Welcome to Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan or more affectionately known as “The Blue City”, clearly an ode to the striking shades of blue dominating its many buildings, temples, palaces, forts and houses. A beautiful blend of the new and the historic, the new city can be found outside of the stupendous Mehrangarh Fort that sits atop a rocky ridge.
The city itself was founded by Rao Jodha (chief of the Rathore Clan) in 1459. It’s best to visit the city outside of the rainy June to September period, however being the gateway to the Thar Desert, it is not uncommon for the city to also experience droughts. Otherwise, the city also enjoys the sun for most of the year and is also known as the “Sun City”. Visit Mehrangarh Fort for a blast into the past with courtyards, gardens, galleries, a museum and temples within the complex. Other points of interest include Umaid Bhavan Palace, Mandore Garden and Osian Temples.
There are plenty of budget accommodations from where you can begin your journey in Jodhpur. Read on to find out more.
This is a quiet property, tucked at the end of an alley that is located away from the hustle and bustle of Jodhpur. The Jodhpur Railway Station and the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum are located nearby; the Mehrangarh Fort is only a 15 minute walk away. The rooftop offers amazing views of the old town and the fort. Each room includes a private bathroom and free WiFi is available throughout the property. The hotel is quite new and the hosts are very welcoming.
Ratan Vilas is something for the heritage aficionados as this property was once a grand villa that has been converted into a hotel. Select between a pool facing or courtyard room and enjoy the free WiFi available in the public areas of the hotel. There is also a restaurant on the property serving a range of international menus and also local delicacies and enjoy your meal on the outdoor terrace. The hotel is located within walking distance or by rickshaw to Jodhpur Railway Station, Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum and the Mehrangarh Fort. After a day’s worth of exploring the fort under the hot sun, refresh yourself with a cooling dip in the outdoor pool.
Address: Near Bhaskar Circle, Loco shed Road , Ratanada
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A marvelous old sandstone building adorned with delicate carvings that has since been converted into a heritage guest house surrounded by all the blue houses. From here, you will be able to explore the Mehrangarh Fort a mere 10 minute’s walk away. Enjoy the view of the fort at sunset from the rooftop away from the bustling traffic.
Experience the imperial lifestyle when you stay in what was formerly a palace built in 1927. The Ajit Bhawan Palace is very well maintained and comes with a gym, swimming pool, spa, two restaurants and a bar. The rooms are spacious and come with modern comfort. The hotel also comes with its very own collection of vintage cars if you are really interested in using them but for a hefty price tag.
The Ajit Bhawan - A Palace Resort
Address: Near Circuit House Road
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The Kothi Heritage is a family-owned property built in 1888 and consists of 18 rooms. Each uniquely decorated, air-conditioned room comes with a minibar, private bathroom and complimentary toiletries. Be serenaded by folk musicians while you enjoy your dinner at the Heritage Royal Dining Hall. You can also enjoy your meal in the garden or on the rooftop.
The Hotel Inn Season is located 3 km (1.8 mi) away from Mehrangarh Fort, Oriental Art Gallery, Mata Temple and Shiv Temple. With a restaurant, an outdoor pool and sun terrace, you can sit back and relax after a long day of sightseeing in Jodhpur. The individually-decorated rooms are spacious, basic and well-kept.
Mandore Guest House is located on Dadawari Lane near the very lush Mandore Garden and is recommended for families. Bungalow huts with a big courtyard make up the property and give it a peaceful vibe away from the busy Jodhpur. For a refreshing dip, the hotel comes with an outdoor swimming pool. Although quite a distance outside Jodhpur, it is accessible by taxis and is walking distance from the Shri Mandore Bheruji and Hall of the Heroes. Vegetarians need not worry as the guesthouse comes with its own vegetarian restaurant complete with a flower garden, and spacious sitting and dining areas. This is the place to retreat to for peace and calm surrounded by lush greenery.
Located within 10 minute’s walking distance to Mehrangarh Fort and the clock tower, you will also be able to enjoy your view of the fort from the rooftop restaurant. The hostel is also suitable for couples. Room options include the double bed, 6-bed mixed dormitory or females only dormitory and 4-bed dormitory with a seating area available in certain rooms.
Treebo Parkk Boutique is popular with corporate or business travelers but is also great as a base for sightseeing and is located about 6 km (3.2 miles) away from the airport. The hotel has spacious rooms with modern interiors; each room is air-conditioned and WiFi is free throughout the property.
Hem Guest House offers spectacular views of the Mehrangarh Fort and the Blue City from its Roof Top Restaurant which offers a daily buffet breakfast. All the rooms are air-conditioned and simply decorated with classic Rajasthani décor. WiFi is available for free and rooms also come with a telephone, coffee and tea-maker as well as a hairdryer. If you are looking for a homestay experience, then this might be for you.
Enjoy the vibrant “Blue City” without burning a hole in your pocket
With so much to do in Jodhpur, you will be spending more time outside than inside, so choose amongst the budget hotels above for an affordable yet cozy stay in Jodhpur.
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