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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Affaque ahmed

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  • Affaque ahmed
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  260 readers

"Less than expected"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • 1 Review
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"Jaisalmer - the land of sand dunes"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Salim  Shah

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  • Salim Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
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"Must visit place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Jaisalmer is a must visit in lifetime, clean city, good roads, heritage structures, good food. Places to visit are Jaisalmer fort, only 2 fort are in India where people stay inside the fort, other one is Chittorgarh. One evening is for desert safari Package which includes Food, Folk dance and camel safari. Other places are Tanot mata mandir, Longewal both are the border area. It is restricted area, but if you want to visit the border area, you have to take advance permission from the BSF office in Jaisalmer. In the City there is a War Museum, which is maintained by BSF. In other sightseeing, Patwa haveli is good and the Bada bagh is also worth seeing. Other Havelis can be missed as they are not maintained.

Best time to visit can be from October to early March, as Summer are too hot. Jaisalmer Fort a evening can be spend with Hot or Cold Beverages or Beer in the Fort roof top Restaurant. While returning Jodhpur can be visited with its Fort and the present Kings Palace, which are again worth seeing.
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Prakash Bhatia

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  • Prakash Bhatia
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  8176 readers

"The Golden Jaisalmer"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Jaisalmer located 900 Kms away from New Delhi can be reached by train directly. Jaisalmer Express leaves Delhi around 5 PM and reaches Jaisalmer at about 11. 30 AM next day. It can also be reached by air (nearest airport is Jodhpur). From here one has to hire a cab which takes about 4 hours to reach Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer is a small border town and only attraction is Sam Dunes (about 40 Km from Jaisalmer). There is a lake with boating facility. Hotels are numerous and serve only vegetarian food. One can visit fort and see Jain temple and can have birds eye view of Jaisalmer city.

One can find one non vegetarian restaurant in market near fort (the market is called Bhatia market). The best dish all hotels or restaurants serve is gatta curry and can be tried any where. Hotel stay is quite expensive as there are many foreigners. Even smallest hotel has a swimming pool. There are no bars but your hotel wala can arrange it for you. Even non veg food in your room.

As I said earlier the only attraction is Sam Dunes. Do visit it and have a camel ride there. If you are with a family, there are camel carts also. There are tent resorts at Dunes but with family avoid night stay there.

One night stay is recommended for Jaisalmer or if at all it can be extended it shouldn't be more than 2 nights.

If one wants to experience full view of Thar desert then visit to Tanot is highly recommended. It is 120 Kms from Jaisalmer. Mata's temple is there which survived Pakistan's guns during 1971 war.

In fact Jaisalmer is a dry and dull place for average middle class tourist. There is no night life at all.

Jaisalmer railway station is magnificent with Rajasthan architecture.
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Dhruba jyoti bhattacharya

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  • Dhruba jyoti bhattacharya
  • 3 Reviews
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"Exciting experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Before visiting this place we were disturbed so much so that we can face a heat and humidity in the end of March however it is so exciting when we reach Jaisalmer, at night it quite, calm and cooled, no need of air cooler or aircondition. Visiting of desert is exciting, you must take jeep ride besides camel ride, visiting Golden Fort was also nice experience.
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Arya

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  • Arya
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  366 readers

"Extraordinary desert and the real Golden Fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a treat to watch the mesmerising fort in Gold unfold before your eyes as the train perches on to the station. It really feels great and awed to see the expanse of the golden fort. It has a intricate being and inspiring. It has a real city inside the fort and a whole walking heritage inside it. You will never outgrow the place. You will always like to come back again and again to it. The desert- the Sam Sand Dunes is best viewed in the sunset. Familiar and helpful camel helpers give you a hand at all things.
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Deepak

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  • Deepak
  • Lives in Jaisalmer
  • 3 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Historical palace in Rajasthan"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Jaisalmer is historical and dessert place in India if you visit Jaisalmer kindly visit some nearby places like approx 50 km for desert, camel safari, camp fire and sunset point, some other Jaisalmer city visit points are Sonar Garh Fort, Lake and local city. This city connected by train or road prefer train from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Calcutta and Mumbai.
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Rocking  Traveller

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  • Rocking Traveller
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Nice trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Except for dunes nothing great. Fort is like all other forts of Rajasthan. Tanot Mata Mandir is good and Longewala border. Camping you can do. Cultural programme and traditional food is good.
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Tushar Patoliya

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  • Tushar Patoliya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Desert adventure"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
An awesome richness of Rajasthani culture, Jaislmer fort and it's history. Lots of fort hotels are available to stay in Jaislmer fort, as always we have seen that whole fort has been leased by Taj group or any international group and that property are expensive to stay, but here in Jaislmer you can stay in the Jaislmer fort with plenty options available over here.

Sand dunes, 40 kms from Jaislmer city one of the most adventures experience. Para-sailing, Desert safari in the 4*4 vehicle, Camel safari in the middle of dunes. Most of the camping resort offers Rajasthani folk dance which is very unique and beautiful.
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Varsha Tiwari

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  • Varsha Tiwari
  • Lives in Neemuch
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"Superb destination!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We were there on Christmas eve. Three days tour with family. Just superb place. Jaisalmer fort was just OK nothing much more there. Best place is desert, Sam Sand Dune', stayed in tents, traditional food, wow! Camel ride, Jeep ride, superb sunrise, chilled morning. Want to go again.
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