The Road Trip
Jodhpur is one of the most beautiful cities of Rajasthan situated approximately 250 kms ahead of Jaipur. The road from Delhi to Jodhpur via Jaipur & Beawar is a neat road which provides you a pleasurable driving experience. Another route passes through Ajmer and Pushkar and has its own merits and demerits. You might have to cross the entire Ajmer city through this route but it offers a magnificent view of the Lake and also the dunes of Pushkar. All in all its a sight to behold when you see the Ajmer city from the top of the hill during the climb. The Beawar route is free of traffic but very picturesque.
Jodhpur City Attractions
The city of Jodhpur is a quiet town with a lot of royal charm. The most defining feature of the city is the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. The Fort stands tall in the center of the city with its towering presence and old world charm. The Fort, being the major attraction of visitors from around the world, has been kept really well by the authorities. View of the city from the top of the Fort is totally mesmerizing. During the peak season of tourism, i.e. from October end to March mid, there are a lot of cultural and folk programs held in Mehrangarh, which is surely a feast for any traveler. The sound of folk instruments, the bold rajasthani voices and the color takes the events to a different level. Apart from Mehrangarh, the other notable attraction is the Umaid Bhavan. Half of the sprawling property has been converted to a luxury hotel which has apparently been rated in the list of one of the most luxury hotels in the world, by many hospitality agencies worldwide. The other half of the property is open to be visited by the general public with a nominal fee. Once you set a foot inside the wonderfully maintained property, there is a museum that houses memorabilia of the royal family, members of which still live in the property! Apart from this, a travel enthusiast like me was amazed to see the collection of one of the most vintage wheels of the royal family, on display.
Shopping and Food
No visit to Rajasthan can be complete if we don’t discuss about shopping. Yes Jodhpur is a shopper’s delight, specially for the ladies. The Tripoliya Bazaar has numerous saree shops which would serve their purpose. The assortment is huge and the rates are much more competitive if compared to a market in a city like Jaipur. Also, there is a scope of heavy bargaining also! Similarly there is a huge market near the clock tower. This market serves for the spices as well as artificial jewelry. There are all types of jewelry shops serving unique designs at a very reasonable price. Sardarpura Market is a happening market with almost all brands confined in the same location. In case you want to hang out in the evening and have some good food as well, this place wouldn’t disappoint you!
Food in Rajasthan is something that you must look for while your stay. There are many decent food joints in Jodhpur which serve amazing delicacies. In case you are vegetarian, the best place to have food is Gypsy in Sardarpura. The place serves amazing combos at reasonable price point. On the Rocks is another good open air restaurant, which serves amazing veg and non veg delicacies. For Chinese lovers, you can hop over to a restaurant called Crossroads. 15 AD is a very old and cherished baker in the city, and serves amazing bakes. It has 3 outlets across the city. For traditional sweet lovers, do visit Jodhpur Sweets present at many locations across the city. Apart from the mouth watering traditional sweets, you would also be greeted with a dose of Rajasthani Hospitality for free!
Jodhpur is well connected from major cities like Delhi and Mumbai by Air, Rail and Road. The city also has decent properties for stay at varying price points. The best time to visit starts from November and ends by mid of March. Summers are unusually hot so are better to avoid. It can also serve as a pit stop of 2 days while you plan your travel to Jaisalmer. All in all, its a wonderful place to explore the royal charm and witness the royal hospitality!