It should not be surprising, really, that horse riding vacations in Rajasthan are considered by many to be the thoroughbred of saddle-led getaways. The clue lies in the item that is top of your packing list: jodhpurs. One of Rajasthan’s most stunning cities, Jodhpur is also the place where these traditional riding trousers were first donned. Based on the traditional Indian trousers known as churidars
, they were made baggy at the top to keep one cool in this desert state, but also to allow freedom of movement while riding. They were tight around the calf and ankle, with stronger fabric used on this part to protect the leg when riding. And riding was, of course, a prestigious sport and pastime of the Rajasthani royals, in particular Pratap Singh, son of the Maharaja of Jodhpur. It is said that he perfected the design of the jodphur, thus the name, which was then taken up by Saville Row designers inspired by the ever chic ‘catwalk’ of polo playing princes, in both India and back home in England.