In February 2018, I spent 3 days in Jodhpur.
During this time, I explored some of the top sights and best places to visit in Jodhpur. The activities I did can also all be covered if you have 2 days in Jodhpur too, as I took it at a slow pace.
The Jodhpur itinerary
Here’s the quick list of my itinerary for the 3 days in Jodhpur:
- Getting to Jodhpur: Udaipur to Jodhpur by bus
- DAY 1
- Getting lost on the blue streets of the Blue City
- Visit to Jodhpur’s iconic Mehrangarh Fort
- DAY 2
- Nature walk through desert rock park
- Walk to hilltop temple
- Visit to the Taj Mahal of the Marwar
- DAY 3
- Visit to a stepwell
- Watch local kids go stepwell jumping
Read on below for more information below about each of these Jodhpur activities!
Since I had more time, I was able to spread out these things out over the course of more days.
If you have a shorter time, it may still be possible to complete all of these Jodhpur activities!
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Adapting this into a 2 day itinerary or 1 day itinerary
While I spread these activities out over 3 days, I think it can also be perfect to do with just 2 days in Jodhpur.
If you have a shorter amount of time in Jodhpur, you could make this into a 2 day itinerary without cutting anything out.
To do everything on this list with just 1 day in Jodhpur would be a bit difficult, so you’d have to cut out a couple of activities.
I got started on most days mid-morning and was back by early evening. So if you have just a short time in Jodhpur and want to check more off your bucket list, you can get started early morning to get more done!
Getting to Jodhpur: Udaipur to Jodhpur by bus
I arrived in Jodhpur in the evening from Udaipur by taking a daytime bus with a sleeper seat.
Having a sleeper seat meant more room to move around during the 6 hour bus ride!
There are tons of buses that run between Udaipur and Jodhpur. Most that I found start in the early morning or late at night. I wanted to travel during the day and have a sleeper seat, and I ended up on a non-AC bus.
Overall it was a quite fine journey!
But if you are prone to motion sickness, it could be best to prepare yourself as you might feel this to be a little bumpy at times. Roads are generally smoother on the highway, but the route my bus took seemed to have a good portion of driving that wasn’t on the highway. Here are some of the best natural remedies for car sickness.
I used redbus to check bus timings for Udaipur to Jodhpur, and it’s also how I booked my bus ticket to Jodhpur.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Jodhpur!
DAY 1 IN JODHPUR
Omelette from a street stall
I hadn’t eaten much on bus travel day the previous day, so I was eager to get some food in me!
Street food in India can be a concern if you’re afraid to get sick in India.
But when my trusty guidebook had an “omelette shop” listed as one of the top recommendations of places to eat in Jodhpur, it sounded good to me! This guidebook is a good place to get recommendations on clean (safe!) places to eat!
Considering all they do is eggs, this omelette shop had a pretty big variety on their menu. There was a list of over 10 options.
This type of “omelette” is basically beaten and fried eggs served with bread as a sandwich.
I was going to go with the plain, but then I saw what an “ali baba” omelette looked like (looked very filling!) and decided to go with that one in hopes that it would fill me up more!
Still, the plain omelette might be able to fill you up too! As pictured below, it goes bread – egg – bread – bread – egg – bread.
This street food is located in the main part of the city near Sardar Market and the Clock Tower.
The prices of these egg sandwiches range from 30 rupees (less than 50 cents) for the plain omelette to 80 rupees (just over $1) for the bigger ali baba omelette.
Getting lost on the blue streets of the Blue City
Jodhpur is known as the Blue City because there are parts of the city in which tons of buildings are painted blue.
The audio tour from the Jodhpur’s fort (more on this later) explains why Jodhpur buildings are blue:
- This color keeps it cooler in hot weather
- This color acts as a natural insect repellent
They actually explained it as why the city uses the “indigo” color.
Since Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, one of the top things I wanted to do in Jodhpur was to walk through the blue streets!
And it kind of happened unexpectedly.
I was actually trying to reach Jodhpur’s famous fort from Sardar Market, and just started walking.
Soon I ended up on these famous blue streets!
Not all buildings are painted blue. But enough of them are that when you look at an aerial view of this section of the Jodhpur, it can really appear like a “blue city”!
So what ended up happening was that I took the long way to get to the fort. But it ended up being perfect since it gave me the chance to walk through blue streets.
Walking around Mehrangarh Fort
So after a bit more walking, I finally reached where I was trying to get to in the first place!
Rajasthan can be considered a land of forts, and Jodhpur is home to one of the massive forts!
The one in Jodhpur is called the Mehrangarh Fort, and it dates back to the 15th century.
Today, descendants of the royal family that lived in this fort during its prime have took it upon themselves to preserve the fort and open it to the public for viewing. This includes the fort palace as part of a museum.
Walking around the fort grounds is free. There are a few parts that will give you grand views of Jodhpur, including the blue section of the city.
