Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days
Destination Covered : Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Bikaner - Jodhpur
DAY 01: JODHPUR
Arrival in Jodhpur and transfer to hotel. Jodhpur. An oasis in the arid Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Representing this colorful city with shades of blue, Jodhpur has a history that is rich and a present that beckons strongly to the discerning tourist. Forts and palaces, temples and haveli’, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, color and texture, Jodhpur has them all and in plenty. Situated in western Rajasthan. Afternoon is free to walk around in the colorful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping. Over night stay at your hotel.
DAY 02: JODHPUR–OSIAN – KHEECHAN – PHALODI - POKRAN- JAISALMER (300KMS)
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jaisalmer.Rajasthan tour planner Drive will be through visiting the some villages Enroute visit Osian.This picturesque getaway is situated 65 kms from Jodhpur.Osian is a great centre of Brahmanical and Jain religions. After Osian village drive through the desert village and visit the Khichan Village It is well known for migratory bird”Kurja” (Crane). The village Khichan is hardly 4 kms away from Phalodi.A small sleepy town in the vicinity of Phalodi, Khichan has now become one of the most favored Bird watching vacation destinations in India.
Phalodi was initially called Phalvardhika. It was later renamed as Phalodi. The town is known as Phalodi after the Phalodi Fort was named at the request of Phala, the widowed daughter of Brahman Sidhu Kalla, who gave a generous contribution in cash to build the fort. In 1230, famous Kalyan Raoji’s temple was constructed. The temple of goddess Latiyal Devi and Santinath are some of the oldest temples of the town. The Parasnath Jain temple established in 1847 by the Oswal Jain community has been made only in stone. It is made of old Belgium glass.
Jaisalmer - a fairy-tale town in the Thar Desert founded about 800 years ago by Maharaja Jaisal. Unlike another city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 meter high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples. The annual desert festival takes place in January and February each year and is a riot of color and activity. Jaisalmer is also famous for its embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antique, and stonework and camel safaris into the barren sand-dune desert.
Over night stay at your hotel.
DAY 03 JAISALMER –SAM SAND DUNES
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, and proceed to visit the famous Havelis (mansions) known for their frescoes. Jaisalmer's strategic position on the camel terrain route bought it great wealth. The merchants grew prosperous and commissioned great havelis, or mansions, to flaunt their ever-growing status in society. Made of local golden-yellow sand stone and wood, some of the havelis are still in excellent condition. The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis is the Patwaon Ki Haveli. Five Jain brothers built the Haveli between 1800 and 1860. Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli are the other two havelis that are opened to visitors. Built in 1156 by the Bhati ruler, Jaisal, the fort here stands atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill. 3 walls and features 99 bastions surround the fort. Within the fort complex lie the beautifully carved Jain Temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The ‘Maharawals’ (rulers) of Jaisalmer were devout Hindus but were tolerant of Jainism, and encouraged art and religion. There are seven temples in the complex.
After noon visit the Ghadishar Lake -The beautiful arched gateway across the road down to the tank a scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.Lodurva - Lodurva, the ancient capital of Bhattis is 16 kilometers from Jaisalmer. Mostly in ruins, it is visited for the great Jain temple, which contains the most exquisite jail work screens, grand ceiling and a magnificent triumphal arch at the entrance. The original carriage for the deity, made in 1675, is still preserved. The most interesting object dart is Kalpataru, a mythical tree of wish fulfillment. Lodurva has a great number of peacocks, which hover around the temple walls lending spectacular color to the dry and stony landscape. Here once flowed the river Kak. Along its banks had flourished the romance between princess Momal, and prince Mathendru of Amarkot. Their tragic end is the theme of folk songs. Amar Sagar- from Lodurva, the road to Jaisalmer passes through Amar Sagar, which has a grand artificial reservoir for water, a temple and a promenade on the bank. Bada Bagh, cenotaphs of the Jaishalmer Rawals, has some magnificent chattris (canopies) set amidst an oasis of greenery. It is indeed a great place for a stopover and photography. Another beautiful place is the Gadi Sagar Tank, the main source of the city's water supply. Kuldhara Village - One of the most interesting places is Kuldhara village. This is among the 84 villages inhabited by the rich, hard-working Paliwals. The Paliwals deserted their houses overnight with the curse that anyone who removed even a stone from the houses would come to grief and perish. Howling winds rush through empty streets and skeletons of houses now exposed to the elements remains of the village Proceed for the excursion to SAM Sand dunes. Located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. Accommodation in Jaisalmer or Tented Camp
DAY 04: JAISALMER – BIKANER (350KMS)
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Bikaner, Bikaner, which was once a major trading post between Africa, West Asia and the Far East.The wealth of its architectural heritage lies in its forts, palaces and temples– magnificent creations in red and yellow sandstone are living. Today the city is known for flourishing industries of food, wool and camel breeding .The genesis of Bikaner dates back to 1488A.D, when a Rathore’s prince, Rao Bikaji, son of Rao Jodhaji of Jodhpur, chose a barren wilderness called ’Jangladesh’ and transformed it to a charming city called ’Bikaner’, after the founder’s name.Bikaner is also famous for the best riding camels in the world. Like many others Cities in Rajasthan, the old city is surrounded by a high crenellated wall and was once an important staging post on the great caravan routes. The old city with its exquisite merchant havelis, temples and bazaars retains a medieval air. The city is chiefly interesting for its superb large Fort.
