A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur

Tripoto
5th Nov 2013

The BlUE City

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A view from the top.

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Yum !

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Worth a visit

Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of A Guide to the Sunshine State: Rajasthan - Jodhpur by Prashi

Guarded by a 1,200-year-old fort, Jodhpur is one of the most enthralling cities in Rajasthan. With bazaars, snaking streets and houses predominantly blue, it's a place like nowhere else. Founded by Rao Jodha, chief of the then dominant clan, in the early 15th century, the city is now widely known for offering customized design, be it clothes, home accessories or artifacts. It also has fantastic museums. But for a true taste of the city, the best thing to do is to get lost in its labyrinth of medieval alleys.

For shelves laden with antiques, a quick stop at LALJI HANDICRAFTS at Rai Ka Bagh, is highly recommended. Bring cash and strong negotiating skills to MAHARANI ART EXPORTS at Katla Bazar. It is an absolute must for its variety of fabrics and textiles like bandhej, leheriya and silks in every hue imaginable. Visit the Old City Market to see millions of colors unfold before your eyes.
Photo of Lalji Handicraft, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Photo of Lalji Handicraft, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
The mutton rogan josh at ON THE ROCKS on Circuit House Road is unparalleled. This garden restaurant is one of the city's most famous eateries and offers a variety of barbecued dishes. There's a bar called Rocktails and a small playground for children, to keep everyone happy.
Photo of On The Rocks, National Highway 65, Ajit Colony, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Photo of On The Rocks, National Highway 65, Ajit Colony, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Photo of On The Rocks, National Highway 65, Ajit Colony, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
The pyaaz ki kachoris at Nai Sadak's Janta Sweet Home are delicious. Attempt the deep-fried flour patties stuffed with a caramelized onion filling only if you can handle spice.
Photo of Janta Sweet Home, Station Road, Ratanada, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Photo of Janta Sweet Home, Station Road, Ratanada, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
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.
Photo of The Mishrilal Hotel , Jodhpur by Prashi
Photo of The Mishrilal Hotel , Jodhpur by Prashi
Looking out over the city from a height of 300 feet, Mehrangarh Fort is an extraordinary achievement of beauty and architecture. The fort is home to a museum and several elegant palaces. Visit the Jaswant Thada cenotaph on the way up for a breathtaking view of the city.
Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Sodagaran Mohalla, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Mandore, the former capital of the Marwar Maharajas, is about nine km north of Jodhpur. Its gardens are home to a temple for 330 million gods, as well as cenotaphs of several of Marwar's rulers.
Photo of Mandore, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Photo of Mandore, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Originally built to provide employment for the famine-stricken population of Jophpur, Umaid Bhawan palace has been converted into a luxury heritage hotel. The palace is Art Deco with a hybrid of Indian-Colonial style, and has a private museum as well as a marbled squash court. It offers city tours in a vintage car along with other unique delights.
Photo of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Photo of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
Located at the foothills of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort and in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of the walled city, RAAS is a gorgeous boutique hotel with old-world exteriors, modern decor, a spa, two restaurants and a resplendent view of the fort.
Photo of RAAS, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
If you want to live like a king, the Ajit Bhawan Palace Resort on Circuit House Road is fantastic. Check into a luxury suite or tents, all designed to make you feel indulged. History buffs will feel at home-the place is decorated with antiques from the Raj.
Photo of The Ajit Bhawan, Ajit Colony, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Prashi
If you're looking for extraordinary service at great value, book your stay at the Inn Season Hotel, Ranbanka Palace Hotel or Devi Bhawan Hotel.
Photo of Random Rajasthan , Jodhpur by Prashi
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