Jodhpur is about 280 Kilometers from Mount Abu (from where we started) with a major chunk of smooth drive. We reached the city by 4:30PM. After checking into our hotel and ordering some food to refresh ourselves, we planned to drive to the city center. Although, Jodhpur can be done in a day, it will be easier if you spend a day longer.
Do read our complete Rajasthan Itinerary that circled the entire state covering all important spots.
Vibes of Jodhpur
1. Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar) and Sadar Bazar
Clock Tower, also known as the Ghanta Ghar, is a very popular touristy area manifesting a big Tower Clock. We took a stroll on Nai Sadak upto the Clock Tower. Around this tower is Sadar Market which is often frequented by the tourists. The bazaar is popular for all knickknacks, local handicrafts, spices and the like! We bought some basic local spices (chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric, cumin) from here just to take back as souvenirs. They also sell infused tea leaves and spices such as cardamom, cloves etc. but since those are popular in the south it wasn’t wise for me to check on them. They will of course be great takeaways for the foreigners!
Sadar Bazaar winds up by 8PM. Though I saw a few shops open, nothing in particular caught my attention. We then walked back to Nai Sadak and found the National Hand loom Corporation. We picked up a few Jodhpuri cotton sarees typical to the city, to take back as gifts.
2. Umaid Bhawan Palace
Our second day was exciting though we started it late around 11:30 AM. We first went to Umaid Bhawan Palace, a part of which is now a major hotel charging $800 per night. A small section is, however, open for the public and is also the palace museum. The museum is like every other palace museums but there is an extra space for the display of vintage cars! This palace is indeed very charming and trendy to see from the outside.
At Rs. 30 for the entrance (for Indians), it is absolutely worth considering to have a look inside. This also includes the vintage car display!
3. Jaswant Thada
After the Umaid Bhawan Palace, we drove to Jaswant Thada. This is an architectural landmark in Jodhpur. The monument is built from delicate marble carvings with fine polish to make sure that the sun’s rays are reflected all over. It is a beautiful place to spend some time admiring the work and enjoying good top views of Jodhpur.
4. Mehrangad Fort
To the right of Jaswant Thada is Mehrangad Fort. This fort, in my opinion, is one of the best forts in Jodhpur. It has minimal entrance fees and will give amazing top panoramas of the city!
Additionally, the fort also hosts a zip lining activity for those interested in some adventure. We totally loved the fort and this ‘adventure’ experience!
Tip 1– Ziplining activity takes you to the most scenic spots of the fort which otherwise is not approachable in the normal route!
Tip 2 – You don’t need to buy fort entry tickets or camera ticket for Zip lining. You need those tickets only to enter the fort from the common entrance. Also, please book the activity online to get reduced rates.
Tip 3 – See the fort in the morning. Return back in the evening to do the Ziplining
Check out our Zip Lining Experience in Jodhpur
Overall, I would say Jodhpur can be done in a day if you reach the city early in the morning. That said, if you want to take your vacation at leisure, you may want to spend at least 2 nights like we did.