Rajasthan, literally, means place of Rajas or Royals and entire Rajasthan still exhumes the aroma of medieval period. It is located amidst the oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Ranges and has been an important part of cultural and commercial exchanges between various civilizations of the world. Every place of Rajasthan is studded with amazing assortment of heritage, history, culture, traditions, folk music and colorful folk life. Rajasthan is the best place for the travelers who love to explore the vibrant culture and well preserved traditions.
The reasons as to why to visit Rajasthan lies in its various famous destinations which are known by sobriquets like Pink City, Blue City, Lake City and Golden city. I wanted to see life beyond this and hence wanted to explore Rajsthan my way i.e. self drive road tripping. For a self drive aficionado like me, after having driven in deadly mountain roads in Himalayan state of Himachal and Uttaranchal, this time call for actions reverberated from golden sand dunes of Great Indian Desert of Thar spread in the Rajasthan state of India and some part in Pakistan as well.
Once in Rajasthan, you have a wide range of things to cover. Formidable and magnificent forts, tale of legends, mesmerizing havelis/mansions of Baniya traders, folk deities, varied landscape comprises of golden sand dunes, lush green forest and blue water lakes. It has something for everyone and it is impossible to return without being affected by the mysterious charm of royal land.
My idea of exploring Rajasthan, however, was to drive thru desert in Jaisalmer, go deep in desert riding on a camel in Bikaner to experience the arid yet serene vastness of nature, appreciate the architectural marvelous of havelis/mansions in Mandawa, Bikaner and Jaisalmer, get mesmerized by ever revered rats of the Karni Mata Temple, spend a day in the only living forts of the world i.e. Golden Fort of Jaisalmer, pay my tribute to the Tanot Mata at border location in Jaisalmer and last but not the least see the art of concocting the Bhujia in Bikaner.
So in a nut-shell Rajasthan offers everything that can satiate my yearning for travel, capturing photographs of natural beauty and architectural grandeur, and relish much talk about food of Rajasthan,
Let’s have a quick view of self drive road trip to Bikaner and Jaisalmer
So in five days, I did multitude of things and most of them qualifies for first time in life experience.
*I did a Camel Ride and fed the camel
*I spent a night 12 KM deep in Desert
*I witnessed Sunset and Sunrise in a Desert
*I drove through Desert Road from Bikaner to Jaiselmer to Tanot
*I lived in a fort and enjoyed roof top food from a 800 years old fort
*I fed to world’s most revered rats at Karni Mata Temple
*I captured most amazingly crafted doors while crossing Mandawa
*I interacted with Bhujia Maker while he was frying the famous Bikaneri Bhujia
*And at last did a 900 KM Self drive from Jaisalmer to Delhi in straight 12 hours.
All in all, it was a great trip and i could see the royal world of Rajasthan and enjoy desert life at its best. Will I go back? Absolutely yes and very soon as everything about Rajasthan is off-beat and adventurous.
Travel Tip for Rajasthan: Over so many years, it has developed very good infrastructure for tourism. In my view, with ts multitude offering, Rajsthan is all about experiences. So I strongly recommend to opt for a reliable Rajasthan Tour Package in advance which includes all the associated activities at each place like Desert Safari in Bikaner, Desert Camping in Jaiselmer, Bishnoi Village Safari around Jodhpur, Photowalk tours in old city of Jaipur etc depending upon your way of traveling.
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73 thoughts on “An Ultimate Road Trip Across Thar Desert To Bikaner & Jaisalmer In Rajasthan”
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The architecture as well as the starkness of the desert was incredible.
Loved the pictures and the commentary. it would have been an amazing journey. 🙂
Thanks for your compliments.
I always look forward to ur comments. indeed it was very amazing and mesmerizing.
Himanshu, everything about your journey is so amazing….you have covered Rajasthan very beautifully and presentation is real what actual Rajasthan is and what shall be expected.
liked the way you have potraited your experience. Hats off to your passion.
Thanks for your encouraging words.
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I visited Rajasthan recently, and Jaisalmer was a completely unique experience. But the day we reached there was some stand storm and we couldn’t put a tent outside. Anyhow, the whole camel riding experience on the sand dunes was amazing!
We find jaisalmer really very amazing. I did desert safari around Bikaner this tine and wish to do the same in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur as well in furure.
I also drove recently from Ahmedabad to Jaisalmer with family. Man, it was awesome!!
So true. Jaisalmer is really an awesome place and road to Jaisalmer from either ways are superb.
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Amazing experience brother. Camping in the desert sounds awesome. And beautiful pictures.
Rajasthan has a different charm to it and every click comes out so well there.
