Jodhpur is a lively city, erstwhile royal seat of Marwar kingdom of Rajasthan. Popularly called as ‘Blue City’, Jodhpur has lots of interesting attractions to offer and we spent 2 days exploring Jodhpur on our 9-day family road trip through marwar region of Rajasthan. Here is my list of must do things in Jodhpur:
#1 Visit Mehrangarh Fort – One of the largest forts in India, Mehrangarh Fort was built in 1460 by Rao Jodha and stands towering over the city of Jodhpur like a giant. It has multiple levels, with many rooms, intricate stucco works, facades and many historical artefacts.
Mehrangarh Fort Visit Timings – Sunday To Saturday from 9 a to 5 pm
Domestic Guests – Rs. 100
Domestic Guests (Sr. citizen, Student, Para Military personnel) – Rs. 50
Elevator (one-way) – Rs. 50 (charged additional to entry ticket per person and optional)
International Guests (includes the audio) – Rs. 600
International Guests (Students) – Rs. 400*
#2 Visit Rao Jodha Desert Park – Located adjacent to Mehrangarh Fort, the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park was created in 2006 to try
and restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky wasteland
next to the fort. It has many indigenous desert flora.
Rao Jodha Desert Park Visit Timings – April to September 7 am to 6:30 pm, October to March 8 am to 5:30 pm
Ticket Prices –Adults INR 100, Students – Free, Hire a Naturalist – INR 200
#3 Visit Jaswant Thada – Located adjacent to Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The monument complex serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar and the main building is beautifully constructed in marble and red sandstone. It takes only 5 minutes from Mehrangarh Fort to visit Jawant Thada. The timings are same as for Mehrangarh Fort.
#4 Stroll around Clock Tower area – The Clock Tower and its surrounding old market is a visual and sensory overload. There are many shops selling spices, tea, knick knacks and stuff. One can also take the stairs up the clock tower to see the city views. We strolled around the clock tower area enjoying street foods and taking in the scenery.
#5 Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace – Only a very small portion of this palace is open to public. However, it’s a very grand palace built between 1928 to 1943, where the erstwhile royal family of Marwar still resides and some part is also a luxury hotel (apparently on the most expensive in the world).
#6 Spend an evening at Toor ji Ka Jhalra stepwell – The Toor ji Ka Jhalra Stepwell is located walking distance from the Clock Tower and has been recently restored. The area around the stepwell has many cafes as well as high end shopping boutiques that has been set up as part of an initiative by jodhpur-based designers’ group to revive the local arts & fashion. We spent the golden hours in evening at a café overlooking the stepwell and enjoying with beers & views.
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#7 Learn about Rajasthani Miniature art painting at Umaid Heritage Art School – The Marwar region is famous for miniature art style and one can buy it many places. However, if you want to see students and teachers making these paintings in real time or even do a workshop, then head to Umaid Heritage Art School located in the clock tower area market. One can also buy the miniature art and prices vary according to the style and complexity of the artwork.
#8 Learn authentic Rajasthani cooking with Incredible Krishna Cooking Classes – One of my most interesting experiences was an evening at Incredible Krishna cooking class workshop with Rekha. We learnt many authentic Rajasthani dishes such as ker sangria, dal baati choorma, Rajasthani pulao, are made and at the end had a hearty delicious Rajasthani meal! Even if you are not into cooking, this experience is worth for the delicious food Rekha cooks and their family’s warm hospitality. I would say its much more authentic food experience than going to any restaurant for dinner in Jodhpur (costing almost same = INR 1500 per person /only adults are charged). We left Jodhpur with our tummies full and our hearts glad!!
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