Jaisalmer Tourism
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Jaisalmer Tourism

Jaisalmer Info

  • State: Rajasthan
  • Famous for/as: Desert
  • Altitude: 225 m
  • Pincode: 345001
  • District: Jaisalmer
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 02992
  • Weather: Summer 25 to 42°C, Winter 7 to 24°C

History of Jaisalmer

Steeped in history and offering breath-taking visuals of citadels of yore, the desert city of Jaisalmer is a World Heritage Site. The city fort, which also houses a palace and many temples which are Jaisalmer tourist places, are located in the midst of the Thar Desert. The city is named after its founder Maharawal Jaisal Singh, who set up the magnificent fort in 1156 AD. The ruling dynasty is believed to have descended from the Yadava Prince Lord Krishna. It is the administrative headquarters of the largest district in Rajasthan and shares an international border with Pakistan.

People and Culture of Jaisalmer

It is a cosmopolitan city with people of all faiths including Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, and Christians. Rajputs and Marwaris dominate the population in terms of numbers. The major festivals celebrated here are Dussehra, Holi, Ram Navami, Gangaur, Diwali, Teej, Basant Panchami, Muharram, and Eid. The numerous folk dances of the region and the folk music are on display at various venues, which are a part of the Jaisalmer sightseeing circuit as also the annual Desert Fair. The Kalbeliya dance of the snake charmer community, the Ghoomar dance, and the Kathputhli dance are some of the must-see Jaisalmer attractions in the cultural segment.

Things to Do in Jaisalmer

The most prominent of all attractions is the Jaisalmer Fort that towers over its surrounding like a sentinel from a bygone era. It is known for its intricate architecture and rich heritage. The Gadsisar Lake, which is an artificial rainwater lake, is among the places to see in Jaisalmer. It was built in the 14th century and was a significant source of water supply at one time. Patwon-ki-Haveli, the Desert Cultural Centre and Museum, and camel riding in the Desert National Park are other Jaisalmer places to visit and experience.

Camping amongst the sand dunes of the desert while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner with folk dancers and musicians around is something that should top your list of things to do in Jaisalmer.

Food and Shopping in Jaisalmer

All types of Indian and global cuisines can be found in Jaisalmer at the many restaurants or street food stalls you will come across during your sightseeing in Jaisalmer. Savour some authentic Rajasthani dishes such as Daal-Baati, Kair Sangri Churma, and Laal Maas. Top it off with some flavoured lassi and Malpuas for dessert for some sweet memories of your trip to Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer is known for its various crafts such as silver jewellery, embroidery, stone, work, leather products, and printing work. These unique craft products make for great gifts and keepsakes to remember your Jaisalmer tour by. The numerous antique shops and emporiums that dot Sadar Bazaar, Pansari bazaar, Gandhi Darshan, and Seema Gram are not to be missed places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Accommodation in Jaisalmer

If you are wondering how to reach Jaisalmer, it is well-connected by train and bus to various major cities across the country. The nearest airport would be in Jodhpur, located at a distance of around 280 kms. There is no dearth of hotels in Jaisalmer, and visitors can choose to stay at some of the famous places in Jaisalmer for luxurious accommodations or opt for no-frills rooms depending on their requirements. 


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Sucharita

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  • Sucharita
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place but not tourist friendly" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
The transportation is a big problem. We booked limra desert camp which was not worth the cost. They lacked cleanliness and staff behaviour was terrible. The breakfast was pathetic. The desert safari was mentioned for 45 min but was completed within 15 min after bearing the full cost. A very good way to ruin someone's vacation experience for such a wonderful place.
PS. Rajasthan govt should work more on making places tourist friendly rather than just spending on Promoting them in advertisements.
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Vishal Shah

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  • Vishal Shah
  • Lives in Dholka
  • 68 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"All time memorable visit of jaisal+meru." new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I was their on makarshankranti ..
My trip for 3 days but I feel it's not enough to cover whole city with around area.
First day we relax at club mahindra resort & celebrate lahori festival.
Second days for whole city tour and night at sam sand dunes in desert tent.
Third day for tanot mata mandir & Laungewala war musuem which is 120 km from Jaisalmer.
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Nipul Savaniya

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  • Nipul Savaniya
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 1 Review
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"Jaisalmer jabardast" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Excellent service I have booked taxi for pick up drop at Sam dune and second day site seen from taxiwala but I get friend like our driver mr Jamal kishor just he show us actual Jaisalmer. He has offered us to attend his niece wedding function and that was a real fun. We got a chance to be a part of this and got to see a real Rajsthani function. Tasted some real Rajasthani cuisine as well. Trip wouldn't have been so excited without having Mr. Jamal kishor by our side. He has played a role of guide for us at many places and it was overwhelming. Royal Rajasthan and Royal Rajsthani people just amazing. The owner of this Mr. Thakur is also a very nice person, he has helped us to plan our trip in a better way. Want to see actual Jaisalmer just book a car from taxiwala and have Jamal kishore with you, your trip will become a memory to cherish for the lifetime.
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Mégha phirangi

