Jodhpur, also famously known as the Blue City, is a popular tourist attraction and a must-visit on a tour of Rajasthan, particularly for this formidable fortress that rests atop a hill watching over the entire city. The architectural beauty is the Mehrangarh Fort, built by Rao Jodha in the 15th century. The Mehrangarh Fort or ‘Citadel of the Sun’ is truly a magnificent structure that was built to protect the people of the kingdom.
Walking around the Fort, visiting its many rooms which have their own significance is an experience in itself. Being out in the courtyard and the rooftop will send you back in time to when the king would hold sessions on the rooftop and a reminder of the many wars fought. But if you’re the person who’s always on the lookout for thrills, there’s a unique way to experience the majesty of the Fort and the city. How’s that? You go zip lining in Jodhpur!
Zip lining is a recreational activity that involves wearing a harness and gliding down a zip (or rope) secured at two ends. Flying Fox, a prominent zip line operator, organizes these zip line tours at the Mehrangarh Fort and the lakes in Jodhpur. It’s a safe and super fun adventure activity. There are 6 zip lines in here and one has to trek and climb up and down the rocks to get to the zips and glide across.
As we’re certain you’ll absolutely love zip lining, we’d recommend that you opt for the longest adventure. This zip line is about 300 meters long and you’ll be zooming across two lakes before reaching the tip of a tower!
It takes about 1.5 hrs for the complete tour so be prepared for it. Head to the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park which is close to one of the exits of Mehrangarh Fort. Apart from the zip lining adventure, this Park is an interesting place for a quick stroll and to admire the efforts to restore the land around the Fort.
Also read: Jodhpur Travel Guide.
The best time to zip line would be in the morning when the sun has just risen and before sunset. Depending on your time of travel, it’s best to avoid afternoons for any adventure activity in Rajasthan. Not only will you tire yourself faster, with the harsh sun in your eyes, you’d also not be able to enjoy the stunning views around as you zip through the stunning landscape.
Zip lining in Jodhpur is possible all year round and as Rajasthan does not get much rainfall, they also have it running during the monsoon season but do check their website in advance. Also, zip lining is an activity for everyone, unless you have a fear of heights (Perhaps this might be a chance to take on your fear head-on?). Heavily pregnant women, however, should skip this one.
Make sure to book your spot in advance as the morning and evening slots fill up first and reach at least 30 minutes before so you are in time for the short safety brief to get you prepped up for the tour.
The cost varies during season and off-season. The off-season for travel in India is from April to September. A regular tour costs INR 1850 and the sunset tour is about INR 2000 for adults. Children and students get a special discount.
The majesty of the Mehrangarh Fort deserves an entire day. Start off your day after a heavy breakfast and head to the Fort, you’ll need a minimum of 3 hours to do justice to it. You can then chill at the rooftop restaurant for a late light lunch and then spend some time at the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park before ending your day on a high!
What Kind Of Activity Is Ziplining?
Zip lining is an adventure activity in which you’re harnessed to a cable and zoom down a slope. It’s definitely a must-do for those who are in for thrills.
How Dangerous Is Zip Lining?
As with any other high-adrenaline activity, zip lining has its share of risks. But in general, it’s quite safe, especially with trained staff following all safety protocols.
Is Ziplining Boring?
This is mostly a matter of personal opinion. Zip lining can be thrilling and will get you a unique perspective of the landscape around you as you zoom down a slope. We suggest that you try it once and see if it’s for you!
Can You Wear Glasses Ziplining?
You can, but it’s best that you don’t wear your glasses while zip lining. It’s because there’s a risk that your glasses may fall off. But if you must, we recommend that you have a lanyard cable around your glasses to keep them from falling off.
How Do You Record While Ziplining?
The best way to record while zip lining is by having an action camera attached to a selfie stick or on your helmet. If available, use the 360° feature so that you can capture everything around you.
You can also ask a friend to record you as you slide downhill, so you can get multiple perspectives.
Can You Wear A Backpack While Ziplining?
It’s recommended that you don’t wear a backpack while zip lining, but fanny packs are acceptable. Also, a good idea would be to wear closed shoes and pants for better safety and comfort.
How Much Time Does It Take To Visit Mehrangarh Fort?
Visiting Mehrangarh Fort would take you between 2-3 hours. But of course, this also depends on how much you’re interested in exploring the Fort.
How Old Is Mehrangarh Fort?
Mehrangarh Fort was originally built by Rao Jodha, the founder of Jodhpur, around 1459 CE.
How Many Days Should I Spend In Jodhpur?
Two days would be sufficient for you to explore Jodhpur in its entirety. Here’s the itinerary:
Day 1 - Visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace and Museum during the day, the Mehrangarh Fort, and Jaswant Thada in the afternoon.
Day 2 - you can explore the blue streets of the old city, and go shopping for souvenirs.
Is Jodhpur Better Than Jaisalmer?
Jodhpur and Jaisalmer both have their own charm. While Jaisalmer radiates the majesty of the desert with its yellow sandstone structures, Jodhpur beautifully offsets the landscape with its blue buildings. Jaisalmer has a fort, in which people still live and make a living out of, which makes for an interesting sight, while Jodhpur has multiple palaces and forts.
Which Is The Best Area To Stay In Jodhpur?
Near Mehrangarh Fort – Considering it’s the most iconic landmark of Jodhpur, it makes sense to stay here as it means being in close proximity to the Fort, Jaswant Thada, and the Jodhpur Stepwell.
Ratanada – This is a good place to stay in if you’re interested in the many places of worship and historical spots in Jodhpur. One advantage Ratanada has is that it has great commute options.
Sardar Market – To blend into the day-to-day life of Jodhpur, consider staying around Sardar Market. You can explore the streets on foot and shop at your leisure here.