Famous for its blue architecture and the imposing bulk of Mehrangarh Fort, the walled city of Jodhpur is a gorgeous, captivating and a seemingly timeless wonder - a city of bazaars, incense, temples and winding lanes. It's a magical slice of Indian beauty.
When you arrive, you'll instantly see why Jodhpur is known as the Blue City. Most of the city's homes are painted a soft shade of blue to keep them cool in summer, and it creates a stunning effect.
Towering over the city, Mehrangarh is almost 600 years old. Never conquered, it is an impressive construction and offers incredible views over the roofs of the Blue City.
Every October, Jodhpur hosts a wonderful festival called Jodhpur Riff, which sees India's top musicians playing in the grounds of Mehrangarh.
Shopping in locations like Sadar Bazaar is a world away from the malls of America. Haggle for colorful fabrics and jewelry, share chai tea with traders and stock up on artisan wooden carvings.
Almost as beautiful as Jodhpur, Jaisalmer is a few miles to the northwest and touring the forts and temples of the Golden City is a must for visitors to the region.
If you want to avoid the intense heat of mid-summer, try visiting between October and March. October is ideal for music fans, with Jodhpur Riff in town.
Jodhpur has daily connections to Mumbai and Delhi. Taxis from the airport will cost around RS200.
There are plenty of rail connections to cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. Journeys from Delhi should cost around RS365.
From New Delhi, take Highway 48 to Beawar, then Highway 25 to Jodhpur. Highway 48 also runs north from Ahmedabad.
Buses run to Jodhpur from all regional cities, as well as New Delhi and Mumbai. Buses from the capital Delhi will come to about RS500.
Jodhpur has some palatial accommodation options, including standouts like the Indana Palace (with a spa attached), RAAS and the luxurious The Ummed Jodhpur Hotel.
Ghantagar - Lying underneath the fort, Ghantagar is the city's commercial center and the hub of the ancient Blue City.
Navchokiya - Also within the ancient walls, Navchokiya is more chilled out than Ghantagar and has some of the most beautiful blue architecture in the city.
Mehrangarh - Dominating the city, Mehrangarh is a huge fortress complex that hosts concerts and festivals and has endless appeal for history lovers.
Most locals get around via three-wheeled autorickshaws, which charge less than taxis and weave in among the crowds and traffic.
Taxi rates in Jodhpur vary between vehicle types but should be around RS30 for the first mile or so, then RS25 for every mile after that.
Car rental companies in Jodhpur include Car4Hires, National Car Rentals and Jodhpur Car Hire. Expect the daily rate to come to around RS400.
If you want to shop for gorgeous fabrics, jewelry, handicrafts and antiques, head to markets like Sadar or Nai Sadak. Clock Tower and Sojati Gate are other bazaars that are well worth exploring.
If you need to grocery shop, try supermarkets like Reliance Fresh or Big Bazaar, where 12 eggs will cost approximately RS60.
There are some exceptional restaurants dotted around Jodhpur. Highlights include the rooftop eateries Indique and Jharokha, Risala (which is located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace) and Nirvana, where vegetarian food is the center of attention. Meals cost around RS200-400.