DAY 2 IN JODHPUR
Nature walk through trails of the desert rock park
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Jodhpur without going too far, this is it!
If you’re looking for a hike around Jodhpur, this is it!
The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is a nature park that you can also consider to be a type of botanical garden in Jodhpur.
The visitor’s center reports that the rocks of the area are volcanic rocks formed from lava flows that covered parts of Rajasthan 750 million years ago. If you like geology, you may particularly enjoy a visit to this park!
There are a number of nature trails, each around 1 km long. You’ll see plants that are native to the desert.
As per the name of the park, you’ll quite literally find rocky trails, and you will see rock formations all around.
There is a free audio tour that you can listen to as you walk along one of the trails. You can actually even listen to it now!
You can check the app called “Trip My Way: India Travel Guide,” and then look for Jodhpur and the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. You can listen to the introduction to see if this is something you want to further explore once you’re in Jodhpur!
This isn’t too far from the main part of the city, and it can be worth a visit if you’re looking for a little bit of quiet compared to Sardar Market. You might still be able to hear the rickshaws honking in the distance when you’re in some parts of the park, but you can also hear the birds chirping quite clearly too!
The entry fee for the Rao Jodha Rock Park was 100 rupees (US$1.50).
Hilltop temple walk with some of the best views in Jodhpur
This is a short but strenuous walk.
It’s more like a massive stair climbing session.
I actually stumbled across this as I was making my way back to the main part of Jodhpur. I saw a set of stairs, and wondered where it could lead to!
Stairs in Jodhpur tend to lead to amazing views of the city.
And at the top of these stairs, there was a temple… and an amazing view of the fort and the city!
According to Google Maps, it looks like the name of this temple is Tekri Mata Temple.
Visit to the Taj Mahal of Marwar
The Jaswant Thada was built as a memorial to a member of the Jodhpur royal family. On the grounds are also areas where other members of the royal family have been cremated.
This historical monument has been called the Taj Mahal of Marwar, with Marwar referring to a former kingdom of the royals that encompassed the city of Jodhpur.
This was another activity that I stumbled upon, as I was on my way back to the city. The grounds here also offer up views of Jodhpur from above.
This can be a quick visit of around 30 minutes, or you can stay for a lot longer and enjoy the peace of the gardens and the rest of the Jaswant Thada grounds.
The entry fee for the Jaswant Thada was 50 rupees (a little less than $1) for foreigners.
Rooftop restaurant with views of the fort
Since the fort is one of the major icons of Jodhpur, I was looking for another broader view of the fort!
So finding a rooftop restaurant seemed like the perfect thing for that.
Going with another Lonely Planet recommendation, I went with the rooftop restaurant called Indique, which is located on the same grounds as the Pal Haveli Hotel.
DAY 3 IN JODHPUR
A visit to a stepwell in Jodhpur
For my last day in Jodhpur, I wanted something low-key. I figured a visit to the stepwell could be just that!
The stepwell in Jodhpur is called the Tunwarji ka Jhalra, and it’s located a few minutes walk from the main hustle and bustle of Sardar Market and the Clock Tower.
You can spend as little time or as much time sitting here as you want, as it can be a good place to just sit back and relax on the steps.
The stepwell itself may not be a must-visit, but there is an activity that happens here that can make it a must-visit! (More on that later.)
Rooftop restaurant with views of the stepwell and fort
Just near the stepwell is an alley that you walk down to reach a rooftoop restaurant called the Stepwell Cafe.
It has 3 levels to choose from, so be sure to walk up the stairs so you can see all of your choices!
You can choose to eat and drink with views of the stepwell or views of the fort too. There are some cozy seating choices, including a couch and some cushions. Overall this café provides a comfortable atmosphere.
For a relaxing morning or afternoon, you might consider heading to the Stepwell Cafe!
Watch local kids jumping into the stepwell
Now this is what can make this stepwell in Jodhpur a must-visit!
Kids will be kids!
You can be treated to quite a spectacle if you happen to be at the stepwell at a time when the local kids decide to make a splashdown into the stepwell.
Some of them do it cannonball style, and some attempt a more traditional dive.
They jump in from the lower parts, and some daring kids jump in from a rather high point, impressing everyone who’s watching!
Instead of cliff jumping, this is jumping into water Rajasthani-style – stepwell jumping!
One staff member at the Stepwell Cafe said the stepwell is 100m deep.
Jumping into the stepwell does seem to be an illegal activity, as eventually police came and the kids all scattered.
I saw one officer chasing after one kid who eventually got caught. The officer was holding the kid by the arm and appeared to be scolding at him, although I’m not sure what type of consequences, if any, there were aside from that.
It seems like local kids jumping into the stepwell is a regular occurrence, and the consequences must not be that terrible for getting caught!
How to make these activities into a 2 day Jodhpur itinerary
You can do the activities I did on my last day in Jodhpur pretty easily on another day since it is located near the main part of the city. That means this can do all of these things in just 2 days in Jodhpur too!
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