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How to Spend 3 Days in Jodhpur

How to Spend 3 Days in Jodhpur

In the heart of the desert state of Rajasthan, the Blue City of Jodhpur is a great place to immerse yourself in local culture; it’s also a handy base for exploring the surrounding area. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Jodhpur.

 

Day 1: Exploring Old Jodhpur

Begin with a morning visit to the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, a sandstone structure perched on a hilltop overlooking the city; consider taking a private tour if you want to ask a lot of questions about history and architecture. From here, it’s a quick walk over to the Jaswant Thada, a memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built of intricately-carved white marble. 

Then, make your way downhill to the Old City of Jodhpur, passing through lanes lined with blue houses. At the base of the hill sits the city's landmark clock tower, a good reference point for orienting yourself if you wish to spend the evening exploring on foot. Alternatively, hire a local guide to take you on an evening stroll through this lively part of town; it will make navigating crowds easier and you’ll get the inside scoop on history and culture.

 

Day 2: Day Trip to Osian

On your second day, head out to Osian, an oasis town around 45 miles (70 kilometers) north of Jodhpur. This ancient settlement is known for its Hindu and Jain temples, the bulk of which were built between the 8th and 11th centuries. Tours tend to combine a stop at the Sachiya Mata Temple—a Hindu goddess temple dating to the 9th or 10th century—with time to explore Jain Temple. After visiting the temples, stick around for a camel ride in the Thar Desert before heading back to Jodhpur for dinner.

 

Day 3: Culture and Heritage

Spend your final morning exploring Bishnoi, a traditional village that offers insight into rural Rajasthani life. Here, you'll get the chance to interact with locals and watch traditional craft and pottery demonstrations. Most travelers visit as part of an organized jeep safari, which often include stops to look for wildlife in the surrounding desert. 

In the afternoon, make your way to Umaid Bhawan Palace, an art deco structure built for the royal family, who still occupy one wing of the palace. Spend some time browsing the palace museum, which exhibits royal artefacts, art, and even old clocks; for motor enthusiasts—there's also an impressive collection of vintage cars here. Finish your day off with an evening cooking class in the home of a local, where you’ll get to make and eat a variety of popular north Indian dishes.

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Blue City Heritage Private Walking Tour

Blue City Heritage Private Walking Tour

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Discover the history and heritage of Jodhpur on a 2-hour walking tour led by an informative guide. Stroll through the lanes of Jodhpur, aka the Blue City, where forts, palaces, temples, and havelis have been painted in vivid shades of blue. Meet some local people along the way and hear insightful commentary about the sights from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
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$15.00
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Private Full-Day Jodhpur City Tour and Desert Safari

Private Full-Day Jodhpur City Tour and Desert Safari

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Discover the highlights of Jodhpur and take a camel ride in the Thar Desert on a private full-day tour from Jodhpur. Your private guide shows you through landmarks such as the historic Mehrangarh Fort, the royal mausoleum Jaswant Thada, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is now a heritage hotel. You'll also take in the sunset during a camel ride in the desert. Your private tour includes air-conditioned private vehicle and driver, camel ride, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
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$53.00
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3 Hours Authentic Live Cooking Classes at Local Home

3 Hours Authentic Live Cooking Classes at Local Home

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Take a deep dive into learning about Indian cooking with this private lesson in Jodhpur. With a chef guiding you every step and teaching you about Indian culinary traditions, learn to make classic dishes such as chutney, saffron lassis, biryani, paneer curry, and others. Choose your own lesson and meal time, then sit down with your instructor and private group to enjoy the food you've made.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$30.00
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Authentic Jodhpur Day Tour

Authentic Jodhpur Day Tour

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Enjoy a full day of sightseeing on this attraction-packed tour of Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s picturesque “Blue City.” Learn the secrets behind the downtown’s sky-colored walls, and visit four different natural and cultural landmarks, including Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, and Rao Jodha Desert Park. Tours include private transfers in a comfortable, WIFI-equipped vehicle, plus free time for lunch and shopping.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
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$13.44
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Guided Tour Of Historical Jodhpur City Including Entry Fee & Lunch (Optional)

Guided Tour Of Historical Jodhpur City Including Entry Fee & Lunch (Optional)

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible schedule on this private tour of Jodphur. Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, and the Mehrangarh Fort, learning about Rajasthani traditions and culture through your guide's commentary. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$45.00
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Private Tour of Bishnoi Villages with Desert Safari

Private Tour of Bishnoi Villages with Desert Safari

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Immerse yourself in colorful Rajasthani rural life during this all-day jeep safari tour through the Thar Desert. Escape the tourist track and discover the heartland of the Bishnoi, a little-known Hindu sect of desert-dwellers. Observe craftsmen, farmers, and shepherds at work, and visit two stunning temples before hopping on a camel for a sunset ride over the dunes.
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  • 9 hours
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$52.00
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 Private Jodhpur City Sightseeing Tour

Private Jodhpur City Sightseeing Tour

On this full-day private tour, you’ll get an in-depth introduction to picturesque Jodhpur, nicknamed the “Blue City” of Rajasthan. Top historical highlights include a stop at the iconic, hilltop Mehrangarh Fort, a visit to a 19th-century cenotaph, and a tour of Umaid Bhawan Palace, a heritage hotel built in a typical regional style. Tours also include door-to-door hotel or airport transfers.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Art and craft tour

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Art and craft tour

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Arts and crafts lovers and anyone with an interest in rural Rajasthani life won't want to miss this immersive tour. You'll head out into rural Rajasthan to visit with local craftspeople as they make pottery, weave cloth rugs, and practice the traditional art of block printing. You'll even get to see how local families cook up Indian food over an open fire.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Blue City Walking Tour

Blue City Walking Tour

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On this short guided walking tour, explore the highlights of Jodhpur, which is known as the “Blue City” because most of its homes are painted in shades of blue. Wander the streets of the city, learning about its history. Located in the Thar Desert, Jodhpur boasts palaces, forts, and temples, and is one of India’s most colorful cities.
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  • 2 hours
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$18.47
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Private Traditional Indian Meal at a Local Home in Jodhpur

Private Traditional Indian Meal at a Local Home in Jodhpur

Discover the rich flavors and exotic spices of Indian cuisine with a traditional meal at a local home in Jodhpur. Create an array of tasty Indian dishes during a 2-hour experience, learn more about Indian life and culture from your hosts, then sit down to enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch or dinner.
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