Warm greetings from Jodhpur. A bubbly city, laden with historic richness on the edge of the Thar Desert. If you are an ardent tourist, there are ample things to do in Jodhpur that load your trip with times to treasure. Having been to this ‘Blue City’ a number of times, we are still not immune to its charms. But the city can’t be blamed as there are numerous Jodhpur attractions that make the city your favorite vacation destination. Cherry-picked from a host of activities to be enjoyed, here is a cheat-sheet of the best things to do in Jodhpur.
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7. Explore Blue Houses
Catching a bird’s eye view of the ‘Blue City’ from the top of the Mehrangarh Fort is a sight to behold. To watch the houses closely, you can delve deep into the meandering markets jam-packed around the Clock Tower. In addition, traversing through the quiet alleyways also takes you to these sapphire houses.
Traditionally, blue indicated the home of a Brahmin but non-Brahmins have followed the trend as well. Thus, the entire city is bathed in blue.
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6. Ramble through Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
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Meandering through this park is among the most popular things to do in Jodhpur that introduce you to the natural ecology of the area. If you are inclined towards exploring a variety of rock-loving foliage, try visiting this park during different parts of the year. Developed in 2006 to restore the region’s natural ecology and greening it, the park boasts of more than 80 native species of plants from the Thar Desert. Take a leisurely stroll through its walking trail for that refreshing feeling of being amidst desert vegetation.
This park is perched on an outcrop of a volcanic rock. The rock is in form of vertical columns, a special feature, which has crowned it with the designation of National Geological Monument. Its intense red hue can be distinguished easily from the pink sandstone, of which prominent structures in Jodhpur are made up of.
Location: At the foot of Mehrangarh Fort
- INR 30 per adult
- INR 10 per student
Timings: Sunday to Saturday – 9:00 hours to 17:25 hours
5. Savor lip-smacking Snacks
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Savoring local snacks is one of the best things to do in Jodhpur. Relish a flavor burst with Mirchi vada (big green chilies stuffed with chillies and potato and coated with gram flour ). The spicy snack is served with tamarind chutney that enhances your gobbling delight. Pamper your sweet tooth with the luxurious Mawa Kachori (puffed pastry stuffed with sweetened milk solids and dried fruits, coated with fragrant sugar syrup).
Relish Mawa Kachori with rabri (sweetened and condensed milk) to make your savoring experience more delightful.
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4. Be a Part of Marwar Festival
This remarkable festival is among the unmissable Jodhpur attractions that would enrich you with an experience to cherish for a lifetime. Songs of love and valor are the crux of folk music played here. Held annually between September-October in honor of Rajasthan’s heroes, the two-day carnival enriches your experience with folk song and dance, camel shows, and polo events. Grand structures of Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace serve as its venues and are adorned like brides.
Relish a slice of cultural extravaganza at this festival. Enjoy Kalbeliya, an internationally acclaimed dance form in true Indian spirit. Watch women balancing earthen pots on heads accurately and dance to the rhythm of songs sung. Also enjoy henna applying, mustache, and turban tying competition.
3. Take Up Excursions Around
Crown your Jodhpur trip with excursions to nearby destinations that manifold your vacationing delight. A majority of these excursions take you to the past, revealing the lore of the time. When you add these day trips to your list of offbeat things to do in Jodhpur, your vacation turns more appealing.
Visit Balsamand Palace and the artificial Balsamand Lake, Hall of Heroes in Mandore, the ancient city of Ossian, and Jaswant Sagar Dam. Also, don’t miss to visit Guda Bishnoi Village, Kaylana Lake, Mahamandir Temple, Jhalamand Garh, Luni Fort, and Sardar Samand Lake.
Guda Bishnoi Village is especially celebrated because of an award winning movie “Willing to Sacrifice”, based on the life story of Nihal Chand Bishnoi. He sacrificed his life in October 1996 to protect wildlife species. The movie was honored as the Best Environment Film at 5th International Festival of Films, TV and Video Programs, held in Bratislava, Slovakia.
2. Go Ziplining and Paragliding
Ziplining – Is the adrenaline junkie in you craving for something adventurous? Try Ziplining, also known as Flying Fox. Taking you above the city with the backdrop of Mehrangarh Fort, this activity is the best of all the fun things to do in Jodhpur.The circuit takes nearly 90 minutes to complete.
- INR 1,500 per person for adults
- INR 1,250 per person for students
(Prices are subject to change)
Operating Hours: Sunday to Saturday – 9:30 hours to 17:00 hours
Paragliding – Also, known as Flyboy, this is one of the best things to do in Jodhpur that offers exceptional sightseeing and aerial photography as a bonus. Be assured of your safety with a proficient pilot accompanying you.
So, go, explore the wide blue yonder.
Duration: 10 minutes to half an hour
Fee: INR 2990/- per person (Prices are subject to change)
Operating Hours: Sunday to Saturday – 8:00 hours to 18:00 hours
Do not leave the ground for any of these activities during inclement weather. Keep risks at bay to conclude your trip on a happy note.
1. Explore the Rural Hinterland of Rajasthan with Desert Safari
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Driving through the parched landscape of Jodhpur is among the most offbeat things to do in Jodhpur.Spot colorful birds, black bucks, and lesser known hamlets as you sojourn through the smooth golden sand in Osian, close to Jodhpur. Apart from Osian, you can also head to Khimsar for this experience. More adventure lovers can go for a short camel trek as well.
Trust us, this safari will prove to be one of the highlights of your Jodhpur trip. Most especially, if you are looking forward to things to do in Jodhpur at night,this is an exotic option. Enjoy the soothing sunset and delectable dinner followed by an overnight stay in a desert camp. With this, you will have a sneak peek into the rural life of Rajasthan.
Skeptical about staying in a desert camp as it might offer a regular camping tent like experience? Don’t be. These camps are brilliantly packed with features for your utmost comfort. And what’s more? Camp in Osian also has an amazing swimming pool! Desert delights doubled!
To be precise, although, these are the 7 best things to do in Jodhpur, you have much more to manifold the delight of your trip. The city will not disappoint you and present myriad memories to treasure and reasons to visit it time and again. So, ride through the glowing sand dunes, relish local flavors, indulge in adventurous activities, and witness the cultural extravaganza with an endless list of things to do in Jodhpur.
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