Jodhpur, the second largest city of Rajasthan, popularly known as the 'Sun City', has magnificent architecture, a 15th century royal palace-turned-museum, the Mehrangarh Fort and numerous eye-treating landscapes. The contrasting blue walls of the city houses is spectacular.
From Delhi to Jodhpur the distance is approximately 596 km. It will take nearly 9h 54min for a straight drive to Jodhpur from Delhi but you cannot afford to miss the extravagant beauty on your way. So, here is a perfect weekend getaway plan to drive from Delhi to Jodhpur.
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Another way to enjoy the beauty of the majestic landscapes and culture of Rajasthan is to choose another way to reach Jodhpur. This is Delhi- Jaipur- Ajmer- Beawar- Baar- Nimaj- Bilara- Jodhpur and the distance is 596 km approximately.
Drive from Delhi where you can start your journey from Gurgaon, either from NH48 or NH248A to Sawai Madhopur. Then, travel all the way to Jodhpur via Osian.
For a perfect weekend getaway you need two consecutive days for the road trip. You can stay the night either at Sawai Madhopur or near Osian. You will see numerous forts, havelis, historical architecture, museums and what not!
Starting Point: Delhi
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Best Time To Visit: The best time for this Delhi-Jodhpur weekend trip is October-March; however, it depends upon what you are planning for. October to February is the peak season. The weather fluctuates between 10 degree Celsius and 23 degree Celsius, which makes it the best time to travel.
Best Route And Major Halts
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The best route could be from Delhi to Sawai Madhopur and then to Jodhpur via Ossian as it gives you the most advantageous opportunity to visit the most scenic places on the way. The major halts include Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Ajmer, Pushkar, Beawar, Ossian and finally Jodhpur.
However, you can skip some places and make the route little short and selective. Of course, Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Ossian cannot be missed! If you have more than 1-2 days, you may add Jaisalmer, Pali, Bhangarh and Udaipur to your tour list. There are great royal palace hotels as well as resorts in the route to stay during the night.
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Distance: 268 km from Delhi
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Follow the trails of splendid royal architecture of the 'pink city' of Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan. Visit the grand City Palace, 16th century Amer Fort and Jantar Mantar. Don't forget to explore the Palace Of Winds - Hawa Mahal. The city is a must-visit halt in the route with museums, courtyards, palaces and gardens.
Distance: 392 km from Delhi
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Visit the artificial lake - Ana Sagar Lake surrounded by Aravali hills and visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. The places to visit in Ajmer are the Nareli Jain Temple, Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Nasiyan Jain Temple and Savitri Temple.
Distance: 403km from Delhi
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Sharing its border with the Thar desert, Pushkar is a great pilgrimage centre with hundreds of holy places and temples. The sacred and pious 52 ghats are popular among pilgrims for taking bath . The Pushkar Lake, the one and only 14th century Brahma mandir and the royal desert camp are the main attractions there.
Distance: 362 km (RJ SH 25)/375 km (NH48) from Delhi via Jaipur
Highway: RJ SH 25/NH48
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You can start your journey from either of the highways: NH248A or NH48 starting from Gurgaon to Sawai Madhopur with a distance of 381 km and a 7 h drive. In Sawai Madhopur you can explore the Ranthambhore National Park and Tiger reserve which is one of the largest popular national parks across the country. You can also enjoy the evening at Surwal lake or grand forts like Khandar and Ranthambhore.
Distance: 442 km from Delhi
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Beawar, the financial capital of Medvada of Rajaputana state is also known for its temples and pilgrim centres. You can stop to take a tour of temples like the oldest Vishnu temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman, Shubhas Garden, Neelkanth Mahadev and lot more. You can also explore the historic city of Beawar along with markets and shopping areas.
Distance:581 km from Delhi
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Osian is the place you must visit on the way. The city of temples where you can travel to numerous temples and pilgrimage centres like Mahavir Temple, Kali Temple, Sachiya Mata temple and Surya Temple. You can go for camel camp, camel safaris and dune camping in the desert.
Distance:592km from Delhi
Finally, you reach Jodhpur which is approximately 592 km from Delhi and 67 km from Osian; however, the distance varies according to the route and the halts. Jodhpur is magnificently marvellous in its architecture, tradition and heritage. Jodhpur is a hub of palaces, forts, museums, lakes and cultural heritage spots.
The best places you should definitely visit are the Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Mehrangarh Fort, Kailana Lake, Clock Tower, Mandore Gardens, Balsamand Lake, etc. There are adventurous wildlife safaris in Jodhpur like Bishnoi Village Safari, Sunset Horse Safari, Machiya Safari Park and Umed Zoo garden.
The camel safari is a must-do activity in Jodhpur. Explore local food and cuisine along with Jodhpur culture.