Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s second-largest city is popularly called as the Blue City, is also known as the Sun City and the Fort City of India. The former capital of Marwar- Jodhpur was built in the 1400s by Rao Jodha. Surrounded by Havelis, palaces, forts, Jodhpur is another city that should be explored. This enchanting city attracts tourists from all across the globe who are looking to explore the royal palaces and beautiful rich history. Read below to find out the various places that you can visit when you plan your trip to the Blue City.
1. Mehrangarh Fort
The majestic Mehrangarh Fort is the major tourist attraction in the city. Standing at 100 ft on a perpendicular cliff, the Mehrangarh fort is where you can witness Jodhpur’s skyline. This iconic fort is filled with lots of history. You can still see imprints of cannonball attacks on the fort. The museum has a lot of relics and statues from the olden times that can help you understand the old history of the place. Carved panels, beautifully decorated walls add a beautiful charm to the fort.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace
Located on the highest point of Jodhpur in Chittar Hill lies this magnificent palace built-in 1943. The 347-room palace is divided into three areas, the residence of the royal family, the museum house, and a 5-star hotel. On the residence side of the palace, tourists are not allowed but the other areas are where the tourist can come either to see the wide range of artifacts, photographs, or arms and ammunition. The hotel inside the palace is voted as the best hotel in the world and is known for its first-class hospitality and food and beverage. The palace also has a lush garden with beautiful flowers.
3. Moti Mahal
Moti Mahal is located in the Mehrangarh Fort is the most famous one. Moti Mahal – Palace of Pearls, as rightly called because of the intricate pulverized seashells and lime mortar bought together to bring out a silver finish. The room consists of bright windows, goldwork, mirrors that are very fascinating and eye-pleasing.
4. Chamunda Mataji Temple
Chamunda Mataji Temple was created in the year 1460. Experts say that, Rao Jodha’s favourite goddess was Chamundi, so he brought the idol from Mandore and installed it. People of Jodhpur still worship Chamundi Mataji along with the people from the royal households. During the festival of Dusserah, huge flock of worshipers are seen coming to pay their visits and seek blessings.
5. Guda Village
Guda Village a Bishnoi village in Jodhpur, is a home to a variety of different species of wildlife and birds. If you’re someone who loves nature then you must visit here. You can spot the antelopes, black bucks, chinkaras, cranes and other migratory birds. They even offer a Safari option which you can take to explore the Village.
6. Ghanta Ghar
The clock tower of Rajasthan is located in Sadar Bazar built by Shri Sardar Singh Ji. Being the busiest street, the place is a go to place for you to explore and buy Rajasthani artifacts, souvenirs, jewellery and textiles. Do make a visit here and you won’t be disappointed.
Blue city of India should be on your bucket list. Located in the Thar desert, this wonderful place is for all travellers who are looking to explore the beauty of the old and the new. With every fort telling you a different story, it would definitely leave you in the wonder of the level of thought that went back during the day. Without the availability of the many resources, we have today, they still managed to make a beautiful city with so many stories to tell. So come one, and start exploring. Check out EaseMyTrip for the best prices on flight bookings, hotels, and buses, and embark on a new journey!