The Royal and spectacular Jodhpur

Jodhpur

India lives in its small towns. Amid the squalor and narrow lanes exists warmth and hospitality.  Here the neighbors still know each other’s families since generations. There is a beautiful element of culture and tradition yet a brush with modernity and a burning zeal to excel. I love to travel, and some of my most memorable vacations have been to smaller cities. While Amritsar, Agra and Dalhousie won my heart last summer, this time it was the turn of the smaller cities of Rajasthan that blew me away.

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Jodhpur is a small city and the second largest city in Rajasthan. It is also known as ‘Blue City’ due to the pretty blue color used to paint the traditional houses mostly by Brahmins. These days you will find most people using the red stone, which is quarried in Jodhpur, becoming the material of choice for houses.

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Overlooking the city of Jodhpur is the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Like all forts in Rajasthan, this one is majestic and imposing. A steep incline takes you to the various parts of the palace. Beautiful artifacts, armor, regal attire and objects of daily use are displayed. It has an impressive museum and a museum shop where you can buy curios. You can also get a glimpse of the royal history of the Mughal period and the craft and culture that thrived in India in those days. You get to see a spectacular panoramic view of Jodhpur city from the Fort. Jodhpur belonged to Marwar state. And the fiercely courageous Rajput rulers thwarted all attacks by outsiders valiantly. There was emphasis on art and handicrafts as one gets to see some amazing sculptures, carving and handicrafts displayed from those days.

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Close by is Jaswant Thada, which has a richly carved cenotaph. A peaceful place, it also offers spectacular views of the Fort and the city.

Since I have kids, I often enjoy staying in homestays. That way I get to explore the local delicacies and can meet with some lovely people who can tell us about their city. This time too we stayed with a lovely elderly couple in their house. They have a large house and even larger hearts. They made us feel completely at home and looked after all our needs. The old couple was a pleasure to be with. Their home was tastefully decorated with antiques, art and the famed Jodhpuri furniture. In addition, the lavish spread prepared at home for dinner had delicacies like a local papad curry, which is made out of lentil papad only made in homes. It was delicious. There was another dry potato preparation, which was excellently spiced with fennel, coriander and cumin. It was simple yet tasty. Keeping the kids in mind, they had made an Italian cheesy pasta dish — spinach cannelloni, which was an instant hit. The other spread was equally good and satisfying. Home food made with love and served with happiness is always unmatched.

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The Jodhpur mirchi vade and mogar kachoris were finger-licking tasty. They were so filling that they sustained us right till early evening. You must not miss having them when you go to Jodhpur.

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I loved the vibrant attire of the people of Jodhpur. The exuberant pagris of the men and the bright oranges, reds and pinks of the women’s ghagra cholis. This was truly a special visit.

41 thoughts on “The Royal and spectacular Jodhpur

  1. I have only been to Udaipur in Rajasthan, but would love to visit other towns, hopefully sometime soon! The vibrant colours of that state are quite something. The pictures are delightful, and that mirchi vada looks yummy!

  2. Rajasthan is truly beautiful. Though I have not been to Jodhpur but I remember how wonderful our stay was in Jaipur… And yes I think the heartbeat of India likes in these cities…. I often wish to move to a small city because I find more warmth there..If only IT Sector was present in a charming small city in India!

    • You would be happy to know that there is a large IT city coming up in Gandhinagar near Ahd. I am sure many other cities are also having similar plans.

  3. Two years ago, I traveled alone to Rajasthan. Lost myself in the vibrant lanes of Jaipur, Pushkar and Ajmer. Want to go there again. Jodhpur also sounds as laid back and exciting. Loved your narration. BTW how do you make arrangements for homestay? 🙂

    PS: I want that Mirchi wada 🙂

    • I have been to Rajasthan earlier as well. This time I also went to Jaisalmer. My sister’s travel agency helped plan the trip. She can help you if you need. I stayed at Indrashan in Jodhpur. You can directly contact them as well.

  4. Have been to Jodhpur once. It’s a charming city of Rajasthan. I hope to visit it again for a longer period of time. By the way, you have captured it beautifully!

  5. We are planning to visit this place in a couple of months. Will refer this post to roam the city and check the eats! We had seen Jaipur during our visit a couple of years back, but we missed Jodhpur. Homestays should be interesting. Will do that too. Thank you, Rachna!

    • I loved all the cities in Rajasthan. The forts, the people, the food all delightful. I am sure you will like it here. We stayed at Indrashan homestay. It was just amazing.

  6. I’ve been dreaming of visiting Rajasthan for years now, and have had to be content with seeing photos of my friends’ visits. How fascinating it is to learn about our own country! Beautiful photos Rachna!

  7. Rickie says:

    I like it how you folks pick a region in the country to explore during your summer holidays. Glad you had a great time!

    • Thanks, Rickie. It was a bit hectic especially all the road travel despite the great roads and relatively less traffic. I guess we have covered pretty much the entire country except the North East. 😀

  8. Having the time of your life, it appears. I shall contain my envy especially since I am about to set out today on my way to my Himalayan trek to Chandrashila peak 🙂

    • Haha Good luck, Suresh. I love my vacations. They are such fun. Considering how much you travel and such exotic places as well, I should be the one turing envious. 🙂 Have a good trip!

  9. Small cities have much more character than the bigger ones. I loved Jodhpur when I visited it. It has so much history .. All of Rajasthan has so much History its mind boggling !

  10. This is my 3rd read on Jodhpur in the last couple of weeks and i am truly mesmerized by this place. A must see along with Jaipur in Rajasthan.
    Like you, i too like small cities and off beat places…less crowded and more clean!

    • I also loved Jaisalmer, another small town, especially due to the desert experience. Yes, small cities are charming. Meeting good people is such a boon. It also makes me feel grateful for the diversity in our country where we get to explore so much.

  11. That was a fab travelogue on Jodhpur and amazing pics too. Glad that you had a great time there. This post brought back memories of our 3 year long stay at Jodhpur! Staying in Jodhpur after a 8 year stint on Mumbai was such a welcome relief. We loved the slow pace of life, friendly neighbours and that you can cover the length and breadth of the city in few minutes 🙂

  12. Super travelogue, Rachna. Thank you for such a fab virtual tour of Jodhpur. I have never been to Rajasthan. Will certainly put it on the list of places to visit, the next time I visit India. Also, I had no idea that home-stay was now available in India too. It is such a great option, especially while travelling with kids. Glad you had such a good time. 🙂

    • Rajasthan is mesmerising and really unique as well. You must visit. Homestays are widely prevalent in India. I have stayed in some great ones in Kerala, Coorg and Chikamagalur. Warm folks who leave you with amazing memories.

  13. wow…wow…..need more pictures…colorful ones..:) so did a lot of shopping? one of my neighbor is from Rajasthan…our entire community is ready to give her a big list to shop if she goes to India. 🙂 How was the weather during that period? Small towns…I wish they all remained that way without becoming metros 🙂

    • Not sharing personal pics on the blog. Took loads of them. Will share when I upload them in some album. 🙂 I did shop but ended up doing most of the shopping in Ahmedabad. The weather was great. It had rained so it was cooler.

  14. siddartha says:

    I have visited Rajasthan two times but the city of Jodhpur is incredible. The beautiful tradition and culture of Jodhpur makes it different from any other places in India. There is no matching of Amazing sculptures, carving and handicrafts. especially The Jodhpur mirchi vade and mogar kachoris were finger-licking tasty. thanks a lot for sharing images of different arts of Jodhpur.

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