10 Places to visit in Jodhpur this Weekend

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When you have already decided to pick up “One of the most colorful cities in the world” Jodhpur, for your long weekend holiday, then you must know that you are about to experience the best holiday of the year! Ajit Bhawan- India’s first Heritage hotel welcomes you to Jodhpur for an exciting long weekend holiday!

Akit Bhawan

Welcome to Ajit Bhawan- India’s First Heritage Hotel

Jodhpur, nicknamed as the Sun City, is unquestionably one of the most historic and exuberant destinations to visit in Rajasthan. Dubbed as the Blue city for the azure bed of blue painted houses, Jodhpur is an awesome city for those who love to take a walk back in time on this long weekend break. Besides, the Blue City also welcomes those who love to soak in its traditions and colorful culture. So if you are one of those who is keen on the rich history of Rajasthan or want to experience a royal Rajasthani lifestyle, Jodhpur is the certainly the best pick for this long weekend break for you. Here’s a precise list of the best places to explore in Jodhpur that’ll make your trip to this Blue City worth it!

  1. Rise like a Dark Knight at Mehrangarh FortMehrangarh Fort

Built in the 15th century of red sandstone and rising on the 122 meters above the city, the formidable Mehrangarh Fort exemplifies Jodhpur’s azure skyline and other than its mighty structure, is one of the best photography spots in Jodhpur. The “work of giants”, as expressed by Rudyard Kipling, houses many places like Sheesh Mahal, darbaar hall and a museum- which has everything from weapons to palanquins on display.  After you are done from your morning Breakfast at Ajit Bhawan, you may head to explore the mighty fort of Mehrangarh as early hours are the best time to avoid the stabbing Sun!

  1. Soak in the Milky White grandeur of Jaswant ThadaJaswant-Thada-white-marble-cenotaph

Situated on a short distance from the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, is reckoned to be one of the best architectural landmarks in Jodhpur. Followed by the Mehrangarh Fort, you wouldn’t be able to miss a visit to Jaswant Thada, which is a mesmeric cenotaph built, in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh, with white marbles and has many portraits of kings of Rathore. A tiered garden and a small lake in the premises make it more attractive.

  1. Marvel the beauty of Rao Jodha Desert Rock ParkRao Jodha Park1

In this monsoon season the gardens of the city everywhere are in full bloom!  On the foot hills of Mehrangharh Fort, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is an artificially created park a couple of years ago. It was constructed to preserve the rocky terrain of Jodhpur around the fort and to restore exotic plant species that belong to the Thar Desert. Spread over 200 acres, the park offers to see some of the exotic plant collections. So, if you really enjoy being surrounded by nature’s beauty, then this is the place for you.

  1. Bargain like a pro at Clock Tower Sardar Bazaarclock tower

The furbished clock tower is an iconic centerpiece of the old city of Jodhpur, and spread around its lanes lanes is the chaotic Sadar Market where you can indulge in shopping for famous fashion statement Jodhpur pants, bandhej fabrics and chunky jewellery. And if the flavors ofl Rajasthani cuisine has begun to grow on you, this is the place where you can get your spice fix.  In the adjoining neighborhood you will find traditional havelis, standing next to an army of street vendors. This is where all the action can be enjoyed! And, by the end of the day, you’ll be delighted to retire at your exquisite suite after all the fun in the city 🙂

  1. Gorge the local cuisines: it’s mostly spice all aroundmirchi bada Jodhpur

After the victorious shopping and bargain in the streets, it’s time to fill the belly! Like anywhere else in Rajasthan, the food in Jodhpur looks colorful, eye-popping and worth photographing. Don’t miss to sample fried street snacks like Mirchi Vada at the Clock Tower Market. Wash it down later on with a refreshing glass of Lassi- blended yoghurt.  Not to forget the “Laal Maans”, Jodhpur serves his rich red meat delicacy in best flavors.

 

  1. Vintage Wheels ride  to the Umaid Bhawan PalaceAjit Bhawan Jodhpur

One of the largest private residences in the world, Umaid Bhawan is the home to Maharaja Gaj Singh II and the royal family of Jodhpur. Adding glory to the city of Jodhpur, the Palace is poised atop Chittar Hill at the highest point of the city.  The opulent 347 room sandstone palace is divided into three sections: the royal residence, a museum, and heritage hotel.  Ajit Bhawan’s private fleet of Vintage cars is not just meant for display but takes you on a royal ride of the city including a trip to Umaid Bhawan! Don’t forget to “Waive like a Maharaja when you on your royal ride in Jodhpur”

Vintage Car Drive

  1. See like a local- a walk into the Blue CityBlue city

The oldest areas of Jodhpur stretch out at the foot of the Mehrangarh Fort replicating an expansive carpet of stubby blue buildings melding into the horizon. In stark contrast to the parched hues of the Thar Desert, the blue frontages lining the by-lanes breathe fresh life into the city. You’ll end up with some great shots while maneuvering the alleyways. Try to go before the sun sets and return for a delightful royal dinner at Ajit Bhawan. .

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  1. Drive down to the shimmering Balsamand LakeBalsamand Lake Palace

Some five kilometres from Ajit Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Balsamand Lake is one of the major attractions for those visiting Jodhpur. It’s an artificially constructed lake, which was earlier used as a water reservoir for the villagers of Mandore. Surrounded by verdant greenery and vantage point of the lake appear breathtaking in this time of the year when the garden’s flora blossoms beautifully.

  1. Pay homage to the Motorbike God- Bullet Baba on NH4Bullet-Baba-shrine-in-Rajasthan2

A unique and unconventional temple in Jodhpur, Om Banna Temple, also known as Bullet Baba Temple, is a temple located in Pali district near Jodhpur. The temple is famous and is thronged by many as here the 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet is the main deity.

10. Admire the magnificence of Mandore Gardens and its cenotaphs

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With history dated back to 6th century, way too earlier than the establishment of Jodhpur, Mandore Gardens is a must visit place, which accommodates great traditional values and marvelous ancient architecture . The garden comprises of a museum, ‘Hall of Heroes’ and a temple dedicated to the 33 crore Hindu Gods. Other than being the the best place to learn about the historical importance of Jodhpur city, Mandore Garden is the best place for monsoon retreat.

For more information and Reservations Kindly Visit http://www.ajitbhawan.com as we also have an exciting deal for you this Independence Day. Click here for the deal: http://www.cntraveller.in/story/deals-to-steal-for-your-independence-day-weekend/

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