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Pooja Kapoor Nov 16 2014

Reasons to love Jodhpur

Pritha Manchanda Nov 16 2014
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There are many reasons to love Jodhpur, “the Sun City of Rajasthan”. From beautiful palaces and forts to great shopping options, Jodhpur is a great tourist destination.

Beautiful Forts and Monuments

A trip to this city is incomplete without a visit to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Built in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the fort is one of the famous places to visit in Jodhpur. Not to miss is the fort’s bulwark that offers a picturesque view of the city.

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Built and reinforced over several centuries, this remarkable fort is a photographer’s dream. The beautiful Mehrangarh Fort lit up at night is a sight to behold.

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Located near Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada is a beautiful cenotaph built entirely of white marble. The intricate lattice carvings on the marble sheets are eye-catching and speak of architectural brilliance. The complex houses a multi-tiered garden, small pond, tombs of the royal family and paintings of Jodhpur’s former rulers. The serene atmosphere and panoramic views of the city from the terrace makes Jaswant Thada very popular with tourists.

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Known to be the largest private residence in the world, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur is presently owned by Maharaja Gaj Singh. This beautiful palace comprises attractive courtyards, open terraces and beautiful carved balconies and rooms adorned with antique furniture.

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When here, you can visit the residence of the royal family or explore the museum to get an insight into Jodhpur’s history.

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One of the things that stands out about the older part of the city of Jodhpur is that it is blue! The Old City lies at the foot of the Mehrangarh Fort and is separated from the modern part of the city by a 10 km long wall. While originally the homes of Brahmins were painted blue, today, many non-Brahmin families have also painted their homes blue.

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Well-known for its tie-and-dye fabrics, lacquer-ware, woodwork, semi-precious stones, jootis and mojaris, the city is a paradise for shoppers. This is definitely one of the top reasons we love Jodhpur. The Clock Tower or “Ghanta Ghar” is the place to head to if you want to pick up typically Rajasthani spices.

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If you want to pick up souvenirs like brassware, Rajasthani paintings, scarves and leather items, Ganesh Handicrafts is where you will get the best items at reasonable rates. Juti Corner in Jodhpur is famous for traditional Jodhpuri jootis and mojaris. Do remember to put your bargaining skills to use to bag the best deals here!

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One of the most talked about festivals in Jodhpur is the Marwar Festival, which is celebrated to pay a tribute to the heroes of Rajasthan. Not to miss are the musical concerts, dance performances, camel polo matches and camel tattoo shows, held during this 2-day event.

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Another famous festival is the Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival, which is usually held over 3 days around Makar Sankranti. The best kite flyers from all over the world take part in this festival. Air Force helicopters release kites from the sky during the festival.

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If you plan a visit to Jodhpur in January-February, you must try and catch the Nagaur Fair, the second biggest fair in India. The 8-day fair is mainly about trading of animals. The animals are lavishly decorated and even their owners dress up in vibrantly coloured turbans, making this fair a photographer’s paradise. Some of the other attractions include the Mirchi bazaar (largest red-chilly market of India), wooden items, iron-crafts and camel leather accessories.


Janta Sweet Home, located near Station Road is popular for traditional sweets and snacks of Rajasthan. Malai ghewar, mrichi badas and mawa ki kachori are some of the lip-smacking delicacies that you absolutely must try here.

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The Gypsy restaurant in Sardarpura is famous for its authentic Rajasthani thalis. The menu served here also includes Italian, Continental and Chinese dishes. Check out other places to eat in Jodhpur for more options.

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Serene Temples

Jodhpur is known for its beautiful temples. Udai Mandir is another architectural marvel you cannot afford to miss. Supported by more than 100 pillars, this masterpiece has intricately carved main doors. Interestingly, the temple is home to about 84 images of sages in different yogic postures. Put your photography skills in use while you are here! Don’t forget to explore other temples in Jodhpur.

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Keep away from the maddening crowd of the city and head to Jodhpur’s lakes for a relaxed evening. Balsamand Lake is an artificial lake in Jodhpur, surrounded by hills. It is a popular picnic spot. Walk through the well maintained gardens, explore the stunning Balsamand Palace and spend some time near the beautiful pool covered with lilies. Other beautiful lakes in Jodhpur include Kaylana Lake and Sardar Samand Lake among others.

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These were some of the reasons to love Jodhpur. Feel free to share other reasons if you know of any!

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