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About Jodhpur

Rao Jodha founded the ancient city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, in 1459. The houses there are painted blue, earning it the nickname "Blue City." The skyline is dominated by Mehrangarh Fort, a palace from the fifteenth century that is now a museum. As a part of the Marwar region, Jodhpur is a fascinating destination because of its forts, palaces, temples, and lively culture.


Rao Jodha, the Rathore clan's chief, founded Jodhpur in 1459, and it quickly rose to prominence as the capital of the Marwar area. Building on the site of the former Rathore capital, Mehrangarh Fort, commenced in 1459. The silk and spice trade was made easier by Jodhpur's success as a major trading center. Its blue-painted homes, which have earned it the nickname "Blue City," are symbolic of both historical and cultural value. Adjacent to Marwar historically, Jodhpur became a part of the Indian Union in 1947. Attracting tourists from all over the world with its forts, palaces, temples, and bustling markets, the city today is a vibrant blend of historical richness and modernity.

Culture In Jodhpur, ladies wear stylish "Ghagras" and knee-length Kurtis, and men's clothes are accentuated by turbans that are intricately tied. The people who live there, called Jodhanas, speak Rajasthani, Marwari, and Hindi. Notable for its food, Jodhpur is home to confectioneries such as "Jodhpur Sweets" all over India. The nomadic tribes of the Thar Desert have inspired the creation of dishes like Mawa Kachori, Rabdi Ghewar, and Mirchi Bada, which exemplify the city's culinary identity.

Climate Because of its high evapotranspiration, Jodhpur experiences a hot arid climate (Köppen BWh), almost a hot semi-arid climate (Köppen BSh). 362 mm of rain on average falls, mostly in June and September. Extreme temperatures—above 40 °C in April, May, and June—are experienced. The highest temperature ever recorded in 2016 was 48.8 °C (119.8 °F). Jodhpur is still arid despite sporadic fluctuations; a riverfront project approved for the Jojari River, a tributary of the Luni River, will improve water resources.

How to reach

By road

Jodhpur can be reached from major towns in Rajasthan, Ahmedabad, and Delhi via RSRTC buses and private luxury buses. The city has excellent road access to nearby states and large cities. For a planned itinerary, you can drive your car, take shared taxis, board tourist buses, or select luxury buses. The road network consists of state and federal highways, as well as ongoing traffic management projects like the Jodhpur Ring Road. Bus services, such as the Bus Rapid Transit System, give passengers several choices.

By plane

Conveniently, the Jodhpur Airport is only 5 km from the city center. Jodhpur is connected to major cities like Delhi and Mumbai by Air India with daily flights. From the airport, taxis (₹200) and autorickshaws (₹100) are easily accessible for travel into the city. The airport is being expanded to improve connectivity and handle more flights.

By train

Direct trains from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and more connect Jodhpur, an important division of the North Western zone in the Indian Rail network. Two noteworthy options are the well-known Mandor Express and Suryanagari Express. Jodhpur Junction provides easy access to transportation due to its central location in the city. Easy access is provided by the auto-rickshaw stand, taxi stand, and reservation office. At the International Tourist Bureau or online through IRCTC, foreigners can purchase Indrail passes and make reservations for tickets. Jodhpur is easily accessible from a variety of regions thanks to the extensive rail network.

Tourist review

2 days itinerary

Day 1: Explore Historical Marvels

  • Morning (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM): Mehrangarh Fort

Start your day with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Explore the museum inside the fort, showcasing artifacts, paintings, and royal memorabilia. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from the fort's ramparts.

  • Afternoon (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM): Lunch

Head to a local restaurant or café to savor Rajasthani cuisine.

  • Afternoon (2:30 PM - 4:30 PM): Jaswant Thada

Visit Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Admire the intricate architecture and serene surroundings.

  • Evening (4:30 PM - 7:00 PM): Clock Tower and Sardar Market

Explore the bustling Clock Tower area and the vibrant Sardar Market. Shop for handicrafts, textiles, spices, and souvenirs.

  • Evening (7:00 PM Onward): Dinner

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or indulge in a rooftop dining experience with a view of the illuminated Mehrangarh Fort.

