2 days in Jodhpur

Jodhpur, aka, the famous blue city of Rajasthan, India doesn’t need any introduction. It is a favorite amongst tourists and travelers. And why not? It is a destination perfect for both solo and family travelers. Also, Jodhpur has so many places of interest and such mouth watering cuisines to satisfy your taste bud that time just flies once you enter Jodhpur. People flock here both solo and in groups or with families and at times spend even months in this beautiful city before heading back.

2 days in Jodhpur

But, what if you are like us, who have to travel along with managing a day job which means you only have 2 days to spend visiting Jodhpur? So, here’s the good news. Last winter we spent 2 days in Jodhpur exploring this beautiful city. And we felt, although not completely enough but still 2 days are a good amount of time to visit most of the iconic places and get a good vibe of the city of Jodhpur. So, Let us tell you, from our experience how best to spend 2 days in Jodhpur.

How best to spend 2 days in Jodhpur

2 days are definitely not sufficient to visit most of the places. We, however, have come to accept ourselves as time poor travelers. Hence, many a times, we spend 1-2 days in one destination and then move on to the next. What we firmly believe is that when you have got only that much time to spend at a place and time is ticking, it is best to make the most of your time. Like we have done on several of our previous trips, including those to Pondicherry in 2 days, Ooty, Mahabalipuram over a weekend, Florence, Venice through a hop on hop off trip, Rome, Amsterdam through a walking tour (including a trip to the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens) and now Jodhpur, to name a few. So, let us lay here a plan for you to spend 2 days in Jodhpur, based on our experience.

Day one of your 2 days in Jodhpur

The major attractions of Jodhpur include the Mehrangarh Fort, Rao Jodha Park, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Kaylana lake, Bal Samand Lake, Umaid Bhavan Palace and Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower). So, here, in this post, we focus on an itinerary of 2 days in Jodhpur that covers most of these places. But while you take this itinerary, don’t forget to soak in the details and connect with the culture and tradition of Jodhpur. For instance, when you visit the Mehrangarh Fort, don’t forget to have a view of the blue houses in the city. Or, when visiting the Ghanta Ghar, don’t forget to try some mouth watering local cuisines or some street shopping around the place.

Mehrangarh Fort

2 days in Jodhpur

Post breakfast proceed to Mehrangarh Fort, the major attraction of Jodhpur. It is good to reach here as early in the morning as possible as the fort becomes crowded afterwards. The opening time is 9:00am. If you reach here by this time, it means you will get your entry tickets immediately, without having to wait in a queue. You can also hire either an audio guide or a guide in person. Mehrangarh fort is built by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur. It depicts a fine example of robust forts from the fourteenth and fifteen centuries. As of today, it is one of the best maintained forts in India. You will find every corner of the fort neat and clean, staffs well aware of their duty and guides well versed with the whole fort. You might as well spot some renovation work going on.

After having visited Mehrangarh fort, you can have lunch in the restaurant near the fort entrance / exit gate. As you start your journey back from the fort, don’t forget to stop and have a look at the city of Jodhpur from the higher hills where the fort is situated. This part of the city is the oldest, and most of the houses are blue, producing a beautiful scenery. That’s why Jodhpur is called the “blue city”.

Rao Jodha Park

2 days in Jodhpur

Rao Jodha Park is your second spot to visit on the first day of 2 days in Jodhpur. Since, it is the closest to the fort. Although a recent addition to the otherwise old area of Jodhpur, it was built in 2006 to restore the ecosystem of a wasteland in the region. You can see here various species of plants which are suitable to the desert climate. These native plants thrive well in rocky surroundings. Once an almost barren land, the park is now beautifully landscaped and very well maintained.

Jaswant Thada

2 days in Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada is the cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, built in his memory by his son. There are 3 other cenotaphs located in the premises of Jaswant Thada. It’s located on an elevated plateau. And is made of fine marble with very intricate work. The garden around the cenotaph is very well maintained, producing an oasis of green in the middle of a rocky geographical region. At the entrance of Jaswant Thada is a beautiful lake and some really instagram worthy spots on it’s banks.  Near the entrance you will find a small counter selling much needed refreshment options like fresh juices and iced tea.

Mandore Gardens

Mandore gardens of Jodhpur

Mandore is the old capital of Jodhpur, which was later abandoned by the Maharajas as they moved to the newly constructed and more robust Mehrangarh Fort. Although you can find mentions of Mandore in eras much older in history, including the Ramayana. It’s a refreshing garden around the cenotaphs of the Maharajas of Jodhpur. Although, it can do with a little more maintenance. As you enter the Mandore Gardens and walk towards the cenotaphs, you will be greeted by large groups of monkeys, for once, making you feel like you are in the monkey forest of Ubud. Next, as you lay eyes on the cenotaphs you will see their resemblance to several ancient temples, particularly those of Angkor Watt. It’s a very worthy spot for photographers. Believe me, you will get some of your best shots here.

