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Jodhpur

TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City
Exploring the meandering, ancient streets in ‘Blue City’ that is Jodhpur is a magical journey. Steeped in ancient history and replete with palaces, temples, forts that narrate the rich heritage of the beautiful city, Jodhpur was founded by the chief of the Rathore clan. The imposing Mehrangarh Fort and the museum within, dominates the skyline of the city and houses interesting paraphernalia of the emperors that ruled in the past. Experiencing luxury at Umaid Bhawan Palace with a dash of royal ambiance is sheer bliss. The Desert Safari, the walking tour of the city, the Village Safari Tour, all offer excellent insight into the lives of villagers as wells as animals in their traditional and natural habitats. To add to the charm, the local cuisine does more than whet your appetite...it’s a colourful and delicious blend of the best flavours that one can stir up. Jodhpur, with its vivid blue houses exudes an old-world charm that transports you to another period in time.
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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Known as one of the largest forts in India, Meharangarh Fort dominates the skyline of the beautiful blue city of Jodhpur. Built by Rao Jodha in 1460, it became the new capital of the Rathore clan. The name of the fort means the ‘Citaldel of Sun’.. Travel back in time as you explore the period rooms—Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Jhanki Mahal, Takhat Vilas, and Phool Mahal. Appreciate the well-designed interiors and expansive courtyards of this indestructible fort, which bears the marks of the past. Take a guided tour to learn interesting facts about every nook and corner of this commanding complex.

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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Mehrangarh Museum

Mehrangarh Museum

Mehrangarh Museum, the main feature of the Mehrangarh Fort, is one the finest museums in Rajasthan. Take an audio-guided tour to explore this treasure trove and understand the importance of the collection on display. The museum houses beautifully ornate royal palanquins and exquisite ensemble of Elephant’s Howdahs. Explore the Daulat Khana (treasures of Mehrangarh Museum) known for its excellent collection of arms, textiles, decorative arts, paintings, manuscripts, headgears, and other items. Tour the armoury section for its rare and elaborate arms belonging to some of the noteworthy emperors. Admire a plethora of paintings, varieties of turbans, and a range of folk music instruments in galleries dedicated to each.

Image Courtesy: gary yim / Shutterstock.com
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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Plan you stay at the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace and enhance your luxury quotient with a dash of royal ambiance. Sprawled over 26 acres of manicured gardens, this impressive structure is also one of the largest royal residences in the world. Built between 1928–1943 for his Highness Maharaja Umaid Singhji, the palace boasts of about 347 rooms and now serves as a luxury hotel with a private section reserved for the royal family. Explore the timeless collection of the Maharaja’s era on display at the private museum here. Amidst the royal grandeur, enjoy modern amenities such as a recreation centre, spa, some great dining options, and more.

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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada

Admire Jaswant Thada , the royal white marble cenotaph built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his beloved father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh. This beautiful structure sits above a small lake about one km away from Mehrangarh Fort and boasts of skilful intricate carving and sculptures. The main cenotaph, built like a temple, displays many portraits of Rathore rulers and is ornate with impressive marble lattice screens. Also another monument worth to stop by here is of a peacock that flew into the funeral pyre. This monumental complex is a true architectural delight and you can enjoy views of Jodhpur city and the striking Mehrangarh Fort.

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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Desert Safari

Desert Safari

Feel the adrenalin rush and experience the sand dunes in a rather adventurous way on a desert safari. Hop on a 4x4 jeep safari to enjoy a fun-filled ride on the perfectly groomed sand dunes and acquaint yourself to the fauna around. If lucky, you may spot blue bulls, blackbucks, foxes and more. Enjoy a beautiful sunset while dune bashing in Osian, a popular spot for desert safaris. Try a bumpy camel-back ride and culminate your desert trip with folk music and dance around a campfire. If you wish to enjoy the morning view of the Thar Desert, then bunk at one of the several camps here.

