Jodhpur is the 2nd largest city in the state of Rajasthan in Northern India. Located at the eastern edge of the Thar Desert, Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Jodhpur gave its name to the popular riding trouser that originated here. The city has two popular monikers. The first being ‘Sun City’ due to the frequent bright and sunny weather that the city enjoys. The second and more common being ‘Blue City’ as many of the houses surrounding the Fort are painted blue.
Lying on the ancient trade route, the city is dominated by the massive Meherangarh Fort, topping a sheer rocky ridge. A 10 km long wall surrounds the old city with many gates serving as entrances. The new city is settled around this walled area, Jodhpur offers plenty to see and do. Still run by the maharaja of Jodhpur, Meherangarh Fort is probably the most formidable fortress in all of Rajasthan. One of the fort’s 7 gates is stilled scarred by cannon ball hits. Inside the fort, there is a series of courtyards and palaces some of which house an amazing collection of the trappings of Indian royalty and courtyards. The views from the fort are simply stunning.
Another popular landmark of the old city is the clock tower, located close to the vibrant Sandar market – this is a great place for a stroll. Here you can wander through the many alleys selling spices, Indian sweets, silver and handicrafts. Towards the south-east is the awesome Umaid Bhawan Palace and Museum, a gargantuan Indo-Saracenic pile commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1929.
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Jodhpur
If you are planning a Jodhpur holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Jodhpur Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Jodhpur.