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My ancestors have been living in Jodhpur for centuries now. I’ve myself lived in it all my life. It’s my favorite place on Earth – I love it!

Here is the deal:

I was searching for some information about it on Internet. What I got was absolute garbage, comparing the reality.

So I had to create this website and this guide. This article is my attempt to show you what the place in reality is.

Read this article below. It will help you to experience the mind-blowing power of Jodhpur in a safer and healthier way.

Although this guide is work in progress, but I expect it to be of 50,000+ words by the time I finish it. I update this page daily, so what you are reading is up-to-date.

I think this is what it takes to describe this city :) Enjoy!

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Quick Facts

Before we dive into all the details, here are some quick facts about the city. These may come in handy in future and you have access to these at the start of this page.

  • Jodhpur in Hindi: जोधपुर
  • Country: IndiaIndia Flag thumb print
  • State: Rajasthan
  • District: Jodhpur
  • Famous for: Heritage Places, Temples, Parks and Lakes
  • Languages: Marwari, Rajasthani, Hindi and English
  • Elected Representive in Lok Sabha: Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (BJP)
  • Elected Representative in Vidhan Sabha:

Shri Ashok Gehlot (Congress) – Sardarpura

Shri Kailash Bhansali (BJP) – City

Srimati Surya Kanta Vyas (BJP) – Soorsagar

  • Police Commissioner: Sachin Mittal IPS
  • Divisional Commissioner: Hemant Gera IAS
  • Collector & DM: Dr. Pritam B. Yashvant, IAS
  • Pin code: 342001
  • STD code: 0291
  • City Map Location: Google Maps
  • News: Google News
  • Photos / Images: On Flickr
  • Videos: Youtube
  • Vehicle registration Code: RJ-19

About Jodhpur

It is an ideal tourist destination in India. It is because of its Kind People, Mehrangarh Fort and Thar Desert near it.

Jodhpur topped Lonelyplanet’s list of extraordinary places to live in 2014.

People call it Sun City, as this city has sunny weather all the year.Jodhpur city overview

People also call it Blue City, as houses around the Mehrangarh Fort has blue paint.

In the past, it was between two powerful rulers and enemies, The Mughals and The Marathas. It holds exciting ancient stories and places describing history through them.

The popular tight, horse riding trousers, ‘Jodhpurs’, took their name from this city.

It has been featured in many Bollywood Movies (I came across this list of Best Hindi Movies on Netflix and found one of the movies featuring Jodhpur). We have a list in the mid of this article about filmography in Jodhpur.

It is by mistake spelled as: jodpur, ジョドプル, jodphur, johdpur, johpur, jophur, jodhpure. Cool 😉

History

The Jodhpur state was founded in the 13th century by the Rathore clan of Rajputs, whose leader was Rao Jodha.

Rao Jodha founded it in 1459 by. Jodha conquered the area and founded a state Marwar.

This territory Marwar had Marwari as its native language. Today Jodhpur is the name of Marwar.

During British time, its merchants, the Marwaris, flourished without limit. They came to occupy a position of dominance in trade across India.

In 1947, at the time of partition of India and Pakistan, ruler of Jodhpur Hanwant Singh did not want to join India.

But finally after persuasion of Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel it became a part of India.

Climate

Since Jodhpur is in Rajasthan (the most warm place of India), the climate of Jodhpur is hot, dry and sunny.Autumn climate of Jodhpur

The average Jodhpur temperature is around 33° C to 20° C and average rainfall is approximately 30 cm.

Summer enters the city from March to June. In summer season, the average temperature is around 41° C – 26° C.

There is rainy season in this city from late July to September. In rainy season, the average temperature is around 33° C – 25° C.

Winter enters the city from November to January. In winter season, the average temperature is around 26° C – 10° C.

October to March is the best time to visit Jodhpur.

Geographical Location

Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan, India. It has geographical area of 22850 sq. Kms.

The length of the district from North to South and from East to West is 197 Km. & 208 Km.Jodhpur Map

The district is between 26°17′N 73°01′E / 26.28°N 73.02°E.

This district is at the height between 250-300 meters above sea level.

It is bound by Nagaur in East, Jaisalmer in west, Bikaner in North and Barmer as well as Pali in the South.

It is called the Gateway to Thar as it is on the edge of the Thar Desert.

Jodhpur is the most important city of western Rajasthan as it lies about 250 Kms. from the international border of Pakistan.

This makes it an important base for the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Border Security Force (BSF).

Air base of Jodhpur is the largest air base of Asia. It is one of the most critical and strategically located airbase of the Indian Air Force.

Jodhpur Airport played a crucial role during Indo-Pak wars in 1965, 1971.

Culture

The Jodhpuri people are among the most humble people of India.

