It’s not its culture; Jodhpur has some legendary edifices to be proud of, like the Umaid Bhavan Palace, Mehrangarh Palace and Jaswant Thada. Talking of culture again, it comes as an obvious fact that Jodhpur houses a number of important temples and its festivals like Maand Festival, RIFF and Kite Festival are among some of India’s most vibrant festivals.
Nature-lovers have lakes to spend their time around, while adventure-seekers can try their hands on different adventure-activities like the flying fox.
This article focuses on the humongous opportunities Jodhpur holds for you. So, here are top 20 things to do in Jodhpur.
1. Visit the Massive Mehrangarh Fort
|Mehrangarh Fort : One of the largest forts of India|
2. Experience the Essence of Royalty in the Umaid Bhawan Palace
|Front View of Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur|
3. Spend Some Time in Jaswant Thada
|Jaswant Thada : A White-marble Memorial Landmark|
4. Balsamand Lake
|Balsamand Lake : A water reservoir lake in Jodhpur|
5. Kaylana LakeHaving lazy hillocks and Babul trees by its side, Kaylana Lake dates back to 1872 when Maharaja Pratap Singh built it. The palaces and gardens built by former rulers were destroyed in order to give space to this lake which covers an area of 84 km sq. This scenic spot is ideal for bird-viewing, as migratory birds like Siberian Crane come here and build their nests. A lot many nature-lovers, photographer and people looking for some alone-moments spend their time by the lake or boating on it.
6. Shop Around the iconic Ghanta Ghar
Located beside the bustling Sadar Bazar, Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower is often frequented because of rich colorful goods sold in the vicinity. People can buy marble-inlay items, miniature elephants and camels, clay figurines, Rajasthani textiles and traditional jewelry among many other items, from the market.
7. Gangaur festival
|Celebration of Gangaur Festival in Jodhpur|
8. Visit Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
|Enterance gate of Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park|
9. Treat your eyes with the Cenotaphs of Mandore GardenThe Cenotaphs (or dewals) of Mandore Garden are popular local attraction. One if its unique feature is that it doesn’t have any semblances with typical chhatri-shaped cenotaphs of Rajasthan. They are built mainly of red sandstone with elegant spires, four stories and fine columns. Surrounding these cenotaphs are manicured gardens, which has a Shrine of the Three Hundred Million Gods with vivid images of Hindu god.
10. Go for Desert Safari at Ossian
|Desert Safari in Jodhpur|
11. Fly kites in Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival
|International Kite Festival in Jodhpur|
12. Jodhpur RIFF - Rajasthan International Folk Festival
|Performing cultural event on RIFF festival in Jodhpur|
13. Pay a visit to Udai Mandir
|Udai Mandir in Jodhpur, Rajasthan|
14. Enjoy Nature’s Beauty in Umed GardenCovering an area of about 82 acres, Umed Garden is named after Maharaja Umed Singh, who developed it. The park, other than beautiful flowers houses a museum, library, fountain and zoo. The zoo is named Walk in Aviary and was constructed in 1978. Here, you can spot ducks, crocodiles, lions, deers, leopards, foxes, rabbits, local, Australian and African parrots, among many.
15. Walk Around The Rai ka Baag PalaceRai ka Baag Palace is located near Raika Palace Railway Station. It was built in 1663 by the queen of Maharaja Jaswant Singh-I and was King Jaswant Singh II’s favorite palaces. He loved to spend time in palace’s octagonal-shaped bungalow. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj, visited the palace and gave sermons in the ground in 1883.
16. Flying Fox
|Flying Fox : An Adventurous Sport in Jodhpur|
17. Marwar Festival
|Marwar Festival in Jodhpur|
18. Take a Stroll on the Sardar Government MuseumTaking you down the memory lane, Sardar Government Museum houses weapons, textiles, coins, miniatures, portraits, manuscripts, local crafts and sculptures that date back to 6th and 10th century. The museum was built during the reign of Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1909. When done with the museum, you can take a stroll in the zoo or read in the public library.
19. Go Shopping in Sarafa BazaarSarafa Bazar is a one-stop shop, dealing in anything and everything such as footwear, Bandhinis, antiques, bangles, accessories, leather items, textiles, utensils and what not!
20. Visit Mahamandir Temple
|Mahamandir Temple in Jodhpur, Rajasthan|