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Exploring the blue city of Jodhpur – Rajasthan bike trip – 1

Trip to Jodhpur

Incredible India and Rajasthan tourism advertisements were so lucrative to hold back. A long research of the must visit tourist and offbeat places in Rajasthan helped me finalizing my trip to Rajasthan. The tour covered the blue city Jodhpur, heritage city Jaipur, Golden City Jaisalmer and Indo-Pak border in Tanot and Longewala.

This is the first travel blog post from the 7 days tour of Rajasthan. I was accompanied by my friend Vishwanath. We used public transport for a major portion of our travel except in Jaisalmer. In Jaisalmer, we rented a Hero Impulse motorcycle for three days to tour in and around Jaisalmer.

Here is the plan we chalked out:

Day 1: Mumbai to Jodhpur [Overnight journey by train]
Day 2: Jodhpur to Jaisalmer [Overnight journey by train]
Day 3: Kuldhara, Sam Sand dunes and stay somewhere en-route Tanot [Touring on motorcycle]
Day 4: Tanot, Longewala and back to Jaisalmer [Touring on motorcycle]
Day 5: Explore Jaisalmer Fort and city [Touring on motorcycle]
Day 6: Jaipur in a Day [Rented a cheap combo of hotel room and car with driver]
Day 7: Back to Mumbai [Jaipur to Mumbai by train]

Short excerpt from the tour

The tour provided us with a firsthand experience of cultural and spiritual insights of people living in the remote expanse of Thar. It made us feel the high spirit they have to tackle the challenges arising from the tough surrounding. Their simplicity, never complaining nature and feel of Indian aesthetics in their daily life will stay alive forever in our minds.

The tour put our negotiation skills at test. And we are happy we managed it well. We will remember the trip for the experiences which the soldiers at border shared with us, the never-ending roads rolling on the desert hills and the high-speed winds which make the bike weightless.

We will also remember the tour for the time we spent sitting on the Jaisalmer Fort road lost. At last, we will also remember sipping Coffee in Joshi German Bakery and our eyes fixed on Jaisalmer Fort visible from the small iron caged window.

Mumbai to Ahmedabad by Train

‘Aunty chalo jaldi, train sirf 2 minute hi rukti hai’ with a bit of tension I encouraged the fat lady struggling to cross the small door of Indian Railway. Heavy bag on my back and camping Tent in my hand I managed to enter the crowded sleeper class coach at Borivali.

I could not hold my wide smile longer. Our Waiting List 239 ticket booked no less than a week got confirmed yesterday. Even the gods wish for such fortunes J Met Vishwanath who took the train from Bandra and shared high five looking at our confirmed berths. It was 9 PM when the train left Borivali station, took off for the day tired from day work.

We reached Ahmedabad around 5 AM in the morning. Our train to Jodhpur was in 2 hours. I remember a strange army man sitting next to us who was travelling from Bangalore to Jodhpur. I was stunned by his competence to eat Namkeen. Just as we eat rice and dal he decorated his big thali with Namkeen and finished it in one go. It is always interesting to talk to army men, they have lots of interesting stories to share.

Ahmedabad to Jodhpur by train takes around 7-8 hours. Same afternoon of 15th August, we were at Bhagat ki Kothi railway station. It is another terminal for Jodhpur bound trains. Bhagat Ki Kothi railway station is 5 km behind Jodhpur. Auto-rickshaw asked Rs 100. We made it cheaper, walked for 50 rupees and hired an auto for 50 rupees. We believe in saving 😉

Jodhpur ready for Ganesh utsav

Little and big artists busy with their work

We were at Jodhpur station around 4 PM. Our train to Jaisalmer was at 11:45 PM, so we had close to 7 hours in Jodhpur.

Janta Sweets Pvt. Ltd – Must check for every foodie visiting Jodhpur

If you are in Jodhpur you cannot afford to miss Janta Sweets. They have become so huge that they have converted their shop into a Limited enterprise.

Janta sweets home is famous in Jodhpur for Indian snacks and particularly Rajasthani flavours. We ordered Maakhanyia Lassi.  And yes the spoon stood upright in the glass; this is how we test Lassi.

Jodhpur famous sweets

Janta Sweets – One of the best places in Jodhpur for Rajasthani snacks

Left the place and moved ahead towards Jodhpur bazaar. It’s an old market with narrow lanes and is usually crowded. We were late for Mehrangarh Fort as it closes by 5 PM.

