Monday, July 11, 2016

A Local's Secret Guide to Traveling Jodhpur

Blue City - Jodhpur

To the Rajasthan travelers, Jodhpur is a familiar name. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is called Sun City because Jodhpur city enjoys sunny weather all the year. Being near Thar Desert the average temperature is always around 30-40 degree Celsius.

It is called Blue City because the houses here are mostly painted blue. Blue is a calm color, it brings coolness.The coolness is required in the warm days.

Here, I’m writing about my city, describing what I think about Jodhpur. You will see many secrets that are usually not talked about in Travel guides. Let’s start:

Why do I Love my city? (And why should you visit it!)

Let’s start with basics. I love my city because of these reasons:

  • People: Jodhpur people are very humble, live together and grow together. Every street and society lives like a bigger family. People go out of their zones to help each other.
  • Food: Dal-Bati is the first thing that comes in my mind when I think about Desi Jodhpur food. Many dishes originates from Jodhpur and Rajasthani food is very spicy.
  • Culture: People here still live in joint families. There are no customs written in books, but we learn from our elders. Being Hindu, there are many cultural festivals that we enjoy.
  • Places: Apart from famous Jodhpur tourist places, there are many hills, wells and private Bawadis (privately owned kunds). Farms and lakes makes perfect combination.
  • Weather: All the year, the days are sunny days. Being near Thar Desert, it is not surprising. Nights are cold though. During May and June it sometimes seem that the heat is never going to end.
Well, there are many other reasons I love my city. Right now I could only come up with these ;)

What are the 5 must see places in my city?

Mehrangarh Fort

Being land of kings, it has many places to visit. The most important of those are:

  • Mehrangarh Fort: One of the largest forts in India, Mehrangarh Fort is the real reason many people visit Jodhpur. They want to experience it and its history. From the Mehrangarh fort you can see the full view of Jodhpur city which is fantastic.
  • Sojti Gate Market: From Sojti gate circle to Sardar market (Clock Tower or Ghanta Ghar) there are a wide variety of shops. There is nothing that you can’t buy here. I think you must explore this market when you are in the city.
  • Kaylana Lake: It supplies most of drinking water in Jodhpur. The water is filtered by Kaylana Filter House. It is an artificial lake. You can enjoy boating and swimming here.
  • Arna Jharna Desert Museum: If you are considering it another boring museum, then I would ask you to re-consider. Instead of being in a closed room, it is open.Here you will learn about various Rajasthani traditions, music, various instruments used and how they came into reality.
  • Siddha Nath Shiv Temple: It is located in hills near Kaylana Lake. You will have to cross hundreds of stairs to reach the temple. Due to its isolation, a handicapped saint Gaurishankar chose to live here.He himself made the temple by cutting stones.

And what’s my top local secret? (Here’s something you won’t find in the guidebooks!)

Here are the 3 temples that you should visit:

  • Baba Ramdev Temple: The temple is located in Masuria Hill. Baba Ramdev has millions of devotees. During the month of August-September, people from all over the India visit this temple.
  • Ratanada Ganesh Mandir: This is a Ganesh Temple located in the hills of Ratanada. On Wednesday, the day of Lord Ganesha, thousands of people worship him here. The view of Jodhpur from here is superb.
  • Pal Balaji: It is one of the most famous temple in Jodhpur. It is temple of Lord Hanuman. Must visit place!

Here are the 3 gardens that you should visit:

Shastri Circle Park

  • Ashok Udhyan: It is one of the largest garden in Jodhpur. Lush green trees and cold air are home to this garden. During rains it is irresistible.
  • Shastri Circle: Almost everyone in Jodhpur know this place. It is a circle garden. Street food stalls here are famous.
  • Nehru Park: Another great garden is Nehru Park. It is a great maintained garden in Jodhpur. On occasions, cultural programs are performed here.

Here are the 3 mountains that you can climb:

  • Mountains near Kaylana lakes
  • Mountains behind Lariya village
  • Mountains near Mehrangarh fort

Here is another secret: No matter what time of year you visit Jodhpur, Ravan ka Chabutara and Town Hall in Jodhpur always have some fairs and performances going on. Right now (June-July 2016) one of the greatest magicians OP Sharma is performing magic shows in Town Hall and a new fair set is being set up in Ravan ka Chabutara.

My top recommendation for eating out? (And the local dishes you must try)

This is my favorite part. Who doesn't love food ;)

Go to Fun n Food Restaurant (Address:11th B Road, Sardarpura, Jodhpur), it has most of the Jodhpur food, street food and famous fast foods.

