Jodhpur Travel Guide

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Jodhpur Things to Do

  • Mehrangarh Fort

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Mehrangarh Fort is one of Rajasthan’s most magnificent forts. Situated on a hill 140m above the city, Mehrangarh can be seen from around the city. The walls are 36m high and 21m wide. This invincible fort has never been taken in a siege. 'Mihirgarh' which was changed to 'Mehrangarh' means Sun-Fort. A winding road leads to the fort and...

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  • Sardar Market

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    After our visit to the fort we went into the heart of the old city where bustling Sardar Market lies in the shadow of the old clock tower, Ghanta Ghar. The tower was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh (1880-1911), after whom the market is named. Our guide pointed out that it looked very English, but we thought it looked more Indian! The market is, as...

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  • Jaswant Thada

    4 out of 5 stars

    Jaswant Thada was built in the late 1800’s in commemoration of Maharaja Sardar Singh II. Singh was responsible for bringing an innovative irrigation system – and prosperity - to the city. The elegant white royal cenotaph (chhatri) was built out of sheets of marble. It has beautiful jalis (carved lattice screens). Singh’s chhatri was built to look...

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  • Umaid Bhavan Palace

    Umaid Bhavan Palace was commissioned in 1929 by Maharaja Umaid Singh to create jobs for the drought and famine-stricken people of Jodhpur. The palace took 3,000 men and 15 years to complete. It has 347 rooms including a ballroom, several reception halls, eight dining halls, two theaters, and a huge underground swimming pool. One of the standout...

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  • Mandore Gardens

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Mandore, which is situated about 10kms from Jodhpur, is a great place to visit if you are in Jodhpur. This place was originally the capital of the Rathore royalty and kings of Marwar. In the 15th century, Rao Jodha built a new city, Jodhpur, for reasons of safety. The mighty Mehrangarh Fort with its immense fortifications , was built as the new...

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  • Jhanki Mahal

    The Jhanki Mahal (the Peeping or Glimpse Palace) enabled the Maharanis and women of the royal household to look down at the activities in the courtyard below without being seen. Purdah (staying out of the sight of men/strangers) was strictly enforced by the Rajputs in medieval times. Jhanki Mahal was intentionally fitted with beautiful sandstone...

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Jodhpur Hotels

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Jodhpur Restaurants

  • Omelette Shop

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The shop, opened in 1974 by Ram Kishen, is one busy shop. Selling a thousand eggs a day, half of them as omelletes and the rest boiled. Spiced to taste, with our without slices of bread, these cost as little as Rs. 10-15 (20-30 cents) a portion. It opens at 10 am, and closes just before midnight. Go at peak hours and Ram Kishen will have no time to...

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  • Cafe Sheesh Mahal

    Just entering gate of Old city you find a small neat and clean cafe. here you can see view of the Sardar market gate and clock tower. limited menu but you can have coffee, drinks and snacks etc. You can drink cappuccino here.

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  • Jharokha

    4 out of 5 stars

    As I was staying here (here being the Haveli Guest House) I decided to eat here on my first night in Jodhpur and wasn't disappointed. The restaurant is strickly vegetarian with Indian and Chinese dishes. I had a veggie curry, rice, chipatis, papads and a bottle of Kingfisher beer for Rs200. The restaurant is located on the rooftop where the views...

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Jodhpur Nightlife

  • Enjoy nightlife in Jodhpur

    Jodhpur is not a big city like Mumbai and I never thought that I'll find a Disc here. But I was shocked when I visited On The Rocks (Restaurant & Disc), where, I found peoples were enjoying dinner with drink and were dancing. Would recommended to go on Sat/Sun. Casuals...

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  • Rajasthani Musical Serenade

    At our hotel in Rohet Gar we were lucky enough to be the solo audience for an excellent trio of musicians that resemble those shown in the You Tube link below. The band consisted of a harmonium, which is an accordian like instrument, some special slap sticks, and a drum. The musicians sang in wonderful soulful harmony. This ranks as one of my...

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Jodhpur Transportation

  • Getting Around Jodhpur

    Jodhpur is well connected to other cities in India. Buses ply the routes to/from Bikaner, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, etc. Buses are the cheapest – and usually longest – way to get to/from Jodhpur.Jodhpur’s main railway station is very centrally located, about a 15 minute walk to the clock tower. The rail system is connected to most of the...

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  • Jodhpur Airport

    Jodhpur (domestic) Airport is a small airport with service from/to many cities in India. Once you land, you'll taxi close to the terminal building and walk from the plane to the terminal. There is only one baggage belt and a tourist information "stand", which was closed when we landed. I didn't see any food/shopping options but the departure area...

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  • Jodhpur Auto Driver - esp for single/...

    Mr. Habib Gouri, an auto rickshaw driver from Jodhpur, made our trip to Rajasthan extremely memorable. We ran into him by chance, and he took us on a tour around the city. Since the old city has narrow lanes, auto rickshaws are easier to go around in than taxis. He was humble, prompt, helpful, reliable, and a joy to meet. Highly recommended for...

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Jodhpur Shopping

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  • Best shopping Paradise - Jodhpur

    One thing which most of the people do on a holiday trip is to shop. It is something like a must do. Shopping in Jodhpur is an exciting and rewarding shopping experience for the visitors. It is the homeplace of many talented and skilled craftsmen. They include textile dyers, metal engravers and die-makers. Jodhpur is regarded as one of the most...

