Jodhpur Journals

Jodhpur- I Enjoyed the Food and the Markets

A May 2004 trip to Jodhpur by Vaidya

Quote: We were expecting a piece of rich architectural heritage, inexpensive beautiful, colourful handicrafts, spicy tasty food and clean and wholesome sweets - happy to say that we were not disappointed.

Jodhpur- I Enjoyed the Food and the Markets


The glimpses of a rich Rajput heritage visible all around the city. The best of all was ofcourse the Cheetar palace , or Umaid Bhavan palace. Shopping here was a delight- the prices of colourful Rajasthani artefacts traditional shoes, clothes (Muslim tie-dye), puppet, spices and small trinkets, leather goodies, wooden handicrafts, iron handicrafts, wooden reproduction furniture, wrought iron furniture were very competitive. The quality of the goods was exquisite. Eating - The food is on the spicier side but the sweets 'take the cake' The sweets made of cottage cheese annd savouries stuffed with sweetened and dried milk and dry fruits are heavenly. One bite of the famous Green pepper "Wada" wou...Read More
This is one of oldest markets of Jodhpur. It is quite colorful and may have around 6,000 to 7,000 tiny shops, but you must be prepared to walk through the narrow lanes. The market is in the heart of the city. Shops are popular for a wide range of handicrafts, making them favorite haunt of shoppers. It was peak time in the summer when I visited these markets, and the temperatures were nearing 40°C. There are shops selling sugar cane juice and lassi ade og yoghurts. I savoured these drinks and also had local ice cream, kulfi. The prices of the articles are very inexpensive when you compare them to the prices in Mumbai or Delhi.

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Girdikot and Sardar Market
Jodphur, India

Gangaur Festival


This festival is dedicated to the goddess Parvati, who is the wife of the Lord Shiva. The festival is held for a period of 15 days following Holi.

Gangaur is mainly celebrated by women. Married women invoke goddess Parvat's blessings for riches. Girls who are yet to be married pray to her for good husbands. Colorful wooden images of goddess are worshipped in each home.

The procession of the wooden image of the goddess is taken through the streets of Jodhpur. At night ladies apply mehandi (henna) to their palms and soles as an indication of their sohaag (happy married life).

Having spent some days in Rajasthan seeing the royal lifestyles of the maharajas (their palaces, gardens, ponds, etc.), we used to wonder how the maharajas were treated when they used to go to remote villages of their empire. We used to wonder how the food would be prepared, how the children and the queens enjoy themselves, and how the village chief would exert himself to make the short stay of his king memorable. When we were told about the Khimsar Sand Dunes Village, a place just a 100km away from Jodhpur, we decided to give it a try. The place is around 2 hours of comfortable drive. The first thing you notice as you enter is a pond with sand dunes on the other end of it. Then you s...Read More