Thursday, March 17, 2016

Royal Rajasthan - Jodhpur

Continuing on our Rajasthan tour, we next covered Jodhpur - the 'Blue city'.

Jodhpur panorama



Since we spent only a day or so in Jodhpur, this post is going to be short. Let me use this opportunity to may be describe a bit how we planned the trip.

MakeMyTrip Itinerary


We booked the trip via MakeMyTrip. We wanted to cover multiple cities, so it was best to have a driver for the whole trip. Otherwise, you will end up doing a lot of bargaining with taxi drivers, each time you reach a new city, and want to go to the next. So to avoid all this hassle, our goal was to book a 'Car with driver' for the whole trip.

This is by no means an endorsement of MakeMyTrip, but in general our experience has been positive with MakeMyTrip - esp. when you want to custom design your own trips.  So if you start by searching MakeMyTrip for Rajasthan packages, it will show you around 10 options. As you will notice, most tours either cover Jaisalmer or Udaipur, but not both. We wanted to cover both - so we basically went for a customized version of the 'Jewels of Rajasthan Explored'  (link) tour.

In the end, after customization, our itinerary looked something like this:

Jaipur (2 nights) - drive to Jodhpur via Pushkar (6-7 hours) - Jodhpur (1 night) - drive to Jaisalmer (5 hours) - Jaisalmer (2 nights, 1 night in a desert camp - Don't miss this!!) - long drive to Udaipur (9 hours) via Ranakpur Jain temple - Udaipur (2 nights)

MakeMyTrip packages also include flight and hotel bookings. Here, we would very much advice that at least for the hotels, do your own homework!! The hotels MakeMyTrip advertises as 4 stars are often very basic hotels. So do your research - refer to TripAdvisor, Booking.com, etc. - but make your own selection. Also, be careful about additional charges that you will need to pay directly at the hotel. We usually travel in India during Christmas / New Year holidays, and during this time it seems that most hotels charge for MANDATORY Christmas and New Year Gala Dinners, which can easily run up to Rs. 5000 per person - so beware of these "additional" charges!!

Having said all this, we were very happy with the services provided by the local tour company, esp. our driver / guide (Mr. Ratan Kumar Verma). He was always punctual, smiling, friendly - we couldn't have asked for a better person. Finally, note that most such bookings come with the standard tagline "that the car / driver is available only for the advertised itinerary". In practice however (at least in our experience), once you rent such a car for a multi-day trip, they are usually available throughout the day; and will not hesitate to drive you around the city to places not explicitly advertised in the itinerary.

Mehrangarh Fort


If there is one thing that you MUST absolutely see in Jodhpur, it is the Mehrangarh fort. Having seen so many forts in different cities, the Mehrangarh fort does standout as one of the most impressive ones.


Mehrangarh fort

As you can judge from the picture above, it is an imposing sight to behold. The sheer size and grandeur, and also the fact that it is constructed at such a high altitude; only increases its appeal. A few more pics of majestic fort follow:

Mehrangarh fort view
Magnificent Mehrangarh fort
Mehrangarh fort panorama


Umaid Bhavan (below) is the other palace located in Jodhpur. You might have heard of it because part of it has now been converted to a Taj Luxury hotel. However, purely from a touristic perspective, if you have time to visit only one of them - choose the Mehrangarh Fort. Umaid Bhavan only has a small museum which you can visit - and it is not that impressive to say the least.



Jaswant Thada


Very close to the fort is a cenotaph called Jaswant Thada (below). While it is interesting in itself, it is also a good place to take panoramic pictures of the fort (e.g. the one at the top of the blog).


Jaswant Thada, Mehrangarh fort


City


Jodhpur is one of the bigger cities in Rajasthan, so might be a good place to do your souvenir shopping (esp. if you missed out on it in Jaipur). The main market is close to the clock tower (below), which you can easily make out from a distance. And, while you are in it, do not forget to taste the local delicacy 'Makhan (Butter) Lassi' - it is absolutely delicious :)



Pushkar Lake


Serene Pushkar Lake


Pushkar lake is a good stopover if you are driving from Jaipur to Jodhpur (or vice versa). This place has religious significance for Hindus as it is home to the only 'Brahma' temple in the world. Even if you are not religious, or not Hindu; the lake by itself is really beautiful and worth a visit - it emanates a very nice, peaceful, and serene feeling. However, note that there are no proper signs, and it might not be so easy to reach the lake on your own. If you are a foreigner, especially, try to have a local guide with you. 

17 comments:

  1. Some real facts and figure about Jodhpur that it is one of the bigger cities in Rajasthan. Luton cheap parking

    ReplyDelete
  2. My favorite Destination so far. This blog has an amazing information about the destination. The posts and blogs are very unique. Thank you so much for sharing the details of every travel place you have visited.There is a very popular Travel Agency in Delhi, India by the name of ghumindiaghum they have all current and latest information about different destinations.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This city is one of the beautiful cities of India, also known as Blue City. Royal Rajasthan Tour can give you the most beautiful time of your life. Visiting Rajasthan can be the most perfect choice of the life.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Jodhpur us beautiful place of rajasthan and You shared good information about that beautiful place. its really enjoyable and royal rajasthan tour is best to experience its things.

