Looking for a Road Trip Guidance for a trip to Rajasthan using Own Vehicle


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Dear BCMTourers
I am comtemplating a Roadtrip from Pune to Rajasthan sometime in December of this year. I plan to use my own vehicle - a 2020 Innova Crysta V with barely 16K on ODO. I will be accompanied by 2 other friends, both of whom are experienced drivers. The trip will be no more than 11 days/ 10 nights being back on the 11th day. The goal of the roadtrip is - 1. know our own country firsthand 2. See the grandeur of Rajasthan Marwar along with north western Rajasthan along with the untapped beauty of Thar desert 3. Maintain a flexible schedule and also explore unplanned stays in the route - camping / cooking / nature stay 4. come back as an enriched citizen with a very exciting story to tell to inspire similar intent in others. The places I plan to cover are as below:
Udaipur, Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh, Jodhpur, Khimsar, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Longewala, Tanot Mata Mandir, Kuldhara

The itinerary that I have put together
Route [Need your inputs]:
Pune -> Udaipur -> Ranakpur -> Kumbhalgarh -> Jodhpur -> Bikaner -> Jaisalmer -> longewala -> Tanot -> Jaisalmer -> Kuldhara -> Barmer -> Ahemdabad -> Pune

Proposed Itinerary [Need your inputs]:
Day 1 - Pune to Udaipur (Long Drive - but 3 drivers are there)
Day 2 - Stay in Udaipur / Sightseeing
Day 3 - Depart Udaipur for Kumbhalgarh - Fort Visit @ daytime - Light & Sound Show @ evening; stay in Kumbhalgarh
Day 4 - Depart Kumabhalgarh for Jodhpur and visit Ranakpur on the way; Reach Jodhpur in the evening and spend the evening doing local sightseeing; Stay in Jodhpur
Day 5 - Stay in Jodhpur / Sighseeing
Day 6 - Depart Jodhpur for Bikaner visiting Khimsar on the way; Reach Bikaner late noon; Sight seeing & stay in Bikaner
Day 7 - Depart Bikaner post sightseeing till noon, destination is Jaisalmer via Pokhran and Ramdewra; Reach late evening and stay in Jaisalmer
Day 8 - Stay in Jaisalmer and visit Longewala, Tanot, back to Jaisalmer and do Desert Safari & Sunset in the eveing
Day 9 - Stay in Jaisalmer and local Sightseeing - forts and other key tourist destinations
Day 10 - Depart Jaisalmer for Ahmedabad and visit Kuldhara and Barmer on the way
Day 11 - Depart Ahmedabad and reach Pune by early evening

Help Needed from the forum -
1. Advise on the Route & Itinerary
2. Advise on Stay Options in the locations

3. Advise on locations where we can pitch our own tents for nature stay (would not prefer stays like Sam Sand Dunes and other pre-made tent stays)

I am looking forward to your inputs and advice.

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us


Mediocre me
Skip Bikaner altogether. What is to see in Bikaner. I mean there is but not worth the hassle.

The juice is in Jaisalmer Desert and around.
Most tent accomodation have poor food but you will like the whole experience.

Jaisalmer has good roof cafe for night.

Jodhpur fort is good. Do zipline there, very good.