jodhpur Travel Guide

Fondly known as the Blue City or the Sun City, Jodhpur is a popular town in the culturally-rich state of Rajasthan. The city is renowned for its blue hues, temples, and mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Besides, the city is brimful of other historical structures, which are exquisite symbols of Indian architecture. The city also hosts several fairs and festivals throughout the year. Therefore, the city attracts a large no. of tourists from all across the world. Tourists can enjoy shopping in the local markets as well as feast their taste buds with local delicacies. In a nutshell, Jodhpur gives a memorable experience to tourists. Here is all the tourist information that you may need about Jodhpur.

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jodhpur Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  BEST TIME TO VISIT

  • Q.Suggest me the best time to visit Jodhpur.
    A.
    The most appropriate time to visit Jodhpur is from October-March.

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  CLOTHES

  • Q.What kind of clothes can we carry in our visit to Jodhpur?
    A.
    Pack loose cotton dresses, ankle-length skirts, baggy shirts, and a big hat to cover your face from the sun. Also, carry hot pants and denim for desert safari.

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  • Q.Can I wear denims and shirt while visiting religious places in Jodhpur? Suggest the clothing preferences.
    A.
    Avoid extreme body-hugging clothes and miniskirts. Stick to loose shirts, skirts, Kurtis and carry a scarf to cover your head. Men are okay with long pants and shirts.

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  DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

  • Q.What is the baggage weight I can carry in the domestic flight?
    A.
    You can comfortably carry 15 kg for single baggage in the domestic flight. And carry-on hand baggage is 7 kg. Refer to the airlines’ guideline for more.

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  • Q.Are domestic flights safe and inexpensive to travel?
    A.
    Travelling in domestic airlines is safe. However, the affordability of domestic flight tickets depends on which airline you are choosing, but they are mostly reasonable.

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  • Q.Will I reach on time in domestic flights? Is it safe to travel?
    A.
    Yes, it’s safe to travel on domestic flights. The airlines are mostly on-time according to several 2019 statistics.

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  • Q.Are refreshments arranged on domestic flights?
    A.
    Some flights have complimentary meals, while in the others you can buy snacks, sandwiches, wraps, and beverages as per your need.

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  • Q.What time should I check-in for domestic flights?
    A.
    The standard timing you can follow to check-in is two hours before the flight arrives.

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  ELECTRICITY

  • Q.What kind of power sockets will I be able to use and will the electricity be 110 v or 220 v?
    A.
    You will find the voltage in India to be 220 volts, alternating at 50 cycles (Hertz) per second. As a backup, carry a 110v to 220v converter for India so that your device is safe in any Indian power outlets.

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  FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

  • Q.When is the right time to enjoy in fairs & festivals in Jodhpur?
    A.
    The most famous ones that you can enjoy are the Marwar festival, Jodhpur International Kite Festival, Nagaur Fair, and Diwali.

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  FOOD

  • Q.Will there be arrangements made for my special dietary requirements?
    A.
    Yes, we have food prepared as per your need. Special dietary requirements will be taken care of.

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  • Q.Is it safe to eat raw food, fruits, or veggies in Jodhpur streets?
    A.
    You can find street food selling seasonal fruits and vegetables.

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  • Q.Is it true Jodhpur food is too spicy?
    A.
    If you can recall the hit of African peri-peri sauce, that’s how spicy it can get or sometimes a little more. But the food will leave a nice tickle on your taste buds.

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  • Q.Are there any arrangements for vegetarians and vegans?
    A.
    Plenty of arrangements. Let’s say you will not have to burn your calories searching for vegetarian/vegan places to eat for hours.

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  • Q.Will I be able to eat meat or fish in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Absolutely, you will be able to try some of the mouth-watering non-veg food at great prices.

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  • Q.What about Kosher food availability in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Yes, you will be able to find kosher food in the nearby restaurants.

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  • Q.Will I be able to get Halal food?
    A.
    There are enough Halal food restaurants to spoil you with choices.

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  • Q.Can non-spicy European food be arranged in Jodhpur?
    A.
    The food spices can be tempered within restaurants on request.

