This guide to the best places to visit in Jodhpur is a part of this 2 week Rajasthan itinerary that includes Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer.
So you’re looking at planning your trip to Rajasthan, and you’re trying to figure out your itinerary and how many days to spend in Jodhpur.
2 days can be a PERFECT number of days to spend in Jodhpur!
Below is a guide to Jodhpur and ideas for how exactly to plan out each of those days in Jodhpur.
And if you’re backpacking to Jodhpur alone, you may like the idea of staying at one of the best hostels in Jodhpur.
First, the quick list of the must-visit places in Jodhpur.
Then, a more detailed look into how you can fit ALL of these places into your 2 day Jodhpur itinerary.
6 best places to visit in Jodhpur in 2 days
1. Blue streets of the Blue City
2. Mehrangarh Fort
3. Jodhpur stepwell
4. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
5. Hilltop temple
6. Jaswant Thada (Taj Mahal of the Marwar)
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So, how to put the best places to visit into a 2 day Jodhpur itinerary?
Day 1 in Jodhpur
List of things to do for day 1:
- Eat an egg sandwich from a famous omelette shop
- Get lost on the blue streets of the blue city
- Visit to Mehrangarh Fort
- Visit to Jodhpur stepwell to watch local kids go stepwell jumping
Day 2 in Jodhpur
List of things to do for day 2:
- Nature walk through Desert Rock Park
- Walk to hilltop temple
- Visit to the Taj Mahal of the Marwar
- 3 days in Udaipur
- 2 days in Jodhpur
- 3 days in Jaisalmer
- 3 days in Jaipur
- 1 day in Agra
Now, here are some details about the Jodhpur itinerary to see if it’s something you want to follow!
DAY 1 IN JODHPUR
Omelette from a street stall
Cost: Around US$1
You can start your day by heading to one of the main bustling areas of Jodhpur, around the Sardar Market and clock tower.
It’s around here that you can find an omelette shop.
These are listed in India travel guidebooks, and as a result, they get a bunch of people wanting to try out the famous egg sandwiches.
Eggs are pretty much all they do at the omelette shop. And considering all they do is eggs, they had a pretty big variety on their menu with a list of over 10 different egg menu items.
This type of “omelette” is basically beaten and fried eggs served with bread as a sandwich.
If you’re looking for something more filling, give a try to the “ali baba” omelette which is a thicker sandwich.
The plain omelette has potential to fill you up too. As pictured below, it goes bread – egg – bread – bread – egg – bread.
The prices of these popular egg sandwiches range from 30 rupees (less than 50 cents) for the plain omelette to 80 rupees (just over US$1) for the bigger ali baba omelette.
Get lost on the blue streets of the Blue City
Jodhpur is known as the Blue City because there are parts of the city in which tons of buildings are painted blue.
Since Jodhpur is known as the Blue City, one of the top things to do in Jodhpur is to walk through the blue streets!
The audio tour from the Jodhpur’s fort explains why Jodhpur buildings are blue:
- This color keeps it cooler in hot weather
- This color acts as a natural insect repellent
They actually explained it as why the city uses the “indigo” color. They didn’t call it blue.
One of the best ways to find these blue streets could be to just start walking towards the Mehrangarh Fort after you’re finished eating your omelette.
The fort is a couple of miles away from the Sardar Market, so this could be a good way to get lost and wander the alleys that are lined with buildings painted blue.
You may not be walking along the blue streets immediately, but if you try to go in the general direction of the fort, chances are that you will soon find yourself surrounded by blue buildings!
Even in areas that look really blue from far away, not all buildings are painted blue. But enough of them are that when you look at an aerial view of this section of the Jodhpur, it can really appear like a “blue city”!
Visit to Mehrangarh Fort
Cost: 600 rupees (US$10) for foreigners. Walking around the grounds is free.
So after exploring the blue streets of Jodhpur, hopefully you will eventually find yourself at Jodhpur’s famous fort.
Rajasthan can be considered a land of forts, and Jodhpur is home to one of the massive forts!
This fort dates back to the 15th century.
Today, descendants of the royal family that lived in this fort during its prime have took it upon themselves to preserve the fort and open it to the public for viewing.
This includes the fort palace as part of a museum.
Walking around the fort grounds is free.
There are a few parts that will give you grand views of Jodhpur without formal entrance to the fort palace, including the blue section of the city.
Visit the Jodhpur stepwell
A visit to the stepwell can be a good way to end your day in a low-key way.
The stepwell in Jodhpur is called the Tunwarji ka Jhalra.
You’ll return back to where you started your day, as the stepwell is located a few minutes walk from Sardar Market and the clock tower.
It could also be good to stay at a guesthouse in this area too.
You can spend as little time or as much time sitting here as you want, as it can be a good place to just sit back and relax on the steps.
Rooftop restaurant with views of the stepwell and fort
Just near the stepwell is an alley that you walk down to reach a rooftoop restaurant called the Stepwell Cafe. They serve western food here.
It has 3 levels to choose from, so be sure to walk up the stairs so you can see all of your choices!
You can choose to eat and drink with views of the stepwell or views of the fort too.
There are some cozy seating choices, including a couch and some cushions.
Overall this cafe provides a comfortable atmosphere which can make it a perfect place to go at the end of the day.
Watch local kids jumping into the stepwell
Now this is what can make this stepwell in Jodhpur a must-visit!
Kids will be kids!
If you’re lucky, you can be treated to quite a spectacle if you happen to be at the stepwell at a time when the local kids decide to make a splashdown into the stepwell.
