Best Route for Delhi to Jaisalmer Road Trip

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I’m pretty sure all of you like me have gotten used to following google maps or at least researching routes on google maps before planning your road trips. I’ve followed google maps from Delhi to Jaisalmer by road during multiple trips and have changed routes every time in order to find that one best route from Delhi to Jaisalmer and Jaisalmer to Delhi by road.

You’ll be surprised to know that the best routes to take are not even shown on google map ! Google map will throw the shortest routes at you or maybe routes where you can miss tolls. But sometimes, only a human can tell me the latest situation or the best route by ‘experience’ not by ‘algorithms’ !

1. Delhi – Gurgaon – Jaipur – Nagaur – Phalodi – Jaisalmer

This route is one of the shortest in terms of time taken, the distance is more as compared to google map route options but in my experience (and believe me when I say this, I have a lot of experience researching, following, navigating and manipulating google maps) you must choose a route that takes lesser time even though the distance is more and largely passes through highways and tolls.

Distance between Jaipur and Jaisalmer: 560km

Best route from Delhi to Jaisalmer by road if:

  1. You’re planning to stopover in Jaipur.
  2. You can only leave Delhi in the afternoon and want to take a nightcap before starting the journey again the next day.
  3. On your way back from Jaisalmer, you’re starting early in the morning so that you can take a night stopover in Jaipur.
  4. You don’t want to stopover anywhere at all and finish the journey in one go !

Not the best route from Delhi to Jaisalmer by road if:

  1. If you want flexible options to break your journey.
  2. If you’re starting from Delhi in the morning and do not intend to stay in Jaipur but somewhere midway. There is no good city / town for a stopover between Jaipur and Jaisalmer on this route unless you want to divert to Jodhpur, a route discussed below.
  3. If you intend to start in the afternoon from Jaisalmer and want to break journey in the evening / night. Again, this will pose the same problem as discussed in the point above.

2. Delhi – Gurgaon – Sikar – Bikaner – Jaisalmer

Distance from Jaisalmer to Bikaner – 330 km

This route is a no nonsense route with the shortest distance but almost the same time is taken as the route suggested above. The reason for this is a 70 km stretch on this route before Bikaner that is dug up and extremely snail paced. I’m mentioning this route here because this will be a route to look out for in the future. One surprisingly good thing about this route is that there is minimal traffic here both in terms of vehicles and ‘CATTLE’ straying on the roads which is otherwise a common scene in the third route plan!

This route is quite drab and there’s nothing to look out for here except some stopovers like Bikaner if you’re planning to explore the city. This has been suggested as the return route in my 15 days itinerary from Delhi to Jaisalmer road trip of a lifetime !

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3. Delhi to Jaisalmer via Jodhpur by road ( Delhi – Jaipur – Ajmer – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer )

Distance from Delhi to Jodhpur – 600 km

Best route from Delhi to Jaisalmer by road if:

  1. You’re planning a lot of stopovers to explore the places between Delhi to Jaisalmer. To make the most of this trip and have a vacation of a lifetime refer to my 15 days itinerary. You can of course, strike down the stopovers you don’t want to take.
  2. You have a medical condition and want to undertake the journey at a slow pace. You can easily break down the journey at Jodhpur and Jaipur. I took this route in my 9th month of pregnancy and was extremely comfortable.
  3. You do not know what time of day you’re going to start and want a flexible route that allows you to halt either at Jaipur, Ajmer / Nasirabad or Jodhpur.
  4. You want to enjoy good roads. Some of the stretches on this route are breathtaking especially between Jodhpur to Jaipur. For a moment I felt we were reliving our South Africa road trip except for the cattle, of course.

Not the best route from Delhi to Jaisalmer by road if:

  1. You’re looking for a shorter route that takes lesser time.
  2. You want to avoid city traffic.
  3. You’re not used to driving with random, unexpected, moving dividers on the road in the form of ‘cattle’ ! Surprising but true, this can be the worst nightmare of your life. This can cause pile ups and accidents if you’re not not careful and slow.

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So that sums it up. Hope you enjoy your Delhi to Jaisalmer road trip and this blogpost helps you choose the best route from Delhi to Jaisalmer ! And this is really the best season to vacation in Jaisalmer. See pictures here.


  • This is very useful Shivani – I had a few questions – 3 of us are travelling in Dec 2016 from Delhi to Jaisalmer on mobikes with a stop in Jaipur – so which is the best /fastest & least bumpy route from jaipur to Jaisalmer – your feedback will be v appreciated

    • Glad you found it useful. I would suggest Jaipur – Nagaur – Phalodi – Jaisalmer if you want a shorter route but Jaipur – Ajmer – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer for a longer, smoother and more scenic ride but beware of cows on the road, seriously.

  • Planning to leave to jaisalmer on 29th Dec and reach the same day. Driving an Innova!!! Any suggestions on the best route?? Need response asap. No problem with toll or duration but drive quality and reaching fast will help

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