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Amer Fort
Jantar Mantar Observatory (Photo Courtesy: Knowledge Seeker)
Hawa Mahal (Photo Courtesy: Firoze Edassery)
Gajner Palace
Jaisalmer Fort (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Gadisar Lake (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Lodurva Jain Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Jaisalmer Fort
Bada Bagh (Photo Courtesy: Antoine Taveneaux)
Bada Bagh (Photo Courtesy: Honzasoukup)
Camp at Sam Sand Dunes (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Camel at Sam Sand Dunes (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Bishnoi Village
Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum (Photo Courtesy: Ghirlandajo)
Brahma Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Pushkar Lake

Rajasthan Desert Circuit is a desert circuit itinerary of Rajasthan that covers major destinations such as Jodhpur (Forts and Temples), Jaisalmer (Fort and Sand Dunes) and Jaipur (Fort and Palaces) alongwith Bikaner (Forts and Temples) and Pushkar (Holy Lake, Temple and Ajmer Sharief Dargah).

Route

Pushkar(1) - Jodhpur(2) - Sam(1) - Jaisalmer(1) - Bikaner(1) - Jaipur(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Jaipur. Visit Dargah Sharief, Pushkar Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake.
  • Day-2 Travel to Jodhpur. Evening visit to Mandore Gardens, Balsamand Lake.
  • Day-3 Sightseeing in and around Jodhpur.
  • Day-4 Jodhpur - Jaisalmer Sam Dunes. Sand Dune experience in the evening.
  • Day-5 Jaisalmer Sightseeing.
  • Day-6 Jaisalmer - Bikaner. Enroute visit Kheenchan (Bird Watching) and Deshnoke Temple (Rat temple)
  • Day-7 Visit Junagarh Fort and Lallgarh Palace Complex. Travel to Jaipur.
  • Day-8 Jaipur Sightseeing
  • Day-9 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Bikaner - Junagadh Fort (1.50 kms), Lallgarh Palace Complex (3.00 kms), Karni Mata Temple Deshnoke (30.00 kms)

Jaipur - Jantar Mantar Observatory (5.00 kms), Hawa Mahal (5.00 kms), City Palace Jaipur (5.00 kms), Moti Doongri (5.00 kms), Jal Mahal (9.00 kms), Amer Fort (12.00 kms), Ajmer Sharief (145.00 kms)

Jaisalmer - Jaisalmer Fort (1.00 kms), Patwon Ki Haveli (2.00 kms), Gadisar Lake (2.50 kms), Sam Sand Dunes (40.00 kms), Ramdevra Temple (118.00 kms)

Jodhpur - Mehrangarh Fort (9.00 kms), Jaswant Thada (10.00 kms), Mandore Gardens (12.00 kms), Bishnoi Village (20.00 kms), Shri Osiya Mataji (60.00 kms), Osiyan Jain Temples (60.00 kms), Osian Desert Experience (60.00 kms), Ramdevra Temple (190.00 kms)

Pushkar - Brahma Temple Pushkar (1.00 kms), Pushkar Lake (1.00 kms), Ajmer Sharief (12.00 kms)

Sam - Sam Sand Dunes (0.50 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Jaipur Departure - Jaipur
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests looking for experiential stay could opt for Manvar between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer instead of Sam Dune stay which can be a bit touristy.

Distances
  • Jaipur to Pushkar -142 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Pushkar to Jodhpur -215 kms (5 hrs)
  • Jodhpur to Sam -334 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Sam to Jaisalmer -45 kms (1 hrs)
  • Jaisalmer to Bikaner -331 kms (6 hrs)
  • Bikaner to Jaipur -330 kms (6.5 hrs)
Route

Jaipur - Pushkar(1) - Jodhpur(2) - Sam(1) - Jaisalmer(1) - Bikaner(1) - Jaipur(2)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Jaipur. Visit Dargah Sharief, Pushkar Brahma Temple and Pushkar Lake. Arrive at Jaipur and proceed to Pushkar (140 kms - 2.5 hours) enroute visit famous Ajmer Dargah Sharief . Pushkar is an ex-Delhi Getaway and a renowned lakeside destination visited for its lakefront temples. Visit Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple and if time permitts can visit various other temples around the lake OR visit the sunset point.

