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1. barmer, jaisalmer.

Barmer, Jaisalmer

Filled with vibrant colours, rich heritage, and warm hospitality, Barmer represents the true cultural beauty of Rajasthan. A part of the desert lands of Thar, it shares borders with Pakistan on the west and Jaisalmer and Jalore to the north and south, respectively. The historic town of the 13th Century is rooted in its flamboyant culture which is visible in its colorful houses, adorned with folk motifs and vibrantly dressed people. Barmer is also home to the majestic Barmer Fort and a lot of ancient temples. A visit to Barmer gets more enjoyable than ever if you get to be a part of the Barmer festival which takes place during March.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 154 km

2. Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer

Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer

Kuldhara Village, located around 20 kilometres from the Golden City Jaisalmer is one of the most interesting and intriguing attraction sites that you should absolutely include in your itinerary. The village, rich with its fair share of legends and myths, is said to be a spooky and haunted village. The abandoned and eerily beautiful appearance of it, standing solitary amidst the vast stretches of desert, lives up to its reputation. There have been stories of ghostly and paranormal activities in and around the village, but like always no one could provide any solid proof of it. Visit it, if you wish to be surrounded by an air of mystery.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 19 km

3. Desert National Park, Jaisalmer

Desert National Park, Jaisalmer

Situated near the town of Jaisalmer, Desert national park is among the largest of its kind in the country, encompassing an area of 3162 sq kms. The park covers a huge area extending from Jaisalmer/Barmer all the way to the India-Pakistan border. In spite of being right in the middle of an arid, dry, and sandy desert, the desert national park presents a wonderful opportunity to see the wildlife such as camels, desert fox, Bengal fox, chinkara, wolves, desert cat, and the Blackbuck.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 46 km

4. Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer is an offbeat natural tourist destination in Rajasthan right in the middle of the Thar Desert. Right in the middle of the historical forts and colourful markets, Sam Sand Dunes are among the best and most authentic in the country, some rising as tall as 30-60 metres tall. Lying around 40-42 kilometres from the golden city of Jaisalmer, the dunes are located over calm and undulating stretches of golden yellow sand stretching for around 2 kilometres along the borders of the Jaisalmer Desert National Park.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 39 km

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5. Akal Wood Fossil Park, Jaisalmer

Akal Wood Fossil Park, Jaisalmer

The Akal Wood Fossil Park in Jaisalmer is one of the destinations dedicated to the prehistoric era. It is located on the Barmer road around 17 km away from Jaisalmer city. Akal Wood Fossil Park is the pride of Jaisalmer city; it is the National Geological Monument of India. Spread over 21 hectares of land, the park lies in the region of the potential geological park in Jaisalmer fossil belt. The barren and rocky terrain has about a dozen of fossilized wood logs and exposed tree trunks protected by iron grilled cages and tin sheet roofing.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 18 km

6. Khuri, Jaisalmer

Khuri, Jaisalmer

Khuri is a quaint little hamlet in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It is here that travellers can get a complete traditional desert-like experience in the middle of a vast expanse of sand dunes. The village is located in the Desert National Park and draws a considerable number of tourists each year. It has some resorts, camps and guest houses offering authentic food and humble accommodations. There are also a number of entertainment options and other activities for a complete holiday experience. It might seem like the place is in the middle of nowhere, but those who want to escape their stressful lives are sure to find some peace and serenity in Khuri.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 50 km

7. Ramdevra Temple, Jaisalmer

Ramdevra Temple, Jaisalmer

Ramdevra Temple is a sacred temple to the folk deity of Rajasthan - Baba Ramdevji. It is situated 12 kms from Pokhran on Jodhpur to Jaisalmer road. It is believed that Baba Ramdevji took samadhi (conscious exit from the mortal body) at Ramdevra in 1459 AD. After this, the Maharaja Ganga Singh of Bikaner constructed the temple around his Samadhi. The temple is the eternal resting place of Baba Ramdevji, a saint of the 14th century. It is believed that the saint is the incarnation of Lord Krishna by Hindus and Ramshah Pir by the Muslims who had miraculous powers and devoted his life to the upliftment of downtrodden people of the society.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 116 km

8. Khaba Fort, Jaisalmer

Khaba Fort, Jaisalmer

Khaba Fort in Jaisalmer is ruined citadel situated amidst the scorching heat of the Thar Desert. The history of this barren, eerie, and mystic village, dates back to the 13th century. The architecture once belonged to the Paliwal Brahmins of the Kuldhara village who fled the town in the 19th century leaving behind a ghost town. The stairs at the fort entrance lead to the focal point of the entire village and the surrounding countryside. You can also walk through the ramparts and the quiet streets of the fort to the mystical Kuldhara village that stretches from the base of the fort for a spooky experience.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 35 km

9. Surya Gate, Jaisalmer

Surya Gate, Jaisalmer

The Surya Gate is one of the four entry gates to the 12th century, Jaisalmer Fort. The fort on the Trikuta hill has four successive gates Akai, Surya, Ganesh and Hawa through which the visitors need to pass through. A vital feature of the gate is that it is constructed on a bend, the reason behind building barriers in such a manner is said to stem from military strategies. As elephants were war horses in the ancient era, it took mighty power to break down walls, but with gates situated on a curve, it takes a greater ability to break through.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 82 km

10. Pokhran Fort, Jaisalmer

Pokhran Fort, Jaisalmer

Balagarh fort was built by the Marwar Thakur, Rao Maldeo in the 14th Century, it is otherwise known as the Pokhran Fort. Pokhran means the place of five mirages enclosed by sandy, rocky, salt ranges. Although a small temple made of red sandstone, the fort is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is situated in a remote region of the Thar desert which also served as a test site for India's first underground nuclear weapon detonations.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 110 km

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14 Top Things to Do in Jaisalmer, India

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The mirage-like golden city of Jaisalmer conjures up images of an Arabian Nights fable. Located in Rajasthan's Thar desert, this former medieval trading center's most notable characteristic is the abundance of structures built using distinctive yellow sandstone, making any location here a picture-perfect spot. To avoid the searing summer desert heat, visit between September and mid-March; the best time to experience the full splendor of the city is during the Jaisalmer Desert Festival , typically held in February. Here’s how to make the most of your time in the "Golden City of India."

Take a Gander at Tazia Tower

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Constructed by Muslim artisans in 1886 as a gift for the reigning Hindu ruler, Maharawal Berisal Singh, the five-story Tazia Tower is a striking sight, emerging from the Badal Palace grounds in a break from the traditional Rajasthan and Rajputana architecture you'll find elsewhere in Jaisalmer. Located near the Amar Sagar Gate, Tazia Tower features individually designed balconies on each of its five floors, with the entire structure built to mimic a traditional Islamic mausoleum.

Check Out an Old Abandoned Village in the Desert

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According to local lore, the once-prosperous city of Kuldhara (25 minutes from Jaisalmer) was abandoned overnight by its townspeople after a minister announced his plans to marry the village chief's daughter, threatening them with a harsh response if they disobeyed. On their way out, they supposedly placed a curse on the city so that no one would ever live in the town again; so far, it seems to have worked.

Nowadays, the creepy ruins of the abandoned village make a great pitstop for visitors traveling from Jaisalmer to the Sam Sand Dunes (more on that later), especially since many people claim that they've experienced bizarre paranormal behavior during their stay. Villagers from neighboring towns are also known to close the gates to Kuldhara at sunset since the area is believed to be visited by supernatural beings after dark.

Unleash Your Inner Shopaholic at Local Markets and Bazaars

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For a chance to experience market life and end up with some killer souvenirs, head to Jaisalmer's fabulous and colorful bazaars and markets. Start at Sadar Bazaar, where you can pick up everything from jewelry and traditional-style clothing to leather products, carpets, and paintings. If you have your heart set on buying a saree while you're in India, head to Bhatia Bazaar, one of the city's oldest shopping areas and a great place to find garments made of silk, cotton, and other fine fabrics. Otherwise, try Sonaron Ka Baas for all things silver jewelry, Pansari Bazaar for authentic handicrafts and handmade puppets, Manak Chowk for more leather goods, and Seema Gram for colorful scarves.

Visit the Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum and Heritage Centre

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Jaisalmer's ethereal sandstone fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site built in 1156 by Rajput ruler Jaisal, resembles a massive sandcastle rising from the desert. What really makes the site unusual, however, is that it's one of the few living forts left in the world, with thousands of people currently residing within its impressive walls. The fort is also home to the former Maharaja's palace as well as several hotels, guesthouses, temples, shops, and restaurants. Unfortunately, the fort’s condition is deteriorating, as time goes on and more drain water makes its way into the foundations. For this reason, many visitors opt to stay in nearby hotels offering evocative views of the structure instead of accommodations inside it.

The price of entry includes an audio guide, but you'll need to pay extra to take your camera inside (video cameras cost a bit more). If you’d prefer a guided experience here, tour company Jaisalmer Magic runs a three-hour daily heritage walking tour .

Explore the Jain Temples Inside Jaisalmer Fort

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One of the most interesting attractions inside Jaisalmer Fort is the stunning series of seven interconnected Jain temples that date back to the 12th and 15th centuries. Carved out of sandstone, the intricate details they exhibit rival the marble Jain temple complex at Ranakpur. You'll need to remove your shoes and all leather items before entering; there is a small fee to enter (local residents need not pay for entry) and it'll cost a bit more for the privilege of bringing in your camera.

Discover the Majestic Havelis (Mansions)

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Jaisalmer is also known for the fairy-tale architecture of its magnificent historic havelis (mansions), located both inside and outside the fort. Many can be found in the narrow lanes just a 10-minute walk to the north. In this area, the 19th-century Patwa Haveli is the city's biggest and most important, consisting of a cluster of five mansions built by a wealthy Jain trader and his sons. The site, which has since been converted into a museum, is particularly impressive, with intricate stonework and artwork on full display. Nearby, the distinctively shaped Salam Singh Ki Haweli (Moti Mahal) and Nathmal Haveli are worth visiting as well—inside Nathmal Ki Haveli, the beautiful gold paintings are a highlight.

Embark on an Epic Camel Safari

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Most visitors will opt for a camel safari , a quintessential Jaisalmer experience since it provides a rare opportunity to witness the rustic, rural desert life of India. Everything from quick one-day safaris or ones as long as 30 days are typically available. Whichever you choose, be sure to pick your provider carefully, as the safari business is extraordinarily competitive and you will definitely get what you pay for. Recommended vendors include Sahara Travels (located next to the Fort gate), Trotters Independent Travel , and Real Desert Man Camel Safaris.

Spend Some Time in the Thar Desert

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Most visitors will head straight to the famously picturesque Sam Sand Dunes, located about 50 minutes west of Jaisalmer, at sunset, where cultural performances and camel rides create a carnival-like atmosphere. It's also possible to stay overnight close to Dunes by glamping in style at a luxury-style desert camp (there are several in the area to choose from). Also worth checking out on the way to Sam Sand Dunes, the Kuldhara Abandoned Village is a spooky but interesting place to stop by for a visit.

If you'd prefer a more peaceful desert sojourn, the dunes around Khuri Village in Desert National Park, located about an hour southwest of Jaisalmer, would certainly be more suitable. Accommodations are available in small resorts and traditional-style huts ( Badal House is recommended for an authentic local experience), and you can go on a camel safari.

Eat Breakfast Among the Peacocks at Khaba Fort

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If you don't mind getting up early, the luxurious Suryagarh Hotel offers guests the chance to enjoy breakfast at the ruins of an old desert fort while marveling over the remarkable spectacle of a huge flock of peacocks being fed by a local boy. At sunrise, these magnificent birds arrive at Khaba Fort, located in an abandoned Paliwal village about 40 minutes west of Jaisalmer (toward the Sam Sand Dunes). In addition to seeing the peacocks and feasting on a wealth of Indian-style breakfast items, you'll get to enjoy evocative views of the village and explore the rest of the fort afterward.

Watch the Sunset at Vyas Chhatri

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Vyas Chhatri, an impressive sandstone cenotaph located on the edge of Jaisalmer (north of the Fort), is dedicated to the great sage Vyasa, who authored the Hindu epic "The Mahabharata." This haunting place is used as a cremation ground for Pushkarna Brahmins and contains many empty tombs erected in honor of notable ones. The specially crafted cenotaphs are referred to as chhatris (umbrellas) because of their domes. Head here for spectacular sunsets.

Admire the Cenotaphs at Bada Bagh Temple

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Jaisalmer is home to another group of similar-looking cenotaphs in a large garden about six kilometers away, erected in honor of the city's royal rulers from the 16th to 20th centuries. The last cenotaph to be built is dedicated to Maharaja Jawahar Singh, who reigned after India’s Independence; it remains incomplete, however, due to his death a year later, which was seen by the family as a bad omen. Most intriguing are the plaques on the cenotaphs, which show both the maharaja and maharani together, indicating that the queen threw herself on her husband's funeral pyre. In contrast to the ancient cenotaphs, modern wind turbines also populate the breezy hill to help generate electricity.

Chill by the Water at Gadisar Lake

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Gadisar Lake is a huge artificial reservoir on the southeastern edge of the city that was built by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in the 14th century; it provided the only water supply to the town until 1965. The many small temples and shrines surrounding the lake make it an inviting place to relax. Migratory waterfowl are an added attraction in winter, along with the numerous catfish swimming by that love to be fed. Boats are available to rent as well.

Learn About Local Heritage

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You'll find a few small, privately-owned museums in Jaisalmer where you can learn more about the area’s local history and culture. The Thar Heritage Museum contains an eclectic assortment of artifacts including fossils, documents, portraits, photos, sculptures, coins, manuscripts, turbans, weapons, and kitchen equipment. All were collected by the owner, who provides informative and entertaining guided tours, and also runs the nearby Desert Handicraft Emporium .

The Desert Culture Center and Museum near Gadisar Lake is deservedly popular, operated by a local historian and teacher who also presides over the Folklore Museum. Its diverse collection includes regional musical instruments, former currencies, traditional jewelry worn by desert women, textiles, hunting items, royal memorabilia, artillery, and armor. The entry fee covers both museums, each of which holds a puppet show in the evening.

Dine at Rooftop Restaurants

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Jaisalmer's atmospheric rooftop restaurants are ideal for a special meal overlooking the fort and market. If you'd like to sample some local cuisine, head to The Trio at Gandhi Chowk. Nearby, the friendly Pleasant Haveli Hotel rooftop restaurant is recommended for its fresh north Indian cuisine and views. Gaj's Restaurant, a few minutes north on foot, is the only place serving Korean food in Jaisalmer, although its Indian food is great, too.

Cafe the Kaku on Patwa Haveli Road is an appealing restaurant and a great place to enjoy the sunset while feasting on fine global cuisine. c is situated on the fort's boundary wall just inside the First Fort Gate and specializes in Italian food and coffee. The restaurant atop the boutique Hotel First Gate Home Fusion is also excellent, with tasty fusion dishes inspired by Italian and Indian vegetarian food. The hotel’s cocktail bar features live music as well. On the outskirts of the city, Wyra Rooftop Restaurant at the Jaisalmer Marriott Resort and Spa is worth a splurge; reservations are required and it's only open for dinner.

The most popular time to visit Jaisalmer is between October and March, when the desert city is at its coolest. If you want to avoid the crowds, though, plan your trip during the September shoulder season.

Some of the top foods to try in Jaisalmer include Haldi ki Sabji, a tumeric yogurt curry best enjoyed during winter, and Ker Sangri, a traditional local dish made from pickled Indigenous berries and beans grown in the Thar Desert. For street food, try Pyaaz ki Kachori, deep-fried pastry discs stuffed with a spicy onion filling.

Jaisalmer is perhaps best known for the Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156 by Rajput ruler Jaisal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's one of the only remaining living forts left. During your visit, be sure to visit the seven interconnected Jain temples, which are housed within the fort's walls and date back to the 12th and 15th centuries.

UNESCO. "Hill Forts of Rajasthan." Accessed September 8, 2022.

Rajasthan Tourism Office. "Jain Temples of Jaisalmer." Accessed September 8, 2022.

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34 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer For The Best Trip To Golden City

The history of Jaisalmer dates back to the 12th century when Rawal Jaisal – the eldest of the Deoraj Rawals was passed over for Lodurva’s throne. He was succeeded by his younger half-brother, who was crowned as the king.

Rawal was looking for a new place to build his capital when he met sage Eesul, who told him about Krishna’s prediction that a Yaduvanshi descendant of his would find a new kingdom at the same spot. In 1156, Rawal built a mud fort and called it Jaisalmer (which means “The Hill Fort of Jaisal”), claiming it as his capital.

Explore the mesmerizing beauty of this Golden City with our curated guide to the top places to visit in Jaisalmer. From the golden dunes of the Thar Desert to the intricate architecture of the Jaisalmer Fort, this article is your answer to why Jaisalmer is amongst the top places to visit in Rajasthan .

Known for its magnificent architecture, vibrant culture, and expansive sand dunes, the tourist places in Jaisalmer attract travelers seeking a unique blend of history and natural beauty. In this guide, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of the must visit places in Jaisalmer for a memorable trip.

