Backpacking Jaipur: The relics of a bygone era
Sparkling under the afternoon sun like a Jewel, a glimmering mirage in the desert, this is how Jaipur looks from the air, if you happen to land here on one of the hotter afternoons.
Where to go
Jaipur is different from the rest of India, in a magical, historical sort of way. It is also incidentally the heritage city of India. Legends unfurl in this royalist of cities. Monuments like the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the wind), Nahargarh (a grandiose castle atop a mountain, surrounded by miles of fortress), and Amer or Amber Palace (the capital before Jaipur) stand sentinel to a time when royalty called Jaipur its home.
Also check out Jantar Mantar. Also Read: Things to do in Jaipur; a backpacker’s guide, this will give you a list of candid experiences to be had in Jaipur. From having a sunset drink at a rustic fort cafe on a hill, to finding the best lassi in the world at MI Road.
Complete with camels, elephants, vividly coloured festivals, a vast, unique and killer cuisine, folk and tribal dances, and friendly, turban wearing desert folk, Jaipur has it all.
Read about Rajasthani festivals, here. See if you can schedule your trip to be around for one of these. Holi in Pushkar or Diwali in Jaaipur, or the Kite Festival (Sankrant/Makar Sankranti) in Jodhpur.
Weather & when to visit
The desert summers here are hot. Scalding hot. The best time to visit is between October and March, when it is cooler than the summer months. Late December and early January are perfectly cold, with night temperatures dipping to 1 or 2 C during the coldest nights.
Read more about backpacking the history rich cities of Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. If you are looking for an itinerary through Rajasthan, check out my 12 day trip Rajasthan Trip itinerary.