If you love to see colour and vibrance when you travel, you will love exploring Jaipur and Jodhpur, the two colourful cities of Rajasthan. The cities still hold a strong connection to their regal past, and will pamper you like royalty with their amazing culture and history. So here are our picks of the 8 things you absolutely must see in Jaipur & Jodhpur:
1. Most Scenic Destination - The Hawa Mahal
Jaipur has many incredible palaces and none of them is more iconic than the Hawa Mahal. It is known as the windy palace due to its 953 windows, which are all decorated with intricate latticework. Visiting this palace is a must for the full Jaipur experience for any traveller.
When to visit: 9am - 5pm
Travel tip: Visit this palace early in the morning to get the best views, the sunlight makes the colours of the palace come alive. You can also get an amazing view of the main facade from the Wind View Cafe directly across the street. / Keep an eye out for the royal pigeon chasers at this famous palace, who scare away birds from nesting on the walls and are very entertaining to watch.
2. Must-Visit Heritage Site - Jantar Mantar - Discover Its Ancient Science
If you’re interested in space & history, you cannot miss visiting Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. The Jaipur Jantar Mantar is one of five constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II, the other four are located in New Delhi, Ujjain, Mathura, and Varanasi. This 18th-century complex has many old fashioned tools to observe the stars and also the world’s biggest sundial that still tells the time accurately! This is why it remains a ‘timeless’ classic.
When to Visit: 9 am-4:30 pm
Travel tip: Avoid visiting it in the afternoon as it is outdoors and the temperatures can get quite high. Audio guides and guided tours in several languages are available at the entrance. We recommend hiring one to understand the history and science behind each astronomical device.
3. Best Shopping Destinations - Bapu Bazaar & Johari Bazaar
Of all the things to do on a trip, shopping for souvenirs is our favourite. Jaipur has some amazing local handicrafts and jewellery for you to remember your trip. Bapu Bazaar & Johari Bazaar in Jaipur are two of our go-to shopping places in the city. You can explore the winding lanes and find brilliant Rajasthani sarees, handmade jewellery, and other local specialities at bargain prices. And the most effortless way to explore the narrow streets of these markets is on a BLive e-bike ride, and save all your energy on your shopping spree.
What To Shop: Handmade jewellery with precious & semi-precious stones, sandstone carvings, Rajasthani sarees
Travel Tip: If you visit the markets a few days in advance, you can place orders for custom jewellery with many of the artisans to take back a personalised souvenir.
4. Best Places To Eat - Try authentic Rajasthani food and street fare
Jaipur has a thriving street food culture, so you can add even more flavour to your travel. The things you absolutely must try are the onion kachoris and samosas, gol gappas, and pakoras. And for the full traditional fare, there are many varied options such as the Dal Baati Churma.
Where to eat: Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Fashion Street, any traditional Rajasthani lunch home
Best Picks: For vegetarians, gatte ki sabji is sure to be your favourite traditional dish, and non-vegetarians will love the spicy lal maas curry
1. Most Scenic Destination - The Mehrangarh Fort
Built on a steep cliff, the Mehrangarh fort overlooks the city of Jodhpur. It is one of the largest forts in the country and an awe-inspiring structure. From the top of the fort you can see a spectacular view of the Blue City spread out in front of you, which is a sight like no other. This iconic fort is a must-see place in Jodhpur.
When to visit: 9 am - 5 pm. Late evening is the best time to reach the top so you can see the amazing sunset view from the walls.
Travel tip: The fort also houses an impressive museum of Rajasthani history and heritage artefacts that you can explore.
2. Must-Visit Heritage Site - The 200-year-old Toorji Ka Jhalra
Toorji Ka Jhalra in Jodhpur is famous for its amazing architecture and intricate carvings. It is over 200 years old. In the summer months, it is a good spot to take a swim in the clear water. We’re sure you’ll find it cool in more ways than one!
Timings: Open 24 hours
Travel tip: The well is open 24 hours, so with a bit of planning you can have a memorable early morning or night picnic here - just be careful of the steep stairs!
3. Best Shopping Destinations - Clock Tower Market
The Clock Tower Market in Jodhpur is a historic market site and is famous for the many handicrafts sold here. You can buy the city’s famous Jodhpuri juttis, traditional wear, and many other items here at bargain prices.
What To Buy: Jodhpuri juttis, dupattas, pagdis.
Travel Tip: Bargaining in regional languages is sure to earn you brownie points and better prices with most sellers.
4. Best Places To Eat - Regional spice specialities
Jodhpur has a wide variety of special regional snacks made in the city that you will love like the sweetened mawa kachoris. You can find most of these on your shopping trips as well at nearby stores. Many of the dishes are quite spicy, so expect a lot of flavour from them.
Where to eat: New Street, Janta Sweet Home, Shastri Circle
Best Picks: Mirchi vada, mawa kachori, rabdi
Jaipur and Jodhpur are cities with incredible attractions and explore them effortlessly with BLive. Our e-bike tours of Jaipur and Jodhpur let you explore all of the best attractions of Rajasthan in complete comfort.
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