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  • Q.How can we deal with our cravings for pizza’s and burgers? Where to find Pizza Hut/Dominos/Mc Donalds in Jodhpur?
    A.
    You can easily find these fast food joints in Jodhpur.

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  GENERAL

  • Q.What to pack when I am travelling to India?
    A.
    You can carry the essentials like
    • sunscreen
    • power bank
    • comfortable shoes
    • prescription drugs
    • breathable clothes
    • Scarf to visit religiously places
    Rest everything you can buy from the local shops.

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  • Q.Tell me about the basic etiquettes of visiting India?
    A.
    Dress modestly, don’t show affection in public, shoes are not allowed indoor, you must be comfortable eating with hands, tip the waiters in local restaurants, be alert in your surroundings.

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  • Q.Are the monuments in India handicapped friendly?
    A.
    Arrangements can be made for physically challenged people to travel to monuments. However, not all places are handicapped friendly; you can find convenient options like wheelchairs, disabled-friendly toilets and more.

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  • Q.Can the tourists visit local villages and schools?
    A.
    Local villages like Poovar, Malana, Almora, and others can be visited with a localite or guide. However, you will have to contact the institutional heads for visiting local schools.

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  • Q.How to react if approached by beggars and children on Indian streets or monuments?
    A.
    Treat them with equal respect, pay them if you want with a penny or two, but be careful and alert while they are around.

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  • Q.Suggest some basic Hindi words?
    A.
    • ‘Namaste’ is a word used for greeting, and it’s a must for you to know.
    • ‘Thik hai’- okay
    • ‘dhanyawaad’ –thank you
    • ‘maaf kijiye’ sorry
    • ‘bohot achha’ very nice, these are few hindi words that you must be familiar with.

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  • Q.Name some of the common religion in India for me?
    A.
    You can find the majority following Hinduism, then there is Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, and Buddhism, etc.

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  • Q.Will there be western toilets?
    A.
    Yes, you will be able to find western toilets in most of modern hotels and houses. Toilets in India have a toilet spray in Indian-style toilets as well as in the western ones.

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  • Q.Is Indian surrounding LGBT friendly?
    A.
    India decriminalized homosexuality in 2018, most of the hospitals and hotels are welcoming to all the visitors. However, you must take some necessary precautions.

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  • Q.I am introvert and my partner is an extrovert, what would you suggest in Jodhpur for unique experiences?
    A.
    Extrovert and sports junkie will find their soul in the Mehrangarh Fort where they can do zip lining. Introverts can carry a book of their choice and wander in the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park.

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  • Q.What about family holidays in India? Will it be fun?
    A.
    India is perfect for family holidays, ancient monuments, artistry, traditions, culture and food. These combinations make India an interesting place for family vacations.

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  • Q.Will I be able to stand the pollution of Jodhpur?
    A.
    Jodhpur recorded 338 with a particulate matter (PM) of 2.5 in 2018. So prepare yourself to compromise on the pollution when you visit Jodhpur.

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  • Q.Will there be uncomfortable staring on the streets?
    A.
    Not if you are dressed appropriately, but do expect to be eye candy.

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  • Q.Are there police assigned for tourist’s safety?
    A.
    You will find security in most of the local places in Jodhpur like Mehrangarh Fort and Museum, Umaid Bhawan Palace, but take caution while travelling alone or at night in local transport.

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  • Q.I am looking forward to witness snake charmers, cows, camels, elephants, and bears, will I be able to?
    A.
    You will be able to witness elephants, snake charmers and camels easily if you can catch the Marwar Festival in Jodhpur.

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  • Q.Are the stray dogs, cows, and animals going to be a problem in India?
    A.
    No, you will not be troubled by stray dogs or animals. However, don’t get over-friendly with stray dogs on streets.

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  GUIDES

  • Q.Are there any English, Spanish, French, or Italian translators? Also, will there be any Japanese or Chinese guide?
    A.
    Yes, you will find certified translators for most of the languages. However, you will have to contact a travel guide provider to enquire about Chinese and Japanese guide.

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  • Q.Will I be able to find women guide?
    A.
    Yes, there are a lot of women guides available in Jodhpur.

