One of the most historic cities in India, Jodhpur’s roots go back to the sixteenth century. Nestled in the middle of Rajasthan, a deeply culturally populated state where residents still wear the traditional costumes of their ancestors, Jodhpur is known as the “Green City” for its vibrant egg-green houses surrounding the Fort. Famous Mehrangarh. Jodhpur topped Lonely Planet’s top accommodations and here are The Best Things to Do in Jodhpur, Rajasthan that you should not miss.
Enjoy Desert Camping
Camping is the most mesmerizing thing to do on any holiday. And if it’s Jodhpur, it is going to be more fun as you will be staying amidst the sand dunes! Believe us, it is very enthralling experience. The camps are provided with all the amenities and that too lavish. You will also get to have dinner under the stars and enjoy various activities like dance during camping. It is one of The Best Things to Do in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Explore Mehrangarh Fort
No list of things to do in Jodhpur is complete without a mention of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort. One of the largest forts in India, it stands tall atop a perpendicular cliff. It’s easy to spend the better part of a day exploring the sprawling complex and listening to colorful stories on your audio guide.
There are a number of fascinating rooms, royal apartments, and balconies but our favorite room was the Phool Mahal – unsurprisingly it’s a room dedicated to hedonism and pleasure. Its gold filigree ceiling and stained glass windows epitomize oriental opulence and decadence. Here poets would recite their latest verses and dancers would dance all night to please their King. Today, light bounces off its colorful windows and lends an aura of magic to the room.
Flying Fox Jodhpur
You don’t need to go all the way to the Amazon Rainforest for an aerial adventure – you can get the experience from the comfort of the Mehrangarh Fort. The Flying Fox Jodhpur zipline tour is made up of six cables that stretch across the fortress walls, flying you around the battlements, lakes, and valleys of Jodhpur. Every flight comes with a guide to ensure safety and provide extensive expertise on everything from the history of the mighty fort to the topographical elements of Rajasthan
Bishnoi Village Safari
If you are in Jodhpur and want to experience village life, then you should try Bishnoi Village Safari. It is usually a half-day trip where one can visit this village and get to know the locals. It is a quick sneak peek into their lives. One can also enjoy a simple yet rich meal when in the village which is prepared with much love and warmth.
Participate in an Amal Sabha, a traditional Opium Ceremony
This might be a bit controversial but we’ll roll with it. Opium is banned in India but authorities turn a blind eye to it in the state of Rajasthan because it is intrinsic to the culture in this part of the country. The Amal Sabha, a traditional Opium ceremony, is said to be over 1000 years old. It’s a ritual gathering that celebrates friendship. Who are we to say no to revered tradition? 😉
The Amal Sabha comprises a small gathering of men. Filtered opiate is watered and first offered to Lord Shiva. Following this, all visitors drink opiate from the palm of the eldest member of the gathering.
Check Out the Clock Tower and Old City Markets
A trip to Jodhpur wouldn’t be complete without visiting the bustling Old City. Many people choose to stay in this area too, as some of the best budget hotels in Jodhpur are located there and have fabulous Fort views. The Old City’s famous landmark, the clock tower, stands at the heart of it—and it’s still working! Next to it, Sadar Market retains a traditional village bazaar feel. It’s chaotic and colorful and sells almost everything, including handicrafts, spices, saris, and fabric. If you feel uncomfortable in crowds, you might prefer to take a walking tour rather than explore the market area yourself, as the congestion can be overwhelming. These walking tours offered by Jodhpur Magic and Virasat Experiences are two recommended options.
Marvel at Umaid Bhawan Palace
Magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace, completed in 1944, was one of the last grand palaces to be built in India. The royal family of Jodhpur still occupies a section of it. Most of the remainder has been converted into a luxurious palace hotel and unfortunately, it’s off-limits to anyone who’s not staying there. If you can’t afford $600 or more per night for a room, you can still get a glimpse inside the palace by having a pricey dinner at one of its restaurants or visiting the museum. The museum mostly displays old photos of the Maharaja and his family. There’s a vintage watch and car collection as well. If you’re into that kind of thing, it’s worthwhile going there. Otherwise, you may be disappointed as you’ll get to see very little of the palace.