Set starkly amongst the empty Thar Desert, the narrow streets of Bikaner, one of Rajasthan’s three great desert kingdoms, are regularly clogged with sand deposits from frequent desert sandstorms. Explore the beautiful Junagarh Fort, the city’s palaces, including the ornate Lalgarh Palace, and temples and the Bhujia Bazaar.
Huddled on a sandstone ridge, the city of Jaisalmer is the gateway to the great sand dunes of the Thar Desert. The ‘Golden City’ itself is sleepy by Indian standards, and is home to the historic 12th Century Jaisalmer Fort.
The traditional Rajasthani village of Rohet is a peaceful lakeside escape just 25 miles from Jodhpur. An oasis at the edge of the desert, this village is known for its 16th Century fort, Rohet Garh, now a heritage hotel. Spot wildlife such as peafowl and black-buck antelopes and witness the intriguing way of life of the classless Bishnoi community who live by the 29 principles of their prophet, Lord Jhambheshwar.
In stark contrast to Rajasthan’s opulent heritage hotels, stay in the arid Thar Desert and discover desert culture and wildlife. Deogarh boasts the magnificent 15th-century Kumbhalgarh Fort, which stretches along the rugged Aravalli Hills.