Jodhpur – The Blue City
Imagine this: A Colossal Palace that’s shining like Gold in sunlight, extending beyond the skies and its feet all dipped in ‘Blue’.
Where do you think you are? No, not in your dreams. You’re in Jodhpur.
Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan, India. It is also known as Blue city/ Sun City/ Gateway to ‘’Thar’’ desert.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Jodhpur is October and March because at these times, the climate isn’t too harsh. The best way to reach Jodhpur is taking the direct flight to Jodhpur. Flying to Jaipur and travelling to Jodhpur from there, is another economical route. You can also take the scenic route by flying to Delhi or Mumbai from your respective country and from there; it’s a direct flight to Jodhpur.
Why is it called ‘Blue City?’
Jodhpur is called Blue City because a huge proportion of houses are ‘Blue’ in color. As there is no concrete fact about this fascinating feature in the history of Jodhpur, there are many theories afloat in this regard. Even different local people would tell different tales. Some say that it is an indicator that the house belonging to a ‘Brahmin’, and a symbol of their belief in Lord Shiva (The Blue God). A more logical explanation is that Jodhpur is one of the highest receivers of Sunlight. This is also the reason why it is called ‘Sun City’. Hence, to cut the heat and create a soothing effect, blue color is applied to the walls. Another less popular belief is that Jodhpur has a history of ‘Indigo (a plant used to create Blue dye) Farming’. Therefore, it was cheaper in earlier times to use Blue color and that trend has been inscribed in the history of Jodhpur forever. But as any trend fades away with time, this one did too. This is why generally the houses near the ‘Mehrangarh fort’ are Blue as they represent a much older settlement.
Activities at Jodhpur
Before we start talking about the activities in Jodhpur, make sure you have a lot of free time, because this list is not going to end any soon.
Blue City Walk
This is an on-foot sightseeing across the Blue painted colonies of Jodhpur, which was planned in designed in the form of human body organs. Yes! That’s true. The shape of various parts of these colonies resemble to various body organs. The tour starts Chandpole gate at 8 am every day and covers the popular spots like Krishna temple, ancient wells of Jodhpur, community kitchens and Krishi Mandi and Clock tower. The mix emotions you get walking through these lanes are indescribable.
One of the most fun activities for Wildlife lovers and explorers. You hire a 4×4 vehicle and embark on a journey through the barren lands which bear different kind of life like Blackbucks, Foxes and Blue bulls; Wild & free.
How can a Trip to desert in India be complete without Camels! Camel trek is among the popular activities in Jodhpur. To be honest, it’s a picturesque ‘funny ride’ on the wobbling bump of a camel, which is similar to; let’s say a calm and friendly bull ride. It is so funny, first timers would probably be giggling their way through the desert, until they see the most beautiful bright red sun, slowly losing its influence on the golden sand. No giggles beyond that point.
Bishnoi Village Safari
The Bishnoi tribes are the natives of Jodhpur outskirts and are very conservative about their culture and fauna. The Kalbeliya folk dance by the gypsy tribes is something you’re going to enjoy big time when you try to match steps with them.
After oceans and valleys, now you can paraglide over the golden ocean of sand and experience the intimidatingly horizonless desert. Thrill just got redefined.
If you’re thinking ‘Flying fox’ is a fox that flies, you’re sort of correct except you’re the fox here. Let us explain. Flying Fox is actually a 6 zip-lines aerial tour between the exhilarating landscapes of Mehrangarh fort. Wonder what it feels like flying? Well, no more wondering!
Quick cooking lessons at ‘Spice Paradise’
Fascinated with Indian style of cooking? Don’t hold back your desire to shape an Indian cuisine. Learn some quick cooking lessons specially tailored for tourists and amateurs, with Rekha Sharma who holds an expertise in spices and Indian cuisines; hence the name ‘Spice Paradise’ as India is the largest producer and exporter of Spices in the World. See the picture above? Yeah that’s not even a fraction of all the varieties.
Jodhpur Cycling Tours
Hold your rush for a while and enjoy the simple concept of ‘Exploring through cycling’ which is meant to help you perceive your surroundings in a deeper way. Explore many more ancient sites that you wouldn’t otherwise. Stop by little shops and try the local snacks along with the folklores that revolve around these beautiful ruins.
Food & Cuisines
The food scenario at Jodhpur is so huge; even we cannot include all of it in a piece of writing. But then here are some of the best food/cuisines that you must definitely try: Rajasthani food means Dal Baati Churma.
A full plate of Dal Baati Churma has three components: Dal, Baati and Churma. Pretty simple, isn’t it? Dal means Pulses in thick soupy preparation. Baati is kind of round stuffed & baked wheat flour balls, enjoyed with Churma, which is a sweet cooked with Ghee (concentrated butter). The most famous restaurant for Dal Baati Churma is ‘Bhawani Dal Baati’ restaurant in Sardarpura. Makhaniya Lassi is a sweet & sour dairy beverage, one full glass of which is enough to knock out your hunger for hours. It is a common beverage in India. However, the special ‘Makhaniya Lassi’ of Jodhpur is not that common. In fact, not at all. It is different as it has a scoop of butter added to it, which fortifies its richness and smoothens it further. The best Makhaniya lassi can be enjoyed at the Clock Tower market, after a tiring shopping session.
