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Jodhpur, commonly known as the blue city, is the former capital of Marwar located in the state of Rajasthan in India. The charming city is termed as the blue city due to the iconic houses that are painted blue. As you view the city from a height, you’ll see why it’s famously called the blue city. Since Jodhpur is a small city, all the sightseeing spots here can be covered within a couple of days. Thus this Jodhpur travel guide contains a 2 day Jodhpur itinerary covering the best places to visit in Jodhpur in 2 days. Let me know what you think of this in the comments below. Apart from this 2 day Jodhpur itinerary, if you're interested in seeing more pictures of my trip to Rajasthan, then head over to my Instagram profile (@thespicyjourney).
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Jodhpur Itinerary for 2 Days
Jodhpur city or the blue city has an iconic fort and palace, stunning sunrise and sunset viewpoints, beautiful structures and some really great restaurants and shopping opportunities. With all that being said, I’ve compiled all of the best places to visit in Jodhpur in 2 days within this travel guide to Jodhpur city. This Jodhpur itinerary has been designed to help you cover all the sightseeing places in Jodhpur so that you can enjoy everything that the blue city has to offer!
Best Time to Visit Jodhpur Rajasthan
- Summer (April - June): All of Rajasthan becomes unbearably hot during the summer season. Sightseeing during these months can be really difficult so it’s best to avoid visiting Jodhpur during the summer season.
- Monsoon (July - September): The rainy months from July to September bring relief from the heat but the downpours can turn the streets muddy.
- Winter (October - March): The winter months are a good time to visit Jodhpur, particularly in October-November as well as February-March when the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. The early and late winter months are the best time to visit Jodhpur city.
How to Reach Jodhpur Blue City
Nearest Airport to Jodhpur
Jodhpur has its own domestic airport which is located just over 5 km from the city center. The Jodhpur airport is well connected to other cities within Rajasthan as well as to major cities within India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, etc.
Nearest Railway Station to Jodhpur
Jodhpur also has a railway station called the Jodhpur junction railway station which is located within Jodhpur city. There are trains connecting Jodhpur to various big cities as well as small towns and villages within India. Taking a train is a convenient way to reach the blu city of Jodhpur.
Delhi to Jodhpur
The distance between Delhi and Jodhpur is 585 km which can be covered via air, rail or road. There are regular direct flights, trains as well as overnight buses from Delhi to Jodhpur and vice-versa.
Jaipur to Jodhpur
The distance of 330 km between Jaipur and Jodhpur can be covered by rail or road. You can easily find direct trains and state-run government buses as well as private buses connecting Jodhpur to Jaipur city within a span of 5-6 hours.
Udaipur to Jodhpur
Udaipur to Jodhpur is a short distance of 244 km which is easy to cover by train or by road. A bus ride from Udaipur to Jodhpur would take 5 hours whereas this distance can be covered by train in a short time span of 4 hours
Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
Once again, this short distance of 281 km from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur is covered by road in 4.5 hours or by train in 4 hours. I took an air-conditioned private bus between the cities which was a comfortable way to travel between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.
Pushkar to Jodhpur
The distance of 186 km between Pushkar and Jodhpur can be covered by road in less than 4 hours by road. Alternatively, you can take a train from the Ajmer railway station, which is 10 km from Pushkar city, to Jodhpur junction.
Getting Around Jodhpur
Jodhpur is a small city that can be covered via foot. Almost all of the popular sightseeing places in Jodhpur such as the old city, Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada, clock tower, toorji ka jhalra, etc are located in close proximity to one another. Nonetheless, in order to visit places like Umaid Bhavan palace as mandore gardens, you will need to hire a tuk-tuk for half a day. Moreover, there is uber and ola available in Jodhpur so there are various options available for getting around Jodhpur city.
Where to Stay in Jodhpur
When it comes to finding hotels in Jodhpur, I recommend staying close to the old city of Jodhpur which is in close proximity to the Mehrangarh fort. This way you will be close to the majority of sightseeing spots and you’ll get a majestic view of the Mehrangarh fort.
