Jaisalmer Tourism

Jaisalmer Tourism

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  • 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. 

Jaisalmer is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Jodhpur and Jaipur.

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  • Ramzankhan
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  103 readers


  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Best thing to do in Jaisalmer. Golden fort. Havelies. Famous Gadi sugar lake and most important Desert safari at Sam sand dunes. Also if you have time then out side war memorial Longewala check post and Temple. Badabagh. Many thing to visit Jaisalmer.
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Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"The Golden City"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 26, 2017
The golden city is one of precious gem of the Rajasthan State. The region of Thar has this beautiful Golden city located at the western shore of Rajasthan. The majestic forts, panoramic lake and beautiful sand land welcomes millions of tourists from around the globe. Traditional Rajasthani food, music, dance, desert safari, it has all the charm that one can wonder. The small town of Jaisalmer is very budget friendly, one can book a hotel room by paying just $4 or $5 for a day. Jaisalmer is very hot in summers, so if you wish to go there plan your trip from September to mid March. Three or Four days is sufficient to cover the entire region otherwise you can manage in two three days also. Try to be there while Desert festival or other regional festival. Do check festival details at Rajasthan Tourism website or you may search by Jaisalmer Festivals.
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Karun Kumar

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  • Karun Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Experience the thar desert."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2017
Rajasthan as known to be a desert area, fulfills it with Jaisalmer. The real feel of desert can be felt here. Sam dunes, patwan ki hawali, Tanot Temple and ofcourse longewala are must see. The golden fort in the middle of the city is a master piece at night. Shopping freaks can try there luck out here. Old and antique articles collector can find some good stuff in some fo the visiting sites. The rajasthani pagdi is a must have article. The local food is rich in flavours. Served with milk items as Chhach, curd, milk etc.
Caution: visiting months From September to March.
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Farooq Shaikh

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  • Farooq Shaikh
  • Lives in Surat
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"Kasam khan desert safari"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2017
It's Been Six month on Facebook on with Mr. Kasam khan, Finally got an opportunity to meet him on my Visit for Sam Sand Dunes in 12 th March Lucky to have such exquisite Camps Stay, Lavish Hospitality and Extra ordinary Display of Local Culture.

Actually whenever I pick a destination for Adventures and always like to do self exploration of the Place and Rajasthan is the best state. So I personally can give mine Group some memories for Lifetime. Quite Impressed with the Services and Hospitality and personal effort of Mr. Kasam Khan to make everyone have the Best of Stay at His Place.

So I plan with my 8 friends we select to Suv Hyundai create and Vitara and we drive to 850 km to Kasam Desert safari camp Stayed there for two days and Enjoyed Some beautiful moments like Camel Ride, Jeep Safari in Desert, Rajasthani culture dance, Live DJ music, Historical Longewala with some Exclusive food and Amazing Services of the Camp.

Again No words to thank Kasam Bhai as he has been there at our service all the Time, personally ensuring everything to go as Planned. Would really Like to Visit you again with Some New People for Some New Memories.
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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"Golden city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 8, 2017
It is like dream come true to be in Jaisalmer. It is known for sand dunes. But you can see nice forts temples and lakes in Jaisalmer. Best time to visit is November to February, rest of the year city becones to hot. Must see patwa haweli and buy hand made products.
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  • Sucharita
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place but not tourist friendly"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Feb 12, 2017
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
  • Lives in Dholka
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"All time memorable visit of jaisal+meru."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2017
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
  • Lives in Vadodara
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"Jaisalmer jabardast"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 21, 2017
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
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Golden by heart"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2017
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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"The Thar Experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2017
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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