A visual guide to sightseeing in Jodhpur

Scooters parked in narrow blue colored lanes in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Last year I decided to go on a photography tour to rajasthan. One of the places, I visited during that tour was Jodhpur. I had heard a lot about that city and the fact that the houses were blue in colour. I booked a walking tour of the city as it is one of the best ways to explore a new place, interact with local people and learn about its culture. There are a lot of walking tours available and you can find them in google or trip advisor. Generally, the tours are conducting the morning or evening and lasts two hours.

People sitting in Jodhpur blue house.
A woman along with her children sitting in a blue colored house by the street side in Jodhpur.
A scooter parked in front of a blue house in Jodhpur.
A scooter parked in front of a blue house in Jodhpur.

Why is Jodhpur blue

The reason the houses were colored blue is because Jodhpur is very close to the Thar Desert and the blue color keeps the house cool during summer. Also brahmins, an upper caste belong to Hindu community considered the blue color auspicious and used it to paint their house.

Walking Tour of Blue City

A man and a child looking through a open window in a blue colored house.
People looking through a open window in a blue colored house.
A woman sitting in her blue colored house. in Jodhpur, Rajasthan
A woman sitting in her blue colored house with a bike parked in front of her door.

The blue houses are located in the old part of the city and to reach there one has to go through a connecting network of some of the narrowest lanes I have ever seen. Even cars or auto rickshaw  cannot enter these streets and the local people rely on scooters or motorbikes for transportation. Chances of getting lost in an endless maze of narrow lanes are very high and there are also vicious street dogs which may attack strangers without any provocation. Therefore, it is recommended to hire a local guide and walk with him. I was travelling solo and paid Rs 1000 for 2 hours trip. However, not all houses are blue in color and they are quite scattered. Also, these days people are opting not to repaint their houses in blue and use another color instead. Hence, I was not satisfied and decided to tour another day and this time I specifically mentioned him to take me to the lanes having a lot of blue houses. So, in total I spent Rs 2000, but it was an experience of a lifetime.

A scooter parked in front of a blue house in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
A scooter parked in front of a blue house in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
A woman wearing red saree walking through blue lanes in Jodhpur.
A woman wearing red saree walking through blue lanes in Jodhpur.

Mehrangarh fort:

Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in India and is situated on the top of a rocky hill. The entry is through Jai Pol or Gate of Victory. One can get  panoramic views of the whole city of Jodhpur from the top of the fort. There is also a cafe inside where you can get refreshments.

Tourists visiting Mehrangarh fort.
Tourists visiting Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur.
A folk singer playing a drum in mehrangarh fort.
A folk singer playing a drum in mehrangarh fort.
Tourists visiting Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur.
Tourists visiting Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur.

Jaswant thada:

The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph made of white marble and served as the cremation ground for the royal family of Marwar. It is located quite close to the Mehrangarh fort and can be visited while entering or exiting the fort.

Cenotaph of Jaswant Thada during sunset.
Cenotaph of Jaswant Thada during sunset in Jodhpur.
Statue of Rao Jodha.
Statue of Rao Jodha on the way to Jaswant thada.

Ghanta ghar or clock tower:

The clock tower, also known as ghanta ghar is a popular landmark in the old city. One can climb on top of the tower and get a panoramic view of the surrounding Sardar Market.

Ghanta ghar or clock tower, a popular landmark in Jodhpur.
Ghanta ghar or clock tower, a popular landmark in Jodhpur.
People walking into the busy sardar market gate.
Clock tower seen from outside the sardar market gate.

Go shopping in Sardar Market:

Sardar Market is a busy marketplace with various types of shops selling bangles, imitation jewellery, pottery, handicraft items and a clock tower. Be prepared to bargain everything and check the quality of the goods before buying anything.

People selling different items in a crowded market area.
Stalls selling various items in sardar market in Jodhpur.
A man selling colorful pottery items.
A man selling colorful pottery items in Sardar market.

