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Rajasthan Desert Tour


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No. of Days :  7 days

Destinations covered: Delhi - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer - Jodhpur

 

 
DAY 1 - Delhi
Welcome to India : Welcome aboard! You are welcomed & picked up by our executive from the main exit of the airport and transferred to the hotel in your private car (Our executive will be waiting outside the exit gate with a placard of your name). We will have a welcome briefing covering the various aspects of the tour (ensuring that you have the best of the Indian holiday) and you will be handed over the India travel kit containing all relevant documents of your trip (air/rail tickets, hotel vouchers, transport, guide, sightseeing vouchers, writing pads with other travel related documents).


Note: The normal check in - check out time of the hotels are 1200 hours and if your arrival time does not suit this we can arrange activities for you on the first day or pre-book the hotel from the previous night on additional charge and as per your request.


DAY 2 - Delhi>Mandawa (260 km / 6 hrs)
Paintings, Havelis & Frescos : Driving southwards reach Shekhavati Region. Shekhavati is not the name of a particular city or town. In fact, it is the name of an entire region in northern Rajasthan, which was once controlled by King Rao Shekhaji. There are a number of small towns and villages, clustered together. Unlike other places in Rajasthan where the main attraction is generally forts and palaces, Shekhavati is known for its painted walls. The whole region is dotted with elaborately frescoed Havelis (mansions). It is like an open-air Art Gallery.



DAY 3 - Mandawa>Bikaner (220 km / 4 hrs)
The Desert Citadel : Drive west to reach the desert citadel - "Bikaner". Tucked away in the harsh desert region of western Rajasthan lies the relatively remote city of Bikaner. 

Start the day by visiting the unusual Junagarh Fort. Unusual because, unlike all the major forts of Rajasthan which are on hilltops, this one was built on the desert plains itself. The palace complex's sumptuously decorated interiors are better preserved than in almost any other region. Also visit the camel breeding farm and famous rat temple at Deshnok. Overnight at Bikaner.


DAY 4 - Bikaner>Jaisalmer (355 km / 6-7 hrs)
The Golden Oasis : Drive further westward & reach the golden oasis called Jaisalmer. Here it appears as if a master-craftsman took one huge piece of sandstone and patiently carved out the entire city.

For the second half of the day explore the beautiful man made lake Gadsisar (the only source of water Jaisalmer had for years) & the royal cenotaphs at Bada Bagh.


DAY 5 - Jaisalmer
Rolling Sand dunes :Visit one of the most exotic forts of Rajasthan in the first half of the day exploring it from every nook and corner and take some delightful pictures.

Then drive towards the rolling sand dunes to enjoy camel safari over sand dunes. Overnight stay at Jaisalmer only.


DAY 6 - Jaisalmer>Jodhpur (305 km / 6 hrs)
Sun City :Drive towards east to reach Jodhpur - Blue City. Jodhpur city was founded way back in 1459.

Evening free to shop. Enjoy an optional dinner atop the fort.

DAY 7 - Jodhpur
The way back :After breakfast  climb up the majestic Mehrangarh fort (one of the best preserved fort with modern techniques of audio guides) and explore the various sections within. Also visit the marble cenotaph at Jaswant Thada before returning back to the hotel.

Afternoon drop at airport to board flight for your onwards journey.

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Jaisalmer Fort, Ashoka Holidays
Desert Safari in Jaisalmer, Ashoka Holidays
Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Ashoka Holidays

highlights of the tour, Ashoka Holidays
  • Camel safari in Thar desert

  • Frescos of the Shekhavati havelis

  • Architectural masterpieces & cultural exhuberance

  • Quaint Rat temple and camel breeding farm at Bikaner

 
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