The view from the rooftop of Zostel Jodhpur
Zostel Jodhpur is a backpacker hostel that has dorms as well as private rooms. While there are so many wonderful things I can say about my stay here at Zostel Jodhpur, the best part was the prime location. Located right next to the toorji ka jhalra stepwell, Zostel Jodhpur overlooks the towering Mehrangarh Fort which is a mere 10-minute walk from the hostel. Moreover, the blue houses, Jaswant Thada, and the sunrise viewpoint are also all a 10-15 minute walk from the hostel.
Hotels in Jodhpur
In case you are looking for a hotel in Jodhpur, and not a hostel, in Jodhpur city, consider finding a hotel close to the Mehrangarh fort area. This will allow you to easily access all the places to visit in Jodhpur without having to take a tuk-tuk or cab. Also, try to prefer a hotel that comes with a rooftop overlooking the Mehrangarh fort because that's a view you're not going to want to miss. Believe me.
Jodhpur Itinerary - Best Places to Visit in Jodhpur in 2 Days
DAY 1 OF JODHPUR ITINERARY FOR 2 DAYS
You will begin your Jodhpur trip by watching an epic sunrise over the blue city, exploring the blue houses, visiting palaces, and alluring gardens.
1. Pachetia Hill Sunrise Spot
Start day 1 of your two days in Jodhpur by waking up early for sunrise at the pachetia hill. This hill is commonly known as the Jodhpur sunrise spot for witnessing a panoramic view of the blue city. In order to reach here, you will have to walk through the blue houses of Jodhpur then take the stairs that go up to the hill. Try to reach here just a little before sunrise so that you can experience a magical sunrise over the blue city Jodhpur.
Open 24 hours
2. Blue City
Even though Jodhpur is called the blue city, finding blue houses isn't an easy task. There is a specific area inside Jodhpur which is called “old city” or “blue city” where you will find the houses. The area is a 10-minute walk from the clock tower. Just ask any local for directions and they’ll be able to guide you. Moreover, if you’re going to pachetia hill, you will pass through the narrow lanes of the blue city to get there. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.
3. Toorji ka Jhalra
Toorji ka jhalra is an ancient stepwell located in Jodhpur. It is actually a popular sightseeing as well as a hangout spot for locals and youngsters. Due to this reason, I recommend visiting the stepwell in the early hours of the morning before it gets too crowded with tourists and locals. Keep in mind that the stairs of the stepwell can be slippery so walk around carefully and try to stay in the upper section where there isn’t any moss or algae.
Open: 24 hours
4. Umaid Bhawan Palace
Umaid bawan palace is a famous place that has now been turned into a luxury hotel. Popularly recognized as the place where Indian actress Priyanka Chopra married the American sweetheart Nick Jonas, the palace is an opulent structure that is open to visitors. Tourists can pay a small fee to view the luxury car collection here and also to take a tour of a small section of the palace which is kept open to visitors. I was slightly disappointed that visitors could only access a couple of rooms that only had a few paintings and relics. If you’re short on time, I would advise skipping this palace out of all the other places to visit in Jodhpur in 2 days. Do note that there is ample free parking available here.
Open: Mon-Sun 9 am to 5 pm
Entrance fee: INR 30 for Indians, INR 100 for foreigners, INR 10 for kids aged 5-11 years
5. Mandore Gardens
Mandore is a collection of beautifully landscaped gardens, temples, and historical structures located not very far from the Umaid Bhawan Palace, and 9 km from Jodhpur city. The Mandore gardens are the perfect place to walk around and take pictures during sunset on day one of your two day Jodhpur itinerary for sightseeing.
Open Mon-Sun 8 am to 8 pm
Entrance fee: None for the garden; INR 50 for museum
6. Rooftop Dinner for Night View of Mehrangarh Fort
End your first day of sightseeing in Jodhpur by having dinner at a rooftop cafe or restaurant overlooking the majestic Mehrangarh fort. The fort is lit up between sunset till 9.30 pm in the night. Try to get a nice comfy seat at a restaurant before that, in order to enjoy your dinner with a breathtaking view. Since I stayed at Zostel Jodhpur, which had a two-level rooftop cafe with the most amazing view of the Mehrangarh Fort, I dined there itself in the night.
