Blue City’s Culinary Extravaganza

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The Blue City is a marvelous, appealing and sensorial extravaganza for life! Its colors (truly much more than the signature blue), smell of heritage blending with urban in the air, sounds of folklore and tastes of typical Rajasthani or rather more Jodhpuri street food and royal cuisines are the most fetching things you will be experiencing when in Jodhpur.

Jodhpur has made a significant contribution to our country’s culinary sketch, especially in terms of street snacks and munchies. The most demanded culinary such as, mawa kachori, makhaniya lassi, pyaaz ki kachori, mirchi bada, laal maas and ker saangri are originated here in Jodhpur. The Sun City also delights those with sweet tooth. A vast variety of mawa cakes & burfis, mohanthaal, and doodh phirni, which, according to tradition, are to be had before a meal are the desserts to die for. Among the many experiences that the city has to offer, the combination of its culinary delight with the experience of shopping spices from its famous markets is one of the finest!

mirchi bada JodhpurJodhpur’s local traditional bazaars and famous gates like Sojati Gate and Jalori Gate are alive with the daily life buzz. True to Rajasthani tradition, shops sell everything, of which Jodhpur’s spices sold in these markets are very popular among the tourists. The famous Sadar Bazaar is teeming with local temptations of excellent spices such as the bright red and pungent Mathania chilies, which lend their flavor to the local cuisine! You’d love to take back home some samples of the great spices to add the Jodhpuri flavor to your cooking.

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Or if you just want to savor the Blue City’s delectable cuisines from within the luxuries of Royal Rajasthan, then you shall visit Ajit Bhawan- India’s first heritage hotel that houses finest restaurants in Jodhpur to satiate your quest for authentic Jodhpuri Cuisines!

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Book a table: Ph: +91 291 2513333, 2510410
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Jodhpur ranked 10th among the World’s top travel destinations for 2017

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It gives us immense pride to share that the  Travellers’ Choice awards 2017 ranked   10th  globally and third most attractive tourist spot to visit in .

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The second largest city (after Jaipur) of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a feast for the architecture-lovers’ sore eyes. The older historic part of the city of Jodhpur is located around the great Mehrangarh Fort, which is bounded by a wall and several gates. Winding streets and unending attractive bazaars run throughout the city that are sprinkled with shops and thronged by visitors across the year. Also called the Blue City for its bustling blue houses, Jodhpur is a home to the magnificent Palaces and Jaswant Thada (popular as  Marwar’s Taj Mahal). The Blue City makes for a perfect getaway from Jaipur, Udaipur and Delhi.

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To experience the Blue City’s magnificence and grandeur plan your stay at Ajit Bhawan- India’s first Heritage Hotel! It is an imposing blend of crisp luxuries and imposing heritage. Ajit Bhawan stands as an epitome of self- indulgent and upscale hospitality in Jodhpur. The palace globally enjoys a prestigious reputation in the heart of Blue City with being located in close vicinity of Umaid Bhawan, historical Monuments, major Shopping destinations and Airport.

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Visit http://www.ajitbhawan.com/home.html for more details about the Palace and the city!

 

 

 

 

Jodhpur Railway Station gets a new artistic and palatial makeover

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A traveler loves to keep moving forward, visiting new places, and doing new things, because he’s curious and curiosity keeps leading him down new countries, new cities! If we ask, what is that one thing that immediately catches your attention and influences your views about the city you land in? Off course the look of its Railway Station or Airport!

To delight the tourists coming to Rajasthan, the state tourism department has started an initiative to revamp its various Railway Stations with attractive and vibrant traditional art work and Rajasthani paintings. Following the Railway Stations of Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur and Bikaner, now Jodhpur joins the group!!

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Jodhpur Railway Station has been around since 1885 to be precise. And now it gets a brand new look with colorful and artistic paintings all over to amaze the tourists in the Blue City! To change the look of this ancient station of Rajasthan, regional artwork has been painted on its ceilings, walls and pillars. Mesmerizing geometrical flowers, kings, queens and royal lifestyle are depicted, making the station look both colorful and artistic.

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As Jodhpur is a major tourist destination, this effort will sure be appreciated by tourists. Moreover, it is also a matter of pride for the localites, not just to see tourism department trying to bring something new but also to see their local art being promoted in such a beautiful way.

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This is not all, Jodhpur rail division has also penned and composed its glory song and this has been prepared by rail personnel themselves. The song is played at the station occasionally!

Isn’t it exciting!!  Wouldn’t you want to visit the Blue City for its all new and artistically done Railway Station? For hotel bookings, make reservations now: www.ajitbhawan.com

Jodhpur RIFF- Best Time to Visit the Blue City!

