Rajasthan Tour Itineraries - Cities of Rajasthan

A huge state in India’s North - West, Rajasthan has a long and colourful history and a vibrant modern culture.

Vast deserts which stretch to the horizon, glorious forts and palaces - many still occupied by the descendants of their Founders -, brightly turbaned camel herders - these are iconic images of this fascinating state. This tour focuses on the great cities of Rajasthan.

Day 1 : Arrive Jaipur

You can fly to Jaipur from some international airports, or from most major cities around India. On arrival in Jaipur you will be met and assisted with the transfer to your accommodation. Overnight in Jaipur

Day 2 : Jaipur

Full day for sightseeing around Jaipur. In order to avoid the crowds, it is recommended to visit the central city sights in the morning, and head out to Amber Fort in the afternoon. City highlights include the 18th century Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory, the City Palace and Hawa Mahal- the Palace of the Winds. A great way to round off your experience of the Pink City of Jaipur is by means of a walking tour in the walled city area.

Day 3 : Jaipur - Bikaner

Depart after breakfast and drive into ever-more arid countryside to the desert outpost city of Bikaner- the drive will take around 6 hours. In the late afternoon, head into the very traditional and largely non-touristic markets in the old city area. Overnight in Bikaner

Day 4 : Bikaner - Jaisalmer via Deshnok

Begin the day with sightseeing of Bikaner, with the main focus being the Junagarh Fort, one of the most impressive in Rajasthan. This vast structure was built in the late 1500s by Raja Jai Singh, a general in the Mughal Emperor Akbar’s army. If time permits, you can also visit Lalgarh Palace Museum and the Camel Breeding Farm. Later depart Bikaner and drive via Deshnok to Jaisalmer. The (infamous) ‘rat temple, Karnimata, is definitely not for everyone and if you have a phobia of rodents it is best avoided. The total driving time to Jaisalmer is around 8 hours.

Day 5 : Jaisalmer

The Golden City, Jaisalmer is quite unlike any other city in India, as the fort here is still home to a large proportion of the city’s population (all the other forts are museums or relics of the past) Begin your sightseeing with time at the Fort, which at nearly 900 years old is also one of the oldest in this part of the country. Later in the day you’ll also visit a 12th century Jain temple, and a number of glorious sandstone havelis in the old city. The cobbled streets of the oldest part of the town, around the outskirts of the fort, are a wo