Jodhpur Travel, Rajasthan, India

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Mehrangarh Fort looming over Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

Why Jodhpur travel?

So. . . there’s the ‘White City’ of Udaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and now here’s the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, conveniently located on the edge of the Thar Desert, halfway between Jaipur and the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer.

This is one of the least interesting of Rajasthan’s towns, with the fort and its museums being the focal point for tourists or the Umaid Bhawan Palace hotel experience for glitterati travellers.

Jodhpur, blue Brahmin houses, Rajasthan, India

The blue view from the Mehrangarh Fort.

Mehrangarh is the largest fort in India and offers an excellent museum of military trivia and Maharaja’s toys as well as that superb view. Many Brahmin live on the north side of the city and like to paint their house in shades of blue, we don’t know why.

Jodhpur attractions

Jodhpur and Umaid Bhawan Palace view, Rajasthan, India

A city panorama with the Umaid Bhawan Palace on the distant outskirts.

The massive, Maharaja's 347-room, art-deco, Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India

The massive, Maharaja’s 347-room, art-deco, Umaid Bhawan is these days in large part a five star hotel, in small part a museum and in middling part a grand residence for the current Maharaja of Jodhpur.

Moti Mahal colourful windows, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Moti Mahal in the monstrous Mehrangarh Fort. Photo by Jeremy Richards.

Started in 1458, Mehrangarh Fort houses more than just an impregnable stronghold. It is also home to the Maharaja’s Pearl Audience Hall, the Moti Mahal, an extensive museum of military and Maharaja accoutrements, his pleasure chamber, the Phool Mahal, his delicate harem quarters and the pretty little Chamunda Mataji Temple.

A fresco on a wall of the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

A fresco on a wall of the Mehrangarh Fort. Photo by Yann.

Jodhpur Mehrangarh Fort Yann, India

Part of the exterior of the Mehrangarh Fort. Photo by Yann.

Nearby sights

Osian [Osyian] temple pillars, near Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

The Osian (aka Osiyan) Jain temple, 60 kms from Jodhpur. Photo by Daniel Boiteau.

Osian temple ceiling, near Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

The Osian temple ceiling, near Jodhpur. Photo by Daniel Boiteau.

Jaswant Thada, Maharaja's marble memorial, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

The Jaswant Thada, an ornate Maharaja’s marble memorial from 1899. Photo by Jarnogz.

Getting there

Flights: 5kms from the city centre, Jodhpur Airport from has many flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur

Rail: Trains run from all over but most importantly to/from Jaisalmer, Jaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Delhi and Mumbai.

Bus: Buses go to Jodhpur from all Rajasthan towns and cities, as well as from Delhi

Car/Taxi: easy trips from Jaipur (345 kms), Ajmer/Pushkar (200kms), Jaisalmer (290 kms), Bikaner (240 kms), Udaipur (275 kms) and more.