After Jaipur, this bustling desert city is Rajasthan’s second-largest. It was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha, the Rathore clan’s head. The panorama of the massive, towering stronghold (Meherangarh) dominates a rocky ridge, with eight gates going out of the citadel. Outside the structure is the new city. Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s greatest princely state, was originally the capital of the mighty and powerful kingdom of Marwar. Jodhpur was a prominent trading center in the 16th century, as it was located on the trade routes connecting Central Asia and Gujarat’s ports. In today’s modern world Jodhpur, the second-largest city in Rajasthan, has a population of over 600,000 people and is still a vibrant center for textiles and crafts.
HOW TO REACH :
Air: Jodhpur Airport is located 5 kilometers from the city center and offers daily flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, and Jaipur.
Train: Trains connect Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata to Jodhpur.
Road: The road is a convenient way of transportation to Jodhpur. Between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, the main route passes via Agoli and Pokaran. Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, and Udaipur are all well-connected by bus.
SHOPPING & AROUND :
For visitors, shopping in Jodhpur is a thrilling and gratifying experience. It is home to a large number of talented and skillful artisans. Textile dyers, metal engravers, and die makers are among them. The remaining tailors of the original ‘Jodhpur’ breeches are probably still in Jodhpur. Don’t forget to buy the famed Jodhpuri Suit while you’re in Jodhpur. It gives your outfit a royal appearance. Jodhpur is recognized as one of India’s most well-known wholesale export hubs, attracting a large number of European and North American dealers. The popular things of Jodhpur and the markets where you can buy them are among the city’s shopping attractions.
Sojati Gate: The famous items available here are Tie and Dye Sarees.
Station Road: This market is famous for Leather, Embroidered shoes, and Utensils.
Tripolia Bazaar: You can shop here for local Handicrafts and Textiles.
Nai Sarak: Buy Tie and Dye dresses, Leather items, and Handlooms from this market.
Mochi Bazaar and Jutti Corner on Station Road: Jodhpur footwear also called jodhpuri jutis are famous throughout India. It is usually worn with traditional Indian dresses like Sherwanis, Achkans, Kurta-Pyjama, Jodhpuri suits, etc. They are normally handcrafted and come in different colors and designs & Here you get the famous Lac works like Lac bangles.
Chokelao Terrace: At this romantically lit restaurant high up within Mehrangarh Fort, sip a chilled beer while taking in spectacular views of Jodhpur city. This touristic outdoor cafe, known more for its atmosphere than its food, is as good as any in the Old City, and it’s especially appropriate after an evening tour of the fort. Traditional Rajasthani cuisine (veg and non-veg thalis), as well as classic tandoori favorites like paneer tikka, are available.
Note:-No Lunch Facility. Location: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur – 342001, Rajasthan. Tel: 291/255–5389
Jodhpur Sweets: The busy Janta Sweets, Jodhpur’s most famous sweet shop, is a hot favorite among locals and a fantastic site to experience regional specialties. The fiery Mirchi bada, a large pepper that has been breaded and deep-fried, will put your chilli tolerance to the test. Try the local delicacy, mawa kachori, for something sweeter (a pastry filled with nut-based sweetmeats). There are also Indianized vegetarian versions of American-style fast food, such as pizzas and burgers, as well as a variety of local beverages, such as lassi.
Location: 3 Nayi Sarak, Jodhpur – 342001, Rajasthan. Tel: 291/263–6666; 291/262–5559
Jhankar: Although this small garden café is one of Jodhpur’s newest, it has quickly established itself as a favorite hangout for travelers looking to unwind and meet new people while sipping a cup of creamy masala chai. The restaurant is exclusively vegetarian and alcohol-free, but even meat-eaters will wonder at the Indian house specialties, such as the Navratan Korma, which is owned by a Jain (a rich curry of vegetables, fruits, and nuts). After dusk, when small glittering lights strung across the trees provide a whimsical look to the setting, Jhankar is at its best. Location: Fort Rd., Makarana Mohalla Jodhpur – 342001, Rajasthan. Tel: 291/261–2590
On The Rocks: This jungle-themed restaurant is so named because the ground within the primarily outdoor restaurant is gravel, not because it has a well-stocked bar. It’s a favorite hangout for locals and tour groups, and it can get rowdy during peak season and on weekends, when thousands stream in to swing to the music at Rocktails, a cave-like pub. It’s a great rest stop for a quick drink or lunch because it’s on the same road as Ajit Bhawan and adjacent to various shopping boutiques. The meal is robust and filling, and the tandoori specialties are well-known among the upper-class residents. Location: Circuit House Rd., next to Ajit Bhawan Jodhpur – 342001, Rajasthan. Tel: 291/510–2701
Gypsy Restaurant: One of Jodhpur’s most popular restaurants, you’ll remember it for its superb food, kind service, and welcoming atmosphere. Since its inception in 1991, Gypsy Restaurant has captured the hearts of many with its pure vegetarian Indian dishes. Don’t miss out on the 34-course traditional thali served here. Location: 689, 9th C Road, Sardarpura, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
White House Café: The White House Café’s atmosphere is a great blend of heritage and contemporary. To give you a royal impression, the scroll on your tables opens up as the menu card. This location is worth visiting for its lively environment, unusual mocktails, exquisite dining, and more. Location: Gulab Sagar, Near Mahila Bag School, Jodhpur