Cheap flights to Jodhpur, India, allow you to inexpensively enjoy the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Known as "Sun City", because of its excellent weather, Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination. Airports that offer Jodhpur flights at Jodhpur Airport include Air India and Jet Airways. Once Jodhpur flights land, travellers can take the rail to get to the area of the city you will be staying at. The main railway station is a busy place with trains connecting to most of the major cities in India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Indore and Bhopal. The booking office is open from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 15:00 and on Sunday from 08:00 to 13:45. Private luxury bus lines also connect Jodhpur with the major cities in Rajasthan.
The narrow streets of the old city are best toured by the freewheeling, three-wheeled auto rickshaws that are available practically everywhere throughout the city. Bicycle and motor scooter rentals are also available and are an excellent way to explore the tiny side streets of Jodhpur. Taxi service is also very good. The main taxi stand in the city is at the railway station. After that, it's best to call and arrange transportation by taxi. Hailing a taxi on the street often proves to be rather difficult. Jodhpur is also home to a mode of Indian transportation that is fast disappearing. Enjoy a ride in a gaily decorated horse drawn tonga for a trip back into India's colourful history.
A good way to view the history of Jodhpur is to visit the Mehrangarh Fort, which was built in 1459 on the advice of a saint. The formidable structure is decorated with elaborate latticed windows, carvings and panels. The fort is open to visitors and houses a collection of royal memorabilia. Another must see is the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which still houses the royal family of Jodhpur in one wing. The remaining wings contain a wonderful collection of the family's ancestral treasures, including weapons, clocks, antiques and trophies. If you want to see religious sites, visit the Siddnath Shiv temple, which is reached by a staircase hewn into the stones.
About 6.5 kilometres north of Jodhpur is the ancient city of Mandor. The main hall features 16 gigantic figures carved out of a single rock and is surrounded by a lush garden that is home to monkeys and peacocks.
Use the money you saved on cheap flights to Jodhpur for shopping at the local bazaars. The Sojati Gate is a place for locally made and tie-dyed sarees. At the Mochi Bazaar, visitors can add Lac bangles to complete the look. For more upscale shopping, visit Station Road, which features fine leathers and embroidered shoes.
When you get hungry, visit the Klay Oven to enjoy and eat a full course traditional Brahmin vegetarian meal, while taking in the scenic view of the city. If you want a real treat, ask a tour guide to arrange a dinner for you in the home of a resident of the old city.
If you want to have a relaxing drink or party the night away, take a trip to the India Safari Club or Geoffrey's, where the refreshing beverages and live entertainment will be sure to give you a fun time.
22 September 2017