Vijay Ras Bhandar

Some recommended local dishes are:

  • Dal Bati: Bhawani Dal Bati (Address: 77, 1st Chopasani Road, Opp. IDBI Bank)
  • Gewar: Jodhpur Sweets (C Road, Sardarpura)
  • Mirchibada + Bread: Janta Sweet Home (Sojti Gate)
  • Dahi Vada: Chandra Shahi Samosa (In front of JNVU old Campus, Ratanada)
  • Cake: 15 AD (NeelamBhavan, 9th C Road, Opp. Gypsy Dining Hall, Sardarpura)
  • Juice: Vijay RasBhandar (12, C Road, Sardarpura)

Here’s what to do next…

This is all you need to know while enjoying your Jodhpur tour. If you have not visited Jodhpur yet, bookmark this guide and refer it when you visit Jodhpur.

After Jodhpur, you might want to visit nearby cities in Rajasthan. Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Udaipur are the most famous cities near Jodhpur.

Have a great tour!


Author Details: Pankaj Solanki is a passionate Marwari guy. He enjoys kicking football, dancing in rains and reading fiction novels. You can follow him on Twitter here and Facebook here.

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  1. Awesome travel trip...i like it...

  2. So many options in just one city. People normally avoid writing about places which are not common for the tourists, but you mentioned all the worth visiting places in such a beautiful manner that one would love to visit them.

    I really liked the recommended food options as well,only a local can help with such details about food stalls and dishes.

    Bookmarked! :)

  3. Nice post Pankaj ... I visited Jodhpur some three years ago. I wish you had come up with the post before that.. :D And thanks to Arti for publishing the article.

    1. Thanks Moon. You can visit again, this time with the post ;)

  4. Ah the lovely Blue City! Never been there so your post will be extremely handy for me whenever I get to go there. Thanks!

  5. Great to read Pankaj Solanki's post. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow!. I love Rajasthan. But I am yet to visit Jodhpur. Thanks a lot for sharing the information. I have book marked your site and will be referring to it when ever I visit the sites you have written about.
    Keep posting...:) Cheers to you

  7. I have read Pankaj's Jodhpur posts and this one is another unique one. Jodhpur is my favourite city in Rajasthan and I absolutely loved the insights he has to offer! :) Thanks for sharing!:)

  8. It's a lovely city and have loved the food and culture of the place. Would love to visit again anytime:)

  9. This is so comprehensive a post. Jodhpur definitely sounds very interesting, I would definitely want to be there some day!

  10. The desert town is inviting and fascinating in blue... Nice detail over the places of interest and only a person from the locality could capture the real flavor.

  11. Very interesting read with nuggets of info

  12. wish i'd known about the places to eat before our trip. Was mighty impressed with Mehrangarh fort.

  13. Whenever will get a chance to be there in Jodhpur , will follow your blog . Informative post

  14. Jodhpur is in my list of must visit places. Thanks for such details.

  15. awesome and what a beautiful city .. I need to visit this place once again ...


  16. That's a very helpful post, Pankajji, I'm noting it down for we are planning to visit Rajasthan soon. Thanks to Arti also for publishing it... :-)

  17. awesome read. very nicely presented and its highly informative.Loved reading it.

  18. That's a great list. I see there is something here for every kind of traveller.

  19. Looks so good! Certainly on my wishlist after reading this informative post:)Thanks for sharing.

  20. Nice one...have so much more to do the next time I get to Jodhpur.

  21. What an amazing guide! I am bookmarking it. Thanks for the detailed and informative post :)

  22. I've visited Jodhpur twice and it's a beautiful city. Has developed a lot in the past decade. My favourite is the Mehrangarh Fort, of course and the mirchi bhajiyas. :)

  23. Jodhpur and Udaipur are our next destinations in India. This post will certainly help a lot, thanks for sharing.

  24. Been to Rajasthan 4 times and still haven't seen Jodhpur and Bikaner! Hope I get to go there soon and will totally keep this post of your in mind then! :D

  25. Great post Pankaj, such detailed info! Thanks to Aarti too. I've been to Jodhpur once, but barely had time to see the Mehrangarh Fort. Will surely revisit this post when I plan another trip.

  26. That's a great list. Never been there so it'll come handy.

    I see there is something here for every kind of traveller.

  27. Very nice. Thank you for sharing. It took me to Jodhpur.

  28. Nice travel tips:) . Will keep in mind if i visit Jodhpur !

  29. Nice list! Never been there yet... Great help to all the travellers to Jodhpur :)

  30. lovely guide to Jodhpur Aarti! I do have suggestion for your next visit to Jodhpur, try Makhaniya Lassi at Ghanta ghar.


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