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Jaisalmer

The Golden City

14.2/5(263 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

This war museum is situated on NH-11

This war museum is situated on NH-11  Video Review
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Jaisalmer War Museum

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
30th Jan 19

It's a 12th century IInd oldest living fort of RJ.

It's a 12th century IInd oldest living fort of RJ.  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
29th Jan 19

Good view

Good view  Video Review
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Kuldhara

Dollybhalu
26th Dec 17

Good view

Good view  Video Review
00:38

Jaisalmer Fort

Dollybhalu
26th Dec 17

Must visit, enjoy city view along with fort visit.

Must visit, enjoy city view along with fort visit.  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Priyanka Thakkar
21st Oct 17

Good place to visit

Good place to visit  Video Review
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Jaisalmer Fort

Dikshit Thakkar
21st Oct 17

Great architectural work.

Great architectural work.  Video Review
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Patwon-ki-Haveli

Dikshit Thakkar
21st Oct 17

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Reasons to go to Jaisalmer

1Explore the infinite sand dunes of Jaisalmer
Explore the infinite sand dunes of Jaisalmer

Apart from enjoying the magnificent views of the expansive sand dunes, you can savour some authentic Rajasthani dishes such as Daal-Baati, Kair Sangri Churma, and Laal Maas in Jaisalmer. HolidayIQ reviewer Dev Nager says, "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."

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2Let local music take you over
Let local music take you over

The musical heritage of Jaisalmer is rich and diverse and two major groups- Langas and Manganiars express a culture through their craft and invent notes from locally crafted musical instruments. The rustic flavous of the tunes will make you fall in love not only with the place but also your special someone.
HolidayIQ reviewer Anurag says, "Jaisalmer sand dunes will never let you down. The combination of moonlight with with camel safari, folk music and great food is the hero."

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3Stay in a Desert Camp
Stay in a Desert Camp

The Winds Desert Camp offers 20 luxury tents featuring simple furniture along with all the modern fixtures you’ll need. They organize camel safaris, jeep safaris and guided excursions if you wish to explore different sites in and around Jaisalmer. A lot to fall in love with.

HolidayIQ reviewer Rohitabja says, "Stay at Winds Desert Camp was amazing from every point of view. Service was excellent, same goes for the desert safari and camel ride. We enjoyed a lot being in sand dunes and capturing our memory of sunset in a desert." He adds, "Then comes the famous Rajasthani cultural program. Again no word can express my feeling properly. We ended our eventful day with a candlelight dinner.”

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4Dune Bashing - Jaisalmer
Dune Bashing - Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is an exotic location for a solo traveller. Other than exploring the fort city and ruins of Kuldhara village, dune bashing, camping and camel safari at Sam Sand Dunes are major activities. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Santosh Kumar shares, “The best time to visit Jaisalmer is October to February. Try dune bashing, sleep under the stars or take a camel ride.”

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5Carry your favourite book while traversing through the desert
Carry 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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Reviews (263)

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

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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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Deepak shah

Deepak shah5.0/5

1 review

Jaisalmer

Beautiful places . . Weather little HOT. Food and Shopping: Authentic food we enjoyed a lot. Shopping little costly. Don't go to shop recommended by guide. Highlight of the trip: Desert Safari

Recommended Duration in Jaisalmer

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

1 day

3.7%

2 days

33.33%

3 days

48.15%

4 days

14.81%

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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

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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

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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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