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INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

The Royalty of Rajasthan

  • 1270 km
  • 13 days / 12 nights
Jaipur - Ajmer - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Mount Abu - Udaipur
Activity :
  • Culture
  • Culinary
Terrain :
  • Mountain
  • Desert
  • Urban

Explore the land of Rajputana royalty, feel the sun and the sand and experience Rajasthani tradition like never before: by road. Drive around western Rajasthan to soak in the variety of flavours this vibrant state has to offer!

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Easy
Here's a road trip that is suited to those looking for a laid back drive, as well as veterans.

Is this road trip for me?

  • If you find Rajasthani tradition fascinating, this trip is just for you. Before you get out, just keep a check on the thermometer though.

Highlights

  • Go shopping at Jaipur's Tripola Bazar
  • Enjoy the sunrise at the Chulgiri Jain Temple
  • Make a wish at the Ajmer Dargah Sharif
  • Visit India's only Brahma Temple at Pushkar
  • Be awed by Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort
  • Explore the Golden Fort, India's only living fortification
  • Enjoy the festivities of desert life at Sam Sand Dunes
Start of Tour Jaipur
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 1270 km
End of Tour Udaipur
Day 13
  • Driving Days :

    Total 10 Days

  • Rest Days :

    Total 3 Days

  • Day 1 Jaipur
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrival transfer from the airport / railway station to the hotel in Jaipur.
    • Overnight in Jaipur.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from the airport / railway station to the hotel in Jaipur.

    Welcome to your tour. On arrival at the airport / railway station in Jaipur, you will be transferred to your hotel.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore this bustling city as per your choice. In the evening, you could hop into a tuk-tuk or an e-rickshaw and go shopping at Jaipur's popular markets - Johari Bazar, Tripola Bazaar and Chand Pol. A good way to wrap up the day would be to stop by Pandit Kulfi for some of their creamy kulfis.

  • Day 2 Jaipur
    • Breakfast
    • Visit Amber Fort, stopping at the Hawa Mahal on the way.
    • Overnight in Jaipur.

  • Activities

    Visit Amber Fort, stopping at the Hawa Mahal on the way.

    Post breakfast, you will be taken in a chauffeur-driven car to north Jaipur, the fort-zone of Rajasthan's capital. Our driver will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel for a guided sightseeing tour of Amber Fort. En route, there will be a photo-stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). The structure is actually a 5-storey facade of delicately-carved windows that has become an icon of Jaipur.
    From here, head to Amer Fort, the most popular attraction of the city. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a classic example of the synergy between Rajputana and Hindu architecture.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore various attractions in Jaipur like the Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort, and shop at the bustling Tripola Bazar. Wrap up your day with a delicious dinner at Peacock Rooftop Restaurant.

  • Day 3 Jaipur
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a city tour of Jaipur.
    • Overnight in Jaipur.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a city tour of Jaipur.

    Today after breakfast, you will be taken in a chauffeur-driven car to the Chulgiri Jain Temple. This hill-top Jain temple is known for its serene atmosphere and beautiful marble statues, and is the best place to catch the sunrise in Jaipur. On your way back, visit the lush-green Sisodia Rani Palace Garden, built by Raja Sawai Jai Singh (founder of Jaipur) for his second queen, Rani of Sisodia.

  • Other Recommendation

    Take the rest of the day to explore the various sights of Jaipur like the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and Galtaji Temple.

  • Day 4 Jaipur
    • Drive
    • Distance:170 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Jaipur to the hotel in Ajmer, halting at the Digamber Jain Temple, Ajmer Sharif Dargah and Brahma Temple on the way.
    • Overnight in Ajmer.

  • Activities

    Drive from the hotel in Jaipur to the hotel in Ajmer, halting at the Digamber Jain Temple, Ajmer Sharif Dargah and Brahma Temple on the way.

    Early this morning, your rental car will be delivered to you at your hotel. Drive out of Jaipur on NH 48 towards Ajmer. The road is smooth all the way to Ajmer, and you will hardly feel the distance. Ajmer, world-famous for the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, is located between two of Rajasthan's biggest cities - Jaipur and Jodhpur - and has quite a few sites that you shouldn't miss. Of these, the first one is the Digamber Jain Temple that is located just before Ajmer. This sprawling temple complex is known for its marble-intensive construction and gorgeous stone carvings. The Dargah of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti, also known as the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, is a short 11 km drive from here. However, Ajmer is congested and it is best to park your car away from the shrine and walk down to it. Just 3 km further is the Taragarh Fort, a 14th century Rajputana monument which served as a medical centre under the British rule.
    Your next destination is Pushkar, lesser than an hour's drive away. This is an easy trip and the climb up to Pushkar makes for a fun drive. Explore the popular Brahmaji Temple, one of the rare temples dedicated to Lord Brahma, and the Pushkar Lake, said to have been formed where the petals of Brahmaji's lotus flower fell on earth. On the way, you could stop by the Ana Sagar Lake, built by Raja Ana, grandfather of the valiant Prithviraj Chauhan. While driving back to Ajmer, the Maharana Pratap and Chetak Smarak serves as a picturesque sunset point and also a vantage point to view Ajmer from.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Day 5 Ajmer
    • Drive
    • Distance:220 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Ajmer to the hotel in Jodhpur, enjoying a guided visit of Umaid Bhavan Palace on the way.
    • Overnight in Jodhpur.

