About Jodhpur

Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Jodhpur

Nearest City to Jodhpur: Jodhpur

Best Time to Visit Jodhpur: October to March

Peak Season: December to January

State: Rajasthan | District: Jodhpur

Jodhpur Weather: Summer: Maximum - 42°C and Minimum - 22°C
Winter: Maximum - 23°C and Minimum - 8°C

At a distance of 205 km from Ajmer, 260 km from Udaipur, 278 km from Jaisalmer, 335 km from Jaipur, 562 km from Delhi and 571 km from Agra, Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is one of the top heritage places in India and also one of the best places to experience Rajasthan tourism.

Also known as the 'Sun City', Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, the Chief of Rathore Clan in 1459 CE. The city is known to be built in place of the ancient capital, Mandore of Marwar state. In 1679, Mughal ruler Aurangzeb took possession of the state. But after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707, Maharaja Ajit Singh was restored to the throne of Jodhpur. Jodhpur grew into a fine modern city under the reign of Maharaja Umed Singh. Numerous battles have been waged by the neighboring states to possess the wealth of Jodhpur. Eventually, the ruler of the city signed a treaty with the British in 1818, to ensure the safety of the people and the city. The state flourished in peace and stability with trade during British Raj.

Jodhpur is divided into old city and new city. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. The new city is located outside the structure. It is also known as 'Blue City' because of the houses around Mehrangarh Fort that are painted in blue. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert. The landscape is scenic and mesmerizing.

Jodhpur's attractions include Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, and Ghanta Ghar. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the must visit places in Jodhpur. This fort is one of the largest forts in India and is still run by Jodhpur Royal family. It has many palaces enclosed within its boundaries. It displays the second largest cannon in Asia. Mandore, Kaylana Lake and Garden, Balsamand Lake, Sardar Samand Lake and Palace, Siddhnath Shiva Temple and Naini Bai ka Temple are some other places to visit in Jodhpur. Jodhpur is also known for the rare breed of horses known as Marwari or Malani, which are only found here.

The bazaars of Jodhpur are a treasure trove of tie-and-dye textiles, embroidered leather shoes, lacquer-ware, antiques, carpets and puppets. Marwar Festival, Gangaur and Rajasthan International Folk Festival are the popular festivals celebrated in Jodhpur with great pomp and fervor.

Jodhpur is well connected by road, rail and air to major destinations in India. Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport which is about 5 km from Jodhpur Junction. The airport is served by flights from Delhi and Mumbai. Jodhpur Junction is an important division of the North Western zone of the Indian Rail network. It is well connected by direct trains from all metros and major cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ajmer, Alwar, Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Gaya, Kolkata, Indore, Lucknow, Varanasi, Patiala, Chandigarh, Kalka, Jammu, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Jodhpur is well connected by bus with Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Agra, Jaipur, Delhi, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, and Ahmedabad.

Winter is the best time to visit Jodhpur and is the peak season for tourist activities. One can enjoy desert camping, sightseeing and its famous festivals like Desert Kite festival, Marwar Festival, and many other highlights of Jodhpur during winter.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 0291
Languages Spoken: Mewari, Hindi, Gujarati and English
Major Festivals: Mewar festival, Gangaur festival and Rajasthan International Folk Festival
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How to Reach Jodhpur

By Air

Nearest Airport: Jodhpur - Jodhpur Airport (5 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Jodhpur Jn (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Jodhpur Central Bus Station (2 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

Heritage

#1 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 6 km from Jodhpur Junction, Mehrangarh Fort is an ancient hill fort situated in Jodhpur City. It is one of the largest forts in India and also one of the top places to visit in Jodhpur.

Situated at 410 feet above the city, Mehrangarh Fort was built by Rao Jodha in 1459 AD when he transferred his capital from Mandore to Jodhpur. The fort was named Mehrangarh, meaning 'Fort of the Sun'. Though the fortress was originally started in 1459 by Rao Jodha, most of the fort which stands today dates from the period of Jaswant Singh of Marwar (1638 -78). Today, this fort is preserved and owned by Maharaja Gaj Singh II - the current Rathore ruler.

