it is still something that will interest the historical buffs. Well again, there are quite a number of monkeys roaming about in the garden. A few hours is all you need for this place where you can explore through a walking tour and even sit and relax for a while of the weather suits.
Another of the affordable options for shopping nice Indian and Rajasthani textiles and fabrics as well as handicrafts, this is one place worth a mention in the list. The Sardar Market is an old village area for shopping and also offers some good and pure spices. However, one drawback of the place is that it is always crowded. There is a major attraction in the middle of the market in the form of a clock tower. Omlet guy is the best to head to for a quick bite whereas do not forget to try the Malai lassi when in the market. Overall, make a good budget for shopping and eating when here.
Clock Tower Rd
People refer to it as a “Ghanta Ghar”. It’s inside Sardar Market. It was constructed by late Shri Sardar Singh Ji of Jodhpur. It is one of the busiest areas in Jodhpur. This is primarily because the Sardar Market is the famous shopping zone of Jodhpur. Tourist can shop for Rajasthani Textile, miniature camel and elephants, etc.… If you will take left after crossing this place the road will lead you towards Mehrangarh Fort.
On The Rocks
Looking for a restaurant from where you can enjoy the weather and views of the city? On the Rocks is a garden restaurant in Jodhpur and quite a popular one. The place is only 2 kms from the old city of Jodhpur. The place is always full of tourists and even locals. Indian cuisine is their specialty and there are barbecues that will surely enhance your taste buds. Playground options are available for those visiting with kids. There is a bar and dance floor option but only for adults and couples respectively.
Janta Sweet Home
As the name suggests, this is one of the renowned sweet shops that one should definitely include in things to do in Jodhpur. Apart from the world famous sweets, they have a huge menu with Indian snacks to savour. Not only are the snacks good in size but also fresh and at affordable rates. Mawa Kachori is supposed to be one of the dishes that is a must try according to a lot of travelers. Do not forget to indulge in the true Rajasthani delicacies here.
The Mishrilal Hotel
Situated near Clock Tower, The Mishrilal Hotel serves sinful glasses of makhaniya lassi, topped with powdered pistachio and a thick serving of butter that instantly melts in the Jodhpur heat. Stop counting the calories and tell yourself you need energy for all that walking. Mishrilal also serves mawa ki kachori and rabri.
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
This is a recent development in the city in 2006 and still calls to be a priority in the things to do in Jodhpur. The entire park is located on a ground of 72 hectare and full of the local species to give an idea about the diversity of the place to the tourists. The attraction is just next to the Mehrangarh Fort and the best part is that it has something different to offer at various times of the year. There are walking trails in the park where you can do bird watching as well as explore various reptiles and butterflies. There is a small café here for those who want to take a food break.
Flying Fox Jodhpur
If you are in for adventure when travelling to the beautiful city of Jodhpur, the best is to visit FLYING FOX once. It is more of a circuit which consists of about 6 zip lines located in the northern side of Mehrangarh. It passes via lakes, bastions as well as walls to give you a lifetime experience. There is no doubt that the activity is fun and worth the money you spend on it. Before the start of the sports, there are proper standards and guidelines that are explained for safety reasons. The entire tour might take you around 1-1 ½ hours. Chokelao Bagh is the starting point of this zip line.
The Ajit Bhawan
The Ajit Bhawan Palace is a hotel for the ones who do not like to compromise on the luxuries and comfort even while travelling. The palace might retain the look and architecture of old royal era but the accommodation and the amenities are totally stylish as well as modern. Activities like restaurant and a large swimming pool is also available. The rooms and suites are air conditioned and ensures comfortable furnishings to give a homely feel to the guests. There is a Jodhpur Café within the palace cum hotel for this who not only want to try Rajasthani delicacies but also for people who want international cuisines. There are spa and massage options for those who want to get pampered. There is a Lounge Bar to relax with some drinks during evening hours.
Are you interested in not only exploring but also investing in handicrafts? Then Lalji Handicraft should be a part of the things to do in Jodhpur. The entire shop is laden with antiques and handicrafts that you will love to buy. The shop is located in Rai ka Bagh and is a major recommendation from the locals. It is very important to negotiate here for the right prices. You can also expect to get fabrics, and textiles near the shop at Maharani Art Exports. Combine a visit to the Old City Market as well to indulge in shopping further.
