Jodhpur City DescriptionsJodhpur - Jodhpur, the second largest city of the state of Rajasthan, is often called the blue city and is an oasis in the arid Thar Desert. Representing this colourful city with shades of blue, Jodhpur has a history that is rich and a present that beckons strongly to the discerning tourist. Forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, colour and texture, Jodhpur has them all and in plenty.

Places worth visiting in Jodhpur include the Meharangarh Fort, that stands guard over the city from an isolated hill, the Jaswant Thada, an imposing white marble cenotaph, built in memory of the Maharaja, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is a splendid example of Indo colonial architecture. The Umaid Bhawan Palace, other than still being the home of the royal family of Jodhpur, is also a deluxe hotel, and a part of it is a museum. Jodhpur is also a popular shopping destination, with antique furniture being a popular buy amongst tourists.

Getting to Jodhpur

  • By Air – Jodhpur is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur by regular flights.
  • By Rail - Jodhpur is connected by an excellent overnight train service from New Delhi. There are also regular Intercity trains connecting Jodhpur with Jaipur and Jaisalmer.
  • By Road - Jodhpur is well connected by road to Jaipur (330 kms), Jaisalmer (290 kms), Udaipur (275 kms), Khimsar (90 kms) and serves as the gateway for many tourists destinations in Rajasthan.

Best Places to Stay in Jodhpur

Karni Bhawanmake a booking

The Karni Bhawan, is a small Heritage style colonial bungalow, situated not far from the attractions of Jodhpur, and is a good value for money option in this desert city.  Rooms and Suites, are furnished in old traditional Rajasthani style.  Leisure facilities here include a small swimming pool, and an outdoor restaurant and bar.

Balsamand Garden Retreat, Jodhpur Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Located just outside the city of Jodhpur, very close to the banks of the Bal Samand Lake and the Bal Samand Lake Palace, lies the Bal Samand Garden Retreat. Set in a huge orchard with expensive gardens, it serves as a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the lively town of Jodhpur. Facilities here include a swimming pool and a Ayurvedic spa.

Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

The Hari Mahal is a modern deluxe hotel ,spread over six acres of lush, landscaped gardens offering luxurious accommodation and facilities . With its Marwar style architecture and Moghul-inspired domes, enameled murals, slender columns, and grand interiors, this is design that lives up to the fantasy. Well equipped rooms with Internet connectivity, international direct dialing facility, colour television with satellite programmes, minibar, channel music, coffee maker, and safe. Leisure facilities include a large swimming pool, fitness center and spa. 

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

The Ajit Bhawan, is a heritage palace, dating back a hundred years or so.  It is the former home of Maharaja Ajit Singhi , the younger brother of the Maharaj of Jodhpur , and has been converted into a comfortable hotel.  Rooms and Suites have recently been refurbished, and are now equipped with all modern conveniences, while retaining the charms of a heritage hotel.  Leisure faciilties here include an outdoor swimming pool and an Ayurvedic massage centre.

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur Hotels Bookingsmake a booking

Perched high above the desert capital of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India and one of the largest private residences in the world – set amidst 26 acres of lush gardens, the Umaid Bhawan is also perhaps one of the most photographed Hotels in the world. Recently refurbished , the Umaid Bhawan , is now also a part of the Taj Group of Hotels .  Umaid Bhawan Palace offers a range of fitness, recreational and fun activities including a Jiva Spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts etc. The Umaid Bhawan Palace also houses the Palace Museum and Library, a must see for a history enthusiast.

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