Jodhpur, a magnificent city of Rajasthan is the gateway of Thar Desert. It used to be the capital of Marwar state in the ancient times and that is pretty well reflected in the architecture of the royal palaces and fort of the city. It is aptly known as the Sun City because of the sunny weather throughout the year.
Jodhpur as a tourist destination
Jodhpur is home to many historical sites. Mehrangarh Fort being the most remarkable . This is the largest fort of Rajasthan and is more than 5 centuries old. Perched atop a hill with picturesque landscape the fort is a treat for the visitors.
Inside the fort, you can check out the beautiful Moti Mahal , Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Zenana Deodi for the intricate carvings and Chamunda Mataji Temple.There is a museum with howdahs, palanquins, armamentarium used in battles and the absolutely stunning Turban Gallery. From the top of the fort, see the magnificent “Blue City” of Jodhpur with the neatly arranged blue houses.
You ought to witness the Eagle Spectacle in the fort opposite the Chokelao Garden entrance around the tower where in a young lad can be seen feeding numerous eagles with chunks of meat . Seeing hundreds of huge eagles at one place is a rare event that can be enjoyed here.
For adventure lovers there is the zip line Mehrangarh Fort to zip through the open skies. There are 6 separate ziplines which fly around the fort, offering stunning views and superb adrenalin rush.
The fort is open from : 9 AM to 5 PM. Entry: Rs. 30 for Indians, Rs. 300 for foreigners (inclusive of audio guide).Camera: Rs. 75, Video Camera: Rs. 200, Elevator Fee: Rs. 20/person.
Jaswant Thada is around 1 kilometer downhill from the fort and it is popular for magnificent marble cenotaphs adjacent to a small lake. Entry: Rs. 30 ; Additional fee for camera: Rs. 25.
Umaid Bhavan Palace is the residence of the Maharaja of Jodhpur even today. A part of the palace is transformed into a five star hotel with entry limited to the hotel residents. You can visit the small museum on the grounds. The stunning outside architecture of the palace is worth a visit.
Make sure you visit Sardar Market and buy Bandhej Sarees, mojris, handicraft products and other traditional items from Jodhpur.
The ruins of the old fort of Mandore at about 9 kilometers is definitely worth checking out.Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM. You can also visit Doli Wildlife Sanctuary (45 kilometers) for spotting the largest number of antelopes. Birdwatchers should visit Sardar Samand (60 kilometers) for the migratory birds and wonderful views of the lake.Take RTDC tours to the famed Osian (65 kilometers) and see the ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples in midst of the sand dunes.
Jodhpur is easily accessible via airways, railways and roadways. Jodhpur has frequent flights from cities like Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. Jodhpur has its own railhead too. Regular trains are available from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Agra, Chandigarh, Delhi, Bangalore and cities of Rajasthan.
Stay and Food
Numerous hotels, resorts and homestays offer a comfortable accommodation while you are at Jodhpur. Mawa Kachori, Dal Bati Churma, Gatte ka saag, Kabuli and Makhaniya Lassi are worth relishing while here.
Have an enjoyable insight into the history of India and its royal heritage by visiting Jodhpur. Plan a trip to this beautiful city around October if you wish to enjoy the Rajasthan International Folk Festival held at Mehrangarh Fort.