Day 2 of your 2 days in Jodhpur

Kaylana Lake

Start the second day of your 2 days in Jodhpur early on. Take a ride to the Kaylana Lake early in the morning, before breakfast. Catch up with the beautiful sunrise here, if possible. And return back for breakfast. Or, have your breakfast on your way back into the city. Although a manmade lake built by Pratap Singh in 1872, it is a huge one. It spreads over 84 square kilometers. The lake is also a paradise for bird watchers as they can spot some rare species here. And if you are someone who likes bird photography, this is the best spot for you in Jodhpur for the same.

Umaid Bhavan Palace

2 days in Jodhpur

The home to the royal family of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhavan Palace is one of the largest private residences in the world as of today. It has a total of 370+ rooms. A part of this palace is managed by the Taj Hotel Group. While in other section, there is a small museum also. The museum has a fine collection of artwork, crockery, silverware and gold artifacts that once decorated and were used in the royal residence. On the other side of the palace lies a small car museum – a vintage collection of cars. Which definitely will interest car enthusiasts like hubby dear. The way to Umaid Bhavan Palace is also very well maintained with trails of blooming bougainvillea on both the sides and in the center. Visit here after breakfast and spend around one to one and half hour here looking around.

Ghanta Ghar and Sadar Market

2 days in Jodhpur

From Umaid Bhavan Palace, you can next proceed to Ghanta Ghar and Sadar Market. You can have lunch in this area. Since there are several restaurants and even road side outlets here. This is the perfect place to try some cuisines of Jodhpur, particularly the street food like samosa and jalebi with rabri and very famous makhaniya lassi. There is a particular samosa outlet named Shahi Samosa which is particularly famous. And another outlet named Shri Mishrilal is famous for its Lassi. The Sadar Market is also the main market of Jodhpur, so, in case you want to do some shopping here, you are in the right place. There are 3-4 government emporiums on the main road, which are your best bet if you don’t believe so much in the art of bargaining.

At one end of Sadar Market lies Ghanta Ghar – the old clock tower of Jodhpur. As evening approaches, the square near Ghanta Ghar gets abuzz with activity. Vendors setup street side stalls selling various souvenirs and other items that Jodhpur is famous for. Near the Ghanta Ghar, there is a small step well as well which you can visit.

Bal Samand Lake

Another manmade lake around Jodhpur, Balsamand Lake lies on the Jodhpur-Mandore road. The lake is a famous picnic spot. So, visiting it after the Sadar Market gives you the perfect opportunity to pack some mouth watering delicacies from the market and head to the lake for a quick picnic. And while you picnic, catch the scene of a beautiful sunset across the lake. This will bring you to the end of your 2 days in Jodhpur. And we are sure you will feel you could make the most of your 2 days in Jodhpur.

Beyond 2 days in Jodhpur

If you have got time beyond 2 days in Jodhpur, there are some more treats for you. First of all, you could split the 2 days itinerary posted here over 3 days. And then you could visit some really wonderful places around Jodhpur in the next few days. Like, spend a night into the Thar Desert in a desert camp. Or, visit Osman and the infamous Jain Temple of RanakpurYou can also spend a night in one of the nearby villages, in a homestay and get a proper local authentic experience and get to know the culture of Jodhpur better.

Summary of 2 days in Jodhpur

Day 1

Places to visit

9:00am – 12:30pm

Mehrangarh Fort

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Lunch @ Mehrangarh Fort

1:00pm – 2:30pm

Rao Jodha Park

2:45pm – 4:00pm

Jaswant Thada

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Mandore Gardens

Day 2

6:30am – 9:00am

Kaylana Lake

9:00am – 10:00am


10:30am – 12:00pm

Umaid Bhawan Palace

12:30pm – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 4:00pm

Ghanta Ghar & Sadar Market

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Bal Samand Lake

Some tips on visiting Jodhpur

  • Jodhpur is well connected to most of the major cities of Rajasthan including Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur by road as well as rail route.
  • Train tickets will need to be booked in advance. While for road journey, either bus tickets can be taken a little in advance, or a car can be hired from one of the many tour agencies operating in these cities.
  • Jodhpur has a hot climate for most of the year, like most of Rajasthan. So, the best time to travel here is between October to March. However the shoulder season of monsoons from August onwards is also a good time to visit, with less crowd around. Durning winter, in December and January, the nights can get really cold. You will need a warm jacket or sweater during the morning and evening hours.
  • There are many beautiful havelis and palaces in and around Jodhpur which have been converted into hotels now. However, for an authentic experience, it is best to stay in a homestay. On our visit to Jodhpur, we stayed in Jaswant Niwas Homestay, and had a wonderful time here.
  • Carry light comfortable cotton dresses since they will be best suited for the weather of Jodhpur, particularly during the day.
  • Also, wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking around for sight seeing, sometimes on cobbled and inclined pathways, particularly inside the forts.
  • Food, snacks and water are easily available where ever you go in Jodhpur, so, you need not worry about these at all. And the bonus is that most of the places are very economical for the taste and the ambiance that you will get.