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  • Q.Is there an audio tour in Jodhpur monuments?
    A.
    Yes, you will be able to find audio tour in some of the famous forts.

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  HEALTH, WELLNESS AND HOSPITALS

  • Q.What about facility hospitals in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Yes, Jodhpur offers some of the best facility hospitals. The hospitals have residential guides to attend to the patient’s need at any time.

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  • Q.Can I find Dentistry, Cosmetic surgery, Oncology, MAS- Laparoscopy, Hair Transplant, available in Jodhpur?
    A.
    You will be able to find all of the above in Jodhpur. You will also be able to find multi-specialty hospitals to attend to your needs.

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  • Q.Will there be medicines for rabies, fever, migrane, diabetes aspirin, dispirin etc. available in Jodhpur Pharmacies?
    A.
    Yes, you will be able to find all the required medicines in local pharmacies in Jodhpur.

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  • Q.Are there good Ayurveda Treatment Centers in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Yes, you will be able to find some of the sought-after Ayurveda Treatment Centers.

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  HOTELS

  • Q.Can I find international hotels in Jodhpur?
    A.
    There are excellent international hotels in Jodhpur. You will be able to select the hotel based on the location and budget of your choice.

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  • Q.Can I find affordable or cheap hotels in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Yes, there are many budget-friendly hotels; they offer affordable prices for reservations and early booking.

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  • Q.How much in average do I have to pay for accommodations?
    A.
    You will have enough options to choose from luxury hotels, budget hotels, economy hotels, depending on your pricing and budget

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  • Q.Will I be able to find old palace or heritage hotels in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Yes, you will find some of the luxurious accommodations you can opt for.

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  • Q.Will the hotels have modern amenities and good hygiene?
    A.
    Yes, you will be satisfied with the modern amenities and excellent hygiene in most of the hotels.

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  • Q.What about the safety of hotels in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Hotels are mostly safe, but if you are planning for budget hotels, we suggest you be extra careful with your luggage on the safe side.

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  • Q.Is it safe for girls to stay alone in hotels?
    A.
    It is safe for girls to stay alone in hotels. Look for accommodations that provide in-house arrangements for food so that you don’t have to go out at night for dinner.

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  • Q.Are the hotels in Jodhpur disabled-friendly?
    A.
    Again, most of the luxury hotels are disabled friendly. If you are going for budget-friendly hotels, take precautions and be careful in questionable surroundings.

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  • Q.Will I be able to find handicapped friendly toilets in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Yes, you will be able to find hotels with wheelchair accessibility.

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  • Q.Can I find western toilets in hotels, restaurants, and monuments?
    A.
    Yes, most of the hotels, restaurants, and monuments have western toilets in Jodhpur.

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  • Q.How long can I stay out in bars and restaurants in Jodhpur?
    A.
    The bars and restaurants close by 11 pm generally.

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  • Q.How to book a convenient hotel or holiday in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Try http://www.india-tours.com/ for required assistance for travel booking and holidays.

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  INSURANCE

  • Q.Are travel insurance and medical insurance required while going around in India?
    A.
    You can keep the worst situation into consideration as a preparation. It’s wise to get travel insurance.

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  LANGUAGE

  • Q.Do the native people in Jodhpur speak English?
    A.
    No, the majority of the localities don’t speak in English.

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  MONEY AND CREDIT CARDS

  • Q.Will I be able to withdraw Sterling Pounds, US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars, Euros from ATM machines in Jodhpur?
    A.
    No, you will be able to use international debit and credit cards in the ATMs. However, you will only be able to draw the Indian currency.

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  • Q.Name a place for exchanging Euros, Sterling Pounds, US Dollars, Canadian Dollars, and Australian Dollar?
    A.
    You can exchange international currency in Western Union, Transcorp Enterprises, Om Forex Tour & Travels.

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  • Q.Are there any arrangements to exchange Sterling Pounds or US Dollars or Canadian Dollars or Australian Dollars or Euros in the banks or hotels?
    A.
    Yes, you will be able to make money exchange in most of the hotels and banks. Don’t forget to carry original id and other documents.

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  • Q.Is using credit cards in hotels, shops and restaurants safe?
    A.
    You will not face any trouble while using your credit cards, debit cards in hotels and other places. Simply be careful with the personal details or security numbers.

