5 Top Places To Visit In Jodhpur The second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is every traveller’s delight offering a glimpse of the state’s rich cultural heritage and the legacy left by Marwar rulers. Founded by Rao Jodha of the Rathore clan in 1459 AD, this city has many captivating forts, palaces, lakes, and other architectural wonders to explore. A highlight of Jodhpur is its houses, built in vivid shades of blue, which paint a magical picture on the canvas of Thar Desert – something you would not want to miss. Consider yourself spoilt for things to do in Jodhpur when it comes to the Blue City, so to make it easier, here is a list of popular attractions that must be a part of your Jodhpur itinerary.
One of Jodhpur’s most popular attractions, the Mehrangarh Fort rises 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur and makes for a spectacular sight. The fort dates back to the 15th century and is home to many beautiful palaces, the most popular being the Sheesh Mahal, or Palace of Mirrors. Head to the top of the fort to take in a splendid bird’s eye view of the city of Jodhpur, sprawled out below. While you’re here, don’t forget to take some fun selfies with the city views in the backdrop. Drop by the museum shop for fun souvenirs and gifts before you leave.
- Timings: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Entry Fee: ₹ 50 – ₹ 100 for Indians, ₹ 600 for Foreign Tourists
- Travel Tip: Try zip-lining at the fort to enjoy the most enchanting views of the Blue City!
Umaid Bhavan Palace
One of the most fascinating tourist attractions in Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan palace. It was constructed by Maharaja Umaid Singh, back in the 20th century. The palace has partially been converted into a hotel and a museum. The Umaid Bhawan Palace building stands out for its impressive size and glorious pink and white exteriors. Having taken over 3000 workers 15 years to create, it is a vibrant example of what hard work can accomplish. The palace museum has some fantastic collections of rare clocks, exotic furniture, stuffed leopards and amazing trophies. Wandering through the history laden corridors of this palace, you are sure to be amazed. Part of the palace is still occupied by the royal family of Jodhpur.
- Timings: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Closed on Sundays
- Entry Fee: ₹ 30 per Adult and ₹ 10 per Child for Indians, ₹ 100 for Foreign Tourists
Jaswant Thada Mausoleum
The Jaswant Thada Mausoleum lays to the left of the Mehrangarh Fort. This beautiful monument is built of intricately carved marble. The slabs are thin and highly polished and emit a warm glow when the sun’s rays hit them in the morning and evening. There is also some delicate marble cobweb work on the cenotaph. Within this cenotaph there are two more tombs, as this mausoleum is a cremation ground of Jodhpur royals. The grounds are filled with a beautiful multi-tiered garden, carved gazebos and a small lake. The main memorial has been built like a temple. To visit the mausoleum, you have to go through some rocky hillocks which lend a mystical aura to the whole visit.
- Timings: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Entry Fee: ₹ 30 for Indians, ₹ 50 for Foreign Tourists
Mandore was the former capital of the formidable Marwar kingdom. At Mandore Gardens, you will find the brooding cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s former rulers. The beautiful cenotaphs at Mandore Gardens are set amidst the rolling greenery of a well landscaped rock garden. There is a hall of heroes, dedicated to various deities and Rajput heroes from popular folklore, whose statues are carved out of rock and painted in bright colours. As you climb up the hill, you will come across the relics of Mandore, including its old palace. The queens cenotaphs stand still on a rocky outcrop and are a ten-minute walk over the hill. This attraction is visited by thousands of visitors every month and it is definitely a haven for photographers with a love for historical design.
- Timings: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
- Entry Fee: ₹ 50
Machiya Safari Park, Jodhpur
Not very far from Kailana Lake is the Machiya Safari Park, a must-visit place for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. You can spot several animals in their natural habitat here including desert fox, wild cat, deer, monitor lizard and blue bull. There is also an assigned point where many exotic birds can be spotted, especially during winters. This is not all! The views of the sunset and sunrise from atop the fort inside the park are not to be missed.
- Timings: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (October-March); 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (April-September); Closed on Tuesdays
- Entry Fee: ₹ 15 – ₹ 30 for Indians, ₹ 300 for Foreign Tourists