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Rupali Khanna Apr 02 2014

What is the best way to plan a trip to places around Jodhpur?

Benazir Khan Apr 02 2014
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Accommodation here suits various budgets and, since the sights in Jodhpur are well spread out, which area you stay in doesn't matter much.


The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace (Tel: +91-291-2510101; Tariff: INR 45,000- 6,60,000) is the most obvious option for those who can afford a royal experience. With its quiescent splendour, the hotel offers the facilities of a luxury spa, an indoor swimming pool and other sports facilities.

A heritage hotel now, Ajit Bhawan, near the Circuit House (Tel: +91-291-2510610/ 410; Tariff: INR 18,000- 1,75,000), was built to be the home of Umaid Singh’s younger brother. With a grand ambience about it, the hotel offers luxury tents and exquisitely done up rooms.

A photo of Taj Umaid Bhawan (by rentautobus.com)

An excellent heritage-cumhomestay option is the Ratan Vilas Haveli (Tel: +91-291-2614418; Tariff: INR 3,000- 5,000), on Loco Shed Road, a 1920s villa set in a garden, centred around a pretty courtyard, with exquisite antiques
dotting the house.

There used to be horses on the grounds, but though that isn't the case now, Brij Raj Singh and his family, who own the haveli, have a tie up with the Jodhpur Polo Club; they also arrange horse rides on request.


The Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (Tel: +91-291-2439700; Tariff: INR 16,000-31,000), on Residency Road, although not a heritage hotel, is a fine blend of tradition and modernity in terms of hospitality, ambience and service. Nai Sarak, to the south of the Clock Tower, has a number of mid-range hotels, catering to businessmen rather than tourists.

Hotel Ratnawali (Tel: +91-291-2555698-99; Tariff: INR 2,000-2,500) on Nai Sarak is centrally located, and close to the railway station and the commercial centre. Kalinga Hotel (Tel: +91-291-2627338; Tariff: INR 2,700-3,700), with 37 rooms, is located opposite the railway station, in the hub of all activity.

It is well-known for its restaurant that serves excellent Rajasthani, North Indian and Mughlai cuisine. Hotel Durag Villas (Tel: +91-291-2512298; Tariff: INR 300-1,250), close to the Circuit House, is in a comparatively quiet location, and is furnished in traditional Rajasthani style.

With comfortable rooms, it offers good value for money. Abhay Days Inn (Tel: +91-291-2542980; Tariff: INR 5,000-6,500), with 72 rooms, is a straightforward, 3-star hotel near the bus stand, which is not in a great looking area.

A photo of Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal (by Vivanta by Taj)

The best mid-range option in town is Devi Bhawan (Tel: +91-291-2511067; Tariff: INR 1,200-1,800), a friendly guest house set around a spacious garden. The rooms are large and clean, with antique wooden furniture. If you’re in Jodhpur to relax and don’t care much if the television works or not, this is the place for you.

Mandore Guest House (Tel: +91-291-2545210, Mob: +91-98291-47470; Tariff: INR 1,850), located near Mandore Gardens, offers 16 garden cottages and also arranges trips to Bishnoi villages. Its restaurant is quite famous for its Rajasthani cuisine.

As uninspiring as most government-run hotels, the RTDC Hotel Ghoomar (Tel: +91-291-2544010; Tariff: INR 1,400-4,500), with 74 rooms, is near the Umaid Gardens. Raman Palace Guest House (Tel: +91-291-2513980; Tariff: INR 700-1,600), with 20 rooms, is in a quiet part of the town and has a pleasant rooftop dining area.


Indrashan Homestay (Tel: +91-291-2440665; Tariff: INR 2,300), located in Jodhpur’s High Court Colony, has a handful of AC double rooms. The rooms are charming and spotlessly clean and the best open into a lovely courtyard in the middle of the house, but remember to carry your own toiletries. The food is exceptional.

A photo of Mehrangarh Fort (by Icekrish)

The Mehran Terrace is an evening restaurant at the Mehrangarh Fort. The tables are laid out on the ramparts of the fort, and you can enjoy a view of the lit-up city as you enjoy a traditional Rajasthani thali (INR 300 veg; INR 350 non-veg). The non vegetarian thali is recommended. Do remember to book in advance — it’s
mandatory and you will not get a table otherwise.

Nirali Dhani, on Chopasani Road, is another option if you want to enjoy a traditional menu and ambience. There is a cover charge per person, which includes an unlimited supply of food. You have to pay extra only for the bottled water or soft drinks that you might have.

