Jodhpur Private Day Tours
Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. After its population crossed a million, it was declared as the second 'Metropolitan City' of Rajasthan after Jaipur. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name and the capital of the Kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is now a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, surrounded by the immense Thar Desert.
Jodhpur is located in the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base to explore other popular destinations such as Ranakpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, all within reachable distances of 200 - 350 KMs. Jodhpur is very well connected by road, rail and air to all major Indian cities.
• Arrive in Jodhpur and check into your hotel. After breakfast head to Mehrangarh Fort, situated 5 kilometres from Jodhpur city. Built by Rao Jodha in 1459, the fort encloses beautifully carved red sandstone palaces and exquisite temple architecture. There are four main period rooms which showcase the exquisite lifestyle led by the royals in the past.
• Mehrangarh Fort Museum is one of the best kept museums of India. It houses everything from period costumes, paintings, antique furnishings and weapons belonging to formers rulers and warriors, to a fascinating collection of howdahs and palanquins. The fort remains open from 8:30am to 5:30pm in summers, and from 9am to 5pm during winters.
• Next, you can visit Jaswant Thada, which is very close to the Mehrangarh Fort. This monument is built like a temple made entirely out of white marbles, with beautifully intricate lattice carvings, sculptures and frescos as well. A truly perfect example of architectural brilliance.The memorial grounds also include a beautiful multi-tiered garden and a small pond that lends a serene atmosphere to the place.
• Break for lunch in any of the nearby restaurants. You can try out the rooftop restaurant in the Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli located at the foot of the fort or move down to the Clocktower-Nai Sadak market area. You will find plenty of eating options. Shri Mishrilal would be a good choice. Try the Makhania Lassi here. Outstanding!
• Your next stop is the bustling Clocktower (Ghantaghar) market area. It’s shopping time! The Nai Sadak - Clocktower area is an ideal place for picking up the local flavours of the city. You can get some amazing deals in the spices and tea shops, especially around the Clocktower. Nai Sadak has a lot of handlooms, clothing, jewelleries and handicraft markets. The whole state of Rajasthan is known for its colourful mirror-worked handlooms and Bandhani (tie & dye) work. So you might want to check that out.
• There are other markets in the city, but they require travelling further ahead. You will find that different markets specialise in different wares. Like, for puppets, rugs, mirror work, Bandhani (tie & dye) fabrics, Jodhpurs, and other clothing items, the markets of Kapra Bazaar, Sojati Gate, and Sardar Bazaar, will be your best bet. Mochi Bazar is the ultimate place for embroidered shoes and jootis. For wooden furniture or crafts, point your feet towards the Pratap Nagar market. Apart from all these, the other popular markets are Tripolia Bazar, Sarafa Bazaar, Station Road and Palace Road. Phew! You can easily spend the rest of the day exploring these markets. Just keep in mind the Jodhpur shopping mantra of “haggle, haggle and then haggle some more”, and you’ll be good to go!
• So, that’s it for your first day here. Head back to your hotel for some food and rest. Most hotels here organise cultural programmes for its guests on demand. If you don’t feel like heading straight to bed, you can enjoy the puppet shows or some folk song and dance performances. Just make sure that you inform the hotel manager about your plans for the evening entertainment preferably in the morning, so that the arrangements can be made beforehand.
Later visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Built by Maharaja Umaid Singh, over a million square feet of marble and a special type of sandstone (Chittar sandstone) was used to construct the palace, which is why, it is also referred to as Chittar Palace. With its balconies, gardens, courtyards and stately rooms the palace symbolises the best of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The palace is divided into three parts. One part functioning as a hotel, another other housing a museum and the third as acting as the royal residence. On the way to the palace, you will find a very nice antique market.
OPTIONAL FOR 2nd Day TOUR -
• The palace, museum and the market shouldn’t take you more than 3 hours. By the time you are done, it will be the perfect time for brunch. From here you can choose either of the following two options:
Excursion Option 1-
• After lunch take a ride to Osian Make sure you reach there by 4pm at least, it will not take you more than three hours to reach the place which is 60 kilometers away from Jodhpur. The ancient town of Osian, nicknamed as the ‘Khajuraho of Rajasthan’, is an important center for the Oswal Jain community. It has a cluster of ancient Hindu and Jain temples from the 8th to 11th century, the most famous one being the Mahavira Temple and the Osian mata Temple. The Sachiya Mata temple and the Sun temple are especially known for their architectural beauty.
• Osian is also famous for its camel safaris and desert activities like sand dune camping, village and wildlife safaris, desert picnics, desert jeep safaris, campfires with live folk performances etc. So you may choose to spend the night at the desert camps or head back to your hotel.
Excursion option 2-
• There are a number of lakes and wildlife sanctuaries within 50 kilometers of Jodhpur. Some lakes like the Balsamand lake and the Kalyana lake are less than 10 kilometers away. Both these lakes are quite picturesque and make wonderful picnic spots. As far as the wildlife sanctuaries are concerned, nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts may get a pleasant surprise when they come across the biodiversity on display here. Machiya Safari park is the closest to the city (9 kilometers) which harbours an amazing variety of wildlife. It also has an excellent bird watching point and a fort hidden amidst the jungles. You can get even more information about each of these, in the separate FAQ section on wildlife and lakes in Jodhpur.
Excursion option 3 –
Visit the luni a local ethinic village visit the local persons of bishnoi caste this place is around 50 k.ms away from the jodhpur and here you can also spot the deers walking freely nearbye.