India Diaries: Jodhpur Checklist!

Share

 

Jodhpur is a universally loved destination for its majestic & marvellous forts and palaces, the sun, sights, shopping and food that can be enjoyed without breaking a bank!


Here's your essential Jodhpur Checklist.

 

SEE
1. Mehrangarh Fort.
jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort-for its swoon-worthy architecture and span and brilliant museums.

 

My claims regrading this fort are well substantiated here.

 

 

2. Jaswant Thada.
jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

It is marble temple like memorial of Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur.
Popularly known as Taj Mahal of Marwar.

 

You can visit it on your way back from Mehrangarh Fort. A tour of this complex would not take more than twenty minutes.  

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

The royal cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada.

 

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

Jaswant Thada, situated on the banks of a small lake is also the royal crematorium.

 

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

It is an important architectural landmark of the city and has beautiful marble carvings on the main structure.

 

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

You are only allowed to go barefoot inside the complex and if it happens to be in afternoon the marble is going to be hot to walk on.
Well, you can hardly do anything about it, however there is something you can do about your head :)

 

 

 

3. Umaid Bhavan Palace.
jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

Beyond the walls of ‘Walled City’ that are now being progressively absorbed in it stands the Umaid Bhavan Palace.

 

 

Umaid Bhavan Palace in part is the residence of the present generation of royal family of Jodhpur and in part is probably the poshest and most luxurious hotels in Jodhpur. A teeny-meeny part houses a museum which is open to public. I don’t have a first hand account of the same as we skipped it. But they say it’s as photogenic a building as it can be!

 

4. Clock Tower or Ghanta Ghar
jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

Ticking at the heart of the city!

 

Whether or not on your list you will end up seeing it by the virtue of its location as it goes on ticking silently in the heart of the city.

 

5. 'Blue' of the Blue city or Brahmpuri area
jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur

The blue boxy houses beyond and behind the artist in the foreground, lies the Brahmpuri neighbourhood.

 

Hire a tuk-tuk or set out on foot to see this neighbourhood awash in cerulean blue. Expect narrow lanes twisting and turning at oddest angles, sometimes culminating in cul-de-sac but never boring. Photo-holics will love it to bits! Our hotel organised a complimentary ‘blue tuk-tuk tour’ of the ‘blue city’ so don’t forget to check with yours incase they do the same.

But if you reach there and wonder why is this neighbourhood dunked in blue anyways? So let me read out to you from my fact file that it is because of several reasons

a) This area is primarily inhabited by Brahmins (the ‘upper’ class of the caste system ladder) who began painting their houses blue to suggest their superiority and segregate themselves from the rest.

b) Some locals say it keeps the mosquitoes at bay and keeps the house ‘cool’.

c) I’ve even heard that devotees of Lord Krishna & Shiva have taken to this colour as it is the colour of their God!

 

 

EAT

If you are a foodie, you’ll be the happiest person on earth here. Treat your palate to the authentic Marwari cuisine by having a Rajasthani thali. See that your thali is not missing the quintessential Kachori (a savoury puffed & stuffed pastry). Incase it does, do not panic. You can have a big huge Pyaaz Kachori at Janta Sweets and wash it down with tea or a drink since its going to be spicy. Also ubiquitously recommended snack is ‘Mirchi Bada’ (a savoury snack comprising of a large stuffed green pepper). They are interesting snack and made mindful of a person with large appetite, so find someone to share 🙂

Besides this a sweet ‘Makhaniya Lassi’ (Lassi with butter) is a ‘celebrity drink’ of Jodhpur that you can enjoy at small kiosks around the Clock Tower.

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

Baradari & Darikhana are two restaurants that you MUST visit, even if you are not staying at Raas Haveli.

 

The food here is enjoyable and views, more so. For an unforgettable evening, splurge at Raas and do try the dessert called ‘Paan Ras Malai’.

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

For splendid views of Mehrangarh Fort at night, make it to Raas Haveli.

 

 

 

BUY

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

Mehrangarh Fort is a good place to shop for handicrafts.
The museum shop is huge and has brilliant collectibles. These are from the Mehrangarh Fort craft market.

 

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur, incredible india

Lovely handcrafted puppets at Mehrangarh Fort market form a ‘riot of sight’!

