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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Akanksha jain

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  • Akanksha jain
  • Lives in Delhi
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"A Desert experience which is average" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
This is an offbeat destination for people who want to see desert for the first time, not much activities to do, except sun set, camel ride, a very boring dune bashing if you have already done ATV's and much adventure fun earlier, Also they have some paragliding with Jeep which is again not such a thrilling experience if you are a fan of paragliding in Manali or sailing in Goa.
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Vishaal Sarup

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  • Vishaal Sarup
  • Lives in Noida
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"Mesmerizing desert!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Went to Jaisalmer from Jodhpur by Volvo. Some 400 km straight nice road amidst barren land. Jaisalmer is a small quite place with fort as it's major backdrop. Nice market in small lanes where one can but jewellery traditional garments and indulge into sumptuous food. We took a taxi from there to reach sand dunes resort some 45km.
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Niwit Pauly

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  • Lives in Rawatbhata
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"Jaisalmer, Paradise in Desert" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
After a long week or month if one wants to chillax, I must say Jaisalmer is the place. Camelsafari at Samdunes, Jeepsafari at Thardesert, folk evening with local family with a sip of warm hearted tea & warm stay in a tent janj resort, bhang lassi at drbang legal bhangshop approved by government to relax after a good adventurous day. Truly a feeling of paradise in Desert. People are friendly and peaceful, will make you comfortable and soon one feels like home away from home. You can board direct train from Delhi and if one wants to fly or travel by bus they have to travel till Jaipur and from there continue by connecting bus or cabs. Foodie folks good news for you all food is spicy and you will get the real taste of rajasthani cuisine in almost all the restaurants and if you want to experiment Israeli cuisine you will find food joints for the same. Rider's can enjoy the long stretched roads and spread their wings to feel the freedom. There is more and more to write but even my words won't be enough to express what I am feeling right ow writing this on the lap of dry beauty. Come, feel, chill, live the desert paradise.
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Shivangi

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  • Shivangi
  • Lives in Agra
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"Jaisalmer, the never ending trip!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is a place where you can go with anybody, because everyone deserves to have such a wonderful experience. The best experience would be of staying in camps near the sand dunes, a camp stay has all the fun that you could do and have a memorable experience for a lifetime. For vegetarians the speciality in food is their la Sangri, its a special kind of bean that is famous with the rural people and for non- vegetarians do try lal mans. Besides that, there are government owned Bhang shops, that provide variety of Bhang products such as lassi, fruit juices and if you want to take some back hope, they even have bhang cookies and chocolates.

For student travellers you have a facility of hiring, scooties and bikes to go around Jaisalmer. On the way to sand dunes from Jaisalmer there are stoppages in between for para sailing, and the best part of para sailing is the Jeep ride. Its the most thrilling thing that one could experience during the sport.
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Dipankar Bhattacharjee

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  • Dipankar Bhattacharjee
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"A marvellous place to see a city in Desert!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is a destination to be visited for desert safari experience. Jaisalmer is truly a desert city. And specially the theme of the city is nicely matching with the desert. Anyone should visit the Golden Fort, Sam Sand dunes with a night stay in tent, Gadisar Lake, Patwa Haveli, Tanot Mata Temple and many other havelis.

Local rajasthani foods are delicious, specially dal baati churma. And local peoples are really good and helpful. The local market inside and outside of the Golden fort is good but bargaining is necessary.

The best time to visit this place October to March. I visited in December at it was awesome. If time permits, do visit Longewala and Tanot mata mandir to have a glimpse of India - Pakistan War. And yes, don't forget to take your camera.
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Satendra Yadav

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  • Satendra Yadav
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
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"Must visit place!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Wonderful place, sand dunes us a must experience. Jaisalmer fort is awesome. Hotel options are limited but are good. Jaisalmer Food options are not much but good. If can manage a road trip is highly recommended. Road trip can add rich experience to your travel, but a bit tiring. Food on the way is really fantastic, feast yourself with Jaipur spice, Jodhpur curries and Jaiselmer ghee treats :-)
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Shubham

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"Excellent offbeat destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Excellent place to visit. Lonely, family, couple or with friends. This city has got everything to make your holiday a lifetime loving memory. Must see places to include Jaisalmer fort, Longewala battleground, tanot temple, Kuldhara haunted village. Must eat at free Tibet in Jaisalmer fort and must do include sleeping in open desert. Do stay at Khuri village as Sam has became highly commercialised with no privacy. Enjoy sunrise, sunset camel ride. Come with lots of memories.
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Anurag Saraswat

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  • Lives in Noida
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"The golden city, Jaisalmer" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Jaisalmer is really a nice city to visit in winter. It is also known as Golden City of Rajasthan. Middle of Thar desert. I recommended you too there in December-January. Day was full of sunny and night was really cooled with majestic moon view in clear whether. You could see Sam dunes, Jaisalmer fort, Gadsisar lake, Jain temple.
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Akshay Jagani

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  • Akshay Jagani
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Royal place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Jaisalmer is the place with very very rich history. Visited the place in October last year & I must say that the place will take you to the back days of rich history of India & specially Rajasthan. The fort, havelies, sand dunes, old houses, so much to offer at one place. A must visit place.
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Bhawani Singh

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  • Bhawani Singh
  • Lives in Jaisalmer
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"Tour at Jaisalmer with family" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
First of all I discuss about Jaisalmer tour, enjoy some desert in Jaisalmer also having facility to stop at desert. A desert in Jaisalmer have also hotel for night stop. Dancing competition is also there. Were held on 31st December tour of Jaisalmer we reached Jaisalmer first and moved to lake, I enjoyed boating on Jaisalmer lake after that move for Jaisalmer Fort. Enjoying at Jaisalmer Fort and eating Rajasthani food, overall experience is very good, also saw many place at Jaisalmer.
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