Rajasthan is a timeless wonder that no true travel connoisseur should miss.
While one cannot encapsulate everything Rajasthan has to offer on one trip, there is a way to capture its essence in the most fantastic way possible.
Introducing the Desert Triangle- a trip showcasing the three innately beautiful towns that are the flag bearers of the state’s rich culture.
This trip encompasses Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner, offering travelers nothing but sheer pleasure. A trip to the Desert Triangle is like dipping your toes in paradise.
Here you will see fascinating architecture, experience local customs, and visit religious places. You’ll see colors and terrain change with each km you travel in the desert triangle. Want to learn how? Keep on reading, and we assure you, you will thank us later!
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The Desert Triangle Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival In Jodhpur
Welcome to Rajasthan!
Once you've arrived in Jodhpur, our chauffeur will greet you and take you to your abode for the evening. After dropping you off, they will be available to help you with anything and everything.
If you have arrived early, take the evening off to rejuvenate yourself amidst the beauty of Jodhpur. Or else explore the quintessential Rajasthani night scenes of the Blue City.
Day 2: Jodhpur Sightseeing
Visiting Chamunda Mata Temple, Balsamand Lake Garden, Bishnoi Village Safari, and Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park.
2.1. Chamunda Mata Temple - A Glimpse Into Hinduism's Fervour For The Divine
Chamunda is the fearsome form of the Hindu Divine and is known for destroying evil and bringing good luck.
An exciting trek to this sacred spot is both refreshing and exhilarating.
Start your trek to the temple in the early dawn. Then, wake up before the sun and enjoy the ever-so-beautiful walk while basking in the warmth of the daylight.
Upon reaching the temple, say your prayers while gazing down on the blue city, still dreaming in the early morning light.
After worshipping the goddess, kick off your day with a cup of cutting chai and head towards another exciting place close by.
Nearby Attractions To See: Gulab Sagar, Jaswant Thada, Phool Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Sachiya Mata Temple, Bheru Mandir, Hanuman Mandir
Nearby Restaurants To Try: Indigo, Geeta Mahal, The Step Well Café, The Curry House, Ravla, Kesar Heritage, Café Royale, Mehran Terrace, Chokelao Restaurant, Dagley Lounge
|Indian Citizens||70 INR|
|Indian Sr. Citizens and Students||40 INR|
|International Guests||600 INR|
|International Sr. Citizens and Guests||500 INR|
|Camera to shoot photos||100 INR|
2.2. Jodhpur Heritage Walk - Touring the Blue Enigma
Enjoy the unique blend of Jodhpur’s history and street food during your Jodhpur Heritage Walk.
On this half-day tour, you can see how locals live and interact with them. The trip will cover Jodhpur's best, from the Clock Tower, a local market in the old city, to finally reaching Mehrangarh fort, which Rao Jodha founded in 1459. So ensure that you take out time to experience them all.
Primary Lures Of This Walk:
1. Colorfully dressed locals with cattle and explore the famous Jodhpur bazaars.
2. Purchasing locally made jewelry, including lakh jewelry and souvenir gifts made of wood.
3. Discovering the old city market where textiles, spices, utensils, restaurants, and more can be found.
4. While returning through the city lanes, "Pachetia Hills," a hidden gem of Jodhpur. For your Instagram feed, this will serve as an excellent photo opportunity.
5. A variety of local food corners and restaurants where you can sample some mouthwatering delicacies.
Duration Of Visit?
Walking the heritage trail takes many hours. The tour starts at 9:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm.
2.3 Bishnoi Village Safari
Embark on a Jeep safari to see the unique tribal life of the Bishnois. They revere the environment and are dedicated to protecting flora and fauna surrounding them, particularly the endangered blackbuck.
You can choose from a morning, afternoon, or full-day village safari.
The most exciting part of this safari starts when you reach Gudha Village and Shepherd's Village, where you can spot Black Buck and Chinkaras. Afterward, you will head to Weavers village, the land of magic carpets. You can see the process of traditional carpet-making here.
Other sightseeing options include Potter's Village and Kankani Village. There is quite a bit of fame associated with their pottery work. You can buy some authentic pieces for your home.
Plus, don't forget to enjoy the Kalbeliya, a gypsy folk dance, and taste the traditional food and opium tea here. These two things further enhance your experience to the next level.
