Experience the Real Marwari Heritage at The Blue House Jodhpur

With a sense of Deja Vu, we entered into the Sun City Jodhpur in the Rajasthani state of India. It was here that I spent my first three years of life and my younger sister was born. Though the reminiscences of those days were now hazy there was something in the air which would always keep us deeply rooted into this Marwari soil.

The GPS steered us into the busy interiors of the old city winding through a chock-a-block of shops and houses. Our driver was getting antsy due to the challenge of navigating a seven-seater through these cramped alleys making way through the age-old houses.

Hospitable and Warm-hearted Locals

After losing the turns couple of times and encountering dead ends we decided to give up on the GPS. We enquired with a group of locals on the directions to the guest house where we booked a room. The Rajasthani people are the most hospitable and warm-hearted which is very evident when asked for a help.

The local concluded the discussion with his friends and decided to guide us all the way to our destination. Though the local had to stop a couple of times while our driver maneuvered the car through the narrow alleys he never showed a sign of hustle. Finally, we reached Moti Chowk the landmark for our hotel and the local bid us bye with a smile.

We called our host and informed that we are in Moti Chowk. Our host Manish Jain sent a guy from this guest house to help us with our luggage and guide us to the guest house which was just a couple of steps away from the Moti Chowk.

The Blue House

The Blue House painted in traditional blue color stands out in the jam-packed buildings of the alley with its charm. Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Blue City’ because of the blue colors that decorate the ancient houses in the old city area. And we were elated to stay in one of those iconic blue houses of Jodhpur.

Our genial host Manish Jain welcomed us with a cup of tea. There is a positive vibe in the aura of the Blue House which will make you feel at home. The ground floor is occupied by the host and his family and top floors have 15 rooms each designed with a unique aesthetic theme to accommodate the guests.

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

The guest house is a family house which is an astounding 490 years old and Manish Jain is the 6th generation that is living in this house.

We had initially booked one family room which could accommodate 4 people but when we checked-in we realized that it had only one double bed and couple of single beds. Since we were 2 couples we requested Manish for two different rooms. And to our delight, Manish managed to get two rooms ready in just 10 minutes on the top floor.

Guest House or an Art Museum?

On the way to the rooms, we were awestruck with the embellishments made on each floor. Some had beautiful window arches, and some sit outs at the front of their rooms with antique wooden carved table and chairs with the walls illuminated with lights. The building looked like a museum of antiquity.

The stairs leading to the top floors are a bit steep and there is no lift in the building so if that is a problem make sure to check with the host for the availability on lower floors.

The top floor had only three rooms and two them were occupied by us. Hence, the top floor was all to ourselves. It had a dining area with a couple of tables with a magnificent view of the Mehrangarh fort and a splendid view of the old city of Jodhpur.

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

The rooms were spacious bedecked with rustic antique furniture and beautiful paintings.

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

The attached bathroom was clean with basic toiletries and hot water supply round the clock. The hotel also offers free wifi service.

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

By the time we arrived at the guesthouse it was dinner time and we were exhausted from the journey hence we decided to order our dinner to be served in our rooms. The guest house has a rooftop restaurant as well where the food is served from ‘Jhankar Choti Haveli’ restaurant owned by Manish’s Family.

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

The restaurant ‘Jhankar Choti Haveli’ is at a walkable distance from the guest house. We had a traditional Rajasthani thali with a special homemade veggie ‘Ker Sangri’ sent by our host Manish for tasting. We enjoyed the authentic delicious thali and called it a night.

Fort and the old city at sunrise.

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

Next day was for Jodhpur sightseeing. The Blue House is very close to most of the prominent city attractions. The Mehrangarh fort is around a km and the bustling old market and the iconic clock tower just around 10 minutes walk.

Jhankar Choti Haveli Restuarant

We decided to have our breakfast at the ‘Jhankar Choti Haveli’. We were impressed by decoration imbued with antique art and heritage.

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

If you get to visit the old city area of Jodhpur you should definitely make a visit to this restaurant for the rich cultural ambiance it offers. Every piece of art used to decorate the restaurant reflects the passion of the host Manish for art and architecture. Everything from the wood carvings to paintings and the decorations is from the years of personal collection of host Manish.

The Blue House Guest House Jodhpur

The food at the restaurant offers pure vegetarian food with authentic Rajasthani flavors. The servings do take some time owing to the fact that each of the ingredients is freshly prepared so keep this in mind if you are in a hurry to catch up a preplanned schedule or if you have someone waiting for you.

