Jodhpur, India has a lot going for it. From the bright blue-painted town of Navchokiya to the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, there are so many breathtaking sites in this Indian city. But when is the best time to go and visit all of these fantastic Jodhpur attractions?
As with most travel destinations, the best time to visit Jodhpur depends on you and your preferences. Do you prefer cooler or warmer weather? Do you want to attend the famous Marwar Festival or the Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival?
If that seems like a lot to consider, don’t worry! We’ve got everything figured out for you – from the temperature to the events.
Here is a month-by-month breakdown of the weather in Jodhpur.
Weather in Jodhpur
The weather in Jodhpur varies quite a bit depending on the time of the year. Read on to find out more about each specific month’s temperatures and the best times to visit Jodhpur.
Weather in Jodhpur in January
Like many places in the northern hemisphere, January is the coldest month of the year in Jodhpur. That said, since Jodhpur is in the Thar Desert, it doesn’t get too cold. The average temperatures range from a low of 9 degrees Celsius to a high of 26 degrees Celsius. January is also one of the driest months in Jodhpur with zero rainy days.
Given the cool, dry weather, it’s the perfect time to explore the outdoors! One of Jodhpur’s most famous natural attractions is the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. While this park can get unbearably hot in the summer, it’s quite nice in the cooler months. During your time there, you can wander down wonderful walking trails and get a glimpse of over 80 native plants!
Weather in Jodhpur in February
If January isn’t quite as warm as you’d like, perhaps the best time to visit Jodhpur for you is February. With an average low of 12 degrees Celsius and an average high of 29 degrees Celsius, it’s a tad warmer than the previous month.
As things start to warm up just a tad in February, you can enjoy just about everything that Jodhpur has to offer. Shop in the Old City markets, visit the Umaid Bhawan Palace, and even take an authentic Indian cooking class!
Weather in Jodhpur in March
By the time March rolls around, the heat of the Thar Desert starts to make an appearance. The average low is 18 degrees Celsius and the average high is 34 degrees Celsius.
That said, March is still relatively temperate compared to the other months in Jodhpur. You can still stroll through the bright blue buildings of Navchokiya, visit the famous Mehrangarh Fort, and explore the area around Gulab Sagar.
Weather in Jodhpur in April
By April, Jodhpur is undeniably hot. The average low is 23 degrees Celsius and the average high is 39 degrees Celsius. For the most part, you’ll want to stick to indoor activities, like Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswandt Thada. But you can splash in a few outdoor activities as well, including the Mandore Gardens.
Weather in Jodhpur in May
May is one of the hottest months in Jodhpur. And since this town is situated in the Thar Desert, it’s hot. May temperatures in Jodhpur range from a low of 27 degrees Celsius to a high of a whopping 42 degrees Celsius.
To avoid the heat as much as possible, you’ll want to hop from one indoor attraction to another. The Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, and Jaswandt Thada are all great ideas.
Weather in Jodhpur in June
The heat doesn’t let up much in June either. Temperatures range from a low of 28 degrees Celsius to a high of 40 degrees Celsius. Like in May, the indoor activities of Jodhpur will be your friend in June as well.
But if you don’t want to stay cooped up indoors all the time, we get it. Instead, you can stroll through the streets of Jodhpur’s famous blue city, officially known as Navchokiya. While the bright blue walls are the highlight of Navchokiya, the little shops, restaurants, and accommodations are fantastic as well.
If you like you can even cool off with a fantastic mango lassi from Mishrilal Hotel. Everywhere you go, locals will tell you about this gem. This thick, smoothie-like drink is great for a boost of energy.
Weather in Jodhpur in July
As you likely expect, July in Jodhpur is hot. The low is 27 degrees Celsius and the high is 36 degrees Celsius. That said, the weather in July is quite different from June, because of the rain. On average, there are about seven days of rain each June, and that’s because monsoon season is in full swing.
While the heat and the monsoons don’t make Jodhpur seem very appealing in July, you’d be surprised by what this lovely town still has to offer. Many of the indoor activities, including Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, and Jaswandt Thada, are absolutely amazing – and they help you avoid the heat and the rain.
