Planning trip to Rajasthan in the new year

mchadha

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Hi all. I have been planning a trip to Rajasthan in winters for the past few years but somehow could not. Wish to do it this year. Plan is to spend 6 -7 days in first 2 weeks of jan19. Rough iternery I was thinking of was
Day 1. Delhi-bikaner. Stay overnight.
Day 2. Bikaner to jaisalmer. Visit Pokharan on the way. Stay overnight
Day 3. Jaisalmer local. Stay overnight.
Day4. Jaisalmer to tanot/longewala. Stay overnight.
Day 5. Jaisalmer to Sam /khuri and stay overnight if possible.
Day6. Sam/khuri to jodhpur. Stay overnight
Day7. Jodhpur to Delhi.
Need suggestions on
1. Places to stay. Should I stay at RTDC hotels at the places mentioned or any other recommendations.... Any contact numbers would be great especially for Sam or khuri.
2. Which is better to stay and explore, Sam or khuri. Also in terms of expenses
3. Places to see and things to do
4. Should I cut down a night in jaisalmer and stay at jodhpur of an extra night?
5. Prebooking or should I go there and see if places are available. Need this info soon as will prebook early if recommended.
Thanks

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Yogesh Sarkar

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1. RTDC Moomal at Jaisalmer is a good and so is their breakfast buffet. RTDC Dhola Maru at Bikaner is badly maintained and food isn’t all that great either. RTDC Sam Dhani is just about fine, nothing special and you can get a better deal at other camps in Sam. I didn’t check the RTDC property at Jodhpur, since it was full. At Sam I stayed at Kasam Desert Safari Camp, which was fine and so was Hotel Jain Excellency at Jodhpur.

2. Khuri is supposed to be less touristy and better.

3. Bikaner: Visit the Rat Temple near Bikaner and of course the Fort there. Jain Temples can be given a miss if you want and if you want to go there, park your vehicle at hotel or at railway station and hire an auto.

Jaisalmer: Fort is a must visit and you can even stay there, rest of the havelis are fine for a quick dekho, but nothing more than that. Have food at Maharaja Restaurant (Rajasthani Thali) and dinner at 1st Gate Fusion. You can also visit Bada Bagh.

Jodhpur: Fort will take up most of your time, since it is massive. If you have time, then there are other places worth visiting in Jodhpur as well, but that only works out, if you're spending a couple of nights there.

4. If possible, yes. Else you will have barely enough time to even see the fort.

5. Book in advance where possible.
 

amitjatt

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Hi all. I have been planning a trip to Rajasthan in winters for the past few years but somehow could not. Wish to do it this year. Plan is to spend 6 -7 days in first 2 weeks of jan19. Rough iternery I was thinking of was
Day 1. Delhi-bikaner. Stay overnight.
Day 2. Bikaner to jaisalmer. Visit Pokharan on the way. Stay overnight
Day 3. Jaisalmer local. Stay overnight.
Day4. Jaisalmer to tanot/longewala. Stay overnight.
Day 5. Jaisalmer to Sam /khuri and stay overnight if possible.
Day6. Sam/khuri to jodhpur. Stay overnight
Day7. Jodhpur to Delhi.
Need suggestions on
1. Places to stay. Should I stay at RTDC hotels at the places mentioned or any other recommendations.... Any contact numbers would be great especially for Sam or khuri.
2. Which is better to stay and explore, Sam or khuri. Also in terms of expenses
3. Places to see and things to do
4. Should I cut down a night in jaisalmer and stay at jodhpur of an extra night?
5. Prebooking or should I go there and see if places are available. Need this info soon as will prebook early if recommended.
Thanks

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Yogesh sir has very well answered your queries.

I can only add that as far as i remember.

Tanot/longewala doesn't have any decent accommodation and to make the trip more interesting just before going to tanot/longewala you should visit sam sand dunes and village dhanana as no tourists are present as compared to sam.


You can stay at sam tents.
Do visit the haunted village before sam.

The day you are going to sam in the morning go to BSF HQ and get the permission for BP 609.

Its a bit of adventure as before tanot a road goes to right and bang you see the IB and Pakistani posts just like border movie its an awesome feeling definitely should try it out.

I did it with my wife and i tell you its worth as the amount of wildlife you see is beyond expectations.

In jodhpur do visit the spot, the well (artificial) from where batman comes out in 3rd part of batman series(very often people visit the well).

The road between tanot and longewala will be the best and to top it off when you reach longewala you take a left for jaisalmer but if you go right the road to ghotaru and the fort, absolutely no tourists there.

Do eat sambar vada of the army canteen at longewala.

Also there is a shop in jaisalmer fort having old pics of the fort when sand dunes were right at the edge of fort and everybody lived inside only, awesome days of past.

If you have time you can travel to munabao from jaisalmer and watch the railway station and the train leaving for Pakistan (not famous).

Jodhpur fort and local sight seeing.

Personally speaking Jaipur /jodhpur are more commercialised and most of us who think of Rajasthan as desert would be disappointed as these cities are modern.
Jaipur can be a metro too.

I like barmer, bikaner, jaisalmer and come back via ganganagar that whole route from top to bottom is too isolated.

Finally the petrol /diesel is in jaisalmer only so top up before leaving anywhere.

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mchadha

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Hi guys. Based on your inputs have made a tentative plan. Please give your inputs on the things to see and suggestions on feasibility of my planned iternery. Also suggest places to stay. Need to prebook I guess as can't take a chance with a tight schedule in peak season.

8 January. Delhi to Bikaner. 6:00 a.m. start from Delhi and reach Bikaner by 9 hours so should be there by 4 p.m. stay at Bikaner.

