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The Blue City, Jodhpur

''Vivid blue-painted houses are typical to Jodhpur, a place laden with history and culture''

Jodhpur is one city you definitely want to revisit for its splendour. The city throws around royal aura and boasts of architectural marvels like Meharangarh Fort, Umaid Palace and Jawant Thada. Check into a nice abode facing Mehrangarh Fort and nothing like waking up to the grandeur of this magnificent fortress.

KEY ATTRACTIONS : MEHRANGARH FORT

Yes, it’s the same fort where title track of Bollywood flick 'Shudh Desi Romance' was shot. A living proof of hard work and grandeur, it is certainly not to be missed. This scintillating architectural beauty stands on a perpendicular cliff and gives fascinating views of the blue city - Jodhpur. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “ the work of giants”.

The fort is quite a walk so one way, which is going up the fort, is recommended via elevator, which costs additional Rs 30 per person. The fort also houses a few shops selling Rajasthani clothes, footwear and artifacts, which can be taken back home as a remembrance.

Best part is there’s more than just sightseeing at Mehrangarh. Buy a ticket at the Flying Fox counter and fly high over the outer battlements of Rajasthan's most majestic fortress. Plan a visit in winters say between November and February. In summers, sun is too harsh for sightseeing.

Timings: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tickets: Rs 60 for national tourists
Rs 400 for international tourist
Flying Fox Charges: Rs 1,800 per person (Rates in January)
Note: Charges may vary from season to season.

UMAID BHAWAN PALACE MUSEUM : This magnificent edifice with 347 rooms is one of the world’s largest private residences. Converted to a hotel in 1978, the palace was thrown open to the public at large as a residential hotel. The private museum attached to the palace contains a special exhibition on Maharaja Umaid Singh and making of the Umaid Bhawan Palace. It was commissioned by Maharaja Umaid Singh on Chittar Hill, southeast of the city between 1929 – 1944.

Timings: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tickets: Rs 30 for Indian Tourists
Rs 100 for Foreign Tourists

JASWANT THADA : A memorial in white marble dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Away from hubbub of city, this is an architectural marvel of Jodhpur, also popularly known as the 'Taj Mahal of Marwar'. Its intricate carving, beautifully maintained gardens and array of whimsical domes are a treat to the eyes.

Timings: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tickets: Rs 15 for Indian Tourists
Rs 30 for Foreign Tourists

BALSAMAND LAKE : The lake, which was earlier open to public, has now restricted access to guests of WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace. The lake itself which was artificially created in the 13th century as a water reservoir that supplied drinking water to the city - now compliments the lush green lawns and staggered terraced gardens of the property.

SHOPPING : • Just close to the railway station is Nai Sarak market, which is a good place to buy tie and dye dresses, footwear and handlooms.
• Mochi Bazaar can be visited for famous lac work bangles.
• National Handlooms for Rajasthani clothes, handlooms and handicrafts.
• Thar Handloom outlets are a bit overpriced but one can always check out.

FOOD/DRINK : • Jodhpur Sweets for mave ki kachori, moong dal halwa and makkhan vada
• Mirchi vada is a local snack with chilli and potato filling, which can be tried at any good eatery in Jodhpur.
• Lal Maans, a typical Rajasthani dish can too be tasted at any good restaurant.
• ‘Indana Palace’ for Mughlai Food. Chinese is good but don’t experiment with continental cuisines much here.
• ‘On The Rocks’ restaurant gives a good outdoor seating experience. Food is good too.


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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