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
Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City, is one of the most famous cities in the royal state of Rajasthan. Located in the middle of the desert, 575 km away from the state capital Jaipur, the city is famous for its rich heritage. Jaisalmer is also a district and is spread over 1429 sq km sharing boundaries with Bikaner in the north, Pakistan in the west and south-west, Barmer and Jodhpur on the south and Jodhpur in the east.

The economy of the district largely depends on the tourism industry which has grown rapidly due to the tremendous efforts of Rajasthan tourism. Oil and gas reserves have also been discovered by Oil India Limited in 1988.

History of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer was named after its founder, Rao Jaisal. Jaisalmer translates to‘the hill fort of Jaisal’. In earlier times, the area of Jaisalmer was part of Gujarat and until the 11th century was ruled by the Bargujar King. Jaisalmer never came under the direct ruling of the Islamic sultanate due to its unique geographical position although it agreed to pay an annual tribute to the Delhi sultan. Mughal emperor Akbar was also married to one of the princesses of Jaisalmer and thus Jaisalmer maintained a good relationship with the Mughals.

Things to do in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is also famous for its folk music and dances which have been widely appreciated around the globe. Among tourist attractions, the Jaisalmer Fort is the most famous one. Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal, Jaisalmer Fort is situated on Trikuta Hill and had been the scene of many battles. It is inhabited even now and about a quarter of the population of the city live in the fort premises.

Patwon-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli are other attractions of the city. The Desert Festival which is held over three days in January, every year, provides an insight into the culture, folk songs and dance of Jaisalmer. Sand dunes, Jain temples, palaces and a colourful display of the art and craft of the destination draw a large number of people, from within the country and outside as well. Tourists can also try various attractive packages options to tour Jaisalmer.

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is between the months of October to February. Those visiting in January can be a part of the Desert Festival, which is held for three days during this time.


Travelling to Jaisalmer

To reach Jaisalmer by air, the nearest airport is at Jodhpur at a distance of 285 km. Jodhpur is connected to Delhi and Jaipur by air. The other nearest airport which is an international airport is at Delhi, well connected with all main cities in India and important international cities. From these airports, buses are available to Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer Railway Station is the chief railway station in the western railway zone. Connected to Jodhpur and other cities in India, Jaisalmer Railway Station, the journey takes about six hours for journey.

Jaisalmer is connected by buses from Jaipur, Bikaner and Ajmer. It is also well connected by train to Lalgarh, Bikaner, Delhi and Jodhpur.

Accommodation options in Jaisalmer

Hotels in Jaisalmer range from budget hotels and heritage properties to culture hotels.  Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.

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Deepak Nandanwar
  • Deepak Nandanwar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews

"Great time in the heritage place" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Been Places like Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Visited all historical Places like Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. It was built by a famous trader named Guman Chand and his sons. This massive five-storied construction has five intricately decorated huge suites.
Had great experience at Jaisalmer Fort is famously known as Golden Fort of Rajasthan and seen the temples, small houses and people staying arounds.
Desert Safari-To have a feel of the desert, you need to undertake Desert Safari. Sam Sand Dunes is the ideal location to set off and had a nice view for sunset.
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Shiv Raj
  • Shiv Raj
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  • 1 Review

"Good destination to have fun" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Heritage and adventure travel combined for this destination. You will like it if you are interested in Architecture, culture and History.

Its a long journey because of the distant place. Moreover, there is very less population in near by areas. Seems like you are going to a no mans land. But after entering the city, you can find people everywhere.

Must visits:
1. Suryagarh
2. Sonar fort
3. Patwo ki haveli
4. Gadhisar lake

Must activities:
1. Camel ride at Sam sand dunes
2. Parachute gliding on the way to Suryagarh

If you are a religious person, and if you would like to visit to local deity temples then you can make visit to temples such as Ramdevra (near Pokran), Tanot Mata (near Jaisalmer) and Deshnok (near Bikaner).
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Swapnil Porwal
  • Swapnil Porwal
  • Lives in Gandhinagar
  • 6 Reviews

"Mixed bag Experience!!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hmmm. Ever received a box of assorted chocolates all wrapped up and then you pick them with lots of anticipation and excitement ??!!!! You love some and the others you don't but the entire experience of the chocolate box is Sweet !!! :)

Jaisalmer is just like that, the fort area golden and unbelievable beautiful, the filth around it not.The rustic ambiance food, people and colors are outstanding. The bargaining, crowds and pesky guides are not. We chose to stay in Dhola Maru Hotel and were quite awed by the fact that we were living in a piece of heritage the hotel itself was bearable for a night, the fort Jain temple and the bhang thandai were unforgettable. Shifted to a upmarket Suryagarh the next day to be in the lap of luxury but kept coming back to the fort area for that rustic experience ! Keep your cool and enjoy the place with a bit a caution !!!! :)
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Tarendra Srivastava
  • Tarendra Srivastava
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 2 Reviews

"An unbelievable experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place was chosen by me. I had heard a lot about this place with sand dunes and charming people and delicious food. It was my first backpacking trip. No reservations just the spirit to discover Jaisalmer.