Kadhi Kachori is another unique food combination of ‘Kadhi’ (a soupy cuisines made from curd) and ‘Kachori’ (a small, stuffed and deep fried chapatti like cuisine). A street food shop in Sardarpura offers the best Kadhi Kachori in Jodhpur. In the sweets category, don’t forget to try Makhan Bada, Mawa ki Kachori, Malpua, Motichur ke Laddu, Doodh Jalebi, Besan ki Chakki and Ras Malai.
When it comes to Art and Culture, Jodhpur has an edge over many other destinations in India. There’s a royalty even in the streets here, which is compelling enough for art lovers. We would recommend these for the art lover inside you:
Mehrangarh fort was built in 1460 by the chief of Rathore clan, Rao Jodha and is one of the largest forts of India. It is situated at a high ground (410 feet) and is the center attraction of Jodhpur. The fort is a perfect specimen of the intricate carvings of those times when art has a special place in the culture of Jodhpur. There are several palaces inside the boundary of Mehrangarh fort, which have their own courtyards and artwork. There’s also a museum inside the fort which spells out the extensive history of the regal times of Jodhpur. It is one of the most well conserved museums across the country, which exhibits Elephant’s howdahs (a seat which is placed above elephants for war and exploration purpose), Palanquins (the compartment designed for travelling of Royal ladies), Daulat khana (the treasury that displays the jovial relationship between the Rathore and the Mughals), Armory, Paintings, Turban galleries and much more.
‘Umaid Bhawan’ here is the best hotel of India, which is among the World’s largest Private residences. It is owned by Royal Family of Jodhpur. The archetypical architectural built of this hotel is ravishing enough to stop you at its gates and take a moment to realize what you’re witnessing is indeed real. There’s also a museum in the Umaid Bhawan, which displays collection of the Royal family. Recently, Umaid Bhawan won the ‘Trip Advisor’s 2016 Travelers Choice’ award, which basically means ‘The Best Hotel in the World’.
This is a mausoleum built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the memory of his Father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh. It mausoleum is one of its kind, made by thin polished marble sheets and has really old paintings of the Kings of Jodhpur.
Clock Tower The clock tower is more like a city landmark built by Maharaja Sardar Singh. The tower gives you a taste of the artistic scenario of those times, when things like even a Clock tower were made with flawless perfection.
One of the most famous tourist attractions of Jodhpur, the garden houses cenotaphs (burial sites for rulers) built alongside a Hindu temple. The 4 stories high cenotaphs are also some of the perfect architectural examples which contribute to the glory of Jodhpur, which consist of columns and spires beautifully carved out in Red sandstone.
When you visit Rajasthan, it’s almost impossible to control your desire to buy a Rajasthani souvenir. You may not know why. It’s because your sub conscious asks you to etch these moments forever in your memory. To help you with that, we have compiled a list of market places for you, where you can get yourself some of the best traditional articles. Spend wisely.
Clock Tower Market
This is probably the second biggest landmark of Jodhpur after Mehrangarh fort. The market is famous for finest quality of Indian spices, especially the Mathaniya’s Red Chilli (just in case you’re bored of eating bland food). It’s also famous for handicraft items and embroidered fabric which we think you’ll love flaunting when you’re back in your country. Here you will also find the World famous ‘Jodhpuri’ pants which has earned recognition across western countries too. It is popular to wear a Jodhpuri during horse riding due to its perfect inflated shape on the thigh area.
Sojati Gate Market
Remember those typical Rajasthani women in those colorful clothes with big white dots? Want to get yourself one? Come to this market with endless options of Tie & dye apparels, jewellery and other handicraft products. And oh, if you’re wondering, Tie & dye is a technique of dipping a cloth with knots intended to form different designs when soaked in a bucket full of dye. Different style of knots will result in different pattern on the cloth.
Nai Sarak Market
market is one of the best places for the famous “Jodhpuri Leather Bags”. These bags are made of finest leather and also bear the tag of utmost quality products. The market also has the best tie & dye fabric for traditional Indian wear.
Mochi, in English, means Cobbler (one who makes shoes). I think you must have the basic idea of what they sell here. Yes, Shoes! The Jodhpuri Jutti (shoes) is the most candid footwear you’ll ever wear in your life. And we mean it. Crafted by hands especially for you, these ‘Juttis’ have been in and out of fashion, but never out of frame. This is the reason why they have a high demand in India, as well as overseas. Other than Juttis, you can buy Rajasthani bangles here, which is an important part of the famous Rajasthani attire.
There are destinations in the world that we plan to visit for things we are excited to see. But we don’t realize how much fun a trip without expectations can be. Jodhpur is one such destination where the experiences you can have are so rare, you cannot anticipate the fun that’s waiting for you. And that’s the best part of any trip. So, go ahead, book a date and we at Nomaday Travel, through our tailored trip, will make sure you squeeze most fun out of this journey.