  • Activities

    Drive from the hotel in Ajmer to the hotel in Jodhpur, enjoying a guided visit of Umaid Bhavan Palace on the way.

    Get out of Ajmer on the broad, six-lane NH58 and head to Jaitaran, where you need to switch to NH25; the latter is a narrower road and not as smooth. You should reach Jodhpur by lunch, which you must have at the Gypsy Dining Hall. In Jodhpur, our guide will accompany you to the magnificent Umaid Bhavan Palace, which has an interesting story behind it: the lavish palace was commissioned by Marwar King Umaid Singh in an attempt to provide employment to farmers who lost their livelihood during a severe drought in the early 20th century.
    Settle in for the day.

  • Day 6 Jodhpur
    • Breakfast
    • Visit the Mandore Garden, Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
    • Overnight in Jodhpur.

  • Activities

    Visit the Mandore Garden, Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.

    Start your day off at the Mandore Garden, 20 km away on the outskirts of Jodhpur. Mandore used to be the capital of the Marwar region before the emergence of Jodhpur. The garden houses many attractions, such as the Mandore Fort, a Ravana Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to 33 crore gods, and a 'Hall of Heroes' that celebrates popular folk heroes of the region. Mehrangarh, Jodhpur's most popular highlight, one of India's biggest forts and your next stop, is a half-an-hour drive from Mandore. It was built by Rao Jodha (founder of Jodhpur) in the 15th century.
    The other highlight close to Mehrangarh is Jaswant Thada. This mausoleum is an architectural marvel, built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in memory of his father Maharaja Jaswanth Singh II. It now serves as a cremation ground for Marwari royalty.
    Amidst the sightseeing, don't forget to snack on local specialties like mirchi wadas (chilly fritters) and mawa kachoris. Also, shoppers would definitely want to add the Jodhpuri jooti, leather bags and accessories to their wardrobe.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the evening is at leisure. The foodies among you must head to Indique for dinner. It offers views of the floodlight - lit Mehrangarh Fort and the Umaid Bhavan Palace while serving delicious Rajasthani thalis.

  • Day 7 Jodhpur
    • Drive
    • Distance:270 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Jodhpur to the hotel in Jaisalmer.
    • Overnight in Jaisalmer.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Jodhpur to the hotel in Jaisalmer.

    Head out on NH125 till Devikot, where you need to switch to NH68 to reach Jaisalmer.
    Alternatively, you could take the detour to Osiyan, 70 km outside of Jodhpur, and then head to Jaisalmer via Dechu. Osiyan is an oasis-village in the Thar Desert, popular for its ancient temples, most notably the Sachiya Mata Sun Temple, desert safaris, and the Khetasar Village, known for its weaving and pottery culture.
    Whichever route you take, the roads are smooth, scenic, and relatively traffic-free.

  • Day 8 Jaisalmer
    • Breakfast
    • Explore Jaisalmer's Golden Fort.
    • Excursion to Sam Sand Dunes in the evening.
    • Overnight in Jaisalmer.

  • Activities

    Explore Jaisalmer's Golden Fort.

    The morning is at leisure. After breakfast at your hotel, start your day with a walking tour of Jaisalmer's most prominent monument, the Golden Fort. This 12th century fortress is the only living fort in India. Inside it are the Raj Mahal Palace (residence of the Maharwal of Jaisalmer), seven Jain temples, a Lakshminath Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi and numerous havelis.
    Most attractions of Jaisalmer are located in and around the Golden Fort. Among them, you absolutely must visit the intricately-decorated Patwon Ki Haveli, which is walking distance from the Golden Fort. Jaisalmer is also known for its leather shops, which sell everything from safari hats to unique tripod chairs, and all of them can be bought at bargain prices; you will pass by them on your way to the havelis. On your way out, we recommend you grab lunch at Monika's Restaurant.

  • Activities

    Excursion to Sam Sand Dunes in the evening.

    Before heading to the Sam Sand Dunes, we recommend you drive to the serene Gadisar Lake and kickback for the afternoon. Later, drive to Sam, located 50 km away, to watch the sun sink behind the golden dunes of the Thar Desert. Drive back to your hotel in Jaisalmer, and if you think you are brave enough, make a pit-stop at Kuldhara. Kuldhara is a ghost-town that was mysteriously evacuated in the early 19th century, and till date, no one knows where the inhabitants of the village went.

  • Day 9 Jaisalmer
    • Drive
    • Distance:450 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Jaisalmer to the hotel in Mount Abu.
    • Overnight in Mount Abu.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Jaisalmer to the hotel in Mount Abu.

    Today, you will drive to Mount Abu. Your drive is via NH68, a smooth and near-arrow-straight stretch of road. Later, drive up to Mount Abu. This climb is teeming with bends and blind curves and is an absolute hoot to drive.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Day 10 Mount abu
    • Breakfast
    • Visit Dilwara Temples and Guru Shikhar.
    • Overnight in Mount Abu.

