Rajasthan road trip - Advice on road conditions and others

#1 Aug 30th, 2014, 20:23
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While I am also searching extensively on net (indiamike.com etc.) but I believe some of us have already been to Rajashthan on a road trip . I wanted your advice on the following aspects:
Road conditions and things to know in the route plan
Hotels that you would recommend or feedback about the ones we have shortlisted
anything else that we need to know/prepared

Delhi to Ranthambore (Dec 26)
2 nights at R'bore (Dec 26 & Dec 27) - need help in arranging jungle safari or getting a RTDC accommodation

R'bore to Jodhpur (Dec 28), stay for 1 night (Bishnoi village camp)

Jodhpur to Jaisalmer (Dec 29), stay for 2 nights (Helsinki house) - Dec 29, dec 30

Leave for Sam dunes and stay the new year's night (Dec 31), Prince of Dunes

Sam to Bikaner (Jan 1), stay at Bikaner for 2 nights (Jan 1 7 Jan 2), Gajner palace

Bikaner to delhi (Jan 3), reach Delhi on Jan 3


Family of four (me, wife, two boys of 6 yrs each) will travel by diesel sedan.

Dates are given above.
#2 Aug 30th, 2014, 21:35
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Gajner Palace isn't exactly in Bikaner. Two nights sounds like a lot of commuting.
#3 Aug 31st, 2014, 01:18
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thx matka. any feedback on the road conditions and things to be careful, between the stretches mentioned above?
#4 Aug 31st, 2014, 20:48
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I only know about Bikaner, since I went there on the long weekend. The Jaipur road is very crowded, with trucks blocking two lanes at all times. I returned from Chomu, joining the highway at Chandwaji flyover. From there, it took me about five hours to reach Delhi.

Going, I took the Rewari - Narnaul - Jhunjhunu route. The road was much poorer than the return route, but maybe due to the national holiday, there was practically no traffic and not a single truck! However, I don't recommend this road because at places, it is single lane. And at one point near Fatehpur, the underpass of a rail bridge was under half a metre of water! But maybe in January, that won't happen...

The road from Fatehpur to Bikaner is generally very good and uncrowded, with some patches under repair or expansion. Nothing to worry about.
#5 Sep 1st, 2014, 22:29
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Most of the roads in Raj. Are good. Road between jodhpur and jaisalmer is very good. And roads around jaisalmer are also good( toward sam). Accommodation is easily available at most of the places, but not sure about new year. So it will be good if you check for same in advance.
#6 Sep 1st, 2014, 22:42
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As mentioned previously, few refinements -
1. Jodhpur-Jaisalmer via Pokaran is an amazing road to drive on. It was rated as one of the top roads by skoda to drive on.
2. New year's week accommodation is very tough to get in pockets, especially Ranthambore and Jaisalmer when half of Delhi descends on Rajasthan.
3. You may want to drop Bikaner and instead split the drive from Jaisalmer to Delhi by doing Jaisalmer-Pushkar (via Nagaur) on day 1, then one overnight and Pushkar-Delhi on next day. That way, you dont have to enter Jaipur on the way back. Add a day to Jodhpur and one day to the drive between Ranthambore to Jodhpur (It's fairly long and you're missing much as such by not keeping time aside for Udaipur, Ranakpur, Chittor, etc).
4. Alternatively, you could drop Ranthambore and just do Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Bikaner etc.

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