In this post I bring you a video of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. I was damn lucky to stay there. I have been lucky with travel in general for this year. This week I have been at home, so I started counting the number of trips I have done so far. The tally stands at 10. The trips have been of small duration, but I am not complaining.
However, when you travel frequently, all the trips start merging with each-other. I detest that. I used to flip through the pictures but I now end up clicking so many pictures that it has become a task like anything else.
Making a short video out of my most favored clips is the only way now to refresh the memories in a few minutes. So here we go, with the video of my stay at the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur.
The trip feels as surreal today as it felt when I was there. I still believe that I will remember this stay at the Umaid Bhawan Palace when I grow old. This was the only time in my life when I used a tripod to include myself in the frame! On second thoughts, maybe I should make a habit of it!
This was also the time when I consumed Champagne by the buckets. As I am alone on most of the trips, and I hate to make a nuisance of myself, I have a self imposed limit of two glasses of wine. Here instead of changing the glass they would top up the glass!
I missed out on two things during my stay. I did not go for a swim in the outdoor pool. And I missed out on the evening shots of the Mehrangrh Fort from the palace! And I can’t even say I will go back again!
What do you have to say about these short videos?
PS. My trip to Umaid Bhawan Palace was sponsored by Tripadvisor and the Taj Hotels.
This mouthwatering post has been written by Pankaj Solanki from Jodhpur. He wrote to me saying I accept guest posts quoting a post by my husband! After the hilarious exchange I agreed to accept his post as an exception! So here we go, over to Pankaj!
“Oh my GOD…, it’s Awesome!”
It was my reaction when I ate one of the most delicious Pulao at The Recipe. It was birthday of one of my cousins.
I felt frustrated as I had eaten too much and could not eat any more 😉
But, that was the start of a chain that continues even today. I keep going there and they keep feeding me tasty food!
Anyway, Jodhpur is the place of Royalness and Forts.
Talking about Forts, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India.
Talking about Royalness, Umaid Bhawan Palace has become the best hotel of the world.
Recently, Jodhpur has become quite popular. Celebrities are celebrating their weddings & birthdays here.
From Bollywood movies Veer to Hollywood movies The Dark Knight Rises, they have featured its forts and landscapes.
On 2 April 16, Jackie Chan and the team of upcoming movie “Kung Fu Yoga” visited Jodhpur.
They are filming a song here in Mandore Garden.
Well, other than these forts, food of Jodhpur is famous. You might have noticed some Sweet Shops with name “Jodhpur Sweets” in other cities.
This brings me to the point that many Indian cuisines had their birth here.
The famous Mawa ki Kachori, invented by Rawat Mishthan Bhandar (Late Rawat Mal Ji Deora), is a good example.
And, to enjoy these Jodhpur food items, you will need some places to eat.
This is where this list will be handy for you. Bookmark it, so that you find this list when you need it! Here you go…
If you have read this far, you already know how much I love food here.
It’s a hygienic, quiet and chill place to eat. It is a family friendly restaurant.
They have Indian, Chinese & International food items. The service is fast & staff is friendly.
This is a veg place. But, non-vegies will not be disappointed here.
Some of must eat food items here are: Pulao, Paneer Tikka, Malai Kofta and hot Cheese Naan.
Address: No. 58, Residency Road, Jodhpur
This is a restaurant located in Sardarpura. It too is a family restaurant.
They serve Chinese, Continental, Punjabi and South Indian cuisines. The staff is good & service is prompt.
There is a separate section for Fast Food (+ Street Food). Everything is at one single place.
Some of must eat food items here are: Paneer Mumtaj, Pizza, Papri Chaat, Aloo Tikki & Ice creams.
Being popular, it is always over-crowded. On weekend, you should book a table in advance. The prices are reasonable.
Address: 11th B Road, Sardarpura, Jodhpur
Juice works as a relief in hot summer (like right now). Almost everyone love juice.
Whenever I ask someone “Juice?” Almost everyone says “Sure! 🙂 ”
Okay enough! 😉
Vijay Juice Bhandar is located at C Road, Sardarpura. They have almost all kind of juices & shakes.
You can have juice from Apple to Orange, all. There are service boys available, who serve juice when you want to enjoy it in the car.
Just park your car OR taxi near the shop, press horn. A guy will come, order whatever juice you want, in a minute he will come with juice. Drink & Pay! Simple.
PS: All I like here is Pineapple Shake with Icecream 😉
But, being in Sardarpura, it is crowdy & sometimes there will be no space for parking.
