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Jodhpur Travel Guide

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Name: Jodhpur
Area: 214.4 sq. km. (82.8 sq. mi)
Population: 1,060,000
Language: Hindi, English, Marwari, Rajasthani
State: Rajasthan
Currency: Indian Rupee
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 (IST)
Religions: Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism

Jodhpur is a western city of Rajasthan on the southeast edge of the Thar Desert, about 300 km (186mi) away from Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. It is the second-largest city in Rajasthan, and also a very gorgeous city in the desert where most of the houses are painted sky blue. So Jodhpur is also known as the “Blue City”. Jodhpur was the capital of the kingdom of Marwar with rich historical and cultural heritages, featuring lots of forts, palaces and temples, among which the Mehrangarh Fort is the most popular site for a Jodhpur travel, famous for its intricate and meticulous carvings. Besides, in the ancient alleys of Jodhpur, you will find some exquisite carvings on windows and various paintings of different religious themes on the blue walls.

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As a symbol of Jodhpur, Mehrangarh Fort is a must-see sight boasting its exquisite carvings and splendid palaces. Built on a cliff, it provides the best panoramic view of the old blue city. Jaswant Thada is a milky-white marble memorial building where you can not only see various sculptures and frescos, but also enjoy the exquisitely carved gazebo, lovely gardens and lakes surrounded. Umed Garden is a public garden, where there is also a museum, a library and a zoo. Moreover, the well-known Umed Bhawan Palace is inside it. The Phool Mahal and Sardar Market should also be listed in your Jodhpur travel destinations.

Best Time to Visit Jodhpur: October to March

The winter season from October to March serves as the best time for Jodhpur travel. The weather is pleasant during this time, with the temperature ranging from 9 to 24 ℃ (48.2-75.2℉), super comfortable for sightseeing. Though the days are enjoyable, the nights can get very chilly, so you should pack some warm clothes like sweaters and wind coats. Jodhpur is quite close to the edge of the Thar Desert, hence it has several hot and dry months from April to June, with the temperature usually over 40 ℃ (104 ℉). Please make sure to avoid this period!

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Ranking List of Jodhpur Food

Wide varieties of Jodhpur dishes, sweets and recipes make it impossible for visitors to exclude the food from the Jodhpur travel list. As a popular delectable breakfast, Pyaaz ki kachori is a spicy variation of kachori (crisp pastry) with onion stuffing, usually served with sweet Tamarind Chutney. Mirchi Bada is a spicy deep-fried snack made up of chilies, potatoes, and lemon juice or occasionally with mint. Mawa Ki Kachori, a mouthwatering deep fried dessert, is a puffed pastry with dry nuts and some aromatic spices dipped in sugar syrup. Try more Jodhpur cuisines like Samosa, Ghevar, Lassi...

Best Restaurants in Jodhpur
  • Indique:  689 9-C Road, Hotel Pal Haveli, Near Clock Tower, Gulab Sagar, Jodhpur. This restaurant provides Asian and Indian cuisines like Biriyani, Tandoori and Laal Maas, which is vegetarian friendly. Having a gin after meals is enjoyable.
  • Jhankar Choti Haveli:  Makarana Mohalla, Behind Clock Tower, Jodhpur. With a leafy courtyard, this semi-open-air restaurant offers a beautiful ambience and serves various vegetarian dishes, among which the pizzas and garlic Naan are most popular.
  • Gopal Roof Top Restaurant:  Roof Top Restaurant: Makrana Mohalla, Near Clock Tower, Jodhpur. Only 400m from the Mehrangarh Fort, this rooftop restaurant has a marvelous view. Here you can enjoy Indian spicy Butter Chicken and sweet Gulab Jamun.
Where to Stay in Jodhpur

Just next to bazaars and market, near Clock Tower is the most popular place to stay among visitors. Only a 10-minute walk to the Mehrangarh Fort, this area gathers many budget hotels, among which you can choose Namaste Cafe. Gulab Sagar has the Gulab Sagar Lake and Jodhpur’s most restaurants, also an ideal place to stay. Very close to many famous attractions, the luxury RAAS Jodhpur and budget Shahi Guest House are recommended. Housing the major train and bus stations, Ratanada is the most convenient area to stay. In addition, it’s only 1 mile from Umed Garden. Here the Govind Hotel is a good choice.

Transportation in Jodhpur

Situated at a distance of 3.2 km (2 miles) from the downtown area, Jodhpur Airport (JDH) is a well-functioning airport with domestic direct flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur, etc. Traveling to Jodhpur by air, it takes about 1h and 10 min, 2 hours, 40 minutes and 1 hour from the four cities mentioned above. From the airport to the city center, tourists can hire a cab that will charge around Rs100. Jodhpur Junction Railway Station (JU) is a major railway station connected by other popular tourist cities like Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. It takes about 10h and 45 min to Delhi by train and costs around ₹1,350.

Taxis and cabs are the most comfortable and convenient means of transport for inner Jodhpur travel. Generally, renting a cab takes around Rs500 for airport / train pick or drop and Rs10/km for a city sightseeing tour. Besides, auto-rickshaw usually costs around ₹70 from the Clock Tower to the train station.

Top Shopping Markets
  • Sardar MarketNaj Sareet Street, west of Manak Chowk City Centre, Jodhpur. Very close to the Clock Tower, Sardar Market is known for its aromatic spices, apart from which, you can also find the popular items like antiques, handicrafts, and dyed clothes.
  • Nai Sarak:  Nai Sarak Road, Sri Ganganagar, Jodhpur. The highlight of this market is the colorful turbans for men and sarees for women. Bandhani - a kind of traditional tie-dye fabric is the best good to select.
  • Mochi Bazaar:  Korna House Road, Bhistiyon Ka Bas, Jodhpur. Known as the cobblers’ market, Mochi Bazaar offers a variety of vibrant colorful footwear, which are all intricately designed.