Jodhpur located on the borders of the Thar Desert is also the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur enjoys a bright and a sunny weather throughout the year and hence it is also known as the Sun City. One interesting fact about Jodhpur is that most of the houses in the city are painted in Blue and hence it is also sometimes known as the Blue City.
Jodhpur the city of the sun Jodhpur although is a border city next to the desert, it is well connected with the rest of Rajasthan and India via flights, road and railways. Some of the most interesting places of visit in Jodhpur include the Moti Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Chamunda Mataji Temple, Zenana Deodi, Mandore Gardens, Khejarla Fort and the Jaswant Thada. There are also some renowned and popular lakes in Jodhpur that are worth visiting like the Gulab Sagar Lake, Balsamund Lake, Keylana Lake and the Ranisar Padamsar Lake.
Wonderful places to visit in Jodhpur
Mehrangarh Fort should ideally rank in the top of your travel itinerary in Jodhpur. It is a magnificent structure which is also one of the largest forts in India. The fort stands at a towering strength of 400 feet above the city of Jodhpur. Although the fort construction started in 1459 during the reign of Rao Jodha, it ended several centuries later and hence the architecture of the fort portrays variety of styles and designs.
The Jaswant Thada was built near the Mehrangarh Fort in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. It is constructed with marble and looks very intricate and charming at the same time. The Balsamund Lake is yet another tourist attraction in Jodhpur. It is an artificial lake that is surrounded by mango groves and other fruity groves like papaya, plum, guava and pomegranate. It used to serve as a summer resort for the royal family earlier. Keylana Lake is yet another artificial lake that is also a bird watcher’s paradise.
The Umaid Bhavan Palace is located at the highest point of the city of Jodhpur. It is one of the largest private residences of the world and is still home to the royal family of Jodhpur.
Apart from Jodhpur, one must visit Jaisalmer which is not too far from the Blue City (Jodhpur). Plus one can contact a local tour operator to buy a tour package for Jaisalmer and a safari tour of Jaisalmer which is must to do tour activity. Cost of these tour packages and safari package vary as per season and services.
Travel to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur
Apart from Jodhpur, Jaisalmer too is a desert city and is located on the western parts of Rajasthan, on the borders of Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is just around 4 hours drive from Jodhpur. In fact most travel enthusiasts take the desert safari from Jaisalmer Sam sand dunes instead of Jodhpur. It is needless to mention that Jaisalmer hosts more tourists that head straight towards the desert from the city rather than Jodhpur. There are lots of interesting places to visit in Jaisalmer too apart from the Sam sand dunes.
Of course when you do visit Jaisalmer after a breathtakingly wonderful experience in Jodhpur, you should certainly not miss visiting the Thar Desert on a camel back. A camel safari is one of the major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. However if you are not sure about the camel safari you can always opt for a desert jeep safari too.