Jodhpur Travel Guide
Welcome to the Blue City of Rajasthan – Jodhpur. Experience Rajasthani royalty and grandeur at its best in this gorgeous city. There is something for everyone in Jodhpur. The city is popular for its shopping – local handlooms like tie and dye, bandhej; traditional jewelry; leather bags and jooties. Taste the delicious Rajasthani thali and visit the numerous monuments to get a glimpse into the magnificent culture of the city.
The mighty Mehrangarh Fort has stood through time and graces the cityscape. Peek into the lives of royalty at Umaid Bhawan Palace. For foodies, history buffs, shopaholics, or just explorers, Jodhpur is the perfect balance of contemporary with classic.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
24°C to 45°C
(April to June)
40°C to 45°C
(July to Sep)
30°C to 36°C
(Oct to Feb)
A Magical Labyrinth of Turquoise Abodes
Jodhpur is situated at Rajasthan, the northwest Indian state. This place is the 2nd largest city in the state. Rao Jodha - a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan founded Jodhpur in 1459. He conquered territory around and established Marwar state. Jodhpur and its people were benefited from exposure to the broader world, brought in by trials & fits of Mughals to conquer the land and the rule of Brit, this eventually was seen in the styles of art and architecture of the city. The strategic location of Jodhpur acted as a link from Delhi to Gujarat and opened up opportunities for local tradesmen. The city, in the past, made profit from by trading opium, silk, sandalwood, copper, date palm and other goods. The old city of Jodhpur encircles the humongous Mehrangarh fort and is itself surrounded by a huge wall with several gates. The old city is like a jumble of blue painted houses that stretches out to 16th-century wall. The city is no less than a maze with winding & twisting alleys, old-world charm streets, scent of incense, roses and rustic aroma of the place around the corners and streets lined with hustling shops and bazaars.
Popularly called "Blue City", Jodhpur has innumerable houses in the old city, which are painted blue creating a mesmerizing labyrinth of turquoise blue all around. Nevertheless, the Jodhpur city has expanded greatly outside the wall in present day and has become a tourist hot-spot.
The prime attraction here is the mighty Mehrangarh fort. This powerfully built fort that looks over Jodhpur, is a wonderful representation and an architectural masterpiece. This 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort was the then residing palace in the past but now a well-kept museum that displays weapons, paintings and an elaborate royal palanquins. Near the fort is the Jaswant Thada – the white marble mausoleum mde by a lakeside setting. On a hilltop near the fort is the marble made tomed Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is the residing palace of Jodhpur's maharaja.
Along with Jodhpur’s Forts & Monuments, which are a must visit, do not miss those prim and properly manicured Gardens here, like the Mandore Garden, Nehru Park Jodhpur and Umed Garden. The Balsammand Lake, Kaylana Lake and Sardar Samand Lake are also popular points of sightseeing. Jodhpur has a number of museums of the interested ones. Government Museum, and Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum are good choices. Temples here are Harihara Temples, Jain Temples, Pippala Devi Temple, Sachiya Mata Temple, Shiv Mandir, Surya Temple, and the Vishnu Temple. These are often visited by tourists.
International Desert Kite Festival, Marwar Festival, Nagaur Fair and the Gangaur festival draws immense crowd from across the globe to witness the colorful lifestyle and rituals of Jodhpur.