34 Best Places To Visit In Jaisalmer In 2024

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  • Things To Do: Explore the interiors, walk through the royal corridors, understand the lifestyle of people living inside the fort, and stay inside the fort.
  • Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Entry Fees: ₹50 per person for Indians, ₹250 per person for Foreigners, ₹50 for the Camera Fee, ₹100 for Video Camera

2. Gadisar Lake

  • Things To Do: Boating in the Lake, Watch a Sunset from the Ghats, Bird watching in Winters
  • Timings: Open 24 hours
  • Entry Fees: NA

3. Patwon Ki Haveli

  • Things To Do: Marvel at the interiors, Get an insight into the royal lifestyle
  • Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Entry Fees: ₹20 per person for Indians, ₹100 per person for Foreigners, ₹50 for the Camera Fee, ₹100 for Video Camera

4. Bada Bagh

  • Things To Do: Stroll through the complex, Click some Insta-Worthy photographs
  • Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Entry Fees: ₹100 per person, ₹150 for Camera Fee

5. Sam Sand Dunes

  • Things To Do: Camping, Glamping, Cultural performances, Dune bashing, Sandboarding, Stargazing

6. Kuldhara Village

  • Things To Do: Take a walk through the village, admire the restored houses and temples
  • Entry Fees: ₹10 per person for Indians, ₹100 per person for Foreign nationals, ₹50 per person for Car

7. Desert National Park

  • Things To Do: Take a Safari, Wildlife spotting, Photography
  • Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
  • Entry Fees: ₹100 per person for Indians, ₹300 per person for Foreign tourists, ₹100 for Jeep Safari (per person), ₹200 for Guide

8. Tanot Mata Temple

  • Things To Do: Listen to fascinating stories of the 1965 war, seek blessings of the goddess, marvel at the unexploded bombs in the temple complex
  • Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM

9. Jaisalmer War Museum

  • Things To Do: Look at the exhibits, pay homage to the War Heroes
  • Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Entry Fees: ₹55 per person

10. Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli

  • Things To Do: Admire the intricate carving and colorful paintings in the interiors
  • Timings: 8 AM to 7 PM
  • Entry Fees: No Entry Fees

11. Longewala Border

  • Things To Do: Take a walk along the border, pay homage to the war heroes

12. Akal Wood Fossil Park

  • Things To Do: Understand the flora and fauna that inhabited Earth several years ago
  • Entry Fees: ₹5 per person for Indians, ₹20 per person for Foreigners, ₹10 for Car Parking

13. Desert Culture Centre and Museum

  • Things To Do: Understand the royal lifestyle by looking at the exhibits
  • Entry Fees: ₹50 per person, ₹50 per person for Puppet Show, ₹20 for Camera Fee, ₹50 for Video Camera Fee

14. Sadar Bazaar

  • Things To Do: Shop Rajasthani Puppets, take some colorful home decor things, savour local street food
  • Timings: 9 AM to 9 PM

15. Vyas Chhatri

  • Things To Do: Watch a sunset, Photography
  • Timings: 8 AM to 7:30 PM
  • Entry Fees: ₹100 per person, ₹100 for Camera Fee

16. Jaisalmer Government Museum

  • Things To Do: Understand the lifestyle of the former royalties and rulers
  • Timings: 10 AM to 4:30 PM (Closed on Friday)
  • Entry Fees: ₹20 per person for Indians, ₹10 per person for Indians Students, ₹100 per person for Foreign Tourists, ₹50 per person for Foreign Student

Note : The Government Museum Jaisalmer Entry is Free On Monday

17. Amar Sagar Lake

  • Things To Do: Take a stroll, boating, watch a sunset

18. Salim Singh Ki Haveli

  • Things To Do: Photography, Marvel at the intricate architecture
  • Entry Fees: ₹20 per person for Indians, ₹100 per person for Foreigners, ₹50 for Camera Fee, ₹100 for Video Camera

19. Mandir Palace

  • Things To Do: Experience the luxurious lifestyle of the royal rulers
  • Entry Fees: ₹100 per person for Foreigners

20. Khuri Sand Dunes

  • Things To Do: Camel Safari, Star gazing, camping, Watch a sunset

21. Jaisalmer Jain Temples

  • Things To Do: Meditation, Marvel at the intricately carved sculptures
  • Timings: 8 AM to 12 PM
  • Entry Fees:  Free for Indians, ₹10 per person for Foreigner, ₹50 for Camera Fee, ₹100 for Video Camera

22. Pokhran Fort

  • Things To Do: Walk through the corridors and listen to the stories of bravery of the former rulers
  • Entry Fees: ₹50 per person for Indians, ₹200 per person for Foreigners Aman

23. Folklore Museum

  • Things To Do: Experience the luxurious lifestyle of the royal rulers, Look at the exhibits
  • Entry Fees: ₹10 per person

24. Pansari Bazaar

  • Things To Do: Shopping, Trying Street Food, experiencing local life

25. Jaisalmer Wind Park

  • Things To Do: Photography, Spending some peaceful time
  • Timings: NA

26. Jaisal Italy

  • Things To Do: Marvel at the views of Sonar Qilla, savor local dishes
  • Timings: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Entry Fees: ₹1500 cost for two

27. Gaji’s Restaurant

  • Things To Do: Try Rajasthani Thali and enjoy the rooftop views of the fort and surrounding area
  • Timings: 7 AM to 11 PM
  • Entry Fees: ₹1000 for two

28. Thar Heritage Museum

  • Things To Do: Understand the lifestyle of the people living in the harsh conditions of the Thar Desert
  • Entry Fees: ₹30 per person for Indians, ₹70 per person for Foreigners

29. Dusshera Chowk

  • Things To Do: Watch over the city, Marvel at the marble throne
  • Entry Fees: ₹20 per person for Indians, ₹70 per person for Foreigners

30. Ramdevra Temple

  • Timings: 4 AM to 9 PM

31. Khaba Fort

  • Things To Do: Stroll along the ruins to experience the old-world charm
  • Entry Fees: ₹50 per person for Indians, ₹100 per person for Foreign Nationals

32. Lodhurva

  • Things To Do: Explore the ancient ruins, Visit the artistic temples
  • Things To Do: Explore Barmer Fort, Visit the local artisans

34. Silk Route Art Gallery

  • Things To Do: Shop some colorful carpets, belts, antiques, accessories
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 8:30 PM

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Best Time To Visit The Top Tourist Places In Jaisalmer

Avoiding the extreme temperatures of summer, which can soar above 40 degrees Celsius, ensures a more enjoyable and comfortable experience. Additionally, the winter months coincide with the festive season, offering a chance to witness vibrant celebrations and cultural events. Whether you’re captivated by the golden architecture or eager to explore the Thar Desert, planning your visit to Jaisalmer during the winter ensures a delightful and memorable experience.

How To Reach Jaisalmer?

  • By Air: The closest airport to Jaisalmer is Jodhpur Airport, which is 286 km from Jaisalmer (4 4-hour drive from here). You can take a taxi from the airport to reach Jaisalmer, or you can take a bus (Rajasthan tourism buses or private AC buses run on this route).
  • By Rail: The railway station of Jaisalmer is connected with all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai by a wide network of trains. You can also take a taxi from the railway station to Jaisalmer, or you can get tuk-tuks from the railway station.
  • By Road: You can travel to Jaisalmer by private air-conditioned buses, take a ride on the state-operated Rajasthan Tourism bus on this route, or drive to the golden city through the picturesque Aravalli ranges. Jaisalmer connects to all the major cities of India through a well-maintained network of roads, particularly to Jodhpur, Jaipur.

Jaisalmer, with its rich history and captivating landscapes, offers a travel experience like no other. From the ancient charm of Jaisalmer Fort to the tranquility of Gadisar Lake and the adrenaline-pumping desert safaris, every corner of this city has a story to tell. Plan your visit to these enchanting places, and let the magic of Jaisalmer leave an indelible mark on your travel memories.

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Jaisalmer Fort

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#1 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Jaisalmer Fort locally known as Sonar Quila (Golden Fort) is located in the heart of Jaisalmer city. It is one of the largest forts in India, and among the must include places in Jaisalmer holiday packages . Jaisalmer Fort is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO under the group hill forts of Rajasthan . Jaisalmer Fort was built atop the Trikuta Hill in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Maharawal Jaisal Singh. It was the center of several historical encounters between the Bhattis, Mughals, and Rathores of Jodhpur. The Fort of Jaisalmer survived several attacks by the Muslim rulers like Aladdin Khilji and Mughal Emperor Humayun. The city also served as a refuge and way-station for caravans and travelers along the Silk Road. Standing proudly in the middle of the great Thar Desert, this fort is regarded as 'The Pride .....

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Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes

#2 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 40 km from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes are situated at the edge of Jaisalmer Desert National Park in Rajasthan. Lies in the midst of the Thar Desert, these sand dunes are amongst the most popular places to experience Rajasthan Tourism , and also one of the prime places to visit during Jaisalmer tour . Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The 3 km long, and 1 km wide sand dunes reflect the true image of Rajasthan. Undeniably one of the most picturesque spots in the desert, the Sam Sand Dunes have gained a tremendous tourist reputation over time. The unrelieved ocean of sand constantly changes its appearance at every gentle gush of wind. The whirling air currents of this area match with those of the sandstorms in the Sahara. Camel Safari at Sam Sand Dunes is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer . The .....

Patwon Ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli

#3 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 500 m from Jaisalmer Fort and 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Patwon-ki-Haveli is situated in a narrow lane near the Patwa Complex in Jaisalmer. It is the first haveli to have been erected in Jaisalmer and also one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer . The Patwon ki Haveli is considered to be the one of the largest as well as the finest haveli of Rajasthan. This haveli is essentially a cluster of five havelis, which was constructed in 1805 CE by Guman Chand Patwa. A rich trader, Guman Chand Patwa constructed five separate sections for his five sons. The first haveli is the main and also the grandest haveli in the complex. The entire construction took over 55 years to complete. Located in the center of the city, it is truly an outstanding piece of architecture. It is renowned for its ornate wall paintings, intricate yellow sandstone-carved jharokas or balconies, gateways .....

Jain Temples - Jaisalmer Fort

Jain Temples - Jaisalmer Fort

#4 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 2 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, the Jain Temples are one of the oldest temples in Jaisalmer which are situated inside the Jaisalmer Fort complex. These Jain temples are the most important religious attractions in Jaisalmer . There are seven Jain temples in total which are built during the 12th and 15th centuries AD. These Jain temples are dedicated to different Jain Tirthankaras. Among these temples, the biggest one is the Parsvanath Temple and is most attractive; others being Chandraprabhu temple, Rishabdev temple, Shitalnath Temple, Kunthanath Temple, and Shantinath Temple. These temples are famous for their Dilwara style paintings and architecture that were predominant in the medieval era. The temples are built out of yellow sandstone and have intricate engravings on them. These temples have archaeological and religious .....

Gadisar Lake / Gadsisar Lake

Gadisar Lake / Gadsisar Lake

#5 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station and 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake or Gadsisar Lake is an artificial reservoir in Jaisalmer. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days and also one of the best sightseeing places in Jaisalmer . The Gadisar Lake was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer, and later reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in the year 1367 AD. It is said that this rainwater lake once provided water to the entire town. At present Gadisar Lake gets water from Indira Gandhi Canal so it never dries. Located towards the south of Jaisalmer city, the entrance to the Gadisar Lake is through a magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is known as the Tilon-Ki-Pol. There are numerous shrines and small temples on the embankment of this lake which can visit during your trip to Jaisalmer . The .....

Desert National Park

Desert National Park

#6 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 45 km from Jaisalmer, Desert National Park is a wildlife sanctuary situated in the state of Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. Situated in the sand dunes of Thar Desert, the Desert National Park is regarded as one of the largest national parks in India , and among the top places to visit as part of Jaisalmer trip . The Desert National Park was established in 1980, and it depicts the ecosystem of the Thar Desert. Spread over an area of 3162 sq. km, the park is extensively covered by sand dunes over large extents, and is one of the major Jaisalmer sightseeing places . The main area of the park comprises compact salt lake bottoms, fixed dunes, and craggy rocks. There are many lakes inside the national park including Rajbaugh Lake, Milak Lake, and Padam Talao Lake. Although 20% of .....

Desert Cultural Centre & Museum

Desert Cultural Centre & Museum

#7 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 1 km from Jaisalmer Fort and 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, the Desert Cultural Centre & Museum is located on the Gadisagar Road in Jaisalmer. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. The museum was established by Mr. N. K. Sharma in the year 1997. The Desert Cultural Centre and Museum exhibits the art, craft and culture of Jaisalmer beautifully. The museum has a large collection of traditional instruments, medieval coins and ethnic artifacts. This is the treasure trove of ethnic Rajasthani jewellery, handicrafts, weapons and fossil works. The museum is maintained by the Tourism Department of Jaisalmer and is a must-visit for history buffs. Various musical instruments and folk dance related costumes can be found in this museum. Costumes of the erstwhile maharajas and maharanis can also found in the museum. Kitchen tools and culinary tools can be found here, while the Rajasthani arts are presented in the walls, which belonged to painters .....

Lodurva

#8 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 8 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Lodurva is a village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. Famous for Jain temples and other historical monuments, Lodurva is one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer . Lodurva was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD, when Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer. The town of Lodurva is much older than Jaisalmer and was sacked several times, most notably by Mahmud of Ghazni in the 11th century CE and then by Mohammad Ghori in the next century. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, known for its architectural ruins and Jai temples. The temples at Lodurva exhibit some more fine examples of intricate craftsmanship on yellow stone. The Parshvnath Temple is the oldest and the most beautiful of the Jain temples. The temple is dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvnath. The walls of the sanctum .....

Tazia Tower

Tazia Tower

#9 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 2 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Tazia Tower is located in the Badal Palace complex near Amar Sagar Gate inside Jaisalmer Fort . The intricate designs, minarets and architectural fusion of this tower make it one of the top Jaisalmer tourist places. Tazia Tower was constructed in the form of Tazia that are usually part of Muslim religious festivities. It was constructed in 1886 AD by Muslim carvers who presented it as a gift to the imperial Hindu king, Maharawal Berisal Singh. The structure is a five-storied complex with each story possessing a unique balcony with an exclusive design of its own. The exquisite design and fine carvings on the walls and ceilings of each floor of the tower reflects the rich artistic creativity and imaginative skills of the local craftsmen of the bygone era. Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM

Bada Bagh / Bara Bagh

Bada Bagh / Bara Bagh

#10 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 8 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station and 7 km from Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh or Bara Bagh is a historical garden located on Ramgarh road and halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodurva in Rajasthan. Bada Bagh means big garden. It is a garden of cenotaphs or chhatris of the royal family of Jaisalmer . A descendant of Maharawal Jaisal Singh, Jait Singh II, commissioned a dam to create a water tank in the 16th century AD. This made the desert green in this area. After his death, Bada Bagh was fully developed by his son Lunakaran. The garden stands at the foot of a hill and several chhatris or cenotaphs stand in memory of the late rulers of Jaisalmer. Cenotaphs are also known as chhatris and one cenotaph is erected for each ruler. The cenotaph of Maharawal Jait Singh is the oldest of all. Many cenotaphs were built by subsequent rulers for the Bhatti royal family of Jaisalmer. This continued till the 20th century when .....

Salim Singh Ki Haveli

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#11 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Salim Singh ki Haveli is an old edifice located at the heart of Jaisalmer city near Jaisalmer Fort . This beautiful architectural building is one of the major tourist places in Jaisalmer . Salim Singh ki Haveli was built in 1815 CE by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. It is said that once the Haveli of Salim Singh had two additional wooden storeys in an attempt to make it as high as the maharaja's palace but the Maharaja did not take this attempt in good spirit. Currently it has only five stories as the upper two tiers were demolished as per the order of the king. The architecture of this haveli is unique as compared to the other havelis. This mansion was not created with the help of cements and mortar- the stones are connected with strong iron .....

Nathmalji Ki Haveli

Nathmalji Ki Haveli

#12 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 500 m from Jaisalmer Fort and 2 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Nathmalji ki Haveli is a renowned architectural marvel in the heart of Jaisalmer near Patwon ki Haveli. It is one of the prominent Jaisalmer places to visit . Nathmalji ki Haveli was constructed by Maharawal Berisal in 1885 CE, to serve as the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. The chief architects of this haveli were two brothers, named Hathi and Lulu. There is a very interesting story regarding its construction. It is believed that both the brothers started building the facets of the haveli simultaneously. The two sides are similar, but not identical. This haveli is famous for its architecture that reflects the fusion of both Rajput and Islamic styles. The building is planned around two courtyards; the one in the front is much smaller than the rear one. The front part of the .....

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#13 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 21 km from Jaisalmer, Kuldhara is an abandoned and cursed village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. This is one of the haunted places in Rajasthan and also one of the famous tourist places in Jaisalmer . Established around 13th century CE, it was once a prosperous village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins who had migrated from Pali to Jaisalmer region. It is believed that all the residents of Kuldhara village and nearby 83 villages abandoned their homes overnight in 1825 AD possibly because of dwindling water supply, or as a local legend claims, because of persecution by the Jaisalmer State's minister Salim Singh. According to legend, Salim Singh was the Diwan of Jaisalmer who was known for dissipation. He set eyes on the beautiful daughter of the chief of the village. He also told the villagers of Kuldhara that if his wish wasn't fulfilled, he would levy heavy taxes on .....

Jaisalmer War Museum

Jaisalmer War Museum

#14 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 11 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station and 12 km from Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer War Museum is situated at Military Station on the Jaisalmer - Jodhpur Highway. This unique war museum is surely a must visit place for all Indian and foreigner tourists coming to Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer War Museum was set up by the Indian Army in 2015 and was inaugurated on 24th August by Lieutenant General Ashok Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Command. The inauguration of the Museum in the Golden Jubilee Commemoration Year of 1965 Indo Pak War is also a tribute to all soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice. The museum covers an area of over 10 acres of land. It has two large Information Display Halls, an Audio Visual Room and a souvenir shop. Apart from the evolution of the Indian Army, the museum showcases tales of bravery and sacrifice of heroes of the wars. War trophies and vintage equipment are on display along with tanks, guns and military vehicles. The museum .....