Entry Fee: 750 INR per person
2.4. Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park - Where Nature Meets Modern Architecture
Plant your feet somewhere you’ve never before and bring with it the rush of discovery and the joy of pushing back on the boundaries of your world.
This is why Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park is quite a jaw-dropper. Over 250 species of plants and animals thrive in this region. Trained naturalists and guides are also available at the park for visitors to get an in-depth tour of the attraction.
After exploring this public garden, tourists are headed to the ancient aqueduct cut out of the original rock. It forms a rocky canyon that leads to Mehrangarh Fort on the other end of the park.
|Indian Citizens||100 INR|
|Guided Tour||200 INR|
|School Students||No fees|
* Additional Information:
Tourist Attraction Nearby: Jaswant Thada, Ghanta Ghar, Mahamandir Temple, and Sheesh Palace.
Day 3: Jodhpur - Mandore - Jaisalmer
3.1. Mandore- A Town Filled With History
Away from the central city of Jodhpur lies the neglected beauty of an era; the Mandore Gardens, often known as the in-law's place of Ravan. This is indeed one of the best places to see in Rajasthan in December.
As part of this location, you will see a government museum, a hall of heroes, and a Hindu temple dedicated to 33 crore gods.
Museum objects and statues have rich and long past significance related to them.
The 'Hall of Heroes' commemorates popular folk icons of the region. On a single rock, 16 figures are carved.
A large hall next door houses images of different Hindu deities and is called "The temple of 33 crore gods."
Local Food To Try Dal Bhatti Churma, Makhaniya Lassi, Dahi Chaat, Kadhi Kachori, and Malai Ghevar.
3.2. Jaisalmer Fort - True Jewel Of Rajasthan Desert
Locally called Sone Ka Quila (Golden Fort), it is one of the most magnificent monuments in Jaisalmer.
Built-in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, the fort has four spectacular entrances on the south side, one of which was once guarded by a cannon. The crest of the fort's wall is adorned with a weather prediction device used to determine the weather at various points during the day.
This beautiful Fort of Rajasthan survived several attacks by Muslim rulers such as Ala-Uddin-Khilji and Mughal Emperor Humayun over a long period. But still, the fort stands proudly in the middle of the unending golden sands of the Thar Desert.
Within the tower, there are a variety of architectural buildings, including palaces, houses, and temples made up of yellow sandstone, which appears as if the fort is constructed from gold, and its beauty rises with the sunset when it starts to sparkle as if it is melting gold.
You can also experience the museum here, which is widely known for its remarkable collection of arms, dresses, utensils, & ornaments from the Rajput kingdom.
|Indian Citizens||50 INR|
|International Tourists||250 INR|
|Still Camera||50 INR|
|Video Camera||100 INR|
Tourist Places Nearby: Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Gadsisar Lake, Osyian, and Tanot Mata Temple.
Day 4: Jaisalmer Sightseeing
Visiting Longewala War Memorial, Desert Culture Centre, and Kuldhara Abandoned Village.
4.1. Longewala War Memorial - Remembrance Of India's Longest Battle
The Longewala War Memorial is widely famous for its gold-engraved tales of sacrifice and courage from the 1971 battle between India and Pakistan.
At the museum's entrance, you can capture the Indian Army's two famous tanks, the T59, and Sherman. Several other models can be found behind the museum and bunkers.
Inside the museum, you can discover the war zone, the ammo used by the soldiers, and the uniforms they wore during the war. Additionally, a wall within the memorial has pictures of martyrs and those who fought for the nation's freedom.
4.2. Desert Culture Centre - The Best Escape From Reality
Take the time to discover Rajasthan's past at this cultural hub, and prepare to be blown away by the experience.
Desert Culture Centre narrates the yore of Jaisalmer’s princely states as well as displays Rajasthani culture in a very captivating way, including Rajasthani music (with video), textiles, kava (painted wooden mobile story box) depicting the story of Rajasthani folk hero Pabuji and a phad (scroll painting).
In addition, the center also hosts half-hour puppet shows with English commentary every night.
|Indian Citizens||50 INR|
|Entry Fee For Puppet Show||50 INR|
|Still Camera||20 INR|
|Video Camera||50 INR|
4.3. Kuldhara Abandoned Village - World's Most Beautiful Ghost Town
Would you like to dive into a spooky atmosphere filled with charm and a story that will frighten you?
If that's you, pack your bags for Kuldhara, The Ghost Village!
