BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN JODHPUR IN TWO DAYS
Jodhpur is one of the most amazing cities in India for one peculiar reason. It’s a blue city! Over half of the houses in Jodhpur are painted blue, have a blue roof or blue ornate doors. However, it isn’t just the blue vibes this city a must visit destination. In this article, I will guide you through the best places to visit in Jodhpur in two days. I was in Jodhpur for two nights before returning to Jaipur and it was one of the highlights of my three months in India.
Where to stay in Jodhpur
Namaste Caffe seriously has the most amazing view from the rooftop restaurant. I found it hard to believe I was eating a huge breakfast for under $3 while looking out over the city and directly up at Mehrangarh Fort, which is the focal attraction of Jodhpur. The cafe offers some local dishes but I ate mostly western plates during my stay. The Namaste Special for breakfast was my go-to and such a good way to start the day. A Nutella crepe, yoghurt muesli bowl, scrambled eggs and french toast all for 180 rupees or $3 USD. The price of the room will surprise you!
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Best Places to Visit in Jodhpur in Two Days
The Mehrangarh Fort is unmissable. Literally. You can see the thing from almost all over the city. It was built around 1460 and sits 410 feet above the city. Naturally, when you are inside the fort you have panoramic views of the entire city and all of the blue houses. Unfortunately, the entrance fee was 600 rupees, which is $10 USD. It might not sound like a lot but once you have toured India you will realize this is about as high as it gets (Taj Mahal exception) for an architectural attraction fee.
Nevertheless, I coughed up the cash and started climbing through the fort. Musicians played traditional tunes while sitting upon a cloth on the floor, which set the tone for a relaxing stroll through the fort albeit a bit crowded. It was definitely a tourist hotspot but it was mainly national tourists and there was only a handful of foreigners. You can wander inside the rooms of the fort, upstairs, into the museums and all the way to where the cannons sit and there is a guided audi0 tour free of charge. The best spot to view the blue city from the fort was down the far end near the little temple. This must be on your list of places to visit in Jodhpur in two days, it simple cannot be missed even if you don’t venture inside!
Jodhpur Stepwell (Toorji-Ka-Jhalara)
The Jodhpur Stepwell is a must-visit! It might not be in the other guides you’ve read or on the tour brochures but I guarantee you, aside from the blue houses this is the number one tourist attraction in the city. In my opinion anyway and I may be biased. I went to the Jodhpur Stepwell on both days I was in Jodhpur. It is very close to the Mehrangarh Fort, Clock Tower, and Namaste Caffe. Whenever I drove past I would stop and check to see if any kids were swimming and jumping. If they were I would park my motorbike and jump with them.
Descending layers of stairs wind around the Jodhpur Stepwell leading down to the pool of water. It is said to be built in 600 AD but I couldn’t find a solid source on the date. It was originally a drinking source for the city. The Jodhpur Stepwell is now the unofficial local swimming pool. If you are short for time make sure you add this to your list of places to visit in Jodhpur in two days, you won’t regret it.
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Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar) & Sardar Market
The clock tower is a great central meeting point, where vendors gather to trade and sell fruits, vegetables and arts and crafts. It is the nucleus of the Sardar Market where you can find textiles, gems, and souvenirs. It is also the best spot to head if you want to try two iconic foods of Jodhpur, which I will list below.
Try a Mishrilal Lassi
This a unique Lassi and a unique experience. When you order your Lassi for 30 rupees (50 cents) you head to the crowded dining room and take a seat if you can find one. Then a server comes around the room with a drinks holder carrying 10 Lassi’s and hands them out to those who put their hand up. The customers then pass around a bucket of ice, which you scoop into your Lassi when it comes your way. It’s quite an odd way of delivering drinks and not necessarily the most efficient or orderly but … India.
The Lassi isn’t like others I’ve had and I tried many during my three months in India. It had a distinctive lemon lime taste. It was almost like a key-lime Lassi. Either way, it has stood the test of time and proved a winner with the locals. There aren’t many cafes that offer one kind of drink or a single flavor. Just ask for your Lassi, find a seat and enjoy.
Just like the cemetery of Bada Bagh in Jaisalmer, Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph, a particularly huge one. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father. What is so amazing about the structure it is that it’s made from thin layers of marble, which produce a soft glow in the sunlight.
