This article is your itinerary for your trip to Rajasthan. It only covers a few places like Udaipur, Ranakpur, Jaisalmer, Manvar and Jodhpur. I am writing from my personal experience as I have been in Rajasthan recently. Since it was horribly planned, I thought of writing this article to help everyone out there to plan their own trip in an affordable way and not give in to tour operators and their heavy pricing plans. also a list of what to wear and carry is given.
Throughout India the culture and heritage vary. One cannot judge another place in India by just visiting one place. Rajasthan has a very different culture. Raja means king and sthan means place, hence making Rajasthan the “Abode of Kings”.
Itinerary to Rajastan in Details
DAY 01: Fly to UDAIPUR
Try staying at Fateh Prakash Palace. Have lunch on the way from airport to hotel. reach hotel by 2 PM. Check in and rest till 3:30 PM. At 3:30 PM proceed to city palace museum which is right next door to the hotel. It is closed by six and the ticket counter is closed by 4:30pm. At 6pm go to bagore ki haveli and take tickets for the dance show which starts at 7 PM. Return to hotel. have dinner facing lake piccola. retire for the night.
DAY 02: UDAIPUR
Have breakfast and then spend some time at City Palace. Later leave for Sahelio ki Bari which is a garden. Make sure to carry certain snacks and have a small picnic there as it is refreshing. Then proceed to Maharana Pratap memorial. If you are a photographer, then this is the best place to be as beautiful scenery is available and a lot of open space to take beautiful pictures. After the memorial, visit the museum, visit Jagdish Temple and the proceed back to hotel.
DAY 03: UDAIPUR > RANAKPUR > JAISALMER
After breakfast, checkout and proceed to ranakpur, visit the famous jain temple which has beautiful carvings. Have lunch then proceed to Jaisalmer, check in.
DAY 04: JAISALMER
After breakfast, visit Manek Chowk and the forts around it. Also visit Patwon ki Haweli. Visit Gadisar Lake. The shopping near that lake is really good. You get those rajasthani hats there too. Although they sell it at 50 Indian Rupees (0.742USD) per hat. Visit Jain Temple at Lodrava. the temple has a really nice view and nice gardens.
DAY 05: JAISALMER > MANVAR
Check out and proceed to Manvar the desert to have one of the best days in your life. Opt Out for AP plan which includes jeep ride and camel ride. On the way visit Jaisalmer war museum. It will take an hour maximum. It is a one day camp but really worth it. Reach Manvar by 12 AM and then have lunch at the resort. They will take you in a jeep to the camp, on the way, they will show you how the locals survive the extreme climatic conditions. Once you reach the camp, rest till 4 PM. At 4 PM there is camel ride. At 5:30 Pm; they will serve you tea and coffee. They will also provide you with one horrible tasting cookie. So it’s better you have some snacks handy. You can see a beautiful sunset from there. At 6:30 PM to 7:30 Pm there will be folk program outdoors. They will serve Starters and Soup during this time. There is also a bar available but chargeable separately. Proceed for dinner, go back to your tents but not inside, just sit out for a bit and look at the sky which showcases so many beautiful stars that you cannot see from the cities. At night sleep with the hot water bag they provide you with.
DAY 06: MANVAR > JODHPUR
Check out from manvar after having breakfast and proceed to Jodhpur. Check in at ITC hotel. Day for rest and leisure activities.
DAY 07: JODHPUR
Visit Umed Bhavan and do not forget to check out the vintage car collection over there, then visit Mehrangarh fort. A small tip for this fort is, if you are going to use the elevator to go up the fort, then one person should go and buy the tickets and the rest can stand in the line for the elevator as it is really a big line and lift is small. Visit Jaswant Thada which I feel can be kept as optional. Do go to the clock market and have Makhaniya lassi over there with some light lunch. I tried the samosa and lassi there at Janta Sweet homes (Address: Station Road, Near Railway Office, Jodhpur 342003, India) and was really filling and delicious. There is a beautiful shop next to Janta sweet home which sells Rajasthani products on MRP. If you are new to rajasthan and do not want to be cheated then buy souvenirs from this place. From here proceed to madore gardens. Overnight at ITC
DAY 08: JODHPUR > HOME
Have breakfast and proceed to airport. If you are leaving earlier before the breakfast timings, then call the reception and tell them to have some snacks ready for you.
What to Wear and Carry?
Since it’s an eight day trip I would suggest you carry good comfortable and durable clothes. I packed my clothes for two days in a row. I visited from Christmas to new years time period which is the coldest time there. All you need is 3 layers of clothing everyday. That is thermal, top and sweater/Jacket. At night when you have to go outside you will need another layer.
So In all Carry
- 2 sweaters/jackets
- 2-3 thermals
- 3 pairs of socks excluding the one you will wear (wear shoes)
- 3 pairs of jeans
- 4 tops
- 4 pairs of underwear that is if you prefer dry cleaning otherwise carry 8 pairs.
- Carry a lot of snacks or buy it from the airport on landing as you will need it.
Hotels I Stayed In
Fateh Prakash Palace: Really nice place. We got upgraded to suits too. Food was also good. Ask for a room facing the lake.
Fateh Garh: Alright place.View is good. Wifi is bad. If you choose to stay there then first thing you should do is trash the complimentary biscuits that are available in your room otherwise your room will stink. Check whether the bottles they provided you are sealed and not open.
Welcome Hotels: The rooms are normal. But comforting. the Bathroom is beautiful. The wifi is really good. I would really recommend staying here.
Manvar the Desert Camp: Must Do It
Bry’s Fort: It’s really an isolated place and thus I wouldn’t recommend you to stay there. Food is edible. Wifi complimentary is only in the lobby.
Also I would like to share that all the hotels provide two bottles complimentary per day per room. I hope you all liked the itinerary. I have covered everything vital in this itinerary. It’s an 8 day trip,and plus flying days. Feel free to make changes and leave your suggestions below. If you have any questions you can leave a comment.