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Thar Desert Trails 4D/3N

Rajasthan, Jaisalmer
INR 6,160.00
Holiday Overview

The golden sands in the deserts of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer hold untold secrets. In this itinerary you will explore the striking Jaisalmer Fort which is made with unique golden lime stone and the stunning Gadishar Lake where every moment will seem like a magical moment to you. Take a camel ride on the Sand Dunes where you can experience the spectacular view of the sunset in the Thar Desert. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is a marvellous attraction in Jodhpur that evokes a magical aura to this beautiful city.

Start Point Jodhpur
End Point Jodhpur
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Holiday Highlights
  • Visit the Jaisalmer Fort  & Gadishar Lake in Jaisalmer.
  • Camel ride on Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer.
  • Visit the  Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum in Jodhpur.
Getting There
By Air

Rajasthan is easily accessible by air. Jaipur, the capital of the state, has the only international airport of the state. The other nearest international airport from Rajasthan is Delhi, at a distance of 260 km. There are a number of domestic airports in Rajasthan at Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer. However, Rajasthan has only three International flights landing at Jaipur from Dubai, Muscat, and Sharjah. But, the connectivity within the state through flights is well established.

By Rail

Overnight trains from Delhi and Mumbai reach most of Rajasthan's major cities. For points further out, like Jaisalmer, you'll be looking at a second day on the train as well. The Shatabdi and Rajdhani express are excellent trains and have excellent service.

Another option is Palace on Wheels which is a week long luxury train ride through Rajasthan. New Luxury train also started for Rajasthan Named Royal Rajsthan On Wheels is also a best option for travel by train.

By Road

The state of Rajasthan can boast of a well connected road network considering the connectivity of the state through several state highways and national highways. The national highways link Rajasthan with the states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. Though Mumbai may be too far away, this is the most popular way to travel to Jaipur from Delhi as the road is in excellent condition and the drive can easily be completed in under 4hrs.


Day 1
Jodhpur - Jaisalmer (300 kms)

On arrival at Jodhpur, you ill be greeted by our Holidaymine.com representative and will be transferred to Jaisalmer. Drive will be through visiting some villages. En route visit Osian. This picturesque getaway is situated 65 kms from Jodhpur. Osian is a great centre of Brahmanical and Jain religions. After Osian village drive through the desert village and visit the Khichan Village. It is well known for migratory bird "Kurja" (Crane). The village Khichan is hardly 4 kms away from Phalodi. A small sleepy town in the vicinity of Phalodi, Khichan has now become one of the most favored Bird watching vacation destinations in India.

Phalodi was initially called Phalvardhika. It was later renamed as Phalodi. The town is known as Phalodi after the Phalodi Fort was named at the request of Phala, the widowed daughter of Brahman Sidhu Kalla, who gave a generous contribution in cash to build the fort. In 1230, famous Kalyan Raoji's temple was constructed. The temple of goddess Latiyal Devi and Santinath are some of the oldest temples of the town. The Parasnath Jain temple established in 1847 by the Oswal Jain community has been made only in stone. It is made of old Belgium glass.

Jaisalmer - a fairy-tale town in the Thar Desert founded about 800 years ago by Maharaja Jaisal. This desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 meter high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples.The annual desert festival takes place in January and February each year and is a riot of color and activity. Jaisalmer is also famous for its embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antique, and stonework and camel safaris into the barren sand-dune desert.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

Meals - No meals
Day 2
Jaisalmer

Enjoy your breakfast this morning at the hotel, and proceed for visit of the famous Havelis (mansions) known for their frescoes. Jaisalmer's strategic position on the camel terrain route bought it great wealth. The merchants grew prosperous and commissioned great havelis, or mansions, to flaunt their ever-growing status in society. Made of local golden-yellow sand stone and wood, some of the havelis are still in excellent condition. The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis is the Patwaon Ki Haveli. Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Nathmal Ki Haveli are the other two havelis that are opened to visitors. Built in 1156 by the Bhati ruler, Jaisal, the fort here stands atop the 80 m high Trikuta hill. 3 walls and features 99 bastions surround the fort. Within the fort complex lie the beautifully carved Jain Temples built between the 12th and 15th centuries.The 'Maharawals' (rulers) of Jaisalmer were devout Hindus but were tolerant of Jainism, and encouraged art and religion. There are seven temples in the complex.

After noon visit the Ghadishar Lake -The beautiful arched gateway across the road down to the tank a scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings. Lodurva - Lodurva, the ancient capital of Bhattis is 16 kilometers from Jaisalmer. Mostly in ruins, it is visited for the great Jain temple, which contains the most exquisite jail work screens, grand ceiling and a magnificent triumphal arch at the entrance. The original carriage for the deity, made in 1675, is still preserved. The most interesting object dart is Kalpataru, a mythical tree of wish fulfillment. Lodurva has a great number of peacocks, which hover around the temple walls lending spectacular color to the dry and stony landscape. Here once flowed the river Kak. Amar Sagar- From Lodurva, the road to Jaisalmer passes through Amar Sagar, which has a grand artificial reservoir for water, a temple and a promenade on the bank. Bada Bagh, cenotaphs of the Jaishalmer Rawals, has some magnificent chattris (canopies) set amidst an oasis of greenery. It is indeed a great place for a stopover and photography. Another beautiful place is the Gadi Sagar Tank, the main source of the city's water supply. Kuldhara Village is one of the most interesting place. This is among the 84 villages inhabited by the rich, hard-working Paliwals. The Paliwals deserted their houses overnight with the curse that anyone who removed even a stone from the houses would come to grief and perish. Howling winds rush through empty streets and skeletons of houses now exposed to the elements remains of the village.