Some of them do it cannonball style, and some attempt a more traditional dive.
They jump in from the lower parts, and some daring kids jump in from a rather high point, impressing everyone who’s watching!
Instead of cliff jumping, this is jumping into water Rajasthani-style – stepwell jumping!
One staff member at the Stepwell Cafe said the stepwell is 100m deep.
Jumping into the stepwell does seem to be an illegal activity, as eventually police came and the kids all scattered.
I saw one officer chasing after one kid who eventually got caught.
The officer was holding the kid by the arm and appeared to be scolding at him, although I’m not sure what type of consequences, if any, there were aside from that.
It seems like local kids jumping into the stepwell is a regular occurrence.
DAY 2 IN JODHPUR
Nature walk through trails of the desert rock park
Cost: 100 rupees (US$2)
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Jodhpur without going too far, this is it!
If you’re looking for a hike around Jodhpur, this is it!
The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is a nature park that you can also consider to be a type of botanical garden in Jodhpur.
The visitor’s center reports that the rocks of the area are volcanic rocks formed from lava flows that covered parts of Rajasthan 750 million years ago. If you like geology, you may particularly enjoy a visit to this park!
There are a number of nature trails, each around 1 km long. You’ll see plants that are native to the desert.
As per the name of the park, you’ll quite literally find rocky trails, and you will see rock formations all around.
There is a free audio tour that you can listen to as you walk along one of the trails. You can actually even listen to it now!
Check the app called “Trip My Way: India Travel Guide,” and then look for Jodhpur and the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. Then listen to the introduction to see if this is something you want to further explore once you’re in Jodhpur.
This isn’t too far from the main part of the city, and it can be worth a visit if you’re looking for a little bit of quiet compared to Sardar Market.
You might still be able to hear the rickshaws honking in the distance when you’re in some parts of the park, but you can also hear the birds chirping quite clearly too!
Hilltop temple walk with some of the best views in Jodhpur
This is a short but strenuous walk.
It’s more like a massive stair climbing session.
I actually stumbled across this as I was making my way back to the main part of Jodhpur. I saw a set of stairs, and wondered where it could lead to!
Stairs in Jodhpur tend to lead to amazing views of the city.
And at the top of these stairs, there was a temple… and an amazing view of the fort and the city!
According to Google Maps, it looks like the name of this temple is Tekri Mata Temple.
Visit to the Taj Mahal of Marwar
Cost: 50 rupees (less than $1) for foreigners
The Jaswant Thada was built as a memorial to a member of the Jodhpur royal family. On the grounds are also areas where other members of the royal family have been cremated.
This historical monument has been called the Taj Mahal of Marwar, with Marwar referring to a former kingdom of the royals that encompassed the city of Jodhpur.
This place can be a convenient stop on your way back to the city from the desert rock park. The grounds here also offer up views of Jodhpur from above.
This can be a quick visit of around 30 minutes. Or you can stay for a lot longer and enjoy the peace of the gardens and the rest of the Jaswant Thada grounds.
Rooftop restaurant with views of the fort
Since the fort is one of the major icons of Jodhpur, it can be perfect to find a rooftop restaurant that has views of the fort. The one pictured here is called Indique, which is located at the Pal Haveli Hotel.
This setting can be a good day to end your day!
HAPPY JODHPUR ITINERARY PLANNING!
- 3 days in Udaipur (city of lakes)
- 2 days in Jodhpur (blue city)
- 3 days in Jaisalmer (golden city)
- 3 days in Jaipur (pink city)
- 1 day in Agra
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More Zostels in Kerala:
Zostel is a top backpacker chain across India, and I've stayed at many Zostels in India! And outside of Kerala, if you'll be passing through Gokarna as you go from Goa to Kerala (here are options of how to get from Goa to Kerala!), then Zostel Gokarna is in an amazing location too! Here are pictures from the on-site cafe that overlooks the ocean.
Where to stay on the tourist trail in KeralaThese places basically go down the coast from north to south!
- Cochin: Try a homestay in the cute heritage area of Fort Kochi.
- Marari Beach: This is an "off-beat" location as Marari is mostly unknown to backpackers, but it can be a convenient stop to make between Cochin and Alleppey with chill laid back vibes. For an idea of what type of beach can be nearby, see my beach walk from Alleppey to Marari.
- Alleppey Beach:
- Funky Art Beach House again for chill vibes with a location among locals in a residential neighborhood
- And there's Zostel Alleppey too for another beach location to stay several days
- OR if Alleppey is a quick visit, try Dream Nest to be closer to town
- And see how to spend one day in Alleppey (short version: go for the backwaters village canoe tour instead of a houseboat!)
- Alleppey backwaters:
- Munroe Island: This is another generally kind of more off-beat location, and you can see a different part of the Kerala backwaters on a quiet island
- Varkala cliff:
Retreats in KeralaFor relaxation and rejuvenation for health and wellness, also see:
- Yoga retreats in Kerala
- Ayurveda retreats in Kerala - ayurveda is basically healthy living through natural herbs and remedies, and Kerala is the birthplace of ayurveda!
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Then the most convenient way to buy train tickets online is through this booking website. I've used it, and it's super simple! You buy the ticket, and then show the electronic version on your phone once you're on the train. Compared to buying directly through an Indian ticket booking website (IRCTC account required) or directly at the train station in India, there is a small convenience fee, as well as a less flexible cancellation policy, though!