What to see in Jodhpur

Whether it’s the scenic view of the sprawling blue city scape from the fort or the busting markets of Jodhpur, the erstwhile royal city of Marwar in Rajasthan still has it’s grandeur intact. Couple your stay in a majestic ‘haveli’ with a robust sightseeing itinerary to absorb the culture and history of Jodhpur.

Here are some suggestions of what to see in Jodhpur

1. Mehrangarh Fort – An imposing landmark that can be seen from the entire city and is one of the most popular sights to see in Jodhpur. The Mehrangarh Fort is situated on a hill outside the city. It was built by the 15th century King, Rao Jodha but the construction was completed in the 17th century by one of his successors. A mammoth cannon peeps down from the high walls of the Fort from where you can view the city. The Fort also has a cafe and a zip-line adventure.
Opening Times: The Fort is open from 9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m
Entry Fee: Rs 250/- (Recommended to check for latest updates before going)

Mehrangarh-fort_view

2. Umaid Bhavan – One of the few living palaces of the country, a part of Umaid Bhavan is retained by the now King, Jai Sigh Ji and part of it has been converted into a luxury hotel. The palace reflects the taste of grandeur that the royalty was so fond of. You can visit here to see the extensive gardens and coffee shop, if you are not staying here.
Opening Times: 09.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m, Closed on Gazetted Holidays.
Entry Fee: Foreign Nationals Rs 50/-, Indian Nationals – Rs 15/- (Recommended to check for latest updates before going)

umaid-bhawan

3. Jaswant Thada – Four kilometres from the city, on the way to the Mehrangarh Fort, a cenotaph in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, is an architectural marvel. Visit here for the excellence in architecture and a good example of preserving history.
Opening Times: 09.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m
Entry Fee: Foreign Nationals Rs 20/-, Indian Nationals – Rs 10/-. Additional charges for cameras. (Recommended to check for latest updates before going)

Jaswant-Thada-Jodhpur

4. Zanana Deodi – The women’s building close to the Mehrangarh Fort is was said to be guarded by eunuchs and where the Queens spent most of their time.
Opening Times: 09.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m
Entry Fee: Rs 250/- Inclusive of camera charge and an audio guide. (Recommended to check for latest updates before going)

5. Balsamand Lake – An artificial lake built as a reservoir for the city now serves as a picnic spot in Jodhpur. Though it might be too hot to spread out a picnic basket, visit the nearby Balsamand Lake Palace for a quiet dinner in the gardens. Also try the ‘kesar’ liquor, indigenous to the city.

balsamand-lake-palace

6. Mandore Gardens and the Million Gods’ Shrine – Only 10 kilometres away from the city, visit the shrine dedicated to a large amount of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Probably one of the few places in India where one can orient themselves towards the colossal variety of divine presence in the country.
Opening Times: 09.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m
Entry Fee: Foreign Nationals Rs 20/-, Indian Nationals – Rs 10/-. Additional charges for cameras. (Recommended to check for latest updates before going)

Mandora garden

7. Markets of Jodhpur – Textiles, silver jewellery, cotton filled blankets & local shoes are some of the popular souvenirs you can find for sale. Explore the bustling markets of Clock Tower, Sojati Gate, Tripolia Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar. Lac bangles and leather goods are also make light and interesting gifts for folks back home. Apart from the thrill of bargain filled shopping, these are also great places to photograph and see local life at an intimate perspective.

Markets in jodhpur

Homestays are a great place from which to explore the city and your hosts can advise you with further details on what to see in Jodhpur. Check out our Jodhpur homestay collection. If you would like to visit Jodhpur contact our reservations team who will be happy to help you with your plans.

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