Delhi -> Jodhpur ->Jaisalmer -> Bikaner Road Review

March 17, 2012 By:

Table of contents for Delhi-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Bikaner Road trip

  1. Jodhpur->Jaisalmer->Bikaner in 5 days : Part-1
  2. Jodhpur->Jaisalmer->Bikaner in 5 days : Part-2
  3. Delhi -> Jodhpur ->Jaisalmer -> Bikaner Road Review

Note 1: Please check for the updated highway numbers as per the re-numbering of the National Highways across India, wherever you see NH in this article.
Note2: Take the most of the usage of Google Maps for highways, its just wonderful.

A road trip starting from Delhi to Jodhpur, then over to Jaisalmer and a return back via Bikaner is an amazing experience. It is always advisable to start the journey at the break of dawn to avoid the rush hour. We started around 3:00 AM (did I say break of dawn?) and were in Jaipur by 7.00 AM. The Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH-8) is under construction for expansion. Be prepared to face a lot of mud & deep craters on the roads.
We still managed to go maintain a speed of 60-70 Kmph and sometimes accelerated to about 110 kmph. Good facilities for breakfast and refreshments along the highway provided by Rajasthan Tourism & other privately held outlets make the journey comfortable. If you are not planning a visit to Jaipur, it is advisable to take the Jaipur Bypass (around 45 KM before Jaipur). The roads here are in top shape and the journey to Ajmer is a breeze. We travelled for another 2 hours before we reached Ajmer bypass around 9AM.

Jaipur bypass



Another bypass from Ajmer leads us towards Nasirabad. From Nasirabad we took the road to Beawar. From Beawar it is advisable not take the Beawar bypass, but go through the Beawar city instead to get on the road to Jodhpur. Beawar bypass otherwise will be much longer. A word of caution here, ensure that you do not take the road to Udaipur instead while entering into Beawar. The drive to Jodhpur from Beawar (NH 112) was picturesque and awe inspiring. The roads are in excellent shape. At a consistent speed of 120-140 kmph we cover the distance of 200km in just 2 hours 45 minutes. We covered a distance of almost 630 kms in one day. The best part was that the journey was comfortable and we hardly felt any fatigue. It was the first time that I drove for 630 KM at a stretch with a 20 minutes break for breakfast.
The journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer via Pokharan is a different experience (through NH-114 till Pokhran and NH 15 from Pokhran to Jaisalmer). We woke up around 3 am and started the day’s journey around 4 am. We were aiming to cover a distance of around 278 kms that day. The first part of the journey was uneventful and we travelled comfortable for around 70-80 kms. Then we hit a really bad patch. There were boulders everywhere and after a lot of dodging we finally hit a huge boulder. It was right in the middle of the road. But, luckily it only hit a tyre. We lost a good 45 minutes changing the tyre and then getting it repaired. So be careful a bit in this patch.
The rest of the journey was comfortable with good roads and good amenities along the way. En-route we had aloo paratha’s and milk tea at a roadside dhaba. The milk tea was a different experience. For a little taste of Rajasthan add daal bati to the breakfast order.
From Jaisalmer to Sam sandune you again have to take NH 15 only and cover up a distance of 42 KM. The drive again was an unique experience on its own, just mind blowing through the barren lands and deserts. Enroute are again various tourist places to visit. We could not visit those because of time constraints.

Jaisalmer SAM highway


Milestone showing distance to Jaisalmer


Jaisalmer-Bikaner highway

Jaisalmer directions


The next part of the journey was from Jaisalmer to Bikaner via Pokhran and Phalodi (NH 15). This was one of the best roads I have experienced so far in my life time. We started around 9:45 am from Jaisalmer. This drive is my best experiences so far. The road upto Phalodi is very good but, suddenly it hits a bad patch (but not for more than 10-15 minutes). The rest of the journey was smooth and after two tea breaks and a distance of around 330 kms we reached Bikaner around 1:30 pm.

Sunrise somewhere near Pokhran


Jaisalmer-Bikaner highway


Long breathtaking highway: Jaisalmer-Bikaner


The final leg of the journey turned out to be worst. We decided to take the shortest route to Delhi via Jhunjhunu and entry via rohtak road (NH 11). This proved to be a mistake. We also did a mistake when we took a state highway from Ratangarh for Jhunjhunu. My advice would be to take the route via Jaipur or Chomu or Churu. Even though those routes are longer, there will be no problems with the journey and no bad impact on your vehicle. The roads via Jhunjhunu (the state highways specially) were in a really bad condition and a distance of 430 kms took over 10 hours to cover. The highways were clogged with traffic and the villages in Haryana along it made the journey worse.
It was overall a good experience and all the driving has given me confidence and heightened my sense of adventure.

Toll Taxes:
On way through NH8 and Jaipur bypass, there will be frequent toll gates while entering various places. Always keep the toll receipts with you, because quite often, you do not need to pay the taxes while making an exit and the existing receipts will prove that you have already paid an entry tax. Another important thing to note is that while coming back if one is taking the Jhunjhunu route (which I took), there will not be any toll taxes to be paid. It’s an open entry to Delhi. In all, one shall have to shell out an average of at least 400-500 Rs as toll taxes.

