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Rajasthan: A ‘Royal’ Roadtrip through the Land of Kings

This road trip through Rajasthan is tailor made for all those who want to explore the historical and architectural wonders of India. Stepping back in time, these northern roads will take you on a tour through the “Land of Kings”. It will show you forts and palaces that have withstood the ravages of time.

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The route: Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Jodhpur-Pushkar circuit is the perfect blend of Rajasthani Heritage and culinary delightsFirst Stretch: Delhi- Jaipur.

First Stretch: Delhi- Jaipur

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Start off your journey from the capital of India. This trip will take you through the busiest national highways of India i.e. NH 48. Hire an outstation cab. If you do not want to be chauffeured, hire a self-drive car.

Delhi is connected by all major airports and rail routes. So, if you are coming from out station, it is advisable to come a day before your scheduled departure.

Time: 4.5 hours
Distance: 277 km

Pitstops: Neemrana is must visit for its fort and adventure activities. Visit the “pink city’s” City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar for its historical significance. Capture the spirit of Rajasthan with traditional culinary delights and 5-star hospitality in an ethnic environment at the village resort of Choki Dhani.

Second Stretch: Jaipur- Udaipur

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The fastest route to complete the second leg of this journey will be through NH58. On your way, you can make a stop in Ajmer and visit the Sharif Dargah or Ana Sagar Lake to indulge in boating. This route is filled with attractions that are a testament to Rajasthan’s rich culture.

Time: 6.5 hours
Distance: 395 km

Pitstops: Visit the sunset terrace for spectacular views of Lake Pichola which is surrounded by palaces and temples. Hop on to a boat cruise to witness a stunning sunset. Bagore Haveli is reflection of Mewar Kingdom century’s old history. Treat yourself with upscale Indian dishes at the age-old villa of 1559 AD.

Third Stretch: Udaipur- Jodhpur

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This route will cover the distance via NH58 and NH62. You have to option to stop at the ancient Hindu temple complex of Ekling Ji. There are a lot of roadside dhabas that will treat you to local delicacies such as Dabeli, Daal bhati churma or Laal maas.

Time: 5 hours
Distance: 312 km

Pitstops: The “blue city” is the home to Mehrangarh Fort which houses a collection of arts from the Mughal era. Adventure junkies can complete the 1.5-hour circuit of ziplines that has the Mehrangarh fort in the backdrop.

Fourth Stretch: Jodhpur- Pushkar

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The final leg of your journey will take you to Pushkar via RJ SH21 and NH58. You will cross the ancient city of Merta- home to Mertia Rathore Rajputs and the fabled devotee of Lord Krishna, Mira Bai.

Time: 4 hours
Distance: 185 km

Pitstops: Visit Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats where pilgrims bathe. You can also see ‘Nag Pahar’, snake mountain which forms a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar. If you plan to visit during Holi, stay at Namastey India hostel. This ancient town is known for its Kapda Faad Holi and Bhang.

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Curated by Ruchit Rastogi