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Best of Rajasthan(10 Nights)

Udaipur, Jodhpur, Sam, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Jaipur

for Family Traveller, Inbound Traveller

Holiday Overview

Amer Fort
Hawa Mahal (Photo Courtesy: Firoze Edassery)
City Palace Jaipur (Photo Courtesy: Miya.m)
Overview of the temple (Photo Courtesy: China Crisis)
Amphitheatre at Jawahar Kala Kendra (Photo Courtesy: Sanyambahga)
Jal Mahal (Photo Courtesy: Jal Mahal Project)
Junagadh Fort (Photo Courtesy: Flicka)
Camel Breeding Farm and Research Centre (Photo Courtesy: Flicka)
Gadisar Lake (Nivalink Trip Dated - 19 March 2011)
Lodurva Jain Temple (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
View from Sajjangarh Fort
City Palace
Fatehsagar Lake
Lake Palace with City Palace on Lake Pichola
Swaroop Sagar Lake
Jagmandir Island in Lake Pichola
City Palace Udaipur (Photo Courtesy: Henrik Bennetsen)

Best of Rajasthan Itinerary looks to combine all major destinations of Rajasthan such as Udaipur (Lakeside Heritage), Jodhpur (Fort, Craft Village, Temples), Jaisalmer (Fort, Sand Dunes, Temples), Bikaner (Forts and Palaces), Jaipur (Fort, Palaces, Shopping.)

Route

Udaipur(3) - Jodhpur(2) - Sam(1) - Jaisalmer(1) - Bikaner(1) - Jaipur(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Udaipur. Evening Boatride Lake Pichola
  • Day-2 Sightseeing in Udaipur
  • Day-3 Udaipur Exursions
  • Day-4 Udaipur - Jodhpur via Ranakpur
  • Day-5 Sightseeing in and around Jodhpur.
  • Day-6 Jodhpur - Jaisalmer Sam Dunes. Sand Dune experience in the evening.
  • Day-7 Jaisalmer Sightseeing.
  • Day-8 Jaisalmer - Bikaner. Enroute visit Kheenchan (Bird Watching) and Deshnoke Temple (Rat temple)
  • Day-9 Visit Junagarh Fort and Lallgarh Palace Complex. Travel to Jaipur.
  • Day-10 Jaipur Sightseeing
  • Day-11 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)

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

Sam - Sam Sand Dunes (0.50 kms)

Udaipur - Jagdish Temple (2.00 kms), Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway (2.00 kms), Vintage Car Museum (3.00 kms), Shilpgram (3.00 kms), Bagore Ki Haveli (4.00 kms), City Palace (4.00 kms), Lake Pichola (4.00 kms), Fatehsagar Lake (5.00 kms), Sajjan Garh (9.00 kms), Eklingji Temples (25.00 kms), Haldighati Museum (50.00 kms), Ranakpur Jain Temple (80.00 kms), Chittaurgarh Fort (120.00 kms)

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

Additional night in Jaipur would allow better exploration of Jaipur at a less hectic pace.

Distances
  • Udaipur to Jodhpur -260 kms (6 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

Udaipur(3) - Jodhpur(2) - Sam(1) - Jaisalmer(1) - Bikaner(1) - Jaipur(2)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Udaipur. Evening Boatride Lake Pichola Arrival at Udaipur. Udaipur in South Rajasthan is a destination renowned for its lakeside character and a base point to visit Temples and Forts around the area. Guests may enjoy evening boat ride at Lake Pichola and take a walk around old city areas around the lake. Visit Bagore Ki haveli in the evening for the Cultural Show.

Day-2 Sightseeing in Udaipur Proceed for full day sightseeing. Areas to visit include Citi Palace Museum (near Lake Pichola), Vintage Car Museum, Jagdish temple, Karni Mata Temple (Ropeway). Visit local markets for shopping. Evening visit to Sajjan Garh (11 kms) is recommended which offers stunning views of the Udaipur and its lakes from a hilltop.

Day-3 Udaipur Exursions Guests have options for half day excursions from Udaipur. Options here include Nathdwara (Krishna temple - 42 kms - 1 hr) enroute visit Eklingji and Haldighati Museum (Maharana Pratap memorial) OR day excursion to Chittaurgarh Fort (120 kms - 2 hours one way) (a 25 km detour while returning and one will be able to visit Eklingji and Haldighati Museum (Maharana Pratap memorial). Evening guests have option to return to Lake Pichola for another heritage walk and boat ride OR Visit Shilpgram (Craft Gallery) near Fatehsagar Lake.

