Jodhpur Untraveled

Tripoto
16th Mar 2015

As a Backpacker, I always love to Travel with Local's, because I believe that the real essence of any place is experienced by the local people more then us. Local's take great pleasure in hosting you as a Traveller.

Jodhpur topped Lonely Planet's list of most extraordinary places to stay in 2014.

Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled 1/1 by nickthevagabond

You can find everything today on the Guide books, but when you talk to a local about the place, sitting with there family. They change your way of thinking about that Place, People, Cuisine which you never read on a guidebook ever and thats too on a ' Budget '. They take you to the places you never find on the guidebooks and you are amazed by the vibrancy the place has to offer and always regret if you missed or might be not because you are unaware about the place has to offer.

As a local of Jodhpur, I decide to write about my favourite part which is hardly you find in guidebooks and yes off course all on a budget!

Top View Of The City:

I don't want to write much about the 'Most Famous Mehrangarh Fort', because I am sure you are much aware and that's not the Untraveled Jodhpur!

      Rajasthan is well known for its tradition and its a land of wonders. Here every nook and corner can throw a surprise. One such is village Chotila, in the Pali district adjoining Jodhpur. Here a Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle is worshipped as the presiding deity of a temple, or rather a memorial.

      Legend has it that once a simpleton from a neighboring village, Om Banna, was cruising on his Bullet and he met with an accident between Jodhpur and Nagaur. His bike hit a tree and he died on the spot.

      The bike was impounded and taken to the police station, only to return to the accident spot in the dark of the night. Cops tried all that they could to stop the bike - they chained it at the police station, emptied the fuel tank - but to no avail. No matter what they did Om Bana's Bullet returned to the accident site in the dead of the night.

      The news spread and people from villages in the area built a memorial - a temple to worship the Bullet motorcycle.

      This temple is known as "Bullet Baba's temple" and commoners believe that even after his death Om Banna helps distressed passers-by. Travelers, who pass by stop for a while to bow their heads at Bullet Baba's feet.

      Have a great time in Jodhpur for any query regarding anything in Jodhpur travel, you can write on my page- https://www.facebook.com/ nickthevagabond

      This blog was originally published on 'nickthevagabond'

      Photo of Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur Fort), Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur Fort), Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond

      meI must suggest you to have a look of the of the city from the Top Mehrangarh Fort, just go in the evening time and enjoy the sunset near the Cannons at the top!

      Bishnoi Village Tour:

      From the Bus Stand near Paota there is a bus leaving every morning for this village.

      A true insight into the Bishnoi villages for making connections with people from different cultures in an authentic way. Gorgeously clad womenfolk and head geared charming men are compellingly and invitingly interesting for a dialogue.

      Photo of bishnoi, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of bishnoi, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond

      Meet them in their homes and talk to them. A vegetarian community, they are the best friend and protector of the flora and fauna, conceding spiritual allegiance to twenty and nine tenets of the 15th century legendary Guru Jambheshwar (Jambhoji). Spot herds of black buck around the Bishnoi settlements freely and fearlessly running.

      A half-day jeep drive through the countryside cost you around rs500 to rs600 per person(Depend on your convencing power). Also, jeep tours can be arranged through your hotel.

      Flying Fox Jodhpur

      Need some adventure, after all that scheduled stuff. Just above the Rao Jodha Desert park a Flying Fox make your senses high, it gives you a sensational new perspective on magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Fly high over the outer battlements of Rajasthan's most majestic fortress, glide serenely over two desert lakes, trek through the Rao Jodha eco-park and enjoy the best view of Mehrangarh and the Blue City in the whole of Jodhpur.

      Photo of Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond

      Have a Walk In the Old City:

      In the evening take right from the last gate of Sardar Market and you are in the Old City, this is the most beautiful part of Jodhpur just take a walk with your camera and you ll find the most incredible part of the city here.

      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond

      Jodhpur called as a 'Blue City', but the fact is you only find the real Blue houses in the Old City only, many spices shops, some are there from the time of independence, Meet amazing people and yes they are very humble just talk to them, might be they Invite you for dinner too.

      Just have a walk and experience the real Majesty.

