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Introducing Jodhpur

Best time to visit : October to March
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Jodhpur, one of the favourite tourist places of Rajasthan is its second largest city. It is also known as “The Blue City”. Jodhpur, dotted with its havelis, palaces, temples and pale blue painted houses under the gaze of the magnificent red Mehrangarh Fort, still retains the medieval flavour and instantly transports you to an era of grandeur and glory. Try to plan your trip around “Marwar Festival” and “The Rajasthan International Folk Festival” featuring folk dance and music in the backdrop of the richly decorated Mehrangarh Fort.


Jodhpur`s history dates back to 1100 C.E. when the Gurjara- Pratihara empire ruled it. King Rao Jodha formally founded it to replace the old and vulnerable capital city of Mandore in 1459; thus the name Jodhpur emerged. He first built the Mehrangarh Fort and then fortified the city surrounding it. Read the city guide further to have tourist information about Jodhpur.

Jodhpur is famous for its spicy authentic Rajasthani savouries like Samosa, Pyaaz Ki Kachori, Mirchi Bada, Dal Bati Churma, Gatte ka Saag, Makhaniya Lassi, Mawa Kachori (a sweet with a rich filling of dry fruits and thickened milk dipped in sugar syrup), Gulab jamun etc. Rajasthani thali at GYPSY, (Sardarpura) is one of the best and cheapest in town. For those who are romantically inclined, a candle lit dinner at Mehran Terrace would be a treat. ”Pillars” in the courtyard of the Umaid Bhavan Palace is perfect for a royal experience. Jodhpur doesn’t have an active night life and most of the pubs are attached with the restaurants only.

Shopping places in Jodhpur is vibrant and colourful. You can explore Sardar bazaar, Gridikot market, Nai sadak, Sojati gate, Mochi ki gali, Lakhra Bazar and Tripolia Bazar. Look for Bandhani or Lehariya sarees and dress materials, Mojris, metal curios, leather goods, silk, silverware, spices and tea, durries, scarves and Jodhpuris (breeches). Rajasthan Khadi Sangh is the best place for handlooms.

Nearby Places:
  • Mandore: You can enjoy a rare site of the ruins of an ancient city about 9 km. from Jodhpur. This historic town treasures numerous monuments.
  • Ossian Temples: Located about 65 km. from the city, you can enjoy the visit to ancient Ossian temples dating back to 8th and 11th century.
  • Pushkar: The city of Pushkar located about 185 km. from Jodhpur is renowned as a Pilgrim site. It is famous for the sacred Pushkar Lake and Lord Brahma temple. It also finds its mention in Hindu Epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Jodhpur is blessed with numerous tourist places around plush with temples, lakes, wildlife, forts etc. within a drive of 4 to 5 hours which include Ajmer, Jaisalmer, and Mount Abu etc.

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