Weather in Jodhpur in August
By August, the temperatures finally start to cool down (well, relative to Jodhpur’s average temperatures). The average low is 26 degrees Celsius and the average high is 34 degrees Celsius. But the rain persists throughout the month, with an average of eight days of rain. Simply put, stick to Jodhpur’s indoor activities in August as well.
Weather in Jodhpur in September
By the time September rolls around, you’ll be grateful for a break from the rain. While monsoon season technically stretches into September, this month only has about two days of rain per year. The heat still sticks around though, with an average low of 24 degrees Celsius and an average high of 36 degrees Celsius.
Since monsoon season is officially coming to a close, that means that the plants at the stunning Mandore Gardens will be at their best and brightest! Stroll through the blooming plants, admire the architecture of the nearby old fort, and even see a few monkeys!
Weather in Jodhpur in October
By October, Jodhpur’s monsoon season is officially over. There are zero days of rain, making it easier to explore the city. That said, the high temperatures still linger a bit. The average low is 20 degrees Celsius and the average high is 36 degrees Celsius.
One of the best things to do in October in Jodhpur is explore the area around Gulab Sagar. Gulab Sagar is a wonderful lake surrounded by noteworthy temples, shops, and historical sites. And since it’s a lake, the area around Gulab Sagar is slightly cooler than the rest of town.
Weather in Jodhpur in November
November is when the temperature finally begins to cool down again. With an average low of 15 degrees Celsius and an average high of 32 degrees Celsius, you can comfortably visit just about any Jodhpur site. Be sure to add Jaswant Thada, the Jodhpur Flying Fox zipline, and the Old City markets to your list! Simply put, November is definitely one of the best times to visit Jodhpur.
Weather in Jodhpur in December
The comfortable weather continues on into December. At this time of year in Jodhpur, the average low is 11 degrees Celsius and the average high is 27 degrees Celsius. With ideal temperatures like these, you can easily check everything off of your Jodhpur bucket list.
Festivals in Jodhpur
While the weather is one factor in determining the best time to visit Jodhpur, you should also consider the fantastic local festivals as well.
Winter Festivals in Jodhpur
Winter is one of the best times to visit Jodhpur if you love festivals. The second biggest festival in town, the Jodhpur Nagaur Fair, takes place every year in either January or February. This is sort of like an elaborate animal trading fair. 70,000 animals are dressed up in the brightest colored clothes. It’s quite a unique sight to see!
If you’re lucky, the Jodhpur Nagaur Fair won’t be the only festival taking place during your time in town. The Jodhpur International Desert Kite Festival, which takes place in the middle of January each year, might be happening too! At this festival, you can watch many of the best kite fliers in the world do what they do best.
Spring Festivals in Jodhpur
Between March and April, the Gangaur Festival is celebrated in many places throughout India, including Jodhpur. This festival, which honors the Hindu goddess Shiva, revolves around women and marriage. Unmarried women fast and dress up in eye-catching outfits, while married women will pray and fast for continued marriage success. On the final days of the Gangaur Festival, these colorfully dressed women wind their way through the bright blue walls of Navchokiya to the sound of upbeat music.
Summer Festivals in Jodhpur
Since summer is very hot and rainy, there aren’t a ton of festivals in Jodhpur during this season. The most noteworthy one may be the Veerpuri Fari at Mandore, which is technically held in a nearby town every July or August. This festival is meant to celebrate the heroes of the state of Rajasthan.
Fall Festivals in Jodhpur
The most popular festival in Jodhpur, the Marwar Festival (September to October), actually takes place in the fall. Like the Veerpuri Fari at Mandore, the two-day Marwar Festival is a celebration of the heroes of Rajasthan. During the festival, you can watch music and dance performances, tasty food, and even a camel caravan!
But that’s certainly not Jodhpur’s only noteworthy fall festival. There’s also the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), which takes place in either September to October. Hundreds of Rajasthan’s best musicians come together for this fantastic event. As a matter of fact, this festival is so significant that UNESCO deemed it to be a cultural celebration of Rajasthan!
And that’s a wrap! We hope this article helped you decide on the best time to visit Jodhpur for you! Let us know how your getaway goes in the comments!
Looking for a great place to stay while you’re in Jodhpur? Be sure to check out this hotel which we LOVED during our visit! If you’re planning to continue your trip through the rest of Rajasthan, read our guide here.