Day 2: Cultural and Relaxing Vibes

  • Morning (9:00 AM - 11:30 AM): Mandore Gardens

Visit Mandore Gardens, featuring cenotaphs, temples, and lush greenery. Explore the historic architecture and enjoy a stroll.

  • Late Morning (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM): Umaid Bhawan Palace

Head to Umaid Bhawan Palace, a magnificent architectural marvel. Explore the museum, showcasing vintage cars, artifacts, and the royal history of Jodhpur.

  • Afternoon (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM): Lunch

Relish a delicious lunch at a local eatery or within the palace premises.

  • Afternoon (2:30 PM - 4:30 PM): Relaxation

Spend some leisure time relaxing or shopping for local crafts.

  • Evening (4:30 PM - 7:00 PM): Balsamand Lake

Visit Balsamand Lake for a peaceful evening by the water. Enjoy the serene surroundings and perhaps take a short boat ride.

  • Evening (7:00 PM Onward): Cultural Show and Dinner

Attend a cultural show to experience traditional Rajasthani dance and music. Conclude your Jodhpur visit with a delightful dinner at a cultural-themed restaurant.

Get around

Means of Transport in Jodhpur
Mode of Transport Details Pros Cons
Local Buses Government-run services available at various landmarks Affordable, widely available Perceived as chaotic by some, budget-friendly
Taxis Available on a minimum distance/hour basis Convenient, door-to-door service Cost may vary based on distance and hourly rates
Chauffeured Car-Taxi Services Offered by tour operators and agencies Customizable, per km and per day rates May be relatively expensive
Autorickshaws Common in the city, negotiate fares Easily available, suitable for short distances No meters, need to agree on fare in advance
Ola/Uber Operate in the city except the old town App-based, convenient Limited coverage in the old town
Car, Bicycle, Motorcycle Multiple rental companies available Flexibility in exploring narrow lanes Cars may face challenges in the inner walled city
Tongas (Horse-Driven Carriages) Limited region near the Clock Tower Traditional experience Limited coverage and scope

Things to do

Mehrangarh Fort: Situated 122 meters above the plain, on a hilltop, Mehrangarh Fort occupies 1,200 acres in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Constructed by Rao Jodha in 1459, the majority of its structures date to the 17th century, providing a glimpse into Rajput history. A lift with panoramic views is available for a fee at the fort; tickets cost 300 rupees. Guides, who are suggested for a more thorough understanding, run about 500 rupees per group. A museum, temples, and elaborate stone carvings can all be found within the immaculate complex. Visitors laud the historical site's polite staff, pristine surroundings, and captivating sunset views.

  • Chamunda Mataji Temple: Dedicated to Rao Jodha's favorite goddess, located at the far end of the battlements.
  • Moti Mahal (Pearl Hall): Decorated with colored glass windows, where the Maharaja held audiences.
  • Phool Mahal (Flower Hall): The most extravagant chamber for revelry and dancing girls.
  • Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Hall): Known for its mirrored interiors.
  • Zenana Deodi: The inner sanctum where the Maharaja's wives spent their days.

The entry fee for foreigners is ₹600, including an audio guide, or ₹400 for foreign students.


  • Jaswant Thada: Maharaja Sardar Singh erected the magnificent Jaswant Thada in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, in 1899 as a memorial to his father. It is a reflection of Rajput and Hindu traditions and serves as the royal cremation ground. Its entrance fee is Rs 50, and it provides stunning views of Mehrangarh Fort, amazing architecture, and a tranquil garden. Often referred to as the "Taj Mahal of Jodhpur," it is an important historical site with a tranquil atmosphere that makes it a must-see. The experience is enhanced by the guides, and tickets cost INR 40 plus INR 200 for the guide. It is conveniently located near Mehrangarh Fort.
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace: Completed in 1944, Jodhpur, Rajasthan's Umaid Bhawan Palace doubles as a five-star hotel and the Maharaja's home. The palace houses a museum with traditional clothing and jewelry on display. There is also an antique car collection there. Maharaja Umaid Singh's response to famine and drought, which employed thousands of workers during construction, is linked to the history of the palace. The 347-room palace, which was constructed using golden-yellow sandstone, is an example of Indo-Deco or Beaux Arts architecture. In 1971, following the untimely death of Hanwant Singh, it was turned into a hotel. The palace has beautiful views from its hilltop location on Chittar. Indians pay ₹60 for tickets, while foreigners pay ₹200.
  • Mandore: Mandore is a historical town situated 9 km north of Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Its enthralling 'Mandore Gardens' feature cenotaphs of the rulers of Jodhpur, including Maharaja Ajit Singh's chhatri. It has ruins of the old fort, temples, and a river. It was once the capital of Marwar. It takes about 2.5 hours to visit, and admission is free. The town perfectly captures the cultural and architectural heritage of Rajasthan.

