“Once you have experienced the joys of travelling, the voyage never ends. It is simply played out endlessly in the quietest chambers. Your mind never breaks off from the journey.”
Jodhpur, the Blue City of Rajasthan, has always had quite a majestic aura attached to it. The city carries a certain enigma that demands your attention, commands your senses, enjoys your astonishment at its magnificent glory.
Jodhpur is called the Gateway to Thar because it stands on the edge of the Great Indian Thar Desert. Jodhpur is called the Sun City for there is seldom a day in any year when the sun doesn’t shine on it. Jodhpur is called the Blue City because scattered across the Old City, you can see houses sprayed with all shades of blue.
And, if that isn’t enough clues, then the chances are scarce that menial words would be able to justify the exuberance of one of Rajasthan’s most popular destinations. To best appreciate Jodhpur’s Heritage, walk across the melange of culture, tradition, art, and elegance of a city that will teleport you to the historically regal life of splendid grandeur and bring you back as a smitten, wonder-struck wanderer.
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Top 5 Places to See & Things to Do in Jodhpur
1. Mehrangarh Fort
Of all the things to do in Jodhpur, walking tour of the Mehrangarh Fort is possibly the most spectacularly impressive one.
The 558 years old fort is packed with thick, imposing walls, intricated carvings, awe-inspiring artwork, expansive courtyards, and a breathtaking view of the entire Jodhpur city. Within the fort, you’ll find brilliant palaces like Sheesh Mahal, Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, etc., each decorated with coloured windows, mirrors, and dazzling remnants of the Royal era.
Mehrangarh Fort is a popular spot where craft markets, exhibitions, and musical festivals are held continuously. Nearby, you can take up Ziplining as a fort adventure. Also, you should visit the lush & prim Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park after your walking tour in Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort is over.
The fort houses the Mehrangarh museum as well where you can see notable traces of the Kingdom life, like Palanquins, Elephant Howdahs(a chamber with seats to be fastened on an elephant’s back to transport the royalty), preserved art collections, Marwar paintings, and an exquisite Rajasthani turban gallery.
2. Arna Jharna Museum
Arna Jharna, which translates to forest & spring, is one of the unique museums of India, located outside the city of Jodhpur. Walking Tours in this Thar Desert Museum are mostly suggested as the best way to experience the eccentric bond with nature that Anna Jharna possesses.
Anna Jharna is often dubbed as a living museum for it is as much a sanctuary for its antique collection of art, knowledge, and culture as it is a sanctum for the local biodiversity and geology.
Encompassing breathtaking views of the scrubland’s rocky views, the museum site is nothing short of spectacular because of the protected forests that surround it and the waterbodies which are regularly visited by peacocks, deer, and birds of a staggering variety.
Additionally, what makes Anna Jharna a novel and uncomparable encounter is an extensive compilation of the most bizarre antiquities you may have ever seen. The list includes several modules, each dedicated to different folk arts and cultural beliefs of the Rajasthani, like a stunning collection of puppets and puppetry, pottery, musical instruments distinctive to western India, and a bizarre collection of Rajasthani brooms.
3. Umaid Bhawan Palace
The palace, which is also the last grand structure of its kind to be built in India, is a fascinating blend of Indian architecture & western designs.
Umaid Bhawan Palace is a magnificent piece of Jodhpur’s heritage. Walking through its three hundred & fifty splendid rooms, fabulous gardens, and palatial courtyards, however, is allowed on a restrictive basis.
Yet, Umaid Bhawan Palace remains one of the top things to do in Jodhpur for most tourists, credits to which go to the fascinating family museum in the palace premises.
There, you will witness captivating exhibits of elegant murals, miniature paintings, and photographs depicting the palace’s stunning art-deco. In the garden by the museum, the classic cars once used by the Maharajas are put on display. The museum also houses memorabilia from the bygone era, like clocks in the shape of lighthouses and windmills, stuffed leopards and a symbolic flag which was presented to the Jodhpur throne by Queen Victoria.
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4. Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph located within walking distance from the Mehrangarh Fort.
Often lovingly termed as Rajasthan’s marble marvel, the mausoleum is said to have been carved out of incredibly intricate, polished, and thin sheets of marble so glossy that the structure seems to emit a warm glowing halo around itself whenever the sun’s rays fall on it.
The cenotaph contains tiered gardens, well-sculpted gazebos, and a shallow lake on its grounds. Inside the monument, memorials have been built with fine Rajasthani art, decor, pictures, & paintings dedicated to the Rathore Maharajas.
Lounging, relaxing, and taking lingering walking tours in Jodhpur’s Jaswant Thada is the best way to relish the Rajputana-Mughal amalgamation of architecture that the cenotaph boasts of.
5. Mandore Gardens
If you wish to understand Jodhpur’s Heritage, walk through the ruins of Mandore.
Before Mehrangarh, Mandore used to be the capital of the Jodhpur Kings. The substantially sized Mandore fort, the cenotaphs of Maharajas, stunning temples, carved niches are all testaments of the historical significance of Mandore before it was abandoned for the stronger & more secure Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
With a small government museum, a Hall of Heroes which commemorates the brave souls of the region, and a striking garden where you will spot beautiful little parrots and bird, the Mandore Garden is one of the perfect locations to explore in the area.
Done with Your List of Things to Do in Jodhpur? Then, Explore the City’s Rich Culture
From the Old City’s step wall, clock tower, and cafe’s to the unique & eccentric glass bangles, handicrafts, embroidered fabrics, flavoured tea, Jodhpuri Mojaris, and junk pieces of jewellery, Jodhpur’s streets have the most strange yet beautiful souvenirs to offer.