Proceed for the excursion to Sam Sand dunes. Located at a distance of 42 kilometers from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes is the closest point to witness the total sandy desert.

Accommodation in Jaisalmer or Tented Camp.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 3
Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (300 kms)

Post breakfast this morning at the hotel, check out and proceed to Jodhpur.

The 15th century city of Jodhpur, stands at the edge of Thar Desert and is the largest city in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Jodhpur is a resplendent city, with a blend of modern and traditional buildings. The city is totally dominated by a massive fort sprawled across 125- meter high hill known as Meherangarh Fort, founded by Rao Jodha in 15th century. A flourishing trade center in the 16th century, Jodhpur is still one of the leading centers of wool, cattle, Camels, salt and agricultural Crops . It boasts of some of very fine reminders of its glorious past palaces, temples and other elegant monuments of architectural and historical significance. Also Jodhpur is popularly known as the 'Blue City' because of the beautiful houses painted with indigo color mostly belonging to the Brahmin caste. You can get a magnificent view of this Blue city from the ramparts of the Meherangarh Fort. Visit the Meherangarh Fort, which was impregnable for the rocky base which it is on. It totally dominates the city and within its walls are the royal palaces, priceless jewels and a striking collection of arms. Also visit Jaswant Thada, the white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II built in 1899.

Also visit Sardar Bazaar and Clock Tower markets where you can see the vegetable, spice, Indian sweets, and textile and silver markets. These colorful markets with tiny shops dot the narrow lanes replete with woodcarvings, wrought iron, lacquer work, silver and ivory ornamentation and leather handicrafts.

Afternoon is free to walk around in the colorful and bustling bazaars for personal exploration or shopping.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

Meals - Breakfast
Day 4
Departure from Jodhpur

Today your journey comes to an end leaving you with some wonderful memories. Post breakfast check-out from the hotel. Holidaymine.com thanks you for your patronage and ensures you a punctual transfer to  Jodhpur Airport or Railway Station for your onward journey.

Meals - Breakfast
Dates
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/07/2017 31/12/2018
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Prices
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Accommodation Options
Destination Standard Deluxe Super Deluxe Luxury
Jaisalmer
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 5 Star Hotel
Jodhpur
  • Budget Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • 4 Star Hotel
  • 5 Star Hotel
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Whats Included
  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • All transportation by Indigo/similar car for 02 -03 Pax & Xylo/Innova/similar for 04-06 Pax
  • All Sightseeing & Transportation as per the Itinerary, inclusive of all toll, taxes and driver allowances
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as meals, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
Cancellation Policy
  • Between 30 and 15 days of departure - 40% of tour cost
  • Between 14 and 7 days prior to date of departure - 50% of tour cost
  • Less than 7 days and In case of no show - 100% of tour cost
Terms and Conditions
  • Packages are valid upto 31st Dec 2018 ** (Except Long Weekend) **
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Vehicle and Transportation will be as per itinerary only and not at disposal.
  • Refund on cancellation depends upon the above cancellation policy.
  • The Seller Reserves the right to change/modify or terminate the offer any time at its own discretion and without any prior notice.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • As per Govt. norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
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  • Cancellation policy and Terms & Conditions
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  • In event of any changes done in Hotels or Room Categories or any Deviation is taken from the confirmed itinerary‚ By the Clients‛; Any expenses incurred from such changes will have to be paid in full by clients directly to local operators / Hotels / activity providers.
Areas Covered

Jodhpur - Jodhpur is the second largest city in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is known as Sun City for the bright sunshine it enjoys throughout the year. But its more famous sobriquet is blue city; known so because of the bluish hue of uniformly whitewashed houses in the town. The city dominated by the massive Mehrangarh fort on a rocky hill is charming with its wealth of historic attractions and colourful markets which specializes in antiques. It is still one of the leading centers of wool, cattle, camels and salt. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many beautiful palaces, forts, and temples, apart from a stark, scenic desert landscape.

Jaisalmer - Exotic beauty, paramount in historical value, pleasant gift of nature and Jaisalmer is at the epitome of beauty. Jaisalmer, a city nicknamed as Golden City in Rajput clans, is the most attractive tourist spot in Rajasthan, India. This medieval has grown into fame as a romantic gateway for exotic enjoyments and breathtaking views. Magnificent palaces, Golden fort, ancient imposing temples and havelis provide this wonderful place a permanent spot in the tourist map of India. This city breasts many medieval period Jain temples as well. The city is enriched with the exquisite collections of arts, textiles and crafts.

Shopping And Entertainment

Rajasthan the colourful and unique state of India is one of the fantastic destinations that attract tourists from all over the world. And of course shopping here is a great activity enjoyed by every traveller of Rajasthan. The various cities here offer something for everyone, be it jewellery, pottery, leather items, paintings, textiles, stone items, wooden furniture and many more beautiful things with magnificent artistry & workmanship are simply irresistible. Rajasthan is truly a shopper's paradise that has been able to preserve its cultural and traditional art & craft forms which today is incomparable with any other place in India and other parts of world. It may be the rural village or urban city of this Indian state, all has something unique and exclusive on display for its shoppers. Some of the main highlighted cities of Rajasthan shopping include Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Pushkar, Kota, Shekhawati and Barmer.

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