12 Awesome Things To Do in Jodhpur

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Some of you would have probably scrolled through photos of Jodhpur on our Instagram (ahem… click here to check it out) or somewhere else on the web; it’s the Blue City of Jodhpur– all the buildings painted a sky blue, looking incredible in contrast to the dusty desert town.

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan and is called the “sun city” because it has fantastic weather year round. Jodhpur is very much so a place of tradition. The people and the home decor are all bright, vivid colors.

Women here are draped in gold, with bracelets and many large jiggling gold anklets. Jodhpur is a dry desert city and you’ll feel like you are in Aladdin (we are super intrigued with the Maharaja times).

The city is sprawled below in a chaotic maze of alleys snaking around houses awash with blue. From your vantage point atop the imposing fort, you almost feel like royalty looking over your subjects.

Well, “Welcome to Jodhpur”

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On that rather palatable note, let us regale you with tales of our favourite things to do in Jodhpur :-

1) Start your day with Having a glass of Makhani Lassi at Mishrilal Hotel

It’s Rajasthan – there’s no getting away from street food.

Every city in India has a few legendary street-food joints. Mishrilal Hotel is one of those treasures of Jodhpur. Everywhere you go, you will be told about the ambrosial lassi served at this little restaurant near Jodhpur’s clock tower(Ghanta Ghar). It is very popular with the locals.

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The thick layer of syrupy concoction made with yogurt, whipped cream, sugar, and saffron: makes it on the Must-try List (Tell me, you have watering mouth now :P)

2) Be Mesmerized by the Beauty of Mehranghar Fort

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It is one of the largest forts in India. Build around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 125m above the city and is enclosed by thick walls. It is now run by the royal family of Jodhpur. Mehrangarh is packed with history and legends and apart from the museum section you don’t require ticket to enter this magnificent fort. Your trip to Jodhpur will be incomplete if you don’t visit it

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3) Flying Fox at Mehranghar Fort

For something a bit adventurous, you can actually go zip-lining inside the fort! The Flying Fox consists of 6 separate zip lines which fly around the fort, and give you a bird’s eye view of the gardens and the desert lakes.

4) Walk the talk @Rao Jodha

If you’re looking for something else to do after you finish touring the fort, you can visit Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. The sprawling park, is a model of ecotourism. The park is intertwined with walking trails, flanked by many native and rare floral species. The trails lead up to the Devkund Lake which is a hotspot for native birds and butterflies and reptiles.

5) Chase the Sun

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In our opinion, Jodhpur has one of the best sunsets in all of India, which means you’re going to want to find a rooftop to watch the magic happen. People wait for hours to witness the beauty at the Mehrangarh Fort as, the Sun gazing points are breath taking.

6) Sit by The water

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Anciently serving as the hunting grounds of the Maharajas and royal members, the sprawling Kailana Lake is now heaven for nature enthusiasts and bird lovers, and is frequented by tourists and locals alike. It is located on the west of city. You can enjoy boating here and soak in the sun while having a nice picnic. A scenic view is guaranteed.

7) Shop till you Drop

Basically, shopping in India is the BEST, and you’re just going to have to give in and buy another bag to carry. Luckily, they have these striped duffel bags everywhere that are sturdy and have a seemingly bottomless pit.

What you could buy is Antique artifacts, wooden furniture, silver, gold, carpets, scarves, puppets, dyes textiles, and leather shoes and bags.(EVERYTHING)

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(I) Sardar Bazaar: The traditional bazaar in the bustling old part of the city is a must-visit. See the still-functional clock tower in the heart of the market. Then shop for some colourful leheriya saris or fragrant spices or classic jootis.

(II) Clock Tower Market: This vibrant market place near the landmark Clock Tower is famous for its variety of spices, hand-embroidered fabrics, handicrafts, antiques and flavored teas. Do try the famous lassi served in the market.

(III) Sojati Gate Market: A visit to Jodhpur is incomplete without a visit to this street market. It is lined with shops selling traditional Rajasthani handicrafts, jewellery and tie and dye fabrics.

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(IV) Nai Sarak Bazaar: Visit this market shop for traditional bandhej and dye fabrics- suit pieces, Jodhpuri coats and turbans with intricate patterns and bright colors.

(V) Mochi Bazaar: This market is famous for Jodhpuri juttis and junk jewellery.

8) Eat an Omelette

Just outside the bazaar, near the clock tower is the most famous omelet place maybe in all of India. Don’t even think about leaving without eating some eggs from these people! It’ll cost under 50 rupees for two eggs and loads of bread.

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9) Experience the Rich Culture of Rajasthan in the Blue City

Despite its dominant royal history, over the years Jodhpur has managed to strike the perfect balance between traditions and progress. Its rich heritage and cultural wealth are evidenced in the vibrant festivals and fairs held in the city. Folk dance and music, puppet shows and the indigenous cuisine form an integral part of these festivities, thus, carrying forward and maintaining the city’s cultural legacy.

10) Learn more about Umaid Bhawan

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Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur is a marvel built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Rathore Dynasty. The youngest palace of India is an architectural splendor, marvelous heritage hotel of Jodhpur and a true royal experience. Only 4 kilometers from the Jodhpur Airport and 5 kilometers from the Jodhpur Railway Station, the royal home is a magnificent crown of the desert city. Also known as Chittar Palace, interesting stories are hidden in the premises of the golden-yellow monument.

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11) Have the AMAZING Pyaz-Kachori @Janta Sweet Home

A sweet shop on the list of must-dos? Why not, when it serves the most delicious mawa kachori. A dish that originated in Jodhpur, sink your teeth into this sweet puffed pastry or try the savoury pyaaz ki kachori with a spicy onion filling. Come hungry – this legendary sweet shop is bound to satiate you. There’s a host of Indian sweetmeats and snacks on offer, but its most famous offerings include Jodhpuri Mirchi vada.

12) Talk to the Local people

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Everywhere you go, you will find smiling faces in Jodhpur. The city is not touristy enough (well not yet!) to boast of shopkeepers with jaded eyes. The markets here are very different from those in Jaipur or Udaipur. Shopkeepers still have a twinkle in their eye and locals are open to long, ramble conversations. You can meet some amazing people in Jodhpur if you go armed with curiosity and a little patience. Knowing the local language always helps but most people can understand and even speak basic English.

(Be greatful by joining your hands and saying Ram Ram Sa).

How to Reach Jodhpur

• Jodhpur is well connected to Delhi and Mumbai and the Jodhpur Airport is about 5kms from the city center.

• It has a well-connected railway to all major cities and towns.

• Jodhpur Railway Station is well connected by direct trains from all the metros and major cities of India.

And what’s your top local suggestions? Tell us something Internet does't know about Jodhpur!

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