Road trips make us spark our wanderlust emotions back to reality. Life can drain much of our energy and we tend to forget to live the life we wanted to live. That is the magic road trips create. If you are considering a road trip, let your emotions flow, but at the same time, you should minimize your travelling risk. Road trips are more than just packing your bags and hitting the roads. And that’s where we can guide you.
So get ready to accelerate in uncharted territories with blasting car music like ‘Highway to hell’ or ‘Dil Chahta Hai’.
The best time for this memorable Jaipur to Jaisalmer road trip is between the months of November to February, the winter season. This is when the desert sun is kind and daytime is pleasant. Remaining parts of the year can be either too warm or too wet, both unconducive for a road trip. Summers, between April and June, are unbearably scorching, whereas monsoon, July to September, is rather pleasant, but may not be recommended for a road trip.
The most frequented places in Jaisalmer for traditional food are:
1. Restaurant Romany at Hanuman Chowk, on roof-top of Hotel Prithvi Palace. Order the to-die-for Shahi Rajasthani Thali out here.
2. 1st Gate Home Fusion atop a hotel of the same name, this open terrace restaurant gives you spectacular views and offers scrumptious Italian dishes like Fusilli with Vegan Pesto for vegetarians.
3. The Trio offers traditional food again served in unique Rajasthani crockery with a Rajasthani feeling by giving amazing views of the old bazaar. Don’t forget the ‘chai in kullad’.
This route for the Jaipur to Jaisalmer journey is a driving distance of 560 kilometres. It takes close to 10 hours by this route.
This route takes a little over 10 hours.
One staple dish in Rajasthan is Dal baati churma - state's classic signature dish, which is available in restaurants and also is a famous street food.
Another dish commonly available is Gatte ki subzi. And the last but the most scrumptious is pyaaz kachori.
You may consider the first halt at Nagaur and satisfy your palate for Rajasthani cuisine at Rajbhog restaurant. You cannot miss the Rajasthani thali there. Alternatively at the Food Court & Café for more cuisines like Indian, American and Fast Food. Next halt could be at Phalodi. The sought after experiences here are visiting a heritage place called Hotel Lal Niwas, which is known for traditional Indian food and spending time at Old Town Café & Lounge with unique junk themed interiors.
These are well maintained and well serviced with hygienic restrooms and water. However, there are many other options on the way, which you could explore.
You may consider halting at Krishnagarh fort to immerse into the unseen remains of a gigantic and an imposing fortress with huge walls towering high above the lake. It was built in 1649 and is known to be the epitome of the Rajputs and Mughals architecture.
Another highly recommended halt is in Pushkar. It is engulfed with mountains and in between is the picturesque Pushkar Lake. The top of all the highlights is the most renowned temple of all, the Brahmaji Temple dating back to the 14th century. It is the finest existence of Hindu architecture.
Jaisalmer, the Golden city is distinguished by yellow sandstone architecture.
When on a road trip, you have to make sure that you are highly equipped to deal with unexpected circumstances. It would be judicious to take lessons on how to fix a car puncture. Needless to say that your mobile phones should be charged and that you are carrying car chargers and portable chargers. You need to back your bags with ample snacks and you cannot forget the most important thing, which is water, in order to stay hydrated. It may also make sense to carry a hammer, just to stay steer clear of rare situations like being stuck in a car. And the most important of all is the first aid kit in case of injury and a Car insurance policy or a bike insurance to cover your back while you enjoy your trip.
There are upwards of 35 fuel stations of Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HP on this route so one will have ample supply of fuel at all times on this road trip.
As per route no. 1 as mentioned above, this road trip is a 9 hour journey. Typically, starts at early morning and ends before the sun vanishes. However, if one wishes to take a halt the most recommended place undoubtedly is Pushkar. It brings to extremely close to the roots of Rajasthan by letting you experience a village feel. The interesting part in Pushkar is the bazaar and mela with myriads of stalls to pick up handmade things.
As per route no. 2, the one and only halt has to be Jodhpur – Blue city. One has to pay a visit to Mehrangarh Fort and Museum, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada to take pride in India.
Jaipur to Jaisalmer takes almost 9 hours and 45 minutes
Bikaner would be a suitable place to stay and eat. It is about 334 kilometres away from Jaipur and almost at the halfway point between Jaipur and Jaisalmer. In Bikaner, one can explore a variety of places such as Karni Mata Temple, Laxmi Nath Temple, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Public Park and Zoo, Junagarh Fort, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Lalgarh Palace and Kolayat. If you are feeling adventurous, plan a stay at the Manwar Desert Camp on the Jodhpur – Jaisalmer Highway. It is surrounded by the sand dunes of the magnificent Thar Desert. The Gulaal is a beautiful place to stay in Jaisalmer. It offers stunning views of the Jaisalmer Fort and has gorgeous rooms. Saffron in Jaisalmer is a highly recommended place to taste the delicious Jungli Lal Maas.
Network coverage is on par throughout the road trip except at certain stretches.
There are multiple ATMs of banks like The Rajasthan State Cooperative bank, SBI, UCO bank etc on the route.
There are at least 20 cities on this route with each having adequate number of hospitals for medical care. For example, Krishnagarh itself has 7 big hospitals, Phalodi has 5-8 hospitals, Ramdevra has 3 big hospitals.
One extremely important thing to carry is tools for fixing a flat. Another option is to carry tire inflator to pump air in the flat tire, until you reach a mechanics shop to put on the spare. Other good-to-have tools are screwdrivers, crescent wrench, hammer, duct tape or electrical tape.
Hope the above gives you a reality check for your upcoming road trip so that you only take beautiful memories with you.
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Article Author: Amita Rajpal
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