It was New Year eve of 2017 and I had only 1 city in my mind to wind up and that’s Rajasthan blue city; Jodhpur. Being from Delhi at times you feel like escaping chilling winters in December during New Year time. As its equally cold and foggy which act as a hindrance in celebration. However; down north-west here the climate is worth cherishing during that time.
Traveling in itself is fun though we may face many challenges; nevertheless comes back close to life. One such trip I can recall is visiting Jodhpur in December 2017. Planning your solo vacation may sound little challenging but after a journey, we come back as a better person.
In this article, I am going to share how I had a great time in this magnificent city. This was possible by planning in advance from stays; conveyance ; places to visit and items to carry. Details are mentioned below.
Since any journey starts with packing the bags. Will start the article with the same.
Packing all required items contributes in half of your journey. Being a female it’s important to carry the basic things which we may need. It may start from accessories to right apparels; flip-flops; sanitary pads; safety pins to pepper spray or any other important gadget.
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Trendy Apparels & Accessories
We know the best place for excellent shots is somewhere outdoors. Good apparels add to your beauty and place. Ensure to pick right apparel in the least possible cost. In Context of the small city like Jodhpur try to carry some traditional clothes as well along with some comfortable jeggings and night suits. However, there’s no limit; choose as per your comfort.
For visiting local destinations within the city like forts etc it’s advisable to wear sneakers or sports shoes as it will comfort your feet and give additional support to cover extra miles. We can select from lots of options available online . Sharing few below hope it helps in the selection.
Always carry all important electric gadgets which can act as savior in any travel trip . Some of the must carry items are chargers ; battery ; camera ; speakers as per need etc. Listed below some of the useful items that are handy and economical as well .
Though may not be mandatory bit definitely can bring charm to any trip . Some of the utility items can be electric kettle ; mugs ; portable cylinder etc .
Things to remember before deciding on the place.
Deciding about the stay
New year eve is the time when even a normal hotel becomes unavailable if not planned in advance. This is the time ; not only to have good vacation but bid-adieu to passing year and welcoming new year with the bang. So most of the places are gone just in a blink of an eye. Selecting the place of my choice and booking in advance served my purpose.Sharing the picture of the place below where I stayed .
The journey becomes easy; smooth & convenient once we are sure how much we can spend on the entire itinerary. Since I am traveling freak I set my traveling goals well in advance. Finances play a good role in making choice and deciding best possible option.
Planning the duration
If you are salaried then you may have to take some prior approval for the leave. However, if you are self –employed than look out for your commitment to the client.
Booking the transport.
When I was traveling to Jodhpur I booked everything in advance from departure to arrival. That not only saved my time but give me that added comfort of the journey.
Ready for contingency plans
At times there may be an issue in the transport or stay. Always, have alternatives ready to execute. Like in my case my Volvo got canceled just two days before my departure. Luckily I was in touch with another agent who made train booking easier.
Places to visit in Jodhpur.
One of the most exotic forts I have visited. It reminds me of Egyptian monuments. Huge & magnificent in size yet beautiful enough to take best clicks. It’s designed in most luxurious ways. This is one of the biggest forts you can witness in North. Besides its beauty, it also has some iconic views & good museums. At the same time, they have some local artists playing traditional instruments with latest songs sharing some of them as below. To visit entire fort you need at least 1 to 1.5 hrs to cover the entire place. It’s advisable to start a journey from this place as others can be covered easily.
Above all they got great cafes to serve some delicious cookies; tea & coffee once we are back after visiting the fort.
En route Mehrangarh fort is another beautiful picturesque tomb Jaswant Thada. It may remind you of Taj Mahal the way its built with White marbles. Constructed beautifully; surrounded by the city it feels good to spend some time sitting here. The best place I liked is the view of the city that’s visible from this place. Last but not the least you can hear sounds of Nawaz in the evening clearly that act as healing. Entire place can be covered with 20-30 minutes.
Another beautiful place to visit in this historic city is another fort converted into a museum now i.e. Umaid Bhavan. There are some magnificent eyes treat artifacts. From vintage cars to ancient clocks; home decors it has got all items on the display. Another half of this place is converted into Taj hotel; 5 start property as we all know. So if you wish to take a lunch or evening break you make rest there. Approx time to cover this place is 30-45 minutes.
It’s hub of lots of monuments within one garden. Unlike other gardens, it is a replica of city heritage. There are 4-5 historical architect in the same hub. If you wish to capture some beautiful shots than this may act as an additional place.
Clock Tower (Ghantaghar ) Jodhpur
Located in middle of market this place has one of the oldest clock which runs on traditional scientific rule . Ticket available at just rs. 10 ; only the cost is of climbing almost three steep stairs . Interesting thing is the old men who is maintaining this place with so much passion . He claims to be quiet often searched person on the net . Since he insisted to take his click and spread message for him doing the honors. It was good to hear the technicalities from him about how the clock bangs twice in an hour or may be every quarter . So if you are history freak and want to dig deeper you can spare some 10-15 minutes to visit this place too .
Local Cuisines – Gypsy & On the Rocks
How after covering few places tasting some local city cuisine. Rajasthan is known for serving some bets delicacies. Even if you are non-vegetarian you can have the privilege of tasting their authentic local cuisines. There are many mouth-watering delicacies in this city.
Some of them are Rajasthani thali served in a couple of local restaurants. Also, there are famous sweet shops that also serves one of the best mouth-watering local specialties.
To Sum up, Jodhpur should be must visit city on anyone’s bucket list. Best time to visit this place is from October to February when the climate is moderately good.