Get an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the country with a visit to the historic state of Rajasthan. A large number of edifices and museums dotted across the region provide information about its royal past. Visit the remarkable City Palace and the beautifully constructed Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. The city of Jodhpur is sure to amaze you with its architectural splendour and historic significance. Jaisalmer is also a famous destination in Rajasthan that must not be left unexplored. A camel safari in the desert area of Bikaner marks a perfect end to the vacation.
Detailed Day Wise Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival in Jaipur | Sightseeing in Jaipur
After arrival at Jaipur airport/railway station, meet a representative and then, take a transfer to the hotel. On reaching the hotel, check-in and relax for a while.
In the afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour of this mesmerising destination. Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and is known for its rich culture and heritage. There is a plethora of historic edifices in this region that are worth a visit.
Commence the sightseeing tour of this city with a visit to the magnificent City Palace, which was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II. The construction of this palace was started in the year 1729 that continued till 1732. The main highlights of this palace are the seven-storey Chandra Mahal, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Mubarak Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Am.
Later, head towards the famous Hawa Mahal, which is popularly known as the ‘Palace of Winds’. This palace has 953 windows that are decorated with intricate latticework, which were used by royal women to view the street life. A small archaeological museum, located within the palace, gives an insight into the royal past of the region and is a must visit.
Thereafter, proceed towards Jantar Mantar, which is a UNESCO recognised world heritage site. It was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1724 and was built using stone and marble. This observatory has astronomical instruments, which attract science enthusiasts as well as tourists.
There is a plethora of pink houses dotted across the region and hence, this city is also referred to as the Pink City. Spend some time exploring this region to admire its beauty.
Later, retire to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 2 – Sightseeing in Jaipur
In the morning, savour a delicious breakfast and leave the hotel to explore the magnificent Amber Fort. Perched on top of a hill, this fort has an amalgamation of Hindu and Mughal architectural styles. The construction of this edifice was started in the year 1592 by Raja Man Singh I and was completed by Mirza Raja Jai Singh. It has been built using red sandstone, and it has opulent interiors decorated with precious stones, carvings and mirror settings. A view of Maota Lake and the entire Jaipur city from this palace is a sight to behold.
After exploring this regal palace, retreat to the hotel and repose. Later in the evening, go for a leisure stroll in the colourful and bustling markets of Jaipur.
Thereafter, retire to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 3 – Drive from Jaipur to Jodhpur (323 km/approx. 8 hours)
Check-out from the hotel and embark on a road journey to Jodhpur.On arrival at Jodhpur, check-in at the hotel and unpack. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 – Sightseeing in Jodhpur
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the enthralling city of Jodhpur. Commence the tour with a visit to the Mehrangarh Fort, which is among the largest forts in the country. Enclosed by thick walls, this huge fort is situated 400 feet above the Jodhpur city. It also houses a museum that exhibits a huge collection of arms, paintings, costumes and decorated period rooms.
Thereafter, proceed towards Jaswant Thada, which was commissioned by Maharaja Sardar Singh. He built this white marble as a memorial for his father, Maharaj Jaswant Singh II. After spending time at this place, head to the local markets to make a purchase for Jodhpur’s popular handicraft items.
Later, retire to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 5 – Drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (270 km/approx. 5 hours)
Check-out from the hotel and start your journey towards the city of Jaisalmer. It was founded in 1156 AD by a Rajput king – Maharawal Jaisal Singh. The city lies in the heart of the Thar Desert and is located on a ridge of yellow sandstone.
On reaching Jaisalmer, check-in at the hotel and take rest. In the evening, head to the famous attraction of the city – Jaisalmer Fort, which is considered to be one of the largest forts in India. Popularly known as Sonar Quila, this fort was constructed using sandstones. There is a fusion of Rajput and Islamic architectural styles in its construction.
After visiting this amazing place, proceed to Patwon ki Haveli, which is a beautiful piece of architecture. It was constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa – a rich merchant.Later, return to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 6 – Sightseeing in Jaisalmer
Leave the hotel and embark on a sightseeing tour of this mesmerising destination.
After sightseeing in the morning, drive to Khuri village in the afternoon. Located at a distance of about 45 km from Jaisalmer, this village has a cluster of thatched-roof houses. Here, you can enjoy a camel ride (At your own expense) for an experience of a lifetime.
In the evening, go for an excursion to Sam Sand Dunes, which is located in the outskirts of Jaisalmer. The famous Desert Festival is organised here every year that attracts a number of tourists from across the globe.Later, retreat to the hotel in Jaisalmer and stay overnight.
Day 7 – Drive from Jaisalmer to Bikaner (340 km/approx. 5 hours) | Sightseeing in Bikaner
Check-out from the hotel and drive towards Bikaner. The beautifully designed havelis, huge forts, folk music and traditional costumes reflect the city’s old world charm.
On arrival at this destination, check-in at the hotel and relax for a while. Thereafter, proceed towards the magnificent Junagarh Fort, which was built in AD 1593 by Raja Rai Singh. This fort houses structures like Ganga Niwas, Anup Mahal and Rang Mahal. A museum within the premises of this fort houses a huge array of artefacts.
Later, retire to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 8 – Sightseeing in Bikaner
Embark on a city tour of Bikaner. Commence the tour with a visit to the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum. Established in the year 1937, this museum is under the control of Government of Rajasthan. This museum houses a huge collection of terracotta ware, paintings, coins and weapons. Thereafter, visit the revered temple of Karni Mata, which is a unique temple. The presiding deity in the temple is Devi Karni, who is believed to be the incarnation of Goddess Durga. This temple is most famous for its black rats, which are treated as sacred and are protected in the temple. After seeking blessings at Karni Mata Temple, visit the revered Laxmi Nath Temple.
Later, visit the colourful bazaars of Bikaner, which are famous for rangi dupattas, kundan work, wooden antiques and carpet making. Artwork made of camel hides is also famous in Bikaner. You can also enjoy a camel safari in this beautiful region.
In the evening, return to the hotel and enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 9 – Drive from Bikaner to Jaipur (340 km/approx. 6 hours) | Departure from Jaipur
Check-out from the hotel and drive towards Jaipur airport/railway station to board your return flight/train.