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Jaisalmer

The Golden City

14.2/5(326 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
02:04

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

1Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fortifications in the world. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high. The fort contains 3 layers of walls
Karnail Singh : The fort appears to be more of a residential colony now, than an ancient kings fort. However still it reflects plenty of ancient culture and architecture. The interlocked walls and the high rise structure is a marvel in itself, can't imagine how much labor and time must have gone in making this type of fort.

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2For a romantic evening
For a romantic evening

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ashraf shares, “ The sunset here is beautiful and the full moon nights in this desert is also romantic and charming. Daytime in winter season is also enjoyable. But don't even dare to imagine to be there in summer. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sumit Dasgupta shares, “Enjoy the sunrise, sunset, the campfire, traditional folk, music, and dance and of course Rajasthani traditional food. Do not forget the camel and jeep safaris, it's a once in a lifetime experience. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhinav Kumar shares, “ For the majestic view of sunset and sunrise and moonlit view of the night, you must stay here. The dune is located near Sam village which is a one hour drive from Jaisalmer. ”

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3For camel rides and star gazing
For camel rides and star gazing

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sumit Dasgupta says, “Enjoy the sunrise, sunset, the campfire, traditional folk, music, and dance. And of course Rajasthani traditional food. Do not forget the Camel and Jeep safaris, it's once in a lifetime experience.”  


HolidayIQ Reviewer Shubham Bangad shares, “It's real Rajasthan, one shouldn't leave without visiting Sam Sand Dunes...The Camel rides, traditional dances, folk dances, small tea shops and jeep safari are really enjoyable things there”  


HolidayIQ Reviewer Vishal Varshney says, “Very nice place for desert safari and viewing sunset What To do: 1. Night camping 2. Desert safari 3. Watch Folk dances and folklore during night camping at one of the camps.”  

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4Your next Facebook cover page click it at this golden Jaisalmer Fort
Your next Facebook cover page click it at this golden Jaisalmer Fort

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anurag Saraswat adds, “One of the oldest Fort in the India Jaisalmer fort is one of the oldest forts in India. This fort is only a Living Fort in Indian history. This fort is only a Living Fort in Indian history. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Singh Hira shares, “Nice to relax after sightseeing of Jaisalmer fort.

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5To nap in the live-in fort of Rajathan
To nap in the live-in fort of Rajathan

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vinay Bajaj shares “A live-in fort; This fort is distinctive in the sense that it's one of the very few live-in forts of India and perhaps the only one in Rajasthan. Because it's a live-in fort, visiting it is a different experience. While you are busy watching the architecture of just placing the marbles on one another used to make this fort, your concentration is disturbed multiple times by the honking of bikes. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Praveen H shares, “Great architecture of Rajput style; the fort also leads us to streets where people have built beautiful house unique to Jaisalmer housing. Every house has this unique style which makes it even more interesting. A great round around the Fort is sure to bring Bloss.”

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Reviews (326)

"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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Prem

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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