Colours of the Land
Arrive in Samode today, where accommodation is held from 12 noon.
Day at leisure at Samode, with a vehicle at your disposal for local visits or perhaps explore Jaipur (84 km round trip/ 1 hour drive each way).
Drive north into the desert region of Rajajsthan, Churu (180 km/ 3 hours drive), also known as the gateway to the Thar Desert, a city with several late 19th and early 20th century havelis (mansions) are adorned with colourful themed frescoes on their exteriors and are unique to this part of the country.
Drive this morning to Bikaner (180 km/ 3 hours plus stops), pausing en route at the towns of Fatehpur and Ramgarh whose havelis display the very best frescoes in Shekhavati. Stay overnight at Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner
Sightseeing of Bikaner, one of the three great desert kingdoms that exudes a stately air till today. Predominant is the awes-inspiring Junagadh Fort, unconquered through its history. The walled city, with its havelis and markets, are reminders of an era gone by. Bikaner is home to the legendary Bikaner Camel Corps.
Continue west across the great Thar Desert to Jaisalmer (275 km/ 5 hours plus stops), pausing en route at the town of Khichan to view wintering flocks of migratory demoiselle cranes, sometimes seen in their thousands. Towards the end of the journey, the Jaisalmer Fort rises like a mirage out of the sand.
Full day explorations of the walled city of Jaisalmer, still very medieval in feel with an air of remoteness about it, displaying varying in moods and colours as the hours go by. Within and outside the walls are several points of interest, an excursion can be made to the ancient town of Lodurva and the remarkable desert village at Khuri.
Morning at leisure. Early this afternoon, drive south east across the Thar to Manvar (180 km/ 3 hours) and then off the road into the wilds for two nights at a welcoming desert camp.
A day to explore the wilderness and culture of this region, set amidst sand dunes and sparse scrub. Guided jeep, camel and walking safaris encounter villages, itinerant herders, occasional nomads and gypsies, and special desert flora and fauna.
After breakfast, return to the highway to connect to Jodhpur (110 km/ 2 hour). An afternoon tour of this magnificent desert gateway takes in the masterfully restored Mehrangarh Fort – “built by giants”, wrote Kipling – and the serpentine lanes and bazaars of the old quarter.
Depart Jodhpur today for your onward destination.
The Hotels we recommend are handpicked and the best the destination can offer, as per your preference
The activities, sights and experiences are original and offer you the spirit of the land
Flavours of local and global cuisine matched with your preferred drinks at selected restaurants offering unique F&B experiences
We endeavour to make your journey smooth and memorable. Our drivers are trained at driving on Indian Roads and are also knowledgeable guides