Day-2 Travel to Jodhpur. Evening visit to Mandore Gardens, Balsamand Lake. Proceed to Jodhpur (215 kms - 5 hrs). Jodhpur is an access point to Desert circuit Areas and a major tourist destination known for its Mehrangarh Fort, handicrafts and craft villages around. Evening visit to Mandore Gardens and explore the local market.

Day-3 Sightseeing in and around Jodhpur. Visit Jaswant Thada and Mehrangarh Fort. Do shopping in Jodhpur for textiles and handicrafts. Late afternoon visit to Osiyan (60 kms) to Osiya Mata Temple, Jain Temples and Sand Dunes. Evening dinner by the Dunes with traditional dance performance. Alternatively one can do an excursion to Bishnoi village (20 kms) near Jodhpur. At Bishnoi Village experience rural communities of potters and weavers, spot Black Bucks / Blue bulls / Migratory Birds and spend evening at Bishnoi Village for Dinner alongwith a traditional dance performance.

Day-4 Jodhpur - Jaisalmer Sam Dunes. Sand Dune experience in the evening.  Travel to Jaisalmer (300 kms - 5.5 hrs). Enroute one can visit Manvar Oasis, Pokaran village and Ramdevra Temple. Jaisalmer is a prime destination in Desert Circuit of Rajasthan, renowned for a Living Fort and Sand Dunes. Proceed 45 kms further from Jaisalmer to Sam Dunes. Reach Sam by 4.30 pm. Enjoy the sunset on the dunes, camel ride. Evening campfire with Rajasthani folk music & dance. Overnight stay at a camp in Sand Dunes and enjoy a complete desert experience.

Day-5 Jaisalmer Sightseeing. Early morning can opt for Camel ride / Camel cart safari and after breakfast can leave for Jaisalmer city (45 kms - 1 hr). Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli, Gadsisar Lake, Cenotaphs, Jain Temples around Jaisalmer.

Day-6 Jaisalmer - Bikaner. Enroute visit Kheenchan (Bird Watching) and Deshnoke Temple (Rat temple) Proceed to Bikaner (330 kms - 6.5 hrs). Bikaner is part of Desert Circuit of Rajasthan, known for its ancient Forts, Palaces and Temples. Enroute guests can make a visit to Kheechan (area known for its Migratory Birds, especially Demosaille Cranes). Take little detour to visit Deshnoke's Karni Mata Temple (known as Rat Temple for being home to hundreds of Rats that guard the Temple deity).

Day-7 Visit Junagarh Fort and Lallgarh Palace Complex. Travel to Jaipur. Visit Junagarh fort and Lalgarh Palace Complex. Later proceed to Jaipur (330 kms - 6.5 hrs). Reach Jaipur by Evening. Jaipur is a major destination in Rajasthan visited for its heritage experience. Time permitting guests can enjoy Dinner at Chokhi Dhani Restaurant. (Ethnic Indian Restaurant serving Vegetarian Rajasthani Cuisine).

Day-8 Jaipur Sightseeing  Proceed for full day sightseeing covering Amer Fort (Elephant ride is possible), Jantar Mantar (Observatory), Hawa Mahal and City Palace, Jal Mahal, Moti Doongri Temple etc. Evening explore local market for shopping.

Day-9 Departure Depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Bikaner :

  • Junagadh Fort - Junagadh Fort is a 16th century fort at 1.5 kms from city centre and kind of dominates city landscape and popular for tourists to arrive for a visit. Fort wears an old look and has some interesting history.

  • Lallgarh Palace Complex - Lallgarh Palace complex is home to some most exquisite palaces there could be. Lallgarh Palace, now a heritage hotel has tall ceilings, large rooms and staying here is nothing short of an experience. Laxmi Niwas Palace here has rooms with most intricately carved interiors. There is a heritage museum as well that is open to all visitors.