Folklore Museum

Folklore Museum

#15 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 1 km from Jaisalmer Fort and 1.7 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, the Folklore Museum is a private museum situated on the banks of the pristine Gadsisar Lake in Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Folklore Museum was founded in 1984 by N. K. Sharma, a local connoisseur. The museum is a treasure trove of cultural heritage of Thar Desert, the people, their traditions and culture. One can understand the evolution of the Jaisalmer city through ages by seeing the artifacts in this museum. The stunning architecture of the museum is one of the highlights. The museum is organized into six sections and features a rich collection of paintings, photographs, costumes, hairstyles and jewelry. Other items on display include utility articles of rural life, camel and horse decorations, fossils, ornamental arches, as well as articles connected with folk and cultural lifestyles. It also features various kinds of puppets and other traditional items. Tourists can watch a video in the .....

Akal Wood Fossil Park

Akal Wood Fossil Park

#16 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 18 km from Jaisalmer, Akal Wood Fossil Park is an archeological park located at Akal on Barmer Road in Rajasthan. This is an ideal tourist spot for geological and Archeological enthusiasts. Akal Wood Fossil Park is the fossilized remains of forests as old as 180 million years. The park spreads over an area of 21 hectares and is one of the natural wonders in India. The trunk of the trees of this park has been preserved as fossils. The whole area is protected and preserved presently due to its archaeological worth. It is believed that more fossils are lying in deep and still excavations are going on in this region. Akal Wood Fossil Park has fossils of the prehistoric Jurassic period. Huge fossilized tree trunks and sea shells that are centuries old are major specimens of Indian desert's geological history. The biggest fossil specimen obtained in the region is 13 m long and 1.5 m wide. There are also 25 petrified trunks that mark the life of forests that existed .....

Khaba Fort

#17 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 25 km from Sam Sand Dunes and 35 km from Jaisalmer, Khaba Fort is a ruined citadel set amid a barren desert village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. It is one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer . Khaba Fort is a cursed village of Paliwal Brahmins, who abandoned this place 200 years ago due to unknown reasons. The crumbling structure of the fort still has the ruins of the homes of some 80 families that used to live here. Khaba Fort dates back to the 13th century AD and was once an important part of Kuldhara, a village inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. Once, Khaba Fort was the Sarai Fort (fort at the frontier). The traders who entered Rajasthan via the Silk Route trade stayed inside this fort for a night. Only after they paid taxes they were given the permission to go ahead for trade. The remains of the village looks like a well-planned settlement with a temple surrounded by .....

Khuri Sand Dunes

Khuri Sand Dunes

#18 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 47 km from Jaisalmer, the Khuri Sand Dunes are located very close to the Khuri village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. It is just on the fringes of Thar Desert. The immense natural beauty makes these sand dunes are one of the popular places to experience desert camping in Jaisalmer. Khuri is the lesser known yet more beautiful sand dunes compared to the popular Sam Sand Dunes. It is the ideal place to enjoy the serene desert experience. The Khuri Dunes appeals tourists with its vast sea of sand. Development of tourist facilities is slow as the region still remains unexplored. Only a wonderful little village of mud and straw huts exist here. Renowned for sand dunes, Khuri is an ideal place for camel safari. The dunes are best visited during the months of October to February when the heat is relatively less in the region. The sand dunes offer the majestic views of mesmerizing sunrise and sunset. Camping .....

Manak Chowk

Manak Chowk

#19 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

At a distance of 2.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Manak Chowk is a popular market place situated outside the beautiful Jaisalmer Fort . Manak Chowk is flooded with shops offering decorative leather works, ethnic silver jewellery, craft works and antique pieces. It draws several tourists from far and wide who are thrilled at the wide variety of traditional ethnic goods that are available at affordable prices. An important commercial and business hub of Jaisalmer, the market portrays the rich artistic caliber and creative skills of the local craftsmen of Rajasthan. The tourists can experience the architectural splendor of the beautiful havelis of the ancient times in the market place of Manak Chowk. Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki Haveli and Nathmalji ki-Haveli are the most famous havelis in this area. Majority of these havelis were constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries and exhibit rich art and craft works. This .....

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Jaisalmer is popularly called the 'Golden City of India' can be visited in the Winter season from October to March. Winter offers pleasant weather to enjoy the golden city and it is the peak season for tourists. Hotels are usually expensive during this season due to a large number of tourists heading to this region in the Winter season.

Jaisalmer requires 2 full days to visit the most important attractions. There are several wonderful destinations around Jaisalmer like Jodhpur and Udaipur which can be visited by adding few additional days to the trip.

Budget of Jaisalmer trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Jaisalmer tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 5100 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7800 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

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Step into a world of tranquility amidst the stunning golden sands of Jaisalmer, the gateway to the mystical Thar Desert. This popular tourism destination in India is renowned for its breathtaking yellow stone architecture and the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’.

Jaisalmer, or the ‘Golden City’, was established in the 12th century by Rawal Jaisal and has since been an epitome of Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage. With its artistic structures, monuments of local historical significance, and abandoned villages, Jaisalmer offers a glimpse into the grandeur of this incredible state.

Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of art, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat in the desert, Jaisalmer has something for everyone. So, before you pack your bags for a holiday to Jaisalmer, take a look at our list of the 20 best tourist attractions that you simply cannot afford to miss.

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Jaisalmer Fort – Heart of Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

Built in the 12th century by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal, the Jaisalmer Fort is a massive yellow sandstone fortification that maintains the Raj Mahal and several havelis, gateways and temples. The tawny-brown rampart that turns into honey-gold at sunset, justifying the name “Sonar Quila”, is undoubtedly a blazing instance of visual perception.

The architectural design of the fort having intricately carved windows, doors and walls is one of the fine examples of the rich heritage in India. Located on the Trikuta Hill and overlooking the Jaisalmer city, the Jaisalmer Fort is thus one of the popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. Moreover, the two canon points, located at vantage points within the fort, give you an amazing panoramic view of Jaisalmer city.

Today… in the midst of the royal yellow sandstone architecture, Jaisalmer Fort boasted as one of the fortified cities in Rajasthan housing numerous eateries, including Italian, French, and native cuisines; hotels; and museums.

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Sam Sand Dunes- Embrace the enchanting golden Sands

Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer

Approximately 42 kilometers from the fort city of Jaisalmer, the SAM Sand Dunes in the outskirts… is for sure the best recommended places to see in Jaisalmer. The exanimate ambiance with stretches of sweeping dunes, camel safari along the breathtaking crests and troughs and crimson horizon at the sunset together drops you to a pleasing blissful landscape.

Don’t miss the rustic and earthy music and folk dance of the gypsies that depicts the rural culture of the Rajasthani folk. The best time to visit the SAM Sand Dunes is at the time of the Jaisalmer Desert Festival , which is usually held in the month of February every year.

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Desert National Park – Wilderness of the desert world

Desert National Park Jaisalmer

This pristine desert wildlife is located in the midst of the remote Thar Desert. If you want to explore the region’s ecosystem and wildlife, then Desert National Park is the best place to visit in Jaisalmer.

The park resounds with the calls of endangered great Indian bustard, black bucks, chinkaras and soul soothing voices of migratory birds like Saker falcon fly, eastern imperial eagle and Eurasian griffon vultures etc.

Also thrilling jeep safari and camping add fun and excitement to the sightseeing of Desert National Park which will be a memorable experience for a lifetime.

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Gadi Sagar Lake -Divine bliss of temples and tranquil waters

Gadi Sagar Lake Jaisalmer

Built in the 14th century as a water conservation tank, the Gadi Sagar Lake is the best place to visit for sightseeing tours in Jaisalmer, which is today a popular tourist hangout. The lake encircles several temples with the most notable being the Krishna Temple that is located on top of the Tilon Gate.

During the winter season, migratory birds flock the region and bird watching becomes a favorite activity in Jaisalmer. Further, boat riding in the Gadsisar Lake is yet another exciting thing to do in Jaisalmer. The best time to visit the Gadi Sagar Lake is during the Gangaur Festival, which is usually held in March or April.

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Salim Singh Ki Haveli – Revel in the grandeur of Past

Salim Singh Ki Haveli Jaisalmer

A distinct architecture that you will come across in Jaisalmer city is the Haveli of Salim Singh from the 17th century which has an extended arched roof in the shape of a peacock.

It is an incredible silhouette that is crafted with 38 balconies, each having distinct designs. Salim Singh Ki Haveli is one of the heritage attractions to explore when you are travelling to Jaisalmer.

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Patwa Ki Haveli – Hedonism at its peak

Patwa Ki Haveli Jaisalmer

An impressive example of intricate architecture that unwrap the passage of a wealthy trader, Guman Chand Patwa of the 19th century, the Patwa Ki Haveli is one of the must places to visit in Jaisalmer.

It is one of the largest Havelis in Rajasthan that maintains fine wall paintings, beautiful jharokhas (balconies), archways and gateways. The Patwon ki Haveli is a cluster of five grandiose havelis which were gifted by Guman Chand Patwa to his sons.

History reveals that the ‘Patwas’ left the Havelis at the mercy of caretakers who in due course became the owners. Later, the first haveli was sold to Mr. Jeevan Lal Ji Kothari… and thereafter Patwa ki Haveli was renamed as the Kothari Patwa Haveli.

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Tanot Mata Temple – Get the holy blessings from the divine Tanot Mata

Tanot Mata Temple Jaisalmer

Your Jaisalmer travel guide is incomplete without the Tanot Mata Temple that is located approximately 150 kilometers from Jaisalmer city and lies close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

The temple is currently maintained by the Border Security Force of India and it preserves a collection of unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan during the 1971 war. The Tanot Mata Temple is one of the least explored tourist places in Rajasthan due to its remote location and hence you can make your holiday in Jaisalmer a penetrating one by visiting the Tanot Mata Temple. A glimpse of the Tanot Mata Temple was shown in the popular Bollywood movie Border.

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Jain Temple – Visual treat for architecture lovers and solace seekers

Jain Temple Jaisalmer

The Jaisalmer Fort houses a group of Jain Temples that dates back to the 12th and 15th century. The group of Jain Temples is a fine example of Dilwara style of architecture that uses yellow sandstone.

The temples are dedicated to various Jain Tirthankars. With detailed architectural work having carved animal and human figures on the wall, a dome that is covered by an amalak and a water pot containing lotus flowers, The Parshvanath Temple is the most prominent one. Further, the Rishabhnath Temple and Sambhavnath Temple in Lodurva, which is 16 kilometers from Jaisalmer city, are two other Jain temples that one can visit during their trip to Jaisalmer.

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Vyas Chhatri – Visit the blissful shores of this Sublime memorial ground

Vyas Chhatri Jaisalmer

The Vyas chhatri is a marvel in the midst of the sand dunes and exhibits the typical Rajasthani style of architecture. Dedicated to sage Vyas, who completed the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Vyas chhatri is Rajasthan’s spin to monuments. It is also popular as one of the best places in Jaisalmer to observe a sunset.

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Mandir Palace – Embrace the 200 years old legacy of Jaisalmer Rulers

Mandir Palace Jaisalmer

One of the finest examples of craftsmanship, having ornate balconies, canopies and intricately carved screens, the Mandir Palace is a popular tourist attraction in Jaisalmer.

It was built between the 9th and the 10th century and was the residence of the rulers of Jaisalmer for over 200 years. The Mandir Palace features the ‘Badal Vilas’, which is a tall sandstone structure below the hilltop city fort.

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Kuldhara Village – Get ready for the Spooky Experience

Kuldhara Village Jaisalmer

Another least explored place around Jaisalmer city that is located in the outskirts is the ruin of Kuldhara village that dates back to the 13th century. It was the largest village in the community that consisted of 84 villages but in the early 19th century all the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages vanished in the dark. The reasons are still being undisclosed, but it is being said that the village was cursed and hence is considered as one of the haunted villages in India. Nonetheless the place still retains some fine architectural works like temples and step wells that assures a planned settlement over 7 centuries.

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Bada Bagh- Bagh of Royal Grandeur

Bada Bagh Jaisalmer

Located 6 kilometers away from Jaisalmer city, Bada Bagh is a beautiful place that houses several cenotaphs of the royal families from the 16th century to 20th century.

It also maintains several other attractions like a garden, a tank, a dam and the Govardhan Stambh (pillar). Bada Bagh offers incredible sunset views which will blow your heart away. It is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

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Surya Gate – Historical Gate of many tales

Sura Gate Jaisalmer

One of the entrances to Jaisalmer Fort, Surya Gate is a popular attraction in Jaisalmer that is another example of intricately carved architecture.

It is a narrow gate that was built in the 12th century with the aim of preventing enemies from launching a surprise attack and charging inside the fort.

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The Thar Heritage Museum – Exquisite antique pieces of Jaisalmer The Thar Heritage Museum in other words is a house of antique that preserves several historical and ancient folk art of Thar Desert, turbans, musical instruments, fossils and kitchen equipment. It is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaisalmer city that is located close to Gandhi Chowk. Also check out: Must Visit Museums in Rajasthan Khaba Fort – Legacy of the mysterious Paliwal Brahmins

Khaba Fort Jaisalmer

Yet another spooky tale from Rajasthan tourism, the Khaba Fort that was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins for over 200 years is today an abandoned fort with sparse human activity surrounding it.

Well… the location is perfect for photography and chills. After taking a walk around the fort structure, you can also visit the small museum that preserves several antiques.

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Akal Wood Fossil Park – Travel back to the prehistoric times

Akal Wood Fossil Park Jaisalmer

Don’t forget to tune into the ancient vibes of Akal Wood Fossil Park . This blissful fossil park was once an enchanted forest about 180 million years ago. Akal wood Fossil Park houses age old tree logs protected by the tin roof from various elements.

The main attraction of this park is the ancient redwood tree trunk. This is a perfect place for history lovers. Akal Wood Fossil Park shows useful insights on the history of this planet. It is a must visit place in Jaisalmer if you want to experience something different.

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Lodhruva – Enchanting deserted ruins, Sublime

Lodhruva Jaisalmer

Before disappearing into the folds of time Lodhruva was the capital of Jaisalmer in ancient times. This place is one of the offbeat destinations of Jaisalmer. The major attraction of this place is in its Jain temples which are a marvelous example of Dilwara style architecture, Jali works and Maru Gurjara style of architecture.

Lodhruva is also popular for the doomed love story of princess Mumal and Mahendra which is still recited in local folklores and songs. If you are planning to visit Jaisalmer, the charms of Lodhruva will never cease to attract you with its mesmerizing views.

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Nathmal Ki Haveli – A Unique Architecture to Explore

Nathmal Ki Haveli Jaisalmer

Located in the golden city of Jaisalmer, Nathmal Ki Haveli is a hidden gem that is often overlooked by tourists. This magnificent haveli, or traditional Indian mansion, is a stunning example of a blend of Rajasthani, Rajput and Islamic architecture and is known for its intricate carvings and detailed craftsmanship.

Built in 1885, the haveli is named after Mohata Nathmal, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. It was built by his two brothers, Hathi and Lulu, who were known for their artistic skills and were also tasked with constructing other important buildings in the area. One of the interesting facts about the structure is, it was started building in two parts by two brothers without knowing the progress and came out as a unique irregular shape which becomes one of the most admired structures in all of Rajasthan.

Nathmal Ki Haveli is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Jaisalmer. Its intricate carvings, which cover the walls and facades of the building are something visitors cannot miss. The carvings depict scenes of modernity like fans and cars. Two craftsmen who painted these did not see the amenities themselves but they painted them by hearing the descriptions from people. They are truly a work of art and are a testament to the skills of the craftsmen who created them.

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Barmer – A Cultural Masterpiece

Barmer Fort

Barmer is a city located in the heart of the Thar Desert in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, India. It is a rich cultural hub, known for its vibrant local festivals, traditional handicrafts, and stunning architecture. The city is steeped in history and has a lot to offer tourists who are interested in exploring India’s cultural heritage.

Barmer is also home to some stunning architectural masterpieces, including the magnificent Barmer Fort, which was built in the 16th century. The fort is a testament to the city’s rich history and is surrounded by a series of imposing walls that offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding desert landscape. Visitors can also explore the nearby havelis, or traditional Rajasthani mansions, which are known for their intricate carvings and ornate facades.

Visitors can take a desert safari on camelback and experience the beauty of the desert at sunset, as well as the peace and quiet of the wilderness at night. During the safari, visitors can also visit the nearby villages and meet the local people, who are known for their hospitality and warmth. The best time to visit Barmer is during the Barmer Festival which happens every year in March.

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  • Barmer Fort
  • Chintamani Parshwanath Jain Temple
  • Jagdambe Temple

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Camel Safari – Get Ready Thrill Seekers

Camel Safari Jaisalmer

Being in the city of shifting sand dunes, you can’t escape the saddle journey. A bumpy ride on a camel in the Thar Desert is one of the exciting things to do in Jaisalmer. It allows you to explore the remote and isolated places tucked in the midst of the desert. Certainly, the more time you devote on your safari, the more remote places you are likely to see and the more you may adjust to and enjoy the desert tranquillity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best time to visit jaisalmer.

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is from November to March. During this time the temperature remains favorable for sightseeing and other adventure activities in Jaisalmer. Desert festival is also celebrated in the month of February, which makes Jaisalmer one of the most visited places in winters.

To embrace the thrill and excitement in the golden sands of Jaisalmer, what kind of adventure activities does Jaisalmer offer to the tourists?

Jaisalmer offers a plethora of adventure activities to the tourists which will elevate their experience to a whole new level. Some of the most popular adventure activities to do in Jaisalmer are -

  • Parasailing
  • Paramotoring
  • Camel Safari
  • Quad Biking
  • Desert Safari
  • Jeep Safari
  • Dune Bashing
  • Desert Camping

Apart from sightseeing and adventure, how can I experience the real cultural heritage and lifestyle of Jaisalmer?

