3J's in Rajasthan : Jaipur Jodhpur Jaisalmer

The idea:

It was a long awaited plan, probably in mind from 5 years. And this year it was meant to happen. The destination would be Rajasthan. The place has a lot to offer, and probably one could never cover the entire state in a trip, but could get a flavour of royalty, glimpses of tradition and of course feel the sand.

Tourism destinations are spread across Rajasthan. From mammoth forts, to glittering palaces, and not to forget the sand dunes coupled with the feeling of solitude in midst of a desert, this truly was meant to be a diverse tour. A trip that gulps a blend of royalty, history and tradition.

And it must be a road trip, as that’s the best way, feeling the desert on both sides of road. And couple that with wandering in small old town lanes, shop from the old markets, walk and walk further up in the forts. As it is said, fun is in the journey rather than just the destination.

Here are a few teaser pics before the detail starts:

It is about the beautiful palaces of Jaipur:



And also about the amazing views:


And view of the cities:

And a glimpse of tradition as well

But it's a road trip, so yes there are amazing roads.. well till the time sand starts taking over them:




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POST 2: The plan:

This was going to be a family trip, and that makes it total of 5 adults. 3 are based in NCR, whereas me and my wife need to join from Bangalore. This ruled out taking our own hatch from Bangalore all the way to Rajasthan. And so we decided to have a self-drive XUV. The three would bring it from Noida while 2 of us will join them at Jaipur directly.

Expecting a pleasant climate, we planned to execute the trip in October. Booked flights, hotels well in advance.

The entire trip would be of 9 days and will cover the 3 Jewels of Rajasthan – Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Though initially we thought of including Bikaner as well, but the plan wasn’t working out. We needed an extra day or two to cover Bikaner, and hence decided to drop.

And so the final plan was as follows:

Day 1: Reach Jaipur by flight, and Jaipur sightseeing in 2nd half
Day 2: Jaipur sightseeing, forts, markets. Will be joined in afternoon by rest of the members
Day 3: Jaipur sightseeing, covering remaining forts, palaces
Day 4: Jaipur to Jodhpur drive via Pali bypass, with a compulsory stop at Bullet baba temple
Day 5: Jodhpur sightseeing
Day 6: Jodhpur to Jaisalmer drive, evening at Sam sand dunes at Kanoi, night stay at tent camp in Kanoi
Day 7: Jaisalmer sightseeing, stay inside Jaisalmer fort
Day 8: Jaisalmer to Longewala battlefield, and start to drive back to Jaipur. Overnight stop at Nagaur
Day 9: Nagaur to Jaipur, split up the team and back to airport

Here’s the route map for complete drive: