Among the many tourist destinations in India, Jodhpur is one of the most culturally intriguing, although it shrinks in popularity when pitted against Mumbai, Delhi or Kolkata. Those who have visited this historic city, however, are sure to tell you that Jodhpur is a definite must-see. Weather in Jodhpur may be unforgiving at times, yet its cultural and natural treasures are worth visiting.
The sun shines brightly on Jodhpur throughout the year, which is why it is known as India’s “Sun City”. This may be a good thing to most locals but it is quite a challenge to Western tourists who are used to cold winter days. Climate in most parts of India and the entire South Asian subcontinent is known to be very warm, more so is Jodhpur climate.
Jodhpur attracts millions of tourists every year for its palaces, temples, natural treasures and the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. It is a spectacular site as the centuries old fort towers over the city. Inside the fort are temples, halls, a museum and other very old structures.
There are simply so many reasons to visit this historic city despite the unforgiving heat. It offers restful lakes that are known all over the country. Other attractions here are the ancient Ganesh Temple, Achal Nath Shivalaya Temple built in 1531, the royal Jaswant Thada marble palace, the Government Museum in the middle of Umaid Public Gardens, and the Rai-ka-Bag Palace built in 1663.
Jodhpur is located in Rajasthan, northwestern state of India. A huge distinguishing landform in this state is the inhospitable Great Indian Desert, also known most commonly as Thar Desert. Jodhpur is right at the edge of this vast desert, and so you can imagine how scorching it is in the city.
The Thar Desert is no joke; there is good reason why it is also called the Great Indian Desert. It is a vast land mass that is about 77,000 square miles, stretching from India all the way to Pakistan. In addition to Rajasthan, the desert spreads to three other states, which are Punjab, Gujarat and Haryana.
Rajasthan is dry and very hot. Jodhpur is the state’s second largest city and the temperature is very high as well. The city experiences typical desert weather.
In summer, the recorded peak temperature was at a high 42°C and an average temperature of 37°C. It does not rain much here. Average annual rainfall is just 32 cm.
There is no winter to speak of in Jodhpur but it is at least cooler and more comfortable from October to February when it is coldest at around 20°C. The coldest it can drop is at 15.5°C. The best months to visit the city are from November to March when temperatures are just right.
Weather in Jodhpur is tough in other times of the year, and to top it all, a sand storm can hit anytime. It may be a desert’s gateway but Jodhpur is definitely not isolated or deserted. People from all over the world come here and are never sorry for doing so.