Have you ever wondered why Jodhpur is termed the blue city, even though not all of the city is painted blue? According to folklore, the Brahmin community painted their houses blue in order to differentiate themselves from the lower communities. Speaking with the locals will give you a host of new theories and reasons - some say the blue colour keeps the termites away, while others believe that the colour keeps the houses cool! Well, we are yet to find out. However, the blue in our airline surely makes us the coolest airline in India!
Set in the Thar Desert's striking landscape, the blue city of Jodhpur reflects the rich history and culture of Rajasthan and is popular among travellers. Fondly called the 'sun city', the city's ancient ruined temples, grand palaces, the majestic forts and the beautiful endless span of the desert makes for a perfect vacation. Whether it is taking a stroll around the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort, binging on mirchi vada and pyaaz kachori, or shopping for exquisite bandhanis and mojris, you can never get enough of this beautiful city.
Best time to visit Jodhpur
The months from October to March are the perfect time to visit Jodhpur. Let us look at the various seasons round the year to help you plan your trip better.
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How to reach Jodhpur
Getting around/local transport in Jodhpur
The best way to get around Jodhpur is by hiring taxis or auto-rickshaws. These modes are not only convenient but affordable too.
The Gypsy restaurant is popular pure vegetarian restaurant in Jodhpur. It serves a special traditional thali comprising of 29 dishes. Along with the great quality of food, this restaurant will win your heart for its warm ambience and friendly staff.
This restaurant situated at the Mehrangarh Fort offers a romantic setting. It is the perfect spot to celebrate any occasion with live performances and delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices of food.
This roof-top restaurant offers a stunning view of the blue city along with multi-cuisine menu including delicious desserts. You must order for pancakes on your visit to this restaurant.
This place is a must visit for traditional pure ghee sweets and Indian snacks. You must try out Dahi Wada, Gatta Curry, Lehsun Dal, Dal Malai Kofta and Gulab Jamun Sabzi at this typical Rajasthani restaurant.
Similar to the other cities in Rajasthan, Jodhpur has one of the most colourful marketplaces with plenty of skilled artisans. From unique fabrics to chic mojaris, jewellery and handicrafts, you cannot bid farewell to Jodhpur without checking out the bustling bazaars of the city.
Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace If you believe in living life King size, then this is the perfect pick for you. This luxurious hotel offers its guests several facilities such as swimming pools, recreation rooms, ballrooms, lounge bar, a marbled squash room and a wellness spa. The royal family continues to share the mansion with its exclusive guests.
RAAS The Luxury Boutique Heritage hotel’s architecture comprises of red sandstone walls, stunning rooms, grand courtyards, and manicured lawns. The hotel offers a perfect combination of modern and traditional amenities in its 39 premium rooms. You can enjoy a stunning view of the Mehrangarh fort from this hotel.
Singhvi’s Haveli This 500-year-old Haveli has 13 rooms adorned with traditional decor and other nostalgia. The suites in this heritage haveli are easy on the pocket and offer a stunning view of the blue city.
Ratan Villas This heritage hotel offers 15 rooms with modern amenities. Old family portraits fill the drawing room of the mansion, which is also at present occupied by the descendants of the maharaja who built the haveli. If you are lucky, you might run into one of the owners who could fill you with fascinating stories of the royal family.
Located nearly 1.5 hrs from Jodhpur, this quaint city is home to beautiful step-wells and ancient temples. Visit the Om Banna Shrine, dedicated to a deity in the form of a motorcycle, on your visit to Pali.
Located 1.5 hrs from Jodhpur, this place is known as the 'Khajuraho of Rajasthan' and is known to be centuries old. Visit the architecturally magnificent Osiyan temple on your visit here.
Located nearly 2 hrs from Jodhpur, Khimsar is home to the majestic Fort and the rustic dunes village. You must try your hands at desert safari on the sand dunes at Khimsar.
One of the most popular festivals in the city is the Jodhpur Marwar Festival. Celebrated in the memory of the heroes of Rajasthan, this festival takes places every year. One of the key highlights of this festival is the folk music centred on the romantic lifestyle of Rajasthan's rulers.
Popularly called the ‘Cattle Fair of Nagaur’, this gala festival in Rajasthan is the second largest festival in India. An annual celebration of eight festive days is celebrated from January to February in the Nagaur locale of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
A festival dedicated to the trading of animals; camels, horses, bullocks, and others, Nagaur Festival, attracts livestock traders from almost all India corners. The popular and must attend attractions are camel races, tug-of-war, bullock cart races, cockfights, moustache competitions, and others. During these eight days’ fair, Nagaur also hosts the largest chilli market in India and the display of other Indian spices, leather works, and wooden arts and crafts.