Mandore Garden:

Mandore garden is located 9 km north of Jodhpur and has several beautiful monuments, temples, cenotaphs and memorials. It also has a government museum, a Hall of Heroes and a Hindu temple of 33 crore gods. The entry is free and it is a very underrated tourist spot as few people go to visit this wonderful place. It is very well maintained and is very neat and tidy. It is located quite far from the city and you have to hire a tuk-tuk or auto rickshaw to reach it and also return from it.

Mandore gardens in Jodhpur.
A temple in mandore gardens in Jodhpur.
Ek Thamba Mahal in mandore gardens.
Ek Thamba Mahal in mandore gardens.
Zanana Bagh mahal in Mandore gardens.
Architecture of Zanana Bagh mahal in Mandore gardens.

Bishnoi village safari:

The Bishnoi village safari takes place in an open jeep, where they take you far away from the city. One can experience the rural lifestyle of the village community. The tour includes a visit to a potters family, weavers family and bishnoi family. You can see them making earthen pots in a wheel, watch them do hand block printing or weave a carpet. If you are interested you can also buy their products, but it not forced upon you. The tour also includes tour to the Guda village where one can spot wildlife like antelopes, blackbucks, chinkaras,  blue Bulls, peacocks, different types of migratory birds and several man made lakes. The price is around Rs 1500 for a half day tour.

A man doing hand block printing in his shop.
A man doing hand block printing in his shop.
A potter making pots in a wheel.
A potter making pots in a wheel.
Chinkara or Indian gazelles spotted in an open field.
Chinkara or Indian gazelles spotted during bishnoi village safari.
Flock of sandhill cranes in a lake.
Flock of sandhill cranes in a lake.

Getting around:

Both Ola and Uber is available in Jodhpur, however they do not enter the old city. For that, you have to hire an auto rickshaw or tuk-tuk. Unlike other places in India, I have found them to charge resonably.

When to visit:

It is recommend to visit Jodhpur from October to February, because it gets insanely hot during summer.

If you are interested in knowing more about Rajasthan, visit my other blogs on JaisalmerPushkarUdaipur and Jaipur.

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34 Replies to “A visual guide to sightseeing in Jodhpur”

  1. Wow, the blue colors in Jodphur looks really beautiful! I love how you detailed the fun fact behind it : “The reason the houses were colored blue is because Jodhpur is very close to the Thar Desert and the blue color keeps the house cool during summer.”

  2. Very very beautiful! I enjoyed all the colorful pictures Wonderful write up! I really appreacite taking us along in your post 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed your take/experience around Jodhpur. I have never heard of the city before but now find it intriguing. I am glad you went for a second tour specifically for the blue houses. They are something else!

  4. The blue houses are so beautiful! I have seen pictures of the blue houses before, but never knew why they were blue. Definitely learned something new today! You captured your time there very well and the pictures are beautiful. I love flea market type shopping so the market would be my favorite thing to do.

  5. Wow, your pictures are great. This looks like an amazing place to visit. The Mehrangarh fort is a very beautiful and interesting looking place. I would love to visit there to see all of the awesome sights. Great job and thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Such a beautiful post! I’d love to visit. I’m always up for visiting a new place. However, I don’t know if painting the houses blue is a good idea! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. What an amazing experience to see all of that beauty. Great facts about why the houses are blue. I will want to visit this one day.

  8. Hi Saurav,
    A great article and wonderful photos. You mentioned the walking tours – are you able to share which company you used. We would like to spend most of the day in the blue city area as my daughter is a keen photographer. Is it okay to take photos of people? I would ask for permission – I don’t want to offend anyone. Thanks again for sharing. Regards, Denise

    1. Hi, thanks for messaging. I took the services of a guide named Lalit Kumar Purohit. You can check him out in Trip advisor (https://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g297668-d7079910-Reviews-Jodhpur_s_Indigo_Haveli-Jodhpur_Jodhpur_District_Rajasthan.html), I have his WhatsApp number which is 9414474658, although I have not had any contact with him since last year. In case, you cannot reach him, you can contact Mr. Champawat as he referred the guide to me. His website is http://namasterajasthan.com/ and trip advisor link is https://www.tripadvisor.in/members-forums/champawat. Taking pictures of people should be fine as I didn’t face any problem.

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