      The city's main shopping area is Nai Sadak, lined mostly with sari and shoe shops and leading straight into Sardar Market, a full-on bustling Indian market with a barely contained riot of sights, sounds and stinks. The clocktower in the center is a useful orientation point. Best to head into the different shops by yourself, as rickshaw drivers and other locals will do their best to direct you into certain shops where they can earn a commission for sales; you can expect to get better prices if the shopkeepers do not have to pay a percentage to these other guys. And be prepared to spend a good hour or more in a shop chatting with the very friendly owners over a cup of masala chai. This is the true highlight of Rajasthani hospitality. You will find Rajasthan (and especially Jodhpur) to be full of amiable and kind people who will be quick to offer you chai as a symbol of genuine hospitality first and foremost (not at all significant of an attempt to coerce you to buy). It is not uncommon for them to turn their shop upside down to show you all of their goods, as many are quite proud of their business.

      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Sardar Market, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by nickthevagabond
        Bandhej sarees and dress material
        Mojris or Jootis. Shoes with a pointed front, a must-have accessory if you plan on dressing like a Rajput Maharaja.
        Handicrafts these are handmade wooden showpieces(made to look like old antiques). The handicraft industry is a booming industry in this city.
        Spices and Tea Expect to pay 100-150rps for each 200g packet of spices or 150g packet of tea. Among the highlights are the various masala mixes: different one for vegetables, rice, meat, fish, etc.; individual spices: especially cardamom, vanilla, and saffron - very high quality for a fraction of what you pay back home; tea: including the cinnamon-infused Kashmiri Khawa, masala mix to add to assam/darjeeling, and ginger tea. Be sure to stop in various different shops as each store has their own recipe for mixing their own blend.
        Textiles Far better prices here for rugs, scarves, duvet covers, etc. than buying in Delhi. Scarves are the top sales item with prices varying from 50rps to 3000rps depending on the material (pashmina, silk, kashmir, blends,e tc.)

      Don't forget to try the Rajasthani delicacies

      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond
        Makhaniya Lassi - lassi (yoghurt drink) spiced up with cardamom and butter. Mishrilal at the Clock Tower possibly serves the best lassi in town.
        Dal Bati Churma (meal with baked bread dipped in curry, Churma is separate sweet served alongside)
        Kabuli (a rice speciality)
        Mirchi Bada / Samosa/ Pyaz Ki Kachori (spicy snacks usually taken with evening tea) and it is one my favorite.
        Kaju Draksh ki Sabji (curry made of cashew and raisins)
        Malai Kulfi (milk ice cream)
        Doodh Jalebi (sweet dipped in milk)Head to Janta Sweets, few metres off the Clock Tower toward the rail station, for excellent sweets and snacks.

      Don't forget to relish sweets from Sweets shop of walled city or from Jodhpur Sweets located at C Road, Sardapura.

      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond

        Shandar Sweet Home,Jalori Gate Bari, (near Jalori Gate), . Serves excellent Gulab Jamun Ki Sabzi, Kabuli & other Jodhpur specialties, popular with locals & quite economical.
        Gypsy, Sardarpura - fast food restaurant, quite crowded often but food is delicious. Rajasthani thali (served upstairs) is one of the best in the city and quite cheap. For the thali - although the price says 152 RS each, figure on 175 RS as they add 'service tax'. Decent food, popular with locals. here I attach a menu of Gypsy.
        Cafe Mehran, Meherangarh Fort. Simple but pleasant cafe in the fort itself, with a range of tourist favorites from pizza to burgers as well as Indian thalis. Rs 60-140.
        Omelette Shop, just outside the gates to the main square. A bit of a cult favorite, although controversy and confusion have been stoked by a Lonely Planet recommendation, which has inspired signs all over the area claiming the mantle of the "real" Omelette Shop. 5 m away is the up and coming Vicky, whose omelettes are identical except for the noticeable increase in the amount of ginger. There is no place to sit, so don't come here expecting to relax with your omelette.
        Shahi Samosas, Nai Sarak (left side just before main gate to Sardar Market). Easily spotted thanks to the never ending queue, their samosas and kachoris are made in front of your eyes with generous amounts of stuffing. Rs 6-8.
        New Saheen Hotel (restaurant),. Very nice restaurant busy with locals, not touristy at all. For about Rs 60-80 you can try out several different dishes. Selection includes fish, kababs, dal, paneer and of course fresh roti with ghee.. Kitchen in same space as sitting area, a treat on all senses. On the second floor of a building, above a sign "qadri guesthouse", just outside of old town, in an area full with pharmacies and clinics.

