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Jodhpur in between the Festivals

Jodhpur in between the Festivals

By Natascha Shah

Jodhpur has become a hub of some of the most spectacular cultural festivals in India. Be it the
Marwar Festival that celebrates the history and legacy of Rajasthan, the Nagaur Fair, which is
essentially a cattle trade fair, The International Desert Kite Festival where the best kite fliers from India get together on Makar Sakranti and indulge in Kite flying amongst other festivities, to music and art festivals like The World Sacred Spirit Festival, Jodhpur International Folk Festival and the Jodhpur International Film Festival. Most of these take place at the iconic Mehrangarh Fort and one can wander around in-between the performances, to explore this 500+ year old Fortress as well as visit the museum within its premises. Get to know about the current head of the Rathore clan and custodian of the fort, Maharaja Gaj Singh II and the lives of his predecessors. However, there always is time to explore the city, and try some of the local offerings—Here is a guide to what else to do+where to stay in Rajasthan's favourite festival ground

The Sights

Jaswant Thada

A cenotaph built in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II by his son. Everything from the intricately carved mausoleum, the pleasant gardens to the Devi Kund lake is a sight to behold.The lake attracts a lot of birds, specially the winter migrants. Do enjoy a cardamom tea and samosa from the tiny cafe by the lake.

Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India, Timing: 9 am to 6 pm, Indian/foreigner INR15/50, camera/video INR25/50, guide INR50

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

The park was created in 2006 to restore the natural ecology of a large, rocky wasteland next to Mehrangarh Fort. Offering sandy desert, rocky desert, freshwater microhabitats, the park is home to many beautiful plants from the Marwar region. It lies at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort and extends across 70 hectares of rocky land surrounding the fort. Enter the park from the Visitors Centre 800 metres from the main Fort Gate. You can also walk across the park starting closer to the Fort or from several other points of entry.

Fort Rd, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India, Timings: April to September - 7am to 6:30pm, October to March - 8am to 5:30pm, Adults INR100/-   Free entry for school Students, Hire a naturalist for a guided walk at INR 200/-

Tunwarji ka Jhalra

Also known as the baori, this stunning step-well is a great place to sit and imagine what life must have been centuries ago. Once you are done admiring its design head to the attached Stepwell Cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee!

Makrana Mohalla

The Flavours

For a pizza: Jhankar Choti Haveli
Makrana Mohalla. 8am-10pm/9828031291

For the creamiest sweet lassi known as the makhania lassis: Shri Mishrilal Hotel
8.30am-10pm, Sardar Market

For the best Mirchi Bada (Chillie Fritter) and Samosa: Shahi Samosa
8 am to 8 pm, 95/B, Clock Tower Rd, Nai Sarak, Clock Tower

For local cuisine and rooftop dining: Indique Restaurant
10 am to 11 pm, pal haveli, Opp. Clock Tower Near, Gulab Sagar

The Souvenirs

For spices that smell and taste so good: MV SPICES
INR100-INR500 for 100g bags of spices, 9am-9pm, 107 Nai Sarak,

For saris as cheap as INR 100: Sardar Market
For Unique Paintings: Poonam Art Gallery
Killi Khana
For Indigo Kurtas, Bags, Stoles and jumpsuits
There are many stores in Makrana Mohalla selling the same at INR200-1000

TLF Recommends

Umaid Bhawan

For a luxury boutique experience, near the Mehrangarh Fort: RAAS
Tunvar Ji Ka Jhalra | Makrana Mohalla, Jodhpur 342001, India +91 291 263 6455

For a taste of royalty: Umaid Bhawan Palace +91 291 2510101

For the backpackers: HosteLaVie-Jodhpur
Killi khana, Fort Road, Near Clock Tower