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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Sankara mani

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  • Sankara mani
  • 6 Reviews
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"August is the ideal time to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We enjoyed our stay in Jaisalmer on 9 th august. The weather was pleasant. In the evening it was raining. Overall a very good experience.

Travelling in Sam sand dunes was a very good experience.

Recommended for travel to Jaisalmer during Oct to Mar season when the weather will be pleasant and if you want to avoid crowd, August is the ideal time.
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Akki john

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"Best city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Jaisalmer fort is good. Museum is good. Inside temple I like. Overall best city and I like it. I also visit Gadisar lake and haveli. There is three haveli. Most I like Patwa haveli is good and beautiful.
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Pamela Mukherjee

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  • Pamela Mukherjee
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Awesome place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a fantabulous experience. I have been there for a short trip. But I wish I could visit there for a long term. Anyway, the most remarkable experience at dessert I have ever had.

Visit Time : October - February

Cost - 7k-8k (per person for 2-3 days by train)

Places to visit : Khuri, Forts and lot of places.
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Suhani Sogani

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  • Suhani Sogani
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Awesome place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The golden city Jaisalmer is simply amazing. It was our first all girls trip where we boarded our train from Jaipur and reached Jaisalmer the following afternoon. Three girls on their way to exlore this beautiful city.

We checked into our hotel, Suryagarh- A boutique-palace Hotel which is like an oasis in the desert. We were welcomed by playing drums (dhols) into the marvellous architecture of the hotel, luxurious amenities and the jaw dropping rooms. We enjoyed our complimentary sauna, with the cultural evening served with dinner. It is a must staying place.

The second day, we left for Sam sand dunes, where we checked into our Camp hotels, and left for the desert safaris. When we returned, we enjoyed folk dance night with the dj afterwards dancing till the last beat. We returned back to out tent and trust me it was so cold, with the temp dipping to degrees, we used 4 quilts to keep us warm.

The third day we checked into Rajwada hotel, our abode for next two days. That day we left for Tanot Mata temple which is 180 kms from Jaisalmer. It is where bombs dropped by Pakistanis during war remained unexploded due to the miracle of the Mata. Indo-Pak border is just 5ks from there. You can visit there but with prior permissions and documentations from the military authorities but before 5 pm only. Remember to take food along the journey as there are no restaurants or tea stalls on the way to temple and also there is a issue of bad network. It consumed our whole day.

The fourth day, we did the local Jaisalmer sightseeing, ie, Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Pathwaon ki Haveli, Gadisar lake, Vyyas Chhatri, Bada bagh. Jaisalmer Fort is on hills and it is one of the few where local people also lives in the fort. There are beautifully architectures and ancient Jain temples on the fort. Every house in the fort and fort itself are made up of yellow sandstone thus referring it as the golden city.

The fifth day, we visited the kuldhara village- the ghost village. And then left for the train to Jaipur.

Jaisalmer is a calm city with everything closes before 9 pm. There are 1 or 2 cafes to hang out. We did visited to Cafe the Kaku, which is a rooftop cafe overlooking the fort. The best season to visit the city is in winters from oct-jan or when there are festivals going on. You must get your bookings done because of huge domestic and international tourists. Also, have a look at Tao Experiences there thats amazing adventure.

P. S. Our driver which we chose randomly at the station was superb having SUV with the pd of all the latest songs and he also led us drive on the streets of Jaisalmer. Ofcourse, we had the license
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Ananya Kar

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  • Ananya Kar
  • Lives in Tamluk
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
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"Golden city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The best time to travel Jaisalmer is winter. The day was quite hot and night was chilly. The best thing about the town is the color. Every hotels restaurants house shops build up with yellow stone. So when you see the city from the top of 'sonar kella' ( Famous fort) it looks like golden city at day time. And at the night it was full of light of all shops hotels house. So the scene from the top at night was beautiful.
Now coming to the desert safari. You can go by camels or Jeep, or you can try both. It was a real fun. Personally I liked the Jeep. You can stay in a tent there. You should watch the sunrise and sunset at desert. May be you have seen sunset in seaside or mountain. But it has it's own glory.
You can see the army museum and some more forts.
Jaisalmer tourism is really cheap and the people there are very friendly and helpful.
It was a small but enjoyable trip.
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Ajit Gupta

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"A very nice historical place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We in a group of three families have visited this place in first week of December, 2015. This is a very nice historical place. The people of Rajasthan are gentle and soft spoken. Two to three days stay covers almost all tourist places around Jaisalmer. While visiting this place one should not forget to see Military museum. The enjoyment of camel safari, jeep safari and night stay near sand dunes will definitely add memorable events in your life. It is suggested to book your stay there in huts/tents well in advance.
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Sabina Sethi

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"Sandy Jaisalmer - Dream come true"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Since childhood I had studied about sand dunes, desert in books but visiting them became a reality when I got a chance to visit Jaisalmer with my family. The trip was planned in holi vacations, I found the place interesting, had so many places to discover like The Thar which I had only seen in books and Google. I was mesmerized by its beauty, sand all around, camel rides, desert safari was just amazing, it was my dream come true, apart from desert to explore was Kuldhara, Longewala border post a must visit place. The appropriate weather to visit this place is Oct to Feb but March was also a good option, a true break after exams. Kids also enjoyed desert the most, it's a good place with less crowd and humble people, we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 day trip and made beautiful memories for ever.
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Mukesh Jain

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  • Mukesh Jain
  • Lives in Udaipur
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"A nice nice place to be"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Such a nice place in Rajasthan, visit to Jaisalmer and some village, very attractive cultural programme in night at camp fire. Best season is October to March, beware from local pocket pickers and enjoy Rajasthan, some programme organised by Rajasthan tourism department as camel race, camel fair.
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"Less than expected"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Apr 25, 2016
I have heard a lot about Jaisalmer. But there is nothing much. If you hate hot climate, then Jaisalmer is not for you. The place seems empty, as the greenery is missing. Trees are not there. Only Sunlight everywhere, also the houses and fort is also of same complexion. You will feel boring.
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Nitika sharma

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  • Nitika sharma
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Jaisalmer - the land of sand dunes"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2016
My visit to this famous destination was a fab experience especially the sand dunes which are one of their kind in India. The ride through them is the cherished memory which I carry back home. The fort is inhabited and not too clean though stands tall tall because of its historical value Bette go with a guide. The havelis are too good. The city as such has nothing to write about.
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