Bishnoi Village Safari
It’s time to try some authentic Rajasthani cuisine and explore the culture of Marwar. Whether you are a culture buff or a nature lover, a visit to Bishnoi Village will keep you hooked. Enjoy bird watching at the Guda Bishnoi Lake, located in the village, and try a camel safari.
You will also spot blackbucks and chinkaras on your excursion in the village. Spend your day most interestingly by discovering the way of living of the tribal and their culture as the village, set in the dense city of Jodhpur, takes you back in time.
Location: Near K N Hall Girls College, Raika Bagh
Highlights: Camel Safari, Village Safari, Birdwatching
Entry Fee: Starts at Rs 750 per person
Distance from Railway Station: 3 km.
Perched atop a hill, the Mehrangarh Fort is so huge and it is visible from almost any part of Jodhpur. The fort is a symbol of strength and grandeur 400 feet above the skyline of the Blue City. After Rao Jodha laid the foundation stone in 1459, the construction of the fort took over 500 years, which reflects in the various architectural styles in different parts of the fort.
Revisit history behind these fortifying walls which house unparalleled weaponry and tales of valour. The view of the blue-painted houses from the top of the fort is unmatchable.
Location: Sodagaran Mohalla
Highlights: Sheesh Mahal, Chokhelao Bagh, Phul Mahal, Takhat Vilas, Moti Mahal, Arms and Armour, Mehrangarh Museum, Chamunda Devi Temple
Entry Fee: Rs 100 for adults, Rs 50 for students, Rs 600 for foreigners (all prices exclude photography charges)
Distance from Railway Station: 4.6 km.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
This symbol of grandeur also holds the reputation of being the world’s largest private residence, housing the royal quarters of Maharaja Gaj Singh, the grandson of Maharaja Umaid Singh. While a part of the palace has been converted into a hotel and another into a timeless museum, Umaid Bhavan Palace stands as a symbol of luxury overlooking the Blue City.
The palace was constructed from 1928 to 1943 by Maharaja Umaid Singh, and it is one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur in one day for its peek into the rich heritage and culture of Rajasthan.
Location: Circuit House Road, Cantt Area
Highlights: Royal Residence, Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum and Gift shop
Entry Fee: Rs 30 for adults, Rs 10 per child (5-11 years), Rs 100 for foreigners
Distance from Railway Station: 4.8 km.
If you are looking for places to visit in Jodhpur in one day in the lap of nature, visit the Mandore Gardens, which is a popular picnic spot for families and groups. The garden is studded with temples and galleries depicting Hindu gods. Visit the iconic temple which is dedicated to the 330 million Gods.
The government museum houses several artefacts of a bygone era, while the Hall of Heroes has mythical figures intrinsically carved on the walls. Stroll in the garden by the refreshing fountains as the garden provides respite from the bustling city of Jodhpur.
Location: Mandore, Jodhpur
Highlights: Hall of Heroes, Mandore Palace, Cenotaph of Maharaja Ajit Singh, Government Museum
Entry Fee: No fee for the garden, Rs 50 for museum
Distance from Railway Station: 9.5 km.
With a 1.5-hour drive from the main city, Osian town ranks amongst the best places to visit in Jodhpur in one day without having to stay overnight, especially if you are looking for adventure. Experience a camel safari in the sand dunes of Osian, which is an oasis of Thar Desert. The Osian town is dotted with several century-old temples which have been intrinsically carved and beautifully constructed.
The main attractions here are the Jain temples and the Brahmanical temples, in addition to Sachiya Mata Mandir and Harihar Temple. Due to its numerous temples, the place is also called as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan”.
Location: It lies in the north of Jodhpur district headquarters
Highlights: Sun Temple, Shivaliya Temple, Jain temples, Surya Mandir, Shiv Temple, Vishnu Temple, camel safari
Distance from Railway Station: 60 km.
Built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899, Jaswant Thada is the marble marvel of Jodhpur, also known as the Taj Mahal of Mewar. The sight of the white beauty constructed on the lakeside is unmissable.
The monument reflects a beautiful blend of Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. Surrounded by lush greenery, the white monument is adorned with intrinsically carved walls and paintings and pictures of the erstwhile rulers. You can also witness the spectacular sight of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhawan Palace from Jaswant Thada.
Location: Lawaran, Near Mehrangarh Fort
Highlights: Mughal and Rajput architecture, White cenotaph with red-painted stairs, Intricate carvings, Lush greenery
Entry Fee: Rs 15 for Indians, Rs 30 for foreigners
Distance from Railway Station: 4.5 km.
Ghanta Ghar and Sardar Market
Built by Maharaja Sardar Singh, Ghanta Ghar is also known as the Clock Tower and is a popular landmark in the Blue City. If you are looking for places to visit in Jodhpur in one day, you can visit both Ghanta Ghar and the adjacent Sardar Market, which is a bustling market with thousands of shops offering artefacts, handicrafts and local delicacies. The market lightens up in the evening, and the glowing Ghanta Ghar is a sight to behold while you collect your Jodhpur memoirs from the market.
Location: Nai Sarak
Highlights: Shopping, Food
Distance from Railway Station: Ghantaghar 1.7 km, Sardar Market 1.5 km.
Jodhpur is a lot about its narrow lanes and throbbing markets, but if you are seeking tranquillity in the lap of nature, Kailana Lake is the ideal destination for you. A man-made lake constructed by Maharaja Pratap Singh in 1872, Kailana now offers options of boating and spending a laidback day by the lakeside.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast or a nature lover, the lake water and the sight of birds flying above the lake will enchant you as cool breeze hits your face. This place is an ideal place for family picnics as you can go boating with your family and group and enjoy in the lap of nature.
Location: 8 km west of Jodhpur, on route to Jaisalmer
Highlights: Boating, Birdwatching, Picnic with family
Distance from Railway Station: 7.3 km.
Rao Jodha Desert Park
Spread over an area of 70 acres, the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is one of the best places to visit in Jodhpur in one day if you want to spend it exploring nature. Set in the foothills of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park houses 80 exotic plant species from the Thar Desert.
The natural ecology of the rocky wasteland was restored by systematically eradicating unwanted thorny shrubs and planting rock-loving plants. Spend some time learning about the conservation of these plants against the backdrop of the impressive Mehrangarh Fort.
Location: Near Mehrangarh Fort
Highlights: Nature, Photography, Ecotourism
Entry Fee: Rs 100 for adults, entry free for school students
Distance from Railway Station: 3.7 km.
RAAS Hotel redefines dining with a view. Overlooking the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, this 19th-century pleasure pavilion for dining is designed to create a warm ambience for the visitors. While the interiors are a blend of local architecture and contemporary décor, the wide range of options for exquisite cuisine includes Thai, Mediterranean or authentic Rajasthani cuisine.
While the Darikhana offers spectacular views of Mehrangarh, the Stepwell House Café opens a private door on to the stepwell, enabling you to enjoy lunch and dinner with a view.
Location: Toorji ka Jhalra, Makrana Mohalla
Highlights: Darikhana, Stepwell House Café, Multiple Cuisines, Private dining at the poolside
Distance from Railway Station: 1.8 km.