A Road Trip from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in 2017

With the start of the year, we planned for a Road Trip from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. The sunny winters were kind of ideal weather for the journey. We reached Jodhpur early in the morning. The day started with the sightseeing tour of Jodhpur.

Sites of Jodhpur:

Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur
Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort:

One of the largest Fort of India, Mehrangarh Fort was built in 1460 by Rao Jodha. The Palace is known for intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. There are seven-gated in this Fort. A big part of this Palace is now a beautiful museum, and it is one of the most well-stocked museums.

Umaid Bhawan Palace:

Perched on Chittar Hill, the highest point of Jodhpur, this Palace is maintained and renovated by Taj Hotels. Around 30% of this Umaid Bhawan is still the residence of Royal family. There is a museum as well.

Jaswant Thada:

Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph built by Raja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur. It serves as the cremation ground for the Royal Family. The grounds of the place are featured with gazebos, a tiered garden, and a small lake.

On route from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer:

Ramdevara Temple
Ramdevara Temple

Next day we left for Jaisalmer in the morning. The distance between two cities is 286 km, and that is covered via NH125 and NH11. We came across some fantastic sites on our way.

Ramdevra Temple:

This temple lies on Jodhpur Jaisalmer route 120 km ahead of Jodhpur, near Pokhran. This temple is dedicated to Baba Ramdevji, and annual fairs are held in the month of August and February. The devotees keep visiting the temple all around the year.

Osian Desert:

Osian, an old town of Jodhpur, is an oasis. This Osian town has many temples and is known as Khajuraho of Rajasthan. There are many Brahmanical and Jain temples which date back to 8th and 11th centuries.

Pokhran:

This is a remote location of Jaisalmer and is mainly known as India’s first underground nuclear weapon destination. The word Pokhran means ‘Place of Mirages.’

Plus is you are planning to visit the beautiful sites if Jodhpur & Jaisalmer, then contact Chetram Voyages for Rajasthan tour service. They can arrange hotels, cabs, tempo traveller and sightseeing tours at good price.

Sites of Jaisalmer:

Jaisalmer fort
Jaisalmer fort

After a well spent night in Jaisalmer, the next day we went for sightseeing in Jaisalmer. We started with

Jaisalmer Fort:

One of the largest, preserved fortified Fort of India, this is a World Heritage Site. Built in 1156AD, Jaisalmer Fort is made of yellow sandstone and appears golden in the yellow sunlight. That is why it is known as ‘Sonar Qila’ or ‘Golden Fort.’

Desert National Park:

this Park in a perfect example of an ecosystem. 20% part of its park is covered with sand dunes. There is abundance of birdlife especially migratory birds. Sam Sand Dunes is popularly known for its desert camps.

Gadisar Lake:

The primary tourist attraction of region was a water conservation tank originally. It is surrounded by a fair number of temples and shrines and is considered as a pilgrimage.

Patwon ki Haveli:

This Haveli (private mansion) is quite popular among all Havelis of Jaisalmer and is a beautiful example of architecture. It is a cluster of 5 small Havelis.

Longewala War Memorial:

Just 12kms away from Pakistan, this is the last point till civilians are allowed. It is the spot of Battle of 1971.

Bada Bagh:

A descendant of Royal clan of Jaisalmer, commissioned to create a dam in Jaisalmer, which created greenery in this region. This park is a cenotaph or Royal Chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer.

List fo three mind blowing attractions from Rajasthan

Rajasthan is most sought after tourist place in the world. It is the place of prehistoric ruins and gigantic Forts, ancient sculptures and Royal Darbars, exquisite architecture and camel safaris. This land is truly an abode of Kings. These are few must visit places of Rajasthan.

1. City Palace of Jaipur

City palace of Jaipur
City palace of Jaipur

The architectural style of this Palace is Mughal, Rajput, and European. It was built in between 172-1732 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Some additions were made to the original palace in the 20th century by different rulers. This palace is divided into many parts like ‘Chandra Mahal,’ ‘Munarak Mahal,’ ‘Diwan-e-Khas’ and ‘Govind Dev Ji Temple.’ The architecture of this Palace is by Vastushastra. The Palace offers a wide picturesque view of Pink City and a perfect example of rich heritage.

2. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

Umaid bhawan palace
Umaid bhawan palace

The foundation stone was laid on 1929 and the construction completed in 1943. Maharaja Umaid Singh built this Palace to raise the employment after a long famine. In 1971, his successor Gaj Singh converted a part of this palace in Hotel, which was overtaken by Taj Hotels. Recently this hotel was awarded as the World’s best Hotel. The palace has 347 rooms and a few banquets. The stay is luxurious, comfortable and memorable. It was built with “dun-colored” sandstone. Makrana marble and Burmese teakwood are also used.

