The city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan has always been every traveller’s paradise and every photographer’s delight. Of late, it has been getting a lot of prominence, courtesy of high-profile weddings and film shoots. Now, more and more tourists around the globe are planning trips to this picturesque Blue City. And if you are one of those who are yet to explore the stunning landscape of the place, we bring you this carefully curated piece, citing reasons why you must visit it at the earliest. Read on.
About the city
Once upon a time a princely state, Jodhpur was the capital of the Kingdom of Marwar. It is the state’s second-largest city. In earlier times, the city was restricted to the periphery of the Mehrangarh Fort. Over the years, however, it has expanded far and beyond. It was founded in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief belonging to the Rathore clan. When he successfully conquered surrounding territories as well, he established the kingdom of Marwar here.
How to reach
Jodhpur is located some 600 km from Delhi, and is a car ride away, if you are looking for a road trip. Make sure you start early in the day, though. There is a good railway network as well, which can take you to the city. Additionally, you can also take a flight and land at the city airport, which shares base with the Jodhpur Air Base of the Indian Air Force.
Best time to visit
The autumn/winter months of October to March are ideal for a visit. Summers are punishing, but in winters, you can relax and explore the city.
Things to see
If you do not have a lot of time on your hands, then here’s a rushed itinerary that you can follow, for you cannot miss out on these places when you are in the city.
* Mehrangarh Fort: Also known as the Mehran Fort, it was built by Rao Jodha in 1459. It is one of the largest forts in the country, situated atop a hill. The fort overlooks the old city, with its blue houses, and has been featured in many films — Bollywood and Hollywood.
* Jaswant Thada: This stunning marble cenotaph is a mausoleum for the kings of Marwar. The place was built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899. This architectural landmark is a must-visit.
* Umaid Bhawan Palace: The place is a heritage hotel, a museum and the residence of the present maharaja. The property has some 347 rooms, and offers amazing heritage walks and unforgettable dining experiences.
* Toorji Ka Jhalra: This famous step-well was constructed in the year 1740, and is one of the last remaining structures depicting the traditional water management system. This place has been built using the famous rose-red sandstone found in the region.
What to eat
Here are some traditional dishes that you can enjoy while in Jodhpur: atte ka halwa, gulaab jamun ki sabzi, baajre ka sogra, kadhi pakoda, kabuli, kaacharaa mircha sabzi, to name a few.