Best time to visit: November->January

About Anupam

Anupam Mazumdar has written 20 posts at Ghumakkar.

Into IT field, currently working with Impetus Infotech India Pvt. Limited, NOIDA. Love driving and visiting places, more to say i am driving crazy. Intend to drive on long never end highways accross India as much as i can, and share my experiences and information with everyone. Hope to help people who intend to plan for a tour/trip to visit places in India

25 Responses to “Delhi -> Jodhpur ->Jaisalmer -> Bikaner Road Review”


  1. Neeraj Jat says:

    इसे कहते हैं एक सम्पूर्ण रोड रिव्यू। हर जगह के फोटो, विस्तार से रास्ते की हालत, टोल टैक्स– आनन्द आ गया। हालांकि मुझे साइकिल के अलावा कुछ भी चलाना नहीं आता लेकिन सीखने पर निकलूंगा इस रास्ते पर जरूर।
    एक बात बताइये कि क्या जयपुर से सीधे जोधपुर के लिये कोई बढिया रास्ता नहीं है- खासकर फुलेरा या मेडता या नागौर के रास्ते। आप अजमेर होकर गये, हालांकि अजमेर बाइपास का इस्तेमाल किया। ब्यावर भी कुछ खास दर्शनीय नहीं है।
    मुझे लगता है कि आपका फोटोग्राफर बडा आलसी था। कई फोटो कार के भीतर बैठे बैठे ही खींचे, इस कारण वे खराब हो गये। कार में रखे पेपर और बाकी चीजों के प्रतिबिम्ब दिख रहे हैं। ये नहीं दिखने चाहिये थे। है ना?
    और हां, सबसे पहले कमेण्ट करने के लिये मुझे चार बजे का अलार्म लगाना पडा। अब फिर सोऊंगा कम से कम नौ बजे तक। गुड नाइट। LOL.

    • Neeraj Ji, thanks. Photographer aalsi kaise ho sakta hain, when it was myself only. Maine gari chalate chalate hi photo khichi this, isliye pratibimb aa gaye hain.

      Jaha tak road ke sawaal hain, Jaipur se 2-3 roads hain, lekin best yahi hain. Otherwise, we will end up wasting a lot of time.

      Regards
      Anupam Mazumdar

  2. बहुत बढिया लेख, कार में बैठे-बैठे फ़ोटो लिये, हद हो गयी आलसीपन की, मैं तो इस रूट पर बाइक से ही जाऊँगा, देखते है कब तक?

  3. वाकई में एक बढिया रोड रिव्यू । हमने भी राजस्थान की यात्रा अपनी गाडी से की थी और लगभग 75 पैसे किलो​मीटर का खर्च तो टोल टैक्स का ही आ गया था वो कहते हैं कि सडके अच्छी होने के कारण आपका इतने रू का तो तेल बच जाता है । पर उस बचत का हमें क्या फायदा जब वो पैसा हमारी जेब में न जाये । एक बात जरूर है कि सडके अच्छी होने से समय की बचत जरूर होती है ।
    धन्यवाद अनुपम जी इस सारी सीरीज के लेखो और शानदार रोड रिव्यू के लिये

  4. Giriraj Shekhawat says:

    Anupam ……… What a wonderful road review ……… (इस राजस्थानी का दिल खुश कर दिया दोस्त ) .Your post is very detailed with such wonderful info ……..
    Did you pass through Kolayat en route to Bikaner from Jaisalmer (NH-15) ?????????? Kolayat (51 Km from Bikaner) has more than 100 mines of gypsum and limestone … or what one calls “multani mitti” ….The site is amazing ,looks af if someone has sprinkled white powder everywhere .. ….
    You are right the Jhunjhunu way from Delhi is worst ….. especially the stretch from Singhana to Chirawa …….. roads are fine till Narnaul and tend to become worst while entering Rajasthan …………..

    Again i want to congratulate you for compiling this excellent road review ……. Lage raho

    Happy ghumakkari

    • Thanks a lot Giriraj,
      I was really not aware of Kolayat on way, although i have heard of 100 mines of gypsum and limestone. Would definitely like to cover that one day.

      Thanks again for constantly pushing for improvement with important points.

      Regards
      Anupam Mazumdar

  5. Ritesh Gupta says:

    Anupam……..

    Very Excellent and Informative Road Review……
    Nice to read your post …You have put everything ….Your written detailed post would be helpful for us and readers of Ghumakkar…

    Ghumakkar Jindabaad….

    Thanks

  6. Nandan says:

    Raod reviews are my favorite stuff. Leaving at 3 can be a bit early (in terms of road safety) but one does save a LOt of time by getting past the city quickly.

    I often advise people to take Jhunjhunu/Jhajjar/Charkhi-Dadri/RohtakRoad route because it is a countryside drive (though not quick but not dry too) and is shorter. But it seem that it has gone bad. Useful tip Anupam
    http://www.ghumakkar.com/2007/12/27/delhi-jaiselmer-road-review/

    While doing the long distances, I often take pictures by being with-in the car by jutting out my camera outside.

