Jodhpur AKA the Blue City is the second-largest city in the state of Rajasthan, India. There are many stories of why the buildings are painted blue but no one knows it for sure. Some say that the buildings are painted blue to keep the houses cold in the screeching summer and rising temperatures while others say the brahmins lived here and blue is the color of Lord Shiva. Whatever the reason maybe it’s a beautiful place to dive in.
Hoping you would have read my last blog on Jaipur where I mentioned whom I was traveling with. So moving from Jaipur we did an overnight journey to reach Jodhpur.
The distance from Jaipur to Jodhpur by road is approx 352 km. So we left after dinner and planned to reach there early in the morning so we could have a whole day to roam around the city. In a very small city, 2 or 3 days are more than enough to cover the entire city.
While on our way to Jodhpur we visited the very famous Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer in the middle of the night at 3 AM. We knew it would be closed and still decided to walk a mile just to see the dargah as it has immense importance in history.
Coincidentally there was something special about that day as there were many people on the road celebrating. It has the tomb of the saint Moinuddin Chishti and the doors are made of pure silver. You can experience peace and serenity here.
Where we Stayed :
We stayed in one of the boutique hotels Arch Boutique Stay which is very near to the famous Sardar market. The hotel is a 250-year-old building and not many changes are made to make it very fancy and modern hence you can find all the antiques are displayed in the cafe and the rooms are also very retro style. It also has rooftop cafes and the food is very delicious.
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Here are some things to do in Jodhpur:
1. Visit Mehrangarh Fort:
This is one of the largest forts in India. It was built by Rao Jodha. There are seven gates. One of them is Jaya Pol ( Victory Gate ) built by Maharaja Man Singh after the victory over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. The imprints of cannonballs used while a war is still seen on the second gate.
Entering the fort you'll be amazed seeing the enormous courtyards and the palace where the royal family lived. The intricate carvings and thick walls of the fort will leave you astonished. This is a must-visit tourist place in Jodhpur.
2. Eat traditional Rajasthani Thali :
Well, it's bliss to have a full traditional Rajasthani Thali. So basically a thali is a food platter served with different dishes containing spices and some sweet dishes. So I would highly recommend having a Thali once if you visit here. It won't cost you more than 200 INR and I bet you won't be able to complete the whole thali at least I couldn't.
3. Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace :
It is one of the largest private residences in India. A part of the palace is converted into a museum and some of the palaces are owned by Taj hotels. The architecture here is indo - Saracenic. This palace has 347 rooms and is the main residence of the royal family.
Unfortunately, we couldn't visit the palace as it was shut for tourists due to covid. But it is surely a must-visit place here. But for the info. the entry fee here is 30rs. For the locals and 100rs. For the foreign nationals.
4. Shop at Sardar Market.
This market is very close to the Jodhpur railway station and is very famous for its shawls, pashminas, traditional Kurtis sarees, etc. once you enter the shop I am sure you won't be coming back empty-handed. You will want to buy everything they have.
For the shoppers you can go to National Handloom Corporation where you will find everything at a locally fixed price so won’t be overcharged.
I got some handcrafted bags as souvenirs and also bought some indigo-colored skirts and dresses. You will find most of the things there as indigo colored.
A pro tip for shopping: Bargain everywhere and I suggest starting your bargain at half the price otherwise you’ll be looted with some fancy prices.
5. Get lost in the Blue City.
Once you enter the blue city drop your maps and go in whichever street you like. You won’t stop admiring the beauty of this quaint little house covered in blue. As I said earlier there’s no perfect reason as to why the city is colored blue. But who cares until you love the place.
View of blue city from the Mehrangarh fort is yet another delight. This is the best place to visit in Jodhpur.
6. Go food Hunting.
Food hunting is one of my favorite things to do anywhere. If you are a foodie or have a sweet tooth like me I am sure this place is a paradise for you. You can savor different kinds of sweets. My favorite sweet dish is Ghevar (Rajasthan Special) at Janta Sweet home. You need to try out the local Chaat like samosa, Dahi kachori (my favorite), Matari Paneer, Lassi, and many more.
Well, there is good news that hog and shop at the time as everything is in the same area of the clock tower. If you are a tea lover, you must go to the Laxmi Tea stall to have the best experience.
7. Visit Kalyana Lake :
This is a place where you can find serenity and peace. The best time to go here is in the evening so you can witness the surreal sunset while boating in the lake. Unfortunately, we went in the noon and hence couldn’t tolerate the exhausting heat, but I admire its beauty. Wish I could have more time to enjoy the sunset.
8. Stay at Haveli or a palace.
Here you get a variety of stay options from Oyo Hotels to Boutique Hotels to stay in palaces. I suggest you if you have a good budget then stay in Havelis and Palaces where you get the best experience of royalty and hospitality for which Rajasthan is known for.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the options to stay.
9. Other Places to Visit.
You can also visit Jaswant Thada which is half a kilometer from the fort. Maharaja Sardar Singh built this in the memory of his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh. You won't be astonished from the far but as you go further in, you will realize the beauty of the cenotaphs carved into marble sheets glowing in the illuminated sun.
Another place is Mandore Garden which is 9 kilometers from Blue City. This is an apt place to see the heritage and the nature of Rajasthan. There are many Hindu temples and a museum that are beautifully carved.
Beware of the monkeys here as you might attract them if you have to eat in hand.
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