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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Walking Tour

Walking Tour

Experience the local life, learn about its rich cultural heritage and explore the unbeaten nooks and corners of this wonderful Blue city. Wander in the streets, lanes and by-lanes dotted with the blue-coloured houses that give this city its distinct flavour. On a guided walking tour, get interesting insights on the past treasures of the city and interact with the locals here. Jodhpur has a deep history as a trading centre, which explains its spirited and frenzied markets. Catch the buzz of this charming city while exploring the bustling markets on foot and be welcomed by friendly locals selling a variety of local goods.

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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Mandore Garden

Mandore Garden

Head to Mandore, an old town located approximately 8 km from Jodhpur and which was also the former capital of the Rathore rulers. Amidst the lush green Mandore gardens stands the admirable red stone four-storey ‘dewals’ (cenotaphs), which are styled like temples with detailed work on the columns and tall spires. The most significant ‘dewal’ is that of Maharaja Ajit Singh and cenotaph of the Maharani perched on the rocky outcrop on the hill. Marvel at the ‘Hall of Heroes’ dedicated to several Hindu deities and Rajput heroes, whose statues are colourfully painted and carved out of a single piece of rock.

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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Sardar Market and Clock Tower

Sardar Market and Clock Tower

Even if shopping is not your thing strolling along the popular Sardar Market is worth a trip and a nice way to mingle with the locals. You will find several hawkers selling colourful bangles, which are famous and sold widely in and around the market area. Shop for the famous ‘Bandhanis’ (tie & dye textiles), colourful ‘Mojris’ (footwear), puppets in Rajasthani costumes, clay figurines, miniatures of camels and elephants, and beautiful silver jewellery. You will also come across a variety of handicrafts, aromatic spices and vegetables sold out of match-box sized shops. Admire the tall standing clock tower overlooking the busy streets of the market.

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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Village Safari Tour

Village Safari Tour

Take a journey into the lives of the Bishnois, a sect of people who live in complete harmony with nature. Stop by the Shepherds Village to peek into the lives of shepherds and their traditional lifestyle. Head to Gudha Village and interact with Bishnoi families. Spot desert fauna such as the antelopes, Gazelle, Dumessille Crane, rabbits, Blue Bulls, and more. Watch the Kankani villagers block print by hand on fabrics and witness the traditional art of weaving carpets and rugs in Weavers Village. Try hand pottery or simply watch the expert artisan demonstrate the art at Potters village. Sum up this culturally rich trip with a typical Rajasthani meal.

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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Balsamand Lake

Balsamand Lake

The journey to the charming Balsamand Lake offers enchanting views all along the way, from the city to this beautiful picnic spot. The lake is an artificial reservoir built around the 13th century and was used to supply drinking water to the city. It is crowned with the beautiful heritage hotel, the Balsamand Lake Palace, which formerly served as a summer retreat to the Jodhpur royals. Enjoy a stroll in this picturesque environ, which boasts of verdant gardens adorned with flower beds, an artificial waterfall and pools covered with lilies. En route, visit Maha Mandir, the hundred-pillared temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Image Courtesy: mobile.jodhanaheritage.com
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TraveLibro India Jodhpur Featured City Local Delicacies

Local Delicacies

Jodhpur is not just about monuments, forts and palaces or a blue skyline; it is also the place of origin for some of the mouth-watering dishes. Try the ’Dal Bhaati Churma’, ’Gatte ki Sabzi’, traditional ’Kadhi’, ‘Laal Maans’, ‘Ker Sangri’, and chicken in white gravy, which is an integral part of typical fare here. Binge on the ‘Mirchi Bada’, ‘Dahi Chaat’, Pyaaz ki Kachori, which are popular local snacks. Round off with interesting desert such as ‘Ghevar’, ‘Mawa Kachori’, ‘Besan ki Chakki’ or ‘Mmaakhan Vade’. Savour the famous ‘Makhaniya Lassi’ out of small pots available all over Jodhpur.

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HOTELS

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RESTAURANTS

“One has not truly experienced a place,

until he has dug into a plate of their food!”

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