Best places to go for sightseeing and authentic food in Jodhpur
With walls awash with blue sprawling across the entire landscape and air smelling of royalty, Jodhpur is every bit traveller’s delight. Though a bit laidback this city has got vast offerings in terms of experiences. If you are done with spending time at Mehrangarh fort and tasting lal maas, we bring to you all other things which you can try while in Jodhpur.
Where to go?
1. Umaid Bahavan Palace: Home to royal family of Jodhpur, this palace is one of the largest private residences in the world. A part of this palace is now being operated by Taj group as Heritage hotel and so you can book your stay over here. Though bit expensive but it’s once in a lifetime experience. There is also a museum present inside housing royal portraits, vintage cars and clocks. It took more than 3000 workers 15 years to complete this mortarless building, which is a reason enough to visit this palace!
Location: Circuit House Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342006
2. Jaswant Thada: Built in 1899, this place is memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. If you are visiting mehrangarh fort, then do not miss Jaswant Thada as it is just 1km away and offers stunning views of the Mehrangarh Fort. It is built with milky white marble, has opulent domes and beautiful jaali work. A perfect picnic spot to relax and spend time with your family.
Location: Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001
3. Ghanta Ghar: Constructed by Maharaja Sardar Singh almost a century ago, Ghanta Ghar (Clock tower) still stands tall and strong in Jodhpur. It offers a beautiful view of the old city and is nearby Sardar market, which is a great shopping destination. Sardar market houses over 7000 shops and has plethora of traditional Rajasthani items. Don’t forget to grab juttis, leheraiya dupatta, silverware and saris from this place!
Location: Nai Sarak, Ghantaghar Market, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001
What to eat?
1. Gulab Jamun ki sabzi: Well the name itself is so unique! We all know that gulab jamun is a sweet dish but people of Jopdhur have given it a twist and made a sabzi out of it. It is easily available in almost all the restaurants and must try if you are in Jodhpur.
2. Lapsi: It is sweet dish made with half-cut wheat pieces and lots of ghee. Sure you would put on calories if you eat this, but it highly recommended!
3. Ker sangri ki sabzi or Pachkutaa: A mixture of Sangri, Ker and Kumtiya this is a very popular rajathani dish. The good thing is you can buy Pachkutta and carry it home as it is dry and has long shelf life.
4. Mirchi bada: Jodhpur is mainly popular for Mirchi bada. Mirchi is stuffed with potatoes, onions and garlic, coated with besan and served hot. Though spicy, you just can’t stop after eating one!
5. Dal Bati Churma: When you talk of traditional rajasthani food, you just can’t miss dal batti churma. There are many restaurants devoted to only ‘Dal Bati Churma’, so don’t forget to try this dish.