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  MONUMENTS

  • Q.What are the days and timings monuments remain closed?
    A.
    The monuments where any dates aren’t mentioned, you can ask your respective guides to inform you about the same.
    • Mehrangarh Jodhpur: (9am-5pm daily)
    • Umaid Bhawan: (10am- 16:30 pm)
    • Jaswant Thana Jodhpur (9am- 5pm)
    • Mandore Gardens Jodhpur (8am-8pm)
    • Kaylana Lake (Timing is flexible)

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  • Q.Will I be able to find public transport near the monument?
    A.
    Yes, you will be able to find ample number of transports.

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  • Q.Will there be wheel chairs at the monuments?
    A.
    Yes, wheel chairs are available in most of the monuments in Jodhpur.

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  MOVING AROUND

  • Q.Suggest a comfortable way to travel in Jodhpur?
    A.
    You have a number of convenient travel options in Jodhpur. Take public transport, car, or any local transport to travel around to nearby places.

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  • Q.Can I hire a self drive car in Jodhpur?
    A.
    You can enquire about the local car rental service to hire a self-drive car of your choice for the road trip.

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  NIGHT LIFE

  • Q.Will I be able to witness night life, cinema, and classical programs?
    A.
    Yes, you can enjoy the nightlife in Jodhpur. There are high-end bars and trophy bars for your entertainment and exploration.

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  PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Q.Is it allowed to click photographs in public places?
    A.
    Yes, it is permissible to click pictures in public places.

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  RELIGIOUS PLACES

  • Q.Can you name some of the popular churches, mosques, and temples?
    A.
    Popular Churches- Central Methodist Church, St Theresa’s Catholic Church, Sommerville Memorial churches.
    Popular Mosques- Jama Masjid, Bamba Badi Masjid, Gol takiya Masjid, Purani loko Masjid.
    Popular Temples- Gayatri shaktipreeth shri chamunda mata temple, kunj bihari temple, Achal nath temple

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  • Q.Is there any particular dress code for visiting religious places?
    A.
    Cover your shoulders and legs, avoid wearing body-hugging clothes, and carry a scarf to cover your head in religious places.

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  • Q.Can tourists visit all the religious places in Jodhpur?
    A.
    More or less, tourists are allowed to explore most of the religious places.

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  SAFETY

  • Q.Are girls safe travelling all by themselves?
    A.
    Yes, it’s safe for travelling alone.

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  • Q.Is it safe to click selfies with strangers on the road?
    A.
    It is advised not to engage in such things. It might be risky to get along with strangers in a new city.

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  • Q.Will I be safe going out at night?
    A.
    Yes, it’s safe going out at night.

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  SHOPPING

  • Q.What are the things I can buy from Jodhpur?
    A.
    The most popular items to buy from Jodhpur are:
    • Antiques
    • Footwear
    • Bandhini dresses and stoles
    • Mathaniya’s red chilies

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  • Q.Is it okay to haggle in the market? Suggest some tips?
    A.
    Absolutely, you can start by bargaining with a lesser rate that they suggest.

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  • Q.Will I be able to get cigars, cigarettes, or tobacco in the market?
    A.
    Yes.

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  • Q.Is it safe to visit the shops if the drivers suggest?
    A.
    It’s better to be extra careful in visiting places randomly suggested by anyone. Places that have public attractions are safe to visit on suggestion.

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  • Q.Can you suggest any specific items to buy from Jodhpur?
    A.
    If you want to buy souvenirs from Jodhpur, go for handicraft, spices and tea, Mojris, Bandhej. You may also ask the local shopkeepers to suggest the best items according to them.

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  • Q.Are the shops genuine?
    A.
    Most of the shops are genuine; however, you must keep a safe distance from agents trying to take you to the inert area of Jodhpur luring to buy cheap items. Stay safe and away from such people.

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  TELEPHONE AND MOBILE/SIM CARDS

  • Q.Are the sim cards expensive? How can I get one?
    A.
    Buying a sim card is not that expensive, you will have to carry your identity proofs and some other documents to get a sim card. You can also ask your representative or guide to help you get one.

