Pink city could be the capital of Rajasthan, but when it comes to royal opulence, the blue city of Jodhpur is not far behind. The second largest city of Rajasthan and a popular tourist destination, Jodhpur is also known as the ‘city of the sun, ‘ because of its sunny and bright climate. Brimming with a majestic heritage and a vibrant culture, the city delivers historical tales of courage and courage at every juncture and in every fortress and palace.
A must for every traveler, here are the things you should do while you are visiting Jodhpur.
1. Compress in Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort is located 410 meters above the city offering impressive views of the city. The palaces intricately made inside are enclosed in thick walls. Built by Rao Jodha in 1460, you can see the successes of Cannonball and the chhatri of a soldier who died defending the fort. Another great attraction here is the Sheesh Mahal and the impressive Museum inside the fort.
If you visit Fort Mehrangarh in October you can also witness the International Folk Festival of Rajasthan and the World Sufi Spirit Festival in February .
2. Testimony of the magnificence of Umaid Bhavan Palace
One of the largest private residences in the world, Umaid Bhavan Palace is named after Maharaj Umaid Singh.Currently this palace is owned by his grandson Gaj Singh and this palace has a huge 347 rooms in total. It serves as the residence of the royal family at one time Jodhpur. A part of this palace is run by the Taj hotels and also has a museum. This place is a paradise for car lovers too, as they have a gallery that shows vintage cars.
Recently awarded as the best hotel in the world at the Traveler’s Choice award, you can not afford to miss this attraction.
3. Culture The Camarilla: Bishnoi “Village
Bishnoi is the oldest tribe in Rajasthan , famous for its contribution to the protection of nature and its beauty. Only in the name of this tribe, the town has its name. The town hosts many spectacular attractions for travelers. Culture, traditions, lifestyle, art and crafts are unique in their own way.
There is a desert lake in this town called “Lake Guda”, which is visited by several local and migratory birds and wild animals to rehydrate. While you visit through the ‘kachhisakads’ of the village you will get a touch of tribal India that are marked with the Khejri trees and other natural beauties. Through Bishnoi Village Safari you will get experience of the traditions and culture of tribal India . The art and crafts of the village are also worth seeing.
4. Turban talk
A turban is not less than your pride for Rajasthani. While you will be on your tourism in Jodhpur do not miss the opportunity to wear the royal turban of Rajasthan. As there is a saying ‘when you in Rome do like the Romans do it’ so why not using a Turban when you are in the royal city of Rajasthan. You can see all the blue Rajasthani with the turban when he steps out of his house.
The interesting part is that, there is not just one style in which you can tie a turban on your head. There are more than 100 styles to decorate the one. The turban has always been an integral part of Rajasthan and its culture. Traditionally, the size and even the style of wearing a turban showed status and range of the person. The different color of turbans is worn by people for the different specific event.
5. Safari through the desert in Osiyan
Jodhpur is the closest desert getaway is Ossiyan. Located 65 kms away, this desert city offers a fantastic desert safari experience in its remote villages and through its beautiful sand dunes. It is from the ninth century temple is also very visible and rises over the city when you look from the desert. Many people like to go on a camel safari and spend the night inside the desert in one of the rustic desert camps.
6. Be part of the Marwar festival
This remarkable festival is among the unmissable attractions of Jodhpur that would enrich you through an experience of appreciating for a lifetime. The songs of love and courage are the crux of folk music played here. Held annually between September – October in honor of the heroes of Rajasthan, the two-day carnival enriches their experience with traditional song and dance, camel shows and polo events.
The magnificent structures of Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace serve as their premises and are embellished as brides.
7. Visit the beautiful lakes of Jodhpur
One of the biggest tourist attractions is Lake Balsamand which was built in the 12th century . It is located at a distance of 8 km away from Jodhpur. The beautiful garden by the lake is a vision that will leave you fear struck.
Another lake is the Takhat Sagar Lake that is visited by many tourists. Located near the hills of Takhat Sagar, many people visit this lake also to see the venerated temple of Siddhant Shiv. If you are still not satisfied, you can also visit Lake Kaylana , which is an artificial lake built by Pratap Singh in 1910 . The entire city of Jodhpur depends on this lake for drinking water.
8. Enjoy a real party
You know that Rajasthan is a place that has huge desserts in it. Due to its huge dry climate, you can see that the type of vegetables and dishes that are made here are quite unique and do not use much water. Here is the list of some exotic delicacies that we have brought to you directly from the Marwar kitchens.
- Ker Sangri – mix of dried vegetables that are grown only in Jodhpur, such as Ker, Sangria, Lesua and Kumtiya. The interesting thing is that it can be savored as a main dish, as well as pickles. It lasts longer.
- Gatte Ki sabji – small size wedged dish kissed with sauce and cooked often in the blue houses.
- Saiv Tamatar ki Sabji – Traditionally sev means ‘Nankeen’. It is a very delicious dish that we personally guarantee and that will remain with you until your home.
Some other dishes and sweet dishes of the city are. Malai Kofta ke sabji , Lassan Ki Chutney and traditional Kadhi. In sweet dish you will love the delicious Makkhanbada , MAWA Ki Kachori , Ghewar , Malai Kulfi and many other lip delicacies. There are also many restaurants and hotels in Jodhpur, where you can savor these delicious delights.
9. An unlimited number of purchases in Jodhpur
If you are going on street shopping in Jodhpur, you are likely to find markets that drip of color. Starting place of many talented and skillful men who sell their products that are made of pure hard work portraying the best of their dexterity.
Some great places to buy here are:
Sojati Gate: the famous items available here are tie and dye saris.
Way of the season: this market is famous for embroidered leather, shoes and utensils.
Tripolia bazaar: you can buy here for local handicrafts and textiles. Bazaar of
mochi: LAC bracelets.
nai Sarak: buy tie and dye dresses, leather goods and handlooms from this market.
Clock Tower: spices, crafts and textiles.
10. Tour around the city of Jodhpur
Start your tour at 7 am in the morning and enjoy cycling through the best roads, alleys around the houses and historical sites. While going through, you will also learn more about the lifestyle of the people, who play a vital role in the design of the Jodhpur culture. Cycle through the blue city, the walled city, and the city of the sun , and learn more about the place, royalties, and how it was transformed from the days of Ramayana.
You can experience the royalty of the Palace complex of the city which is composed of great architecture and all the luxuries. During your trip to Jodhpur you will love to unravel the mysteries of the city’s clock tower (Ghanta ghar) . The Sadar Bazar in Jodhpur is the most famous market that can be explored during the Jodhpur tour. You can find all the traditional dresses, artifacts and handmade things here.
Best time to visit Jodhpur
From November to February are the best months to visit Jodhpur, although they are cold, with temperatures that are close to 0 degrees Celsius for a few days in January. Winter is the best time to visit and explore Jodhpur with ease. This is the peak season for tourist activities. During the winters you can enjoy camping in the desert, sightseeing and its famous festivals such as Desert Kite Festival , Marwar Festival , and many other highlights of Jodhpur, in its fullness.