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Yes, The royal charm of Rajasthan 🙂
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Beautiful travelogue, Himanshu 🙂
Stunning images and a very inviting and narration …
I am sure you had a great time exploring this great landscape and incredible monuments.
Thanks a lot for sharing…
Have a beautiful weekend 🙂
Very nice documentation of an extraordinary trip.
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Night camping in sand dunes and watching the sun rising in the desert …i think is a wonderful thing to experience… great travelogue! very nice read!
Oh Yes everything abt the camping was awesome and humbling.
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wonderful post you have.you tiring in your post colcher , camel riding, sun set etc.
it is all touch my hart you such a very good post and the images to your post is so wonderful.
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I am loving this post! Planning a trip to India next year, and I will definitely be using this as a guide. I’ve never even heard of Rajasthan so thanks for educating me! I find the self drive map especially helpful 🙂
Thanks Andrea. Whenever you plan india pls feel free to connect with me. And indeed, Rajsthan is a fascinating place for people since centuries.
Wow that’s a beautiful experience driving around and seeing these stunning places. I would love to do that too .
Thanks. ROad trip gives the freedome to explore places at my own pace and hence i love this way of traveling. Thanks for droppinng by. C U again.
Your pictures are stunning! Congrats!
We love road trips. The route you did sounds a bit challenging for a tourist. I like it!
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Thanks. And good to know felllow bloggers who love road trips. C u again.
What an incredible journey and the photos you have shared with us, make it look very appealing to visit.
Rajasthan offers best desert vistas… you would love it. Make it a part of your bucket list.
What an incredible five days! I love the photos; you’ve really captured the essence of your journey. I especially love the camel walking across the road!
Thanks Kim. Really appreciate your encouraging words. Rajsthan offers best road side veiws of Camel. Plan a trip to this desert in western india and you will be mesmerized.
A Rat Temple? well, my kids loved seeing that. And the camel crossing the road, and the bird perched on your tent. Looks like a great adventure!
Thanks. This trip was awesome.
Your trips sounds very nice! I would love to ride a camel and sleep in the desert! The scenery is breathtaking!
Thanks. you must check my other ports also on Rajasthan. will give more innfo on Deser Safari and Night Camping 🙂
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What a wonderful trip. I have never ridden a camel neither have I been to the desert. Those are the two thing on my list. I like the architecture of the Karni Mata Mandir and the Rampuria Havelis in Bikaner.
Thanks. Rajsthan is full of glorious past and heritage. Desert of india is full of stories. Good that i could inspire you.
I am very fascinated with India and it’s culture. Would love the chance to visit and travel the country extensively! Great post!
Come to india and you will love the color and the vibrancy it offers. Thanks for encouraging comment 🙂
That sounds like an incredible trip! Both the sunrise and the sunset look incredible and you documented your journey beautifully!
Thanks. Vastness of desert augmented the AUra of the Sun. Keep visiting… c u soon.
I love this. But the rat temple though, yikes!
But you will love the temple for its uniqueness.
What beautiful photos! Looks like you’re having an amazing time 🙂 Thanks for sharing
It indeed was awessome. Thanks.
I envy you for this journey. Hopefully, I can visit Rajasthan / India once in my life too. It looks amazing! Loved the pictures.
Thanks. Whenever u plan, feel free to connect with me. And c u again.
Like many tourists, we had limited time when in this area ourselves, which is a shame, because it looks like we could have seen so much more local culture if we had been able to get a little more off the beaten path!
The desert is really beautiful and the sunrises are something really special. Looks like a great drive.
Drive to Rajasthan is awesome. And a must try.
camels crossing and dessert plus self drive… recipe for a nice trip
Ha ha…. it indeed was a gret trip. Thanks.
Rajasthan is one of my favourite areas in India 🙂
I can’t believe that all of those things are on that drive -so many things to see and do! The desert would definitely top my list 🙂
Thar desert and Rajasthan offer a lot many things for travellers… must visit this place which is full of history and heritage.
Thank you for this blog with amazing photos of Bikaner. Bikaner is a vibrant, dust-swirling desert town with fabulous forts. It’s less dominated by tourism than many other Rajasthan cities, though there are many places to visit in Bikaner full of amazing flora and fauna to explore.
Thanks Debosmita. I agree, Bikaner has alot more to offer. Would be visiting again to explore more. Thanks for the link.
looks like a great road trip.
Rampuria Haveli is one the most famous havelis of Bikaner. Next time you’re in Bikaner do check out the temple of Bhandasar Jain temple. It’s one of the most beautiful temple of the region.
Hey Arv, thanks for this reco. Will visit Jain Temple next time.
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