1. Forest Research Institute
1. Walking the forest grassland: Remember the school at ‘Student of the Year’? Yes, we are talking Forest Research Institute (FRI)! It’s one of a kind of forestry research institution in India and is worth spending more than half a day. Take a tour of this Roman architecture set in an extensive green, well-manicured lawn spread over 450 hectares and it will sweep you off your feet. To top it up, Himalayas form the backdrop of this beautiful Colonial piece of art. Make sure you take a look at its museums – pathology, social culture, silviculture, timber and more within its 10am-5pm hours of operation.
It’s near to the Clock Tower on the main road itself. The name is well maintained. Samosas were really big in size as compared to others. Apart from Samosa you will also get Mirchi Vada. Masses here are very fond of having breakfast at this spot. The feeling is really honorable and full daylight they will be preparing Samoa and this Vada.
Karni Bhawan Hotel
Earlier a bungalow in the colonial times, Karni Bhawan was later transformed into a budget hotel to ensure comfort and basic luxuries to the people visiting Jodhpur. It is more like an eerie motel and is a good option for those travelling in groups or with family. They have a village themed restaurant for their guests along with sprawling lawns and a large pool. The rooms are furnished well but with a traditional feel. However, overall the rooms are spacious as well as clean and gives a decent experience at low costs.
On our last day in Rajasthan , we had an afternoon flight so had the morning free for sight seeing. We visited Mandore gardens and I guess in the early morning we were the only people there. The Mandore gardens have a charming collection of temples and memorials mostly all of which were in ruins or empty. there were many monkeys at this place. We spent a few hours here and enjoyed icecream in the scorching heat.
Luxury is one word that defines RAAS as one of the boutique hotels on Jodhpur. The grand Haveli and the architecture is what will catch your attention as soon as you enter the place. The hotel is located on the foothills of Mehrangarh. The place has a huge spa, a large swimming pool and various dining options and restaurants. The view is enthralling with Mehrangarh just around the corner. The house has a flawless hospitality with a 24 hour room service to all the guests. The bathrooms in the room are stylish and the rooms are full of amenities and comfortable furnishings living up to the cost they charge per night.
Balsamand Lake and Garden
This is a lake house which is quite a renowned one in the city of Jodhpur. According to tourists and locals, this is a must visit for all those who are coming to the enriched cultural hub for the first time. The swimming pool is the most eye-catching structure here with some spectacular carvings not only on the roof but also on the pillars. There is an open air restaurant to enhance the taste buds with some Indian and especially Rajasthani delicacies. If you are in the city with your mate, then there is nothing better to take them for a date here at Balsamand Lake.
Juna Mahal Boutique Homestay
Located inside the bustling blue lanes of the Old City, Mr. Joshi’s Juna Mahal Homestay offers the picturesque view of the Mehrengarh Fort. The suites of the Haveli are inspired by the Hindu deities and we were lucky enough to have Lord Ganesha room that gave a perfect view of the fort from our bed especially at night when it is illuminated.Our stay at Juna Mahal was the best decision. Ganesh our bell boy at the homestay was like a new friend before we left and he gave us excellent service.Mr. Joshi’s family was friendly and approachable and made sure to make us feel at home.
For those travelers who are more of a backpacker and need hostels for stay purposes instead of the expensive and luxurious hotels, Zostel is one of the best 3 options available in Jodhpur. The people here are highly professional and ensures the comfort of the guests. The two men who started this concept of making hostels around India are trying to bring in the concept of Europe in the sub-continent. You can not only meet other backpackers but also be rest assured that the place is clean, has good rooms with AC and is cheap on the pocket. It might be a little outside the city but is worth every penny.
For dinner, head to the Indique Restaurant and ask for a terrace table, from where you can catch breathtaking views of the lit up Mehrangarh Fort. Located in the Pal Haveli hotel, this restaurant offers traditional tandoori and North Indian cuisine and the Rajasthani laal maas (mutton curry) here is unmissable. It does get crowded though, so either go early or call ahead for a reservation.
Jodhpur Railway Station
For a day visit you can keep your luggage at the railway cloak room and just take your valuables along. I did the same as I had a train to Jaisalmer the same night. You can hire a auto-rickshaw from outside the railway station, but only after settling on a decent fare.