  • Karni Mata Temple Deshnoke - The world famous shrine of Karni Mata can be found in the town of Deshnoke 30 km south from Bikaner on the road to Jodhpur. Karni Mata is worshiped as an incarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple is famous for rats which can be seen everywhere in the temple.

Jaipur :

  • Jantar Mantar Observatory - The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built in 18th century. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and best preserved of few such other built in that period and is considered one of the world heritage site.

  • Hawa Mahal - Hawa Mahal is a unique five-storey building built in 1799 akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict "purdah". Its a popular monument to visit for guests arriving at Jaipur for its unique architecture and views around the area.

  • City Palace Jaipur - City Palace is a palace complex in Jaipur which was the seat of the royal family of Jaipur. The Chandra Mahal palace now houses a museum (Sawai Mansingh Museum) but the greatest part of it is still a royal residence. The palace complex incorporates an impressive and vast array of courtyards, gardens and buildings.

  • Moti Doongri - Moti Dungri Temple is a Lord Ganesha temple and a major attraction in Jaipur. Set on a hilltop, the temple is well visited all through the year.

  • Jal Mahal - Jal Mahal (meaning "Water Palace") is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. The Jal Mahal palace is considered an architectural beauty built in the Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture. Number of birds seen around the lake makes it a good place for a bird watcher to arrive in winter.

  • Amer Fort - Amer Fort is located in Amer, 12 kilometres from Jaipur. It is one of the principal tourist attractions of Jaipur, located high on a hill. Amer Fort was built in 18th century and is known for its artistic style. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront. The fort is a must for its different areas, its spread over 4 levels and its aesthetic ambiance. The areas comprise Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. There is also a stepwell nearby that could be an interesting visit for any traveller.

  • Ajmer Sharief - Ajmer is is world renowned Muslim Pilgrimage destination visited for Ajmer Sharief also known as Dargah Sharif, being the tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

Jaisalmer :

  • Jaisalmer Fort - Jaisalmer fort is one of the rare living forts with a sizeable community living inside the fort. It has a few heritage hotels that allow guests to experience living in a fort, temples and an entire community that has been living there for generations. Fort offers views of the Jaisalmer and Thar desert beyond.

  • Patwon Ki Haveli - Patwon ki Haveli is a short walk from Jaisalmer fort and town centre and is an exquisitely carved residence of the rich merchants in the area and now open to visitors to marvel. A definite must visit for photographers and heritage travellers.

  • Gadisar Lake - Gadisar lake is just a walk from Patwon ki Haveli and rest of town centre and kind of place best to visit around Sunset for good views and a bit of boating.

  • Sam Sand Dunes - Sam Sand Dunes at about 40 kms from Jaisalmer are renowned for the touristy desert experience that it offers. There are number of camps set around here alongwith Camel owners who provide a ride to guests arriving to the desert. Its recommended to arrive here in evening before sunset and enjoy sunset on sand dunes and then proceed to one of the camps for an evening entertainment and ethnic Rajasthani dinner experience.

  • Ramdevra Temple - Ramdevra lies on the Jodhpur - Jaisalmer route at about 120 kms Short of Jaisalmer near Pokhran. Ramdevra is home to the temple of Baba Ramdevji. Devotees from all over visit the temple all round the year. Ramdeora Fair is held here in the months of August and February and is attended by devotees in large numbers from all over India..

Jodhpur :

  • Mehrangarh Fort - Mehrangarh Fort is one of its kind fort that stands as the most prominent and visited monument in the city. Its vast, has a number of halls / rooms that are worth a visit and there is even a museum in there which displays weaponary and many artefacts from the royal past. Its a kind of must visit for anyone arriving to Jodhpur for its sheer grandeur.

  • Jaswant Thada - A quiet place and a well kept Royal Cenotaph enroute Mehrangarh Fort and offers excellent views of the fort and area around.

  • Mandore Gardens - The Mandore gardens, with its charming collection of temples, memorials and high rock terraces. The gardens house cenotaphs of many royal family members. The Mandore Gardens also house a government museum, a Hall of Heroes and a temple to 33 crore Gods.

