Waking up early with the sounds of city traffic made me realize that Jodphur is not so much different than Delhi.
I did not enjoy Jodhpur as much as I enjoyed other equivalent places in Rajasthan because of the traffic sounds, bad smells, and dirty streets. But that doesn’t mean that this city of blue isn’t worthwhile to visit. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and there are a couple of interesting parts that you shouldn’t miss out.
Here is my list with recommended places to visit in the city of blue in India, Jodhpur.
The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
The Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. You’ll find more of this kind of architecture all over Rajasthan. That said, I preferred other forts in Rajasthan like in Jaisalmer and Bikaner. These other forts were cheaper and much more impressive (but maybe that’s just my opinion). Only a small part of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur is open for public visits and it was very crowded and expensive.
It does, however, cover quite a few interesting rooms and artifacts. And it’s located on a hill that rises high above Jodhpur and the fort walls go around for a couple kilometers. Inside these walls, you’ll find a couple of other interesting places like the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park and the Jaswant Thada Memorial (read below).
The Jaswant Thada Memorial
You won’t find another place of peace and tranquility like the Jaswant Thada Memorial in Jodhpur. It’s a very ‘Shanti’ location with beautiful marble temple structures. The largest of these structures contains picture frames of all Jodhpur Maharajas, some of them dating back to the 13th century.
Tip: When the sun is out, you can see that some of the marble blocks in the largest building are partially transparent. The sunlight shines through the marble. It’s quite nice to see.
The garden around the Jaswant Thada Memorial is perfect to escape the big Jodhpur crowd for a short time.
The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
Just next to the Jaswant Thada Memorial there is a nature reserve where you can walk on small lanes between desert flora and fauna. The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is interesting because it’s located inside of the Jodhpur fort walls on the hill.
It’s a good place where you can spend some time in nature.
A sublime sunset rooftop restaurant
When in Jodhpur, you should only visit the old city center next to the fort. You’ll be glad to get away from the vibrant Rajasthan traffic in the streets. There are a couple of good rooftop restaurants that are wonderful for escaping the Jodhpur streets. Some of these places offer good sights at sunset where you’ll have an amazing view over the Jodhpur old city and fort area.
A good spice shop in Jodhpur
If you plan on buying spices in Rajasthan to take back home with you, this is the spice shop where you should go. It’s located near the clock tower in Jodhpur and the friendly staff is honest. They will explain anything regarding spices and they offer quality products.
They have a whole selection of good spices. And you’ll probably still pay a lot less than in a local shop in your country. I bought Saffron here for a price that was 2-3 times cheaper than in Belgium.
Expect to pay a little more than in the smaller shops or market stalls in Rajasthan and the rest of India. But you’ll get quality spices to bring back home with you. The spice shopkeepers can also show and explain the common spice scams. Like the fake saffron scam. It’s interesting to see and it adds up to the list of pros and cons of travel in India.