JODHPUR THE BLUE CITY OF RAJASTHAN 2020
Jodhpur city, founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha was previously known as the Marwar. Rao was a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan. Trade of opium, sandalwood, copper & silk flourished through this city. Notable rulers of this city are Maharaja Jaswant Singh, Aurangzeb, Maharaja Ajit Singh & Veer Durgadas Rathore.
Did you know? Built in the name of its founder Rao Jodha the city is also famous for its jootis/mojris which are a symbol of aristocracy.
How To Reach Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Jodhpur, also known as “The Sun City”/ “The Blue City”/ “The Gateway to Thar” is the 2cnd largest city in the state of Rajasthan. We took a flight to Jaipur from Kolkata. You can also reach Jodhpur directly by trains like Shatabdi Exp. & Koaa special.
Where To Stay
We stayed at Gauri Heritage Haveli. It had a very comfortable room with all the amenities available, as well as an AC & a large courtyard downstairs.
What To Expect When In Jodhpur
- On our few days of stay at Jodhpur, we came across many ethnic Rajasthanis with long bar moustaches, native singers who play Rajasthani instruments & sadhus who wear colorful turbans(pagris) & teach people how to wear pagris.
- The streets here are so narrow that they often get congested with traffic.
- One will also come across women draped in gold, with jiggling gold anklets, bracelets & earrings attached to their nose rings.
- Tourists would be astonished to see many elephants & camels walking casually on the streets of Jodhpur. This was something new & me being an animal lover, was very fascinated by it.
- Exhausted after walking so much inside Mehrangarh Fort & Umaid Bhavan, we still gathered the energy & woke up early in the morning the next day. The terrific sunrise over the sandstone buildings is a sight to behold & waking up early was really worth it!
Sightseeing In Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort (410 ft.): The favorite place of most tourists, as well as ours in Mehrangarh Fort, are the 3 Mahals; Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal & Phool Mahal. The insides of these palaces are decked with pearl, glass, intricate mirror works & bright portraits & paintings. Other places that you must visit at Mehrangarh Fort are- Chokelao Mehran Terrace, Jhanki Mahal, the Fort Museum & the Ranisar, Padmasar lakes.
Did you know? Mehrangarh Fort is the 2nd largest fort in the world! a part of the movie The Dark Knight Rises (Batman) was shot in this fort. The famous author Rudyard Kipling said that the fort is “a palace that might have been built by Titans & colored by the morning sun.”
- The Sunset Point: Yet Another treasured experience in Jodhpur is at the Sunset Point located on the Panchatiya Hills. As the sun dipped below the horizon and the cool breeze blew over my face, I watched the fleeting colors of dusk wipe away all my worries. For a brief moment, one will understand the significance of the name “Sun City” & will surely be transformed by the crepuscule into a state of wonderstruck amazement.
- Camel Safari: My favorite place in Jodhpur is undoubtedly the desert.
- What you will Learn from the Camel Safari– Camels are a friend of the tourists in Rajasthan.
- Vast stretches of scathing golden sand dunes with scattered cactus bushes here & there is a visual like none.
- Witness the sky darkening, littering up with constellations & the temperature dropping with almost the same pace here. The desert becomes chillier than many hilly places & thus attracts a multitude of foreign tourists.
- The folk singers & dancers here mesmerize tourists with their enchanting & different cultures.
- Other places to visit in Jodhpur: Toorji Ka Jhalra( having a huge stepwell where local people often dive from great heights), Clock Tower, Jaswant Thada, Kalyana Lake, Balsamand Lake.
The avg. temperature here is around 33°C-20°C. Minimum temperature: 22°C in summer & 10°C in winter. The nights are cold in deserts & from dawn to dusk, the sun reigns over the city.
- Jodhpur is not a low budget vacation. Plan to spend around Rs 900/day, excluding the meals which would cost around Rs 400/ person and Rs 81/ person on local transports.
- Entry fee to Mehrangarh fort is Rs60/ person for Indians & Rs400/person for foreigners.
In conclusion, Jodhpur is a city that transcends time & brings the visitors to a magical bygone land of the Kings. It has restored a lot of hidden gems to offer its tourist.
Did You Know?
known as the Blue City of India.
•Blue defines the Brahmin community according to the local lore.
•Blue keeps termites away.
•color keeps the houses cool.
Written By: Riddhi Bhattacharya (Travelofina Travel Stories).