9th January. bikaner to Jaisalmer. get up early morning 8am and visit rat Mandir on the way and Bikaner Fort. Reach Jaisalmer rtdc by 3 pm and stay. visit Jaisalmer Fort , Patwa Ki Haveli , bada Bagh. try Maharaja restaurant and first gate for Dinner

10th January jaisalmer local. Stay at rtdc.Early morning 8:00 a.m.visit BSF headquarters for permission. Tanot Longewala, BP 609, village dharana, try Army canteen at Longewala. return to rtdc Jaisalmer. Dinner at Jaisalmer Fort

11th January. Jaisalmer to Sam. Sunset camel ride , cultural evening. Visit haunted village before Sam. Night stay at Sam tents.

12th January. Jaisalmer to Jodhpur. Early morning 8:00 a.m. from Jaisalmer. Reach Jodhpur by 1:00 p.m. Visit Jodhpur Fort, artificial well of batman Fame. Stay Jodhpur rtdc

13 January. Jodhpur Delhi

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amitjatt

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Hi guys. Based on your inputs have made a tentative plan. Please give your inputs on the things to see and suggestions on feasibility of my planned iternery. Also suggest places to stay. Need to prebook I guess as can't take a chance with a tight schedule in peak season.

8 January. Delhi to Bikaner. 6:00 a.m. start from Delhi and reach Bikaner by 9 hours so should be there by 4 p.m. stay at Bikaner.

9th January. bikaner to Jaisalmer. get up early morning 8am and visit rat Mandir on the way and Bikaner Fort. Reach Jaisalmer rtdc by 3 pm and stay. visit Jaisalmer Fort , Patwa Ki Haveli , bada Bagh. try Maharaja restaurant and first gate for Dinner

10th January jaisalmer local. Stay at rtdc.Early morning 8:00 a.m.visit BSF headquarters for permission. Tanot Longewala, BP 609, village dharana, try Army canteen at Longewala. return to rtdc Jaisalmer. Dinner at Jaisalmer Fort

11th January. Jaisalmer to Sam. Sunset camel ride , cultural evening. Visit haunted village before Sam. Night stay at Sam tents.

12th January. Jaisalmer to Jodhpur. Early morning 8:00 a.m. from Jaisalmer. Reach Jodhpur by 1:00 p.m. Visit Jodhpur Fort, artificial well of batman Fame. Stay Jodhpur rtdc

13 January. Jodhpur Delhi

Thanks

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Sir i would suggest switching 10 and 11.

As permission on same day is not possible.

It takes one day unless you know somebody in BSF, army.

So i would suggest go to sam first and before going there just give your application for permission and move on to sam, dhanana.

Stay at sam and next day come back get the permission and race off to tamanchewala post on Pakistani side.

Roads in Rajasthan are awesome so nothing to complain.


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Yogesh Sarkar

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There is no way you would be able to see the Bikaner Fort and Karni Mata Temple and reach Jaisalmer by 3 pm. Junagarh Fort opens at 10 am and you will need at least a couple of hours to explore it. So in the morning you can visit the temple and then the fort, then after lunch you can start for Jaisalmer.

If possible, start from Delhi at 3 am and cover the Bikaner Fort on the same day. I know it would be hectic, but it is best to try and do that, so that you can leave early the next day .
 

mchadha

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There is no way you would be able to see the Bikaner Fort and Karni Mata Temple and reach Jaisalmer by 3 pm. Junagarh Fort opens at 10 am and you will need at least a couple of hours to explore it. So in the morning you can visit the temple and then the fort, then after lunch you can start for Jaisalmer.

If possible, start from Delhi at 3 am and cover the Bikaner Fort on the same day. I know it would be hectic, but it is best to try and do that, so that you can leave early the next day .
Will try to start early from Delhi but fog may be an issue?? What do you think. Also which would be the best route from Delhi to Bikaner. Google shows me a longer route via either Jaipur or Rohtak and hissar...
Which is the best route and roughly how long will it take? I plan to reach Bikaner by 2pm so that I can do the fort same day

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mchadha

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Sir i would suggest switching 10 and 11.

As permission on same day is not possible.

It takes one day unless you know somebody in BSF, army.

So i would suggest go to sam first and before going there just give your application for permission and move on to sam, dhanana.

Stay at sam and next day come back get the permission and race off to tamanchewala post on Pakistani side.

Roads in Rajasthan are awesome so nothing to complain.


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Thanks Amit. Keeping your advice have contacted one of my friends in BSF. Will see if he can get me the permission needed. In any case will switch the iternery as you suggested just in case.
Can you suggest a camp stay at Sam/Khuri which is reasonable and good. One guy I asked wanted 2000 per head (8000 for me, wife and 2 kids age 8 and 12).
Also which would be the best route to take from Delhi to Bikaner?

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Yogesh Sarkar

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Will try to start early from Delhi but fog may be an issue?? What do you think. Also which would be the best route from Delhi to Bikaner. Google shows me a longer route via either Jaipur or Rohtak and hissar...
Which is the best route and roughly how long will it take? I plan to reach Bikaner by 2pm so that I can do the fort same day

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On our way to Pushkar recently, we encountered fog at 3-4 places and it did get thick enough to bring us to a crawl. Thankfully, it was only for a few hundred meters.

While going to Bikaner earlier this year, I took the route via the Jaipur Bypass (Chandwa Ji) - Chomu – Sikar and it was really good with only the Delhi – Chandwaji route being bad and it took us around 9 hours to reach Bikaner, covering a distance of 535 km.

As far as camps are concerned, you can check out camps run by Kasam Khan or alternatively, the RTDC Samdhani camps. They are far cheaper than the price you have been quoted.
 
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