  • Sadar Bazaar
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  • Sonaron Ka Bas
  • Manak Chowk
  • Pansari Bazaar

What is the opening and closing time of Jaisalmer Fort?

Openings and closing time of Jaisalmer Fort are as follows-

  • Opening time - 8:00 am
  • Closing Time - 5:30 pm

Published: 17 Mar, 2023

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Top 8 Best Places to Visit near Jaisalmer for an Unforgettable Journey

Jaisalmer, often referred to as the “Golden City”, is a shimmering mirage in the heart of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. While the city itself is a labyrinth of history with its majestic forts and ethereal havelis, the area surrounding it holds its own kind of magic. Can you imagine spots that perhaps outshine the main attraction itself? Yes, we have mentioned here 8 best places to visit near Jaisalmer.

When you venture just a little beyond the city’s golden sands, a treasure trove of experiences awaits. From mystical temples and serene lakes to quaint villages and sand dunes that seem to stretch into infinity, the vicinity of Jaisalmer is dotted with wonders. The essence of Rajasthan – its culture, heritage, and natural beauty – can be felt profoundly in these places.

So, if you’ve got Jaisalmer on your itinerary, make sure you don’t just stop at the city. Dive deeper and explore the Top 8 Best Places in its surroundings. Because, trust me, the desert has many stories to whisper, and each of these places tells a tale of its own. Ready for an adventure? Let’s embark on this mesmerizing journey together.

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List of Top 8 Best Places to Visit near Jaisalmer

  • Sam Sand Dunes
  • Jaswant Thada
  • Mehrangarh Fort and Museum
  • Desert National Park
  • Kuldhara Village

1. Sam Sand Dunes – A Cornucopia of Experiences

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This is among Rajasthan’s most genuine and expansive deserts that present awe-inspiring panoramas. Layers upon layers of sand stretch as far as the eye can see.

Sam Sand Dunes is a perfect destination close to Jaisalmer for entertainment, exhilaration, and distinct experiences. Riding camels and embarking on desert safaris are some of the optimal ways to connect with this sandy expanse.

Immerse yourself in the desert by lodging in a camp and savoring the sunset. The spectacle of the night sky adorned with twinkling stars is an extraordinary experience in Sam Sand Dunes.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 38 Km (approx.) Timing: Open all day Destination Type: Suitable for families, group excursions Travel Tips: Schedule your visit between February and March to attend festivals and events such as camel races, puppetry, traditional dances, and much more. Renowned for: Its vibrant desert ecosystem and cultural performances.

2. Khuri – Immerse in Adventure, Entertainment, and Culture

Khuri

If you’re someone who loves a good time, Khuri is not to be missed. This charming village situated on the outskirts offers a glimpse into traditional Rajasthani folklore and lifestyle.

Experiencing a camel ride is synonymous with the name Jaisalmer, and doing this in Khuri is an unparalleled experience.

The desert here is one of the most incredible spots for a camel ride. Furthermore, you can partake in desert camping and enjoy campfires.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 50 KM (approx.) Timing: Open all day Destination Type: Adventurous, suitable for families and group tours Travel Tips: Make sure to explore the village to understand the local culture and way of life. Renowned for: The desert region is known for its unique flora and fauna.

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3. Lodurva – Delve into History and Absorb Sacred Atmosphere

Lodurva

Lodurva is among the finest sites to explore near Jaisalmer, attracting visitors for numerous reasons. It presents a unique blend of history, architecture, and spirituality.

This village holds deeper historical roots than Jaisalmer and has gained immense popularity due to its intricate stonework, Jain Temples, and an atmosphere still echoing the past.

The Parshvnath Temple, the most ancient and captivating shrine here, is the highlight of Lodurva. The walls of the temple are adorned with intricate carvings of humans and animals, revealing the ancient artisans’ skill. If you appreciate history and seek tranquility, this village will undoubtedly fulfill your desires.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 7 KM (approx.) Temple timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Destination Types: Pilgrimage, Historical Travel tip: Discover the architectural ruins surrounded by sand dunes, and enjoy photographing peacocks. Famous for: Its intriguing stony landscapes, history, and architecture.

4. Jaswant Thada – Experience the Aura of Royalty

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Jaswant Thada, often considered the Marwar Taj Mahal, makes it onto our list of must-visit places near Jaisalmer. This historical palace, built from white marble, exudes the elegance of bygone eras and maintains a distinct royal air through its design and aura.

Located in Jodhpur, Jaswant Thada offers a magnificent lakeside view that becomes even more enchanting under sunlight. Additionally, the sight of Umaid Bhawan Palace from Jaswant Thada is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Be sure to include this site in your itinerary to witness living history.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 279 KM (approx.) Timing: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Destination Type: Family-friendly, Suitable for solo traveling Travel tips: Cameras are allowed with a fee, so bring one along to capture memorable moments.

5. Mehrangarh Fort and Museum – The Majestic Fort of Rajasthan

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Rajasthan, a state rich in royal heritage and culture, can be explored through its various forts, palaces, towns, and other attractions. If visiting forts and witnessing magnificent views from them is on your bucket list, Mehrangarh Fort should be your next stop.

One of the largest forts in India, Mehrangarh Fort, was constructed in 1459 and covers approximately 1200 acres. It is considered one of Rajasthan’s most majestic forts and is undeniably a striking historical site near Jaisalmer.

The fort also hosts a museum that vividly portrays the bygone era. Include this destination in your itinerary if you’re a history enthusiast or an admirer of regal architecture.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 280 KM (approx.) Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Destination Type: Suitable for group tours and family-friendly visits Travel tip: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing when visiting Mehrangarh Fort. Famous for: The relics and artifacts from the Mughal dynasty displayed in its various museums.

6. Khaba Fort – A Treasure Trove of Ancient Art and Rich History

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Khaba Fort, once the bustling hub of Paliwal Brahmins over two centuries ago, is an ideal destination for history buffs and those intrigued by ruins. Now one of the more mysterious forts in the area, it captivates visitors with its fascinating tales.

Visiting Khaba Fort not only immerses you in history and mystery but also offers an insight into local artistic talent, as the fort has been transformed into a museum. Though the reasons behind the abandonment of this place remain a topic of much speculation, a visit here gives you an idea of the lifestyle of its past inhabitants. If you are intrigued by mystery, Khaba Fort is a perfect place to explore.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 32 KM (approx.) Fort Timing: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Type of Destination: Historical, family-friendly, Group tours Travel tip: Enjoy photography, watch the peacocks that wander around the ruins, enhancing the fort’s allure. Famous for: Its rich history, captivating stories, and displayed artifacts.

7. Desert National Park – Connect with Wildlife and Ecosystem

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Desert National Park, one of India’s largest wildlife sanctuaries, spans 3062 sq km and includes a significant portion of sand dunes. This combination of the Thar Desert and a diverse wildlife adventure makes it a popular attraction near Jaisalmer, offering visitors an insight into a unique ecosystem.

The park features several lakes, such as Rajbagh Lake, Milak Lake, and Padam Talao Lake, and is home to various bird species, including eagles, falcons, harriers, vultures, and the rare Great Indian Bustard. You can also spot animals like Bengal foxes, desert cats, blackbucks, hedgehogs, Chinkara, and desert foxes. The jeep safari is an ideal way to explore the park, with the best wildlife encounters occurring from November to January.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 10 Km (approx.) Timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Type of Destination: Wildlife Travel tips: Carry a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen to stay hydrated. Famous for: Dinosaur fossils found here that are 60 million years old.

8. Kuldhara Village – Tour the Ghost Town

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Kuldhara Village, once inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins, is now an abandoned site shrouded in mystery and is considered one of the most haunted places in India. The villagers reportedly disappeared overnight, leaving no trace or explanation behind, and this mystery remains unsolved, puzzling scientists, historians, and ordinary people alike.

According to popular belief, the minister of the ruling kingdom wanted to marry a village girl, and threatened to take her by force if the villagers refused. To save her honor, the villagers decided to abandon the village. However, how they managed to do so without being seen, and where they went remains a mystery. The intrigue and eerie vibes of Kuldhara make it a popular destination near Jaisalmer.

Distance from Jaisalmer: 35 KM (approx) Timing: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Type of Destination: Historical Travel tips: Plan your visit between October to March to avoid extreme heat. Famous for: Its haunting tales and mysterious history.

Conclusion:

These top places to visit near Jaisalmer offer a glimpse into majestic palaces, impressive forts, vibrant festivals, and other tourist attractions. Jaisalmer is adorned with colorful architecture and rich history, making it a prime destination for any traveler. Plan your vacation with these destinations in mind, as each one is an unmissable sight.

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Jaisalmer Top Attractions

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Manak Chowk, situated within the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, is a bustling square that epitomizes the city's vibrant culture and historical significance. Lined with intricately carved havelis and adorned with Rajasthani architecture, it serves as the heart of the old city. The square bustles with activity as vendors sell colorful textiles, traditional handicrafts, and aromatic spices. It is a melting pot of culture, where locals and tourists converge to experience the essence of Jaisalmer.In the evenings, the Chowk transforms into a lively marketplace illuminated by lanterns, offering a delightful fusion of sights, sounds, and smells. Surrounded by ancient structures that echo tales of bygone eras, Manak Chowk stands as a testament to the city's enduring heritage and its role as a vibrant center of commerce and culture in the Thar Desert.

Gadisar Lake

Located in the Thar Desert and almost 30 km away from Pakistan border, The Golden City of India, Jaisalmer houses plenty of historical monuments at present. Explore Gadisar Lake on your Rajasthan trip for scenic tranquility.Among the most striking man-made features of Jaisalmer is the Gadisar Lake. Built amidst the arid region of Rajasthan, this lake impersonates the beauty of an oasis.Located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, visiting Gadisar Lake would be rated as one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer for watching the sunrise.This manmade lake built around the 12th-13th century is now a popular spot with visitors. It is an ideal getaway for architecture lovers, culture enthusiasts, and peace seekers. For a relaxing experience in Jaisalmer, visit this place while you are entitled to soak in the mesmerizing view of the sun setting down in the evening.Whether you like to spend some quiet time by yourself or have fun with your family and friends, Gadisar Lake has a handful of experiences to offer. You might want to begin with taking a tour around Gadisar Lake. Explore the beauty of the lake while you take a walk and watch some migratory birds flying around it. Moreover, you can visit the Desert Culture Centre and Museum for indulging into the historical aspects of Jaisalmer.With intricately carved temples and Tilon ki Pol, the city welcomes you into the beautiful Gadisar Lake. It is situated close to Jaisalmer fort and temples. Mention below is a rundown of the perfect options for a blissful experience of Gadisar Lake.

Patwon Ki Haveli

Known as the golden city of India, Jaisalmer is a beautiful city in Rajasthan. Among all the things that make this city popular, “Patwon Ki Haveli,” also known as the Mansion of Brocade Merchants tops the list.Patwon Ki Haveli is a cluster of five large havelis in Jaisalmer. Built in 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa, it took the workers almost 55 years to complete the first haveli. With an interesting history, Patwon Ki Haveli is actually the first and the largest haveli to be constructed in Jaisalmer. History says that Patwa was an extremely wealthy man and a well-known trader of his time. Due to his riches, he could afford to build a luxurious palace and thus ordered the construction of separate stories – one for each of his five sons. The entire family dealt in gold and silver threads that were used in embroidering clothes and so, there was no dearth of money in the family. Discover the enchanting allure of Jaisalmer with our Jaisalmer package, offering a blend of golden landscapes, historic forts, and cultural richness.Once home to the Patwa family, today the cluster of havelis is occupied by the Rajasthan government’s art and craft department. Its beautiful architecture, creative mirror work, intricate carvings, lovely paintings, and its rich goldish yellow color is what makes this cluster of havelis a favorite among tourists and locals alike.

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Jaisalmer Travel Guide: 10 Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer for an Unforgettable Trip

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One of the best places to visit from Jaipur (and something on my bucket list for a couple of years) has been Jaisalmer. This is because, until 2019, I hadn’t been to a single desert in the world.

And while I did visit desert areas in both Kazakhstan and Vietnam, visiting Jaisalmer’s sand dunes was definitely a unique experience and a quite cherished one as well, especially since I knew there are so many awesome places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Honestly, the desert sand dunes stretch for miles and miles around here and you could easily get lost if not careful.

Apart from the amazing sand dunes, the Jaisalmer city itself is quite enchanting. It felt like I am in some Arabian story as the narrow streets are filled with colorful shops and vendors.

And the ‘Golden City’ is quite apt as you are surrounded by golden-colored buildings and historical monuments everywhere.

In this Jaisalmer travel guide, I will be listing down everything that you need to know to plan a trip to this wonderful Indian city.

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

The Golden City is full of exuberance and culture and trust me, it has so much for you to explore. The heart of Thar desert, this city has a wonderful past and heritage which will make you look in awe at every nook and cranny here.

Did you know Jaisalmer was a gateway for trading with the Persian countries? Or that the Golden fort is one of the few living forts in India? There is a lot to Jaisalmer than just the Thar Desert and you only realize it once you visit this gorgeous city.

A few things which make Jaisalmer really special is that it happens to be one of the largest wind farms in India. And it is filled with gorgeous Havelis and bungalows which were constructed during the time when Jaisalmer acted as a trading center.

Later, the trading center was shifted to Mumbai by the Britishers but there are still numerous Havelis and mansions that you can explore around here.

Jaisalmer is also known for its Merasi music community which is an important part of their cultural and religious experience.

So, make sure that you check them out when visiting this golden city. All in all, there is a lot to learn about Jaisalmer and the best way to do that is to explore the streets and Havelis of Jaisalmer.

How to Reach Jaisalmer

Gadisar Lake, Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Now, there are different transportation modes available to reach Jaisalmer, depending on your origin point. If you are starting from Delhi, then you can reach using a flight, bus, or even a train. You can also try to reach Jaipur or Jodhpur first if you are traveling from far away.

Here is detailed information on how to reach Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer is well-connected with many cities, both inside the state and outside. So, you will find public and private buses from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mount Abu, Bikaner, etc. to Jaisalmer. You will also find private buses to Jaisalmer from cities like Ahmedabad, Delhi, and so on.

In case there is no direct bus from your city, you can try to reach one of these major cities first and then get a bus to Jaisalmer. But if you are planning to visit here as a short weekend getaway from Delhi-NCR , getting your own private vehicle is cost-effective and fun.

Jaisalmer also has a railway station which has direct trains from cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, Ajmer, etc.

You can check out the trains from your respective city to Jaisalmer on the IRCTC website. In case there isn’t any direct train, then you can search for a train to cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, etc. and then change the train for Jaisalmer from there.

From the railway station, you will find autorickshaws, taxis, etc. to take you to your accommodation in the city.

Another option is to take a flight to the Jaisalmer Airport which is situated on the outskirts of the city, around 10-15 km away. But the frequency of flights is less here so it might be better to reach Jaipur by flight and then take a train/bus to reach here.

How to Travel in Jaisalmer

Bike Rental in Jaisalmer

Since this is a small city, you won’t find local buses available in the city or to the Sand Dunes. However, there are other modes of transportation available that you can check out.

Auto Rickshaws

You will find a lot of Auto-Rickshaws around here which charge reasonably. So, you can take an Auto to reach the railway station, airport, etc. An autorickshaw will charge you around 50 INR from the Gadisar Lake roundabout.

Honestly, my favorite way to explore this city was by walking. In the city, the fort and the Havelis are quite close by so you can easily cover it on foot. You can start by covering Moti Mahal, Nathmal ki Havel, Patwon ki Haveli, and then make your way to the Jaisalmer Fort.

Also, make sure that you choose accommodation near these streets as it will make it easier for you to explore on foot.

Two-Wheeler

Another great way to make the most of your short time in this city is by renting a two-wheeler. From bikes to Active, you will find rental shops for almost all two-wheeler brands. This will make it easier for you to explore the nearby sights like Bada Bagh, Vyas Chhatri, Kuldhara Village, and so on.

The cost of an Active is around 250 – 300 INR and of a bike is around 1200 INR for a day. You can also use the scooty to travel to the Sam Sand Dunes or Khuri Dunes and save money on expensive taxis.

Finally, if you don’t know how to ride a two-wheeler then your only option for reaching the Thar desert is using a cab/taxi. The cost of a private taxi is 2500 INR for a one-sided journey to the Sam Sand Dunes.

However, if you are traveling alone and have opted a group package for the Sand Dunes, then you can share the cost with other travelers.

Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer

Since Jaisalmer stays hot throughout the year, with the minimum daily temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, it is important to plan your trip during the right month.

Winter Season

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is in the winter months when the sun is comparatively bearable. This also happens to be the peak season for Jaisalmer as people from all over the world travel here to enjoy the desert camping experience.

So, if you don’t mind a little crowd and wish to enjoy the weather in Jaisalmer then winter is the best time to visit Jaisalmer. You can plan a trip here anytime between October to March to have a lovely experience.

Summer Season

Summer season is the absolute worst time to visit the Golden City. And this is not just because it is scorching heat here at that time but also most of the activities and camps shut down during this period.

As a result, you won’t find many options for a desert jeep safari or camel safari to explore the sand dunes.

Monsoon Season

The Golden City experiences very little rainfall so there is no monsoon season really. The summer season ends around July end and the locals start getting for the winter season from August.

So, you can plan a visit in the August – October period but you will not find many activity options to choose from.

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Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Are you looking for a few places to visit in Jaisalmer to make the most of your trip?

Please find below a few of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer, a few of which are my personal favorites.

Vyas Chhatri

Vyas Chhatri

One of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer, Vyas Chhatri is an exemplary example of Rajasthani architecture. This is a cremation ground where you will find cenotaphs dedicated to the sage Ved Vyasa, author of Mahabharata.