The culture of Marwar states a line “Padhaaro Mhaare Desh” which means “Welcome to Our City”.Jodhpur Culture

The languages spoken here are Marwari, Hindi and English.

Men wear traditional Dhoti and Kurta. Another one of the unique features of the culture is the colorful turbans worn by men. We call it “Shafa”.

The women wear wide gathered skirts (Gagra). Women here also love to wear jewelry.

They like to wear specific type of jewelry. Like the ones worn on the feet, head, forehead, ear, nose, neck, arms, wrist, fingers, waist, etc.

Jewelry shops in Jodhpur have great variety of modern and classic designs.

Popular Food

Many famous Indian dishes originates to Jodhpur.

Jodhpur is famous for its food. Its popularity seems from the fact that sweet shops named “Jodhpur Sweets” are all over India.Jodhpur Food

A few of the famous Food are:

  • The Makhaniya Lassi
  • Mawa Ki Kachori
  • Pyaaj Ki Kachori
  • Hot & Spicy Mirchi Bada
  • Dal Bati Churma
  • Lasan Ki Chutney
  • Mirchi Ka Kutaa
  • Gatte Ki Sabzi
  • Ker Sangri Sabzi (also known as Pachkutaa)
  • Raab
  • Lapsi
  • Kabuli
  • Aate Ka Halwa
  • Badam Ka Halwa
  • Kaachara Mircha Sabzi
  • Kadhi Pakoda
  • Baajre Ka Sogra
  • Kaju Draksh ki Sabji
kadhi kachori Jodhpur street food
Kadhi Kachori

Jodhpur is also known for its sweets. We call sweet hospitality of Jodhpur as “Mithi Manuhaar” which means “Offer Sweets”. Some of the famous sweets are:

  • Makhanbada
  • Mawa Ki Kachori
  • Malpua
  • Ghevar
  • Motichur Ke Laddu
  • Besan barfi
  • Thorr
  • Gulab Jamun
  • Rasgulla
  • Ras Malai
  • Doodh Jalebi

Famous Ice Creams of Jodhpur include:

  • Malai Kulfi (Kulfi means ice cream)
  • Matka Kulfi
  • Marwadi Kulfi

These are some shops and restaurants where you can find quality as well as variety in sweets:

  • Janta Sweet Home
  • Jodhpur Sweet Home
  • Pokhar Sweets
  • Parihar Sweets

How to Reach

Transportation to Jodhpur is easy. And, 3 of the best ways to reach are:

By Air: Airport is 5 km from the city center. Regular flights connect it with other cities. There are flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur operated by Air India and Jet Airways.Flights to Jodhpur

IATA code of the Airport is JDH.

ICAO code of the Airport is VIJO.

By Train: Trains to and from Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata are available. The “Palace on Wheels” also visits this city.

Jodhpur Railway Station Code is JU.

By Road: The main highway between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer is via Agoli and Pokaran. Bus connects it with Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Delhi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur.

Places to Visit

There are more than 25 places to visit in Jodhpur.

Temples in Jodhpur

Because of rich history, it has great temples of all periods. Some of them are:Om Hindu Jodhpur Temple

  • Chamunda Mata Temple
  • Raj Ranchhodji Temple
  • Achal Nath Shivalaya
  • Siddhanth Shiv Temple
  • Rasik Bihari Temple
  • Ganesh Temple
  • Baba Ramdeo Temple, Masuria hill
  • Shiv Temple, Shiv Sagar, Mata ka than
  • Udai Mandir in city area
  • Kunj Bihari Temple
  • Mahamandir Temple, Mahamandir Chauraha
  • Pal Balaji Temple, Pal Gaon
  • Santoshi Mata Temple, Lal Sagar
  • Isqkiya Gajanan Ji Temple, Juni Mandi

Historical Places of Jodhpur

Jodhpur has live connection with its history and historical places reveal it through them. Most popular of historical places includes:

  • Mehrangarh Fort
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
  • Clock Tower
  • Mehrangarh Museum
  • Rai Ka Bag Palace
  • Umaid Heritage Art School
  • Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan
  • Sardar Government Museum

Lakes in Jodhpur

Lakes have special purpose in the royalness of the city. Most popular lakes are:

  • Balsamand Lake
  • Kaylana Lake
  • Sardar Samand Lake
  • Takhat Sagar Lake
  • Gulab Sagar

Parks in Jodhpur

It has many refreshing and amazing natural parks. To name a few:park in Jodhpur

  • Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park
  • Mandore Gardens
  • Nehru Park
  • Umed Gardens
  • Khichan Bird Sanctuary
  • Maharishi Dadhichi Garden
  • Ashok Udhyan
  • Dhawa Doli Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Swami Vivekanand Park
  • Hanwant Garden
  • Masuriya Hill Garden
  • Machiya Safari Park
  • Chokelao Bagh

Water Parks in Jodhpur

  • Fun World Water Park

Shopping Markets in Jodhpur

  • Sardar Market

The Sadar Market near the clock tower gives shopping pleasure to the local as well as the visitors.

