Jodhpur: The Blue City

Perfect Time to Visit: October to February

Jodhpur is a desert land situated in the state of Rajasthan. Its 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort is a former palace that’s now a museum, displaying weapons, paintings and elaborate royal palanquins (sedan chairs). Set on on a rocky outcrop, the fort overlooks the walled city, where many buildings are painted the city’s iconic shade of blue.

A tour through Rajasthan is never finished without exploring the hustle-clamor and the rich cultural heritage of Jodhpur. The smooth royal palaces, monuments, and temples are strewn all through the city bring alive the notable glory and royalty of Jodhpur. Loaning a romantic atmosphere to Jodhpur are its excellent lakes where you can take a vessel ride while viewing the twilight forts.

Northeast of the fort is the Jaswant Thada, a white marble mausoleum in a lakeside setting. On a hilltop to the southeast, the domed, marble Umaid Bhawan Palace is the residence of Jodhpur’s Maharaja. It has gardens, a public museum filled with furniture, weapons, and China, a display of classic cars and a luxury hotel. The old city, the area around the iconic Ghanta Ghar clock tower, is home to a market where stallholders sell spices, food, clothing, and jewelry. The city’s well-known annual Gangaur Festival focuses on women’s rituals.

An outing to Jodhpur wouldn’t be finished without visiting the clamoring Old City. Many people choose to stay in this area too, as the absolute best spending lodgings in Jodhpur are situated there and have astonishing Fort sees. The Old City’s renowned milestone, the clock tower, stands at the heart of it—and it’s still working!

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