Welcome to Jaisalmer, Jodhpur & Western Rajasthan
The west is in some ways quintessential Rajasthan, with all the romance of desert dunes, fortified cities and camel caravans. Most of the region is covered by the Thar Desert, which also extends into Punjab, Gujarat and Pakistan. The Thar is the world’s most populous arid zone, mostly covered by scrub vegetation, with plentiful villages eking out a living from their animals and maintaining a richly colourful desert culture. Three ancient and atmospheric cities form the focus of travel here, each with a majestic fort at its heart. Proud Jodhpur is a halfway house between the relatively urbane cities of eastern Rajasthan and the state’s wild west. Bikaner and above all Jaisalmer are romantically remote desert towns and the main starting points for renowned desert safaris. These adventures need careful organising, but you won’t quickly forget nights sleeping under the desert stars or your camel’s rhythmic progress across the landscape.