Beautiful indigo blue ink-spill patterned buildings make picture-perfect Jodhpur everything it's made out to be, and a little more. An epitome of everything Rajasthani, from every postcard you've probably ever seen, the spectacular sandstone royal desert town of Jaisalmer is charming and mysterious all at the same time. Get the feel of real desert of Rajasthan, with this twin city tour.
Arrival in Jodhpur-Visit Thar Desert
Arrive in the beautiful blue city of Jodhpur. Check in to your hotel and relax for a while before heading out for a tour of the city. Post breakfast, head for a half day tour of the city. This 'Sun city' stuns you with its architectural marvels and this half-day tour begins with a drive to Mehrangarh Fort. Founded by Rao Jodha, backin 1459, Jodhpur was ultimately capital of the Marwar region thanks to its elevation and rocky ridges. Legend has it that the construction of the fort led to Jodhpur being plagued by drought after a hermit who lived here cursed it. Visit the museum inside for its historical artefacts. The beautiful white-marble Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph, burial ground for the rulers of this region. Walk to the tiered gardens and small lake before driving down to the historic Ghanta Ghar (clock tower). Sadar Bazar, the bustling local market near the tower, is filled with little shops of traditional jewellery, bright clothes and innumerable eateries.
Move on to Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world's largest private residences, still home to the erstwhile royal family with a part of it leased to Taj Hotels. Listen in as our guide tells you about drought conditions of the 1920's that led to the Maharaja constructing this palace as an employment opportunity for locals. Visit the museum and have a look at the antiques before the drive back to your hotel.
Transfer to Jaisalmer
Post breakfast, check out from your hotel and drive to Jaisalmer. Around 286 kilometres for Jodhpur, the route is pretty scenic and boasts of some beautiful landscapes of the Thar desert. An epitome of everything Rajasthani, from every postcard you've probably ever seen, the spectacular sandstone royal desert town of Jaisalmer is charming and mysterious all at the same time. Self-explanatory as a 'golden city', Jaisalmer's fort is perched on a yellow sandstone ridge, keeping a watchful eye over the ever-spreading town beyond its walls.
Check in to your hotel, relax for a bit and head out for a lovely evening stroll.
City Tour of Jaisalmer-Visit Havelis-Gadsisar Lake
A new day dawns and it's time to explore the city of Jaisalmer. Drive down to Jaisalmer Fort after breakfast. The thriving township that occupies every nook and corner of this fort is a sight for sore eyes. Havelis, Jain temples, shops, hotels and restaurants can be found in abundance. Cobbled, narrow alleys give you glimpses into life inside this living fort. Our local guide will tell you more on the history of these temples and havelis. Visit the temples dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdevji. A mere kilometre away is Patwon ki Haveli, the oldest haveli in Jaisalmer, a cluster of 5 smaller havelis. Maintained by the government, this haveli has beautifully designed gateways and arches, paintings and mirror work on its walls. Move on to Nathmahal Ji ki Haveli, originally meant as the erstwhile Prime Minister's residence. Two life-size sandstone elephants stand guard at the entrance of the haveli. A little down the road is the 17th century Salim Ji ki Haveli, with a roof that resembles a peacock. Take a look out of one of the 38 balconies, each of which has been designed in a different way.
In the evening, proceed for the excursion to Sam Sand dunes. Located at a distance of 42 kilometres from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert. You can also see the patterns and motifs created by the shifting sands and air. Moreover, Sam Sand Dunes also provide you with an unforgettable experience of camel rides and the sunset.
Head back to your hotel after this day long tour and call it a night.
Transfer to Jodhpur and Departure
The tour of the beautiful desert cities of Rajasthan ends today. We drive you down to Jodhpur from where you will make your onwards journey. Of sandstone forts and desert, this tripwill remain etched in your memory for a long time to come.