Jodhpur

Known as the “Blue city” with its bright blue painted houses, Jodhpur is the heart of regal Rajasthan and the majestic jewel of her eternal crown. Steeped in history, Jodhpur has played a pivotal role in shaping and paving the fascinating trails of Indian history. Home to the prosperous Marwari community of India, Jodhpur captures the essence of India.

A sea of bright blue houses beautifully contrasts the surrounding dry arid Thar desert and the mighty Mehrangarh fort, that towers over the Blue city of Jodhpur, is a magnificent spectacle and an architectural masterpiece.

The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, is not only home to the erstwhile Maharaja, HH Gaj Singh of Marwar – Jodhpur, it is also a specular luxury hotel, allowing one to really live like a king, as one of the largest private residences in the world.  The palace was commissioned in 1928 is a true tribute to western technology, and Indian architecture of the time.  The architect Henry Lanchester was a contemporary of Edwin Lutyens and patterned the palace along similar line of the New Delhi Government Complex, with the strong theme of columns and domes.

If you want to experience India in a concentrated dose – intense and intoxicating – one has to visit the walled city.  People that inhabit the city and their colourful attires speak volumes of their distinct culture and art-laden history.

The Maharaja, is a true connoisseur of the arts, and is the chief patron of the annual Royal International Folk Festival, endorsed by UNESCO as a People Platform for creativity and sustainable development.   The festival coincides with the brightest full moon of the year and features a series of spectacular concerts and events held at the enchanting Mehrangarh Fort.

Modern Jodhpur stretches well beyond the city walls, but it’s the intensity and buzz of the old Blue City and the larger-than life fort that captures travellers’ imaginations. Every visitor is left with a fleeting glimpse into the depth of a culture steeped in the past and yet stepping ahead vibrantly and fearlessly.

Itineraries in Jodhpur

Boutique Palaces & Forts of Regal Rajasthan

Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mihir Garh, Jawai, Udaipur

Ride The Romantic Desert

Mihir Garh, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Delhi

The Essence Of Rajasthan

Delhi, Samode, Jaipur, Nimaj, Rohet, Jodhpur, Narlai, Deogarh, Delwar

Hotels in Jodhpur

On the horizon stands Umaid Bhawan, an Art Deco palace of red sandstone that can rival the greatest of European cathedrals in its lofty grandeur. This imposing and expensive hotel is a must stay if you are to understand the lifestyle of Rajasthan’s maharajas, which used to leave European royalty gasping.

If you would like to experience a luxurious hotel with beautifully designed contemporary interiors, into a crevice of the walled city then the sleek and chic Raas Hotel is the place to be. This a rose sandstone 18th century haveli which blends old with brand new and offers some spectacular views of the Mehrangarh Fort.

Balasamand Lake Palace heritage hotel in the vicinity of the beautiful Balsamand Lake was was initially conceived as the summer residence of the Jodhpur Maharajas. Bal Samand is a fine example of Mughal architecture, with extensive pleasure gardens, designed to create an oasis away from the fierce Marwar extremities.

For those who want to escape the intensity of the city, Rohet Garh a charming heritage hotel located in a small village of Rohet just 45minutes from Jodhpur surrounded by the scrublands of the Great Thar Desert offers a perfect rural retreat.

And for ultimate desert luxury, why not stay at Mihirgarh a gorgeous, 9-suite fantasy fort in the rugged Thar desert with private plunge pools, and Marwar horses, ready for a romantic desert ride.

Bal Samand Lake Palace, Mandore, Rajasthan

Mihir Garh, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Mihir Garh from ariel view

Raas, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Rohet Garh, Rohet, Rajasthan

Poolside at Rohet Garh

Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Outside view of Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace

Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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