  • Bishnoi Village - Bishnoi Villages around Jodhpur have a mix of craftm culture and wildlife. Guests have option to visit craft centres or just take a drive around and there is a good possibility that one can spot Nilgai, jackal, gazelles, antilopes etc. The area is excellent for bird watching as well in winter. There are ethnic resort around the area that are excellent for a traditional evening Rajasthani dinner over cultural programme.

  • Shri Osiya Mataji - Sachiya Mata Temple (Also known as Shri Osiya Mataji) is a renowned local pilgrimage and considered main deity for some of the local communities of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

  • Osiyan Jain Temples - Osian is famous as home to the cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th to 11th centuries. It is an important Jain pilgrimage center for the Oswal Jain community.

  • Osian Desert Experience - For guests arriving at Jodhpur and not having time to drive to Jaisalmer, Osian represents an excellent alternative to experience Thar desert. Sand dunes near Osian are home to several camps who conduct evening entertainment programmes, camel rides and even overnight camping in desert villages.

  • Ramdevra Temple - Ramdevra lies on the Jodhpur - Jaisalmer route at about 120 kms Short of Jaisalmer near Pokhran. Ramdevra is home to the temple of Baba Ramdevji. Devotees from all over visit the temple all round the year. Ramdeora Fair is held here in the months of August and February and is attended by devotees in large numbers from all over India..

Pushkar :

  • Brahma Temple Pushkar - Pushkar is home to a rare 14th century Brahma Temple (Creator of Universe), one of the very few Brahma temples around. Ghats around Pushkar lake offer a spiritual experience and is considered a pilgrimage to have visited Pushkar.

  • Pushkar Lake - Pushkar Lake is the holy lake around which many temples are situated. The area is excellent for a walk especially around Sunset where one can enjoy good sunset views with a lake backdrop.

  • Ajmer Sharief - Ajmer is is world renowned Muslim Pilgrimage destination visited for Ajmer Sharief also known as Dargah Sharif, being the tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.

Sam :

  • Sam Sand Dunes - Sam Sand Dunes at about 40 kms from Jaisalmer are renowned for the touristy desert experience that it offers. There are number of camps set around here alongwith Camel owners who provide a ride to guests arriving to the desert. Its recommended to arrive here in evening before sunset and enjoy sunset on sand dunes and then proceed to one of the camps for an evening entertainment and ethnic Rajasthani dinner experience.

Destination Overview

Pushkar - Pushkar (12 kms from Ajmer) is home to a rare 14th century Brahma Temple. Ghats around Pushkar lake offer a spiritual experience and has made Pushkar a renowned inbound destination.

Jodhpur - Jodhpur is the city known for its crafts, Forts, Palaces and Vibrant rural backdrop around it.

Sam - Sam Sand Dunes are 45 kms from Jaisalmer and is known for its sand dunes and experience the camps offer there.

Jaisalmer - Jaisalmer is visited for its Fort, restored cenotaphs, temples and Sand dunes all around it. It comes alive during the desert Festival in Jan end.

Bikaner - Bikaner is a heritage destination known for its forts and palaces.

Jaipur - Jaipur is capital of Rajasthan and one of the major tourist destinations of India and part of the famed “Golden Triangle” itinerary route along with Delhi and Agra. Jaipur has now evolved into a major business center with all requisites of a metropolitan city.

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Distances
  • Jaipur to Pushkar -142 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Pushkar to Jodhpur -215 kms (5 hrs)
  • Jodhpur to Sam -334 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Sam to Jaisalmer -45 kms (1 hrs)
  • Jaisalmer to Bikaner -331 kms (6 hrs)
  • Bikaner to Jaipur -330 kms (6.5 hrs)

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Distances
  • Jaipur to Pushkar -142 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Pushkar to Jodhpur -215 kms (5 hrs)
  • Jodhpur to Sam -334 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Sam to Jaisalmer -45 kms (1 hrs)
  • Jaisalmer to Bikaner -331 kms (6 hrs)
  • Bikaner to Jaipur -330 kms (6.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Rajasthan Desert Circuit itinerary has long distances between destinations that are inevitable. Guests looking for a bit of a relaxed pace can add a day in Jaisalmer and Jaipur.

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