Route - Jodhpur (2 nights) - Jaisalmer (2 nights)
Highlight - This is a short-break
tourist itinerary for Rajasthan that covers two major destinations Jodhpur (Forts
and Palaces) and Jaisalmer (Desert Retreat).
Itinerary (This is an indicative itinerary, Sequence of the activities may
vary and depend on prevailing weather condition and guest preferences)
Day 1 - Arrive in Jodhpur. Visit to Mandore Gardens, Balsamand
Lake and local markets in the evening.
Day 2 - Full day sightseeing
covering Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada. Time Permitting
Visit Bishnoi Village at the Outskirts.
Day 3 - Proceed
to Jaisalmer (305 kms - 6 hours) - Reach by afternoon. Evening Visit to the Fort.
Day 4 - Half Day Sightseeing around Jaisalmer (Jain Temples, Cenotaphs).
Proceed to Sam Dunes in the afternoon. Reach by 4. Stay overnight in
a Camp. Camel ride to Sunset and evening Entertainment at the Camp.
5 - Proceed back to Jodhpur (305 kms - 5 1/2 hours) after breakfast. Reach
/ Off the Beaten Track
activity oriented rural retreat near Jodhpur like Rohetgarh
or Chanwa Luni can be opted for an experience
oriented (Village Visits, Horse Safari, Jeep Rides), off-beat itinerary
a Desert camp somewhat mid-way (115 kms) on Jodhpur-Jaisalmer route can be considered instead of
1 night at Sam. Manvar is more private desert retreat than ones at Sam and provides
a more exclusive desert experience than a more touristy Sam.
For a rural fort /
retreat experience Fort Pokhran enroute
is recommended. This is also closer to the Ramdevra Temple (12 kms).
Enthusiasts may choose to stay at Sodakore at Mirvana
Nature Resort near Jaisalmer (55 kms)
idea is to enjoy desert experience but not travel as much then Camel
Camp Osiyan (60 kms) Or Khimsar Sand Dunes Resort
(90 kms) are good alternative to Jaisalmer providing a more private desert experience like
(325 kms from Jaisalmer) can be considered as an extension. Bikaner is known for
Forts and Palaces, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary and Deshnoke Temple. Bikaner
is connected by Train with Jodhpur, Ahmedabad (Overnight), Jaipur(Overnight) and
bird watching enthusiasts, Kheechan is an excellent spot for migratory birds
in Winter and could be visited while keeping a base either in simpler Lal
Niwas Phalodi or more experiential Barsingha
Villa Bhap. From here guests may choose to come back to Jodhpur or
proceed further to Bikaner.