Jodhpur The Blue City - Travel Guide - places to visit
Also known as blue city, Jodhpur is famous for its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people. Mehrangarh Fort here is one of the best preserved private forts in India.
Rich in history, Jodhpur is one of the most vibrant places to explore. Also known as Blue City, it features many palaces, forts and temples. Looming over this city and soaked in legend, the Mehrangarh Fort at once impresses you. Lending a romantic aura to Jodhpur, are its exquisite handicrafts, folk dances, music and the brightly attired people. The bazaars of Jodhpur have a range of items from tie and dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, antiques and classic silver jewellery. Experience a Tonga ride through the old city famous for Jodhpuri sweets and savouries or even hop into a colourful bangle street.
Sightseeing - Places to visit
Explore the Sun city and experience the architecture, history and culture of the city. Visit the 15th century Meherangarh Fort (citadel of the Sun) that evokes the spirit of the Rathores, the ruling local Rajput clan. Visit its various palaces with their delicate friezes and respective museums, displaying treasures of the royal family. On the way back, visit Jaswant Thada - a pillared marble memorial to the popular ruler Jaswant Singh II, who purged Jodhpur of dacoits, initiated irrigation systems and boosted the economy.
Located at the fringe of the great Thar Desert, Jodhpur basks in the golden history and heritage of the state. Jodhpur, a colourful city, throbs with the romance, beauty, glory and warmth of a populous desert city. The city has beautiful palaces, forts&bazaars to explore.
Monuments to see in Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest and magnificent forts in Rajasthan, was built in 15th century by Rao Jodha at the centre of the city on a hill. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards.
Mehrangarh Fort, built in 15th century, is considered as one of the most formidable and magnificent forts of Rajasthan. The fort and its palaces were built over period of 500 years; as a result, the varied building styles of many different periods are represented, including the 20th century. The museum in the Mehrangarh fort is one of the well-stocked museums. The museum exhibits the heritage of the Rathores in arms, costumes, paintings, decorated period rooms and many priceless relics of Indian courtly life.
Built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, in 19th century, this cenotaph is a royal mausoleum and a classic example of the Rajputana style of architecture. Its impeccable design and architecture is symbolic of the fine craftsmanship of the bygone era.
Famed as one of the most beautiful white marble cenotaphs, Jaswant Thada was built in 1899 in commemoration of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. It serves as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. It is enriched with its amazing grandeur, beautiful gardens and intricately carved facades.
Mandore, located just a few kilometres from Jodhpur, was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar. The Mandore Garden showcases the charming collection of temples and memorials and the high rock terraces.
Mandore Garden is situated towards the outskirts of Jodhpur. The gardens house the Chhatris (cenotaphs) of many rulers of Jodhpur state, prominent among them is the chhatri of Maharaja Ajit Singh. These cenotaphs are not of usual shape and are built along the lines of a Hindu temple. Close to the cenotaphs is the Hall of Heroes, which is dedicated to the several deities as well as folk fighters of Rajputs. This is basically a huge rock wall with colourful paintings that are a depiction of the heroes of the locality like Chamunda and Pabuji. Another attraction inside the garden is the shrine of 'Three Hundred Million Gods' that contains images of various Hindu Gods in glowing colours.
Osian, a picturesque desert town near Jodhpur, boasts of a number of intricately carved Hindu and Jain temples dating back to the 6th century and is popular for camel safari.
Surrounded by golden sand dunes and hamlets, Osian, located in north of Jodhpur, is famous for its Hindu and Jain temples and is also known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan. A prominent trading centre on the Silk Route from the 8th to the 12th century AD, Osian was also a major pilgrimage site during the Gurjara Pratihara dynasty who ruled much of northern India from the 6th to the 11th century. Of the 18 shrines in the group, the Surya or Sun Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple and the main Jain temple dedicated to Mahavira stands out in their grace and architecture.
Umaid Bhawan Palace&Museum
Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Rathore Dynasty, Umaid Bhawan Palace is home of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family and also one of the world's largest private residence. The palace is divided into three compartments namely the Maharaja's royal residence, a museum and a heritage hotel.
Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is a masterpiece of brilliant architecture and boasts of a wonderful mélange of Rajput and Victorian styles. The Palace is one among the World's largest private residences comprising of 347 rooms. The palace is divided into three sections – the royal residence, a museum and a heritage hotel. The museum display items ranging from weapons to an array of stuffed leopards to antiques to some fascinating crockery to various trophies. It also exhibits a huge banner presented by Queen Victoria and an amazing collection of clocks.
Explore the city in auto-rickshaw, which is a convenient mode of travel around the city.
