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Saurabh Srivastava Nov 22 2013

What is a good itinerary for a 5 days trip to Rajasthan with luxurious stay options during the trip?

Anupriya Bedi Nov 22 2013
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An amazing concoction of colors, royalty, tradition and romance, Rajasthan is a favorite haunt of overseas tourists in India. There is so much to see and do in Rajasthan that even seasoned travelers find it hard to pick and choose from the plenty of options at hand. Though 5 days is a limited time to cover this grand ‘Land Of Maharajas’ but if you push yourself a bit more you’ll be able to cover few of the famous places in Rajasthan. Here is a 5 days itinerary for Rajasthan.

Photo of Jal Mahal, Jaipur (by Wikimedia)

Day 1: Delhi to Jaipur-The Pink City

is 260 Kms from Delhi and there are many modes to reach the Pink City. But to save the day I’ll recommend reaching Jaipur by Ajmer Shatabdi that takes approx 5 hours to reach. It departs from Delhi Cantt at 6 am in the morning and reach Jaipur at around 10.30 am which leaves with you with an entire day to cover Jaipur. Now, essentially you are going to stay in Jaipur for only a day. In that one day, try visiting as many places. Rajasthan’s capital is a well planned city with its enchanting bazaars bearing their heritage with pride and the uniform pink hue adds romance. If you want to get a feel of how the Rajas and Maharajas lived once upon a time, head to the Palaces and Forts of Jaipur, which are still a toast to the grand life of Indian Royals. There are many tourist attractions apart from the Palaces and Forts, like Albert Hall Museum, Jantar Mantar, Galtaji Temple and Birla Temple.

Photo of Jaisalmer (by Christine Lebrasseur)

Day 2: Jaipur to Jaisalmer- An Overnight journey to the ‘Golden City’

(485 Kms from Jaipur) can be reached by different modes of transport. But taking a cab for an overnight journey from Jaipur would be a time effective option. The desert town boasts of the Jaisalmer Fort (that houses the Raj Mahal), a number of havelis, the most impressive being the Amar Sagar, Patwon-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, and ornate Jain temples.

There are many attractions for tourists who visits this Golden City. You can also explore the Thar Desert perched atop camels. Camp here, take camel safari, sit by bonfires and enjoy local music and dance. Imagine the romance in the ambiance as you sit by the campfire holding each others hand gazing at starlit sky. Or, visit the Desert National Park for a gander at the fauna, or the Akal Wood Fossil Park. Come here to explore the cinematic scenic views of uninterrupted sand dunes.

Once the home of rajas and maharajas, the city of Jaisalmer is one which truly understands the meaning of luxury when it comes to places to stay. From kingly beds to palace like interiors you will find all and more at your abode in Jaisalmer.

Photo of Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur (by Wikipedia)

Day 3: Jaisalmer to Jodhpur- The Blue City

Leave Jaisalmer in the afternoon or early morning, whatever suits you and head towards Jodhpur. Jodhpur is 221 Kms from Jaisalmer. The modes of transport available are by car and train and the time taken is approx 5 hours. The Mehrangarh Fort is the central tourist attraction in Jodhpur, apart from the other grand forts. The Umaid Bhawan Palace and their museum make an informative visit. If you are a shopaholic, the area surrounding the fort is full of small shops which sell the local handicrafts. The Leather goods and bright bandhini chunnis from Jodhpur are must buy items. For those who have a sweet tooth, Jodhpur sweets is a must visit and their pyaaz and mirch ka pakodas are to die for!

Jodhpur offers many exclusive luxury heritage hotels and resorts which excel in providing near perfect services, which you would find worth spending for. Umaid Bhavan Palace and Taj Hari Palace are the famous ones.

Photo of Udaipur (by Ishan Khosla)

Day 4: Jodhpur to Udaipur- Sightseeing in Jodhpur until noon and then depart to Udaipur

On day four, after sightseeing in Jodhpur until afternoon, leave for Udaipur (201 Kms from Jodhpur). Bus and Car are the modes of transport to reach Udaipur from Jodhpur. You can either hire a cab or take a volvo. The town boasts of lakes, palaces, mansions and gardens. You can try boating at Fatehpur Sagar Lake while you are there. Recently started Karni Mata Ropeway is also an interesting thing to do as it give you an aerial view of the bright city with an adrenaline rush. For more, check out the Udaipur travel guide.

Enjoy the stunning concentration of luxury hotels in a few square kilometers. Palaces which have been turned into heritage hotels are also a big draw when it comes to winter vacations in India. Whereas the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur has been adjudged the best romantic hotel in India, nearby ‘Devigarh by Lebua’ is a heritage cum boutique hotel which attracts who's who in the world by virtue of its architectural appeal.

Photo of Udaipur (by Wikimedia)

Day 5: Udaipur to Delhi

On the fifth and final day of your trip, after completing the major tourist attractions in Udaipur until afternoon or evening, head to New Delhi. The distance between Udaipur and Delhi is 570 Kms. It can be reached best by air or by train. It just takes an hour to reach Delhi by air, so you can choose the timings which suits you best. If you prefer to reach Delhi by train, you can go for an overnight journey and reach Delhi in the morning.

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