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Jaisalmer

The Golden City

14.2/5(264 Ratings)

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.

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Jaisalmer fort and city view

Jaisalmer fort and city view  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Nilesh Kotecha
21st Oct 17

Kuldhara

Kuldhara  Video Review
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Kuldhara

Gaurav Jain
10th Jul 17

Sati was applicable in normal death & all wives do

Sati was applicable in normal death & all wives do  Video Review
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Bada Bagh

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
3rd Feb 19

Chattari's also reveals the case of the king's death

Chattari's also reveals the case of the king's death  Video Review
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Bada Bagh

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
3rd Feb 19

Bada Bagh close to dam was built by MaharawalJai Singh

Bada Bagh close to dam was built by MaharawalJai Singh  Video Review
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Bada Bagh

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
3rd Feb 19

Garden & Ist cenotaph was built by Lunkaran forfather

Garden & Ist cenotaph was built by Lunkaran forfather  Video Review
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Bada Bagh

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
3rd Feb 19

A camel ride in the cloudy morning, just wow

A camel ride in the cloudy morning, just wow  Video Review
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Sam Sand Dunes

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
3rd Feb 19

Sam a perfect place for recreation & rejuvenation

Sam a perfect place for recreation & rejuvenation  Video Review
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Sam Sand Dunes

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
3rd Feb 19

Sun set remains major attraction

Sun set remains major attraction  Video Review
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Sam Sand Dunes

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
3rd Feb 19

A glimpse of the excitement & joy of tourists attracts

A glimpse of the excitement  & joy of tourists attracts  Video Review
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Sam Sand Dunes

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
3rd Feb 19

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Reasons to go to Jaisalmer

1Carry your favourite book while traversing through the desert
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Destination: Jaisalmer

Why: Jaisalmer, which is also known as ‘the sun city’ is your gateway to the Thar desert. Explore the city’s rich heritage, camp amidst towering sand dunes or go on a camel safari.

“A wonderful travel destination. Out of the world experience. The food, the culture, the fort, the people. All have a charm of their own hitherto unknown. The beauty of the sand dunes in the evenings are mesmerizing. Sheer art on canvas. A place that has to be visited to be believed.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Dev Nagar.

What to see: Jaisalmer fort, Gadsisar lake, Patwon ki Haveli and Desert National park.

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2Jaisalmer In Paheli
Jaisalmer In Paheli

Once again, one of the most stunningly shot movies, Paheli painted Rajasthan on a beautiful silver canvas. Jaisalmer was the location for some songs and a large part of the shoot.

HolidayIQ Traveller Nitesh says, "Jaisalmer is a beautiful city to visit, people were very helpful and friendly. There are many tourist who visit Jaisalmer. It had a peaceful atmosphere, amazing desert safari and traditional program. Wonderful food and good place for shopping. Very old and famous fort and temples craving was excellent."

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3Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer
Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

HolidayIQ Traveller Nikhil Bansal says, “The Sam Sand Dunes are kind of the highlight of Jaisalmer. They should be on must visit places for everyone visiting Jaisalmer. Almost every hotel provides packages to visit this place. You have the option of choosing a camel ride or desert safari through jeep. The open jeep is really an awesome experience. The tyres are almost inflated which makes the journey even more adventurous. Leave most of your belongings in the jeep because things once lost in the desert cannot be found. Just carry a camera and some water bottles. Have a light snack before the jeep ride. Walk barefooted on the sand and just enjoy the nature. Try to reach around 3 so that you do not miss the sunset. Roll on the sand and have fun. There are no fees as such for the visit but there is a charge for desert safari which is part of the package which follows a small dance program and dinner.”

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4Sand Dunes Of Jaisalmer
Sand Dunes Of Jaisalmer

Nothing is more exhilarating than camping in the wide desert expanse, under the blanket of the star-studded night sky, watching the heaven from your cozy tents. The desert of Jaisalmer is the perfect place for stargazers.

HolidayIQ Traveller Santhosh Kumar shares, “If you are adventurous and like to sleep under the stars, you must spend one night in desert of Jaisalmer.”

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5What Better Than Those Bollywood Magazines To Kill Time?
What Better Than Those Bollywood Magazines To Kill Time?

"HolidayIQ Traveller Sahil says, "I was travelling from Delhi to Jaisalmer by Aii Jan Shatabd.  I think all trains of India should be like this one. The staff was so cooperative and well-mannered, sleeping facility was also very nice and clean. There was no disturbance from others, we also got magazines and newspapers to read." Says HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam, “Most of the time is spent reading through the news paper (provided by the staff) and I always end up napping too.”

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Reviews (264)

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

Saravanan

Saravanan5.0/5

2 reviews

Enchanting Desert camps with Ride and safari

We planned one day trip to Jaisalmer from Jaipur. By air we landed at Damodara desert Camp . Mr. Prithvi took care of very well. We started for Jeep safari . It was a fantastic adventure with family . Take care of young one . Then they took us for sunset view in camel . We also did sliding in sand dunes . We came back to camp for authentic Rajasthani folk songs with dance . It's too good . Night stay was really cold . Had a memorable time in Jaisalmer

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Prem5.0/5

6 reviews

Jaisalmer

The weather in October wasn't that bad. I being a Delhi boy understand the meaning of hot/warm weather. So, with respect to that, it was okay! The sightseeing was mainly done during late mornings and afternoons and no major problem there with regards to the heat. The eveings, though, were surprisingly cool. Even cooler than Delhi. The night in the camps in Thar was even cooler and had to put on a light jacket for the sunrise jeep safari on the sand dunes . Food and Shopping: The food was awesome, especially, the Laal Maas and other non-veg preparations at the roof-top restaurant of Lal Garh Palace and Fort, with the brightly lit Jaisalmer Fort as a backdrop. We also loved the veg Rajasthani thaali of Jaisalmer. Highlight of the trip: Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur, Sam sand dunes in Thar desert, Longewala Post (at the Indo-Pak border and a 1971 graveyard of Pakistani armoured tanks), Tanot Mata temple and, of course, the enchanting city of Jaisalmer.

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Recommended Duration in Jaisalmer

Number of days to spend in Jaisalmer as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

3.7%

2 days

33.3%

3 days

48.1%

4 days

14.8%

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

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Manjit Singh

Jain Temples, Jaisalmer
Amar Sagar Lake, Jaisalmer

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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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