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How to Spend 1 Day in Jodhpur

How to Spend 1 Day in Jodhpur

As the second-largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur has long been celebrated for its beautiful blue buildings and grandiose palaces and forts. Just one day in the city gives you time to see some of Jodhpur’s finest royal structures and to wander its blue-tinged neighborhoods. Here’s what you need to know.

Morning: Umaid Bhawan Palace

Start your morning with a visit to the spectacular Umaid Bhawan Palace; it’s outside of the old city, so you’ll need to take a taxi or join a local tour; most full-day tours of Jodhpur make a stop here and are ideal if you want a deeper understanding of the site. The palace is part royal residence and part luxury hotel, though it also has a museum featuring a wide collection of royal artifacts and vintage cars. After perusing the museum here, head to the center of Jodhpur for lunch and get prepared to do some walking.

Afternoon: Blue City Highlights

Dedicate your afternoon to exploring Jodhpur's blue-painted lanes on foot; joining a private walking tour makes finding your way around easier and gives you a glimpse of life in the area through the eyes of  a local. Start at the Clock Tower in the center of the Old Town and make your way uphill, past eggshell-blue houses that earn the city its Blue City moniker. Continue to Jaswant Thada, a beautiful white-marble monument surrounded by lush gardens. From here it's about a 15-minute walk to the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, a series of beautifully decorated palaces with a museum full of regal ephemera.

Night: DIY Dinner

In the evening, make your way back into town for a traditional dinner of rich, spicy Rajasthani food. While there are plenty of great restaurants throughout the city—many with great views of Mehrangarh Fort—a better way to immerse yourself in local culture is by opting for a cooking class. Such classes give you the chance to learn about local ingredients and create rich curries, desserts, and even traditional flatbreads under the guidance of a local chef. Best of all, you’ll be rewarded by getting to sample the fruits of your efforts at the end of your experience.

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Blue City Heritage Private Walking Tour

Blue City Heritage Private Walking Tour

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Discover the history and heritage of Jodhpur on a 2-hour walking tour led by an informative guide. Stroll through the lanes of Jodhpur, aka the Blue City, where forts, palaces, temples, and havelis have been painted in vivid shades of blue. Meet some local people along the way and hear insightful commentary about the sights from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$14.00
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$14.00
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Private Full-Day Jodhpur City Tour and Desert Safari

Private Full-Day Jodhpur City Tour and Desert Safari

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Discover the highlights of Jodhpur and take a camel ride in the Thar Desert on a private full-day tour from Jodhpur. Your private guide shows you through landmarks such as the historic Mehrangarh Fort, the royal mausoleum Jaswant Thada, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace, which is now a heritage hotel. You'll also take in the sunset during a camel ride in the desert. Your private tour includes air-conditioned private vehicle and driver, camel ride, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.12
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$55.12
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3 Hours Authentic Live Cooking Classes at Local Home

3 Hours Authentic Live Cooking Classes at Local Home

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Take a deep dive into learning about Indian cooking with this private lesson in Jodhpur. With a chef guiding you every step and teaching you about Indian culinary traditions, learn to make classic dishes such as chutney, saffron lassis, biryani, paneer curry, and others. Choose your own lesson and meal time, then sit down with your instructor and private group to enjoy the food you've made.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00
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Authentic Jodhpur Day Tour

Authentic Jodhpur Day Tour

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Enjoy a full day of sightseeing on this attraction-packed tour of Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s picturesque “Blue City.” Learn the secrets behind the downtown’s sky-colored walls, and visit four different natural and cultural landmarks, including Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, and Rao Jodha Desert Park. Tours include private transfers in a comfortable, WIFI-equipped vehicle, plus free time for lunch and shopping.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
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$13.46
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$13.46
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Guided Tour Of Historical Jodhpur City Including Entry Fee & Lunch (Optional)

Guided Tour Of Historical Jodhpur City Including Entry Fee & Lunch (Optional)

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible schedule on this private tour of Jodphur. Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, and the Mehrangarh Fort, learning about Rajasthani traditions and culture through your guide's commentary. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Private Full - Day Sightseeing Tour of Jodhpur City

Private Full - Day Sightseeing Tour of Jodhpur City

On this full-day private tour, you’ll get an in-depth introduction to picturesque Jodhpur, nicknamed the “Blue City” of Rajasthan. Top historical highlights include a stop at the iconic, hilltop Mehrangarh Fort, a visit to a 19th-century cenotaph, and a tour of Umaid Bhawan Palace, a heritage hotel built in a typical regional style. Tours also include door-to-door hotel or airport transfers.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$18.00
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$18.00
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Art and craft tour

Art and craft tour

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Arts and crafts lovers and anyone with an interest in rural Rajasthani life won't want to miss this immersive tour. You'll head out into rural Rajasthan to visit with local craftspeople as they make pottery, weave cloth rugs, and practice the traditional art of block printing. You'll even get to see how local families cook up Indian food over an open fire.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$20.00
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$20.00
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Jodhpur Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Guide & Transports

Jodhpur Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Guide & Transports

Discover the “Blue City” of Rajasthan on a private sightseeing tour through Jodhpur. Visit the city’s key landmarks such as the Ummaid Palace Museum, Mehrangarh Fort, the Jaswant Thada, and much more. Learn about the history of the city as you explore with your private tour guide and customize the itinerary to your interests. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors to Jodhpur.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.82
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$41.82
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Blue City Walking Tour

Blue City Walking Tour

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On this short guided walking tour, explore the highlights of Jodhpur, which is known as the “Blue City” because most of its homes are painted in shades of blue. Wander the streets of the city, learning about its history. Located in the Thar Desert, Jodhpur boasts palaces, forts, and temples, and is one of India’s most colorful cities.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.00
Price varies by group size
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$17.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Traditional Indian Meal at a Local Home in Jodhpur

Private Traditional Indian Meal at a Local Home in Jodhpur

Discover the rich flavors and exotic spices of Indian cuisine with a traditional meal at a local home in Jodhpur. Create an array of tasty Indian dishes during a 2-hour experience, learn more about Indian life and culture from your hosts, then sit down to enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch or dinner.
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  • 2 hours
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$34.14
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$34.14
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