Jodhpur. Just the name evokes images of majestic forts, cerulean settlements, bustling markets and delectable food. In a sentence, Jodhpur packs a punch. Here’s how you can spend 24 hours in the Blue City:
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Start your day in the blue city with a mouth-watering breakfast at some of the most popular joints in Jodhpur. Head over to Shri Mishrilal Hotel to try their pyaaz kachori and famous lassi (a must we tell you, tourists and locals alike throng here). Some other common breakfast foods that are a must have in Jodhpur include Jodhpuri mirchibada, doodh jalebi and bajre ka daliya. If visitors are looking for a fancier menu then head over to the Filos Café which serves a mean English breakfast along with a variety of other options.
TOUR DE JODHPUR
Take a bicycle tour of Jodhpur and navigate the beautiful blue by lanes of the city peppered with markets, monuments and temples. Jodhpur is also known for magnificent markets that have colourful handicrafts, accessories and clothes. What is especially famous in the city are the gorgeous Bandhani dupattas. These tie and dye beauties are a common site in the markets and are a must buy. Visitors can also visit Mochi Bazaar for vibrant fabric Jodhpuri juttis or mojaris as the locals call them. You can also find junk jewellery and other souvenirs in markets such as the Sojati gate market, the clock tower market is also famous for the wide variety of spices that it has to offer. If you are looking for a more hand-on experience with Rajasthani culture, then you can opt for a miniature painting workshop which fuses beautiful colours and designs on a small sheet of paper. If painting is not your forte then try your hands at something simple like block printing, where you can create intricate designs with something simple.
A LOCAL FEAST
Want to do something different for lunch? Try cooking your own traditional Rajasthani meal in a typical Jodhpuri household. Jodhpur serves a million flavours on a plate with each flavour adding more value to the dish. Each dish has an eclectic mix of spices that will leave you wanting for more. You can book the same here.
FOR THE ADVENTURER IN YOU
Jodhpur isn’t just all food and sightseeing, there are a bunch of activities that tourists can do. Opt for a desert safari and surf in the sand dunes at dusk, though we should warn you this is not for the faint hearted. Visitors can also opt for a trip to the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most famous attractions of Jodhpur. But if you are looking to add a little more adventure to this trip then try the flying fox. Zip across the Mehrangarh fort, majestic views of the Jodhpur skyline and the blue houses are guaranteed. One of the lesser known treasures of the city is the Mahila Bagh Jhalra. Just a stone’s throw away from the Mehrangarh fort, this step well might not be the biggest but it does have gorgeous architecture and remains relatively less crowded. Jodhpur also hosts a number of events all year round, The Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival is one of them. This festival takes place every year in April and celebrates the gypsy Rajasthani culture and is hosted at the Mehrangarh fort. The World Sacred Spirit festival is another festival that brings together artists from all over the world under one umbrella to showcase the significance of music. The festival takes place in February each year. Craving an evening snack? Then head over to Janta Sweet Home, one of the most famous sweet shops in Jodhpur or 15 AD which is famous for its soft pastries.
DINNER WITH A VIEW
End the evening with a majestic view as the sun sets over the horizon of the blue city while you feast on some delicious food at Indique located at Pal Haveli. The Curry’s is another good option, as the restaurant offers a view of the Mehrangarh fort and the sprawling blue of the city. This is especially enjoyable at night when the whole city lights up.
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