THE BLUE CITY
The tranquility of the vast desert, the burning sand in the summer air, a sea of golden waves that appears to have no beginning and no end that flips to chill flakes in the starry night. The busy streets with roaring colors of fabrics , the heavenly aroma of food and stories to discover, Jodhpur has them all and in plenty.
Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan, is a sea of blue rooftops. It is also known as the ‘Sun City’ (considering the high temperature) and as the ‘Gateway to Thar’ as it is literally on the edge of the Thar Desert. The impressive gallant forts, ancient ruined temples, lordly palaces, the beautiful endless deserts, the culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, color and texture this blue city reflects rich history and cultural heritage in every corner and person.
The blue city welcomes and offers a fun and colourful ride into the vibrant culture and spectacular scenic beauty of it’s architecture, calmness of the sand, the winter wind, and the setting summer sun, all in all an experience away from the chaos of the commercialized towns and cities.
Top things do in Jodhpur
How to reach
Jodhpur is easily accesible through air, rail, and road.
How to Reach by Flight
The domestic airportof Jhodpur is just 5 kilometres from the city centre. It is connected to other major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur. The nearest international airport to Jodhpur is IGI airport in New Delhi.
How to Reach by Train
Jodhpur railhead is well connected by Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Even the luxurious 'Palace on Wheels' also visits the city of royal splendour. The most popular trains that run from the Jodhpur railway station are Rajasthan Sampark Kranti, Howrah Jodhpur SF Express, Chennai Jodhpur Express, Suryanagari Express, Jaisalmer Delhi Express and Yesvantpur Bangalore Jodhpur Express.
How to Reach by Bus
Jodhpur is well connected by buses from Delhi. There are numerous private buses, Volvo coaches and deluxe buses that run between Delhi and Jodhpur throughout the day. One can also take a bus till Jaipur and then board another government operated bus to Jodhpur. Government operated buses like AC Goldline and Silver Line Express also run between the two places.
How to Reach by Road
Jodhpur is well-connected with national and state highways that connect cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Jaipur. To reach from Delhi to Jodhpur it is a 14 hours long journey (nearly 600 kilometres), but nothing can compare to the drive along the rusty countryside crossing villages and small towns.
How to travel within
You can find a number of Taxis, rickshaws and auto-rickshaws in cheaper prices to travel around jodhpur.
- Post breakfast, head for the Umaid Bhavan Palace, on the way to the palace, you will find a very nice antique market.
- The palace, museum and the market shouldn’t take you more than 3 hours. From here you can choose either of the following two options:
- After lunch take a ride to Osian. Make sure you reach there by 4pm at least, it will not take you more than three hours to reach the place which is 60 kilometers away from Jodhpur. The ancient town of Osian, nicknamed as the ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’, is an important center for the Oswal Jain community. It has a cluster of ancient Hindu and Jain temples from the 8th to 11th century, the most famous one being the Mahavira Temple and the Osian mata Temple. The Sachiya Mata temple and the Sun temple are especially known for their architectural beauty.
- Osian is also famous for its camel safaris and desert activities like sand dune camping, village and wildlife safaris, desert picnics, desert jeep safaris, campfires with live folk performances etc. So you may choose to spend the night at the desert camps or head back to your hotel.
- There are a number of lakes and wildlife sanctuaries within 50 kilometers of Jodhpur. Some lakes like the Balsamand Lake and the Kalyana lake are less than 10 kilometers away.Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts may get a pleasant surprise when they come across the biodiversity here.
- Machiya Safari park is the closest to the city (9 kilometers) which harbours an amazing variety of wildlife. It also has an excellent bird watching point and a fort hidden amidst the jungles.
- Mehrangarh Fort, situated 5 kilometres from Jodhpur city. The fort remains open from 8:30am to 5:30pm in summers, and from 9am to 5pm during winters.
- Mehrangarh Fort Museum
- Next, visit Jaswant Thada, which is very close to the Mehrangarh Fort.
- Break for lunch in any of the nearby restaurants. You can try out the rooftop restaurant in the Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli located at the foot of the fort or move down to the Clocktower-Nai Sadak market area. You will find plenty of eating options. Shri Mishrilal would be a good choice.
- Next stop is the bustling Clocktower (Ghantaghar) market area. The Nai Sadak - Clocktower area is an ideal place for picking up the local flavours of the city. Nai Sadak has a lot of handlooms, clothing, jewelleries and handicraft markets.
- First day ends here. Head back to your hotel for some food and rest. Most hotels here organise cultural programmes for its guests on demand. If you don’t feel like heading straight to bed, you can enjoy the puppet shows or some folk song and dance performances.