Spend at least one to two hours here exploring the much-infused history of this town. In this pursuit, live an incomplete fairy tale straight out of a history textbook at the best-preserved structures.
If not for this, come here to get some fantastic pictures clicked.
To do so, go to Mandore Gardens for what can be undoubtedly called the town’s glorious past.
- Cenotaphs or Chattris of the many Maharajas of Jodhpur – a group of red sandstone buildings with intricate carvings, pillars, and elaborate corridors dating back to the 17th- 18th century.
- The Hall of Heroes that showcases beautiful images and statues of Rajput heroes.
- The temple of 33 crore Gods consists of a myriad of murals and sculptures dedicated to Hindu gods.
- Mandore Palace and Fort: You can avoid this if you wish; however if you want to catch a glimpse of how a 6th-century structure looks, you should certainly go there.
Mandore Gardens remain open daily from 9 am until 10 pm and charge INR 50 or ($ 0.78) per person.
Not even 100 km from Jodhpur lies your next pitstop, which is best known as the “Oasis of the Thar Desert.”
Like many others, you too may mistake this town as a small and uneventful getaway. However, to your surprise Osian or Osiyan will sprawl before you, enormous, stately, and strangely intimidating.
This town was once the major religious and cultural center of the Mewar Kingdom. It was home to a plethora of shrines, most of which got devastated with time, leaving behind a few temples that speak of the legacy of that era.
A rugged terrain, glittering sand dunes, and an array of ancient temples make Osian an offbeat delight, even today.
Besides basking in the gorgeous terrain, there are a plethora of activities you’ll be able to indulge in while you are here.
Here are some:
- Visiting Sachiya Mata Temple. During your time in Osian, we’d highly recommend you see the beautiful Sachiya Mata Temple. This temple is perched on a hill and is dedicated to Lord Indra’s wife, who is of equal significance in both Hinduism and Jainism. Reach the temple complex after climbing a flight of hundred steps.
- Surya Temple: Famous as the “Khajuraho of Rajasthan,” the Surya or Sun Temple is a 10th-century shrine of the Sun God best known for its architectural splendor and intricate carvings.
- Mahavira Temples: 15 km from Osian lies another set of gorgeous ancient temples, that can make your heart skip a beat. Once there were around 108 of these beautifully carved temples, now only a few remain for pilgrims and tourists alike.
- Indulging in camel safari is another great thing to do in Osian. Even though you’ll be heading to the safari city of Jaisalmer, there is a certain something to the camel safari in Osian that may not be found in Jaisalmer. Maybe it is because of its rural vibes or the less crowded camping scene, or its more pocket-friendly nature.
There is no entry fee per se for any of the temples in Osiyan. Plus, anytime before dusk and after dawn is suitable for a visit here.
4. Khichan Village
If birds fascinate you and make your heart happy, then taking a detour to Khichan Village (in winters) makes absolute sense for you.
Located some 150 km from Jodhpur, Khichan is the village of the migrating birds.
Every year tens of thousands of birds flock to this village to demonstrate the unique man bird relationship Khichan is famous for.
Note: Take this detour only if you travel in the winter months somewhere after October and before March
Pokhran is not only the halfway milestone on the Jodhpur to Jaisalmer road trip, but it is also a mesmerizing town that was once a favorite place of the Rajasthan royals.
Exhibiting the authentic Rajasthani flavor and an array of beautiful structures, a small halt at Pokhran can render you beautiful photography spots and fascinating views
Here are the places that you should definitely see in Pokhran:
- Pokhran Fort is a beautiful structure smacked right in the heart of this town. It is several hundred years old and is home to some of the region’s most magnetic palaces. Do visit the Pokhran museum inside the fort to view relics, sculptures, clothes, and frescos.
Entry to the fort is allowed from 8 AM onwards. The fort closes at 7 PM, and you can enter the fort by paying only 50 INR as a foreigner (20 INR for Indians). A visit to the museum will cost you extra. It will be around 200 INR (50 INR for Indians).
