The Blue City Jodhpur Overview
Surrounded by a huge fortress wall with bastions, the striking blue buildings in Jodhpur contrast sharply and beautifully with the neighbouring Thar Desert. Exploring the palaces, forts and temples will keep you busy and in awe of the city’s historic grandeur. Bazaars offer a range of beautiful textiles, embroidered leather goods, lacquerware, antiques, carpets, puppets and figurines. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination and a convenient base for travel in the region.
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The Blue City of Rajasthan, Jodhpur has a bluish landscape and is noted for herculean Mehrangarh Fort. The colour of Jodhpur tells the history and makes it a legend – of a populace who shaped a paradise in the heart of the heat and sandstorms of Rajasthan. The Mehrangarh Fort, made with burnishing red sandstone provides a striking contrast to the blue city and ‘stands out’ at a height of 400 feet above the Jodhpur skyline.
The city of Jodhpur was founded by the Rajput chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha. It was believed that the Rajput clan that he belonged to were the successors of Lord Rama.
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People from all across the world visit Jodhpur to buy the handicrafts that it is famous for. In fact, there is an endless list of items which can be bought from the place.
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The monumental shift in the way people approach street food has been evolutionary. Jodhpur is known for its lip-smacking street food and classic dining restaurants which have taken its traditional food to another level. Here are the top places to knock for in the city:
Jodhpur Cuisine is synonymous with spice, chilly, street food and rich culture of sweets. There are some items the city has on its menu which are brimming with colour, festivity and spices. One cannot come to Jodhpur and not try the almost staple and yet exciting in every bite, Mirchi Bada, Mawa Kachori and Pyaaz Kachori. Almost as popular and a must try item is Makhaniya Lassi.
Jodhpur is an equal paradise for those who love deserts- except that sweets will not just be the end of your course but are as significant as the entire meal itself and have a vibrant food culture about them. The popular indulges here are Besan ki Chakki, Mave ki Kachori, Motichoor Ke Laddu and Maakhan Vade.
If you want a taste of the wild street side slurries and Slurpees, head down to Sojati gate where the bustling market surrounds various local eating joints for desi snacks and drinks at very affordable rates. Another popular area is the Sardarpura market which provides a customised range of food items and dining restaurants such as Gypsy. If you want to dine in with your family or friends for brunch or dinner, restaurants such as Indique, Omelette shop, Jharokha and Nirvana that have classy decors and mouth-watering food for an exquisite experience. They are moderately expensive and offers you a wide range of service. If you want something more on the barbeque side, head down 2 kilometres down south of Jodhpur to On The Rocks for a hearty meal with extra mayonnaise. Savour your sweet tooth at Janta Sweet House with a cherry to top your meals.
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Very often referred to as the sun city of Rajasthan, the blue-walled destination offers vicarious attractions for its visitors. Here’s an itinerary to get your around the town:
Day 1 After you reach the destination, the first step towards starting your day will be getting to the New Town area which is situated around a magnificent clock tower. The roads around have a lot of traditional merchandise and end towards the Sardar market which is a popular destination for shopping. Next, you can take a cab from the central taxi station to Mehrangarh fort which is approximately an hour from the stand. A major attraction to the city, it offers an amazing cityscape and a walk around the fort walls is an adventurous sport. End your day with a dinner at Indique Restaurant in Pal Haveli with a mesmerising view of Mehrangarh Fort.
Day 2 Have a hearty breakfast of traditional Rajasthani Dal Bati Churma and take a bus from your nearest bus stand to Umaid Bhawan Palace. A 347-roomed palace that is a historic landmark and great spot to take some photographs too. Take a small walk or get a cab to get to your next spot that is Mandore Gardens. It is a green area housing the government museum “Hall of heroes”. The best place to visit during the evening is the Kailana Lake where you can end your day with some Kesari ice cream from the carts around.
Day 3 Spend your last day in the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park to make it a little adventurous. Spend your day trekking on the glades of the rocky mountain. There are a couple restaurants around which provide traditional as well as a contemporary menu for delicious suppers around the clock. Take off from the park before sundown and travel to Jaswant Thada which is known for its marble carvings and tranquil environment. Have your dinner in the Rocky Mountain Dhaba in a classic way.