What pops up in your mind at the first place when you hear of Rajasthan? Is it the royal legacy it proudly boasts of or the sprawling horizons of red sands which is mysteriously captivating?! It could be the unusual blend of music, art and dance that creates a mystique aura?! Or it could also be the grandeur forts that stand against time! This rugged, yet inviting, landscape has many shades which are worth exploring.
Let's take a 5 days tour in Rajasthan; from the red sands to the blue of royalty, from the pink cities to the amber sunsets, from the colourful chaotic streets to the serenity of the sands, let's explore it all!
This is a 5 day Rajasthan Itinerary exploring the giant forts, varied cultures, striking palaces, appetizing cuisines and what not!
Let's start our journey from the Pink City of India - Jaipur
Day 1 & 2 @ Jaipur - Gateway to the vibrant Rajasthan
Rajasthan Itinerary for 5 days starts with the enthralling historical city of Jaipur! The charm of the city is such that you are going to fall for it at the first sight. The pink city of India is known as much for its fascinating monuments and colourful markets as it is for its gorgeous hand-loom garments and wonderfully laid-out gardens.
Front view of Amber Fort - PC : Srshiva2
What to see @ Jaipur : It's a herculean task to choose the most exciting aspect about Jaipur! City palace at the heart of the city continues to house the former royal family. The royal observatory of Jantar Mantar is a hint to the city's grandeur past! The honeycomb structure of Hawa Mahal continues to enthral its visitors with its unique architecture. And in the arid hill country surrounding the city lies the paramount attraction of this historical city - the unparalleled and magnificent fort of Amber!
2 days of luxury would let you tour all these marvels. You can also travel to Nahargarh fort for the spell binding bird eye view of the Pink city, Albert Hall museum for a peep into the past, Johari Bazaar for a blissful shopping, Jal Mahal for its unique structure ,Jaigarh fort for its armoury during this span.
Street Food at Jaipur - PC : Travis Wise
What to eat @ Jaipur : A trip to Jaipur is not complete without digging into the authentic Rajasthani food. The cuisines here is influenced by the lifestyle of the Maharajas and Maharanis of Jaipur. You can't return without trying 'dal bati churma', the flagship dish of Rajasthani cuisine!
Yummy Gulab Jamuns
Where to shop @ Jaipur : If you are a shopping freak, you cannot leave Jaipur without visiting Johari Bazaar. Jaipur is known all over the world as a gem centre and is also the world capital for Emerald!
Where to stay @ Jaipur : Click here to find the hotels in Jaipur
A 10 - 12 hour overnight journey would take you to the heart of the Great Indian Desert - Jaisalmer !
Day 3 - A dreamy night @ the dunes of Jaisalmer
The laid back town of Jaisalmer stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone and is crowned by a majestic fort! Fondly called as 'the Golden city', Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar desert and is a World Heritage Site. The magnificent Havelis of this enchanting desert citadel is world famous!
Jaisalmer Fort at evening - PC : Adrian Sulc
What to see @ Jaisalmer : The fort of Jaisalmer is a breathtaking sight! It is one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world! The fort is 1,500 ft long and 750 ft wide and is built on a hill that raises above a height of 250 ft above the surrounding countryside. Honeycombed with narrow winding lanes, lined with houses and temples - along with a large number of handicraft shops, guest houses and restaurants -Jaisalmer's unique fort is a living urban centre, with about 3,000 people residing within its walls.
Picturesque Gadsisar lake -PC : Terry Presley
The narrow streets of the old city conceal magnificent Havelis of which Patwon ki Haveli is the most famous! The scenic lake of Gadsisar is another major attraction here.
An 'out of this world' night @ Sam Sand Dunes !
Swiss tents - PC : David Brossard
If you think you have seen the best of Jaisalmer, you got it terribly wrong! A desert safari in the Sam Sand Dunes is definitely going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of us! Few people leave Jaisalmer without climbing onto a camel in the surrounding Thar Desert.
The sunset view on the sprawling red sands is simply 'out of this world'! Safaris on the camel back and stay at the Swiss tents are quite unique. One also gets to enjoy the mystique beauty of Rajasthani folk dance during the night stay.
PC : Rishabh Mathur
Day 4 - A Four wheel drive in the Great Indian Desert !
Exploring the Thar desert on four wheels is an enthralling experience! A four wheel drive in the morning, through the vast horizons of red sands, is definitely enriching.
The haunted village of Kuldhara - PC : Chandra
A haunted village in middle of the desert?! If you have a thing for haunting and paranormal activities, you got to visit the haunted village of Kuldhara! Several mysterious stories are attributed to this abandoned village. The uncanny and eerie silence here is definitely going to add up to the spookiness!
Spend the rest of the day enjoying the marvellous architecture of the Havelis or by shopping in the street markets!
Leave to Ajmer in the evening as it is best to visit Ajmer Dargah in the early morning. Approximately a 9 hour ride from Jaisalmer would take you to Ajmer Dargah.
Day 5- Travel to the holy Ajmer Sharif Dargah !
Ajmer - PC : Zakir Naqvi
Ajmer is home to the famous Dargah Sharif, which houses the Tomb of Garib Nawaz, also known as Moinuddin Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of Sufism. The city is sacred for Hindus and Muslims alike and is renowned for being a centre of history and culture and beauty!
The holy city also has picturesque lakes of Anasagar and Foy sagar, ornate Jain and Hindu temples and some other historical monuments which are worth a visit!
A 3 hour journey from Ajmer will take you back to the city of Jaipur. Either you can spend the rest of the day visiting the unseen places of historical Jaipur or you can take a ride to Agra which is just 5 hours away!
Did you know? Jaipur forms a part of the world famous Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Agra and Delhi!
PC : Honza Soukup
Exploring the entire grandeur of Rajasthan demands much more time and budget! But this Itinerary to travel Rajasthan for 5 days ensures that you do not afford to miss the soul of Rajasthan. The majestic fort of Bangarh, the cities of Udaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner are some places which could not be covered by this 5 days tour in Rajasthan!
Hope this 5 day Rajasthan Itinerary comes handy for you while travelling to this flamboyant state of Rajasthan. Happy Travelling:)