It was a lovely afternoon when we stumbled upon the Air Asia special offer to Jaipur. We sprang on our lunch tables with glee. Without a second thought, we booked the ticket. Reality flashed a few minutes later. We were ACTUALLY going to a new state, two girls, four days and NO itinerary. We didn't know if we felt panicky or excited. It was then that we started calling our Rajasthani friends to plan our trip. We had to choose between Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar and Jodhpur. After a lot of discussion, we settled for Jodhpur and Jaipur (since Jodhpur was just 5 hours away from Jaipur, by train)
This post is dedicated to the city that touched our heart! Jodhpur is a city that is laid back, calm and has enough happiness quotient to make you fall in love with this place. Here's a list of the top places to visit in Jodhpur!
1. Mehrangarh Fort
This fort is undoubtedly the highlight of Jodhpur. Built over a rocky hill, the fort stands tall and magnificent. You need almost an entire day to cover the place. The fort is packed with history and the best way to enjoy the beauty of the fort is by paying up for the audio guide. We realized the significance of the name "Blue city", when we reached the top of the fort. The view is absolutely spectacular and the innumerable pigeons dramatically flying above makes the moment magical.
PS : Walk around Ghanta Ghar and the local streets to admire the beauty of the blue houses!
2. Umaid Bhavan
Umaid Bhavan is home to the Jodhpur royal family and is the world's six largest private residence. This palace sits on Chittar hill that is the highest point in Jodhpur. The property is partially taken over by Taj group and you can actually stay here if you are ready to shell out a whooping 50,000 INR per night. Sigh! For others, go visit the family museum :D (Just like we did)
3. Day trip to Osian
Since we couldn't make it to Jaisalmer, we settled for a smaller desert - Osian, which is a one and a half hour drive from Jodhpur. Raju, the camel, made our sunset safari thrilling and fun.
It takes about half hour to reach the actual desert from the desert camp, so you will need a little patience (I. COULDN'T. WAIT. TO. REACH). The sunset view amidst the sand dunes, is something that is forever etched in our memory.
4. Stay at Indana Palace
This is an experience in itself. Indana Palace is actually a hotel that is built in a palace style. The rooms are luxurious and the lobby is enchanting. (It cost us just 3000 bucks, courtesy Make my trip).
Details here : http://www.indanahotels.com/