Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan and enjoys bright sunny weather throughout the year. No wonder it is known as the ‘Sun City’. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name and the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Referred also as the ‘Blue City’ due to the blue-painted houses ( traditionally, blue signified the home of a Brahmin) around the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. However, the city has expanded greatly outside the wall over the past several decades. With its pick of stunning hotels and its location in the geographic centre of Rajasthan state, Jodhpur is a convenient base for traveling through Rajasthan as well as a perfect incentive destination.
1. Camel Safari at Sunrise
Even if you don’t have the whole day, just a camel safari at sunrise is beautiful. Ride deep into the heart of the desert and see the play of light and shadow on the sand dunes as the early morning sun slowly turns night into day.
2. Spend a night in the Desert
With a landscape that has no buildings or people in sight, comfortable tents to retire into and evening filled with cultural activities, a night in the desert is sure to be a highlight of your trip to India. Sleeping under the stars is a magical experience which you will cherish for a lifetime.
3. Off-Road Safari on the Dunes
Experience the thrill of off-roading in Rajasthan. Drive through semi-arid terrain to witness the simple life of different communities that have lived in harmony with nature for centuries. Stop for a delicious picnic lunch at a scenic spot relaxing under a tree, taking in the clean, crisp air. In addition to interacting with the various local communities, the variety of wild life and avian life makes the excursion a photographer’s paradise too.
4. Cricket Match with the Locals
India loves its Bollywood movies and cricket. No wonder the movie Lagaan which has both cricket and Bollywood and narrated the story of the simple village-folk struggling to pay off the annual debts (Lagaan) to the British was such a Box Office Hit and even got nominated for the Oscars. We give you the opportunity to be a part of this cricket madness with a short match between a locals team and visitors. Even though Indians are known for our hospitality, don’t expect any favours on the playing field though.
5. Enjoy a Gala Dinner at Mehrangarh Fort dressed like a Maharaja
Exclusive access to Mehrangarh Fort at night. Your experience starts right at the fort entrance where you are received by guards in ceremonial uniform followed by welcome drinks and traditional dance performances like ‘Dhol Thali Nritya’ & ‘Kachi Ghodi’. Meanwhile ‘safas’ are tied to the gentlemen and ‘chunnis’ offered to the ladies. From here you walk up the pathway escorted by attendants carrying Mashals (fire torches) and Musicians (with Dhol, Pipe, Kamaicha, Sindhi & Sarangi) to reach the cocktail an dinner venue on the ramparts of the fort. Throughout the evening you would be entertained and serenaded by soulful tunes of the desert. This magical evening comes to an end with a spectacular display of fireworks illuminating the night sky.
6. Holi with the Bhil Tribals of Rajasthan
Holi is a fun-filled festival marking the arrival of spring in North India. Different regions celebrate Holi in their own unique way. We whiz-off to a picturesque location on jeeps to celebrate with the Bhil tribes of Rajasthan. Along with playing with Gulal (coloured powder), you will witness an exciting camel race, traditional folk dances like Ghoomer and Dandia Gair or Gait and end with a sumptuous lunch which includes special dishes that are generally prepared at the time of Holi like gujiyas, mathari, dahi bhalla, thandai and papri.