Legends claim the area is renowned for a real ghost story.
Once upon a time, the Chief of Jaisalmer wanted to marry the village head's daughter forcefully because he fell in love with her at first sight.
The village unanimously opposed this marriage, so to protect their daughters and families from the oppression of this arrogant minister, they left the town and cursed it never to be inhabited again.
Locals claim that no one can settle here due to the curse, and even if someone does, they either disappear or experience paranormal activity.
Kuldhara is also known for its very well-ventilated houses, which maintain a pleasant temperature inside regardless of the weather outside.
You can even experience authentic cuisines, such as Mutton Saag, Pyaaz ki Kachori, Dal Bati Churma, Makhania Lassi, and Ghotua Laddoo.
* Additional Information:
Tourist Places Nearby: My Network Emitra Pokhran, Nathmal Ki Haveli, and Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer.
Day 5: Jaisalmer - Bikaner
As a final stop, you will be taken to the magical city of Bikaner, where many enthralling things await you on a silver platter.
Meanwhile, on the way, about 330 km away, you can see and know other captivating sights such as Shree Karni Mata Ji Temple and Seth Bhandasar Jain Temple.
Note: Remember to try Daulji Dal Pakwan at local food corners before you leave for Bikaner.
Day 6: Bikaner
Visiting National Research Centre On Camel, Bikaner Camel Festival, and Royal Cenotaphs.
6.1. National Research Centre on Camel- Where Breeders Meet The Desert
ICAR-National Research Centre on Camel is a premier research center based in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
On July 5, 1984, the Indian Government established a Project Directorate on Camels at Bikaner (India) to recognize the importance of camels in arid and semi-arid zones. On September 20, 1995, it became the National Research Center for Camel (NRCC) under the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).
The mission of the NRCC is to conserve and breed camels and use their milk and by-products to make ice cream, flavored milk, tea, and coffee. So you can indeed enjoy them.
On the far end of the center, there are small dunes that will give you a feel of being in the desert. Camel rides are also available on the property of the Centre.
|Indian Citizens||30 INR|
|Foreign Tourists||50 INR|
|Camera to shoot photos||50 INR|
|Camel Ride||50 INR|
6.2. Bikaner Camel Festival
Camels are the pride of Thar Desert. Therefore, Bikaner annually hosts the Camel Festival to celebrate this "ship of the desert," which helps the locals survive in the desert.
Organized by the Tourism Department of Rajasthan, the Bikaner Camel Festival matches the other festivals the state hosts.
The celebrations begin with a colourful parade of beautifully adorned camels against the majestic Junagarh Fort. Then, the fire dance adds a touch of glamour to the festivities.
There are also several competitions for tourists and locals. A few of these competitions include tug of war for males and females and a water pot race for women only.
There is no cost for the public to attend the Bikaner Camel Festival, so anyone can come to join this colourful squad.
* Additional Information:
Tourist Places Nearby: Junagarh Fort, Shri Laxminath Temple, Lalgarh Palace, and Gajner Palace.
Day 7: Departure
You'll return home after exploring north India from Jodhpur International Airport.
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Other Remarkable Experiences That You Can Add To Your Itinerary
1. Rajasthan abounds with mysteries and unknown stories. So go this time to Jaisalmer’s Havelis and explore all the buried secrets within them.
2. Experience Rajasthan's beauty in an entirely new light; fly over Jodhpur in a stiff, luxurious aircraft while admiring the grand Mehrangarh Fort as you glide smoothly over the city's skyline.
3. As a food enthusiast, you will find Laal Maas one of the most delightful dishes in Jodhpur. This spicy Rajasthani mutton curry has a great kick.
4. A shrine to Bullet Baba, one of the most revered ancestors of Royal Enfield motorbikes, can be found near Jodhpur along National Highway 65. The story behind this religious place is something offbeat. No one can cross that road without paying tribute to bullet baba.
To Wrap Up,
Indeed, by now, you would not doubt Desert Triangle's uniqueness. A journey through the Thar Desert will take you via mesmerizing architecture, local Rajasthani culture, religious sites, and, most noteworthy, the sand dunes.
While travelling between places, you can select some prominent spots and activities to do in each. This way, you can explore more places in a limited time.
To make things even easier, we offer a tour package.
So, come and explore your dream destination with us. We assure you that by the end of the tour, you’ll have some unforgettable memories of this magic land!
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