Dominated by the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan’s blue city is a labyrinth of medieval streets and alleys. We spent a few days exploring wonderful Jodhpur.
WHERE: Jodhpur, Rajasthan
HOW: We arrived by train from New Delhi. We caught an overnight train in a first class sleeper and it took 12 hours. You can read more about our adventures on India trains here.
FOR THE KIDS: Jodhpur’s legends of fierce battles and mighty warriors and royal princesses will intrigue and delight young travelers.
We based ourselves in the heart of Jodhpur’s old city, staying at Singhvi Haveli. The base of the fort was a mere 5 minutes away and the haveli was a short taxi ride from the Jodphur railway station (we switched from our taxi to a tuktuk as we reached the old town as taxis can’t enter, the roads are too narrow).
There were plenty of shops nearby for picking up water, juice and kid-friendly snacks. Nearby street vendors had plenty of fresh fruit.
One of the most awe-inspiring forts in India, Mehrangharh rises from it’s rocky base as a symbol of impenetrable might. The original, and main, entrance into the fort is a gate studded with iron spikes to stop enemy elephants ramming down the fort’s outer defenses. The fort complex is large and you can take your time exploring and visiting the museum. Meg particularly enjoyed the delicately carved lattice windows behind which shy princesses once watched the world pass by. The views over Jodhpur and the surrounding Rajasthani countryside are breathtaking! The fort is open daily from 9am – 5pm and you can learn more on the Mehrangarh website. Whilst the fort itself is free, entrance to the museum is Rs400 (US$6, €50).
We enjoyed exploring the back streets and markets of Jodhpur – taking regular breaks back at our accommodation for Meg to have some down time colouring or reading stories (a rested kid is a happy kid!). Jodhpur is a photographers dream so we took turns at going for solo adventures with our cameras.
Other Jodhpur highlights include a tuktuk ride out to the Mandore Gardens – we saw our first working camels on the way there! – to see the monkeys and a visit to the blindingly-white marble memorial, Jaswant Thada. The views from from Jaswant Thada show a different perspective of the visual dominance of Mehrangarh.