JODHPUR, with its fine culture and art, attracts many travellers. Even if you are not planning a trip to Jodhpur but you are just passing by this beautiful city there will be a strong urge to go and visit the city. There is a different sort of a breeze in Jodhpur which makes it such a happening place.
Rajasthan is any way famous for its heritage and culture. Jodhpur is the heart of this hot and fascination state can make you go back to your young days when you always wished to have a trip with your friends. A place where you could get everything culture, art, heritage, fun, adventure and what not.
The city is known as the “Sun City” for the bright and sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Jodhpur is also known as the “Blue City” because of the blue colours that decorate many of the houses in the old city area. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades. Jodhpur lies near the geographic centre of the Rajasthan state, which makes it a convenient base for travel in a region much frequented by tourists.
Especially if you are planning a trip during October to March then JODHPUR RAJASTHAN is the perfect place to visit. Starting from Jodhpur’s famous Mirchi bada and maave ki kachori. JODHPUR is popular just not for its sweets but also for “MOJRI”. Mojari or Khussa or Saleem Shahi’s is a style of handcrafted footwear one of the speciality of Jodhpur. They are traditionally made by artisans mostly using tanned leather. The uppers are made of one piece of leather or textile embroidered and embellished with brass nails, cowry shells, mirrors, bells and ceramic beads. Even the bonding from the upper to the sole is done by a cotton thread that is not only eco-friendly but also enmeshes the leather fibres with great strength. Some product range also uses bright and ornate threads.
Words fall short if you decide to describe Jodhpur just from your words and dairies fall short is you wish to write your trip experience in it.
I bet you would never regret if you decided to come to Jodhpur. You’ll go back with 1000s of memories, a box full of cheerful times and many life experiences. For an amazing trip here we are to make it more comfortable and amazing for you, here is a list of top 10 hotels in Jodhpur which will make your trip more happening:
1. UMAID BHAWAN PALACE
A place that adds cheerily to the cake like the heritage of Jodhpur. This is all that you would wish for in an amazing trip. If you literally enjoy your trip like a king literally the king’s residence would be the best choice.
Here are the major details about the palace. Set on 26 acres of lush gardens, this elegant hotel lies 7 km from Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station and 10 km from Mandore Garden. The regal rooms and suites feature flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, and minibars. Art Deco or neoclassical-style suites and living rooms and colourful artwork. Some provide balconies, massage rooms or dining rooms with kitchenettes. Room service is available. Parking and breakfast are complimentary. There’s a restaurant serving Continental fare, as well as an open-air cafe. Other amenities include a BBQ eatery and a cosy bar, plus indoor and outdoor pools. A spa offers Ayurvedic treatments and yoga.
RAAS is one of the best heritage hotels of Jodhpur. Located in the middle of old city, it has majestic Mehrangarh in the backdrop and the view is spectacular.The combination of heritage and modern architecture, it offers you a wonderful stay and great hospitality. It is Jodhpur’s first boutique hotel. Its signature look was born from the fusion of modern and ancient styles and the courtyard has become a tranquil haven away from the bustle of Jodhpur’s old town. RAAS would be all that you want in an awesome trip. The hotel comprises of four original buildings with three additional contemporary structures, influenced by and contributing to its cultural past as part of the Walled City. The new buildings are modern and contemporary in their use of space and light and yet grounded in tradition. Indeed, each of its structures is adorned with intricate architectural carvings in the iconic Haveli style of the 18th century, juxtaposed against modern designs and patterns. Jodhpur’s red sand-stone unites the new with the old, as modern designs add an exciting and fresh dimension to the region’s age-old stone carving industry. The magnificent pool, along with the staff quarters and guard house, makes a stunning entry to the hotel.
The whole complex is overlooked by Mehrangarh, an awe-inspiring 15th-century fort looming 400 feet above the Jodhpur skyline. When lit up in the evenings, the views are simply breathtaking and, like virtually every home here, almost every room in the hotel enjoys the most spectacular view of the fort, rated in 2008 by Time Magazine as “Asia’s Best Fortress”.
3. Ranbanka Palace
After those 2 extremely amazing hotels here comes one more. Ranbanka Palace hotel is the 3rd most desired hotel in the BLUE CITY. It is in demand due to its amazing location and looks that could stun anyone. It offers 90 well-appointed rooms, suites and apartments with a unique service design that delivers the ‘Jodhpur Experience’. Owned and managed by direct descendants of Jodhpur’s founder, Ranbanka Palace captures the essence of erstwhile Marwar. It is intrinsically linked to this region’s history, heritage and culture.
Located on Circuit house road, Ranbanka Palace is conveniently placed to access key attractions in and around the Blue City. The hotel is 4.1 km from Jodhpur airport, 2.2 km from Jodhpur Junction railway station, 1.6km from Raika Bagh Central Bus Station and 4.7km from Mehrangarh Fort.
4. Welcome Hotel Jodhpur
In the list of most stunning places to live in Jodhpur here comes another one, a name that adds on to the beauty of Jodhpur. On the edge of the Thar Desert, set against the sombre and arid landscape of Rajasthan is located the WelcomHotel Jodhpur. As a tribute to the city of Jodhpur, laden with history, culture & monuments that enliven the royal era of the princely state; WelcomHotel Jodhpur endeavours to bring about an element of grandeur through food, music, colour and an ethnic mélange of unique experiences.
Because of the vivid blue-painted houses, Jodhpur is famously known as the blue city. It is believed that Brahmins – members of the priestly class – first took to colouring their houses blue to signify their domicile and to set them apart from the rest of the population. It is likely that the ubiquitous blueness of Jodhpur is an exuberant display of human resilience against the stark Thar Desert which surrounds the town. Against the bleak backdrop of parched brown earth, the blue city exerts itself magnificently.
5. WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace
Here is another hotel that could be on your wish list if you ever plan a trip to this beautiful city. Merely 5 kilometres from the city centre i.e. from the Clock Tower, on the Mandore Road is the WelcomHeritage Bal Samand Lake Palace, in the vicinity of still and clear Bal Samand Lake. Built in red sandstone and employing the typical ornate Rajput architectural style, it was initially conceived as the summer residence of the Jodhpur Maharajas. Another master piece of heritage from Jodhpur.
The tastefully designed Garden Rooms have a different aura altogether with their own Rose Gardens, Croquet Lawn and Restaurant.
The lake itself which was artificially created in the 13th century as a water reservoir that supplied drinking water to the city – now complements the lush green lawns and staggered terraced gardens of the property. This old royal retreat has now been fitted with all modern amenities which, however, do not take away from the old world charm of the property.
Contributor: Urvashi Bidawat