Backpacking Jodhpur: The unconquered blue city of Rajasthan
The Blue City of Rajasthan is captivating-ly beautiful, looks like a mirage of history come alive. Backpacking Jodhpur is a great idea. Here you will be able to experience a distinct culture of Rajasthan first hand. Commercialisation has spread here, as it has in most of the remotest places in the world. Yet, Jodhpur holds its integrity pretty well. Old customs of hospitality are still prevalent, as are many older traditions.
Jodhpur belongs to the Marwar part of Rajasthan, and is distinct from the rest of the state. History has seen Marwar as the only uncaptured and undefeated kingdom of Rajasthan, while the rest of the state has at some time or another been in servitude of a foreign ruler. And the people of Marwar still carry this air of undefeated superiority about them. Jodhpur is a refreshing change, with its proud Rajput Royals, and beautiful attire and dances.
Places to visit
Among spots you must see while in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, The Umaid Bhavan Palace, Jaswant Thada and the prehistoric Mahamandir Temple.
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, Pushkar and Jaisalmer. If you are looking for an itinerary through Rajasthan, check out my 12 day trip Rajasthan Trip itinerary.
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 Jaipur, or the Kite Festival (Sankrant/Makar Sankranti) in Jodhpur.