This cremation ground for Brahmins has gorgeous yellow sandstone cenotaphs that are placed on a raised platform. And each of the cenotaphs has a beautiful, intricately-designed chhatri on the top of the neatly-carved pillars.

Another great thing about this place is that it is built on a hill and offers an amazing view of the Golden Fort and some mesmerizing sunsets. It is located around 4 km from the city center and is mostly a secluded point so you can enjoy watching the sunset in peace here.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Entry Ticket: 100 INR per person

Another popular site to visit in the Golden City is Bada Bagh that features a huge collection of cenotaphs of Jaisalmer Maharajas. Built in the 16th century, the first cenotaph in this region was of Jai Singh II who was best-known for making the city green. So, to honor him, his son Lunkaran built his cenotaph here and created a park around it.

After that, more cenotaphs got added in this region and now it has numerous cenotaphs, more than in Vyas Chhatri as well. As a result, this location makes for a good backdrop for landscape photography as well. It is located around 10 km from the city and takes barely 15 minutes to reach.

Timing: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Golden Fort

One of the most interesting things about Jaisalmer city is that it has one of the largest forts in Rajasthan and even India that is still used as a residential area.

So, you will find locals living inside the fort as well as outside the fort. Also known as Sonar Quila, this fort was built in 1156 AD under the reign of the Bhati ruler Rawal Jaiswal.

Another interesting fact about this fort is that it has survived attacks from different rulers over the years including Humayun, Ala-Uddin-Khilji, and so on.

So, if you have always wondered how a real-life fort looks like then spend some time in this Golden Fort. You will find several temples, museums, restaurants, markets, etc. also inside to explore.

Timings: Any time

Entry Ticket : Free

Gadisar Lake

One of my favorite places to visit in Jaisalmer, Gadisar Lake is another popular spot which was built under the rule of Raja Rawal Jaiswal.

According to the locals, this rainwater lake was used to provide water to the entire city but now it is mostly used for boating and there are several temples and shrines on the embankment of this lake.

Personally, I loved visiting this place during the evening and just enjoy the evening breeze while watching people boating around the lake.

Timings: Any Time

Entry Ticket: Free

Boat Tickets: 10 INR for a rowboat, 50 INR for a paddleboat, and 100 INR for a shikhara

Salim Singh ki Haveli (Moti Mahal)

Moti Mahal

If you are interested in architecture then Salim Singh ki Haveli is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer. Constructed in 1815, this haveli was built by Salim Singh and is particularly famous for its unique peacock-shaped roof along with an exquisitely designed pavilion.

This haveli is barely 500 meters from the Golden Fort and gives great insight into the Mughal-style architecture. This haveli has around 38 balconies while the walls here were covered with imperial Mughal-style paintings and there was also a Moti Mahal inside the haveli as well.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry Ticket: 50 INR per person

Kuldhara Village

Popularly known as the Haunted village of Jaisalmer, Kuldhara Village is situated around 20 km from the city. This village was built in the 13th century and was a prosperous village where the Paliwal Brahmans lived.

However, the village and the neighborhood were abandoned in the 19th century and there are several reasons cited for it.

Some say it was because of the shortage of water while a 2017 study says that the area was deserted because of an earthquake. One popular theory is that because of the persecution of Jaisalmer’s minister, Salim Singh, the area was abandoned.

Whatever be the reason, this village has become a popular tourist spot now so if you love historical places, then one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer would be to stop here on the way to the sand dunes.

Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes

Of course, one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer is the famous Sam Sand Dunes. This is one of the most authentic desert sand dune sites in India where you can observe 30-60 meter tall sand dunes.

Here, you can enjoy Desert Safari on a camel or in a jeep, both are equally amazing and unique experiences.

You can also stay in one of the camps here to enjoy a sunrise or sunset in the desert along with some local cultural performances and some time away from the city.

Khuri Dunes

Although Sam Sand Dunes is the popular desert spot in Jaisalmer, there is another equally amazing sand dune located in the Khuri village which is comparatively secluded.

So, if you wish to experience the Rajasthan desert at a less popular spot then Khuri Sand Dunes is the perfect place to visit in Jaisalmer. It is located around 40 km from the city and offers the same experiences as the Sam Sand Dunes.

You will find a few camping sites here as well where you can reserve a booking to enjoy a night in the desert.

Nathmal ki Haveli

Another popular haveli to visit in Jaisalmer is the Nathmal ki Haveli which was built around 500 years ago.

This haveli has a gorgeously carved exterior while the interior is covered with miniature paintings. You will find two elephants outside made up of yellow sandstone and are placed as the guards of the haveli.

Apart from that, there are paintings carved in the walls and pillars of horses, cattle, flora, and so on. It is said to have the most unique architecture in Jaisalmer which is why it is such a popular spot to visit.

Patwon ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli

One of the top Havelis to visit in the Golden City, Patwon ki Haveli is actually a cluster of 5 small Havelis and was the first haveli to be constructed in the Jaisalmer city.

The first haveli in this cluster was built in 1805 for Guman Chand Patwa, a renowned trader, who got the 5 separate Havelis built for his 5 sons.

Another interesting thing about this haveli is that it is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and located in a narrow lane.

There are jewelry and craft vendors in the lane, just outside the haveli where you can purchase Rajasthani craft and accessories.

The arches and the gateways of this Haveli have different mirror-style work and paintings which make them different from each other.

So, if you are interested in shopping Rajasthani jewelry and designs, then one of the rest things to do in Jaisalmer is to take a stroll in this area and shop to your heart’s content.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where to Stay in Jaisalmer

Hotels in Jaisalmer

In Jaisalmer city and the Desert area, you will find many options for staying. In the city, you have hostels, guest houses, and luxury hotels as well where you can book a bed or a room.

And you will find a place to stay from 100 INR to 50,000 INR. So, it depends on what kind of facilities you are looking for and what is your budget.

If you are traveling solo or with a couple of friends then choosing a hostel would be a good idea. There are many hostels in Jaisalmer to choose from including Zostel , LaVie Hostel , Blue Eye Hostel , and so on.

There are a few other hostels as well so you can use the Booking.com Search Engine below to find the right hostel for you.

Guest Houses and Home Stays

Apart from hostels, there are several guesthouses and homestays available in Jaisalmer as well.

These properties are usually perfect if you are on a tight budget and don’t need a lot of fancy facilities or services. Also, it is a great way to interact with the locals and learn about their routines and culture.

Here are a few options for you to check out: Bob Cafe and Guest House , Bob Marley Guest House , Mud Mirror Guest House , and so on.

Most of the guesthouses charge between 200 – 2000 INR and offer free breakfast to the customers as well.

Hotels and Resorts

I stayed at the Mystic Jaisalmer Hotel which was outside the Jaisalmer fort. There are many other hotels as well, both inside the fort and outside the fort that you can consider. Ideally, a room in Jaisalmer in a good hotel will cost you around 2500 – 3000 INR including breakfast.

And you have a few resorts like Suryagarh , Jaisalmer Mariott, and so on. Yes, these resorts will be extremely expensive but if it is luxury you want, then these will be the best choices for you.

For the desert camping, you will easily find budget and luxury desert camps in both Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri Dunes. A few worth mentioning are Le Royal Camps , Dream Royal Desert Camp , Golden Desert Camp , Rajputana Desert Camp, and so on.

These desert camps usually offer a 1-night 2-day package inclusive of a few activities, stay, and meals. And usually, these desert camps start at 2000 – 3000 INR per person with basic facilities.

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Where and What to Eat in Jaisalmer

One of the best things to do in Jaisalmer is to try the Rajasthani cuisine which is extremely delicious. This gives you a chance to experience the authentic Rajasthani dishes in Jaisalmer quite easily.

In this section, I have mentioned a few top dishes that you have to try when in the city along with a few restaurants that I personally liked here.

Food to Try in Jaisalmer

Malai Ghewar and Ghotua Laddu

Your trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete if you don’t try these street food and local dishes in the city.

Malai Ghevar

One of the most popular Rajasthani deserts to try is a Ghevar which is available in different forms. In the golden city, you will find that Malai Ghevar is the most in-demand and rightly so. The dessert melts in your mouth and leaves a nice aftertaste as well.

Trust me, I fell in love with Malai Ghevar here the first time I tried it. It was soft yet firm and melted in my mouth and they make it fresh so you won’t be disappointed.

Cost: 400 – 450 INR per kg

Ghotua Laddoo

Another top Rajasthani dessert to try here is the Ghotua Laddoo. Made up of condensed milk, gram flour, ghee, and sugar, this delightful laddoo is quite different from your normal besan and atta ka laddoo. This one melts in your mouth too and leaves you wanting more every time.

Gatte ki Sabji

With appropriate spices, this Rajasthani dish consisting of besan or gram flour sausages is cooked in a yogurt-based curry. You can have it with roti or rice, it tastes delicious either way.

Ker Sangri is a local Jaisalmer dish which is made using local desert beans and capers, found in the desert region. This vegetable dish is slowly cooked using the local spices and chili and tastes amazing with bajra roti.

Pyaaz ki Kachori

Another common Rajasthani dish that you will find in almost all households is the Pyaaz ki Kachori. You will find it almost at street shops and is best-eaten for breakfast usually. You can have it with a chutney or kadi, both taste delicious with it.

Dal Baati Choorma

Obviously, a trip to Rajasthan without eating Dal Baati Choorma is a trip incomplete.

The dish is made up of wheat-bread balls, called baati, which is cooked in a tandoor or firewood with the help of ghee. Apart from this, there is a dal made up of soaked lentils and churma that is made up of bean, wheat, sooji, sugar, and ghee.

Chhaas or Buttermilk is one of the most popular drinks in Rajasthan so, you have to give it a try when in Jaisalmer. You will find it at almost all the street shops and restaurants in the city and it is a great way to keep yourself cool and refreshed under the scorching heat of this region.

Apart from chhaas, bhaang drink and sweets are also quite famous in the city. In fact, there is a government authorized bhaang shop here which serves authentic bhaang in the form of drinks, cookies, cakes, and so on.

This shop is outside the Jaisalmer Fort wall, near the Jaisal Italy restaurant.

Restaurants in Jaisalmer

I couldn’t try a lot of restaurants here as we stayed for 3 nights in the Desert Camp itself. However, there are a couple of places in the city which I tried. Here are the ones whose food I truly enjoyed.

Chandan Shree Restaurant (Opposite Jaisal Italy Restaurant) 

Situated just outside the Jaisalmer Fort, this small restaurant offers the most delicious meals at a reasonable cost. Although the ambiance is pretty basic, the food served here is hygienic and delicious. And you can easily enjoy a meal of 250 INR for two people.

I tried here the Shahi Paneer and Tawa Roti and it was pretty good, in my experience.

Thar Cafe Restaurant 

Another amazing restaurant where I dined a couple of times is the Thar Cafe Restaurant. It is situated just outside the Jaisalmer Fort, near the parking area and it overlooks the Jaisalmer Fort wall and towers. The ambiance is also decent here and you can enjoy the clear sky while feasting on your delish food.

I particularly liked the Kadhi and the Chaas here and would definitely recommend it to others as well. You can expect to spend around 300 – 400 INR on a meal for two here.

Jambheshwar Bhojnalay (Behind Hotel Neeraj)

Rajasthani Thali

When you visit any city in Rajasthan, feasting on the Rajasthani thali is a must. However, most of the restaurants serving Thalis in the city area were either disgustingly expensive and not authentic. So, a local suggested me to try out the local dhaba near the HP Petrol Pump on the Gadisar Lake Main Road.

And honestly, it was the most authentic Rajasthani food ever. Plus, the entire meal cost me 100 INR for a plate including a glass of Chaas.

Visting Jaisalmer was a dream come true and I am so glad I could tick it off my bucket list this year. Experiencing the exciting Desert Jeep Safari, watching gorgeous sunsets, eating delicious food, and sweets, Jaisalmer was a true haven for me.

And I am not going to forget how this gorgeous place made me feel. Trust me, with so many awesome places to visit in Jaisalmer, two days are just not enough to cover this city.

But there are still a lot of other places to cover in Rajasthan and I am so excited to plan how to visit other destinations in this state for now.

Have you also been to Jaisalmer till now? If yes, then do let us know in the comments what did you love the most about this place?

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Nice blog post…..

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Very beautiful and amazing blog on camping in Jaisalmer. You have given good suggestion during a family trip…

Awesome blogs I love it while reading it is very informative for me well Jaisalmer is very beautiful City So you Can’t travel it in one day so you have to stay for 3 to 4 days

Yes, exactly. One should spend around 3-4 days at least in this city. 🙂

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  • 35 Best Things To Do In Jaisalmer For A Spellbinding Tour In Rajasthan In 2024

23 Mar 2023

Named after Maharaja Jaisal Singh, Jaisalmer is one of the most popular historical places in Rajasthan. Located amid the expansive Thar desert, the city is known for its rich heritage, traditions, and culture. And the exhilarating adventure sports, fascinating safaris, and camping are only a few of the many things to do in Jaisalmer that add to the rich experience here.

Top 35 Things To Do In Jaisalmer

November to March is the best time to visit Jaisalmer. These months offer comfortable weather to go for desert safari. The vibrant desert festival in February pulls tourists from all over the world. Check out the below given interesting list of best things to do in Jaisalmer and indulge in all of these on your next Rajasthan vacation.

  • Jaisalmer Fort – See The Grandeur 
  • Jaisalmer City – Witness The Scenic Beauty 
  • Gadisar Lake – Enjoy The View 
  • Jaisalmer Local Bazaar – Shopping
  • Kanoi – Parasailing
  • Paramotoring – Indulge Into Adventure 
  • Sam Sand Dunes – Quad Biking
  • Thar Desert – Dune Bashing
  • Winds Desert Camp – Desert Safari And Camping
  • Tanot Mata Temple – Indo-Pak Border
  • Desert National Park – Admire The Wildlife
  • Desert Culture Centre & Museum – Puppet Show
  • Rajasthan Cuisine – Try Something New
  • Desert Jeep Safari – An Enthralling Experience 
  • Camel Safari – A Different Adventure 
  • Salim Singh Ki Haveli – Marvelous Beauty 
  • Jain Temple Tour – Extraordinary Architecture 
  • Nathmal Ki Have l i – Marvel At The Architecture
  • Kuldhara – Visit The Abandoned Village
  • Bhang Lassi – Try A New Drink
  • Khaba Fort – Explore The Heritage
  • Vyas Chhatri – Watch The Sunset
  • Suryagarh – Enjoy The Dinner Amidst Sand Dunes
  • Jaisalmer Desert Festival – Experience The Festivities
  • Indo-Pak Border – Look At The Other Side
  • Sunset Palace – Enjoy A Romantic Dinner
  • Local Food: Satiate The Inner Foodie In You
  • Nightlife: Party Till You Drop
  • Nightwalk Tour Of Jaisalmer : Night Sky Views
  • Puppet Show: An Engaging Play
  • Rooftop Dining: For An Elegant Night
  • Cultural Tour Of Rajasthan: A Must-Have Experience
  • Photo Tour: For Your Instagram
  • Camping On Sand Dunes: An Overnight Adventure
  • Visit Lodurva: A Historical Relic
  • Light And Sound Show: A Glowing Showcase

1. Jaisalmer Fort – See The Grandeur 

Lovely sunset view from Jaisalmer Fort

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The city is known for the grand fort that fences the city and other tourist attractions in Jaisalmer . These include, inter alia, Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake, Patwon Ki Haveli , Sadar Bazar, and Desert National Park. Taking a city sightseeing tour is one of the most desired things to do in Jaisalmer. Depending on the time in hand, one can also plan to visit Desert Museum and Heritage Museum. Jaisalmer Fort Tickets Charges: INR 50 Jaisalmer Fort Timings: 9AM – 5PM How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Sightseeing

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2. Jaisalmer City – Witness The Scenic Beauty 

A photographer walks across the Thar to capture beautiful moments

To capture the best glimpses of the royal Jaisalmer, take a guided photography tour of the favorite Jaisalmer attractions. This 2-hour fascinating tour will take you through the lanes, havelis, temples, & forts and will make you view the dunes and sand from never seen before perspective. Carry the best camera & wide-angle lenses that you have for amazing shots. And while you are touring the city, try a few cafes in Jaisalmer for tasty snacks. Charges: INR 1300/person How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Rajasthani culture

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3. Gadisar Lake – Enjoy The View 

Sun Shining around the beautiful Gadisar Lake

The Gadisar Lake is among the most popular Jaisalmer attractions. This man-made reservoir was built in 1367 by Maharawal Gadsi Singh, after whom it is named. Boating here is one of the refreshing activities in Jaisalmer and also one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer. Relish the spectacular surroundings or enjoy fun-filled boating in this sparkling lake with families and friends. Opening Hours: 7 am – 7 pm Charges: INR 100 for 2-seater pedal boat | INR 200 for 4-seater pedal boat | INR 300 for 6 seater rowing boats How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Boating

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4. Jaisalmer Local Bazaar – Shopping

Colorful handicraft in Sadar Bazar Jaisalmer

There are many vibrant options for shopping in Rajasthan . And shopping in the fort city is definitely among the best things to do in Jaisalmer for the shopaholics. With so many options and varieties of handmade products including clothes, jewelry, accessories, bags, footwear, etc, shopping is one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer .

What To Shop: Puppets, Rajasthani textiles, jootis, decorative items, local handicrafts, camel leather items, yellow sandstone showpieces, wooden items, and ornaments Where: Sadar Bazaar, Bhatia Bazaar, Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazaar (oldest market of Jaisalmer), Sonaron ka Baas, and government-owned Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan in Seema Gram How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Artifacts

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5. Kanoi – Parasailing

Tourists try their hands on parasailing in Jaisalmer

Fly high above the desert and enjoy an exhilarating bird’s eye view is a lavish treat to the mind and soul. This thrilling and brave heart parasailing activity is quite common in the desert areas and one of the offbeat things to do in Jaisalmer. Most of the desert camps organize this activity on prior requests. It is also one of the best activities in Jaiselmer that you can partake in. Charges: INR 760 How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Parasailing

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6. Paramotoring – Indulge Into Adventure 

Tourists try their hands on paramotoring in Jaisalmer

Paramotoring is among the must-try adventure activities in Jaisalmer for those who wish to make the Jaisalmer trip daring and adventurous. This motor-powered parasailing makes you view the golden sand dunes from high above the sky. You can also click fascinating pictures of the surroundings or just a crazy selfie. The pilot will be with you to control the vehicle so that the adventure sport is extremely safe and secured. Charges: INR 2000 How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Adventure sports

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7. Sam Sand Dunes – Quad Biking

Tourists try their hands on quadbiking in Jaisalmer

Quad Biking is also among the most thrilling things to do in Jaisalmer. Explore the dune topography or ride in an enclosed circuit in a quad-bike. The dusty whirlpool created by the ATV’s motion adds to the thrill factor. Perfect sandy terrain and space make quad biking one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer when it comes to adventure activities. Charges: INR 1700 How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Biking

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8. Thar Desert – Dune Bashing

An SUV in action at the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer

The sand dunes of the Thar Desert are perfect for bashing and off-roading activities. Exploring the desert in an SUV is one of the most pulsating things to do in Jaisalmer, India . A large sports utility vehicle, such as the Toyota Land Cruiser or the Fortuner 4X4, is used in this adventure sport. This is done under strict professional supervision as dune bashing and off-roading may include sharp overturn and competent maneuvering skills. Charges: INR 3500/person How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Desert Safari

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9. Winds Desert Camp – Desert Safari And Camping

Tourists watching the Rajasthani folk dance in a camp at night

Taking a desert safari and staying overnight in a desert camp are other popular things to do in Jaisalmer at night . Travelers can take evening safaris to explore the spectacular dunes and watch the sun setting behind the dunes. The desert camps are other major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer and offer all modern facilities needed for the stay. Travelers can also enjoy Rajasthani folk music & dance performances, followed by a sumptuous local cuisine buffet dinner while camping in Jaisalmer . Popular desert camps: The Serai, Royal Desert Camp, and Prince Desert Camp Charges: INR 5000 – INR 9000 for overnight camping | INR 1500 for camel safari and dinner How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Camping

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10. Tanot Mata Temple – Indo-Pak Border

A shot of the Indo-Pak border in the Thar desert at Jaisalmer

Visiting the Tanot Mata Temple is one of the most popular things to do at Jaisalmer Indo-Pak border. Located near the Tanot Mata Temple, the Indo-Pak border is among the most sought-after tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. Travelers can extend their desert safari and visit the Indo-Pak border area with prior permission and permit passes from the Indian Military. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Sightseeing

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11. Desert National Park – Admire The Wildlife

Great Indian Bustard

Admiring wildlife is one of the other top things to do in Jaisalmer city. Located on the western part of Rajasthan, Desert National Park is sprawled in an area of 3162 kms. They are made of rocky surfaces, sand dunes and salt lake bottoms. It is a commendable example of the Thar Desert and one can find different animals here like Indian Fox, Desert Cat, Chinkara, and many more. Apart from this, you will find the state bird of Rajasthan here, the Great Indian Bustard. Location: Myajlar Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001 Opening Hours: 7 am to 5 pm How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Birdwatching

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12. Desert Culture Centre & Museum – Puppet Show

Puppet Show

When in Jaisalmer, you must watch a puppet show in the Desert Culture Centre and Museum. It is a 40 minutes incredible show that lets you take a sneak peek in the traditional times and know more about the culture of Jaisalmer. You must include puppet show in your list as it is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer in 2 days. Location: Gadisar Rd, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001 Charges: INR 50 – 100 per head Opening Hours: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Cultural tour

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13. Rajasthan Cuisine – Try Something New

Rajasthani Cuisine

A trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete if you haven’t tried spicy dishes from the Rajasthan cuisine. Ditch fast food and try out something new to treat the epicurean in you. You cannot miss out on Mirchi, Bada, Pyaaj Kachori, Lauki ke Kofte, Kicha ki Sabji and the famous Dal Bati Churma. And to end your meal properly, Jaisalmer has Ghotua Laddoo which will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.

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14. Desert Jeep Safari – An Enthralling Experience 

Desert Gate Tour

The Desert Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer takes one through deserts and villages of Rajasthan. One will drive through the serene golden Thar desert and get to see the small villages. Get an insight into the daily village life and if lucky you might even spot a Black Buck Antelope. Take a day out for a desert jeep safari tour and have a great time driving through the golden dunes. There are various tours that one can opt for in Jaisalmer. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Adventure Safaris

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15. Camel Safari – A Different Adventure 

Camel safari in Jaisalmer

There are various safaris that different places are famous for, and Jaisalmer, the desert city is known for one too, the camel safari. Enjoying a camel safari is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer Rajasthan . An endless stretch of golden sand, the Thar desert is a beauty to witness. Enjoy the beautiful desert views during the safari that happens to be one of the must-experience activities in Jaisalmer . There are multiple operators offering desert safari in Jaisalmer and one can choose any from amongst them. Timings: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Price: Starting from INR 1000/- How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Desert sightseeing

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16. Salim Singh Ki Haveli – Marvelous Beauty

Salim_Singh_ki_Haveli

Salim Singh ki Haveli is a mansion in Jaisalmer, famous for its architecture. The structure is an 18th-century building that has around 38 beautifully carved balconies. The distinct architecture of the Haveli sets it aside from the other structures of those times. The balconies and the roof are the prime focus of this building where the roof is inspired by a peacock. Head to this amazing place and marvel at the architecture on your trip to Jaisalmer. It is also one of the best places to observe New Year’s eve in Jaisalmer . Location: Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 34500 How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Architecture

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17. Jain Temple Tour – Extraordinary Architecture 

Jain_Temple

Dating back to the 12th and 15th century, the Jain Temples are another set of architecturally beautiful structures in Jaisalmer. These temples aren’t just places of worship, but of beauty too. The intricate designs on the temple walls are the distinct features of the Jain temples in Jaisalmer. Marveling at the architecture is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer Rajasthan . How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Temple tours

18. Nathmal Ki Haveli – Marvel At The Architecture

Nathmal_Ki_Haveli

Another place to enjoy the marvelous architecture in Jaisalmer is Nathmal Ki Haveli. Open on all days of the week, one can visit the Haveli any time in between 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening. The beautiful design includes carvings of elephants on the yellow colored stone and other intricate designs on both the interior and exterior walls of the Haveli. Do add this to your list of places to visit so that you do not miss out on the beautiful architecture of this desert city. Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM (all the days of the week) How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Historic tours

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19. Kuldhara – Visit The Abandoned Village

Kuldhara

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This village is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Jaisalmer and known as an abandoned Indian village which has a rich history. In the present day it is in ruins, but there was a time when it was known for its large population. The settlement here was magnificently planned and the streets were designed to be wide and beautiful. According to the local folklore, the minister of the ruling kingdom was evil and wanted to marry the daughter of the village’s chief. To keep the valour of his daughter and protect her pride, he asked the entire village to leave Kuldhara and settle elsewhere in the nearby towns and villages. It is also one of the best getaways from Delhi . How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Village tourism

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20. Bhang Lassi – Try A New Drink

Bhang Lassi

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This is one of the favorite drinks to have in Jaisalmer which is actually a cannabis-infused yogurt drink that has a slight hint of sweetness. The Bhang can be found in many places across Jaisalmer which also includes some of the government-approved stores. There are other varieties like Bhang infused soft drinks and rolls. The locals and Sadhus can be seen enjoying the variants of this cool and refreshing drink, but it is advisable to drink responsibly.

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21. Khaba Fort – Explore The Heritage

Khaba Fort

Image Credit: Jaisalmer Tourism

This beautiful fort is located at a distance of 35 kms from Jaisalmer and resting amidst the abandoned civilization. Abandoned for around 200 years, this place holds a heritage and also a local legend which makes it worth visiting. In the early times, this fort was the stoppage for the traders who traveled through the Silk Route. They used to stay a night here and pay their taxes. Holding its charismatic heritage, this place also has a museum to explore the artefacts of the past. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Historic tours

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22. Vyas Chhatri – Watch The Sunset

Vyas Chattri

Image Credit: Ankitponkia for Wikipedia

Watching the sunset standing at the Vyas Chhatri is one of the best experiences to include while traveling to Jaisalmer. Witnessing the incredible beauty of the place, there are umbrella-like structures that surround the entire area. These cenotaphs reflect the best of Rajasthan’s incredible architecture and make it one of the must-visit places in Jaisalmer . How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Architecture

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23. Suryagarh – Enjoy The Dinner Amidst Sand Dunes

Suryagarh

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For the people traveling to Jaisalmer during the months of October to March, dinner at the Sand dunes at Suryagarh is one of the unique experiences to cherish. The visitors can experience the royalty and enjoy a meal just like the royals do amidst the lamps and bonfires. The entire menu boasts a nomadic hunt menu which is prepared on-site by a number of professional chefs. The visitors can enjoy the delicious food along with folk singers uplifting the ambiance. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Night camps

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24. Jaisalmer Desert Festival – Experience The Festivities

Desert Festival

Image Credit: (WT-en) Yogeshmankar for Wikipedia

This is one of the historic events in Jaisalmer which has been celebrated for many centuries. In the present day it is celebrated on a much bigger scale in the month of February and the entire desert brims with festivities. From camel races to polo, there are a lot of exciting activities to explore along with the Air Force display. They perform many fun and acrobatic performances followed by other activities. This is one of the extravagant events to witness in Jaisalmer. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Annual traditions

25. Indo-Pak Border – Look At The Other Side

Indo-Pak border

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For the people who like to try out some not so exclusive activities, then they can plan a visit to the Indo-Pak border. While here one can witness a large number of Indian Army posts which includes the Longewala and the Tanot. Alongside that there are some awesome tank displays to see. Alongside that one can also plan to visit the Indira Gandhi canal from where one can enjoy some of the amazing views and also get the taste of the local delicacies. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Border sightseeing

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26. Sunset Palace – Enjoy A Romantic Dinner

Jaisalmer Fort

Image Credit: Anagoria for Wikipedia

Enjoy the perks of royalties while having a dinner at the Sunset Palace which is also known for offering an incredible experience of rooftop dining. Sitting here one can enjoy the beautiful sights of the bazaar and also the view of the Jaisalmer Fort. The restaurant is known for serving a wide variety of cuisines which includes local cuisine, and also food from the Northern part of India. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Sunset views

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26. Local Food: Satiate The Inner Foodie In You

Local Food

Image Credit: Harshitdenovo for Wikimedia Commons

Disclaimer: The image is for representation purposes only.

For all foodies, one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer is to try the scrumptious local food served at the best restaurants. Jaisalmer is known for its flavourful food and gorging on the most delicious should be on your to-do list. Some of the most delicious dishes that you can try on your food spree are Pyaz Ki Kachori, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Ker Sagri, Mirchi Bhajiya, and Rajasthani Laal Maas. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Food tours

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27. Nightlife: Party Till You Drop

Nightlife

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Jaisalmer is a terrific city and it offers a plethora of experiences that you can enjoy on your vacation. Jaisalmer houses extraordinary bars and lounges where you can party all night. The locals of Jaisalmer believe in partying hard and to make the most of your visit, you must visit on the weekend to hang out with the locals. Hidden lookout and Dunes Bar are the best places that you can visit at night for enjoying drinks and snacks. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Classic fusion cocktails

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28. Nightwalk Tour Of Jaisalmer – Night Sky Views

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Discover Jaisalmer around evening time with your own private guide on this half-day visit. See notable areas and milestones including the Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Patwon Ki Haveli, and Salim Singh Ki Haveli, among other vivid sights. You’ll watch the city wake up around evening time and see landmarks in the floodlights with a guide that will take you around the city. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Late-night light and sound shows

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29. Puppet Show – An Engaging Play

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The work of art of puppetry began 1,000 years when it was a great part of the Rajasthani folklore. Especially in case you’re going with kids, you’d be neglectful to leave Jaisalmer without getting a show at the Puppet Theater. A couple of Jaisalmer city visits incorporate Puppet Theater tickets, now and then joined with a mobile visit or food tour through the city. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Evening plays during the sunset

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30. Rooftop Dining – For An Elegant Night

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On the off chance that you love an incredible view, or a comfortable spot to appreciate an extraordinary spread of some delightful food, at that point some outdoors eating might be actually what the specialist requested. Also, in the event that you are looking, you are very in karma on the grounds that there are very some extraordinary choices in the city with regards to rooftop restaurants in Jaisalmer. Want to know more? We should continue ahead with our insistence to visit a rooftop dining place for the best eating experience in the city. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Traditional Rajasthani food

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31. Cultural Tour Of Rajasthan – A Must Have Experience

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It’s quite clear that the social travel industry alludes to individuals heading out to observe another culture. The wide term of culture in this setting can be just characterized as the way of life of the individuals in this locale. As one can envision, in a country as topographically, strictly, and socially different as Jaisalmer, the degree for a wide range of social experience is high. It is why you must enjoy a cultural tour of the city during your visit. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Hidden-gems tour

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32. Photo Tour – For Your Instagram

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Jaisalmer is a very photogenic city and every corner you turn to has something that you would want to photograph for cultural remembrance. From aesthetic buildings, Rajasthani architecture, to street-food that you would definitely want to take a picture of, a photo tour in the city is a must-do item on your bucket list. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Instagram tours

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33. Camping On Sand Dunes – An Overnight Adventure

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The classic thing to do when you visit Jaisalmer is checking out the sand dunes and participate in the many activities organized by the locals amidst them. The far stretches of orange-hued sand are nothing but welcoming, offering a plethora of sightseeing options such as camel-riding, jeep-safari and overnight camping to cook food in the middle of the desert and sharing the unique experience with your friends and family. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For: Camping

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34. Visit Lodurva – A Historical Relic

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Jaisalmer is a terrific city and it offers a plethora of experiences that you can enjoy on your vacation. Jaisalmer houses extraordinary bars and lounges where you can party all night. The locals of Jaisalmer believe in partying hard and to make the most of your visit, you must visit on the weekend to hang out with the locals. Hidden lookout and Dunes Bar are the best places that you can visit at night for enjoying drinks and snacks. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For: Architecture

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35. Light And Sound Show – A Glowing Showcase

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The light and sound shows in Jaisalmer are one of the must-attending events in the city. If you are planning to roam around after sundown to explore the local markets or take a tour of the attractions, make sure that you check the locations where they host these glittering gatherings. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For:  Light shows

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How To Reach Jaisalmer

Interiors of deluxe room in ‘Palace On Wheels’

  • By Air: Jaisalmer airport is 5 kms from the city and is well connected with Delhi, Jaipur, and Jodhpur.
  • By Train: Jaisalmer railway station is 2 kms from the city. The Palace On Wheels is one of the luxury trains in India that can take you to Jaisalmer.
  • By Road: Inter-state buses run from Jaipur to Jaisalmer frequently. There are no direct buses from Delhi to Jaisalmer. Delhi to Jaisalmer via Jaipur is close to 800 kms.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Things to Do in Jaisalmer

Is it safe to drive in rajasthan at night.

It is generally advised to not drive at night, but if one follows traffic rules strictly and is cautious, then driving at night isn’t a problem.

How many days should I spend in Jaisalmer?

Two days is quite sufficient to explore the beauty of the ancient heritage of fort and enjoy the experience of the desert camp.

Why is Jaisalmer famous?

Jaisalmer, popularly known as the golden city is famous for the Jain temples as well as the stretched-out Jaisalmer Fort which is a prominent element of the city landscape.

What is a desert safari in Jaisalmer?

Desert safari is a thrilling experience of exploring the wide stretched deserts on a camel ride across several sand dunes of Jaisalmer desert which is followed by authentic traditional dinner and local dance performances which you can enjoy at the Desert Camps.

How far is Sam sand dunes from Jaisalmer?

Sam sand dunes are located 40 kms away from Jaisalmer city. This desert area is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Jaisalmer.

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Jaisalmer: The Ultimate Guide (Including 11 Best Things To Do)

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Jaisalmer, the Golden city of India, is in the far western part of the country in the state of Rajasthan, which means the land of Kings (huh, sounds much like King’s Landing). This region is filled with rich folklore, traditions, and architectural beauty, and they have the most delicious food.

An old historic fort made of sandstone in Jaisalmer.

How would you like to stay in one of the royal palaces or forts and be treated like a royal? Yes, this is absolutely possible in Rajasthan, as most of the stays are like small palaces, and some are even actual palaces and forts.

The golden city awaits you with a lot of experiences to offer. Let’s learn about Jaisalmer and the best things to do.

Oh, wait! Are you new to India and unsure how to plan a successful trip? I have added a lot of extra tips to help you plan your trip without breaking a sweat. Or maybe you will literally, while you are in Jaisalmer – because it’s a desert (pardon me for my bad jokes!).

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When is the Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer has dry, mild winters and sweltering hot, humid, and windy summers. During summer where the temperature could soar as high as 48 degrees Celsius as it is a part of the Great Indian Thar desert.

So it makes it very obvious to visit only during the winter months, from late November till the end of February. This is the ideal time when the days are mild and comfortable (maximum of 26 degrees Celsius). Still, the nights are cold (mainly averages around 10 degrees Celsius). It remains clear throughout the year; hence, the chances of a cloudy day ruining your plan are very slim.

A camel watching the sunset in a desert.

