When the Dunes Beckon: Rajasthan Road Trip

At the very thought of Rajasthan, the mind pictures Palaces and Forts. This trip is typically for all the travellers who have keen interest in the Forts and Palaces that exude the cultural heritage and royal history of Rajasthan.

The two most prominent beginning points for this trip are Jaipur, for all the people travelling from Delhi and Udaipur, for travellers commuting from Mumbai.

When I took this trip, it was solely with the purpose of making a road trip for exploring the extensive heritage of Rajasthan. This being a road trip, obviously was without any luxury stay and leisure.

There is so much to explore and experience in Rajasthan that within a span of 12-13 days, this is the best that you can do.

Itinerary for people Starting from Jaipur:

Day- 01: Jaipur (Explore Places at Jaipur– City Place, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal– Can also explore places like Jantar Mantar, Panna Meena Ka Kund)

Day-02: Jaipur (Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort)– Don’t miss the Light & Sound show at Amber Fort (City Ride 50 Kms)

Day-03: Jaipur to Bundi (Chattar Mahal, Taragarh Fort)– Ride of 216 Kms

Day-04: Bundi to Chittorgarh (Chittorgarh Fort & Rani Padmini Palace)– Suggest to move to Udaipur forĀ  night stay. (153 kms & 117 Kms to Udaipur)

Day-05: Udaipur (City Palace, Monsoon Palace, Boat Ride on Lake Pichola to see Lake Palace & Jag Mandir)

Day-06: Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh (Ek Lingji, & Kumbhalgarh Fort) –Visit to Ranakpur by eve– Don’t miss the Jain Temple by & Stay over. (49Kms+50kms+52kms)

Day-07: Kumbhalgarh to Jodhpur via Pali (171 Kms)

Day-08: Jodhpur (Explore Meharangarh Fort & Umaid Bhavan Palace)

Day-09: Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (Explore the city & go to Desert National Park to enjoy Sand Dunes– Stay in Tents) (285kms)

Day-10: Jaisalmer (The only city within the fort) Leave by 3pm & Reach Bikaner.(329 Kms)

Day-11: Bikaner (Junagarh Fort, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace)

Day-12: Bikaner to Jaipur (343kms)

Total distance you will cover on road: Approximately 2000 to 2100 kms. It is a circular trip. So if you start at Udaipur then you can come back to Udaipur on day 12.

If you have time at hand and can make a 15 day trip to Rajasthan, I would suggest that you cover Ajmer, Pushkar and Ranthambore as well. It will be a complete rounded-up trip down the lanes of rich history of folklores of Rajasthan and a memorable experience of enigmatic war relics, sumptuous Rajasthani cuisines and of course… the camels and sand dunes!

The experience honestly left me with just one question…..where do we go next?!

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