Offbeat places

  • Bishnoi village: History was made in 1731 when 363 Bishnois gave their lives to save trees. They have a great regard for nature, which is exemplified by the Bishnoi village near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Situated near a sanctuary, revered Khejri trees and wildlife preservation make this village a cultural and environmentally conscious destination. A Bishnoi village safari allows visitors to interact with the locals genuinely and see how dedicated they are to protecting the environment.
  • Balsamand Lake and Garden
  • Gulab Sagar Lake
  • Kailana Lake
  • Ghanta Ghar
  • Khejarla Fort


Discover the dynamic city of Jodhpur by going to the clock tower market, hiking the city wall, and attending the yearly Rajasthan International Folk Festival at Mehrangarh Fort. Take a guided tour or go on a jeep safari through the real Bishnoi village and learn about the rich cultural heritage and reverence for the natural world of the area. For a thorough exploration, take advantage of camel safaris, paragliding experiences, and walking tours of historical sites.

Cultural shows

However, the well-known Marwar Festival, which takes place in October each year, is the most thrilling event in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Through traditional dances and folk music from the Marwar region, the Marwar festival honors the valiant heroes of Marwar's past.

Fairs and festivals

  • Marwar Festival (September to October)
  • Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival (14th to 16th January each year)
  • The Jodhpur RIFF (September to October)
  • Jodhpur Nagaur Fair (January to February)
  • Gangaur Festival (March to April)


Sardar Market (Clock Tower Market):

Items: Handicrafts, textiles, spices, antiques, and traditional Rajasthani items.

Specialty: Red chili powder, textiles with tie-dye and block prints.

Nai Sarak:

Items: Books, handicrafts, textiles, and traditional Rajasthani footwear (Jodhpuri Mojari).

Specialty: Antique items and Rajasthani handicrafts.

Tripolia Market:

Items: Textiles, handicrafts, traditional leheriya and bandhani fabrics.

Specialty: Lac bangles and tie-dye fabrics.

Mochi Bazaar:

Items: Handcrafted leather items, including shoes, bags, and belts.

Specialty: Jodhpuri shoes and embroidered juttis.

Sojati Gate Market:

Items: Handicrafts, textiles, and traditional Rajasthani items.

Specialty: Mehndi (Henna) designs and products.

Umaid Bhawan Palace Market:

Items: High-end and designer items, artifacts, and traditional Rajasthani crafts.

Specialty: Exclusive and luxury shopping.

Mandore :

Items: Traditional Rajasthani textiles, artifacts, and handicrafts.

Specialty: Traditional Rajasthani clothing and accessories.

Clock Tower:

Items: Handicrafts, textiles, spices, and antique items.

Specialty: Traditional Rajasthani jewelry and textiles.


  • Mirchi Vada, Samosa and Pyaaj (Onion) Kii Kachori
  • Makhaniya Lassi
  • Gulab Jamun ki Sabji
  • Panchkuta
  • Dal Bati Churma
  • Gatte ka saag
  • Kabuli
  • Kaju Draksh ki Sabji


Government hospitals

  1. Goyal Hospital & Research Center Pvt Ltd. 4.11.6k Ratings.
  2. Marwar Hospital.
  3. Kesari Hospital.
  4. Yash Aman Hospital.
  5. Rathi Hospital (L. N. Memorial Hospital & Research Centre)
  6. Dr Subhash Mehra. ...
  7. Barala Hospital & Research Centre.
  8. Dr Sarojdhara Maternity & Fetal Centre.

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