So beautiful is the Sun City of Jodhpur that words may fail to express its many splendors. There is so much to do and see in Jodhpur, that it will satisfy the wanderlust of any traveler who comes to this enchanting city of Rajasthan in search of royalty, thrill, excitement and vintage culture. Generations of warrior kings have built Jodhpur into a colorful citadel, having everything from forts and palaces, to havelis, gardens and bazaars. So come along on this fabulous tour of Jodhpur with me and see its glorious landmarks, all within a span of 2 days!!
I boarded the superfast Rajasthan Sampark Kranti Express from Delhi at night and reached Jodhpur at 8 o’clock the next morning. From the station, I went to my hotel, Ranbanka Palace. The hotel was the royal residence built for the kings of Jodhpur, but now has been transformed into a heritage hotel. It still retains the royal charm of a palace, but with all the modern amenities needed for the modern traveler. And if you are interested to plan a road trip for Jodhpur, the contact Rajputana Cabs car rental service in Jodhpur as they offers best rates for sedan & SUV cars. You can also contact them to hire a taxi from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer city, as Jaisalmer is just 5 hour from Jodhpur.
Half day in Sun City
After an early arrival in Jodhpur, I started on a tour of Umaid Bhawan Palace. The tour lasted for an hour, during which I visited the museum, and saw the vintage collection of cars, clocks, paintings and other royal antiques. After this tour, we had lunch in Pillars, a fine dining luxury restaurant in the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Hotel. I loved the non-veg food here, but more lovely was the exquisite ambience and the views of lush gardens and Mehrangarh Fort from the open-air balcony of the restaurant.
Later in the day, I visited Mandore Gardens. To walk in the lush greenery of the gardens was a pleasant experience, and I was thrilled to come across beautiful memorials of kings in the midst of all the lush greenery. After this visit, I came back to my hotel around 8 in the evening.
Day 2 in Jodhpur
The second day of my tour kicked off with a visit to Mehrangarh Fort. This powerful fort took my breath away with its mere presence. And when I stood near one of those gates, the temptation to click away pictures was too hard to resist. So, with my guide, I went inside to explore its interiors. I was somewhat saddened to come across hand-prints, left by the queens who chose sati. But the sight and soothing music played by Rajasthani folk musicians performing inside this fort brought my spirits back.
I saw the collection of howdahs, palkis, and other royal treasures in various chambers. Then, I proceeded to Jaswant Thada. The richly sculpted memorials built of white marble have a mesmerizing quality about them. I saw the fort from within the memorials, and was surprised how beautiful it looked even from afar.
Later on, I went to Clock Tower Market, and bought some souvenirs. It was evening at around 7 pm, when I was seated in my berth in the Mandor Express, which was to take me back to Delhi. And you can also plan a trip to Jaisalmer by catching a train from Jodhpur and can plan return trip by hiring a Jaisalmer to Jodhpur taxi to reach the Airport.