Jodhpur, known as a blue city, Sun City and many more. I had always wanted to see and click those blue walls which I have seen in movies, especially in “Sudhh Desi Romance”.
Well, I and my siblings wanted to go for a short trip this new year but as no tickets were available we planned for the upcoming week. Due to rush in trains, we tried booking for 2-3 places and somehow managed to get tickets for Jodhpur. It was a quite unplanned trip and budgeted.
The six of us boarded the train at night from Delhi. It was really cold and we had a sleeper class booking. Even though we had blankets with us, we could not sleep for a second because of cold. So whole night we did chat, played games and the next morning we were at Jodhpur Railway station.
We had booked the hotel through Oyo rooms at Shanti Bhawan heritage. It was really at walking distance from the railway station. Moreover, it was a beautiful, compact and cosy hotel. The hotel was none less than a haveli.
We had only 2 days to travel so we planned to visit the city only. Tourist places in Jodhpur are quite a few though. We went for lunch at a nearby restaurant and we had amazing Rajasthani food there. Then we set off for our city tour. Instead of taking a cab we hired a tuk-tuk or auto, u can say, at a lesser price than a cab. The driver was very kind and humble. The weather of Jodhpur city was amazing with a bright sunny day and cold wind.
He took us to Umaid Bhawan heritage, which is the largest private residence. It was recently in news because of the marriage of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. This palace is amazingly beautiful. It is basically a blend of Indian and western architect. The artefacts, armours, utensils, sofas and painting are kept in the museum part. The main attraction here was the vintage cars like Morris, Rolls Royce and Mercedes. They are vintage cars but still functional. We spend around 2 hours there and then left for the main attraction of the city and that is Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
This fort is nothing more than a huge structure between land and sky. From outside, only huge walls can be seen. Due to the holiday, there was a rush as well. Though we managed to get the tickets. They also charge you for the lift which is inside the fort and take the tourist to the top floor. One can take it to save their time. Likewise, Umaid Bhawan it also had a museum. The museum having all the stuff of the Maharajas. The fort is clean and well maintained by the royal family. There are huge entry gates and different types of rooms dedicated to different people and for different work. There is a long passage in between the fort to go from one side to another and it is like hiking a mountain. The weather was very pleasant and the top view from the fort was beautiful. There were many cannons there marked towards the city. The temple of Chamunda Devi, the Kuldevi of the royal family is also there.
Machiya Biological Park
Though we planned to complete the city tour in one day. However, we just could not leave the fort without exploring every inch of it. The main attraction after the fort was Rao Jodha’s desert rock garden. It is a nice place to take a stroll. We came to know that this is a volcanic rock. In the evening we went to Machiya Biological park.
Jodhpur has a practice of excellent unaltered conservation. Machiya Biological Park is the simplest example of ex-situ conservation and at the same time the simplest traveller spot of Jodhpur. It has conserved flora and fauna for the advantage of the future generation. The area is mainly rocky and is composed of Rhyolite having surging ground and numerous man-made water bodies like Kaylana lake, Takhatsagar lake, Akheraj lake etc. The natural vegetation of this park is a dry scrub forest.
Markets of Jodhpur
It was a great time watching the sunset from that place. Moreover, it has a canteen which closes by 7 pm. It serves really amazing food and the speciality of Jodhpur, Makhaniya lassi.
So with that, we ended the trip for the day and went to clocktower which is shopping heaven. There are many colourful and matchless Jodhpuri Handicrafts available. Jodhpuri coat, Mojadisand dupatta of Bandhani print.
The day started with a great breakfast and it was time for us to check out. So we packed our bags and left it at the reception, again called our auto wale bhaiya. Our next destination was the Mandore garden.
This is located 8 km away and in the north of Jodhpur. Mandore garden, with high rock terrace, makes it a preferred native attraction. The garden is open for tourists from 8 am to 8 pm. It had been the previous capital of Maharajas of Marwar. Later it had been abandoned for security issues relating to the Mehrangarh Fort.
In the Mandore garden, there are cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s former rulers. Rather than the same old chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan, the cenotaphs of Madore, are squarely built on the lines of a Hindu temple. They look stunning in midst of a garden.
Near to the cenotaphs, there is the hall of heroes dedicated to varied deities and Hindu people heroes. The built makes it a great tourist place and also great for photography. As you climb up the Hill, you find the ruined town of Mandore, with its recent palace. These are in parts and pieces but for art lovers, it’s just a feast to the eyes. We were actually surprised to that these are found by the archaeological department in the excavation. It was an amazing time visiting this place.
Masuriya Hill Garden
It is a beautiful garden on top of the hill. To have a 360-degree view of the city, this is the best place. From the top the blue roofs were visible. Inside, there is a statue of Veer Durgadas Rathore, a prominent hero of the Marwari community. This area also has a temple of Baba Ramdev, a local deity. The famous Mehrangarh fort and Umed Bhawan can be seen at a distance.
After spending some time there, we left for the blue city. The walls and the roofs are beautifully coloured and designed but that was only a few there. Anyways it completed my desire.
Time to say good-bye
Finally, it was time to say goodbye to the city but not without having Rajasthani food at Janta sweet, one of the most famous restaurants in Jodhpur.
To conclude, I must say that Rajasthan is a complete package for a tourist. Jodhpur if one has to have complete view than its a matter of 3-4 days. We thanked our auto wale Bhaiya and caught our train. Jodhpur is very accessible from Delhi. If time allows than there are nearby places which can be covered like Ranakpur, Osian. Even trains are available from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer or to Udaipur. I hope to come back to this city soon.