According to a popular folklore, it is believed that, to develop the Mehrangarh Fort, the Rao Jodha displaced a hermit called Cheeria Nathji (The lord of birds), who was the hill's lone human occupant, Being angry upon this forced displacement, Cheeria Nathji cursed Rao Jodha that his kingdom will suffer with serious scarcity .....

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Museum

#2 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 3.5 km from Jodhpur Junction and 6 km from Jodhpur Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a royal palace located on Chittar Hill in Jodhpur City of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest private residences and also one of the popular Jodhpur tourist places.

Umaid Bhawan Palace is named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present Maharaja Gaj Singh. Maharaja Umaid Singh had laid the foundations of this opulent 347 room edifice on 18th November, 1929. However, the construction work started in 1943. It took 16 years to complete. This sandstone monument is the only 20th century palace which was built for a noble cause. The purpose was to give employment to the people of Jodhpur during a long period of drought and famine.

Situated on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, the palace is a blend of Indian and European architectural influences. Edwardian architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester and Indian architect Budhmal Rai designed the palatial building. .....

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Heritage

#3 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 1 km from Mehrangarh Fort and 5 km from Jodhpur Junction, Jaswant Thada is a royal cenotaph located near Mehrangarh Fort entrance in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan state. It is famed as one of the most beautiful white marble cenotaphs in Rajasthan and also one of the popular Jodhpur tourist places.

Jaswant Thada was built by Sardar Singh of Jodhpur in 1899 CE in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. This cenotaph is an example of architectural brilliance in India. Famed as the Taj Mahal of Marwar, Jaswant Thada is a perfect example of Rajputana style of architecture. It is a white marble memorial, built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.

The main memorial has been built like a temple with intricately marble stone carvings, and impressive sculptures, frescos, domes and pillars. The cenotaph has two more tombs within it. The cenotaph of Maharaja .....

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Museum

#4 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 2.5 km from Jodhpur Junction and 3 km from Mehrangarh Fort, Sardar Government Museum is located in the middle of the beautiful Umaid Public Gardens on the High Court Road in Jodhpur. It is one of the most famous museum of Rajasthan and also one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur.

Sardar Government Museum was established in 1909 and formally opened to public on 17th March, 1936. Only a century old, the museum was built during the rule of Maharaja Umaid Singh under the able guidance of Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester. The museum is named after Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur.

The museum is renowned for its fascinating exhibition of the historic items of the bygone era. There are various exhibits and galleries inside the museum which comprise miniature paintings, textiles, stuffed animals like birds, weapons, and local crafts. The museum also exhibits paintings of the rulers, scriptures and images of Jain Tirthankars. The military section of .....

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Heritage | Park

#5 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 8 km from Mehrangarh Fort and 9.5 km from Jodhpur Junction, Mandore Garden is situated at Mandore, the former capital of Maharajas of Marwar before the establishment of Jodhpur. This is a popular picnic spot for the people of Jodhpur.

The extensive Mandore Garden has high rock hill terrace, making it a popular local attraction. The cenotaphs of former rulers of Jodhpur can also be seen inside the Mandore Garden. These cenotaphs are not of usual shape and are built along the lines of a Hindu temple. These are built of red sandstone and are four stories high, with fine columns and an elegant spire. The cenotaphs of the Maharani are set on a rocky outcrop over the hill. One of the most prominent cenotaphs is that of Maharaja Ajit Singh which was built in 1793 CE.

The garden also has a hall of heroes which holds idols of various folk heroes of the past. Their statues, carved out of rocks and enhanced with brilliant bright colors can be found in this hall. Adjacent .....

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Backwaters

#6 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 8 km from Mehrangarh Fort and 10 km from Jodhpur Junction, Balsamand Lake is an artificial lake situated at Mandore on Jodhpur - Mandore Road. It is one of the prominent places to visit in Jodhpur.