A photo of Rajasthani savouries and sweets (by Felipe Skroski)

The Gypsy restaurant chain is also extremely popular, with two branches in Sardarpura and one in PWD Colony. The Gypsy Dining Hall in Sardarpura
is known for its thalis. The thali has a wide variety and makes sure you are
not left asking for more. The chhach (or buttermilk) is particularly enjoyable.

On the Rocks near Ajit Bhawan is one of the more upmarket establishments.
It has a bar and a discotheque. It also boasts of a confectionery. Kim 15AD in Sardarpura is a good confectionery and offers a large variety of cakes, pastries and cookies.

Janta Sweet Home, adjacent to the station, is popular for sweetmeats and ice-creams. The kachoris, samosas and mirchi vadas at Sojati Gate are not to be missed.

Jhalamand (12 km S)

A small hamlet on the Jodhpur-Pali Road, there is very little of interest to the
tourist in Jhalamand itself. However, Hotel Jhalamand Garh (Tel: +91-291-
2720481; Tariff: INR 3,500), the old castle of Jhalamand, a fiefdom of Jodhpur, is a becalming retreat. The heritage hotel is run in the manner of a homestay by
host RP Singh and his wife. The rooms are plush and have an old-world grandeur.

The terrace offers a beautiful view of Jodhpur. It is also breezy and ideal for the terrace parties hosted by the Singhs. Mr Singh’s music collection is an attraction in itself. They arrange jeep, camel and horse safaris. Taxi from Jodhpur costs INR 8-10 per km.

Sardar Samand (55 km SE)

A long bumpy ride takes you to this isolated lake and palace in Pali District. Built by the Maharaja of Jodhpur as a hunting lodge, the Sardar Samand Palace (Jodhopur Tel: +91-291-2572321/26; Tariff: INR 6,000-7,000) is now a heritage hotel. Its grounds are home to plenty of fauna.

A photo of Sardar Samand (by Sandra-Cohen-Rose and Colin-Rose)

The lake is a winter home to many species of birds and a favourite with birdwatchers. The property is closed between April and September. The Sardar Samand offers 3D/ 2N packages (INR 12,999, with all meals, for two). However, the rooms here are not as luxurious as those offered at several other heritage hotels. Taxis cost about INR 8-10 per km for a day-trip.

Osian (72 km NW)

The Jain Mahavira Temple here is famous for the idol of Lord Mahavira in the sanctum sanctorum, which is said to be made of cow’s milk and mud, with a coat of gold. The intricate stonework on the ceilings and the sculptures along the temple walls is magnificent, but time has taken its toll on these. A renovation project is underway, which is a job being done well, but doesn’t quite match the standard of the original work, which can be glimpsed even now.

A photo of a rock boulder on the way to Osian (by Doris Antony)

◆Entry fee Rs 10, only for foreigners Cameras Still Rs 50, video Rs 100. The Sachayee Mata Mandir is the most important of the 16 Hindu temples here. Although the temple is dedicated to Sachayee Mata, the sculpture here depicts most gods of the Brahmanical pantheon. A lot of attention has been paid to detail.

◆Aarti timings 6 am and 8 pm.

A trip to Osian is incomplete without a camel ride. Tourists can stay in a desert camp (open or tented) and also go on a camel safari. The most popular ones are Reggie’s Camel Camp (Tel: +91-291-2437023, 2610192; Mobile: +91-98280-32100; Tariff: INR 11,000) and Camp Thar (Tel: +91-291-2573466, Mob:
+91-94141-28574; Tariff: INR 6,500).

Some locals have also cashed in on this trend and offer you the opportunity to go on a camel safari and spend the night at a village home where you are served delightfully traditional Rajasthani meals. It’s INR 1,500 for a day-trip.

Kheechan (135 km NW)

Every winter, when it becomes too cold in their native Central Asian lands, thousands of demoiselle cranes migrate to Kheechan, a village 5 km from
Phalodi, where they are fed and protected by the villagers. Locally the cranes
are known as kurjan because of the sound they make. They are to be found around
the little ponds here, or at the Pakshi Chugga Ghar run by certain locals,
where the cranes are fed grain.

A photo of Kheechan (by Chinmayisk)

The funds come from Jains across the country. Kheechan and Phalodi are also
known for their spectacular red sandstone havelis, which, however, remain locked for a major part of the year. The haveli of the Dadhas, Lal Niwas (Tel: +91-2925-223813; Tariff: INR 3,000-4,500) has been turned into a heritage hotel. Although not very grand, the hotel has a quaint charm. Taxi INR 8-10 per km for a day trip.

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