Day-4 Udaipur - Jodhpur via Ranakpur Proceed to Jodhpur (260 kms - 6 hours). 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. Enroute visit renowned Ranakpur Jain Temple.

Day-5 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-6 Jodhpur - Jaisalmer Sam Dunes. Sand Dune experience in the evening.  Travel to 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 farther 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-7 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-8 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-9 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-10 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-11 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.

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.

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.

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.

Udaipur :

  • Jagdish Temple - Jagdish temple is a 400 year old Lord Krishna Temple with impressive architecture. It is situated right in middle of Udaipur old city and a popular visit for all guests arriving here.

  • Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway - Mansapurna Karni Mata Ropeway is a popular ride up the hill to the Karni Mata temple and enroute offers views of the area around. It can get crowded during season.

  • Vintage Car Museum - Vintage Car Museum has number of vintage classic cars on display from Royal family garages. Cars are maintained well and therefore a popular tourist visit place.

  • Shilpgram - Shilpgram is 3 kms west of Udaipur and is a Rural Arts and Crafts Complex spread over 70 acressurrounded by hills. the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex that depicts lifestyles the rural folk. Shilpdarshan is where performing artists and craftsmen are used to draw from the interior villages of the member states. They are regularly invited to exhibit their skill and to demonstrate their crafts, and sell their masterpieces in order to have direct access to the buyers.

  • Bagore Ki Haveli - Bagore Ki Haveli offers a cultural show by the Lake Pichola between 7 and 8 PM that is recommended for all travellers to the area for a bit of experience and a bit of photo opportunity of capturing the area in the evening.

  • City Palace - City Palace is a very popular sightseeing area offering multiple galleries, rooms and antiques on display. Guests looking at deeper insights must opt for a guide.

  • Lake Pichola - Pichola Lake is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lakes of Rajasthan, India. It is located in the heart of the city around which City Palace, Shivniwas and Fateh Prakash palace are situated. Pichola is also renowned for having the Lake Palace, the famous heritage hotel in the centre of the lake. Boating here is nothing short of experience.

  • Fatehsagar Lake - Fatehsagar lake is a quieter and less happening lake in Udaipur as compared to Lake Pichola. There are number of hotels around it but otherwise its not much of a destination except a few photo ops in evenings.

  • Sajjan Garh - Its a 9 km excursion up a hill where excellent views of the countryside, udaipur city and its lakes can be captured. Excellent option for an evening visit. The area also doubles up as an option for local picnickers. The reserve forest area is home to wildlife and is demarcated as Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Eklingji Temples - Eklingji Temple (25 kms from Udaipur) is dedicated to Lord Ekling (Shiva) and was founded by Acharya Viswaroopa contemporary of Adi Sankaracharya. There is another temple called Nathon Ka Mandir in the temple complex with inscriptions dating back to the 10th century CE. There are two more temples are that are visited in Eklingji Sas Bahu Temple - built in the 10th century; this temple is dedicated to the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law and has intricate carvings including some erotic figures. Adbudji Jain temple is a temple in ruins dating back to the 17th century and houses a black marble statue of Shanti Nath

  • Haldighati Museum - The Haldighati Museum (50 kms from Udaipur) opened up in its current avataar in 2003. It depics story of Maharana Pratap and his battles with the Mughal.

  • Ranakpur Jain Temple - Ranakpur is renowned for Jain Temple Complex. This is white marble temple with 1444 pillars and intricate carving. Three Jain Temples to Rishabhadeva, Neminath and Parsvanath, and the dharamshalas, stand close to each other in a walled enclosure. It is one of the "Luncheon" sectors of Rajasthan where guests on the Udaipur-Jodhpur Route stop over for lunch and marvel at the Ranakpur temple Complex.

  • Chittaurgarh Fort - One of the most massive forts there is in Rajasthan and all over India and must visit enroute on Jaipur - Udaipur Route. Chittorgarh fort is also called as Water Fort. The fort had 84 water bodies, out of which only a few exist today. The fort spreads over 700 hectares, 40 per cent of which are given over to water bodies that can store incredible amounts of water. Fort once was abuzz with life and there are lot of monuments in a semi ruined state.

Destination Overview

Udaipur - Udaipur is the Lake city of Rajasthan. Udaipur has now become an ex-Ahmedabad getaway and a destination where guests arrive to experience romance of the lake city and a bit of rajasthan.

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
  • Udaipur to Jodhpur -260 kms (6 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
  • Udaipur to Jodhpur -260 kms (6 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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