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Winter’s chilling breeze, brighter moon nights, and the songs of the desert!! On splendid chilling October evenings, when the sun is setting and the sky is filled with orange and reddish hues, you hear light music passing by your ears and the wind embracing your skin gently. You must already be fancying a festive ambiance but the actual experience is truly beyond words.

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Do you know what the most amazing part of this festival is? It is the performances at dawn with the backdrop of illuminated Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and clock tower!  Everybody wrapped in shawls and sweaters occupy their place on the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, to enjoy the enthralling music of Rajasthani Folk musicians.  This is undoubtedly a soulful musical festival much far from conventional electronica, rock-metal clones, or mainstream tunes.

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The organizing team tastefully brings the best of folk musicians from across the world and into an unparalleled fusion with the traditional artists of Rajasthani folk, the Langas and the Manganiyars. You can imagine a melodious confluence of west and the east , the Rabab and Jazz, the Sarangis and Guitars, Violins and Morchang! Various artists, languages, instruments and music genres meet and jam on the main stage. This is exactly how the setting of Jodhpur’s Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) is, which is conducted every year in and around Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort.

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Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival is among the world’s top 25 music concerts which soak you totally into Rajasthani culture. This year, the fest is being conducted from 13th to 17th October. The event goes on from day to night where amazing performers showcase their area of expertise and enthrall the spectators. From Rajasthani folk music to traditional dances, from circus acts to plays, everything keeps people engaged throughout.

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The Festival should not to be missed by anyone because this can only be experienced once in a year. The schedule for this year’s RIFF is as below:

Date Event(s) Time Venue
13-Oct Children’s Folk Morning 9.30 AM to 2.00 PM Veer Durgadas Memorial Park,

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Opening Night – Variety City Concert 8.30 PM to 10.00 PM
14-Oct 1)      Jodhpur RIFF DAWNS with the Meghwal of Marwar 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside

Mehrangarh Fort)

2)      Kahaniyan Kahan hai? 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh

Fort)

3)      Living Legends I 5.45 PM to 7.15 PM Lift Terrace

(Mehrangarh Fort)

4)      MOODY RIFF 7.45 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard

(Mehrangarh Fort)

5)      Desert Lounge (all acoustic, traditional – from Rajasthan) 11.30pm onwards Rao Jodha Park (Mehrangarh

Fort)

15-Oct 1)      RIFF DAWNS with Bhaga Khan Manganiyar 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside

Mehrangarh Fort)

2)      Where do we go from here? An interaction with the next generation of Langa and Manganiyar musicians and their teachers. In Residence II – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh

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3)      Living Legends II 5.45 PM to 7.15 PM Lift Terrace

(Mehrangarh Fort)

4)      STRINGS and BEATS 7.45 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (Mehrangarh Fort)
5)      CLUB MEHRAN 11.30 PM onwards Venue to be confirmed
16-Oct 1)      RIFF DAWNS with Smita Bellur 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)
2)      Winds of the Thar – The aero-phonic instruments of Rajasthan In Residence III – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh Fort)
3)      MOONRISE SPECIAL 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)
4)      INSIGHTS 7.30 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (in Mehrangarh Fort)
5)      RIFF Rustle at Club Mehran with Ben Walsh and a pick of Rajasthani and international artists from the festival 11.30 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (in Mehrangarh Fort)
17-Oct RIFF DAWNS with Jasleen Kaur Monga and Gurmat sangeet 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)

Revel in the festivities of Jodhpur RIFF and experience a luxurious stay at the royal palace Ajit Bhawan- India’s First Heritage Hotel! For more details you may visit http://www.ajitbhawan.com and http://www.ajitsuites.com

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!

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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”

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  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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Jodhpur among the most colorful cities in the World

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Rajasthan is among the most visited travel destinations. For its rich history, culture and beauty, the Blue City of Jodhpur has emerged as the popular choices among globetrotters.

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Jodhpur is the land of numerous beautiful tourist destinations that not just attract Indians but have the capacity to attract overseas visitors towards the magnificent city. Apart from just being tourist destinations in India, another key attraction in Jodhpur is its colorful culture, as it is a city that regards its royal heritage, architectural marvels, rich Rajasthani culture and toothsome cuisines.

In the list of 2016 Most colorful cities of the World by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, Jodhpur has been ranked 12th at the Readers Choice Awards.  CN Traveler Magazine enlists top travel destinations worldwide based on the millions of reviews and opinions from travelers.

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Jodhpur’s most popular tourist destinations are Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan, Mandore Gardens, Clock Tower etc.

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To visit the magnificent, colorful city of Jodhpur from within the rich luxuries of the royals log onto http://www.ajitbhawan.com Ajit Bhawan Jodhpur -India’s First Heritage Hotel.