Shopping place in Jodhpur market

Busy scene of Jodhpur market 

Rajasthani turban man photo

I know, my turban is gorgeous

contemplating lady

This place in Jodhpur market is a gathering place and usually attracts crowd in the evening.

Ladies in ethnic Rajasthani dress

Another click from the same place in the market.

Jodhpur Ghanta Ghar or Clock Tower

From the market, a right turn from Chauraha/junction takes us to Ghanta Ghar. The only information we could gather is there was a king who ordered a British company for this clock and paid 1 Lakh for its construction, 1 Lakh for transportation and 1 Lakh for the copyright of the design.

Clock tower in Jodhpur market

Clock tower in Jodhpur

Walking straight from Ghanta Ghar lead to a castle styled hotel, which we entered unknowingly thinking of some historic place. Came out and walked the straight road which took us to a nice lake surrounded by old architectures and temples. 

Tourist places in Jodhpur

Lake Bridge in Jodhpur 

Heritage places jodhpur

Mehrangarh fort in the backdrop

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Lakeside temple

Photo of Child studying in Jodhpur
Old building of secondary school in Jodhpur

Heritage styled school in Jodhpur

Searching for budget accommodation in Jodhpur brought us to a Dharamshala

Returned to Jodhpur main circle and started hunting for cheapest Dharamshala. We required it for 3-4 hours to charge our mobile/cameras and getting fresh. Not far from the main circle we got one for Rs 75/person for 24 hours. It had everything we needed.

If you are in Jodhpur and looking for a place to stay do not worry, you will get a wide range of options. Dharamshala’s are the cheapest.

They start from 50 rupees per cot but do not expect attached washroom. Lodges and budget hotels in Jodhpur are in plenty. Whenever you are looking for rooms, come out from the Jodhpur railway station and walk towards the main circle in the right-hand side.

Ajab gajab train kahani (Fiasco at Jodhpur station)

All set, we left the Dharamshala and reached Jodhpur railway station. Train to Jaisalmer was at 11:45 PM. We were there at 10:30 PM. The station was heavily crowded with Ramdev Bhagwan devotees.

It was the time when people from all over the country come to Ramdevra station which lies between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer route. With a quick look at the indicator, we came to know the train was at platform no 2.

Jodhpur railway station

Jodhpur railway station

Train to Jaisalmer was already standing at platform 2. But I could not find Sleeper S1 coach all were general. ‘Abe saare ke saare chalu dabbe hain re!’  I said to Vishwanath.

It was the third time we were running end to end of the platform. Yes, all coaches were general and heavily packed with devotees. We crosschecked the train, it was same. We crosscheck our ticket it was correct too. Hardly 1 minute was left for the train to depart but where was this S1?

We asked police standing there he explained something like this. The train will be divided into two parts. Half of the train will leave the station. Half will remain here. The half which left the station will go where the S1 and B1 coach are parked.

Those coaches will be linked to the train which went there and again the train will come back to Jodhpur station and connect the other half. Once all this is done you are ready to go, simple. Simple indeed J

Email me your comments or suggestions at budgetyatri[at] or use the comment box below. I will be more than happy to listen to your words.

Read other posts from Rajasthan travel

Exploring the blue city of Jodhpur – Rajasthan bike trip – 1

Gadisar lake still stands beautiful in dryness of Jaisalmer

Towards the cursed village of Kuldhara – Rajasthan bike trip – 3

Thar desert at its best in Sam Sand dunes – Rajasthan bike trip – 4

Ramgarh to Tanot Mata Temple – Rajasthan bike trip – 5

Tanot Mata Temple to Longewala border post – Rajasthan Bike Trip – 6

Jaisalmer Fort and Bada Bagh – Rajasthan bike trip – 7

Jaipur in a day: See the unseen at Hawa Mahal

Jaipur in a day: Amber Fort and the charm of Sheesh Mahal

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Hello, I am Niraj. I define myself as an amateur photographer, biker and seeker. I like to connect with like-minded friends and share experiences and stories from the place, people and time. I believe life is an endless journey and our actions no matter how small affects this infinite universe in some way or another. So let's not stop and keep our work going.


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  2. I like your post very much, charm and elegance of Sun City “Jodhpur” is out of the ordinary. Being a traveler it’s always gives chance to meet up new people and expand their culture, I can see in your post these elements. You had mention a lot of things about Jodhpur, but I would like to include one interesting fact about Jodhpur like, Chokelao Bagh beautiful 200 year old oasis of green. Garden Terrace Café on site provides a perfectly tranquil setting.

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