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Short Travel Stories ''Blue City of India: A Day in Jodhpur Rajasthan''

Today we will be exploring the most iconic Bazar in the most wonderful city of Jodhpur. let’s go.. wait wait before going anywhere let me introduce you myself. hello, my name is Ayushi Rana. I love traveling, shopping, and exploring new places..so i thought y not shop while traveling and exploring new places.

So, let’s go without wasting any time.. Jodhpur is also known as Blue City, The Land of Royals, and a place which have many ancient stories of great kings and warrior.

The Kingdom of Marwar is home to one of the oldest bazaars in India where you can find varieties of unique things which you may not find in any other place. People all over the world come and shop here. It has a market of over 1700 crores just in handicrafts.

Now, we will be exploring Sardar market which is one of the most famous and colorful places in Jodhpur, where you will come across many colorful and unique things that you may have not imagined yet. In this market, there are more than 7000+ shops and all of them have so many items in it.

There is a Ghanta Ghar in this place which is also known as the clock tower of Rajasthan it was built during the reign of Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1880 as a prime landmark near the Mehrangarh Fort

While exploring Sardar Bazar I came across one shop “Isha silk” which has very unique and comfort jutti, Kurtis in it with many varieties. after a few hours of exploring Sardar market, I got hungry and came across the Shri Mishrilal hotel which is one of the famous hotels in Sardar market and located right in front of Ghanta Ghar. I ordered one Kulad lassi which was so yummy. You should definitely come and try this out.

Lalji handicraft – I always like to collect some antique stuff where ever I go and this is one of the best places for it. It has many antique, unique, and old things which you may not find anywhere else. This shop was established in the 1960s and has both old and new antique stuff. Lalji handicraft has one of the biggest collections of antique items, and decorative pieces of stuff. There are so many stores in this shop. Many visit this place

After roaming almost half of the market I came across Spice paradise. Spice paradise is a cooking class where you will be Learning Rajasthan dishes. And I had never made any Rajasthani dishes yet I think it’s the best place to learn. Let’s go. Mathania chilies are the most famous chili in Jodhpur which is very costly but tasty. Today we will be Learning how to cook Bajra khichadi. Bajra khichadi of jodhpur is well famous. Let’s talk about Ingredients – Bajra – 1/2 cup, Whole moong dal – 1/4 cup, Water – 2 cups, Cumin seed – 1 tsp, Green chili – 1, Ginger – 1 tsp(chopped), Asafoetida powder – 1/4 tsp, Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp, Salt – to taste, Ghee – 1 tsp + more for drizzling.

Procedure -Measure Bajra and moong dal and add each into a separate bowl. Wash it twice and soak it in the water for 4 hrs.After 4 hrs, drain the water from the Bajra and add into the mixie jar and pulse it twice or thrice and keep it aside until use. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker, add the cumin seed, let it crackle, then add the ginger and green chili and saute it for 2 mins. Then add the bajra and saute it in ghee for 2 mins and then add the soaked moong dal(discard the soaked water) and saute it for 2 more mins. Add the water, turmeric powder, and salt. Finally, add the asafoetida powder, mix it well and cover the pressure cooker with a lid and put on the whistle, and cook it for 5 whistles. Once the pressure is released from the pressure cooker automatically, open the lid and mix it well with a ladle. Drizzle some more ghee on the top and it’s ready to serve. Bajra khichdi is ready.

It was really yummy. You should try this! It was great fun while the cook

While exploring this place I came across “Toorji ka Jhalra”

Toorji ka jhalra Is in the middle of the bazaar. It was build by rani tawarji in 1740s. it is so well designed but it is recently excavated. Toorji ka jhalra is also known as the stepwell of jodhpur. It has more than 200 ft in depth. The structure of the well was made using the famous rose-red sandstone found in Jodhpur. it’s is designed in such a way that it provides access to groundwater all through the year.

How to reach

It is located in Gulab Sagar Makrana Mohalla on Sutharo ka Bas Road in Jodhpur. Jodhpur airport and Bus station are 6km away. The railway junction is just 2.5km away.

The next destination is – MEHRANGARH FORT

Epitomizing royalty and glory, this gem in Jodhpur is one of the largest and most beautiful forts in India. Built by Rao Jodha (the founder of Jodhpur) in 1459. This fort is located on a hilltop 122m above the plain and it covers an area of 1200 acres

There are 7 gates in this fort.. and each gate has its specific name and meaning.

Jai Pol (“Gate of Victory”), was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806 to celebrate his victory in a war between Jaipur and Bikaner. Fateh Pol, was built to celebrate a victory over the Mughals in 1707; Gopal Pol, is the second Pol after Fateh Pol. Dedh Kangra Pol, which still bears the scars of bombardment by cannonballs; Amruti Pol, is in between Dedh Kangra Pol and Loha Pol. Loha Pol, which is the final gate into the main part of the fort complex. Immediately to the left are the handprints (sati marks) of the ranis and some princesses, who had committed Sati over the years after the death of their husbands. Suraj Pol, inner most gate which provides access to the palace complex and Daulat Khana Chauk.

Within the fort are several brilliantly crafted and decorated palaces. These include Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesha Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana, and Daulat Khana. The museum houses a collection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniatures, musical instruments, costumes, and furniture. The ramparts of the fort house preserved old cannons (including the famous Kilkila) and provided a breathtaking view of the city.

It was a wonderful experience of exploring this most wonderful city of Jodhpur.

Recommended Read: Jaipur Rajasthan Travel Guide

Ayushi Rana

Travel Blogger and Author

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