Jaisalmer Tourism

Jaisalmer is famous for

Steeped in history and offering breath-taking visuals of citadels of yore, Jaisalmer is a World Heritage Site . Located amidst The Thar, this place homes astounding forts, palaces, and temples. A night on the dunes witnessing a cultural show beneath the sky full of stars is a must.

Jaisalmer Video Reviews

Jaisalmer fort and city view  Video Review

Jaisalmer fort and city view

by Nilesh Kotecha
21st Oct 17
Kuldhara  Video Review

Kuldhara

by Gaurav Jain
10th Jul 17
Good view  Video Review

Good view

by Dollybhalu
26th Dec 17
Good view  Video Review

Good view

by Dollybhalu
26th Dec 17
Must visit, enjoy city view along with fort visit.  Video Review

Must visit, enjoy city view along with fort visit.

by Priyanka Thakkar
21st Oct 17
Good place to visit  Video Review

Good place to visit

by Dikshit Thakkar
21st Oct 17
Great architectural work.  Video Review

Great architectural work.

by Dikshit Thakkar
21st Oct 17

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Reviews (260)

"Jaisalmer was a childhood dream propelled by Satyajit Ray and his movie 'Sonar Kella'"

Arunachalam krishnamurthy

Arunachalam krishnamurthy3.6/5

2 reviews

Nice place . Peaceful during off-season

Went to Jaisalmer with family and friends for a short trip. Weather was good since it has rained slightly a couple of days back. Hot in the afternoon but good otherwise. It's a small sleepy town which wakes up mainly during winter. The fort was a bit disappointing. The havelis were nice. Camel and desert Safari was good.

Pallavi purohit

Pallavi purohit5.0/5

2 reviews

Best camp in Jaisalmer

Desert Dream Royal camp is one of the finest Resort of whole Jaisalmer, the location is way from Jaisalmer towards Sam sand dunes, perfectly away from the crowd and traffic. We stayed here for one night, we checked in around 4 PM, I must say the camp management planned the activities perfectly. We were taken to sand dunes around 4:30 PM for camel safari. After safari we're given sufficient time to sit in the sand dunes and enjoy the sunset. Sitting on sand dunes and watching the sun going down slowly, with many native artists coming and performing for tourists (tip generously to these people, as this is what they are earning their living and any small amount will help them), it was an amazing moment. After sunset we're taken back to our camp on arrival into the camp we're greeted with traditional welcome ceremony. Then tea and snacks were served in the central area. Soon traditional Rajasthani cultural program was started, we sat around the bone-fire (as it really got chilly by night) and snacks were served to all of the guests. It all was beautifully organized. After this we went for the dinner, though some people stayed back to enjoy the cultural performances. Dinner was very hygienic & delicious with traditional Rajasthani dishes like ker sangri, Dal bati churma and many more. Overall had a great desert experience. Rooms were very clean, provided with all modern amenities. Sleep quality was great. And at last did I forgot to mention that all of the above activities were part of our room stay. Will definitely come here again.

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Jaisalmer Overview

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.


Photos of Jaisalmer

Jain Temples, Jaisalmer

Photo by

Manjit Singh

Jain Temples, Jaisalmer
Amar Sagar Lake, Jaisalmer

Photo by

Ananya Kar

Sunset at lake
Gadsisar Lake, Jaisalmer

Photo by

Santhosh Wilson

The heritage buildings on the bank of the lake
Gadsisar Lake, Jaisalmer

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Santhosh Wilson

The pathway leading to the lake

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