Magnificently Royal Rajasthan Camel Safari — A Trip to Remember
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Places Covered: Delhi – Jodhpur – Bikaner – Jaisalmer
For people around the world Rajasthan is always associated with princely splendor, pomp and grandeur of Maharajas and a richness of style that defies description. It is the land of color, of vast stretches of desolate sands of whirling dances and soul stirring music that feeds your soul as the delectable cuisine makes you crave for more. You just cannot get enough of Rajasthan, whether you start from Udaipur and go on to Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ajmer and Bharatpur. Rajasthan is a kaleidoscope of experiences as you move from one princely city to another, a heady mix of cultures and traditions that keep you enthralled and bewitched with timeless magic.
You have so many options when it comes to exploring Rajasthan you could be quite confused as to where you should start. The North of Rajasthan has a distinctive Jat culture and you could admire the paintings in the Havelis of Fatehpur. Go to Jaisalmer or Barmer and it is desert lifestyle that greets you. Bikaner is somewhere in the middle and Ajmer has a decidedly Sufi air about it. Jaipur is pink and sumptuously royal and bustling with common life at the same time. Udaipur is quieter, a city of Lakes and Palaces. Chittorgarh’s fort still amazes all those who visit. Instead of setting out on your own, join a group tour and let the tour operator take care of travel arrangements, hotel and food along with choicest local experiences. One wonderful way to get the ineffable Rajasthan experience is to join a Royal Rajasthan Camel Safari, a trip that takes you to Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner; one you will remember for a lifetime.
A typical Rajasthan Camel Safari tour would last eleven days and ten nights and the tour itinerary would be along these lines:
Day 1: Delhi Attractions
Arrive in Delhi and be greeted by a pleasant, welcoming tour operator who takes you to your hotel. After some rest you set out on a brief tour to visit the main attractions such as India Gate, Chandni Chowk, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, National Museum, Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Shop, snack and browse the city’s attractions before retiring for the night.
Day 2: Delhi to Jodhpur
Post breakfast you are taken to the airport to catch a flight for Jodhpur where you check into a hotel and relax. Jodhpur has the magnificent Mehrengarh Fort and Jaswant Thada as well as the new palace, both of which you will visit and gain an insight into royal lifestyles. Spend the evening in the bazaar and return to the hotel for the night.
Day 3: Jodhpur to Bikaner
The sun casts a rosy spell on the skies and then turns golden. It is time to get up, breakfast and proceed to Bikaner where you check into a hotel, relax and refresh yourself before setting out when it becomes a bit cool, to explore local markets.
Day 4 : Bikaner Excursions
You can’t wait to finish breakfast and set out to tour Bikaner with Junagarh, the old Fort and Palace being the chief attraction. It takes some time to explore the different palaces within the Fort complex and by afternoon, you should be finished and ready to begin your camel safari. It starts with a night in a camp.
Day 5 to 7: Camel Safari
From today onwards it is a close brush with camels where you experience undulating rides on camel backs and feel almost seasick for the first few minutes. This is life as the people of deserts live it! Travel by camel, dine in the open, watch dances and music performances as well as puppet shows by firelight and sample local cuisine. Three days is how long it lasts but it will seem all too short.
Day 8: Jaisalmer Arrival
Once you arrive in Jaisalmer it is back to hotel accommodation. Relax, refresh yourself and set out to explore local havelis, jain temples, the Fort and Palace. Jaisalmer is the yellow city, due to the use of yellow colored sandstone in buildings and the golden sands of the desert. A camel ride on the dunes in the evening is magical. Night, and you return to your hotel.
Day 9: Jaisalmer Excursions
After an early morning breakfast, typically Rajasthani in style, you set out to explore Jaisalmer. The Fort is the first place to visit and then you stroll down winding narrow lanes to explore the various havelis with extensively carved jharokhas. It is a different world altogether with sand as the main theme.
Day 10: Jaisalmer-Jodhpur-Delhi Return Leg
The trip starts to wind down when proceed to Jodhpur and from there catch a flight to Delhi where you are put up in a hotel and served dinner.
Day 11: Delhi departure, End of Tour
Breakfast over, you are now free to explore Delhi as the tour has officially ended but the magic of the camel safari remains etched in your mind forever.