Jaisalmer Tourism

Jaisalmer Tourism

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A land of sand and yellow sand-stone welcomes you as you enter the district of Jaisalmer in rajasthan, India. Beutiful filigree work on yellow sand-stone adorn the structures all around and so while the Sun is up there, you see gold and gold everywhere.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Vegetarian food of all kinds are available. Though chicken and egg are available at select places, the preparations may not suit every palate. A simple restaurant called Anganwari has delicious menu on their card.Sight seeing in the only living fort of yellow stone is remarkable and the visit is incomplete without a camel ride in the desert and spending a night in the camp in the midst of sand dunes. Plenty of shops in the town with local handicrafts make shopping a memorable experience. On top of it all, the friendly people of the place make you feel aways at home.

Activities & things to do: Activities during the day include desert safari, camping, local sight- seeing in the fort and palaces. Close-by is a fossil park where wood fossils of million years are preserved- worth a visit. In the evening shopping in the museum-like shops is the only option. Shops close by 8 P.M.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Hired A.C cars from Jodhpur or Udaipur are available. Take bottles of mineral water and snacks for the road. Be careful about selecting the driver. Govt Tourist Lodge is the best place to stay, though hotels of various price ranges are available.
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Palak Soni
  • Palak Soni
  • 3 Reviews

"It's called the Golden City for a reason"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Jaisalmer is a place where at least you should visit once in your lifetime. It is the place where we find the real culture of Rajasthan like, Pagdi, Kathputli dance, cultural program in the night etc. It is one of the best places in the....... More
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Rajdeep Chauhan
  • Rajdeep Chauhan
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 1 Review

"A Roll In Sand Dunes Is Mandatory"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Jaisalmer is located on the edge of Rajasthan sharing quite of a India-Pakistan border. With most of desert Jaisalmer stands in one of the top destinations of travel addicts. During the trip one must visit sam (part of desert), Patva Haveli....... More
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Deepak jain
  • Deepak jain
  • 5 Reviews

"The place is very good"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Jaisalmer is a place where at least you should go once. It is the place where we find the real culture of Rajasthan like; Pagdi, Kathputli dance, Cultural programme in the night etc. The most important thing is that the nature of the people is....... More
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  • Muktaman
  • 5 Reviews

"Travel with sand"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The road started with some amazing scenery on the roadside and we halted for some quick snaps. Some kind of desert mounds with one single bush at the top of it. Each mound must have been about 13-20 ft high. It was a man made ditch with soil....... More
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Gunvant panchal
  • Gunvant panchal
  • 5 Reviews

"Awesome trip to Jaisalmer"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 months ago
Trip to Jaisalmer. Trip was form Mumbai to Jaisalmer. There was our group of 40 to 45 people. In train one of full coach is of us so we have enjoyed a lot in train. In Jaisalmer we had booked rawla resort it is excellent as give review in the....... More
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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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Kalideoscope of Rajasthan 32199 Per Person 9 days & 8 nights VIEW DETAILS
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