For those looking forward to savoring the vibrant colors of life amidst the stark desert of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is an apt destination. Situated on the edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan after Jaipur. The city is also known as the Blue city due to the blue-painted houses around Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rathore clan, in 1459 AD. The city was built to serve as the new capital of the Rathore kingdom, Known as Marwar. Owing to its strategic location near the road linking Delhi – Gujarat trade route, the city thrived from the trade in copper, silk, sandals, date palms, and coffee.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan
A panoramic view of the blue city Jodhpur from the ramparts of Mehrangarh Fort

Attractions in Jodhpur

The city of Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination owing to its royal heritage. Places of tourist interest in Jodhpur include massive fortress, striking palaces, and spectacular gardens. Besides forts and palaces, the cultural festivals in Jodhpur are a major attraction for travelers. Some of the famous attractions in Jodhpur are as follows:

Mehrangarh Fort

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A view of the massive facades of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Perched on a 150-meter high hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan. The fort was founded as the site of Rao Jodha’s new capital in 1459 AD. The massive fort complex has many palaces and temples which include Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Zenana Deodi, and Chamunda Mataji Temple. A museum in the fort houses an exquisite collection of howdahs, palanquins, fine arts, music instruments, and weapons and is well worth your time.

Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada, Rajasthan tours
Jaswant Thada, the cenotaph of the maharaja of Jodhpur is often referred to as the Taj Mahal of Jodhpur

Located 1 kilometer downhill from Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada is a striking white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Jaswant Thada, fondly called the Taj Mahal of Marwar was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh to commemorate his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The main cenotaph was given the shape of the temple with intricately carved marble stone.

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rajasthan package holidays
Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest private residences in the world a part of which is now converted into a hotel and is managed by the prestigious Taj group

Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh and is one of the largest private residences in the world. The palace is also known as Chittar Palace due to the extensive use of Chittar sandstone and its location on Chittar hill. At present, the palace is divided into three functional parts- a luxury five-star hotel, a museum, and the residence of the royal family.

Cultural fairs in Jodhpur

Cultural festivals in Jodhpur are another major attraction for travelers. These festivals offer an insight into the culture and traditions of Rajasthan.  The most popular festival in Jodhpur is the Marwar festival which is held every year to commemorate the valiant heroes of Rajasthan. Originally known as the Maand festival, this festival showcases the chivalrous life of the erstwhile rulers. Another important platform for cultural exchange is the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, an annual fest held in Mehrangarh fort. The festival provides an open platform to folk artists and musicians from around the world with more than 250 participants showcasing their talent.

Hotels in Jodhpur

Jodhpur is renowned for its impeccable hospitality and this tradition is followed even now. Jodhpur hotels provide a comfortable stay to their guests. An array of hotels in Jodhpur is available to cater to individual tastes and preferences and fit all price brackets. Accommodation variety includes heritage hotels, luxury hotels, budget hotels and camps, and tent stays.

Things to do in Jodhpur

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A camel safari in the sand dunes near Jodhpur is always recommended for its sheer mystical aspect

One of the must-do things, while you are in Jodhpur, is a camel-back safari in the Thar desert. Jodhpur is often referred to as the gateway to Thar. A safari in the undulating sand dunes of the desert with a camping session in the night to behold the morning glory of sunrise is always on prescription in Jodhpur. Savor the mystical experience as you behold the golden hue of the sand during sunrise.

Shopping in Jodhpur

Apart from local sightseeing in Jodhpur, shopping for souvenirs forms an interesting part of your trip. Bandhej, Mojris, Jodhpur breeches, antique items, furniture, and handicrafts are some of the popular souvenirs for which you can shop in the colorful Sardar market near the famous landmark of the city, Clock Tower.

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