Explore the alleys and streets of Jodhpur in the local style in an auto-rickshaw, also popularly known as Tuk-Tuk (a three-wheeled taxi). Also known as 'The Blue City' as most of the architecture - forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. Enjoy the wonderful discovery of the unique beauty of Jodhpur.
Explore the tribal villages of the Bishnois, who are well known lovers of nature and staunch environmentalists. The Bishnois have never harmed any animal and trees are never felled - wood is collected for burning only once it has fallen to the ground.
Bishnois are the very sensible, straightforward, nature loving and eco-friendly section of Hindu religion. All Bishnois believe in the sanctity of animal and plant life as laid down by the 15th century Guru Jambeshwar in the form of 29 basic tenets, hence BIS (twenty) and NOI (nine). They further believe their ancestors are reincarnated as deer, so there are usually herds of deer found near Bishnoi villages.
Experience this unique mode of transport in Jodhpur with a ride in colourful Tonga (horse-driven carriage).
Tongas are horse driven carriages that are colourfully decorated. A Tonga Ride is sheer fun and frolic and gives a distinctive experience of the local life. Feel like a royal persona and at the same time have incredible amount of fun in this comfortable ride.
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A Day with Art Patrons at Jog Niwas
Learn about the intricate art through demonstrations and lectures.
In this exclusive experience, interact with two families who have been into the patronage, development and preservation of the erstwhile aristocratic and royal fine and decorative arts of South Asia. They are happy to entertain guests in their salons. Explore the entire range of mediums they have lovingly revived, some from near extinction, to their former glory. There are 80 different master mediums that the family patrons and under these processes approximately 400 members of the artisan family are involved.
The Bandhani Art of Jodhpur
Learn about the ancestral art of tie and dye, called Bandhani.
Explore the back alleys of Ek Minar Masjid in Jodhpur to meet a family who has been involved in the art of tie and dye, called Bandhani, for generations. Bandhani is an ancient art practiced by people mainly of Rajasthan and Gujarat. There are about 700 to 800 Muslim families in Jodhpur who practice the Bandhani technique on a daily basis and have been catering to merchants and wholesalers for centuries.
- Meet the family who has been involved in the art of tie and dye for almost 400 years.
- Learn about the traditional and colourful Bandhani methods passed down for generations.
- Be amazed by the skills required to excel in this technique of decorating textiles.
Cooking in the Blue House
A great opportunity for some casual conversation over some really tasty home cooked food. A great opportunity for some casual conversation over some really tasty home cooked food.
This cooking session is totally informal and is conducted in the family kitchen by the housewife. The husband does most of the talking while she joins in between. Be amazed by their knowledge of spices and its medicinal values. Get to know the culinary nuances of the walled city and the Brahmpuri's palate of no onion, no garlic, no meat, no eggs and no fish.
Community Spaces - The Setrawa Project
The Setrawa Project is an incredible story about how women of rural Rajasthan are changing their lives.
The Setrawa Project, 108 km west of Jodhpur, is an incredible story about how women of rural Rajasthan are changing their lives. This community based initiative is supported by Sambhali Trust, a Jodhpur based NGO who works with women from the Dalit community, unfortunately considered untouchables in India. Take this opportunity to interact with the women of the Setrawa Project.
Overlander Day Drive 'Desert Experience'
A unique driving experience that unravels the rural Rajasthan in its full glory.
A unique 'Desert Experience' that unravels the rural Rajasthan in its full glory. Through the semi-arid terrain witness the simple life of different communities that have lived in harmony with nature for centuries. The variety of wildlife and avian life makes for a photographer's paradise. Added to this rich cultural experience is the thrill, excitement and adrenaline rush of off-road driving on this terrain in the 4x4 vehicles through sandy river beds, sharp twists and turns.
An off-roading experiences which showcase the rural communities of western Rajasthan and provide a glimpse into their simple, yet pure lifestyle steeped with culture and tradition.
The Essence of India lies in its villages' – Mahatma Gandhi. This very saying is the concept behind Overlander India. They showcase the rural communities of western Rajasthan and provide a glimpse into their simple, yet pure lifestyle steeped with culture and tradition. For overnight guests they offer accommodation at the tented campsite (which is completely remote) in luxury Safari Tents.
Zip Line @ Mehrangarh Fort
This outdoor activity gives the opportunity to discover an exciting new way to experience India's natural and cultural beauty.
This outdoor activity gives the opportunity to discover an exciting new way to experience India's natural and cultural beauty. They offer proper safety and security. The Zipline Tours have been designed by a Switzerland's leading zip tour engineers. Their personal protective equipment is made by Petzl of France, which is one of the world's leading climbing brands. All equipment is subject to daily safety checks before use. Also, the staff is very professional, experienced and friendly.