Founded in the year 1459, the royal city of Jodhpur is one the gems of Rajasthan tourism. Jodhpur is not only the second largest city in the state but also one of the popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan. Nicknamed ‘Sun City’, Jodhpur has still have been able to preserve the opulent heritage and culture in the form of magnificent and larger-than-life forts and palaces. One of the striking features of the city is that the forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. Tourism in Jodhpur is all about its diverse historical destinations and colorful culture.
While the city’s distinctive blue appearance adds to the aura of Jodhpur, the majestic forts and palaces are what mesmerize tourists due to their sheer grandeur and magnificence. Overlooking the city from its vantage, the impregnable Mehrangarh Fort is the major tourist attraction in Jodhpur due to its colossal size and location. The residential museum at the fort is a treasure trove of rich Rajputana history. The red sandstone Khejarla Fort is another architectural marvel and one the finest example of Rajput architecture.
Straight out of fantasy novel, Umaid Bhawan Palace is a gorgeous palace and one the largest private homes in the world. A seamless blend of Indo-Saracenic and Classical Revival architectural styles, the portion of the palace serves as a luxury hotel maintained by the Taj Group. Some other famous palaces in Jodhpur are Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. Samand Lake Palace is a beautiful hunting resort beside the lake for the royal family and houses collection of African game trophies. Other lakes in Jodhpur include Kailana Lake, Ranisar and Padmasar Lakes and Balsamand Lake.
Chamunda Mataji temple is a revered shrine dedicated to Goddess Chamunda and it is believed to be the Ishta Devi of the Maharajas of Jodhpur and the royal family. Standing erect on 82 pillars, Mahamandir Temple is another intricately-carved shrine that depicts all Yogic poses.
There are many places of interest in Jodhpur for tourists. However, some activities deserve a special mention due to their exclusivity. The flying fox is an adventure activity that offers opportunity to catch an aerial view of the Mehrangarh Fort. One the highly recommend activity in Jodhpur is the Bishnoi Village Safari tour. The Bishnoi community is known to be worshipper of nature and offers a glimpse into their tribal lifestyle and traditions. It is a place caught in a time warp where life still goes on the way it did in the days of past. Last, but not the least, the trip to Rajasthan is incomplete camel safari through the desert sand dunes, past ancient havelis, temples and even historic landmarks.
Winter months i.e October to March are best time to enjoy sight seeing and activities like dessert safari and festivals. Desert Kite festival also held in January. Summers are hot with scorching heat. Monsoons are too humid for enjoy outdoor activities.
Jodhpur has enjoyable weather in winter season with temperature ranges from 10°C to 24°C. Monsoons are humid and get rainfall from low to medium. Summers are too hot and scorching heat makes you uncomfortable with temperature ranges from 36°C to 44°C.