How to Reach Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer has a domestic airport, but there aren’t many options to fly to Jaisalmer. Here, I have added a few options to reach Jaisalmer from  Jodhpur, Jaipur, and New Delhi . You’ll probably land in New Delhi if you fly in from abroad.

From Jodhpur

You could drive/ take a taxi  (preferred)  to Jaisalmer, which is around 300 km and should take about 5 hours by road.

You could also take a bus, tickets for which could be pre-booked through websites like Redbus. It should cost you around ₹400 , which should be around €5 .

Tip!   If you are unfamiliar with driving on the left side of the road, I highly recommend taking a taxi. You could hire a taxi to help you cover your entire journey.

From Jaipur

The distance from Jaipur to Jaisalmer is around 550 km which would take about 10 to 12 hours by road. So, driving or taxi would not be a comfortable option.

You could take a  train from Jaipur . Make sure to pre-book your tickets.

You could also fly to Jaisalmer for Jaipur, which would cost you around €55 one way.

The best and easiest option will be to travel by  bus . You could take one of the AC sleeper buses, which will cost around ₹600 (around €8 ).

From New Delhi

The best way to reach Jaisalmer is to fly from Delhi, which has flights to both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.

By Train or Bus

You could also take a train from New Delhi to Jaisalmer or a sleeper bus. The journey by train or bus could take 15 hours or more so I would not advise taking this option.

Good to know!   Tourist scams are quite possible, so please book your taxi from a reputed travel agency. Or you could take the help of holiday planners like we did. More on that later in the post.

Now that we know when and how to reach the Golden city, let me describe some memorable things to do once you are in Jaisalmer.

What to Do in and Around Jaisalmer?

1. explore the massive jaisalmer fort.

Let’s begin our journey with  the Living Fort .

Yes, you heard me right! The Living Fort.  Most of the forts around the world are either being converted into luxury hotels or just abandoned. But the Jaisalmer Fort is the only fort in the world that houses thousands of people, most of whom earn their living through tourism.

A Short History of Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort was built by king Rawal Jaisal in 1156. This incredible fort has thousands of people still living in it. When I first visited the fort, I wondered how is that even possible? Could anyone buy a house (a part of the fort) and just live there?

The answer is a big NO. (A huge disappointment, right?)

The main entrance to an old historic fort in Jaisalmer.

The tale behind the fort!  They say that the last ruler who was in charge of the fort around 800 years back or more decided to give a significant part of the fort to be inhabited by the subjects. Now, so many centuries and generations later, around 4000 people live in their ancestral home, the fort itself. But they cannot sell any part of it. (Our guide who also lives in the fort told me this.)

The fort, also called Sonar   Quila  (Golden Fort),  due to the color of the sandstone, which shines in the desert sun, is so massive that you could get lost in all the tiny narrow streets.

The main part of it is mostly commercialized and is filled with many shops selling their famous handicrafts.

Do I Need a Tour Guide and Ticket?

I highly recommend hiring a guide during your visit as they know all the perfect viewpoints. And as you are basically walking around exploring someone’s house, it is inconvenient to just barge in to check the view. However, a guide could be of great help here as they know exactly where you can escape the crowd and enjoy great views of the fort. Some guides can also speak a bit of English.

Kiki from RooKiExplorers standing in an old historic fort with the city of Jaisalmer as the backdrop.

Pro tip!  Watch out for scammers. The guides have an ID card, which is also their permit to serve as tourist guides, so check that. Also, talk to a few other guides and check for the price options. When we visited in early 2022, we paid around ₹800 (roughly €10 ).

Entry! Since it is a living fort, there isn’t an entry ticket or a specific opening time.

The fort is enormous, and it will take around half a day to enjoy the place in a relaxed way or a minimum of 2 to 3 hours.

Kiki from RooKiExplorers sitting on a sitting area in a home which is inside a fort in Jaisalmer.

Major Attractions Inside Jaisalmer Fort

This is the palace of the rulers located in the heart of the Jaisalmer Fort. It is a stunning seven-storied building known for its latticework.

Raj Mahal showcases a beautiful facade filled with delicate filigree stonework, an example of typical Rajput architecture.

A palace inside an old historic fort in Jaisalmer.

The palace is just in front of the main squares of the fort. It is one of the first things that will make you turn your head once inside the fort.

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers posing in front of a palace inside an old fort in Jaisalmer.

Jain Temples

There are seven Jain temples located within the Jaisalmer Fort. These temples are famous among local devotees and tourists for their intricate artworks.

The temples within the fort are known to be some of the most beautiful ones in the world.

A ceiling of a jain temple in Jaisalmer Fort.

Entry!   Although entry to the fort is free, to visit a temple inside, you have to pay a small fee (around ₹10 per person). Also, to carry your electronic gadgets inside for the photographs, you must pay around ₹50 .

Random Fact!   Jain temples worldwide are known for their white appearance due to the marble used for their construction. But these temples in the Jaisalmer area are the only ones made of sandstone.

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers standing under an arch in a jain temple inside the Jaisalmer fort.

Good to know!  Carry cash, as you may need it to purchase the ticket for your electronics. Keep the ticket safe, as it could be used to enter all seven temples.

Pillar carvings in a jain temple inside the Jaisalmer Fort.

Shopping and Eateries

The fort is filled with a lot of shopping options as well as loads of food joints. Pick your choice and enjoy your food with fantastic fort views.

Consider a visit to Free Tibet (not to be confused with Little Tibet). It is a famous restaurant serving momos and thukpa noodle soup within the fort wall.

How to Reach the Fort?

The best way to explore Jaisalmer is to hire a taxi for the day or your entire trip. You could always take a tuk-tuk (called an auto in India) to the fort. But there is a hassle of negotiating the prices as they simply quote higher prices when they see a tourist.

2. Marvel at the Gadisar Lake

A lake in the desert? An actual lake would have been quite lovely for the people in Jaisalmer. But this artificial lake does the job. This is, in fact, the city’s lifeline and is now supplied by water from Indira Gandhi Canal to ensure it never dries.

The lake is filled with  chhatris , a dome-like structure also made of sandstone that gives it a golden tint when the sun shines. Actually, every other building in Jaisalmer has that tint.

Photo Alert!  This place, just a little away from the Jaisalmer Fort, makes it the perfect location to capture the golden hour. You could take stunning pictures for your Instagram feed. 

Best visited during sunset  time to give extra color to your picture.

Entry!  The lake is open throughout the day and is free of charge to visit. You could also take a boat ride in the lake which will cost anywhere from ₹10 to ₹100 based on the type of boat ride.

Uff!   I couldn’t visit this stunning place during my visit as I was too impressed by the beauty of the stay we had booked. So, we decided to spend the evening and the next morning in our hotel instead. More on that later in the post.

3. Admire All the Havelis in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer was known for its trade route, which was filled with wealthy merchants in the past. Havelis are similar to mansions or townhouses built by the wealthy merchants of the time. The detailing of the architecture in these traditional havelis is a symbol of their wealth. The more intricate the artwork is, the more prosperous the merchant who once built this was.

Let’s read about some of the famous havelis that will make your jaw drop with their facade.

Patwon Ki Haveli

This is not just a single haveli but a cluster of 5 different havelis. It is one of the area’s biggest, richest, and most well-maintained havelis. It also encloses a museum that preserves the artifacts from their rich past.

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers standing in front of a traditional haveli in Jaisalmer.

How to Get There?

It is a stone’s throw away from the fort in the middle of the main bazaar.

Nathmalji Ki Haveli

It is the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, former Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. It is known for its beautifully carved exterior with stunning paintings adorning the interior of this haveli.

A traditional haveli in Jaisalmer.

Interesting fact!   This haveli was simultaneously built by two architects who were also brothers. It is said that they had built it independently, but it looks so harmoniously put together. At first glance, you cannot even tell it was built by two people.

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers standing in front of a traditional haveli in Jaisalmer.

Random Fact! Outside the homes in Jaisalmer Fort, you might see some paintings of Lord Ganesha with names written near them. These were painted when someone in the house was married. It is a tradition to welcome the newlyweds as Lord Ganesha is painted for good luck.

Fun things to do!   Stare at the facade indefinitely to figure out the differences between the two sections. Some are easy to find, but some require you to look closely into the details. (It might sound crazy to do this, but I enjoyed doing it.)

It is very close to the Patwon Ki Haveli, and you could just go there on foot within 5 minutes (only if you don’t stop to shop at every single shop on the way). Or perhaps, you could be delayed by a group of cows refusing to move (this actually happened to us).

Salim Singh Ki Haveli (Moti Mahal)

This haveli, which is around 300 years old, was built on the remains of another haveli. The haveli’s architecture is slightly different from the others. The roof of this haveli is made in the form of a peacock. It has around 38 balconies in total, with unique architecture.

A part of this haveli is still occupied by the descendants of the original owner  Salim Singh Mahto .

This is located around 500m from the Patwon ki Haveli, and you could easily walk up there.

Tip!   Some of the other havelis in Jaisalmer have been renovated and converted into luxury stays; staying in such a place could be an excellent experience.

4. Visit the Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh literally translates to a big garden. This is one of the must-see places in Jaisalmer. It is a conglomerate of a dam, a tank, and the surrounding cenotaphs.

Photo Alert!   The series of royal chhatris (cenotaphs) makes it an exciting place to visit. The architecture combined with the golden hour makes it even more attractive.

One of the cenotaphs is half-constructed, so let’s travel back in time to find out why!   Every place has a long history attached to it, but a very short version of it goes here. The first cenotaph was built to commemorate the death of Maharaja Jai Singh II. He founded the city of Jaisalmer and contributed significantly to its infrastructure and welfare. He also commissioned the dam “Jait Bandh”, the primary water source in this desert land. Do you see where I am getting at? Yes, the place’s name was Bada Bagh because of the dam, which helped cultivate the barren land.

Later, the construction of cenotaphs continued as a tradition. Each one was built to commemorate the previous king or queen. Eventually, this led to many cenotaphs until one day when Maharaja Jawahar Singh’s son passed away not long after he claimed the throne. He was having the cenotaph built for his father, Maharaja Jawahar Singh. But the construction was never completed after the son died, as it was considered bad luck. That marks the end of this story and the series of cenotaphs.

It is a little far up, around 7 km north of Jaisalmer Fort. Having a dedicated taxi for the day would be the best thing. It saves you the effort of negotiating a price every single time. But if not, you could always take a tuk-tuk or call a taxi as it is popular among tourists. It shouldn’t be hard to find one.

Best visited during sunset  time as the sunset could bring out the best background shades for your Instagram pictures in the cenotaphs. It is magical, with all the spectacular cenotaphs against the beauty of the open sky.

Entry!   Unlike other places, this one has entry restrictions and remains open from 9 am to 6 pm. There is an entry fee of ₹100 , and the rate is slightly lesser for Indian citizens. Also, you need to pay a small fee for taking your camera inside.

5. Wander Around in the Abandoned Village of Kuldhara

Kuldhara village, established around the 13th century, was inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins before it was abandoned overnight. (Yeah, overnight). Sounds fishy, isn’t it? When I heard of this, I wanted to know why the village was abandoned overnight. But, all I found was a bunch of tales, and no one actually knows why the villagers left their homes.

Tale or not!  One version of the legend claims that the lecherous minister Salim Singh was attracted to a girl from the village. The people were forced to hand over the girl to the minister one night. The villagers requested the guards to come over the following day, but the villagers fled the place overnight. No one knows what happened, but many believe the village was completely destroyed by a massive earthquake.

You could see the remains of the once prosperous village now just called a haunted ghost town.

It is quite a 45 minutes drive from Jaisalmer itself. You could plan this as one of the last things to do before parting goodbye to the city.

Entry!   It is open from 8 am to 6 pm, and there is no entrance fee. You will need about an hour or so to roam around the ruins of the village.

6. Go on a Camel Ride in the Dunes of the Thar Desert

I kind of saved it for the last! A trip to Jaisalmer wouldn’t be complete without a camel ride in the dunes. Jaisalmer, located in the heart of the Thar desert, has more than one sand dune around the city. You could spend a few hours in the dunes or even spend a night in one of the luxury camps around the desert. I highly recommend staying the night in one of those lovely camps where you could gaze at the stars at night and enjoy an early morning or a sunset camel ride.

A camel watching the blue hour in a desert.

Some popular activities you could do in the desert are:

  • Desert safari
  • Camel ride in the dunes
  • Paragliding
  • Camping in the desert with some of the best Rajasthani folk music and food

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers sitting on a camel as the camel's owner holds the reigns.

These activities can be arranged by your hotels as well. I stayed in a standard tent at Manvar Resort & Tented Camp . The place, the music, and especially the food and hospitality were so remarkable! If I get a chance, I will visit again and have their Kher Sangri (a Rajasthani special curry made from desert beans and berries).

Manvar also provides different stay options in their resort. So if you want to enjoy the desert camping experience, ensure that you choose a standard or luxury tent.

Read more about our complete desert experience in Manvar with loads of pictures .

A hotel's tent in a desert.

7. Experience a Night in a Fort or a Palace

To be honest, we avoid luxurious stays as we are budget travelers. But we just couldn’t resist the chance of staying at a fort in the Golden city. Spending a night in one of those luxury forts or a palace in Rajasthan is more than just a stay. It is a complete experience, and their hospitality could make you believe that you are from a royal family.

It was such a unique experience to have stayed a night in Suryagarh Jaisalmer in one of their luxury suites. It is the best hotel I have ever stayed in, and it still feels like a dream after 1 whole year.

Imagine the perfect combination of a royal fort with all the modern amenities. To say that you will be treated like royalty would be such an understatement. Suryagarh was why I had to skip visiting a few places, as I didn’t have the time. Exploring Suryagarh and enjoying all its facilities took up most of my time. And I don’t regret it at all!

To read more about our complete experience with lots of pictures, please check out our post about Suryagarh .

A courtyard of a hotel in Jaisalmer.

Where to Stay in and Around Jaisalmer?

There are quite a few forts and palaces that have been converted into hotels. Jaisalmer also has regular hotels if you don’t wish to stay in a fort or palace.

Beyond Luxury

Suryagarh Jaisalmer

  • WelcomHeritage Mohangarh Fort (An hour’s drive from Jaisalmer)
  • WelcomHeritage Mandir Palace
  • K D Palace Hotel
  • Garh Meera – A Sensational Boutique Hotel
  • Moustache Jaisalmer
  • Hotel Lal Garh Fort and Palace
  • Hotel Helsinki House

Desert Stays

There are a few desert stays if you want to stay a night or two in the Thar desert.

  • Manvar Resort & Tented Camp (Located between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer)
  • Kanak Jaisalmer
  • Desert Heritage Camps & Resort
  • Exotic Luxury Camps

Want to explore more options in and around Jaisalmer? Please search in Booking.com  here . We use Booking.com to book all our stays and have always had a good experience.

Where to Eat in Jaisalmer?

Some restaurants have good food and offer incredible views of the Jaisalmer Fort with their rooftop terraces. You could try dining at the following:

  • Cafe the Kaku – A rooftop multi-cuisine restaurant with the best sunset views over the fort. Also, they have a cute pug to welcome guests.
  • 1st Gate Home Fusion – A vegetarian rooftop restaurant serving Italian and Indian cuisine.
  • Hotel Tokyo Palace – A hotel with a rooftop restaurant serving Indian, International, and Japanese cuisines.

Must Try Foods

  • Kher Sangri – My favorite vegetarian food to date! The dish is made of a particular berry and bean available only in the desert region.
  • Daal-Baati-Churma – Rajasthan’s most famous dish, made of wheat, lentils, and ghee.

Other famous delicacies you could try are:

  • Bajre Ki Roti (millet bread) and Lashun Ki Chutney (hot garlic paste)
  • Mawa Kachori – A Rajasthani sweet where a crunchy crust is filled with sweetened Khoya and a lot of nuts.
  • Mirchi Bada – A spicy Indian snack consisting of chili (mirchi) stuffing battered and fried, served hot with mint and tamarind chutney.
  • Pyaaj Kachori – A fried pastry filled with a spicy onion filling.
  • Ghevar – A disc-shaped sweet made from ghee, flour, and sugar syrup.
  • Alwar Ka Mawa (milk cake)
  • Malpua (sweet dish)

How Did We Plan for the Trip in a Short Time?

Our entire trip was planned by  Happy Monk Holidays , and this is  not an advertisement or paid promotion . We accidentally found out about them through one of my endless Instagram strolls, and I am so glad I got to know them.

India was recovering from the pandemic. We were a little unprepared to plan the trip ourselves, so we reached out to them. They helped us plan an end-to-end trip, starting from the flights, stays, taxi, and a complete list of things to do and the best places to eat and shop. Although everything was planned, everything was curated based on our needs, and we had the ultimate flexibility to do what we wanted to do without any issues.

They were highly responsive and provided support throughout the trip. Everything was perfectly arranged, and there wasn’t any situation where we needed their help except when the airlines canceled our return flights a day before our return. Happy Monk Holidays immediately helped us pick the next feasible option based on our budget.

It was also our anniversary trip, and they gave us the perfect gift of upgrading our twin room to a luxury suite in Suryagarh. It was such a pleasant surprise for us!

If you would like to contact them, check out their Instagram and drop them a message – @happymonkholidays

Is Jaisalmer Worth Visiting?

Absolutely, yes! The Golden city is the best place to experience royalty and be one with the desert lifestyle. As an added bonus, you could enjoy the delicious Rajasthani cuisine, which serves drool-worthy vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

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Hey, I am Kiki! A full-time software developer and hardcore travel enthusiast who is always up for a new adventure and the author of RooKiExplorers. I love to travel the world and enjoy talking about it, helping everyone around me plan their trips, and avoiding making the mistakes I made.