6. Ramdevra Temple
About 12 km from Pokhran is a village called Ramdevra dedicated to a Hindu saint with the same name.
You can make a brief stop at this temple as it holds in high reverence by both Hindu and Muslim devotees.
The temple is not out of the ordinary. Still, it attracts a lot of tourists and devotees.
If you stop here, you will totally find some solace, especially after hours of driving.
7. Jaisalmer War Memorial
Located 10 km before the Jaisalmer city, right where greenery slowly begins to disappear and sand dunes appear, is this beautiful memorial of the Indo Pak war.
If you stop here, you will be subjected to a sight filled with glorious memories of wars, the struggles, weapons, etc.
You can spend an hour reminiscing in history if you may please. Entry to the park will cost you around 30 INR, and watching a documentary on the same will be another 30 bucks.
What are the places to see in Jodhpur?
Jodhpur, the second-largest city of Rajasthan, has a treasure worth of places that you can see. The sheer variety of its attractions will give you an idea of its diversity and colossal roots.
Here are the places that you shouldn’t miss before embarking on your Jodhpur to Jaisalmer Road trip:
- Mehrangarh Fort: You can’t really come to Jodhpur without exploring the Mehrangarh Fort. This structure defines the skyline of the city and flaunts the absolute delight that Rajasthani craftsmanship is.
- Jaswant Thada: It is an intricately crafted cenotaph that features a white marble lattice screen and a whimsical dome. Often regarded as the perfect place to grab the stunning views of the Fort and the city, Jaswant Thada is not the place to miss on this road trip.
- Rao Jodha Desert Park: This park is a 70-hectare expansive park with more than 80 native species of rock-loving plants. This is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts and for anyone who is remotely attracted by unreal landscapes.
- Umaid Bhawan Palace: It is one of the last grand palaces to be built in India. The royal family still inhabits a part of this palace. The other half is converted into a museum and a palace hotel.
These were our top picks that you shouldn’t miss while you are in Jodhpur. If you want to read about Jodhpur in detail, click here for in-depth information on the city.
What are some places to see in Jaisalmer?
You’ve taken the Jodhpur to Jaisalmer Road trip and reached Jaisalmer, now what? You need to know what to explore there, right!?
Here are places you need to see in the Golden city of Jaisalmer:
- Jaisalmer Fort or Sonar Fort is the main attraction of the city. Situated at some height above the now-famous Jaisalmer city, the area enclosed inside the fort was once the city itself. The fort is made with yellow sandstone and still houses over 5000 people. Visit this place to see the various structures inside the fort and eat at some of the fort’s cafes.
- Sam Sand Dunes: Go on a desert adventure at Sam Sand dunes. Have fun dune bashing, camping under the sands, and going on camel safaris.
- Gadisar Lake is where you can rekindle with peace. It is an artificial lake once built to serve the city. Today it is a popular tourist spot with temples and statues.
Learn more on Jaisalmer here.
What are some road tips that can come in handy on a Jodhpur to Jaisalmer Road trip?
- Avoid driving at night or after the sun goes down. That’s because there will be some patches on the Pokhran route that might not be the smoothest. Plus, if you are stuck, getting help at night will be an issue.
- Make a lot of stops so that you get ample time to recharge yourself. This won’t be a problem as there is an awful lot to see on the road trip.
- Don’t underestimate the time it takes to get to places in Rajasthan. There are so many other factors like traffic governing when you will reach your destination. Being prepared mentally helps big time.
- There will be tolls along the way, so keep changes in handy. However, if you are traveling with a travel agency, they will take care of everything.
We hope you enjoyed this guide on the Jodhpur to Jaisalmer road trip. Here is another Jodhpur road trip that you might like. We are looking forward to seeing you soon raiding the roads of Rajasthan. However, if you are still not sure about it or want assisting in planning your road trip, feel free to ping us!