Address: 12, C Road, Sardarpura
I think Mac D does not need an introduction here. It is a successful burger Franchise operated worldwide.
It has made its entry in Jodhpur. It is located in Ansal Royal Plaza, Jodhpur.
They have veg as well as non-veg burgers. They have different packages available. You can also order cold drink.
There are TVs playing commercials so that you don’t feel bored.
If you fall sick eating street food, grab a Burger here. The Cheese Burger & French Fries are all I crave here.
BTW, other than Mac D, Ansal Royal Plaza is worth visiting too. Use the moving stairs and climb up, you will get huge scenes of Jodhpur here.
Address: Ansal Royal Plaza, High Court Road, Jodhpur
This place is famous for Dosa. So, if you love Dosa, then you will love it.
And, don’t worry about the prices. They are too reasonable to ask for discounts 😉
Other than Dosa, they are a group of small Raidis. They have Sandwich, Chow Min, Paav Bhaji etc.
Just next shop, to it, is of Sugarcane Juice. Very tasty juice!
Another shop near Ramdev Dosa Corner serves ice-creams, Cold drinks etc. So eat & chill here.
Address: Near Bhaskar Circle, Ratanada, Jodhpur
Its actual name is Jai Bhawani Dhaba. But it is known as DPS Dhaba because it is near DPS School.
It is somewhat away from the city (15+ kms). Being on highway it attracts people. Truck drivers, tourists, and locals you will find many people here.
They serve hot & fresh food here. “Sev Tamatar” is by far the best dish here. They also serves Kulfi (Indian ice-cream).
It is a restaurant having three types of sitting arrangements:
If you want to have Rajasthani dinner, go here.
Address: Near DPS School, Pal Bypass Road, Jodhpur
Dal Bati Churma is so much famous in Rajasthan that there are specialty shops out there.
This is one of those shops devoted to Dal Bati in Jodhpur. Clean and well maintained.
Being a Marwari, Dal Bati is prepared at my home at functions like Baba Ramdev Jagran, Jumma etc.
But, when Bhawani Dal Bati is here, you can taste Dal Bati anytime 😉
Locals as well as tourists love this place.
Food Items served are: Dal, Bati, Choorma, Mirchi Koota, Ghee, Chopped Onions, Lime (Nimbu), Different types of Chatni (Garlic, Green Chili, etc), Papad, Chhachh (Butter Milk) and Kulfi. What else can you ask 😉
It is totally healthy food. Ghee servings are optional. You pay for it only if you take it.
And finally, the bill will shock you. You will smile. It is that much economical 😉
Address: 77, 1st Chopasani Road, Opp. IDBI Bank, Jodhpur
It is a great Raidi located in front of Manidhari Hospital & near Barkatullah Khan Stadium.
It is more of a street food type. The owner is Prem Raj Prajapati.
He takes a Kachori and cuts it into pieces. He adds Kadhi to it. Then, he adds many Masalas, Chutney, Onion & Mirchis etc. The end product is very tasty. It is called Kadhi Kachori!
Other than Kadhi Kachori he also serves Dal Puri & Dal Pakwan. Worth eating these, tasty surprise for many people here!
Address: Opp. Manidhari Hospital, 644, Residency Road, Jodhpur
This shop is located at Jalori Gate Circle. Being in crowdy market it attracts large sum of hungry crowd.
Surya Shahi Namkeen specializes in Samosa. The popularity can be seen from the fact that as soon as the lot of Namkeens arrive, it gets sold out.
I have waited for my chance to grab Samosa here many times. It is worth waiting.
You can ask them to pack Namkeens for you to take home. They also serve bread.
Other than Samosa, you can have Kachori and Mirchi Bada.
Address: Near Jalori Gate Circle, Jodhpur
This shop is located on Chopasani Road near Cheergarh. This is where I get all my Mirchi Badas.
It is same here. People are always waiting for their chance to grab Namkeens.
During “Fast” times like Navratra, Shiv Ratri etc, they offer “Sahgar Namkeen”.
I take all my chances to get Sahgar Mirchi Bada. You get it occasionally & it is awesome in taste.
Can’t describe it in words. When you visit Jodhpur during festive seasons, make sure you taste Sahgar Mirchi Bada.
Other than Mirchi Bada, they have all kinds of Namkeens. Namkeen Kaju is another item I like.
Address: Near Chirgarh Circle (towards Aakhaliya Circle), Chopasani Road, Jodhpur
This is where I get my Namkeen Onion Kachori (+ Dal Ki Kachori) from. They are probably the best.
