A beautiful desert, grand palaces, forts, temples and a gorgeous salt lake – this is a Journey that is as expansive, as it is enchanting. The brilliant roads will leave you wanting any and every reason to test your skills. The Thar Experience is a drive that releases the bold wanderer in you and enables you to witness what a Land Rover is truly capable of.
Once you arrive in Jaipur and check-in at the ITC Rajputana, feel free to spend your day at leisure. You can head out to see the Hawa Mahal and take a walk in the bustling streets of Johri Bazaar. Meet your fellow explorers in the evening over a pre-drive briefing, followed by dinner.
We begin Day 2 with a drive from Jaipur to Bikaner, through some carefully selected scenic routes that also include a drive past the Sambhar Salt Lake and its numerous salt pans. Our next destination will be the Tal Chappar sanctuary that is home to the Chinkara or Indian Gazelle. We reach Bikaner after covering a distance of
~ 350 km on less travelled, rural routes through north Rajasthan. We check-in to the Lallgarh Palace, built during the last half of the 19th Century by the Late Maharaja Ganga Singh, the maker of modern Bikaner. Unwind and experience the traditional entertainment and cuisine in the evening.
Shortly after Bikaner, we will leave the National Highway to Jaisalmer and drive across the desert to take the border road along the Indira Gandhi canal. This is one of India’s most beautiful drives with gorgeous sand dunes and a flowing water canal on either side of the road. Another short detour will take you across another Salt Lake at Sri Mohangarh. We complete our ~330 km drive with a night halt at Suryagarh, located enroute to the Sam Sand Dunes. Join the evening entertainment and dinner at the hotel.
We start early in the morning to enjoy a bit of dune bashing! We then drive to Khimsar past Pokharan and the bird sanctuary at Khichan, the abode of the Demoiselle Cranes in Rajasthan. After a tea break at the Khimsar Dunes Village, the night halt will be at the Welcomhotel Khimsar Fort and Dunes that also houses the Raja’s collection of vintage cars. Enjoy the candlelit dinner in the ancient ruins of the fort and soak in the charm of being in the Thar Desert after another scenic drive of ~300 km.
The final ~ 350 km drive of the Journey will take us to Udaipur. We will halt for a final night at one of the finest hotels in Udaipur, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace. We celebrate the completion of the ultimate desert safari in India and we bid you adieu. Confident that we will meet again on yet another magnificent Land Rover Journey.
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