      1. Zostel:(For solo Young Backpackers)

      One of my most favourite place to stay and hang-around and that's too on a budget!

      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond

      Priced at Rs. 299 ($5 at current exchange value).

      First of its kind hostel in India. Very near to the airport and railway station. Extremely clean, hygienic place. Perfect for the solo backpacker, or the bunch of friends on a weekend getaway. The staff is not only nice, they are extremely cool and so is the whole setting.

      Absolutely awesome place!

      2. CrashPad Hostotel:

      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond

      Yah even this is a kind of another cool hostel under the budget, which offers choice of Private Room and Dormitories. Rs. 499/- including breakfast.

      It is 1 kilometer from the Rai-Ka-Bag Railway station and bus stand. Located 3 kilometers away from the Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace.

      This fort is located 85 km. from the main city. Situated in a rural setting, the 400 year old, Fort Khejarla is now a hotel rather than an attraction to visit and offers guests an enlivening experience. The stunning red sandstone monument is an example of the Rajput architecture. The Fort offers picturesque settings, latticework friezes, and intricate Jharoka. To reach Khejarla from Jodhpur, head on Jodhpur Jaipur highway for 73 km. You'll cross Bhavi village and a railway crossing. After railway crossing go 3.5 kms and take a left turn. Then go straight for 12 km and you'll find Khejarla fort.

      The ancient city of Osiyan is famous for its architectural temples that date back to medieval age. Located at the verge of the Thar Desert, Osiyan can be easily reached from anywhere in Rajasthan. Osian is accessible from Jodhpur that lies at a distance of 65 kms in the north-west. However, one can reach Osiyan Temples by taking regular buses or by hiring taxis. Osiyan has not less than 100 temples belonging to the sect of Hindus and Jains.

      Sachiya Mata Temple

      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond

      Temple is of maa Chamunda also known as Sachchiyay mata which is kuldevi of oswal and so many gotras of Maheshwaris which makes it mandatory for them to visit it in lifetime and after marriage or birth in family.

      You can see amazing wall-crafts of various Hindu dieties in this temple.

      Temple premises are very big and really well maintained, managed and clean. There is very good accomodation provided by management comitee at very reasonable affordable rates. One can get A C accomodation in 100 beded international guest house and another one just at temple also.

      Camel Safari Osian

      The safari Club after conducting many Safaris and Mobile camps in crowded and tourist places like Jaisalmer, Bikaner etc. has finally chosen on excellent and a permanent camp site - Osian. Which makes it possible for even a single traveler to experience a deluxe Camel Safari. This ancient village in the merciless Thar desert is legendary for its mesmerizing 6th century temples , sand-dunes and diversity of Rajasthani culture and tradition. Besides the comfortable Camel Safari one also gets to see proud local tribes - Bishnois, Bhils, Shepherd, Potters, Weavers etc, in their natural surroundings.

      Bullet baba temple

      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond
      Photo of Jodhpur Untraveled by nickthevagabond

      Rajasthan is well known for its tradition and its a land of wonders. Here every nook and corner can throw a surprise. One such is village Chotila, in the Pali district adjoining Jodhpur. Here a Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle is worshipped as the presiding deity of a temple, or rather a memorial.

      Legend has it that once a simpleton from a neighboring village, Om Banna, was cruising on his Bullet and he met with an accident between Jodhpur and Nagaur. His bike hit a tree and he died on the spot.

      The bike was impounded and taken to the police station, only to return to the accident spot in the dark of the night. Cops tried all that they could to stop the bike - they chained it at the police station, emptied the fuel tank - but to no avail. No matter what they did Om Bana's Bullet returned to the accident site in the dead of the night.

      The news spread and people from villages in the area built a memorial - a temple to worship the Bullet motorcycle.

      This temple is known as "Bullet Baba's temple" and commoners believe that even after his death Om Banna helps distressed passers-by. Travelers, who pass by stop for a while to bow their heads at Bullet Baba's feet.

      Have a great time in Jodhpur for any query regarding anything in Jodhpur travel, you can write on my page- https://www.facebook.com/ nickthevagabond

      This blog was originally published on 'nickthevagabond'

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