Established by Raja Jaita Gurjari in the 15th century, Jaitaran lies between the “Blue City” of Jodhpur and the “Pink City” of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It’s dotted with traditional temples and mosques and located near the Jaswant Sagar Dam.
Things to do
Stroll through the lively streets of Jaitaran to explore its bustling markets and admire the architecture of its temples and mosques. Take note of the Masjid Vyapariyan Ahle-Hadish and the Thakur Ji Temple, then visit the nearby Shree Vimalnaath Jain Temple. There are several eateries scattered throughout the city where you can dine on authentic Rajasthani cuisine and ice cream is available at the Balaji Bakery.
Stretching north of Jaitaran is the Luni River, which is the largest river in the Thar Desert. Originating in the Pushkar Valley, it’s famed for the high salinity of its water and encompasses Jaswant Sagar Dam, which was constructed in 1892 by Maharaja Jaswant Singh. It’s a popular destination for boating and lakeside walks.
Make a day trip from Jaitaran to Jodhpur to see the immense Mehrangarh Fort that perches atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the walled city. Constructed by Rao Jodha in the mid-15th century, it’s elaborately designed with beautiful carvings and houses a museum where centuries-old artefacts are exhibited. Browse the antique weapons, royal palanquins and paintings on display before exploring the blue-hued streets of Jodhpur that sprawl below.
Jaitaran is around two hours’ drive from Jodhpur and Jodhpur Airport, which has flights to destinations across India. The larger Jaipur International Airport is four hours away. Long-distance buses connect from towns and cities across Rajasthan to the Jaitaran Bus Stand while rickshaws are readily available for getting around the city.