 

Well, honestly, this (What to BUY?) shouldn’t have been a valid heading. Jodhpur is full upto its brim with pretty souvenirs that would call out to you. And you would have a tough time saying no to them. Besides Mehrangarh Fort, you can shop for handicrafts and souvenirs from the markets spread around Clock Tower. There are some pretty good stores to buy Tie & Dye sarees, although I have no recommendations for a shop. You’ll need to haggle a bit for best prices. For haggle free shopping, head straight to state run emporiums. And for some upscale jewellery and textile shopping head to stores on ‘Rani ka Bagh’ area.

 

Did you know that Jodhpur is famous for its colourful rugs (or durries). Within the city, they can be bought at the craft market in the fort and for even better choices, keep an eye on either side of the road just outside  Jodhpur city. The sellers sit with the display just off the road. If you wish to see them making these rugs and learn more about their craft you can take half-a-day trip to a village called ‘Salawas’. This is the fountainhead of all durries in & around the city.

 

 DAY TRIPS FROM JODHPUR

1. Osian - Sachiya Mata Temple
jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur

Sachiya Mata Temple in Osian and a much misplaced tube-light.

 

 

Osian is considered as an ‘oasis’ in Thar desert, although it does not derive its name from it. It is also called as ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’!

We picked this place as our day trip from Jodhpur for its beautiful 8th century Jain temples that looked extremely gorgeous in our guidebook. But on reaching found out that our guidebook needed an update! Temples are in dire need of a facelift!!

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur

The entrance to the Sachiya Mata Temple in Osian.
The blue covering of the temple was a surprise that didn’t go well with us for we had seen it filled with lot of natural light sans the cover! :(

 

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur

Although the temple is beautiful but not well maintained and therefore doesn’t see many tourists.

 

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur

The ceiling of the temple from AD 783.
The poor lighting inside the temple did not let us see it better.

 

 

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur

The temple although beautiful, lacks in basic facilities as WCs for a place of such repute!

 

It takes about an hours drive to reach here from Jodhpur city. Well, my suggestion is to skip it and rather take a guided tour of ‘Bishnoi Villages’ and/or Salawas village and take a day to see the lifestyle of this sect of people, learn their philosophy of life and see their crafts, culture (and its quirks), the general ecosystem of the place and break bread with the locals. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be one of the most fascinating experiences that one can have in India.

 

 

 BEST TIME TO GO

jodhpur, mehrangarh fort, things to do in jodhpur, things to do in rajasthan, rajasthan blog, raas haveli, raas haveli review, jodhpur city, rajasthan road trip, best places to see in india, best places to see in rajasthan, sight seeing in rajasthan, sight seeing in jodhpur, what to do in jodhpur, photography in jodhpur, mehrangrah fort review, jaswant thada, day trip from jodhpur, shopping in jodhpur, umaid bhawan palace, fort in jodhpur, blue city tour, blue city, Baradari restaurant, Darikhana review, mehrangarh fort review, what to see in Jodhpur, where to eat in Jodhpur, highlights of jodhpur, highlights of mehrangarh fort, shopping in mehrangarh, shopping in jodhpur

A full moon peeping through the perforated window!

 

Spring (late February to April ) & Autumn (Late September through early December) is really good time to be in Rajasthan. Likewise expect high occupancy in hotels & rates going through the roof! 

All said and done, it’s going to be worth it! 🙂

 

WHAT TO PACK

Sunblock & Sunnies. Hat/Cap will definitely help.

Early mornings and nights can be chilly in deserts so pack a wrap or a light jacket.

When visiting temples, shrines, cenotaphs – cover what should be covered! There are no dress codes but sensible dressing will not invite unwanted eyeballs.

Keep some empty space in your bags (for you’ll end up shopping more than you planned to).

Carry a water bottle with you like it’s your arm, if anything, deserts are known for their dry nature.

 

There! You are now ready to take Jodhpur! 🙂

 

Do drop in a message or a mail if you need more information regrading Jodhpur. I’d be happy to help and thank you for being here!

 

Comments

  1. Hi Nikita ,very informative and useful write up, well supplemented by beautiful pictures.This post has beautifully summed up Jodhpur Diary.Well done keep it up.