Welcome to Jodhpur – a bustling city on the edge of the Thar Desert in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its characteristic blue houses have graced many magazine cover. Even Travel Dil Seis not immune to its charms. We can’t blame the city. There are so many things to do in Jodhpur. The colourful city is bound to seduce the most sceptical of travellers. Its where picturesque lakes, handsome forts, imposing palaces, and well, stray cows jostle for attention.
On that rather palatable note, let us
regale you with beautiful places to visit in Jodhpur and favourite things to do
#1 Start your day with a cup of Masala Tea at Bhati Tea Stall
Masala Chai (Spiced Tea) is intrinsic to
the rhythm of life in India. Here in Jodhpur, locals love their morning cuppa.
Steaming pots of tea made with milk, cardamom, cloves, sugar, ginger,
and tea leaves are everywhere to be seen. No day begins without a tiny cup
(or two) of spiced tea, known as cutting chai, in local parlance. It’s hard to
get a bad cup of tea in Jodhpur but locals are partial to Bhati Tea Stall.
There is always a crowd swarming at this tiny stall and it’s easy to see why –
their brew is incredible!
#2 Opt for a Desert Experience like no
other with Overlander Safaris
Exploring the little-known hamlets and
hutments of rural Rajasthan with Overlander Safaris was one of the highlights
of trip to Jodhpur. This is nothing like a typical desert safari – there were
no sand-dunes or touristy destinations in sight on our day out with
Overlander. Drove deep into the rural hinterland of Rajasthan.
No list of things to do in Jodhpur is
complete without a mention of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. One of the largest
forts in India, it stands tall atop a perpendicular cliff. It’s easy to spend
the better part of a day exploring the sprawling complex and listening to
colourful stories on your audio guide.
There are a number of fascinating rooms,
royal apartments, and balconies but our favourite room was the Phool Mahal –
unsurprisingly it’s a room dedicated to hedonism and pleasure. Its gold
filigree ceiling and stained glass windows epitomize oriental opulence and decadence. Here
poets would recite their latest verses and dancers would dance all night to
please their King. Today, light bounces off its colourful windows and lends an
aura of magic to the room.
#4 Dine at Indique Restaurant, Pal Haveli
The handsome Mehrangarh Fort is bathed in
the most gorgeous light at sunset and Indique Restaurant at Pal Haveli provides
the perfect vantage point from which to view this spectacle. The food isn’t
spectacular but the view definitely is – don’t miss it for the world.
Sardar Market comprises the labyrinthine
bazaars surrounding the Clock Tower in Jodhpur. You can find everything
from colourful shoes and pottery to spices and teas here. It’s akin to a
colourful reverie – just be prepared to bargain.
If you find bargaining a tad tedious,
then The National Handloom Cooperation on NaiSarak is the perfect place for
you. The shop offers a great array of clothes and accessories at fixed prices.
This will also give you an idea of the prices you should actually be paying for
things in local markets.
Have you been to Jodhpur? If yes, then
don’t forget to comment down your favourite things to do in Jodhpur. Would you
add anything to this list?