On reaching Jaisalmer went to Sahara Safari and took a gypsy to the Sam dunes. On the way we saw a abandoned villages believed to be haunted as it was cursed by the king. As it was August it was hot we rode the camels - An unbelievable experience. Then we were served local food- Dal Batti Veggi.

I stayed at Hotel Bhangarh Fort a nice mid value hotel. Up the next day and saw the fort, good architecture.
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Karnail Singh
  • Karnail Singh
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 11 Reviews

"A visit for perfect ambience and adventure"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Jaisalmer is a neat and clean place with plenty of good hotels, lot of sightseeing, good food and very very cooperative and nice people. Plenty of local conveyance is available, like paid taxi, autos, even those who like cycles, you can get cycles, and motorbikes on rent for local sight seeing etc. Overall experience was very good.
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Darshana V
  • Darshana V
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 5 Reviews

"A night at the desert"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
As soon as you see the railway station, you would know that you are at a place that has its character. Its a pretty railway station- meant to show what the city stands for.

Rajasthan is known for its crafts and and forts. In Jaisalmer you would find a large number of shops that sells arts, crafts and clothes characteristic of Rajasthan. However, beware of the prices you pay here, because many a times these shops inside the fort, have highly inflated prices.

A must for anyone who visits the place is a desert safari, if possible, try to go on a camel to the sand dunes. Its not an experience you get every other day! In the fort you would also find a lot of trip organizers who offer desert safari. Verify their credentials when you book any because, you are pretty much cut off from the rest of the world, when you are in the desert. So make sure you are safe.

And it is recommended that you camp there at night. Watch the sunset, have a meal, and maybe some chilled beer on the sand dunes and wait for the magic you see at night. Just sleep on a mattress under the sky, with enough blankets. When you wake up in the middle of the night, you would find the sky filled with stars- a sight you can never manage in polluted urban life. Make sure you carry good portable music with you.

The best part of my trip was listening to my favourite song under the starry sky at 3am, in Thar Desert :) its a moment that will remain etched in my memory.

P.S: March second week was a good time for us to visit because summer hadn't set in by then but it wasn't harsh winter either.
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Vijay Pandian
  • Vijay Pandian
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 5 Reviews

"Must place to visit for adventure lovers"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A place full for heritage walk through the pastimes of history of our country that we read in book. Good so see the king and his family if you are blessed. It really opened my eyes to see how our ancestors live a big life when compared to the modern boxes that we live in. Got to rethink all that we decided about our live. Learnt to think big and started living big.
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Vikas
  • Vikas
  • Lives in Ahiwara
  • 4 Reviews

"Never Miss Jaisalmer when Pan for Rajasthan"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I consider this is the only one place where you can enjoy the desert. I love the local musical night, specially the Kalbeliya dance, people seems very simple and talented. Patwa Ki haveliya, this place I have visited at least 10 times. Every time when I go I never miss to see this, I don’t know but I am attached to visit. Also that Gandhi Khadi Vastra center at Hanuman Chowk.
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Rajeev Goyal
  • Rajeev Goyal
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 2 Reviews

"The city of golden sand"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Very friendly, simple and something frozen time we had there. There is a fort which has more crowd than it can handle. Markets nice but crowded as the lanes are narrow. Patwon ki haveli is just 5 minutes from there. Gadisar lake is a small lake with lot and lots of fish. Dhaba food is spicy but good. The most magical moment is the sunset at the sand dunes, which looks amazing. Go and forget the world, live the magic of Jaisalmer.
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Chayan De
  • Chayan De
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"Must visit Jaisalmer once in your lifetime"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Fabulous city, it is also known as the golden city. You can say that the whole city is a masterpiece of art. Don't miss to pay Rs 750 for the desert safari. The Bada bagh, Gadisar lake and the Jaisalmer fort were all too good. You should do a camel ride once in your lifetime. At night one can enjoy the local music and dance programme followed by dinner. My advice to travellers is that one must visit Jaisalmer at least once in his lifetime as it gives a different taste to your travel. Even the tents at the Sand Dunes should be booked in advance to get a good deal.
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