Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and widely known as the ‘blue city’. Holding true to its name, much of the infrastructure in the city is painted in shades of blue, and its origins date back to the Rathore clan of the 1400s.
If you’re in need of checklist for places to visit in Jodhpur, look no further. This list is likely to cover some of the best places to see in Jodhpur. The city is home to an exquisite breed of horses known as the Malani. Jodhpur is said to have replaced the ancient city of Mandore (in the state of Manwar) and hence, the people here are addressed Marwaris.
Tourist Places to Visit in Jodhpur
1. Mehrangarh Fort
Without a doubt, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the exotic places to visit in Jodhpur. It was previously the residence of the region’s royal family, now converted into a museum.
The crafting skill is evident in each building block and is sure to amaze even the toughest of tourists. Its location atop a hill (about 410 feet above the city) offering spectacular views, makes it one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur.
2. Umaid Bhavan Palace
A late arrival in the list of palaces in India, Umaid Bhavan Palace has, for years, attracted a large horde of tourists to the city of Jodhpur. An ode to the majestic era of the city, the palace is segregated into three areas, one still being occupied by the royal family of Jodhpur.
This architectural marvel most certainly occupies a top spot amongst the best places to see in Jodhpur.
3. Jaswant Thada
Located right next to the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada is an artistic wonder on its own. It was erected to honor the life of Maharaja Jaswant Singh.
Built using precious white marble, the cenotaph houses multiple portraits of the kings of Rathore, adding to its allure. It is often considered to be the kick-off location for many a Jodhpur tourist.
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4. Tripolia Market
A sure shot contender for one of the leading spots amongst Jodhpur tourist places, Tripolia market, is a one-stop destination to meet all your local shopping requirements.
You can buy a varied set of items here ranging from antique pieces to statues to fabric. Textiles and handicrafts are the most widely shopped items here.
5. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
Constructed in the year 2006 to safeguard the rugged terrain around the Mehrangarhh Fort, the park also serves as a preserving ground for certain plant species that originate from the Thar area.
Spread over 200 acres, the park adds a bit of greenish charm to the fort area and is a treat to the eyes.
6. Ghanta Ghar
Considered by many to be the most significant landmark in the city of Jodhpur, this clock tower was assembled by Maharaja Sardar Singh. It is indeed the perfect spot to catch a glimpse of the vibrant yet simple lives of the people of Jodhpur.
Post sunset, the tower gets lit up beautifully, adding to the splendor of the city. Ghanta Ghar surely features amongst the top places to see in Jodhpur.
7. Balsamand Lake
This artificially constructed lake was created in the year 1159 by Balak Rao Parihar and initially served as a potable water source. The patches of lush greens and the rocky pathways around the lake lend it a naturally rustic charm.
A summer palace located right next to the lake adds to the royalty factor of the place. It is located about 5 km from Jodhpur city.
8. Mandore Gardens
This spot is one of the best places to unwind while in Jodhpur. The Mandore Gardens are a wonderful throwback to the glorious era of the blue city.
Mandore Gardens plays host to a museum, a ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a temple that has been dedicated to the 33 crore Gods who constitute the Hindu mythology. The richness of Jodhpur can be felt right from the point of entry.
9. Sardar Samand Lake
Proffering the best kind of serenity (all the while staying well within city limits) is Sardar Samand Lake, that is home to a bunch of animal and avian species.
Apart from the picturesque views, the area is inhabited greatly by migratory birds which makes bird watching an interesting activity to do when you’re here. If you’ve got eagle eyes, exotic animals such as neelgai and blackbuck can also be spotted.
10. Umed Garden Zoo
Inspect the ‘wild’ side of Jodhpur by paying a visit to the Umed Garden Zoo. This spot is frequented by a large flock of migratory birds (mostly from the Australian and African subcontinents) apart from a number of exotic animal species.
The zoo is equipped with a walk-in aviary and is a highly recommended educational trip for children with a nominal entry fee.
11. Machiya Safari Park
Nature-admirers are sure to feel astounded by visiting this place which accommodates a relatively large number of wild animal species. Expect to spot rabbits, monitor lizards, desert fox, mongoose and blue bulls blue bulls during your safari.
This park is sure to entice every single visitor owing to its vantage points for birdwatching activities apart from housing a fort that offers a gorgeous view of the city.
12. Sardar Government Museum
Relive the bygone eras of Jodhpur and discover relatively unknown facts about the ‘sun city’ by visiting the Sardar Government Museum. It’s positioning within the premises of Umaid Public Park renders it easily accessible and is often labeled as a relaxation point while touring the city.
The museum flaunts portraits of Jodhpuri kings apart from some of their preserved personal belongings.