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  • Try or Buy- its fun anyway

    The Sardar Market, which is just off the main shopping area called Nai Sadak, is a good place to buy local crafts and just about anything else. Bargaining is expected, but bear in mind that a lot of work goes into the making of these many lovely items and objects, so be reasonable. The tourist season in India is a short one, and shopkeepers depend...

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  • Cloth Market

    The cloth market is located just south of the fruit and veg market and really is a network of small passageways lined with small open shops stacked from floor to ceiling with brightly coloured cloth. The colours are really bright reds, pinks and yellows and really stand out.

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Jodhpur Local Customs

  • Jodhpur RIFF

    The Jodhpur RIFF is the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, and it was something of a bonus for us that it was happening while we were here. There is a week-long programme of staged performances, in the Mehrangarh Fort and elsewhere in the city, featuring Rajasthani, Indian and some international performers – I spotted Scottish folk, reggae...

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  • Sati

    NB, this is a historic local custom, no longer practised, thankfully. On my Jaisalmer page I described the small memorials we saw at the Gadisar Lake to the wives who had committed sati following the death of their husband, as was the custom in this part of the world at one time among the upper castes. We were to be reminded of that again here at...

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  • Sati pratha(practice)

    Loha Pol, which is the final gate into the main part of the Meharangarh fort complex. Immediately to the left are the handprints (sati marks) of the ranis who i immolated themselves on the funeral pyre of their husband.What is Sati--Sati is described as a Hindu custom in India in which the widow was burnt to ashes on her dead husband's funeral...

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Jodhpur Warnings and Dangers

  • General Tips....

    1. You will likely be visiting some temples, churches, and mosques. Dress appropriately and act respectful. 2. If possible buy/pre-order any museum/attraction tickets online.3. If the taxi or rickshaw doesn’t have a meter, ask the fare before taking off, especially if it’s late at night or coming from an airport.4. Charge your camera batteries...

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  • For First-Timers, Women Travelers, Etc.

    I have several Warning/Danger tips on my India page. Rather than repeat them all here, click here to read. It's important to understand a bit about the culture as well as how to keep safe and healthy.You'll find specific information about/for:Traveling Within IndiaWomen TravelersTaking PhotosHealth & EatingRespect and Common...

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  • Aggressive rickshaw drivers

    As in every Indian city, Jodhpur has also its share of aggressive rickshaw drivers. They followed us for minutes, started to look over our shoulders and were a real pain in the a......

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Jodhpur Tourist Traps

  • Your Fate is in Your Hands!

    Mehrangarh Fort has a resident hand-reading expert (is that the appropriate word?!), S.L. Sharma , who can give you a fifteen minute reading, or more if you desire. We're all suckers for a little fortune-telling, so we all anted up our 150 rupees (5 CAD). . . You know things are getting serious when the protractor and calculator come out! Some of...

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  • Path to the Fort

    Upendra Srimali, the manager at the Haveli Guesthouse, was kind enough to give me some advice before I headed off on my own on my first day in Jodhpur. His suggestions included a recommended route for sightseeing and wandering, plus a gentle warning that the path to the fort can be a bit troublesome, if you're unprepared. The route up to the fort...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Jodhpur What to Pack

  • Don't Over Pack!

    Customize your list to when/where you'll be traveling. Minimize the number of suitcases (a spinner wheelie is a good choice). I like to take a backpack as my purse and to carry my camera equipment. I can always "feel" it on me and it leaves my hands free. Women should dress conservatively everywhere except Goa. I'd suggest wearing light-weight...

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  • Sun Goggles .. or burn ur eyes.

    Bag to accomodate ur goggle, water bottle,scarfs etc. Cooton shirt and cotton trouser to protect u from hot whether and sun burns.

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Jodhpur Off The Beaten Path

  • Bishnoi Beliefs

    A village dog had killed a chinkara fawn's mother. So the Bishnoi family had adopted him before he became prey to other predators in wild and a mother nursed him as if it was her own child...The Bishnoi people hold all forms of life very sacred, and deers are held in highest esteem.The Chinkara is of the Deer family.The Bishnoi do not cremate their...

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  • The Bishnoi -crafts,culture and beliefs

    A fascinating day trip out of Jodhpur is a visit to the Bishnoi villages, in the countryside south of Jodhpur.The villages scattered around have houses built from mud and thatch, all with veg gardens, and wild animals roaming around (particuarly black-buck).The Bishnoi are craftspeople, and their skill at pottery and weaving can be observed first...

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  • Mandore Garden

    Mandore is located about 10 Kms north of Jodhpur. It was the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar.The ruined fort and palace of yester years are still intact on the hilltop.Its extensive Mandore garden, with high rock terrace, makes it a popular local attraction. In the Mandore garden, there are the dewals or cenotaphs of Jodhpur's former rulers....

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  • The Blue City

    Jodhpur is often referred to as the Blue City, and with good reason. Many houses in the old city are washed in a soft shade of blue. Traditionally this colour was used only by Brahmins and is still most noticeable on the north side of town, known as Brahmpuri, where many of them live. There are two commonly cited reasons. One is practical – the...

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  • People of Jodhpur

    Everywhere we went in India I found myself taking almost as many photos of the local people as I did of the sights. Characterful faces, colourful clothing and a way of life rather different from ours in England made for endless fascination. Here in Jodhpur I was attracted by the traditionally dressed dancers and musicians performing in the RIFF at...

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  • Get customized itinerary booked

    I would have suggested you to travel via 'palace on wheels'. This is a luxury train operated by Govt. of India which gives an experience of royal life in Rajasthan. Since you are here to visit just cities, this train may not be helpful as it is more for overall tour.You can though get help of trusted travel agents in Rajasthan in customizing your...

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