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How to Visit the Jodhpur Stepwell: Toorji Ka Jhalra

How to Visit the Jodhpur Stepwell: Toorji Ka Jhalra

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

The Jodhpur Stepwell is arguably one of the city’s most impressive wells and a relic of Jodhpur’s architectural history– here’s what you need to know to visit.

If you’re visiting Jodhpur, the allure of the Blue City streets and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort might cause you to overlook some interesting sites.

Located within walking distance of the Clocktower Market, (Sardar Market & the Ghanta Ghar) is the underrated Jodhpur Stepwell, also known as the Toorji Ka Jhalra or Toorji’s Step Well. If you’re in Jodhpur and looking for things to do, I’d recommend it as a quick side trip.

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Overview & Things to Know

Whether you're interested in the fascinating history of water management techniques of early Rajasthanis, or looking for one of the best photo spots in the city, here's what you need to know.

  • Built in the 18th Century: Toorji Ka Jhalra was constructed in the 1740s by the queen-consort of Maharaja Abhay Singh. What I found fascinating was the fact that the Jodhpur Stepwell had apparently been buried for many years and only recently restored to its former glory.
  • Purpose: The stepwell was designed to provide a reliable water source during the dry seasons. It also served (still does) as a community gathering place and a means to access water for daily use.
  • Entry: There is no entry fee to visit the stepwell

How to Get to the Stepwell From Jodhpur City

The Jodhpur Stepwell is located only 350 meters from the Clocktower Market (Ghanta Ghar). Even though the stepwell is so close to Jodhpur's central hub, finding the stepwell can get a little confusing.

Location: "Stepwell Square: Sutharo Ka Bass Rd"

In fact, I knew I wanted to visit this attraction before I arrived in Jodhpur, but ended up stumbling onto it by accident. If you're trying to find the Toorji Ka Jhalra stepwell, walk from the clock tower market and plug in the google maps pin below.

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My Experience at the Jodhpur Stepwell

Immediately after arriving at the Jodhpur Stepwell on a spontaneous detour, I was surprised at the level of detail and symmetry that stepwell architects employed.

The architects and designers constructed the Toorji Ka Jhalra from classic Jodhpur sandstone popular in the Old City. It also shares similar diamond-shaped steps as other well-known stepwells in Rajasthan such as the stepwell in Jaipur.

The steps lead down to a very deep, carved-out pool that once served as an essential source of water for the people of Jodhpur.

I noticed that there was a local security guard who would roam the tops of the Jodhpur stepwell. However, he didn't seem to mind that there were groups of children and teenagers jumping off the steps and into the deep, cool water below. Red Bull even featured Toorji's stepwell in a cliff jumping event a few years back.

While the Toorji Ka Jhalra is one of the many important historic monuments in Jodhpur, it makes me happy to see that local people are still enjoying the well in similar ways as when it was first constructed.

The timings for the Jodhpur stepwell run all day long. Anybody is free to visit the Toorji Ka Jhalra at any time of day, take photos, and even take a swim - if you're game.

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Stepwell Cafe at the Step Well Square

The Step Well Square in Jodhpur is the area where you will find the Jodhpur Stepwell. Since it was renewed, cleared, and, restored, many shops, restaurants, and cafes have popped up. That said, I definitely don't blame them for taking the opportunity to capitalize on the tourist potential.

The most popular cafe; the Stepwell Cafe, is a spot where visitors can overlook the community step well. Although I didn't check it out, I noticed that it was almost packed to the rim! This was the case on both occasions that I visited the Jodhpur Stepwell. So, if you go for a bite, let me and the other travelers know how it was!

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Toorjis stepwell in stepwell square, jodhpur

Where to Stay in The Blue City of India: Jodhpur

The best places to stay in Jodphur are Jodhpur's Old City for authentic heritage, and iconic Blue City views. Alternatively, choose Umaid Bhawan vicinity for luxury and tranquility, away from the bustling city center.

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1. Bob's Hostel Hostel

This place was a no-brainer for me. Located near the central clocktower, includes a rooftop restaurant with views of the fort, and only $3 a night!

Moustache hostel in jodhpur, india

2. Moustache Jodhpur Top-Rated

Moustache is always a safe bet for a quality budget hostel with a great vibe in India. It's one of the highest-ranked hostel on Hostelworld and is located near. the center of Jodhpur.

Old style home stay in jodhpur, india

3. The Arch Boutique Best Views

This is easily one of the best Hotels in Jodhpur. The rooms have a very rustic vibe and include a balcony with your very own private view of the fort!

Enjoy this travel guide to visiting Jodhpur's famous stepwell? If so, make sure you check out some other travel guides and articles below. I'm sure you'll find some more epic India and Rajasthan travel inspiration for your trip!

If you're in search of more things to do in Jodhpur, check out my one-day action-packed guide to all the highlights.

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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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