Jaisalmer Tourism

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

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. 

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Jaisalmer Traveller Reviews

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Pradeep joliya

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  • Pradeep joliya
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  246 readers

"Awesom" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place is awesome and if you really want to get to know what is the real beauty of Rajasthan it's original culture go Jaisalmer. But one thing I would like to mark as this place you would get very less shopping and the historical places morever are you will find them as residential colony types as the historical monomuments are surrounded by residential colony. Sand dunes are just most favourite part of this city please do visit to get a splendid stay and a real flavour of Rajasthan
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Subodh Bisht

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  • Subodh Bisht
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"Pride of India - Jaisalmer"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Hiii to all HolidayIQ Readers.

Once again I am here to share my travel experience of Jaisalmer. I must say the pride of India. We planned Jaisalmer trip recently during long weekend in the Month of August. We four friends went by Car from Gurgaon to Jaisalmer and it was around 850 km drive one way but I had to visit this Destination so I could stop myself to travel this beautiful places. In the night we started around 10 from Gurgaon. I will not suggest anyone to drive by directly to Jaisalmer. If someone wants to visit then one can plan to stay in other places Like Jodhpur or Bikaner. There are two ways to visit Jaisalmer from Delhi/NCR.

First Route : Gurgaon - Mandawa - Bikaner - Jaisalmer.

Second Route: Gurgaon - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Jaisalmer.

We followed the second one because of good road conditions while going and followed first one while coming back.

As we started at 10 pm so somehow we managed to reach next day around 3:30 pm to Jaisalmer. We booked hotel for Stay but when checking in we planned to stay at Camps in Sam Dunes which is the best option we had and 45 km far from Jaisalmer. We were very tired that day but once we saw the Dunes we got our energy back at the peak. First time we saw desert through our eyes. I had seen desert in Leh as well but Jaisalmer is mainly famous for Deserts and others places as well. 12th Aug 2016 we started and reached on 13th Aug 2016 afternoon. After freshen up we went for a camel ride which is one of the best experience of sam dunes. Passing through the desert, the views were amazing. We were very happy and forget about the tiredness. Half and 1 hour we spent at Sam dunes desert and later back to our tent accommodation. We took some rest there and around 8 pm on 13th Aug 2016 we went to enjoy Rajasthani cultural program at the Dinner venue. That was amazing fun. Two female dancers were dancing with visitors and folk singers were singing their folk songs. We also danced and sung a song "Tu maane ya na maane dildara" song in a mic and crowd was clapping when I finished the song. That was the best part of my Jaisalmer trip. That night was amazing.

Next morning on 14th Aug 2016 we checked out from Camps and planned to visit "Tanot" last village from India to Pakistan Border. Tanot is approx 120 km from Sam Dunes. We started the drive in the morning. Roads are amazing and you find one of the best views of Desert on the way. On place we stopped where roads are bordered with Sand from both sides and it was like we are in Dubai because of views and plenty of sand there. We took some photographs to capture the memories for lifetime. I must say that location gives you Amazing views. Approx 2-3 hours drive and we reached Tanot. India Pakistan border is near to Tanot but you need to take permission from BSF in Jaisalmer to visit border. We could not go to border because we did not take permission from BSF but Tanot is known as the border for most of the People who have visited Jaisalmer. I was very happy that we are among few percent in India who visited Tanot. Tanot Mata Temple is there. We took Darshan then started the drive back to Gurgaon. Again we started drive for long Road Journey but we decided to stay in Bikaner which is on a way to Delhi/NCR and around 325 km far from Jaisalmer. My main reason to plan a trip to Visit Jaisalmer and sam Dunes so I did not focus on other cities as we also passed through Jodhpur as well but did not visit one of the famous fort in India Mehrangarh Fort. In the evening around 7, we reached Bikaner and were looking for a hotel to stay for a night. We found one local hotel and stayed there on 14th Aug night.

On 15th Aug 2016 we checked out from the hotel and drove towards Deshnoke which is Famous for Karni Mata Temple which is approx 30 km from Bikaner. We reached and took Darshan of Temple. Most of the people know about Rat temple in India. Later we again started the drive back to Gurgaon. Road conditions are not good as compared to other route which is from Jodhpur and Jaipur but it was travel experience so we enjoyed the route and reached Gurgaon in the Night around 11:30 pm on 15th Aug 2016.

It was our Road trip which was Non stop 2205 km : Gurgaon - Jaisalmer - Gurgaon.

So till date I have also covered one of the major destination of India. Jaisalmer is the places where tourists come to visit from all around the world to see Culture, Tradition and Thar Desert of India. Even famous movies like Rudali, Dor, Ek paheli Leela had been shot here. I will suggest all travellers to must visit this beautiful place once in their travel life.

Thank you. Will share next travel experiences soon.
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Sankara mani

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  • Sankara mani
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"August is the ideal time to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We enjoyed our stay in Jaisalmer on 9 th august. The weather was pleasant. In the evening it was raining. Overall a very good experience.

Travelling in Sam sand dunes was a very good experience.

