Rajasthan !! Are you serious!? Dude have you gone mad!? Only idiots like you will go to a dessert for honeymoon!!
These are some of the curious questions and expressions i encountered upon disclosing to friends and family that we are off to Rajasthan for a road trip. But we didn't give ears to their ignorance and decided to hit the roads by the second week of Feb 2017. Since she is pretty much new to extensive travelling, i initially thought to make it very simple covering less areas but her enthusiasm and excitment gave me great amount of confidence.
Rajasthan is India's largest state by area and hence is difficult to cover in a single stretch or with limitted number of days. Keeping this in mind we had selected Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur being the most talked about destinations for our first trip to Rajasthan and thought to visit other major destinations like Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Mount Abu etc in subsequent trips.
The difficult part was preparing an itinerary which accommodates our Sunday to Sunday schedule. After detailed enquiries with friends based in Rajasthan, travel write ups in various web portals we made one, which we thought would be better to share with people who wish to make their maiden trip to this mesmerizing wonderland. In this we planned places in a road trip structure connecting places one by one covering the must visit areas in and around Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
We had 8 days , 1400 plus kms to ride and yes we are glad that we did it and also happy that we could execute our itinerary without any troubles in between.
Hold on, put your seat belts and let's start the trip right here from Jaipur.
The Road Map
Jaipur -> Ajmer -> Pushkar -> Jodhpur -> Bishnoi villages -> Ranakpur -> Kumbalgarh -> Udaipur -> Jaisamand -> Chittorgarh -> Jaipur.
Jaipur -> Ajmer -> Pushkar
Ajmer is located 135 Km from Jaipur and takes approximately 2 and a half hour long drive. One can stop at Ajmer and Pushkar if they are moving to Jodhpur from Jaipur. Start early in the morning from Jaipur so that u can experience the divine atmosphere at the Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti, known as Ajmer Sharif Dargah in the morning hours and can have a peaceful visit. Always remember the place is very much crowded and the streets which leads u to the Dargah are very narrow. Care should be taken with your valuables. Its better to buy flowers and chader from the outside market as it's less expensive there. Don't miss Sohan Halwa which is a unique sweet dish available in Ajmer.
Around noon reach Pushkar which is half an hour drive from Ajmer and check into your hotel. Post lunch first pay visit to Brahma Temple, one of the few Brahma temples in India which is neatly maintained. Then head to Savitri temple which is located at a hill top and offers panoramic View of Pushkar City. One can visit this temple in the evening also to witness beautiful sunset.
Strolling along the Ghats of the Pushkar Lakh in the evening is something one should never miss. Spend sometime and head towards Dharma Camel Safari located near Brahma Temple. They offer the best sunset camel cart ride in the dessert for about two hours.
Overnight stay at Pushkar.
Restaurants: plenty of options but our favourite and also the best based on many reviews is Honey & Spice, Cafe Nature's Blessings and Funkey Monkey Cafe