Howdy all. Today we are heading, through my camera, to my favourite city in Rajasthan. That is, if you missed the title, Jodhpur. Which if you go back over old posts I have mispelt more than a few times because that ‘h’ just doesn’t make sense to me in the middle of the ‘d’ and the ‘p’. Nevertheless, as a destination Jodhpur is stunning with an amazing fort, temples, market and palace to entice the visitor.
And the streets are great to explore as well, the people are friendly, and well I instantly liked the place, which is rare for me in India, usually I have to warm to a place. I stayed in the historic KP Heritage Haveli, which was a decent place to stay directly under the fort, and it was a brilliant backdrop when eating from the hotel restaurant in the outdoor area. Let me show you some of the amazing things to see when in Jodhpur, the BLUE city!
Jodhpur’s central street market, Sardar Market, is one of the oldest and is pretty much in the middle of the city. It boats a fine clock tower in the centre you can climb for views, and the Mehrangarh Fort stands above it, as it does the whole city.
The ‘Toorji Jhalra Bavdi’ is also known as the ‘stepwell’, filled with water and featuring many steps down to it. The water is, however, deep and kids love to jump from the higher levels and dive into the water below.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace is an extraordinary building, with influences, it seemed, from the Taj Mahal. It’s privately owned, but there’s a small museum inside and you can take a little look around both inside and out.
Built in 1899, Jaswant Thada is a little along the same hill as the fort, and is a ‘centograph’ or mausoleum. It’s a heavenly building, with smaller tombs in front and to the side and really is one of the must-see spots in Jodhpur.
The Mehrangarh Fort dates back to the 15th century and is the cream on top of Jodhpur, sitting atop the hill watching over the city. It’s great to explore, the tour takes you in and around some amazing rooms and courtyards, some rooms are decorated so lavishly you think you’re in a dream. Locals and foreigners alike come to the fort, for the views and for its, dare I say… ‘instgramability’! People are employed to dress traditionally too in some sections to add to the place’s ethos.
All in all, I think it’s almost impossible not to like Jodhpur. The people are wonderful too and I had some of the best food there I’ve ever eaten in India. For more on Jodhpur, try –
Thanks so much for stopping by today – May the Journey Never End!