City of Blue Houses & Heritage
Get the first glimpses of the rolling sand dunes of the Thar Desert, silhouettes of camels and colourful Rajasthan vistas in Jodhpur. This is where you begin the golden triangle tour of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner
Jodhpur is magical with shades of blue and pink popping out of the sandy hues of the desert and in contrast to the looming Meherangarh Fort high up on the hills. The fort threatens to swallow the town on the one side and looks over a sheer drop on the far side.
This city is Rathore Rajput heartland that lost out on capital status to Jaipur only due to its distance from far Delhi. The first feel of Jodhpur is all the vivid colours especially the limestone houses termite treated with blue pigment form a charming mosaic when viewed from the fort.
Sneak into the Umaid Bhavan Palace (if you can), which is now a luxury hotel parts of which the royal family still resides to enjoy the surprising Art Deco motif, high domed ceilings and luxury of the royals.
Go on a Village Safari to the Bishnoi Village and enroute see the wildlife of Khejarali, and the Raaika cameleers’ settlement to understand the commoner way of life. Other near-by places of interest include, Osian, the ancient town in the Thar Desert known for its many temples and Khimsar, a desolate moated castle that has seen many wars and is today one of the finest hotels in Rajasthan.