Among the many spectacular places to visit in Rajasthan, one popular pick is undoubtedly Jodhpur. Commonly known as the blue city, it too offers its visitors a chance to marvel at the best of Rajput architecture and soak in the vibrant local culture. While a trip to Jodhpur is surely about pampering yourself with luxury stays and experiences, for those eager to discover beyond the royal offerings, will also find many exciting things to do. From getting insights into Rajput architecture and local tales, exploring the surrounding villages, partaking in traditional rituals, indulging in lip-smacking Rajasthani food and shopping trendy ethnic wear and jewellery, there's lots on offer.
So if you are planning a trip to Jodhpur, here are a few things that you should include in your itinerary:
1. Explore Mehrangarh Fort
The majestic fort is one of the main attractions of Jodhpur, and also the best place to get a panoramic view of the blue city. Built by Rao Jodha in mid 1400, it still holds charm with its striking courtyards, glass windows and luxe chambers. The museum inside is where you can get a glimpse of royal palanquins, weapons and costumes. There's also a stunning restaurant called Chokelao Mahal within the premises that's perfect for a romantic dinner.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace
For most Indian girls, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the dream wedding venue, part of which is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, a section of the royal palace is open for public visit, which is in fact a grand museum. Whether you are staying in the hotel or not, it's definitely a must-visit.
3. Take a village tour
To get the local flavour, a tour of the villages makes for an insightful experience. You can walk through the village and interact with the locals, learn the basics of pottery, partake in the traditional opium ceremony, enjoy a delicious local Rajasthani meal, be amazed by the carpet making craft and strike a good deal with the craftsmen, and spend time with camels too.
4. Dinner with a view at Pal Haveli
What makes Pal Haveli a popular pick for dinner is the stunning view of Mehrangarh Fort it offers. Set on the rooftop of a stunning haveli (which is also a heritage hotel) is Indique, a multi-cuisine restaurant, where you can enjoy cocktails and delectable dishes to have a memorable night.
5. Visit Jaswant Thada
Located close to Mehrangarh Fort, make a short deviation to visit Jaswant Thada, which is completely worth your time for its beauty. The cenotaph was built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and houses many stunning gazebos, manicured garden and a lake. The intricate carvings on the glistening marble structures are spellbinding, and the stylish doors in bright hues make for the perfect backdrop for Instagram pics.
6. Indulge in Rajasthani thalis, kachoris and sweets
Jodhpur is also a food lover's paradise for its many lip-smacking offerings. You can try a lavish Rajasthani thali with 29 dishes at Gypsy, pyaaz kachoris and jalebis at Janta Sweet Home, local fare of gatta curry and gulab jamun ki sabji at Shandar Sweet Home, or a luxurious meal of laal maas and bater at Hanwant Mahal.
7. Shop and shop
Jodhpur is a great place to pick up silver and junk jewellery, rugs and carpets, juttis, lacquer bangles, handloom fabrics, etc. Some of the popular markets include Sarafa Bazaar, Tripolia Bazar, Clock Tower Market, Nai Sarak, etc.
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Get planning your Jodhpur trip right away and have the most fantastic time at the historic city.