  • Activities

    Visit Dilwara Temples and Guru Shikhar.

    Today in Mount Abu, your first stop has to be the mesmerising Dilwara Temples, the highlight of the hill station. It is a cluster of five Jain temples, some of which are 1000-years-old. The intricate marble carving and sculpture work here is simply jaw-dropping! Follow the winding road alongside the Dilwara Temple to reach Guru Shikhar, the highest point in the Aravali Range. It derives its name from the Dattatreya Cave Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located near the peak. We suggest you drive up to Guru Shikhar early in the evening; the route snakes up to the peak, making it an enjoyable drive. However, more importantly, this road gets clogged with cars closer to sunset.
    Drive back to Mount Abu and check into your hotel.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the evening is at leisure. You can head to Nakki Lake for an evening stroll or a paddle-boat ride. If you want to grab a quick bite, all the main restaurants in Mount Abu are nearby too.

  • Day 11 Mount abu
    • Drive
    • Distance:160 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel in Mount Abu to the hotel in Udaipur.
    • Explore the City Palace.
    • Overnight in Udaipur.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel in Mount Abu to the hotel in Udaipur.

    After breakfast, drive out of Mount Abu on NH27 towards Udaipur. By now, you are probably used to Rajasthan's brilliant roads and this one is no different. You should reach Udaipur by noon; we suggest you head to Krishna Dal Bati, the place to be if you want to enjoy its namesake Rajasthani specialty.

  • Activities

    Explore the City Palace.

    After a hearty lunch, the gorgeous City Palace makes for a good visit. It was built by Maharana Udai Singh II (founder of Udaipur) in the 16th century, and is the main highlight of the city. The palace is located by the Pichola Lake, the largest, most picturesque lake in Udaipur. For Jagdish Temple, your next stop, leave your car behind and hop into a tuk-tuk (you cannot take a car there). Dedicated to Lakshminarayan (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), this 17th century temple is renowned for its elaborate, hand-made sculpture work. After seeking your blessings at the Jagdish Temple, check-in at your hotel and settle in for the day.

  • Other Recommendation

    The evening is at leisure. We suggest that you drive to Udaipur's Shilpgram, a museum that brings together Rajasthan's rich and varied culture from all over the state. It also has shops selling clothes, decorations and handicrafts.
    Udaipur is also popular for its street-food, and the best place to try some of it is the Sukhadia Circle. For those looking for a more upmarket meal, 1559 AD serves brilliant laalmaas.

  • Day 12 Udaipur
    • Breakfast
    • Excursion to Nathdwara and visit to the Monsoon Palace.
    • Overnight in Udaipur.

  • Activities

    Excursion to Nathdwara and visit to the Monsoon Palace.

    Start early and drive up NH58 for 45 km to reach the Srinathji Temple at Nathdwara. The shrine is believed to be where Lord Krishna manifests himself during the day, before going back to Mathura at night.
    For your next stop, the Monsoon Palace, drive back to Udaipur city. The 19th century palace is perched on the Aravali Range and offers a splendid panoramic view of Lake Pichola. At the foot of the palace, there's also the Raja Sajjan Singh Sanctuary, a treat for wildlife lovers.

  • Other Recommendation

    The evening is at leisure for you to explore the city and its markets.

  • Day 13 Udaipur
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from the hotel to the airport / railway station in Udaipur.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the hotel to the airport / railway station in Udaipur.

    Enjoy breakfast and check out of the hotel. Drive to the airport / railway station in Udaipur for your onward journey.
    Once you reach the airport, hand over the vehicle and take home experiences of a lifetime!
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Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per hotels mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeings as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Car as per your package selected.
  • Travel insurance upto age of 70


Exclusions

  • Any transport to Jaipur and from Udaipur. Your tour price starts ex Jaipur.
  • Car insurance.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, Sightseeing Entry Charges, Guide Charges, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Parking, fuel and tolls are not included.
  • Cost of petrol / diesel for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Categories Full-Size Sedan - Honda City or similar MPV - Innova Crysta or similar SUV - Toyota Fortuner or similar Luxury Sedan - BMW 3 Series or similar
ECONOMY 53,260 61,260 65,260 89,260
STANDARD 85,260 93,260 97,260 1,21,260
  • Jaipur 3 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel Park Ocean
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Ajmer 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Kc Inn
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Jodhpur 2 Nights

    Lobby
    Hotel Rudransh Inn
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Jaisalmer 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Beacon Kalyan
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Mount Abu 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel Samrat International Mount Abu
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Udaipur 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Hotel Vishnupriya
    Economy Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • FULL-SIZE SEDAN

    honda-city
    Honda City or Similar.
    Starting from
    4 Pax including driver
    Included in trip
    • 4 Doors
    • AC
    • Manual
    • Diesel
things-to-carry

Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey! Travel light, try to stay under 45 lbs (20 kg).

  • Driving licence
  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Water
  • Music
  • Tissue box
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Mints
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Small toolkit
  • Warm clothes
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