Balsamand Lake was built in 1159 AD by Gurjara-Pratihara rulers as a reservoir to supply water in the Mandore region. The lake has a length of one km, breadth of 50 m and a depth of 15 m. The lake is surrounded by lush green gardens that house groves of mango, papaya, pomegranate, guava and plum. An artificial cascading waterfall brings water from the reservoir to the gardens. The embankments of the lake, in front of the palace, have domed structure that offers fabulous views of the lake. Visitors can also see animals and birds like peacock, jackal and blue bull roaming in the area.

On the banks of the lake is the Balsamand Palace that was built by Maharaja Sur Singh in the 1936. The palace used to be the summer resort of the Maharajas of Jodhpur and the palace .....

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Park

#7 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 1 km from Jodhpur Fort and 5 km from Jodhpur Junction, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park lies at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan.

The Park extends across 70 hectares about 200 acres of rocky land surrounding the fort. It was created in 2006 for restoration of natural ecology of rocky wasteland and was opened to the public in 2011. This sandy desert park has rock loving plants which adapts to the arid surroundings.

Mehrangarh Fort here was once a rocky wasteland, colonised by an invasive plant from Mexico known as mesquite or baavlia. In 2006, Jodhpur's current maharaja Gaj Singh II entrusted filmmaker and environmentalist Pradip Krishen with the mammoth task of converting this baavlia­dominated wasteland into a green zone. It was Gaj Singh's great grandfather Maharaja Umaid Singh's wish to convert this arid landscape into a green zone. But the painstaking efforts of a man and his team have transformed the land into a paradise for migratory .....

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Heritage

#8 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 1.5 km from Jodhpur Junction and 3 km from Jodhpur Fort, Ghanta Ghar, also known as clock tower, is situated in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. It is one of the major landmarks in Jodhpur and also one of the top places to visit in Jodhpur.
Ghanta Ghar was constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh Ji of Jodhpur. Beside the tower, there is the Sardar Market that is frequented by tourists on shopping spree. From this market, tourists can purchase Rajasthani textiles, clay figurines, miniature camels and elephants, marble inlay work and classic silver jewellery. One can also shop here for the finest variety of spices. It is a great place to ramble around at leisure.

Timings: 10 AM to 9 PM

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Pilgrimage

#9 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 3 km from Mehrangarh Fort and 4 km from Jodhpur Junction, Mahamandir Temple is a Hindu temple situated on Mandore road in the city of Jodhpur. It is one of the popular places to visit in Jodhpur.

Mahamandir Temple was built in 1812 CE and is well known for its marvellous piece of architecture that stands on 84 beautifully carved pillars. These pillars display intricate stone carvings that depict yoga postures. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Well-designed traditional motifs are studded on the pillars and walls of this temple.

People throng this Temple in huge numbers and besides worshipping, they like to witness the beauty and art that is present in this temple which is really appreciating. The different yogic postures add to its beauty, as well as enriching the knowledge of followers of yoga about the actual postures.

Timings: 5 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM

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Heritage | Backwaters

#10 of 18 Places to Visit in Jodhpur

At a distance of 52 km from Jodhpur, Sardar Samand Lake is an artificial lake situated on Jodhpur - Pali road in Rajasthan. It is a bird watchers paradise with different varieties of migratory birds.

This artificial lake as well as the route to the lake is a virtual treat to the nature lovers and photographers. The lake attracts several migratory and local birds such as the yellow-legged green pigeon, Himalayan griffon and Dalmatian pelican, making it a bird watcher's paradise. On the way to the lake, there is a wildlife area, where one can spot animals like Blackbuck, Neelgai and Chinkara.

The summer palace of Maharaja Umaid Singh, Sardar Samand Palace stands on a hill overlooking the Sardar Samand Lake. The palace is a magnificent Art Deco hunting lodge which was built in 1933. It remains the Royal Family's favorite retreat and houses a vast collection of African trophies and original water-colors by Snaffles. The walls of the palace were elaborately carved with vibrantly .....

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