And, if you are fan of sweets, you will be in heaven here. All the good sweets are available here.
The place is well maintained and hygienic. You get assured quality sweets.
Some of must eat sweets are: Kaju Katli, Jalebi, Anjeer Katli, Mawa, Rasmalai, Motichur Laddu, Gulab Jamun, Makhan Vada & Gewar (try it at every cost).
You can ask them to pack these sweets and take back home with you.
Address: 9th C Road, Sardarpura, Jodhpur
It is a Raidi in front of Pal Balaji Mandir (on the other side of the road). Pal Balaji is a famous Mandir of Lord Hanuman in Jodhpur.
It has been 4 years. I have been going there to eat Chaat & Bhel Puri.
It also has other food items. Pani Patasa is good here. But, I like Pani Patasa of Mahalaxmi Sweets (covered below).
Address: Near Shree Pal Balaji Temple, Pal Road, Jodhpur
This is the center of Jodhpur attraction. Shastri Circle is a park in Shastri Nagar.
It is a good park. Entry fee is just Rs. 5 & on Tuesdays you get FREE entry (Staff on leave 😉 )
Near the park are all kinds of food stores. From Kulfis to fast foods to restaurants, you will find everything here.
Do visit in Evening. As it is the time most people visit the park & all the Raidis and Shops are open during this time.
Address: Shastri Nagar, Jodhpur
This is a tea shop located near BSNL Office Sardarpura. It is a famous shop in Jodhpur.
It serves Tea & Cofee. Tea is very tasty. Do visit it, if you are a tea lover!
Anytime you go, you will find at least 40-50 people enjoying their tea here.
Address: Near Targhar, BSNL Office, Sardarpura, Jodhpur
It’s a bakery shop in Jodhpur. I like Pineapple Cake here.
15 AD has many branches in the city (Bhati Circle, Sardarpura, Aakhliya Circle). But, the Sardarpura one is the most amazing.
I will be talking about Sardarpura one here. The moment you taste cakes and pastries here, you will fall in love with it.
They serve in-house Cakes, Pastries, Cookies and Bakery Products. This place is veg. Don’t get disappointed non-veggies!
They also serve Mini Pizzas, Snacks and Sandwiches. All products are fresh and the store is cleaned and hygiene.
Must eat items: Cake, Chocolate Pastries, Bread Loaf, Pizza, Hot Dogs and Cream Rolls.
Address: Neelam Bhavan, 9th C Road, Opp. Gypsy Dining Hall, Sardarpura, Jodhpur
This is supposed to be a Sweet shop & it is. But I’m not mentioning it here for sweets.
What I like here is Pani Patasa. It’s all because of the quality of Patasa.
It’s like Pani Patasa of whole Jodhpur vs Pani Patasa of Mahalaxmi Sweets.
The Patasa is outsourced, but I don’t know where they get it from. It is awesome!
Their masalas & varieties of Pani also aids in the taste of Pani Patasa.
Though they are pricy, but due to the quality, I don’t mind going there.
If I can say you eat only one food item from this list, then it will be the Pani-Patasa from this shop. This is all I can say about the Pani Patasa here.
Address: Chopasani Road, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Jodhpur
Sure, today, these are my favorite places to eat in Jodhpur. But, I don’t know for how long.
I try new places and sometimes the experience is good and sometimes bad. But, that doesn’t stop me to try 😉
If you have been already to Jodhpur and tried some places, make sure to share your experience.
And, if you will visit Jodhpur in future, keep this list bookmarked. When you find anything new, share your experience here.
Whether you have 1 day, 2 day OR 5 day stay in Jodhpur, try food other than what your hotel provides. You will be amazed.
Having a list of right places-to-eat (this list) will help you fully exploit the time you have in Jodhpur. Keep Eating!
PS: I welcome your comments, views, experiences, questions!
AUTHOR BIO: Pankaj Solanki is a Food Fanatic, living in Jodhpur. Check out his site Suncity Jodhpur, before visiting Jodhpur. You will find a whole new set of things to try!
In my excitement of staying at the Maharani Suite, I completely neglected my stay at the Royal Suite at Umaid Bhawan Palace. It is time to rectify that mistake and to reminisce my stay at hotel in general.
The welcome at the Umaid Bhawan Palace is grand. They line up horses, they greet you with phool mala at the entrance, they throw rose petals on your path, they do a welcome dance in the main lobby and hand you champagne! Even though I had read about it on Tripadvisor before going, I was still completely floored.
