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The second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur sets a lovely scene. A clutch of sky-blue buildings embraced on all sides by the arid expanses of the Thar desert; above all looming the imposing sandstone Mehrangarh Fort. Spend your Jodhpur holiday basking in the golden light of this desert state and discovering its enthralling history and heritage.

Rajasthan’s iconic Blue City, Jodhpur was once a strategic defence post - the seat of the princely state of the Marwar kingdom. Today, the city is a thriving metropolitan hub, home to some of India’s most distinctive architecture and a splattering of palaces, temples and forts that tell tales of the city’s evocative past.

Ancient splendour and blue streets, welcome to Jodhpur

There’s a magic about Jodhpur that casts a spell on visitors. Much of it is the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort - an architectural masterpiece that towers over the Blue City. Well-preserved and India’s largest, inside you’ll find a fascinating museum displaying royal memorabilia, paintings and weapons. Daily cultural performances in the fort provide insights into the culture and traditions of this part of India. Adventure-enthusiasts will be exhilarated by the zip-line that whizzes over the fort's battlements.

Jodhpur’s sprawling Old City possesses its own charm - a holiday in Jodhpur would not be complete without some time spent in the maze of twisting streets and chaotic bazaars, immersed in scents of incense, visions of spice and a cacophony of noise. Take to the quiet area of Navchokiya to explore the blue streets without the crowds.

When you’re finished exploring, rest up in one of Jodhpur’s luxury-palace hotels, or feast on the best Rajasthani delicacies at one of the gourmet restaurants. Wherever you go, you’ll travel in style with Hayes & Jarvis. Add Varanasi, the Himalayas or Kerala to your itinerary to create a trip that’s truly unforgettable. Get in touch today.

Destination Highlights

  • Roam Mehrangarh Fort, one of India’s largest forts, towering impressively on a cliff over the Blue City
  • Discover Jaswant Thada - an intricate, white-marble royal mausoleum - offering stunning views of the fort and city
  • Explore the collection of vintage Maharaja cars at the Museum at Umaid Bhawan Palace - or enjoy dinner at the exquisite palace restaurant
  • Wander Rao Jodha Desert Park for incredible panoramas of the arid desert surroundings

Explore Jodhpur

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Currency

INR - Indian Rupee

Visa Information

British citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.

Language

Hindi and English are widely spoken.

Health Info

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

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“Join a jeep safari to the Jodhpur Bishnoi villages, a cultural tourist destination since the time of the Majarahas. The Marwar royalty would bring guests to the village to experience the rich culture and traditions of the land.”

Steph
Destination Specialist
Rachel, Destination Executive

“The Jodhpur Old City Heritage walk takes you on a 3-4 hour immersive tour of the city, and is a great way to learn about Jodhpur’s history and heritage from a local guide.”

Rachel
Destination Executive

Events & Festivals

Immerse yourself in Rajasthan’s vibrant and storied culture by visiting during one of the exuberant festivals. Plan your Jodhpur holiday around a festival to truly discover the rich heritage of this state.

Marwar Festival

Marwar Festival is a popular event in Jodhpur during October, celebrating the ancient heroes of Rajasthan - the state’s warrior kings and princes. At various palaces around Jodhpur and the Mehrangarh Fort, there are numerous cultural performances of folk dance and music, where locals dress in authentic attire and put on live shows in celebration.

Nagaur Fair

Nagaur Fair is one of Rajasthan's most important festivals, held during January and February each year. Dedicated to cattle, the celebration runs over eight-days - owners bring their camels, horses and cattle from all over the state. As well as trading, the fair has several cultural activities. Watch camel races, participate in tug-of-war games and enjoy the delicious Rajasthani food on offer.

Local Cuisine

As in the rest of Rajasthan, the cuisine in Jodhpur is rich and delicious. Spend your Jodhpur holiday exploring some of the state’s authentic dishes, whether it’s at street-side stalls or luxury palace restaurants.

Kachori

Kachori is a spicy snack, dipped in sugar syrup - and one of India’s favourite street snacks. It consists of a round ball made of flour and dough, filled with a stuffing of yellow dahl, black pepper, red chilli powder and ginger paste.

Dal Baati Churma

Rajasthan’s signature dish, Dal Baati Churma, is a popular three-in-one delicacy. The platter consists of a sweet fried Churma, a spicy Dal curry and a deep-fried Baati bread. It is typical of the Rajasthani sweet and savoury cuisine combinations.

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