Jodhpur is dubbed the blue city due to its plethora of vivid blue painted houses located in the old quarter. This is an exhilarating destination to explore with its centuries old history. Founded in the 15th century by Indian ruler Rao Jodha, and once the stronghold of the Rajput dynasty, the city is brimming with palaces, forts, temples and havelis (private mansions). A jewel set amidst the nearby Thar Desert, Jodhpur is also known as sun city due to its perennial sunshine and tropical climate. Throughout the city’s maze of narrow streets are friendly locals ornately dressed in traditional vibrant clothing and jewelry.
Ranbanka Palace, set in the heart of Jodhpur, captures the essence of erstwhile Marwar. Marvel at the sandstone palace entwined with flowering vines, painstakingly restored to house a pioneering heritage hotel.
(Only if staying at Raas) While staying at RAAS, take a Heritage Tour of the Old City in their very own ‘Blue Tuk-Tuk’. This is a unique way to explore the sights and sounds of the ‘Blue Walled City’ with its swarming humanity, intrinsic charm and tales of an age gone by. This enclosed area dates to the Rathore era…no mistaking the local indigo-colored houses, sinewy streets..most without names, and the ramparts of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort.
City Highlights of Jodhpur
Enjoy a camel ride; visit the mesmerizing Mehrangarh Fort; see the clock tower; explore the markets, the ancient town of Mandore; see the white marble memorial of Jaswant Thada and the Umaid Bhawan Museum. Get a glimpse into the hidden elements of desert life in closeby Salawas.
Osian Day Trip from Jodhpur
Embark on an excursion to the Temple Town of Osian – an oasis in the Thar Desert. Osian is famous for it’s Hindu and Jain temples, dating back to the 8th and 11th centuries. Be welcomed by the clanging of temple bells here, and visit the temple complex….the main attraction, with 18 shrines in the group and known for elegant sculptures and architectures.
Cooking Class in Jodhpur
Enjoy an amazing culinary experience by participating in a cooking session of traditional Rajasthani cuisine. Learn various techniques, authentic styles and classic Indian dishes using local ingredients, and also assist the chef in preparation and cooking together. Thereafter enjoy the fruits of your labor and savor the delectable cooked fare.
Bishnoi Jeep Safari
Embark on a Jeep Safari to visit a village of the ‘Bishnois’, a community of nature worshippers are committed to protecting trees and wildlife. See life in this traditional villages; explore the local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery, hand-weaving; admire men in their traditional attire and women clad in ancestral silver jewelry. En route, watch and photograph wildlife.
1 hr Yoga Class at Raas
Yoga and meditation are Hinduism’s unique gift to the world…strengthen your body and mind by attaining mental peace and increasing physical power…renew and refresh with an hour of Yoga and Meditation! Enjoy an exclusive class with a trained yoga teacher amid serene settings near the poolside or on the rooftop.
1.5 hr Camel Ride at Jodhpur
Experience a trip into the mysterious desert with a camel ride on the outskirs of Jodhpur. Catch a glimpse of the affluent and vibrant culture and the true spirit of the Jodhpur.