Rajasthan Diaries. A road trip through India’s largest state

Rajasthan is the largest state of India by land area as well as one of the touristy states so covering most things take some time but its worth it.Depending on the no. of days you have, self drive on the roads of Rajasthan is the best way to explore one of India's most beautiful states. For about a 15 day trip the below itinerary would do (assuming you start from Delhi):

Day 1: Delhi to Jaipur: After a 4 hours drive, site-seeing in Jaipur like City Palace, Jal Mahal & Hawa Mahal (both are captured from outside), Swami Narayan & Akshardham temple & local shopping

Day 2: Jaipur site-seeing of the three forts i.e. Amer fort, Jaigarh & in the evening visit the Nahargarh fort to have the beautiful views of the Jaipur city as lights take their effect

Day 3: Jaipur to Ajmer/Pushkar: A 3 hours hours drive would take you to Pushkar wherein you can visit the Pushkar lake, the Brahma temple then about a 40 min drive you enter Ajmer where you can visit Soniji ki Nasiyan which is a model of ancient Ayodhya city made in Gold!!! & the Anasagar lake. Stay at Ajmer for the night.

Day 4: Ajmer to Chittorgarh: Post a 4 hour drive you reach the city of Chittorgarh which has the largest fort complex of India which you can see on that day and over at Chittor for the night.

Day 5: Chittorgarh to Udaipur: Post a 2.5 hours drive you reach the beautiful white city of Udaipur. surrounded by lakes & small hills this picturesque city is one of the most beautiful in India. Visit the City Lake & Lake Palace (if you are not staying here) by riding into Lake Pichola & drive around the Fateh Sagar Lake

Day 6: Udaipur: Visit the Karni Mata temple at Udaipur to get some bautiful early morning pictures of this city & then visit the Monsoon Palace & Jaisamand lake (if time). You can go for local shopping later on

Day 7: Udaipur to Mount Abu: A 3 hours drive away is the hill station of Rajasthan i.e. Mount Abu. At an average altitude of about 1250 metres the place has a beautiful Nakki lake & the amazing Dilwara Temples to visit. You can also visit the highest peak of this area (Guru Shikhar) at an altitude of 1722 metres or can simply choose to relax.

Day 8: Mount Abu to Ranakpur/Kumbhalgarh: One of the most beautiful temple complex of India & the longest continuous wall are a 3 hours drive away from Mount Abu. Ranakpur has an amazing temple with highly intricate carvings that is a must visit, close by is the fort of Kumbhalgarh famous for having the largest continuous wall (36 km) in India It also has some temples that belong to the Mauryan age. Spend the night at Ranakpur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfk-Jtg4l2E

Day 9: Ranakpur to Jodhpur: A 3 hours drive away is the secocnd largest city (population wise) of Rajasthan i.e. Jodhpur. Famous for the breathtaking Mehrangarh fort which also offers some beautiful vistas of this blue city which along with Jaswant Thada you can visit that day. The fort also has a set of impressive museums. You can even enjoy a zipline adjacent to the fort.

Day 10: Jodhpur: The next visit the equally impressive Umaid Bhawan palace and then do a walking tour of the old blue city

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkVC2NUSEtQ

Day 11: Jodhpur to Jaisalmer: After a 4.5 drive from Jodhpur you reach almost the very end of Western India in the desert city of Jaisalmer. Visit the Sonar Killa (Golden fort) which is one of the only living fort in the country. The fort apart from being impressive also offers beautiful views of the city & has some intricate carvings & beautiful temple. After that while walking through the old town visit the beautiful Patwon ki haveli which was the home a family of rich merchants & observe the wealthy lifestyle in those times along with the beautiful Haveli architecture. Don’t miss out of the views of the Jaisalmer fort with the sun behind its back from the rooftop of the Haveli. Finally ending the day with a trip to the Gadisagar lake. Stay in the Jaisalmer city at night

Day 12: Jaisalmer Desert Safari: Visit the Thar desert camp the next day and enjoy a camel ride or a jeep safari of the desert. The beautiful sunset views over the Thar desert followed by a cultural program in your camp. Parasailing option is also available in the desert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGOl0jWpzcw

Day 13: Jaisalmer to Bikaner: A 6 hours drive from Jaisalmer desert camp gets you to Bikaner. You can visit or stay at the Laxmi Niwas Palace here & can visit the Bikaner fort. A visit to the old bikaner market can also be done as this is among one of the places of the orgin of some of the namkeens that we have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOmYy48syUI

Day 14: Bikaner to Jhunjhunu: After a 4 hours drive you reach the city of Jhunjhunu famous for its grand Havelis. Take a guided tour of the same.

Day 15: Jhunjhunu to Delhi: Almost a 5 hours drive gets to back to Delhi from where this whole trip began.

The one major spot that is out from this itineary is the tiger safari of Ranthambore that can be done on a 2 day 1 night trip from Delhi later.

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