A day’s itinerary – Jodhpur, Rajasthan
The second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur promises to give you a cultural and historical experience. Once the capital of a very powerful empire, Jodhpur has many places for tourists. The best months to visit are from October to February. The city is clean with expanded road widths to accommodate the rising population. The entire city if full of forts, palaces and of course eateries. A day trip is enough to visit few of the most famous spots (Camera charges are extra) in the city.
1. Mehrangarh Fort – One of the largest forts in India. Do take the escalator if you have elderly or lazy to walk up as the fort is on a hilly top. The view from top is remarkable especially of the Umaid Bhawan Palace on the other side of the city. The Fort houses a museum displaying art, arms and royal costumes. A range of Palanquins can also be found on display. A miniature version of the entire fort is also, a must see.
2. Jaswant Thada – Close to the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada is a white marble memorial and is known for its architectural brilliance. The place is actually a traditional cremation ground for the Jodhpur rulers which houses cenotaph or empty tombs. Jaswant Thada has a small lake as you entire and the gardens are mesmerizing, providing a much cooler environment during summers.
3. Umaid Bhawan Palace – One of the largest and most beautiful private residences in the world, a part of it is now a luxury hotel and only a small part is opened for the public. The museum is known for the rare art and antiques on display. Don’t forget to see the royal automobiles just outside the museum.
The ‘Blue city’ is home to many sweets like the Ghewar and Malpua; while some of the most famous snacks are the Jodhpuri Mirchi Vada, Pyaaz Kachori, Dal Bati Churma etc. We tried these for breakfast at the Janta Sweet Shop.
If you want to try fast food, Gypsy is a popular option. The restaurant was full and we had to wait outside on a hot day for 15mins to get some space. The best items on the menu is their Raj Kachori, a great combination of tangy, sweet and sour flavors. The Fried rice and Manchurian combo was out of the world, a must try. The Veg Pizza was good as well. The Hyderabadi Biryani was nothing close to a biryani but a kind of pilaf or palao, was ok. The Banana Split came for dessert and made out day! Overall a satisfying meal! There are plenty of other food joints options across the city.
Jodhpur also has amazing temples close by like Ramdevra and Osian, a visit to these places is a must incase you want to extend the itinerary to more than a day!