From LAX, Air India has direct flights (stop, no change of plane) to New Delhi. Aeroflot, American, Asiana, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Continental and Lufthansa have connecting flights (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $912.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 91 (country code for India) and the local number.
I recommend using a tour company on the ground in India. They get better hotel rates than you can, and you can be assured of reliable guides.
Natural Mystic, based in Jodhpur with offices in Delhi; 98-290-62567, www.natmystic.com. Our trip cost $4,600 for two, which included hotels, camps, breakfasts, vehicle, guide, driver and internal flights.
WHERE TO STAY
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur; 291-251-0101, www.tajhotels.com. One of India's finest palace hotels. Doubles $925 to $3,169.
Manvar Resort & Camp, in the desert outside Jodhpur; www.manvar.com. A good stop on the drive from Jodphur to Jaisalmer. Doubles from $250.
Mool Sagar, outside Jaisalmer; 291-257-2321, www.moolsagar.com. Upscale camp set in a Maharaja's garden. Doubles from $140.
TO LEARN MORE
Government of India Tourist Office, (213) 380-8855, www.incredibleindia.org.