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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Dev Nagar

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

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days 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
  • 3 Reviews
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"Perfect holiday for Kid and relax" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
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"Sand dunes Jaisalmer" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  • 228 Reviews
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"A Trip to Jaisalmer" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
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"Awesome place to travel" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
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"Pleasant trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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Pradeep joliya

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  • Pradeep joliya
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"Awesom"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 27, 2016
The place is awesome and if you really want to get to know what is the real beauty of Rajasthan it's original culture go Jaisalmer. But one thing I would like to mark as this place you would get very less shopping and the historical places morever are you will find them as residential colony types as the historical monomuments are surrounded by residential colony. Sand dunes are just most favourite part of this city please do visit to get a splendid stay and a real flavour of Rajasthan
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Subodh Bisht

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  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"Pride of India - Jaisalmer"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2016
Hiii to all HolidayIQ Readers.

Once again I am here to share my travel experience of Jaisalmer. I must say the pride of India. We planned Jaisalmer trip recently during long weekend in the Month of August. We four friends went by Car from Gurgaon to Jaisalmer and it was around 850 km drive one way but I had to visit this Destination so I could stop myself to travel this beautiful places. In the night we started around 10 from Gurgaon. I will not suggest anyone to drive by directly to Jaisalmer. If someone wants to visit then one can plan to stay in other places Like Jodhpur or Bikaner. There are two ways to visit Jaisalmer from Delhi/NCR.

First Route : Gurgaon - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer.

Second Route: Gurgaon - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer.

We followed the second one because of good road conditions while going and followed first one while coming back.

As we started at 10 pm so somehow we managed to reach next day around 3:30 pm to Jaisalmer. We booked hotel for Stay but when checking in we planned to stay at Camps in Sam Dunes which is the best option we had and 45 km far from Jaisalmer. We were very tired that day but once we saw the Dunes we got our energy back at the peak. First time we saw desert through our eyes. I had seen desert in Leh as well but Jaisalmer is mainly famous for Deserts and others places as well. 12th Aug 2016 we started and reached on 13th Aug 2016 afternoon. After freshen up we went for a camel ride which is one of the best experience of sam dunes. Passing through the desert, the views were amazing. We were very happy and forget about the tiredness. Half and 1 hour we spent at Sam dunes desert and later back to our tent accommodation. We took some rest there and around 8 pm on 13th Aug 2016 we went to enjoy Rajasthani cultural program at the Dinner venue. That was amazing fun. Two female dancers were dancing with visitors and folk singers were singing their folk songs. We also danced and sung a song "Tu maane ya na maane dildara" song in a mic and crowd was clapping when I finished the song. That was the best part of my Jaisalmer trip. That night was amazing.

Next morning on 14th Aug 2016 we checked out from Camps and planned to visit "Tanot" last village from India to Pakistan Border. Tanot is approx 120 km from Sam Dunes. We started the drive in the morning. Roads are amazing and you find one of the best views of Desert on the way. On place we stopped where roads are bordered with Sand from both sides and it was like we are in Dubai because of views and plenty of sand there. We took some photographs to capture the memories for lifetime. I must say that location gives you Amazing views. Approx 2-3 hours drive and we reached Tanot. India Pakistan border is near to Tanot but you need to take permission from BSF in Jaisalmer to visit border. We could not go to border because we did not take permission from BSF but Tanot is known as the border for most of the People who have visited Jaisalmer. I was very happy that we are among few percent in India who visited Tanot. Tanot Mata Temple is there. We took Darshan then started the drive back to Gurgaon. Again we started drive for long Road Journey but we decided to stay in Bikaner which is on a way to Delhi/NCR and around 325 km far from Jaisalmer. My main reason to plan a trip to Visit Jaisalmer and sam Dunes so I did not focus on other cities as we also passed through Jodhpur as well but did not visit one of the famous fort in India Mehrangarh Fort. In the evening around 7, we reached Bikaner and were looking for a hotel to stay for a night. We found one local hotel and stayed there on 14th Aug night.

On 15th Aug 2016 we checked out from the hotel and drove towards Deshnoke which is Famous for Karni Mata Temple which is approx 30 km from Bikaner. We reached and took Darshan of Temple. Most of the people know about Rat temple in India. Later we again started the drive back to Gurgaon. Road conditions are not good as compared to other route which is from Jodhpur and Jaipur but it was travel experience so we enjoyed the route and reached Gurgaon in the Night around 11:30 pm on 15th Aug 2016.

It was our Road trip which was Non stop 2205 km : Gurgaon - Jaisalmer - Gurgaon.

So till date I have also covered one of the major destination of India. Jaisalmer is the places where tourists come to visit from all around the world to see Culture, Tradition and Thar Desert of India. Even famous movies like Rudali, Dor, Ek paheli Leela had been shot here. I will suggest all travellers to must visit this beautiful place once in their travel life.

Thank you. Will share next travel experiences soon.
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Sankara mani

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  • Sankara mani
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"August is the ideal time to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 12, 2016
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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  • Akki john
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"Best city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2016
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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