An authentic Rajasthani Thali


Manish briefed us on the attractions of Jodhpur and offered to arrange an auto for sightseeing. But since we had our own car we decided to go on our own. On the second day, we planned a half day excursion of the village safari to experience the heritage of Rajasthan. A jeep for the safari to picked us up from our hotel and then dropped us back was arranged by Manish.

Jodhpur is an amazing city rich in culture and heritage. And staying in the old blue city in a guest house epitome of local culture and heritage is a remarkable experience. The Blue House is an ideal stay to experience the real Marwari heritage in Jodhpur.

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25 Comment

  1. Kavey says: Reply

    I think you have found quite a gem in this beautiful guest house. I would love to visit Jodhpur, the blue painted buildings look so beautiful. I love the sound of The Blue House, if I ever visit I shall look them up.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Sure Kavey, The Blue House is a gem, an epitome of local culture and heritage. A stay here is definitely recommended.

  2. I’d heard about its moniker ‘the blue city’- would be so neat to see in person! There’s a city in Morocco that’s all blue that I’d love to see as well.

  3. Drew says: Reply

    Wow, what a beautiful city and hotel. I don’t know much about Jodhpur, but it looks amazing. I just spent some time with a few Indian friends last week, and we tentatively made plans to go to India, since it would be my first time. I will mention Jodhpur the next time we talk, because it looks amazing and I wouldn’t mind digging into that thali!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Do plan to visit other cities too in Rajasthan. Everything in Rajasthan is just amazing nature, culture, history and heritage. A must visit city in India.

  4. Carol says: Reply

    I love the convenience of GPS but there are so many places in the world that defy it. Just turn it off and get lost.

  5. I can just feel the personality of the Blue Guest House coming through in your writing. Jodhpur looks like a feast for the senses!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      There is so much to Jodhpur and other cities in Rajasthan which will for sure fascinate everyone.

  6. Oh my goodness Jodhpur looks absolutely stunning! I love it when accommodation is unique and authentic and the Blue House sounds like it has all of the things I look in hotels I prefer to book; a rich history, excellent service, and a terrific location. A stay at the Blue House seems like an incredible experience in itself!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes Tracey stay in a guest house bedecked with local heritage and culture is an experience to cherish

  7. The fort looks so omnipresent. It rises out of the hillside and fills the butte. I know so little about India and Jodhpur, especially. I would much rather stay in a traditional setting that a fully westernized resort for sure. Thank you for sharing.

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Jenn Staying like a local amidst the locals is an experience in itself.

  8. Cathy says: Reply

    I love that blue color and the decor there. What an incredible place to stay and so convenient to have dining close by!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      The Blue house is an amazing place indeed 🙂

  9. Hope says: Reply

    Wow, everything here looks so unique and has so much personality! That restaurant looks like a vegetarians paradise! The guest house looks so beautiful – I love the vibrant colours and interesting patterns in the bathroom walls. It’s awesome that you were able to go back to such a nostalgic place!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Hope it was a nostalgic trip indeed. And the guest house is more like a museum you will definitely love a stay here 🙂

  10. Oh wow, thank you for this wonderful read, and the images are so beautiful. We’re hoping to go to India after our South American adventure, so this blog is so helpful. Those blue houses, old towns, and delicious veggie foods are right up our street, this is now on the bucket list look forward to your next post, the Austin’s (www.360honeymoon.com)

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thank you so much.. Do share your experiences of India trails with us. We would love to know 🙂

  11. It’s incredible how many new places you learn about by reading some nice blog like this! I’d never heard of Jodhpur, and now I really dream to put in my 2017 travel list! The blue house is so strange and pitoresque. I’ll read more about India on this blog!

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      If you ever plan to visit India do make a visit to Rajasthan. Jodhpur is in Rajasthan. There is too much to experience in Rajasthan of Indian culture and heritage.

  12. Looks like such a lovely place! I’d definitely stay here when visiting Jodhpur. Love the colors especially. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Carmen! You will love the experience of the local culture and heritage during the stay here 🙂

  13. This place is a hidden gem. Reading your review made me feel that this is the best place to stay in Jodhpur.

    I love the amazing view of the majestic fort from their terrace restaurant and I love how kind, warm and hospitable the people are.

    The food looks Delicious that’s more than reasonable for me to stay and with all the basic facilities This is recommended!

  14. Vyjay says: Reply

    The blue motif is really very pleasing. It seems to be a heritage guest house which comes with its own aura. I love these kind of places to stay when in Rajasthan. Rajasthan is such a treasure trove of these kind of gems.

  15. What a great place to explore and lovely accommodation! I was in Morocco last year and saw Chefchaouen, which is another incredible blue city.

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