  • Sardarpura Market

Sardarpura Market has wide variety of branded items to enhance wardrobe.

  • Tripolia Market

It is one of the oldest market. Great place for traditional items.

  • Nai Sadak

The city’s main shopping area is Nai Sadak, lined with sari and shoe shops

  • National Handloom, Nai Sadak (and ten other outlets)

This shopping mall is famous. It is a four-story air-conditioned shop. One can identify it by their logo of a mustachioed and turbaned man. Prices are cheap, marked, and hassle-free. They house handicrafts and art, with most of the rest devoted to clothes and groceries.

  1. Thar Handloom, C and D road Sardarpura

It is a common place to buy traditional cloths and sarees. It’s a kind of store with premium quality with premium pricing.

Jodhpur Zoo

Watch ducks, monkeys, crocodiles and rabbits playing among themselves. I am talking about Umed Garden Zoo.Jodhpur Zoo

This place is a must visit if you are travelling with kids.

It promises a fun-filled and memorable experience besides loads of exciting photo-click opportunities.

Zoo Entrance Fees: Indians: Rs. 3, Foreigners: Rs. 10

Zoo Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Fairs and Festivals

Many fairs and festivals come throughout the year in Jodhpur. Most popular of them includes:

  • Marwar Festival
  • Gangaur
  • Baithmaar Gangaur Mela
  • Teej
  • Nag Panchmi Fair
  • Sheetla Mata Fair
  • Baba Ramdev Pir Mela

Get Around In Jodhpur

Means of transport in Jodhpur include:

  • Cabs (Taxis): Currently OLA and Taxi For Sure provide cab service in city. They charge as per distance traveled.
  • Mini Buses: Public transport is available and are called ‘route buses’.
  • Car Rental: There are many car rental companies available.
  • Auto Rickshaws (unmetered): They do not operate on meter. Always negotiate and fix the fare before you get on.
  • Tongas – These are horse driven carriages. They are now available and operate in limited region near Clock Tower.

Businesses

1. Handicraft Industry

In recent years the Handicrafts Industry has topped all other industries in the city.  The furniture export segment is a $200 million industry, employing around 200,000 people. Other items manufactured include textiles, metal utensils, bicycles, ink and sporting goods.

2. Tourism

After handicrafts, tourism is the second largest industry of Bluecity.

3. Mining

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Gypsum stone is mined here. Marwaris have been supplying stone all over India and foreign. Jodhpur Sandstone has been used to increase the beauty of many temples, parks and hospitals.

4. Farming

Crops grown in the district include wheat and the famous Mathania red chilies.

5. Cottage Industry

Cottage industry manufacture items such as glass bangles, cutlery, carpets and marble products.

6. Furniture Market

This city is also known for its Solid Wooden Furniture Market. Many Big Brands like Induscraft, Snapdeal and Fabfurnish sell furniture Online.

For other Businesses read the lists of top:

Movies Filmed

The beautiful historic buildings and landscapes of city were used in big movies. Some of them are The Dark Knight RisesThe Fall, Hum Sath Hain, Veer, and Shuddh Desi Romance.

Newspapers

There are many newspapers in Jodhpur. Most popular of them are:Newspaper shop jodhpur

  • Dainik Bhaskar

Contact: +91-98285 50556

  • Rajasthan Patrika

Tel: +91-291-5109912 / 28 / 29

Mobile: +91-9829057491

  • Dainik Navajyoti

Tel: +91-291-2655840

FM Stations

There are four FM radio stations to tune-in with, these are:

  • Big FM

Frequency: 92.7

  • My FM

Frequency: 94.3

  • Vividh Bharti

Frequency: 102.1

  • Oye FM

Frequency: 104.8

Government Organisations

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  • Regional Transport Office (RTO)
  • Mining Office
  • PF Office
  • Emitra
  • Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
  • Jodhpur Bar Council
  • Jodhpur Discom / Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited
  • Rajasthan High Court
  • Jodhpur BSF
  • Jodhpur City Police
  • Jodhpur Development Authority (JDA)
  • Jodhpur Municipal Corporation
  • Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)
  • BSNL Office
  • Water Box

Population

Male: 19,24,326

Female: 17,61,355

Children under 6 years of age: 5,92,959

Professional Education Institutes

Jodhpur is becoming a education hub for higher studies in India. Almost every major college has a dedicated branch in the city.

