Set amidst the endless Thar Desert is Jodhpur, which is also famously known as ‘The Blue City.’ “The houses in old Jodhpur area are all coloured in ‘Blue’, hence the name. When seen from the top of the fort, the entire city looks really beautiful and in harmony” says Amoli, our team member who vacationed in the heritage city with her friend. Along with that, what really mesmerized her was the regally inspired art and culture that still dwells in the city, attractive handicrafts and the warmth with which people receive you.
What to look out for?
The Mehrangarh Fort displays the rich heritage of the Maharajas who once lived there. There are various collectibles and antique accessories on display which were once used by the residents.
Umaid Bhavan Palace is where Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur currently resides. A part of it is inhabited by the royals while the rest of the palace is turned into a hotel. The interiors are indeed gorgeous!
Clock tower is another place frequented by visitors that is located in the middle of a day market. The tower is surrounded by local sellers of ethnic clothing, jewelry, fabrics, spices, footwear, carpets and many more household things. It’s truly a shopper’s haven!
To hang out, there is a really good place called ‘Dagley’ which means ‘Rooftop’ in Marwari and is situated in the middle of old Jodhpur near the fort area. The rooftop displays the fort in full view and a part of the city. You can just sit here and chill all day long with your friends.
Where to stay?
Find a friend who lives in Jodhpur. There is nothing better than a Marwari’s house! The hospitality, the food, the family; no hotel can match those levels.
Where to shop?
There are little markets all over Jodhpur and you can shop for juttis/mojaris, rich Rajasthani fabrics, ethnic jewelry, handcrafted bags, artifacts and all of it at a pretty reasonable rate, provided you have good bargaining skills.
Where to eat?
As I was living at my friend’s place ‘maa(aunty) ke haath ka khana’ was the best! She makes the best gatte ki sabzi and mirchi ka achaar.
Jodhpur’s street food is to die for too. You get the most amazing Mirchi vadas, Pyaaz ki kachori, Bread pakoras and many such unhealthy yet savoury snacks; around every corner of the city. Also, I have eaten the world’s best Gulab Jamuns which are made at this local sweet shop ‘Ras Sagar’.
There are also many heritage clubs in Jodhpur which serve really good food as well. So if you have a friend who is a member there, you can enter and enjoy a nice dinner.
Local restaurants serve various cuisines and I happened to like ‘Dagley’ a lot. It is a must visit as it serves really good food.