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28 Responses

  1. dextograph

    What I mostly heard about India were Taj Mahal and the Pink City. Now I realized that there’s also the Blue one. Like the one in Morocco. Seeing your photos makes me want to go there. Definitely 2 days weren’t enough. Hoping soon we would be able to..

    • Neha

      Ha ha. These are places only from one particular state of India – Rajasthan. And apart from this there are many more states with lots more to explore.

  2. Yukti

    Jodhpur is on my wishlist since very long. I have been to Udaipur but towards Jodhpur. After seeing Udaipur my interest for Rajasthan has increased more and more. You have taken beautiful pictures of palaces and views from top.

    • Neha

      You are right. Even I fell in love with Udaipur, as soon as I set foot in this city

  3. Lydia

    India is probably one of the most mesmerizing places on Earth, Neha. I haven’t been to Jodhpur yet, but this place has so much to offer. Are two days enough to explore the whole place?

    • Neha

      Depends on what all you want to do. If you mostly want to visit top attractions then 2 days can be sufficient. If you want to soak deeper into the culture, travel slow, savor the local food etc. and visit some nearby villages then maybe you can keep 4-5 days aside.

  4. Sandy N Vyjay

    Jodhpur is another gem of Rajasthan and a wonderful place to visit . We enjoyed every bit of our stay there and only wish we could have spent more time there. The Mehrangarh fort is of course the starattraction with some really spectacular views of the blue city. We loved the Jaswant Thada for its serenity and peaceful atmosphere. This is a very nice 2 day itinerary for Jodhpr.

    • Neha

      Thank you Sandy N Vyjay. Even we wished we had more time to spend here. Anyways, who knows, we might see ourselves returning to this beautiful city soon.

  5. Nicola

    India is on my bucket list! When you’ve got a short amount of time in a place I always find it really difficult to create an itinerary so thanks for sharing yours here. All the buildings and architecture is amazing but I would especially love to visit Mehrangarh Fort.

    • Neha

      Thanks Nicole. Definitely India has so much to offer. you really need to curate an itinerary with lots of research if you have less time to spend here.

  6. Marjorie G.

    I love that view of the blue buildings, it looks beautiful and so interesting. I think you have seen a lot in 2 days, good job. I prefer slow traveling, but I’m flexible and I can go and hop on from one place to another especially if I don’t have the luxury of a time to stay in a place for longer periods. Jodhpur was not on my radar before, now that I know about it, I think it’s something that I shouldn’t miss when I visit India.

    • Neha

      Thanks Marjorie. We have regular 9-5 jobs, so, we get only so many days to vacation. Thus, we try to make the most of this time

  7. Valentini

    The Fort and the market look and sound amazing! Stunning picture of the entire blue city too, I think this part of the world worth exploring!

  8. shreyasaha1987

    I had been to Jodhpur when I was a kid. I still remember Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhavan Palace. Rest I do not remember much. Here you have nicely sorted down all the place to see along with a fair idea of timings. Very useful article Neha.

    • Neha

      Thank you! See, the fact that you remember places from a trip taken long back is a proof of the fact that you enjoyed your time here 🙂

  9. Mihaela

    I wanted to visit Jodhpur before but now after seeing this I want even more. It looks like it stayed somewhat back in time.

    • Neha

      The old architectural wonders here are definitely well preserved amongst all the developments that have happened over the years. You should definitely visit here once

  10. Sam Coronado (@followyouroad)

    Such amazing architecture and design. I have always been fascinated with India to the point of fancying to go there. I completely love the variety and the colors of each building and had to look twice in each. Even though you only spent 2 days there it seems you’ve already seen so much beauty.

    • Neha

      India definitely has a lot to offer to each kind of traveler. You should definitely visit here sometimes

  11. sumit

    lovely article once again , definitely to be bookmarked like your previous ones and to be revisited when planning a trip to this region

  12. alison netzer

    My husband was there years ago and loved it, keeps talking about going back. Great article!

    • Neha

      You should plan the next trip together. It’s definitely a place to visit again and again

  13. Doreen Pendgracs

    Thanks for this enlightening post on Jodhpur, India. I’ve not heard of this place before, but your photos make it look very intriguing.

    • Neha

      Thanks Doreen. It is a lovely place, and there are many other lovely places around it.

  14. Ann

    India seems promising and a lovely place to visit. I love the architectural details and would love to try the famous cuisines. Amazing tips for 2 days when traveling the place Jodhpur. Thanks for all of that.

    • Neha

      You definitely should. And Rajasthan is a favorite amongst people who come to India for the first time, since it gives a true feel of the culture of India.

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