They vary from Engineering, Medicine, Law and Design. It is also the largest hub for preparation of the CA (Chartered Accountant).

Major institutions are:

  1. Indian Institute of Technology (IITJ)
  2. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  3. National Law University (NLU)
  4. National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
  5. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University (DSRRAU)
  6. Jai Narain Vyas University (JNVU)
  7. S.N. Medical College
  8. M.B.M. Engineering College
  9. Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI)
  10. Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT)
  11. Sardar Patel University of Police Security and Criminal Justice
  12. Government Polytechnic College
  13. Government College of Physical Education
  14. LMCST(Lachoo Memorial College of Science & Technology)
  15. Onkarmal Somani College of Commerce
  16. Mahila P.G Mahavidyalaya
  17. A.D Bohra Memorial Law College
  18. Jodhpur National University
  19. JIET (Jodhpur Institute of Engineering & Technology)
  20. Marwar Engineering College & Research Centre
  21. L.B.S Engineering College
  22. Mayurakshi Institute of Engineering & Technology
  23. Raj Engineering College
  24. Vyas Institute Of Higher Education
  25. Aishwarya college of education
  26. lucky institute of professional studies
  27. Jodhpur Dental College General Hospital
  28. GD Memorial College
  29. Government ITI College
  30. Jodhpur Agriculture University

Read the list of Top Engineering Colleges.

Schools and Coaching Centers

Here is the lists of:

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Sports

Barkatullah Khan Stadium and Gaushala Maidan are two main sports hub of Jodhpur. It has hosted two cricket ODIs.

Nearly every sport is played here and professional coaches are available.

Read more About Martial Arts Classes and Karate Classes and Gyms.

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Hospitals

The major hospitals in city are:-

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS)
  • Mathura Das Mathur Hospital
  • Mahatma Gandhi Hospital
  • Umaid Hospital
  • Jodhpur Hospital & Research Centre Pvt Ltd
  • Jodhpur Medical Research Centre Trust
  • Rajasthan Hospital and Research Centre
  • Goyal Hospital & Research Centre Pvt Ltd
  • Daukiya hospital
  • Rajdadiji Hospital
  • Manidhari Hospital
  • Jodhpur Dental College General Hospital
  • Rajasthan Cancer Cure Hospital
  • Navjeevan Hospital
  • Vasan Eye Care Hospital
  • Kamla Nehru TB & Chest Hospital
  • Satyam Hospital & Research Centre
  • Lok Sewa Hospital and Medical Research Centre
  • Shri Ram Hospital

Hotels in Jodhpur

From 5 Star Hotels to most economic Hotels, all are available here. What it depends upon is your budget :)Hotel Room Jodhpur Rajasthan India

Read the list of top:

NGOs Working In Jodhpur

There are many NGOs working for the social welfare. Some of them also provides jobs and internships.

To know more click here to access list of all the NGOs.

Jodhpur And Other Indian Cities

This city has links to all other cities of India. Here are some of the notable cities:

  • Jodhpur to Jaisalmer

Distance: 307.1 km via RJ SH61 and NH 15

Best Way: Car > Bus

  • Jodhpur to Udaipur

Distance: 263.2 km via RJ SH 67long road connecting cities of rajasthan

Best Way: Car > Bus > Train

  • Jodhpur to Delhi

Distance: 600.8 km via NH 8

Best Way: Aeroplane > Train > Bus

  • Jodhpur to Osian

Distance: 67.7 km via RJ SH61

Best Way: Car > Bus

Distance: 333.6 km via NH 112 and NH 8

Best Way: Aeroplane > Train > Bus

  • Jodhpur to Ajmer

Distance: 204.6 km via NH 112

Best Way: Train > Bus > Car

  • Jodhpur to Ahmedabad

Distance: 461.4 km via GJ SH 41

Best Way: Aeroplane > Bus > Train

  • Jodhpur to Mumbai

Distance: 987.4 km via NH 8

Best Way: Aeroplane > Train > Bus

  • Jodhpur to Mount Abu

Distance: 270.4 km via NH65 and NH14

Best Way: Train > Bus > Car

  • Jodhpur to Katra

Distance: 1,072.0 km via NH 15

Best Way: Train > Bus

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are houses in here colored blue?

Blue color keeps house cool. It is necessary because of heavy sunshine.

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It truly is an amazing place. You must visit it at least once in your lifetime. But in order to enjoy it fully, you must be prepared for everything.

Keep an open mind and a large amount of opportunities will be open for you.

I believe this guide will give you all you need. Enjoy your travel, All the Best!

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About Pankaj Solanki

Pankaj Solanki is the founder of SuncityJodhpur.com. Here he writes easy-to-digest info about Rajasthan and its various cities. Don't forget to share this site with your Family and Friends!