The blue pearl in the heart of Rajasthan, Jodhpur, is one of the most celebrated destinations amongst international travelers. This city in Rajasthan is known for its majestic Mehrangarh Fort dating back to the 15th century. But that is not it’s only introduction.
Jodhpur was historically the capital of Mewar Kingdom, and therefore, history-loving tourists can resonate that there is no dearth of historical places and cultural attractions in Jodhpur. So if you are planning to tie a knot in Rajasthan, make sure you make the lavish Umaid Bhawan Palace your wedding playground or royal honeymoon experience for at least one day!
Curious to explore the 2nd largest city of Rajasthan but think its for history-loving tourists only? You are wrong! For adventure-loving tourists, there is a flying fox activity at Mehrangarh Fort. Those shopping freaks can pay their visit to Old City Markets and the market area around Clock Tower to paint themselves in the local shopping experience.
Go through this latest list of places and attractions in Jodhpur, which you should not miss.
- Mehrangarh Fort
- Sardar Market
- Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
- Jaswant Thada
- Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
- Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi
- Mandore Gardens
1. Mehrangarh Fort
This fort in Jodhpur is the sight to behold because it stands majestically over 400 feet (approx.). If you adore history from the depth of your heart, there are many royal palaces inside the Mehrangarh Fort. A few of the most popular ones where you can witness Indo Islamic craftsmanship include Sheesh Mahal. A visit to Mehrangarh Fort during sunrise is a reading experience if you want to take in the 360-degree views of the Blue City of India, Jodhpur. Inside the premises of the opulent Mehrangarh Fort, there is one museum to buy souvenirs. Mehrangarh Fort is a top historical place and attraction of Jodhpur.
Location: P.B # 165, The, Fort Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006
Fort opening timings: 9 am to 6 pm (Timings can change during festive seasons)
Entry fee: 220 INR (approx.) for Indians, and 250 INR (approx.) for foreigners
2. Sardar Market
This is touted to be one of the oldest markets in the heart of Jodhpur. Sardar Market shares its boundaries with Clock Tower, which is another ancient attraction of Jodhpur. From Sardar Market, you can buy local stuff and fix your cravings with some of the mouthwatering street foods. This local market breathes the oldness of Jodhpur city, which you could also feel on a visit to Sardar Market. Make sure you visit this place with your family because there are plenty of shops for embroidery work and handicrafts at a very reasonable price.
Best Shop for Shopping Rajasthani Stuff: Baba Art Emporium
Best Shop for Local Food: Mishri Lal Hotel
Market opening timings: 10 AM to 10 PM (approx.)
Advice: On festive occasions, markets get very crowded, but it is when you could observe the best place of Jodhpur’s oldest market.
3. Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
Don’t miss this place because it is where the royal family of the Jodhpur dynasty resides. It was made by the Maharaja Umaid Singh, and the few parts of Umaid Bhawan Palace are now a converted heritage hotel managed by Taj Group as a heritage hotel. Umaid Bhawan Palace was the same museum where Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra exchanged their wedding vows.
However, not everyone gets a chance, or you could say only a handful of people can afford to manifest such luxury. But you can surely visit the museum inside the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which houses antique clocks, writing sets, dining sets, and vintage cars used by the erstwhile Maharajas of Jodhpur when the blue city was a princely state. So for a day out with family, visit Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum.
Entry free: Indian INR 30 (approx.) and foreigners INR 100 (approx.).
Note: 5-11 years children need to pay around 10 INR (approx.) per person.
4. Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada is another one of the best places and attractions in Jodhpur for history lovers. Dating back to the 19th century, Jaswant Thada boasts of Jali Work and is made up of white marbles. You will get a deep, insightful knowledge about Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, who has commissioned Jaswant Thada. This place gives you good views of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Jaswant Thada serves as a cremation ground for the erstwhile royals of the Marwar family. There is a lake behind it where you can witness a sunset with your beloved one because sunsets with your favorite girl are best observed when you are in Rajasthan. International tourists on their visit claim that Jaswant Thada is the Taj Mahal of Jodhpur.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry free: Indian INR 10 (approx.) and foreigners INR 30 (approx.).
Note: Photography and videography charges are extra.
5. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
This place is spread across 72 acres (approx.) next to the Mehrangarh Fort boundary. It is basically an ecologically restored desert and land vegetation. Rajasthan tourism has made efforts in 2006 to make this park restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky area adjoining the Mehrangarh Fort. Go on a guided excursion to Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park to explore 4 trials, green, yellow, blue and red. If you plan to visit Jodhpur with friends, embark on a morning trek to Rao Jodha Desert Park. There are lakes in between, along with encountering flora and fauna.
Entry Fee: INR 100 (approx.) for adults, and 200 iNR (approx.) with guide
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM
6. Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi
One of the best historical landmarks in Jodhpur, Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi. This place is an old water storage technique. The depth of this stepwell is 200 ft /(approx.), and you could visit this place with your family free of cost.
Around Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi, many chic cafes are located where you can nosh on some drool-worthy food. If you are looking for a photography-worthy place to visit in Jodhpur. Bookmark Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi.
7. Mandore Garden
Mandore Garden is located on the outskirts of Jodhpur and is way older than Jodhpur because it was founded earlier. This place has a legendary story, which says that it is the birthplace of Ravana’s wife – Mandodari. Inside Mandore Garden, there are many ancient temples dotted in the courtyard. There is one museum also. Plus, the fountains inside the Mandore Garden sets a good romantic mood for couples.
Timings: 8 AM to 9 PM
Entry Fee: 100 INR (approx.) for everyone.
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