The Royal Suite at Umaid Bhawan Palace
The Royal Suite is actually a cozy room! It has a living area, the bedroom, a balcony, a wardrobe area and a lavish bathroom. While it is tempting to try and compare it with the Maharani Suite, I will resist it. In the season a Royal Suite at Umaid Bhawan Palace goes at about 1.25 lakhs (1825 dollars, no typo) per day. The bottle of wine is complimentary.
The Swimming Pools at the Umaid Bhawan Palace
The palace has an fabulous indoor swimming pool from the time the palace was built. It is heated. I was lucky to have it for a morning all to myself. The staff on duty was quite worried initially as the pool is deep, but after a few laps they realized I would do fine!
I didn’t have time to go for a swim in the outdoor swimming pool. The the view of the Mehrangarh Fort from the pool is fabulous. Do go with a tripod if you wish to take an evening shot. I realized it too late, when I was almost about to leave.
The most surprising part of the breakfast was the champagne with orange juice! It was a first for me, but then I was staying at a palace! So it was alright to drink champagne at breakfast.
I tried both Indian and continental breakfast (on different days) and they were good!
The Jiva, Spa
I went for an aromatherapy full body massage and it was one hour of pure bliss. I had a spa in the Maharani Suite but it didn’t occur to me to get it done in the suite itself! I went to the main spa, which is on the same floor as the indoor swimming pool.
The Old Lift
After eating all the food and wine, I kept to the stairs strictly and I went to the lift only to click a picture. The lifts at retain the old look even though the lever mechanism is no longer in use.
Of Lobbies and Mirrors
The view from the stairs that led to the Maharani Suite was grand. This lobby is closer to the entrance but the main lobby with its high dome is grander still!
There are a lot of mirrors in the corridors and within the suites. Even without trying I would catch a glimpse of myself every few minutes. Now at home there is just one full length mirror! I wonder if I had more mirrors at home, would I care about my appearance more?
It has been a little more than a month since I visited Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur but the memories still bring a smile to my face. The whole trip has this unreal feel to it!
PS. I was invited on this trip by Tripadvisor and the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces.
I stood by the Guda Bishnoi Lake completely charmed. As far as eyes could see it was full of Demoiselle Cranes, only at that point people told me they were Siberian Cranes. I had my doubts but a lake full of cranes by any name is a delightful thing!
Guda Bishnoi is about 25 kilometers from Jodhpur. It is as of now not so frequented by tourists. That also means you have to find a transport of your own to reach there. When I was visited, we were about 20 people by the lakeside, out of which many were locals!
Guda Bishnoi has a fascinating history. Bishnoi Sect was started by Guru Jambheshwar. His was born in 1451. His gave 29 principles but his main teaching was to protect the wildlife and trees, which Bishnois practice ardently even today. It is said that the guru was reincarnated as a black buck, hence the reverence of the animal within the community.
Bishnois are also known for the Khejarli Massacre which took place in 1730. 363 Bishnois died while trying to protect the trees which the King’s troops had orders to chop off! Even to this date Bishnois bury their dead as cutting trees is completely banned! To know more about the fascinating story of the Bishnois, do watch the two part documentary made by B.V.P. Rao.
Back in the present there is an elevated platform near the lake from where tourists can watch the birds. There are two rooms as well but my driver for the day, Gyan Singh ji told me they were with the forest department. I turned my back to the world and got engrossed in watching the birds.
Various parts of the lake were claimed by different different flocks as their own. However, it was not a rigid division. The birds happily kept visiting each-other. Demoiselle Cranes would rise like clouds and go settle at another bank! They loudly cawed all the time and yet it was pleasant to the ears!
Gyan Singh ji got me a pair of binoculars to see the black bucks drinking water at the far side of the lake! From the binoculars I switched to the telephoto lens but the binoculars were more powerful!
After being engrossed for a long time with my camera I turned back to see Gyan Singh ji grinning at me. He probably didn’t anticipate my happiness at seeing the birds. I asked him if it was possible to have our lunch there? The hotel kindly had given us packed lunches. Gyan Singh ji and I enjoyed our kathi rolls, fruits and juice under a tree in the compound.
I went back to stand by the lake after lunch. The birds now decided to walk in a line along the closest bank of the lake! I am sure the antics would go on but for me it was time to back to the hotel as I wanted to go to the Mehrangarh Fort in the evening.
On a more practical note there is a washroom for ladies in the premises but when I used it there was no water to flush. The wash basin outside had water. What to do, practical notes are almost always jarring!
But then for a nature lover Guda Bishnoi Lake is a birder’s paradise. It is also in the ‘not so discovered’ category as of now.