Jaswant Thada is impressive from close up but it wasn’t until I flew the drone that I got to appreciate the symmetry of the garden, the huge lake and how the city begins at the end of the mountains nearby. If you love architecture this should be at the top of the list of places to visit in Jodhpur in two days.
Exploring the blue houses of the blue city
While some may expect the blue city to be entirely blue it isn’t the case. However, the theme throughout the city is blue, with many houses continuing the old age tradition with blue paint or a blue roof. From the Mehrangarh Fort, you get a clear idea of how blue the city is.
I first visited the Fort and then after surveying the city decided that the suburb of Chandpole would be a good area to explore on the fort in search of some local street life with shades of blue. I had a relaxing afternoon wandering the alleys, getting slightly lost in Chandpole. I concluded that finding an entire street covered in blue was either impossible or a local secret. I did, however, find blue spatterings throughout Chandpole. Often several houses in a row, an alley or a large building were painted a light shade of blue.
Near Chandpole you can also enter the Mehrangarh Fort from the back side. I didn’t want to enter or pay again so I just climbed up towards the entrance and managed to sneak up a wall for a better view of Chandpole from above.
There may be a better area to view the blue houses of Jodhpur but I can personally guarantee Chandpole as a good spot for blue street photography.
Umaid Bhawan Royal Palace
The palace was formerly known as Chittar Palace because the origin of the stones was Chittar Hill and construction finished in 1943. The story regarding the palace was actually quite interesting. It wasn’t built for any other reason than to provide employment to thousands of people during a time of famine. Much like a stimulus package during a recession. The Palace has 347 rooms, houses the Jodhpur Royal Family and the museum.
It’s one of the only places in the world where you can live in a royal palace while the royal family is also residing within the palace. Although you are unlikely to bump into a royal on your way to the breakfast the experience of living in a room and on the grounds that were originally designed for royalty is a unique opportunity. So unique in the fact that Umaid Bhawan was awarded the World’s Best Hotel by TripAdvisor in the category of Traveller’s Choice.
My favorite part about the museum was the car collection of the former king out the front of the Palace. He had everything from a Rolls Royce to a Morris Minor in a range of quirky colors.
- Be sure to try a Kesar ice-cream near the entrance. Kesar means saffron and this ice cream was like no flavor I had tasted before. For 30 rupees (50 cents), you can’t really go wrong.
This spot is so hard to find, even the tuk-tuk drivers had no idea what I meant. From the fort and from Namaste Caffe I could see a tall thin rock formation nearly 100m tall. On top it had a temple or a shrine. I was curious and wanted to find it. At Umaid Bhawan with the help of a group of ten friendly drivers, we google imaged and google mapped without much luck. One driver thought he knew what I was on about and we took off with our fingers crossed but not full of hope when I thought he headed in the wrong direction.
Turned out I was the only one who was wrong as he led us straight to what he called Mahadev Temple, which was not on google maps as far as I could see. We removed our shoes and walked past the priest on the ground floor. Our driver decided to accompany us and was a really cool guy. Up a metal ladder and some concrete foundation and we made it to the top of the temple. Awesome views and a good chat with Ramdev our driver made it well worth the 100 rupee diversion from Umaid Bhawan.
Firstly if anyone knows the official name of this small trail please let me know. I’ve tried to find it to no avail. About a five minutes walk from Mehrangarh Fort is a small trail of stairs leading to a temple and a collection of phone towers. At the top, a security or even what seemed like a family living at the top smiled and waved us in.
We continued to explore the rocks and the walls of the fort which spans all the way to this viewpoint and much further into the distance. This is a great spot for sunset with epic views of the fort and Rao Jodha park where people are zip-lining.
These are my top picks for the best places to visit in Jodhpur in two days. However, there are a number of other temples and museums you might be interested in. Definitely delve further if you have the time. I only had a couple of days before heading back to Jaipur at the end of my India road trip.
Other photos from our random adventures in Jodhpur. There were multiple occasions we were invited into homes and onto rooftops. Jodhpur is a great place and I highly recommend adding it to your Rajasthan plans.
Comment below if you had a different experience finding the blue houses or know of any other spots that should be on the list!