Recommended for travel to Jaisalmer during Oct to Mar season when the weather will be pleasant and if you want to avoid crowd, August is the ideal time.
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Akki john

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"Best city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Jaisalmer fort is good. Museum is good. Inside temple I like. Overall best city and I like it. I also visit Gadisar lake and haveli. There is three haveli. Most I like Patwa haveli is good and beautiful.
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Pamela Mukherjee

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  • Pamela Mukherjee
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a fantabulous experience. I have been there for a short trip. But I wish I could visit there for a long term. Anyway, the most remarkable experience at dessert I have ever had.

Visit Time : October - February

Cost - 7k-8k (per person for 2-3 days by train)

Places to visit : Khuri, Forts and lot of places.
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Suhani Sogani

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  • Suhani Sogani
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Awesome place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The golden city Jaisalmer is simply amazing. It was our first all girls trip where we boarded our train from Jaipur and reached Jaisalmer the following afternoon. Three girls on their way to exlore this beautiful city.

We checked into our hotel, Suryagarh- A boutique-palace Hotel which is like an oasis in the desert. We were welcomed by playing drums (dhols) into the marvellous architecture of the hotel, luxurious amenities and the jaw dropping rooms. We enjoyed our complimentary sauna, with the cultural evening served with dinner. It is a must staying place.

The second day, we left for Sam sand dunes, where we checked into our Camp hotels, and left for the desert safaris. When we returned, we enjoyed folk dance night with the dj afterwards dancing till the last beat. We returned back to out tent and trust me it was so cold, with the temp dipping to degrees, we used 4 quilts to keep us warm.

The third day we checked into Rajwada hotel, our abode for next two days. That day we left for Tanot Mata temple which is 180 kms from Jaisalmer. It is where bombs dropped by Pakistanis during war remained unexploded due to the miracle of the Mata. Indo-Pak border is just 5ks from there. You can visit there but with prior permissions and documentations from the military authorities but before 5 pm only. Remember to take food along the journey as there are no restaurants or tea stalls on the way to temple and also there is a issue of bad network. It consumed our whole day.

The fourth day, we did the local Jaisalmer sightseeing, ie, Jaisalmer Fort, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Pathwaon ki Haveli, Gadisar lake, Vyyas Chhatri, Bada bagh. Jaisalmer Fort is on hills and it is one of the few where local people also lives in the fort. There are beautifully architectures and ancient Jain temples on the fort. Every house in the fort and fort itself are made up of yellow sandstone thus referring it as the golden city.

The fifth day, we visited the kuldhara village- the ghost village. And then left for the train to Jaipur.

Jaisalmer is a calm city with everything closes before 9 pm. There are 1 or 2 cafes to hang out. We did visited to Cafe the Kaku, which is a rooftop cafe overlooking the fort. The best season to visit the city is in winters from oct-jan or when there are festivals going on. You must get your bookings done because of huge domestic and international tourists. Also, have a look at Tao Experiences there thats amazing adventure.

P. S. Our driver which we chose randomly at the station was superb having SUV with the pd of all the latest songs and he also led us drive on the streets of Jaisalmer. Ofcourse, we had the license
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Ananya Kar

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  • Ananya Kar
  • Lives in Tamluk
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"Golden city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 3, 2016
The best time to travel Jaisalmer is winter. The day was quite hot and night was chilly. The best thing about the town is the color. Every hotels restaurants house shops build up with yellow stone. So when you see the city from the top of 'sonar kella' ( Famous fort) it looks like golden city at day time. And at the night it was full of light of all shops hotels house. So the scene from the top at night was beautiful.
Now coming to the desert safari. You can go by camels or Jeep, or you can try both. It was a real fun. Personally I liked the Jeep. You can stay in a tent there. You should watch the sunrise and sunset at desert. May be you have seen sunset in seaside or mountain. But it has it's own glory.
You can see the army museum and some more forts.
Jaisalmer tourism is really cheap and the people there are very friendly and helpful.
It was a small but enjoyable trip.
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Ajit Gupta

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  • Ajit Gupta
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"A very nice historical place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2016
We in a group of three families have visited this place in first week of December, 2015. This is a very nice historical place. The people of Rajasthan are gentle and soft spoken. Two to three days stay covers almost all tourist places around Jaisalmer. While visiting this place one should not forget to see Military museum. The enjoyment of camel safari, jeep safari and night stay near sand dunes will definitely add memorable events in your life. It is suggested to book your stay there in huts/tents well in advance.
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Sabina Sethi

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"Sandy Jaisalmer - Dream come true"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2016
Since childhood I had studied about sand dunes, desert in books but visiting them became a reality when I got a chance to visit Jaisalmer with my family. The trip was planned in holi vacations, I found the place interesting, had so many places to discover like The Thar which I had only seen in books and Google. I was mesmerized by its beauty, sand all around, camel rides, desert safari was just amazing, it was my dream come true, apart from desert to explore was Kuldhara, Longewala border post a must visit place. The appropriate weather to visit this place is Oct to Feb but March was also a good option, a true break after exams. Kids also enjoyed desert the most, it's a good place with less crowd and humble people, we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 day trip and made beautiful memories for ever.
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Mukesh Jain

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  • Mukesh Jain
  • Lives in Udaipur
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"A nice nice place to be"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2016
Such a nice place in Rajasthan, visit to Jaisalmer and some village, very attractive cultural programme in night at camp fire. Best season is October to March, beware from local pocket pickers and enjoy Rajasthan, some programme organised by Rajasthan tourism department as camel race, camel fair.
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