    If you need a small ghumakkar car sticker set then write a short email to smita AT ghumakkar with postal address.

  7. D.L.Narayan says:

    Great series, Anupam. Very useful info for people who prefer to drive on their own.

  8. Very in formative and good post…………..

    Keep Traveling and posting…………….

  9. Thanks Vishal

    Regards
    Anupam Mazumdar

  10. Amit Mittal says:

    Hi,
    I plan to take a road trip to jodhpur from Delhi. Can you advise me the best route and some advise.

    Amit

    • Anupam Mazumdar says:

      Hi Amit,

      I am extremely sorry, i did not visited Ghumakkar site for so long and could not answer your query. Is you trip already done?

      Regards
      Anupam Mazumdar

  11. Antra Tyagi says:

    Hi,

    This is a great post. My husband and I are planning to take the same route and your blog has given us a lot of confidence.

    Thanks

  12. Pulkit Bagga says:

    Hi Anupam,

    First of all , i would like to congratulate you on a very elegantly written post.

    I am planning to go to jaisalmer this weekend from jaipur. After much research, I have found that the road through nagaur , though shorter, should be avoided as it is two lane and one can easily lose the way. The other way is to go via Bikaner or Jodhpur to jaisalmer. I have chosen to go via Bikaner as I have read the roads are much better , though the route is longer by approx 60km.

    I would want to know from Anupam and others , if to via bikaner to jaisalmer is a good option and if anyone in recent times has been there ?

    Also i would like to know the petrol pumps and refreshement stalls/dhaba frequence on the bikaner – jaisalmer stretch.

    Thanks,
    Pulkit

  13. Anupam Mazumdar says:

    Hi Pulkit,

    I really appreciate that you are going to Jaisalmer. Both the stretches “Via Jodhpur” and “Via Bikaner” are good and will give you varied and excellent experience. I would suggest you go via Jodhpur and come via Bikaner.

    You should not miss either of the experience. That is the beauty of Rajasthan. On one hand long never ending highway with barren lands on both side, on the other hand, excellent Delhi->Jodhpur->Jaisalmer highway.

    Regarding Petrol pumps, Jaisalmer has got quite a number of petrol pumps. Fill up your tank in Jaisalmer before you move to Sam Sandunes. Sam is 42 KM from Jaisalmer and there are no petrol pumps enroute. So up and down around 84KM there are no petrol pumps.

    Enjoy your trip. Stay in Jodhpur for a day and see the Jodhpur fort too. Its beautiful. So is the Junagarh fort in Bikaner.

    Another very important thing: If you go to Jaisalmer by train, i have heard that is an altogether different experience, when the train runs through the desert.

    Regards
    Anupam Mazumdar

  14. Pulkit Bagga says:

    Hey thanks Anupam for that speedy reply -:)

    The train journey that would not suit our short sojourn , as it runs through the night and it would be difficult to enjoy the scenes then.

    Just to share a bit more .. I have planned to travel to Jaipur from delhi on a friday afternoon stay there overnight and then jet off from Jaipur to Jaisalmer via Bikaner ( should take 10-12hrs ) . Then after staying there for a couple of days i would return to Jodhpur via pokhran . Stay in jodhpur for a while and then return to Delhi in a day.

    I think this would cover both the routes via jaipur. I think this should be doable in lets say 5 days. Do you think so to ?

    Any things to see around jaisalmer , preferably an offbeat place which you found unique or something the usual junta does not go but is actually good and would like to recommend us … please feel free to do so ..:)

    Thanks.

  15. Anupam Mazumdar says:

    Very easily sir, just go through the post, how i covered the 3 destinations: Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner.

    In Bikaner we just visited the Junagarh fort and on way destinations and local Bikaner.
    Jodhpur will require One day to visit various places (see the write-up all the 3 parts).

    Jaisalmer, if you can reach early you can finish up the Fort by 2 PM and book the Sam tent from the fort itself (look the writeup for govt authorized tents).
    Reach Sam by 4PM, around 1 and half hours it will take. Next morning, start around 9:30 to 10AM and back for next destination.

    Regards
    Anupam Mazumdar

  16. Shivam says:

    Hi,

    Which one should I prefer to go to Bikaner for night journey-

    Jaipur to Bikaner?
    or
    Jodhpur to Bikaner?

    Thanks.
    Shivam

  17. Anupam Mazumdar says:

    Hi Shivam,

    I do not normally prefer night journeys when self driving, so i can’t comment. Also, i haven’t traversed the routes you are asking.

    Sorry for that.

    Regards
    Anupam Mazumdar

  18. rajiv says:

    HI
    Very nice reviews .
    keep journeys.

    thanx

  19. ankit says:

    Need to know how r the roads now from delhi to bikaner via jhunjhunu. Planning a trip to jaisalmer via bikaner n return from jodhpur.

  20. Anupam Mazumdar says:

    Jaisalmer to Bikaner is awesome, and covering that once should be a lifetime target. Road from Jhunjhunu to Delhi is not good if you take the state highway.

    One way should be via Jodhpur, other way should be via Bikaner.



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