Jodhpur was founded in the 15th Century as the new capital of the Marwar region of Rajasthan by Rao Jodha. Hence the name Jodhpur( Jodha’s city -pur refers to city). He was a chieftain, a Rajput from the Rathore clan. Rajputs were the warrior clan from Rajasthan.
The Mehrangarh Fort and the the Umaid Bhavan are two iconic places to visit in Jodhpur.
The Mehrangarh Fort is certainly one of the largest forts in India. It is situated 410 feet above the city. This imposing fort was built by Rao Jodha. The city of Jodhpur skirts around the fort. The fort is wonderfully preserved and its grandeur can be seen in the rooms inside- most notably, the Sheesh Mahal (room of mirrors), the Moti Mahal (room of pearls), and the Phool Mahal (room of flowers). There are innumerable objects , that once belonged to the royal family , on display in the fort.
The Umaid Bhavan Palace was completed in 1943. The erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur still lives in the Umaid Bhavan. The palace museum is well worth a visit.
Recently, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas had their wedding in the Umaid Bhavan Palace Hotel.
Jodhpur is known as the blue city due to the several buildings which are painted in blue color . In fact, when you look down from the fort, you can witness a sea of blue buildings.
Shopping in Jodhpur
The clock tower in Jodhpur is in the old shopping market place and is crowded with people at all times. The Umaid Bhavan Palace Road has some large shops for handicrafts, antique doors and panels. , Jodhpur is popular for textiles, marble sculptures, wooden and silver antiques. Hence, take your time and have a memorable shopping trip.
Here we list down the top 6 shops in Jodhpur.
1. Mehrangarh Fort shop
Beautiful handicrafts, jewellery and fabrics are available in this store. They have a good collection of handcrafted coasters and plates and handcrafted jewellery. Similarly, original and authentic bandhej & bandhini dupattas are available here. As the museum store has its own set of designers, the products are vastly different from that which is available in the market.
2. Maharani Art Exporters- Luxury Furnishings
This is a shop that is near the clock tower at the foothills of the Mehrangarh Fort, in a dusty and crowded lane. However, you will notice the tourists walking in that direction and you will know instinctively that it is a shop to visit.
The shop is nondescript with a few antique pieces in the ground floor. Walk up the 3 flights of stairs to discover the treasures in this shop. The shop is very unusual and there are heaps of textiles tucked in every nook and corner.
The best things in the shop are the pashmina & vicuna shawls, exquisite bed spreads and patch work wall hangings. They are manufacturers and exporters to international giants such as Kenzo, Hermes, DKNY, Miu Miu, Noa Noa and several other fashion houses. Pick up the high fashion furnishings at 1/10th the prices.
Address:- Near Clock Tower Pincode- 342002 Tel No.:- 02912653152
3. Rani Handicrafts
This is a gigantic handicrafts store located on several floors.
Carved wooden doors, cupboards and a fantastic range of statues & antiques are available here.
Address:- 1 Hanuwant Colony, Umed Bhawan Palace Road, Near Circut house, Jodhpur Pincode- 342001 TeL No:– 0291 263 8785
4. Sun City spices
Store for all Indian spices such as chicken tikka masala, curry masala, fish masala, Masala chai and other flavored teas. You can sit with the store owner and sip flavoured tea while he will explain the ingredients of the spices and masalas to you.
Address:– Suncity spices, 112 Nai sarak, Jodhpur Pincode- 342001
Tel No.:- 02915102155
5. Maharani Art Exporters
This is once again a very large shop and a sister concern of Maharani Art Exporters textile shop in the city.
They have some exquisite handicrafts and they would be willing to courier the selected pieces to the far corners of the world.
Shop for silver artefacts, beautifully painted elephants in wood and marble, statues & figurines, camel bone artefacts and more.
Address:- Near circut House Umaid Palace Road, Pincode- 342006 Tel No. :- 02912653152
6. Kundanmal Pukhraj Jain
This is a Jodhpur shop for grand lehenga cholis and odnis or dupattas in georgette, satin and cotton.
This shop is particularly crowded. The ground floor has cotton lehengas and salwar sets. They are very affordable. The top floor has a wonderful collection of bridal lehengas.
Address:- Kandohi Bazaar Pincode– 342002 Tel No.: – 02912628715, 2646508