13. Rai Ka Bagh Palace
Rai Ka Bagh Palace was built in 1663 by one of the reigning royal queens of Jodhpur. It is told to have been Raja Jaswant Singh’s preferred spot for recouping.
The dome themed architecture and marble finishing add a neat touch to the palace. Located in the older section of Jodhpur, it is currently being operated by the Rajasthan Government.
14. Kaylana Lake
Situated on the western side of Jodhpur, Kaylana lake stretches over an area of 84 sq. kilometers and is one of the most charming spots in the city. It used to be the region where the royal family went big-game hunting. Built by Maharaja Pratap Singh, the lake possibly offers one of the best views of dawn and dusk in the city.
15. Mahamandir Temple
Standing on 84 exquisitely carved pillars, the temple is one of the extremely well-known places to visit in Jodhpur. It was constructed in 1812 CE and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The stone pillars depict various postures in the discipline of yoga, apart from carefully designed patterns and emblems. It is just 3 km from the city center and can be reached quite easily.
16. Takhat Sagar Lake
Drive to Takhat Sagar Lake set on the outskirts of Jodhpur to experience the purest version of tranquility. Refresh yourselves at some of the ethnic food stalls and restaurants while basking in some of the best sunrise and sunset views or after taking long walks. The best thing about Takhat Sagar Lake is that it is less crowded.
17. Siddhanth Shiv Temple
The most intriguing aspect about Siddhant Shiv temple is that it can be accessed only by taking a flight of rock-cut stairs. It positions itself right between Takhat Sagar hills and Kaylana Lake and a nearly 10 km drive from the city of Jodhpur.
Tourists find most angles of the temple to be vastly photogenic. ‘Bham Bham Bhole’ is the chant that’s most commonly repeated at the temple.
18. Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum
What distinguishes Arna Jharna from the rest of the museums in Jodhpur is the fact that it allows you to explore the golden generations of Jodhpur by sticking to its desert roots and exploring spaces out in the open.
It gives you an insight into Rajasthan’s musical traditions and lets you learn how many instruments came into use. The culture of Jodhpur is neatly embedded here.
19. Bada Ramdwara
Hindu sages who live around the region preach and observe principles of Hindu Dharma. The spiritual core of Jodhpur can be felt at this temple.
As it has been dedicated to Lord Rama, ‘Jai Jai Shree Ram’ is the primary chant of this temple. It is well-known for housing a rock that apparently holds magical capabilities to filter all kinds of water passed through it.
20. Phalodi Fort
A vivid depiction of the illustrious prehistoric period of Jodhpur, Phalodi Fort was constructed in the year 1488 by Rao Hammir Narawat. Artists of early Marwar have showcased their best work at the fort.
Now deemed a historical site within the city, you can experience the true-blue culture of Jodhpur. This place is bound to revive the history-geek in you.
21. Jaswant Sagar Dam
The dam was originally built to fulfil water for household and irrigational requirements of the people of Pichiyak village of Jodhpur but now it has metamorphosed into a much-visited recreational venue.
Constructed in the year 1892 by Maharaja Jaswant Singh, the dam also provides boating facilities for those looking to loosen up and have a relaxing time. Sunsets here are a treat for both your eyes and your cameras.
22. Khejarla Fort
While the fort was initially built for Maharaja Gopal Dasji, it was partially converted into a heritage hotel (after being leased out by Bhandari Heritage Pvt. Ltd.) welcoming both visitors and tourists.
The fort is an exercise in old-school charm and princely stature. The jagged surroundings lend the fort an irresistibly raw appeal. The royal family still occupies the remaining part of the fort.
23. Ranisar & Padamsar Lakes
Both lakes lay adjacent to each other (with Ranisar located very close to Mehangarh Fort) and are at a distance of 5 km from the heart of Jodhpur.
These lakes are rarely seen going dry even though they are located in a desert region and are reckoned perennial water sources. The origin of the Ranisar and Padamsar lakes date back to as early as the 1450s.
24. Chamunda Devi Temple
Dedicated to Goddess Durga, the Chamunda Devi Temple is located on one end of the Mehrangarh Fort. The idol of Chamunda Devi was acquired by Rao Jodha in the year 1460.
Dusshera is that time of the year when millions flock to the temple to attain blessings of the divine presence and to view its interiors.
Salawas is a tiny village located 22 km away from Jodhpur known for its bright-coloured durries (heavy cotton rugs) made by local craftsmen.
The local eateries here can offer you some of the best Rajasthani snacks you’ll ever have. If you plan to take the scenic route, the long drive is also one of the highlights.
We hope we’ve covered a good chunk of the places to visit in Jodhpur. Let us know of any Jodhpur tourist places that we might have missed out on the list above, besides your valuable feedback on the article.
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