    ReplyDelete
  5. You have wonderful views which are evident from your writings. Keep posting such kind of blogs as they are really informative, wish you good luck for your future blogs and hope they receive as much appraisal as you have got now.

    best rajasthan Tour packages

    ReplyDelete
  6. royal rajasthan tour is the best trip to explore the heritage beauty of Rajasthan. The tour covers best of heritage attractions in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur & Pushkar or Ajmer.
    royal rajasthan tour packages

    ReplyDelete


  7. Thanks for sharing this blog related to Jim corbett national park beautifully explained everything tourists can also check it at once Royal Tours of Rajasthan and Holiday travel package in india.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for sharing the valuable information..Its really very informative..

    Mount Abu Tour Package

    ReplyDelete
  9. WOW Great Post! Really a wonderful post. Thanks for posting such an informative & useful post with us. keep posting & inspire us like this post.

    Welcome to India's most valuable historic places Delhi Agra Jaipur (also known an Golden Triangle Tour). You know the beauty of monuments in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur. More...

    Overnight Jaipur Tour
    Golden Triangle Tour 3 Days
    Golden Triangle Tour 4 Days
    Rajasthan Heritage Tours

    Taj Day Package
    +91-8791361374
    info@tajdaypackage.com
    http://www.tajdaypackage.com/

    ReplyDelete
  10. WOW Great Post! Really a wonderful post. Thanks for posting such an informative & useful post with us. keep posting & inspire us like this post.

    You Can Visit India’s Hot Tourist Destinations On Same Day. If You Are Short Of Time And Want To Travel To India For A Day Or Two Then Our Day Trips Is Best Option For You. Golden Triangle Tours India). You know the beauty of monuments in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur. More...

    Same Day Agra Tour by Car
    4 Days Golden Triangle Tour
    Golden Triangle Tour 6 Days
    Same Day Agra Tour By Train

    Discover Amazing India
    +91-8266881111
    info@discoveramazingindia.com
    http://www.discoveramazingindia.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. I like your blog it's look very nice also read details about Golden Triangle Tour. Golden Triangle Tour is the best tourist places of India. Golden Triangle tour is mix up of three North Indian destinations Delhi, Agra & Jaipur. For more Golden Triangle Tour Packages please visit our website www.discoveramazingindia.com
    Golden Triangle Tour with Rajasthan
    Golden Triangle Tour with Ranthambore
    Golden Triangle Tour with Udaipur
    Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi

    ReplyDelete
  12. Such a awesome post! Thanks for posting such an informative & useful post with us. If you are looking for a desert safari then book a great package tour with golden triangle tour with jodhpur is the best option to travel this place.

    ReplyDelete

  13. Thanks for sharing this information via blog. Chardham Tour Agents in RISHIKESH .We are Chardham Tour Operator in RISHIKESH-Haridwar .Our Best Packages Chardham

    Package,Teendham Package,Dodham Package, Ekdham Package,Chardham Helicopter Package.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Your blog is very informative and to the point. Being a traveller blogger i find you have very good writing sense due to which you explain details about any destination perfectly, Your blog is like books of Lonely planet for various destination. Keep it up your meaningful writing.
    I recently returned from an Amazing Indian Golden Triangle tour which was arranged by Ghum India Ghum, travel agent in Delhi, you can tie up with them if you want.
    http://www.ghumindiaghum.com/

    ReplyDelete
  15. Rajasthan has many fancy cenotaphs, locally referred to as Chatri, and Jaswanth Thada is one such fancy cenotaphs in Jodhpur. It is a memorial built for Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Built of marble this large building has very intricately carved marble and also arches. Around it is a cremation ground for Jodhpur rulers. Bharat Taxi is one of the leading taxi and cab service provider in all over India. taxi booking in Jodhpur can be done via few clicks on our portal, you will get an unforgettable moment while using our taxi services in Jodhpur. Visit:- https://www.bharattaxi.com/jodhpur

    ReplyDelete
  16. Amazing Blog!
    Thank you for sharing with us

    Cultural Holidays, Leading Tour Operator in India Providing Special Discount Deal on Golden Triangle Tour Package India, Delhi Agra Jaipur Tour, Get More Information About Golden Triangle Tours

    Know more please Visit website: - Cultural Holidays
    More packages like...
    Golden Triangle Tour 4 Days
    Golden Triangle Tour 6 Days
    Delhi Agra Jaipur Udaipur Tour
    Delhi Agra Jaipur Ajmer Pushkar Tour
    Delhi Agra Jaipur Rajasthan Tour
    Golden Triangle Tour with ranthambore

    ReplyDelete