Gallivanting in the Blue City – Guide to Exploring Jodhpur

The best time to visit Jodhpur would be from October to March when the weather is very pleasant.

There is a strong connection with royalty whenever you visit Jodhpur. With its numerous forts and palaces, this city is steeped in the history of its kings. The blue city gets its name from the blue houses in Jodhpur. To get the best experience in Jodhpur, ensure that you book the Delhi to Jodhpur flight tickets well in advance. We take you through some of the important tourist attractions for Jodhpur.

  • Umaid Bhawan Palace

This majestic architectural marvel has been constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style. The palace has three distinct sections; the royal apartments which are not open to tourists, the hotel is managed by the Taj Group and a museum. Entry fee are steep at Rs. 6000/- per head, but the intricately designed interiors with a shimmering chandelier make the entry fee worthwhile. The unique feature of the palace is that sandstone has been used in its construction without applying any mortar. The entry fees for the museum are Rs. 30 for Indians and Rs. 100 for foreigners. The entry timings are 9 am to 5 pm. Photography is not allowed.

  • Mehrangarh Fort

This impressive fort is the biggest in Rajasthan. It stands on a 150m-high hill. The mark of cannonballs on the walls of the fort bears testament to the many wars which the fort was a part of. The entry ticket can be purchased at Jai Pol. The view of the entire city that you can see from here is truly spectacular. You can see the Umaid Bhawan palace and the renowned ‘Old City’ which was painted blue to protect the residents from the unbearable heat. You must visit the museum which is treasure trove of artefacts which include some items won in a war as well as armoury. As you enter one of the intricately designed sandstone apartments, there is a rich collection of palanquins and elephant seats, the silver elephant gifted by Shah Jahan being the icing on the cake. The lions etched on this howdah resemble the Rajput warriors. Here you will also find a collection of some exquisite miniature paintings in the Marwar style. You will be awestruck by the gilded wood, Murano glassware, Chinese tiles and a lavish spread of artefacts belonging to different regions and historical periods. To exit the fort you need to walk past Fateh Pol and turn right for Jai Pol. The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 70/- and the same for foreigners is Rs. 600/-. The timings are from 9 am to 5 pm. The fees for photography are Rs. 100/-, videography is Rs. 200/- and for using the elevator you need to pay Rs. 40/-. With such spectacular forts to enthral you, all you need to do is book the cheapest flight tickets from Delhi to Jodhpur.

  • Jaswant Thada

Sardar Singhji built this marble monument commemorating his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Many important rulers have been buried in the grounds of Jaswant Thada. The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 15/- and for foreigners it is Rs. 30/-. The timings are from 9 am to 5 pm. The charges for photography and videography are Rs. 35/- and Rs. 50/- respectively.

  • Mandore

It is located at a distance of 9 km north of the city. You will also find a Mirabai idol being worshipped as the cenotaphs of the former rulers. You must visit the ‘Hall of Heroes’ and the ‘Shrine of the Three Hundred Million Gods’. The ruins of the city of Mandore serve as the platform for a number of cultural programmes.

  • Kaylana Lake

The Kaylana and the Tahkat Sagar lie at a distance of 11 km on the Western border of Jodhpur. A narrow strip of land divides the two through which the Jodhpur Jaisalmer Highway passes. You can have picnics here as well. Sadly, the lake is not well maintained.

  • Shopping

There are numerous choices for those who enjoy shopping. While the Kapra Bazaar is best for tie-dyed fabrics, the Sarafa Bazaar is the best option for silver jewellery. For the best options in saris, dupattas, block-printed textiles and suit pieces, you should go to the National Handlooms. You get a pair of the traditional Jodhpur Mojaris and jootis atJuti Corner.

So fasten your seatbelts and get ready to explore the variety of options that Jodhpur has to offer. Go online and book the cheapest flight tickets from Delhi to Jodhpur.

Author: Sahana Bhose

Here’s a quick guide to help you explore the Blue City of Jodhpur that offers some exciting attractions for the adventurous tourists.