India’s very own blue city, Jodhpur is also known as the “Gateway to Thar”. Jodhpur gives you a sense of stepping back in time. It is as raw and authentic as it gets to the real Indian culture, unlike most of the tourist places in Rajasthan. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Jodhpur would be between October to March as summers get extremely hot in Rajasthan.
Duration of Stay
I would say two days would be perfect to cover all the main places.
How To Reach Jodhpur
By Train/Bus – If you are covering a lot of places in Rajasthan, this is the most preferred way by tourists. Jodhpur is well connected by train/bus. (If you are planning to go from Jaipur to Jodhpur by train, it is a 10 hour journey. You can take an overnight train to save time. This is what I did)
By Air – Jodhpur Airport is well connected to all the major cities in India.
By Cab/Car – You can also book a cab or do a road trip if you are an experienced driver.
How To Commute In Jodhpur
You can book an Uber or hire a private Taxi for commute in Jodhpur
Rent A Car/ Bike
You can also rent a car/bike if you have a valid Indian/International driving licence
Un-metered auto-rickshaws are the best way to see the local city. Fix the amount to be paid beforehand, and save yourself from unnecessary hassle.
Places To Visit
Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest Forts in India. It was built in 1459 by Rao Jodha. This Magnificent fort has palaces with intricate carvings and giant canons. It also has 7 gates, including the victory gate. Mehrangarh palace also offers one of the best views of the blue houses.
P.s – Best time to visit is during the early hours when the sun is not too harsh and also make sure you carry water because there is a lot of walking to do here.
Jodhpur Blue Houses
Although Jodhpur is known for the blue houses, did you know that these gorgeous blue houses are just a small part of Jodhpur? They are mainly hidden in the streets of the old city, in the vicinity of the Mehrangarh Fort. Click here to read my detailed blog on the blue houses of Jodhpur
Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) and Sardar Market
Sardar Market around the iconic clock tower is a bustling vibrant market selling vegetables, spices, local sweets and handicrafts. It takes its name after Maharaja Sardar Singh who built the market.
Toorji Ka Jhalra (Stepwell)
This aesthetic 17th century Step-well has clear water full of fish. This place is a must visit when you are in Jodhpur.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
This iconic magnificent palace houses 347 rooms making it one of the largest private residences in the world. A part of the palace is a museum.
Places To Eat
Gypsy Restaurant – Gypsy restaurant is a must visit when you are in Jodhpur. They serve authentic Rajasthani Thali. Make sure you go to the dining room on the first floor and not the ground floor as they serve the Thali on the first floor. The thali here is one of the most authentic Rajasthani Thalis I had during my entire trip
Indique Restaurant – If you wish to dine with the perfect view of the Mehrangarh Fort and the blue houses, Indique restaurant offers the perfect view with a good ambiance.
Stepwell Cafe – This is one of the most famous restaurants in Jodhpur serving delicious Italian food. It is right next the Toorji Ka Jhalra.