To travelers, vacationers and backpackers from all over the world, the country of India comes very high in the list of places to see before leaving planet earth. This large South Asian nation is shrouded with so much intrigues, religiosity, mysticism and culture, as well as progress, technology and natural wonders. A leading destination in India is the city of Jodhpur, and international travelers would love to know that getting to Jodhpur is not a difficult thing to do.
The main international airports in India are in Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur, which are very busy airports due to the number of tourists coming in every day. These international gateways regularly service connecting flights to Jodhpur. Meanwhile, the Jodhpur domestic airport is only 5 kilometers away from downtown.
The flight from Mumbai is only about 54 minutes long while from Delhi, only 32 minutes. Getting to Jodhpur by air makes sense when someone is rushing to catch an important meeting or event since flight time is quite short. Otherwise, it is more exciting, practical and less expensive traveling by bus or train.
There are a number of private and public buses, particularly those operated by RSRTC (Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation) going to Jodhpur, including sleeper buses that come from far-away destinations elsewhere in India. The trip on public bus from Mumbai takes about 16 hours and about 13 hours when coming from Delhi. Jaipur is about seven hours away and Udaipur just about five hours.
Another option to getting to Jodhpur by land is on rail. The Indian rail system is known all over the world as always overcrowded, hot and inconvenient. Several photos on the Internet show overcrowded trains with commuters hanging by the windows and steps, and sitting on top of the trains.
Overcrowding of trains is common in the country but there are air-conditioned coaches available for the convenience of anyone when getting to Jodhpur. This scenic city is connected by rail to all major Indian cities. Delhi is 12 hours away and Mumbai about 17 hours.
The Jodhpur Railway Station is found at the heart of the city, bringing together different rail companies such as Rajasthan Sampark Kranti Express, Delhi Jaisalmer and the popular Mandor Express. The station is itself a tourist destination already; it is very near Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jalori Gate. Outside the station are hordes of taxis and rickshaws.
Mehrangarh Fort is a huge fort that dominates the city; it is a staggering site and definitely one of the main reasons why sightseers and tourists visit Jodhpur. Constructed in 1458, the 150-meter hill was in fact converted into a massive fort, which for obvious reasons, was never seized by invading forces. Inside the fort are spectacular temples and halls.
Meanwhile, for travelers who plan to visit in style, renting a private transport or taxi is another option, but maybe the most expensive one. Private services may also be hired to tour around the city. Car-taxi services are offered by hotels, tour operators and travel agencies.
There are several ways of getting to Jodhpur since this is such a picturesque, historical and well-known tourist destination in India. It is found in the state of Rajasthan with coordinates: 26°17’N and 73°01’E. Jodhpur is known to many as “Sun City” for two reasons: (1) it shines brightly as a popular city and (2) it is liberally very hot here since it is found at the edge of the Thar desert.