To visit more interesting sites in Jaipur and Jodhpur, you can contact Rajputana Cabs for a Rajasthan tour in a car. It will take a week time and cost is around $300.

3. Lake Palace, Udaipur:

Lake Palace Udaipur
Lake Palace Udaipur

This East facing palace was built by Maharaja Jagat Singh. It is located on a natural island in Lake Pichola. It has been converted into a Hotel now. The Hotel has 83 rooms and various suites featuring white marble. The walls of this Palace are adorned with different semi-precious stones and ornaments. This Hotel was awarded as the most romantic hotel recently. In 1971, a part of the hotel was taken over by Taj Hotels and 75 rooms were added.

A guide for travelers planning to visit Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a must visit tourist spot in the country. Rather, it should be on the top of your itinerary or last. Rajasthan is the land of heritage, culture and living past. The mystical land is famous for its golden past, religious significance and colorful fairs. Its forts, Palaces, Bazaars, Sand Dunes, Heritage Hotels, etc., attracts tourists like bees to honey.

So, if you are      planning to visit India, your trips or vacations will remain incomplete, if you haven’t visited Rajasthan.

Must Visit Sites:

Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort

These Forts and Sites are must visit if you are visiting Rajasthan for the first time.

Amer Fort and City Palace, Jaipur:

Located high on a hill, this palace is around 11 km away from Jaipur. It is spread in area 4 square kilometres and was initially built by Mena’ss and was ruled by Raja Man Singh. It is made in artistic Hindu style architecture.

Jaipur’s City Palace:

City Palace was the seat of Maharaja of Jaipur. The architecture is the large combination of Mughal and Hindu architecture. Divided in six smaller Palaces, a bigger part of this Palace is still is a Royal Residence.

Pushkar Lake, Pushkar:

Popularly known as Tirtha Raj, Pushkar Lake is located in Pushkar, a town in Ajmer district. It has high religious value, and according to Indian mythology, it is linked with Lord Brahma.

Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur:

Built in 1460, it is the largest Fort of India. The 100 ft high splendour is standing high on a perpendicular cliff. Mehrangarh Fort has been converted into a museum now.

Golden Fort and Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer:

This World Heritage Site is the largest fully preserved fortified Fort in the World.  Sam Sand Dunes is the famous Desert Safari in the Thar Desert. There are cottages and Tents for night stay and arrangement of Rajasthani Local Music, and World Class Cuisines makes it unique.

Lake Palace, Udaipur:

Lake Palace was known as Jag Niwas & is on an island in Pichola Lake. Voted as the most Romantic Hotel all around the world, this Palace has 83 rooms and suites.

Garh Palace, Bundi:

The Garh Palace is the complex of various Palaces built in 17th and 18th centuries by different rulers. The Palace is known for its Rajput style architecture.

Have a look at this post on Rajasthan tourism information by www.bewelcome.org which offers detail insight on how to travel on the roads of Rajasthan – The land of the kings.

Must Eat Destinations:

lassiwala jaipur
lassiwala jaipur

Shreenath lassi walla, Jaipur:

Surrounded by three more lassi shops, this lassi walla is most popular one. It has a variety of flavours of lassi like plain, banana, mango, pineapple and kesar. The lassi is freshly made and is topped with a layer of cream.

Balsamand Lake Palace:

Located off from the hustle bustle of the city this private estate has an excellent view of the lake. The orchids and gardens add to the look. The restaurant is set-up in Royal style, and it offers a variety of Royal delicacies.

Natraj Dining Hall and Restaurant:

Established in 2006, the restaurant is settled on the city station road. It serves the mouthwatering thalis from different states like Gujrat, Punjab and Rajasthan. The restaurant is well-illuminated with lights and offers the view of the city through glass walls.

Transportation Options:

Tempo Traveller in Rajasthan
Tempo Traveller

To enjoy the state with peace and without being getting much tired, you should have safe transport. Cabs are the best way to travel through Rajasthan because the distances between different cities are too much. Starting from a sedan taxi, it charges flat Rs 9 per km and the fare for Innova is Rs 11 per km.

As the no. of persons travelling increases, you can hire a big cab with higher fares. A 9-seater tempo traveller charges 16 per km whether a 16-seater charge Rs 20 per km. The fees for a 30-seater local mini bus is Rs 28 per km.

If you want to make your journey more simplified, you can book your train tickets through IRCTC or with the help of some local agent in New Delhi or Jaipur.

Best Sites to Book Hotels online: Make-my-trip, Goibibo and Booking.com are favourite sites that help you book your hotels online or through apps.

Best Time to Visit:

Rajasthan
Rajasthan

Avoid visiting Rajasthan in summers. From September to the month of Holi, March is the best time to visit the state. The periods of December and January are a bit chilling.