DAY 2 OF JODHPUR ITINERARY FOR 2 DAYS
On your second day in Jodhpur blue city, you will explore the grand Mehrangarh Fort, the clock tower area, indulge in some shopping and discover the secret sunset viewpoint.
1. Mehrangarh Fort
Start the second day of your Jodhpur tour by visiting the striking Mehrangarh fort as soon as it opens in the morning. This iconic fort, which was built by Rao Jodha in 1438, defines the landscape of Jodhpur city. For this reason, spare at least 2 hours to walk around and explore all the sections of the fort. The best part about visiting the fort, though, is the entrance of the fort where local folk singers and music players sit there and perform. It’s a heartwarming start to the tour of the Mehrangarh fort. Inside the fort, you will get to see the way the royals used to live their life in opulence and wealth. Do not miss climbing up to the beautiful sheesh mahal (mirror room) and other grand sections of the palace. Visitors can also dine at and shop inside the fort.
Open: Mon-Sun 9 am to 5 pm
2. Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada is just a short walk from the Mehrangarh fort. This cenotaph or mausoleum, built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father, is also termed as the Taj Mahal of Mewar due to the white marble that was used for constructing the structure. Just like the Mehrangarh fort, there is a local artist who sits and performs at the entrance of Jaswant Thada. While you’re visiting this place during your 2 day Jodhpur itinerary, don’t forget to look back and notice the impressive view of the Mehrangarh fort against the city of Jodhpur.
Open: Mon-Sun 9 am to 6 pm
3. Statue of Rao Jodha
Rao Jodha, also known as Jodha of Mandore, was a Rajput ruler of Mandore. He founded the blue city of Jodhpur in 1459 and named it after himself. The statue of Rao Jodha is situated close to the Jaswant Thada as well as the Mehrangarh fort. It looks particularly beautiful on a full moon night, lit up against the dark sky.
Open: 24 hours
4. Clock Tower
The clock tower of Jodhpur is an iconic structure that is at the confluence of the new and old city. While you can go up the clock tower, what’s more exciting is the massive line-up of shops selling traditional clothing, jewelry, and curios along with the many little restaurants and street food stalls serving popular local food, snacks, and desserts. This area is always lively and the perfect place to indulge in some food binging as well as shopping sessions.
5. Jodhpur's Famous Omelet Stall
This may sound weird but there is a special famous stall in Jodhpur that sells the most delicious omelets. It is said that this little stall used to make a variety of dishes until Lonely Planet magazine featured their place in one of their guides for selling the world's best omelets. Since then, the demand for omelets grew to such an extent that this is the only dish that they prepare here. They have a wide variety of options to choose from. Each omelet comes with 4 pieces of bread, and two sets of omelets inside them. I particularly loved the Spanish masala cheese omelet.
6. Shopping in Jodhpur
As mentioned earlier, the area surrounding the clock tower is the perfect place to indulge in shopping sessions and to find souvenirs to bring back to your friends and family. Here you’ll find traditional clothing items such as gota patti dupattas, bandhani skirts and sarees, jewelry, home decor pieces, and little curios ranging from fridge magnets to badges and stickers. There are countless shops to choose from.
7. Sunset Viewpoint
While this is a slightly controversial place, it would be unfair to exclude it from my Jodhpur itinerary for 2 days. This hilltop is located behind the Mehrangarh fort and is truly the best place to witness the sunset in Jodhpur. Now, when I visited this Jodhpur sunset spot, there were quite a few tourists and locals here. However, some people told me that on another day, the cops came here and asked people to vacate the area which is closed to visitors. It’s best to verify this information with your hotel or hostel before visiting.
Food to Try in Jodhpur
Ah, the food! When in Rajasthan, you cannot miss trying the famous local delicacy daal baati churma. I also tried pyaaz ki kachori, samosa and a dessert called rabdi in Jodhpur.
Where to Eat in Jodhpur Rajasthan
There are way too many restaurants in Jodhpur to try local dishes there. Bhawani is famous for its Rajasthani food. There is also a famous omelet stall near the clock tower, which was featured in a lonely planet guide. Just ask any local to point you in the direction of the stall. Shahi samosa is a little restaurant also near the clock tower that serves the best kachori and samosa that I’ve ever tasted.
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