Let Your Winter be Royal, Make a Trip to the Blue City!

Attributes: Unusual Travel Places in India, Heritage, Must Visit Places

If you want a rustic weekend, no shopping and no parties, pack for Jodhpur. The city is pure royalty with a plethora of forts and palace--some turned into heritage hotels, others into museums and yet others into summer houses.  And if you do go there, shell out some bucks and stay like the kings. Ranbanka Palace built by Maharajadhiraj Ajit Singh is a wonderful option. Silk curtains, marble pillars, and fountains come up suddenly as you turn a corner in the bustling city. It is also the summer house of RK Karanvijay Singh, the grandson of Ajit Singh. The summer house part of the hotel is cordoned off and is inaccessible to guests.

Days at Jodhpur move at a slower pace, especially if you are from Delhi. There is a lot of time, somehow. So, to get the most beautiful view of the Blue City, as it is called, head to Mehrangarh Fort (where parts of Shuddh Desi Romance and Mirzya were shot).  The entry prices are a bit steep (you have to pay extra for your camera). But a walk around explains why. The fort premises are very well maintained and as you stare down from the 15th-century fort, that is perched 400 ft above the ground on a hill, the ‘blue’ness is all your eyes can see. The cannon ball impressions on the walls of this majestic fort have also been kept intact.

The fort also houses treasures from the past in its museum. For instance, there are palanquins with domed gilts. There are also elephant seats, turbans, and cradles from the 15th and 16th century. Jaswant Thada is another structure in Jodhpur that holds historical importance. The marble memorial built in 1899, in the memory of Raja Jaswant Singh sports gazebos, a small lake, well-kept gardens and flawless marble interiors. 

There is also Umaid Bhawan Palace which has now been turned into a hotel by the Taj Group. The palace also has vintage cars used by Rajas on display, along with a detailed history of the building which informs you that the construction of Umaid Bhawan began in 1929 when Maharaja Umaid Singh decided to provide employment to the villagers during the time of famine.
Before leaving Jodhpur, don’t forget to have a royal meal. The thali with Laal Maas, Mirchi Ka Kutaa, and other Rajasthani specialties will blow your mind. So will the Malpua and Ghevar.


Getting there:

There are many overnight trains from Old Delhi Railway Station to Jodhpur. The minimum duration is 11 hours.


A night at Ranbanka Palace will cost you around Rs10,000


Author and Picture Credit: Lisa Garg

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