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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Sushil Rathi

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"City of the Golden Forts" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Jaisalmer had been on my wish list for a very long time. Having seeing beaches, backwaters, historical places, hill stations and mountains, the desert still remained to be explored. Finally the call came from the desert and one fine day we found ourselves on board the train to Jaisalmer The Golden City of forts, Havelis and the magnificent Thar. It was the cold and foggy winter evening of January 22

Finally the destination arrived. We reached Jaisalmer station at 4:30 in the evening. As soon as we landed we realised that the warm clothes we had been carrying would not be of any good use as the weather was quite pleasant here. In fact the sun was quite bright even in the evening. We had our booking in hotel Rang Mahal which is around 3. 5 km from the railway station.
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Subir Datta

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"A good destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is a good destination to visit but only between October to February. Not lot of places to visit but can enjoy the sun & sand. As I came on Official visit was not able to visit the places of tourist attraction.
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Rehan Iqbal

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"Nice historical place and camping" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have visited that place with my friends, it is a nice place. Lots of new place to visit. Red fort and pond. And most important the desert. There is also a cultural programme at night which is really interesting. Best time to visit this place is winter. Most another important is the sunset in evening, that was awesome. One should really visit that place.
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Sanjeev Joshi

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  • Sanjeev Joshi
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Dream destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Since my young days, I dreamed about going to Thar desert & finally I visited there on Nov 2015, we booked Family camping trip organised by Youth hostel association of India, for 5 days 4 nights. Going with YHAI (Youth Hostels Association of India) Longewal border was an added attraction. Common people were not allowed.
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Mahesh Mahi

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  • Mahesh Mahi
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"A good place to visit with family"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice to visit location with family. Must be visited as it is good to relax with family and polite area with peaceful surroundings. Once you visit you will ought to know. Good sightseeing and good environment.
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Prabir Headliner

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"An awesome but hot place to travel"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's called hot city from my side. Very good place to visit and it's a very hot place. I would like to spend time with my dear ones here. I would like to tell you this place is very hot in the season of April to August. I don't know how can people stay at this place whole year. But still for travelling, this place is awesome.
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Anjalii Kashyap

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  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Visit for its camping and safari, sunset and milky way"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
"The Golden City" Jaisalmer is a nice destination if on wants to have fun with friends or family. The camping experience is awesome. It is a nice sunset point stand on the sand dunes and see the peaceful sunset. For nature photographers it is a great place to visit in India to capture the milky way galaxy in their cameras and to experiment with their skills.

The visit is incomplete without Safari every visitor should experience the camel ride in the desert. There is a place named Kuldhara known as a haunted village [but I didn't experienced anything abnormal/paranormal ;) ]

There are other places too to visit like Patwaon-ki-haveli, Gadi sagar lake, Jaisalmer fort, Heritage museum etc
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Hetali Tank

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"The beautiful golden city"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is one of the popular city and attraction of India. It is famous for his histories, most beautiful palaces, havelis, desert and its camel safari. Majorly Jaisalmer is famous for his golden stones. The whole city was made by golden stone and hence it is known as 'Golden City'. Made of sand stones and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands. The Jaisalmer city is also known for its old mansions, better known as Havelis
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Kiran Yadav

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"A beautiful place to visit to see the expanse of deserted land"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Jaisalmer is a beautiful place. We booked tents with Safari Camp in Sam. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant on the way and resumed our jeep drive to the tents in Sam, 45 km from the city. En route, it was lovely to see the expanse of deserted land, we started on the camel-safari to the dunes. Beyond this, one has to experience the desert feel, the fine sand at the dunes, the vast expanse of nothingness and simply not read about it. After enjoying the sunset over there, we returned to our hotel.
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"Savouring the sands of time"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
You know you have entered the border to one side of India, when you see BSF soldiers on camel backs!! The contrast that is Jaisalmer. One is here to revel in nature's creation but yet you are faced with harsh realities of the border issues.

We booked in Hotel RajMandir which is inside the Fort, due to constraints of 4 wheeler entries, we had to halt at the entrance and take an auto. The owner was a man about parts and arranged it well. Good view from sit out, awesome home made lunch and we set off for sightseeing.

There is a crazy feeling - we are inside the fort but it is teeming with shops/stalls along with sight seers. While the Patwon ki Haveli all are stunning with its architecture of yesteryears, there is scant regards for cleanliness. Must watch are the Cenetophs, concluding with boat ride on Ghadisar lake. Our oarsman (graduate) regales us with stories of the Maharajah watching performances seated on the small fort like structure constructed around the lake and cooks preparing sumptuous dinner in a separate place which seems to be almost arising out of the lake. Be prepared to bargain for all goods you wish to buy. And of course to stomach the spicy food, but it's best to stick to local food (the continental fare served is atrocious). But the warmth of the people is a comfortable feeling.

Next day, we set off for the desert - we stayed in Damodara Resorts - it was all you wished for a camping in tents. Of course the tents were well equipped with coolers, hot/cold showers, etc. After a round of the villages - yes there are schools, medical centres, etc; we set off for the much awaited sunset viewing on a camel. This was the icing on the cake - you realise you are just a speck in the universe. The undulations of the camel make you feel that time has stood still and you are transported to the yesteryears when this was the only mode of transport. And there you witness the many transitions of the desert - from twilight to darkness with a glorious moon guiding you back to the camp.

You follow it up with dancing along with the troupe of Rajasthani performers. And gorging on onion pakodas and piping hot chai. The staff is extremely courteous and helpful. And in the night we go to a rooftop built for night watchers. You are content to lie on the divan out in the open under the stars. And we happened to see two shooting stars. Yes, we are on the stairway to Heaven.

The morning after is capped with witnessing the undulating camels and a piping hot chai again to witness the glorious sunrise. Time stands still in this desert place. And a feeling of satisfaction and wanting to go back at some point in time again!!
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