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  • Mégha phirangi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
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"Golden by heart" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I am more in love with this city than any. People are very kind hearted. Although it's a small town you will need at least two days to explore it. Everything is affordable here. Jaisalmer gets its income from tourism. So please give them fair money and enjoy their service. No matter how small is the restaurant, in every restaurant the chef or server asks how is the food and did we like it. This also shows they follow "atithi Devo Bhavan" in every sense. Don't miss staying at tents at deserts and Jeep Safari. One true adventure.
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Dev Nagar

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  • Dev Nagar
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  • Lives in Meerut
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  • 29 Reviews
  •  78 helpful votes
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"The Thar Experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A wonderful travel destination. Out of the world experience. The food, the culture, the fort, the people. All have a charm of their own hitherto unknown.
The beauty of the sand dunes in the evenings are mesmerizing. Sheer art on canvas. A place that has to be visited to be believed.
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Rajeev Dave

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  • Rajeev Dave
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 4 Reviews
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"Perfect holiday for Kid and relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited almost every place in Jaisalmer. I liked most Jaisalmer City over SAM and DUNES. SAM and DUNES is good place but full of crowd. Drinkers heaven and all over you will find bottles in Sands. Very bad, we are well educated and could not understand mean of cleanliness. I do not know why. Compare to this you should visit Longewall, Tanot and Sadipur Post. Very good place and clean why because these place are in hand of BSF. They know meaning of cleanliness. Tanot is losing its natural beauty, I donot know why people change the natural beauty of Temple. Construction has been started on this place.
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Gagan dhillon

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  • Gagan dhillon
  • 2 Reviews
  •  332 readers

"Sand dunes Jaisalmer"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Sam sand dunes located at 40 km away from the golden city Jaisalmer. A place covered with sand dunes easy facilities in sam at the camps. Dessert safari at the thar dessert Jaisalmer at 4*4 jeep and also the king of sand camel. And also a beautiful village known as sam village is also located into the dessert. Everywhere you see will find crazy dessert. Longowala post is 120 km only from there
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to Jaisalmer"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Jaisalmer by road in the month of December 2016. Jaisalmer is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Rajasthan. The must-visit attractions around Jaisalmer include the Jaisalmer Fort, the Thar Heritage Museum, Gadisar Lake and the Desert Nation Park. Jaisalmer is also known as Rajasthan's golden fort and was built in 1156 AD by Raja Jaisal. It is one of the largest forts in the world and is built of pure sandstone. The Thar Heritage Museum is located in the city's main market. It has sea fossils dating back to millions of years ago evidencing the fact that today's Thar desert was once a mighty ocean, virtually worth documenting this in the books of history and geography. Coins and Weapons of Jaisalmer are found in abundance in this ancient museum. The Gadisar Lake is located around a kilometer's distance from the Jaisalmer Fort and the boating facility available here is an added attraction of this beautiful man-made wonder. This Lake was constructed by Raja Jaisal and then, was finished by Raja Maharawal Garsi in the year 1367 AD. At once upon a time in history, The people of Jaisalmer used to depend wholly on the Gadisar Lake for their water needs. The Desert Nation Park is one of India's largest parks. One can find lot of flora and fauna here. Migratory birds can be spotted in large numbers here. An added attraction of the park is the facility of Jeep Safari.
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Manoj brijwasi

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  • Manoj brijwasi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  409 readers

"Awesome place to travel"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The desert was an awesome experience with camel and jeep safari. The night event with bonfire and kabeliya dancers along with rajasthani folk singing was just awesome. Food is also very good.
The hotel was also a great experience.
But there was no market place to shop and buy interesting things in Jaisalmer.
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Abeith khan

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  • Abeith khan
  • 8 Reviews
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"Pleasant trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We stayed in Jaisalmer for 3 days and visited Jaisalmer fort, Salam ki haveli, patwon ki haveli and gadisar lake. Everything is in good proximity and therefore we covered everything on foot. We took a package for camel ride, jeep safari, paragliding and cultural program. You can get a good view of the city from Jaisalmer fort. Salam ki haveli is not worth visiting at all. There are 2 entrances for patwon ki haveli, one takes 50 admission fees and other 100. Take the one which is for 100rs. That part of the haveli is beautiful. Evening, it is best to head to gadisar lake. Go there before the sunset and take a boat ride. It is a pleasant way to experience the sunset. As for the adventure activities, we took package tour from "Jaisalmer Taxi Wala". They were very accommodative and customized even for small group. Paragliding was average and camel ride was short but gave a good view of the sunset from the dunes. The best was the Jeep safari, it was fun and exciting. The cultural program was a bit of a bore for me but most people enjoyed. I just wished that the city was clean. It is dirty and smells cowdung everywhere.
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