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Travelogue – Jodhpur

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The blue city, Jodhpur has many attractions hidden in plain sight that are bound to make your trip even more special.

A city who’s imposing Mehrangarh Fort is visible almost from everywhere and the one that has Umaid Bhawan Palace that played host to Priyanka Chopra’s wedding a few years ago, Jodhpur is known for many other attractions that are usually not part of the touristy itinerary. If you want to travel the path less traversed, we have you covered.

Kaylana Lake An artificial lake built in 1872, the Kaylana Lake is spread over eight kilometers and was built by Pratap Singh. A great place to watch the sunset, the lake is also a favourite with birdwatching enthusiasts as this is where you can see Siberian Cranes in the winter.

Toorji Stepwell A walk down from the bustling Sardar Market and Ghanta Ghar, and you can visit the Jodhpur Stepwell, called the Toorji Ka Jhalra, or Toorji’s Step Well. An architectural marvel, this was built during 1740 by the queen-consort of Maharaja Abhay Singh.

Bishnoi A small village located about 22 km from Jodhpur, Bishnoi is a village that has many unique aspects. Firstly, the tribe here follows a faith founded on 29 principles most of which is about being protectors of the environment.

Jodhpur's Blue Homes
Jodhpur’s Blue Homes

Heritage Walk While most of the new developments have made Jodhpur a modern city, the charms really lie in its old city swathed in all shades of blue. A heritage walk will take you into the historical areas where you can see many old blue houses.

Padamsar Lake Ranisar and Padamsar are two lakes that are in the vicinity of Fateh Pol in the old city. Dating to over 500 years, the lakes conserve natural water. It is said it was built by Queen Jasmade Hadi, the wife of Rao Jodha.

Read the full story that first appeared in the Dec 2022 issue of Spice Route Magazine here:

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