Explore the mighty Thar Desert in India's land of Kings and desert state, Rajasthan. In this off-the-beaten-path itinerary, see what life is like in the Rajasthan desert.
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India6 days / February 2017
Highs & Lows
Drink saffron chai with locals on the blue city streets of Jodhpur
Prepare for basic facilities and no showers in parts of the desert
Discover central Rajasthan and uncover life in the desert in this trip that takes in Jodhpur and the surrounding Thar Desert area. Stay with descendants of kings at ancestral homes, experience life in a desert village, and be blown away by the incredible Mehrangarh Fort.
This trip takes in Jodhpur, Osiyan and Chandelao Homestay for an immersive desert experience where you can stay with locals and learn more about life in the Rajasthan desert, by staying in a simple village stay and a beautiful ancestral home.
Wander the photogenic blue city of Jodhpur taking plenty of time to take in all the sights and make new friends.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would stay longer at Chandelao Garh - this is a great place to pass a few days relaxing!
Anything go wrong during the trip?
I went back to Jodhpur in between Chandelao and HACRA which was not needed - you can go directly between the two.
How was the food?
At both Chandelao and HACRA, Osiyan, you'll be served delicious, home cooked food. There are many great restaurants in Jodhpur depending on your budget. If you're looking to treat yourself, don't miss Indique or the restaurant at the RAAS hotel (both Jodhpur).
What tips would you give a friend?
Rajasthani culture can be conservative, especially in villages, so women travellers should dress conservatively, and if you're travelling alone it's best to say you're married when people ask.
In winter, Rajasthan can get cold at night, so pack a sweater and thick socks - many hotels do not have good heating (if at all). The rest of the year, Rajasthan is very hot and sees little rain, even during monsoon.
Jodhpur is well connected by rail from elsewhere in Rajasthan, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and other cities. From Jodhpur it's best to pre-book transfers with Chandelao or Osiyan. Or if you really want an adventure, take the bus (not advised if you prefer Air Conditioning or have lots of luggage).