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  THINGS TO DO

  • Q.Will we be able to visit the local markets in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Yes, you can easily visit the local markets for shopping.

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  • Q.What if we want to attend a culinary class?
    A.
    You can ask the representative or guide to help you find good culinary classes around the area you will be staying.

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  • Q.Is it possible for us to attend the naturopathy or yoga classes? What about ayurveda and wellness therapies?
    A.
    India has a rich history of Ayurveda and yoga; you will be able to find a lot of yoga centres and wellness therapies. Ask your guide to recommend some.

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  • Q.What are some of the local attractions?
    A.
    You can enjoy a lot of tourist attractions in Jodhpur, like visiting the local markets, visiting forts and ancient palaces, try adventure tourism and other interesting things.

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  • Q.Will we be able to do charity for NGO’s, orphans, hospitals and old age homes?
    A.
    Yes, however, you will have to speak to the representative of that place before making the contribution. Contact http://www.india-tours.com/ because they can arrange these activities for you.

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  • Q.Are there good classical dance classes?
    A.
    Yes, you can do a local Google search to find nice classical dance classes. Ask your guide for suggestions.

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  TIPPING

  • Q.How can we tip the waiters, drivers, guides, or any other representative on our journey?
    A.
    You can decide on tipping them based on how long you interact with them. Else, there’s no fixed amount or standard for tipping.

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  VACCINATIONS

  • Q.Is there any special vaccinations needed before travelling?
    A.
    It is recommended to take hepatitis A, hepatitis B vaccination before going to India. Based on individual needs, some may also need vaccination for yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis and measles.

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  • Q.What are the vaccinations that are not essential but recommended for travelling to Jodhpur?
    A.
    Vaccinations for problems like pneumonia, influenza, and chickenpox are recommended for safety.

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  • Q.Recommend some medicine we can carry while travelling to Jodhpur?
    A.
    Remember to carry Analgesic like aspirin and paracetamol, Cough medicine, Antiseptic ointment, motion sickness tablets, sticking plaster o patch up wounds, motion sickness tablets. Carry any personal medicine that you think will be unavailable in India.

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  VISA

  • Q.Can I arrive in Jodhpur with the E-Visa?
    A.
    Yes, tourists are given the permit to travel with the visa-on-arrival.

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  • Q.What is the required validity of the E-Visa?
    A.
    Tourists with E-Visa and E-business visa will be able to stay for one year from the date they were granted permission.

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  WATER AND DRINKS

  • Q.Is it safe to drink bottled water?
    A.
    Yes, it is safe.

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  • Q.Will I fall sick if I drink tap water?
    A.
    If body isn’t use to drinking unfiltered water, it is best recommended not to drink tap water

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  • Q.Can we buy bottled water?
    A.
    Of course, you can.

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  • Q.Will we be able to brush our teeth with tap water?
    A.
    Yes, there is no harm to brush your teeth with tap water.

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  • Q.Are gin, vodka, whiskey, and beer available in bars or restaurants?
    A.
    Yes, you will find multiple shops to buy alcohol. However, some halal restaurants may not serve intoxicants.

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  • Q.Will it be safe drinking tea and coffee in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Yes.

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  • Q.Is milk safe to drink in Jodhpur?
    A.
    It is safe to drink milk.

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  WEATHER

  • Q.Recommend a best time to travel to Jodhpur?
    A.
    Jodhpur is also called the Sun City, so the humidity and sun are always going to be at its peak. However, you will enjoy the calm and breezy evenings.

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  • Q.Would like to know more about monsoon in Jodhpur?
    A.
    Monsoon in Jodhpur starts between July to September. It is pretty humid in this season, but you will get attractive deals with hotels because it’s basically an offseason.

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  • Q.Is there any essential we must carry while visiting Jodhpur during Monsoon?
    A.
    Carry an umbrella if you are heading out, wear slippers. Monsoon in Jodhpur is mostly scanty and makes the weather humid.

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  • Q.What about the weather of Jodhpur?
    A.
    Jodhpur is also called the Sun City, so the humidity and sun are always going to be at its peak. However, you will enjoy the calm and breezy evenings.

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