Rajasthan tour planner Take a sight seeing tour of Bikaner covering Junagadh Fort - constructed between 1588 and 1593 by Raja Rai Singh, fort has a 986 meter long wall with 37 bastions & two entrances, Situated at a height of above seven hundred feet above sea level, it towers over the city and can be seen from a distance. The beautifully designed palaces with interiors decorated with shell-work, mirror and glass inlays, gold leaf, lacquer work etc. Highlights include Diwan-I-Khas, Phool Mahal and Chandra Mahal decorated with marble, mirror-work and carvings, Anup Mahal the coronation hall, Gaj Mandir with its mirrored Shish Mahal, and Har Mandir or the royal temple. There is also a museum containing manuscripts, weaponry, jewellery etcBhand Sagar Temple. The 16th century Jain temple is the most important temple of this complex.Bikaner is also known for the fine camels bred here. There is a government camel-breeding farm near the city.
Over night stay at your hotel.
DAY 05: BIKANER –DESHNOK- NAGAUR- KHIMSAR- JODHPUR (250KMS)
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jodhpur. Enroute visit the Deshnok, Nagaur, and Khimsar. 30 KMS south of Bikaner is the village Deshnoke, where the famous Mata Karni Temple is situated. The 600-year-old temple is dedicated to Karni Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple plays host to thousands of rats that form the major attraction here. The rats are considered sacred and worshipped accordingly. You have to be very careful while entering the inner sanctum, because it is believed that if you accidentally step on a rat, a gold replica has to be made to compensate for the lost life.KHIMSAR -Perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India lies this unique fort. Khimsar was one of the premier chieftains of Marwar. The construction of the fort commenced in 1523 AD. In mid-18th century the royal family moved in,Rajasthan tour planner and a new zenana or ladies residence was built with finely carved windows in stone grills to provide purdah or veil for ladies in waiting. Today, this fort is a hotel and a section of it remains the residence of the descendants of Karan Singh. Khimsar is isolated in a time-warp. Ramble along the pathways, which lead to the turrets, ruins, stables, guns and cannons. Scrutinise the 9th century Jain Gods & Goddesses carved in sandstone, defaced by Alauddin Khilji, a ruler of the slave dynasty. Pillars erected in memory of war heroes and of Sati - when courageous Rajput women burnt themselves alive on the funeral pyre of their husbands. See the ancient ruins known as Fateh Mahal, named after Fateh Pir Baba, a Sufi Saint who blessed the family. NAGAUR -Located 40 kms from Khimsar and 135 kms from Jodhpur, this ancient, heavily fortified desert city is famous for its fine bullocks. It is well-worth co-inciding a visit with the cattle fairs when there are four days of races and competitions, cocks, horses and bullocks, with plenty of colorful Rajasthani dancing and singing. Named after local heroes, the Ramdeoji Fair is in February and the Tejaji Fair in August.
Over night stay at your hotel
DAY 06: JODHPUR
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Jodhpur .The 15th century city of Jodhpur, stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is a resplendent city, with a blend of modern and traditional buildings. The city is totally dominated by a massive fort sprawled across 125- meter high hill known as Meherangarh Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in 15th century. A flourishing trade center in the 16th century, Jodhpur is still one of the leading centers of wool, cattle, Camels, salt and agricultural Crops . It boasts of some of very fine reminders of its glorious past palaces, temples and other elegant monuments of architectural and historical significance. Also Jodhpur is popularly known as the ‘Blue City’because of the beautiful houses painted with indigo color mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste. Rajasthan tour planner You can get a magnificent view of this Blue city from the ramparts of the Meherangarh Fort.Visit the Meherangarh Fort, which was impregnable for the rocky base which is on. It totally dominates the city and within its walls are the royal palaces, priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms .Also visit Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899.
Also visit Sardar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets where you can see the vegetable, spice, Indian sweets, and textile and silver markets. These colorful markets with tiny shops dot the narrow lanes replete with woodcarvings, wrought iron, lacquer work, silver and ivory ornamentation and leather handicrafts.Afternoon is free to walk around in the colorful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping.
Over night stay at your hotel
DAY 07: JODHPUR
Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed and drive to Airport or Railway station.