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8 Best Things to Do in Jodhpur

Girl Overlooking the Blue City of Jodhpur

8 Best Things to Do in Jodhpur

Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Famous for the huge number of bright blue painted houses, Jodhpur certainly lives up to it’s nickname the ‘Blue City’. It’s a popular destination for those exploring Rajasthan, and a great addition to a Golden Triangle trip. We’ve put together a list of some of the best things to do in Jodhpur, hope you find it useful!

Two People Walk Down the Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi Stepwell

Things To Do In Jodhpur

There’s quite a lot of things to do in Jodhpur and it’s a fun place to explore. We didn’t notice the time whizzing by while searching for that perfect photo among the blue houses. It’s possible to see everything on our list of things to do in Jodhpur in 2 days (if you start early!)

Girl Walking in Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi Stepwell in Jodhpur

8 Best Things To Do In Jodhpur

1. Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort and Panoramic view of the Blue City of Jodhpur in India

This is definitely one of the most impressive forts in the whole of India. Mehrangarh sits high on top of the cliffs looking over the whole of Jodhpur. The fort looks incredible from anywhere around the city, and at night it looks truly magical.

It’s 600 Rupees for foreigners which is a lot cheaper than some of the other forts and palaces around India. This includes an audio guide which gives you a lot of history about the fort. Honestly, the entrance fee is worth it for the view over Jodhpur alone.

2. Stepwell – Toorji Ka Jhalra

Toorji Ka Jhalra Bavdi Stepwell in Rajasthan, India

There’s no shortage of ancient stepwells in India and Jodhpur is no exception. One of the most visited is the Toorji Ka Jhalra stepwell. It was built around the 6th century as a solution to the drastic seasonal changes in rainfall.

It’s a perfect place to cool off in the midday sun, not to mention a great spot for a photo. If you’re feeling really brave you can jump from the steps, or even the top!

It’s located pretty centrally, so it’s easy to walk here from the centre of town and it’s completely free. There are also plenty of cafes and shops nearby to grab a drink and a bite to eat.

3. Explore the Blue Houses

Jodhpur is famous for the blue paint on many of it’s buildings, giving it the nickname the ‘Blue City’.

The Blue City is truly a unique view from high up. You can get a good view from many of the rooftop cafes, restaurants and hotels as well as from the fort.

Couple Overlooking a Panoramic View of the Blue City of Jodhpur

We enjoyed walking around finding great photo spots with some of the houses. The only downside is you either have to walk a lot or get lucky. If you don’t want to do too much walking and searching, there are guided tours that will show you some of the best areas.

Tip: This view is from the west side of the city on the rooftop bar of Purn Haveli hotel

4. Mandore Gardens

Mandore Gardens in Jodhpur

The Mandore Gardens are located around 5 miles North of Jodhpur. They’re easily reached by Tuk Tuk or taxi.

The atmosphere at the gardens couldn’t be further from the hustle and bustle of Jodhpur. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place with no crowds. Of course, everyone loves the busy side to the Indian cities, but it’s nice to take a break away from it now and then. We really enjoyed moments like this in India as they’re not too common.

Take your time strolling around the gardens, finding the many monuments and temples. The gardens are completely free to visit. There is also a museum here with a small entrance fee of just 50 Rupees.

5. Umaid Bhawan Palace

Outside the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Rajasthan, India

Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest palaces in the whole world. Construction finished in the 1940’s, making it brand new in palace terms.

There’s a museum inside with some history of the Jodhpur Royal Family. There’s also a very impressive collection of classic cars in the buildings to the front of the palace. Plus it boasts a fantastic view of the surrounding area, sitting high up the hills.

Inside the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur

It only costs 100 Rupees for foreign visitors, making it very cheap for an Indian Palace.

Tip: Get here early for opening and you’ll pretty much have the place to yourselves! However, it gets very busy after the first hour or two.

6. Clock Tower – Ghanta Ghar

The Ghanta Ghar clock tower is right in the centre of the Sardar Market. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh, which the marketplace is named after.

You can climb right to the top and it’s interesting to see the inner workings of the clock tower. There’s also a terrace area with a great view over the market. See if you can spot a few stalls you’d like to go visit and then head down.

7. Shop in the Sardar Market

Person Looking Down at Sardar Market from the Ghanta Ghar Clock Tower Terrace

If you’re looking for a souvenir or some authentic local gifts then Sardar Market is the place to go. There are countless stalls and vendors lining all of the narrow old town streets. If the heat is taking it’s toll on you, there are also stalls selling refreshments like Lassi and Ice Cream.

8. Sardar Government Museum

Outside the Sardar Government Museum and the Surrounding Gardens

The Sardar Government Museum houses a suprisingly good collection. From the outside it doesn’t look impressive. The gardens around the museum are a bit run down, but don’t let that put you off.

There is a large armory section of weapons as well as a huge number of small paintings and sculptures. The entrance fee is only 50 Rupees, so if you have time in your itinerary it’s worth a visit.

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