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I loved learning about Sonar Quila and the ruler who gave part of it to his subjects. That is such an interesting story!

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“…I really enjoy reading your posts where I can get such useful information.” Absolutely amazing …. Must must visit place! Wonder Haveli…interesting piece of architecture .. Exquisite carving.. “Your blog on Jaisalmer is so full of great insights. “Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info. I enjoyed reading your content. Keep doing your best work.

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Visited Jaisalmer a few years ago, loved it, so this post brings back happy memories. Didn’t know about Kuldhara village, I would have been very interested to visit there.

We hope you get to visit it during your next trip to India! 🙂

The filigree stonework on the Raj Mahal is just stunning! This kind of craftsmanship is simply incredible!

Indeed they are! Unfortunately, it’s a dying art these days.

Goodness Jaisalmer is incredibly beautiful! I love the architecture and all the little stories to go along with it. It is soooo cool that 4000 people actually live in the fort, so it is alive with everyday giggles, not just a monument to the past.

Happy Monk Holidays sounds really great too!

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31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer That You Can Visit in 2024

Budget Hotels > Travel Blog > Destinations > Jaisalmer > 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer That You Can Visit in 2024

Located deep inside the majestic Thar Desert and dotted with stunning architectural marvels, the history and beauty of Jaisalmer never fails to fascinate tourists. There are many attractions in and around the city for you to explore, be it the grandeur of Jaisalmer Fort and Patwon ki Haveli, the serenity of the Jain Temples, or the vivacity of the shopping places and intriguing desert festivals. What’s more, jeep tours and camel safaris in the desert are sure to elevate your excitement!

Being a major tourist destination, the Golden City, as it is popularly referred to, is well-connected to the rest of the country. You can either fly to Jaisalmer Airport or reach Jodhpur Airport and take a taxi to Jaisalmer. The city also has a major railway station with good connectivity. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are common modes of transport within Jaisalmer, while private bus services are also available. You will also find many different types of hotels in Jaisalmer that cater to all kinds of tourists – backpackers, families, couples, international travellers, etc.

If you are planning a trip to the city, read on to know about the top places to visit in Jaisalmer .

1. Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer

Gadisar Lake

#1 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Located on the outskirts of the city, the beautiful Gadisar Lake is perfect for those seeking peace and tranquillity. Its history dates back to the 14 th century, when it was a major source of water for the entire city. Now, Gadisar Lake is a popular tourist attraction where you can go boating and enjoy scenic views of the adjacent Jaisalmer Fort and the temples on its banks. If you are visiting during winters, keep an eye out for migratory birds.

  • Best time to visit – October to March
  • Ideal duration – 2-3 hours
  • How to reach – Gadisar Lake is about 2 km away from the city centre. You can take an auto-rickshaw or hire a cab.

2. Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

Patwon ki Haveli

#2 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

A magnificent cluster of five small havelis in one premise, Patwon ki Haveli is top on the list of places to visit in Jaisalmer . Intricate carvings on the windows and balconies and exquisite wall paintings and mirror-work accentuate the grandeur of the havelis. This huge mansion has airy courtyards and 60 balconies, each boasting distinctive carvings that add to its charm. You will also find a rare collection of stonework and artefacts related to the Patwa Family in the haveli’s museum.

  • Best time to visit – September to February
  • Ideal duration – 1-2 hours
  • How to reach – The haveli is about 1 km away from Jaisalmer Fort and 2 km from the railway station. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are easily available.

3. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort

#3 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Located on the golden sands of the Thar Desert and resembling a huge sandcastle, Jaisalmer Fort is the epitome of Rajasthani architecture. This largest living fort in India houses around 5000 people and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can enter this yellow sandstone fort from different gates – Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol, Bhoot Pol and Hawa Pol, the last of which leads to a big courtyard called Dussehra Chowk. Laxminath Temple, Jain Temples, Cannon Point, the five-level sculpted Maharwal Palace and Fort Museum are some prominent attractions inside the fort.

  • Best time to visit – November to March
  • Ideal duration – 3-4 hours
  • How to reach – Hire a cab or take an auto-rickshaw to reach Jaisalmer Fort from the railway station (2 km away) or city centre (250 m away).

4. Jain Temples, Jaisalmer

Jain Temples

#4 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

A series of seven interconnected temples in Jaisalmer Fort, Jain Temples are known for their great archaeological value. The focal point of these temples is the popular Dilwara style of architecture with intricate carvings of human and animal figures on the walls. Jain Temples are also a significant pilgrimage spot with strong spiritual vibes and a major attraction among history buffs. Those interested in the history of these temples must visit Gyan Bhandar Library here for old texts and rare manuscripts.

  • How to reach – These temples are only 250 m away from the city centre and 2 km away from Jaisalmer Railway Station. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are easily available.

5. Kuldhara Abandoned Village, Jaisalmer

Kuldhara Abandoned Village

#5 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

This abandoned or ghost village is an intriguing attraction, especially for those who like to explore the ruins of old forts and villages. It is believed that Paliwal Brahmins, the natives of Kuldhara’s 85 villages, abandoned the place within a night and there have been no signs of human dwelling since then. You can take a walk through the ruins to see many temples, step-wells, and other structures that lie abandoned.

  • Best time to visit – October to February
  • Ideal duration – 2 hours
  • How to reach – The village is 27 km away from Jaisalmer Fort and 25 km away from the railway station. Hire a taxi or take a private bus.

6. Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

Sam Sand Dunes

#6 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

One of the most authentic desert sites in the country, Sam Sand Dunes offer mesmerising views of sunrise and sunset. You can also go on a desert safari or enjoy a camel ride here. The many campsites in the heart of the Thar Desert offer luxurious accommodation options for visitors. Folk dance, musical nights, authentic Rajasthani cuisine and other interesting activities showcasing the culture and heritage of Rajasthan are some things to look forward to at Sam Sand Dunes.

  • Ideal duration – 3-4 hours or a couple of days in the desert camp
  • How to reach – The sand dunes are 40 km away from Jaisalmer city. You can hire a jeep or local SUV to reach the desert area and explore the nearby attractions. Local buses are also available at the bus stand, which is 350 m away from Jaisalmer Fort.

Also read about the popular Jaisalmer Desert Festival

7. Salim Singh ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

Salim Singh ki Haveli

#7 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Featuring 38 balconies with intricate carvings and a peacock-shaped arched roof, Salim Singh ki Haveli is nothing less than an example of architectural brilliance. The mansion also boasts outstanding art and sculpture with beautiful paintings on the interior walls. As you enter the Haveli, you can see a pair of lifelike sandstone tuskers guarding the gate, lending it a royal look. The haveli is popularly known as Jahaz Mahal as the front part of it looks like a ship stern.

  • How to reach – The Haveli is only 1 km away from the city centre and 1.5 km away from the railway station. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are the best modes of transport.

8. Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer

Bada Bagh

#8 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

A garden complex with a series of tombstones of the royal families, Bada Bagh is a significant place related to Rajasthan’s past. It is located on a small hillock with the entrance to the tombstones or cenotaphs at the bottom of the hill. The garden has a spectacular setting with multiple dull brown chhatris, the domes of which are square, circular or pyramid-shaped. You can take a stroll in the garden and enjoy birdwatching or simply admire the beautiful surroundings.

  • How to reach – Bada Bagh is about 7 km away from the city centre and 9 km away from the railway station. You can take an auto-rickshaw or hire a taxi.

9. Jaisalmer War Museum, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer War Museum

#9 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

A historical museum set up by the Indian Army, Jaisalmer War Museum or Longewala War Memorial displays the bravery and sacrifice of the armed forces. In the museum, you can see some unique artefacts related to the inspiring contribution of the Indian Army in the 1965 Indo-Pak War and 1971 Battle of Longewala. From war tanks, guns and military vehicles to a repertoire of trophies and the audio-visual theatre screening the Battle of Longewala, everything about the memorial is exceptional.

  • How to reach – The War Museum is 13 km away from Jaisalmer city centre and 11 km away from the railway station. You can take a private or government-operated cab or hire an auto-rickshaw.

10. Tanot Mata Temple, Jaisalmer

This miraculous temple located near the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak War site – Longewala is a must-visit place in Jaisalmer . As per the Jawans posted nearby, the temple remained unharmed even after heavy bombing and shelling by Pakistan. This helped protect many soldiers and locals. There are many more stories of divine intervention related to the temple. The drive to Tanot Mata Temple through beautiful landscapes is amazing, while the divinity and unique aura of this holy place is powerful enough to fill you with positive energy. Some of the unexploded bombs dropped by Pakistan are exhibited in the temple museum.

  • Ideal duration – 30-45 minutes
  • How to reach – Tanot Mata Temple is 121 km away from Jaisalmer. You can book a private cab to reach the temple.

11. Khuri Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

Khuri Sand Dunes

#11 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Similar to Sam Sand Dunes, but less populated, tourists frequent Khuri Sand Dunes seeking an unforgettable experience in the desert. The soft white desert sand and constantly changing shape of the dunes is a sight to behold! In Khuri, you can go on long camel safaris, camp under the stars, and enjoy spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. Those interested can also explore the village to get a glimpse of the local life and culture.

  • Ideal duration – 2-3 hours or a couple of days in the desert camp
  • How to reach – Khuri is 50 km away from Jaisalmer, so you can hire a taxi or board a private bus to reach the dunes.

12. Vyas Chhatri, Jaisalmer

Vyas Chhatri

#12 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Located inside Bada Bagh, Vyas Chhatri is among the most popular Jaisalmer tourist places . Boasting an array of golden-hued sandstone chhatris with elegant Rajasthani architecture and intricate carvings, these structures are a sight to behold. Apart from admiring the architecture of the chhatris, you can enjoy beautiful views of Jaisalmer Fort on one side and sand dunes on the other.

  • How to reach – Vyas Chhatri is 2 km away from Jaisalmer Fort and about 4 km away from the railway station. You can take an auto-rickshaw or taxi.

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13. Desert National Park, Jaisalmer

Desert National Park

#13 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Spread over 3162 sq. km, this paradise for wildlife lovers is one of the largest national parks in the country. Apart from cacti and other desert plants, the park houses many animals and birds that can survive in the hot and dry climate, including eagles, falcons, blackbuck, chinkara, Bengal fox and desert cat. If lucky enough, you can also spot an endangered species of bird called the Great Indian Bustard here. A collection of fossilised plants and animals dating back 180 million years and Jurassic Period is a major attraction here.

  • Best time to visit – November to February
  • How to reach – The park is 11 km away from Jaisalmer. You can hire a cab or auto to reach the park.

14. Nathmal ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

Nathmal ki Haveli

#14 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Built out of yellow sandstone and adorned with astounding carvings on the exterior, Nathmal ki Haveli is a beautiful Jaisalmer tourist attraction . The interior of the Haveli is accentuated with beautiful paintings made using 1.5 kg of gold leaf. It is said that two brothers Lulu and Hathi separately built the left and right wings of this architectural marvel. Hence, you will notice that the two sides of the haveli look alike, but are not identical.

  • How to reach – The Haveli is 300 m away from Jaisalmer city centre and 2 km away from the railway station. Auto-rickshaw and cabs are easily available. 

15. Tazia Tower, Jaisalmer

Tazia Tower

#15 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Situated in Badal Palace Complex, the 5-storeyed Tazia Tower is a beautiful replica of the mausoleums of different Muslim Imams. It was built by Muslim artisans and is different from the typical Rajputana architecture of the region. While exploring the tower, you will notice that the balcony on each floor is designed differently from the rest. The entire structure was constructed using wood, thermocol and coloured papers.

  • How to reach – Take an auto-rickshaw from Jaisalmer city centre (400 m) to reach Tazia Tower.

16. Khaba Fort, Jaisalmer

Khaba Fort

#16 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Khaba Fort, located near the abandoned Kuldhara Village, is yet another unusual and eerie structure in Jaisalmer. The fort and village were inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins who deserted it one night for a reason not known. Now a popular tourist attraction, Khaba Fort offers beautiful panoramic views of the village and is a photographer’s delight. The old-world charm of the fort and a museum with age-old artefacts attract many history buffs as well.

  • How to reach – Khaba Fort is 32 km away from the city centre. You can board a private bus or take a taxi.

17. Manak Chowk, Jaisalmer

Manak Chowk

#17 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Portraying the mind-blowing craftsmanship of Rajasthani artists, Manak Chowk is a popular shopping place in Jaisalmer. It is right outside Jaisalmer Fort and a must-visit for those looking to buy ethnic silver jewellery, traditional bedding materials, Rajasthani-style ornaments and other products at affordable rates. Besides shopping, you can also marvel at the beauty of the many heritage buildings in and around Manak Chowk.

  • How to reach – Manak Chowk is hardly a few metres away from the city centre and about 2.5 km away from the railway station. Cabs or auto-rickshaw are easily available everywhere.

18. Pansari Bazaar, Jaisalmer

If you are looking to shop for authentic Rajasthani products, the collection at Pasari Bazaar will leave you spoilt for choice. From colourful puppets and wall hangings to jewellery and carpets, this oldest market in Jaisalmer has them all. You will also find some of the finest dress materials and bedding fabrics here in different colours, prints and patterns.

  • How to reach – Pansari Bazaar is only 500 m away from Jaisalmer Fort and about 2 km away from the railway station. You can take an auto-rickshaw for quick travel.

19. Sadar Bazaar, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer’s main market, Sadar Bazaar is a must-visit for every shopping enthusiast. The narrow streets of the market house many small shops selling a variety of products, like carpets made of camel hair, hand-embroidered juttis and mojaris, cloth puppets, shawls, furniture, and paintings. Women can also find a wonderful selection of traditional costume jewellery and bags here.

  • How to reach – Take an auto-rickshaw or taxi to reach Sadar Bazaar from Jaisalmer Fort (300 m away) or any other location.

20. The Thar Heritage Museum, Jaisalmer

Displaying the rich culture, heritage and architectural style of Rajasthan, The Thar Heritage Museum falls in every best places to visit in Jaisalmer list. This historical reservoir houses a wide assortment of objects from ancient times, like musical instruments, different types of kitchen equipment, artefacts, fossils, turbans, coins and ornaments. The snakes and ladder game and a puppet show narrated by the museum’s curator Shri L.N. Khatri are quite entertaining and engaging.

  • How to reach – Take a cab or auto-rickshaw from Jaisalmer Fort (2 km away), railway station (4 km away) and other places in the city.

21. Akal Wood Fossil Park, Jaisalmer

This destination related to the pre-historic era has to be a sure-shot addition to your Jaisalmer sightseeing itinerary. Akal Wood Fossil Park is spread over 21 hectares of land and has a barren and rocky terrain. The area reportedly was a dense forest about 180 million years ago, but was later submerged under the sea. Now, it is covered with seashells and fossilised tree trunks of different shapes and sizes.

  • How to reach – The fossil park is about 19 km away from Jaisalmer city centre. You can board a private bus or book a cab.

22. Chandraprabhu Temple, Jaisalmer

Constructed in the 16 th century, this popular Jain temple is one of the seven temples built for the 8 th Tirthankara Jain Prophet Chandraprabhu Ji. The beauty of the temple is accentuated by the curved facades, well-designed walkways and corridors. It also features finely sculpted pillars and intricately carved geometric patterns on red sandstone, all highlighting the brilliant Rajput style of architecture.

  • How to reach – The temple is a few metres away from Jaisalmer Fort. Taxis and auto-rickshaws are easily available for longer distances.

23. Pokaran Fort, Jaisalmer

Pokaran Fort

#23 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Located in Thar Desert, Pokaran Fort or Balagarh Fort is an important attraction in the region. Malwar Thakur, Rao Maldeo, built this 14 th century fort in yellow sandstone. Although small, the fort boasts exceptional construction and a blend of Rajput-Mughal architecture. It also has a temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. Huge doors, elegant palaces, and a museum displaying costumes, miniature paintings and other things used by the Maharajas are the main attractions here.

  • How to reach – Pokaran Fort is 111 km away from Jaisalmer. You can book a taxi or board a train from Jaisalmer Railway Station.

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24. Jaisalmer Wind Park, Jaisalmer

Many visit this offbeat yet interesting tourist destination in Jaisalmer. Popular as India’s biggest wind farm, Jaisalmer Wind Park offers remarkable views of massive windmills on all sides. The park houses all types of windmills employed in India, from the oldest to the newest ones. It undoubtedly is a great place for those wanting to learn about these huge mechanical devices.

  • How to reach – Take an auto-rickshaw or taxi from Jaisalmer Fort (1 km away), railway station (3 km away), or any other location.

25. Lodhurva, Jaisalmer

Lodhurva, also known as Lodrawa or Lodurva, was once a flourishing city and the ancient capital of the Bhatti Dynasty until the 12 th century. The city was later ransacked by the Mughals and is mostly in ruins now. As a popular tourist destination, Lodhurva attracts many history buffs who come here to see the remains of the civilisation’s architecture. You can also find many temples here, such as a Jain Temple dedicated to Lord Parsvanath (23 rd Jain Tirthankara), Rishabhnath Temple, and Chamunda Mata Temple.

  • How to reach – Hire a taxi to reach Lodhurva, which is about 7 km away from Jaisalmer city centre.

26. Barmer, Jaisalmer

An ancient city known for its rural beauty, Barmer is a must-visit. The flamboyant culture of the town is evident in its colourful houses, vibrantly dressed people and the many fairs and festivals celebrated here with great fervour. The city also houses many attractions for tourists, like Barmer Fort, Nakoda Jain Temple, Devka Sun Temple, and Mahabar Sand Dunes. What’s more, the sight of trudging camels and artisans showcasing their pottery, wood-carving and other crafts adds a distinctive charm to the city.

  • Ideal duration – 2 days
  • How to reach – Barmer is about 157 km away from Jaisalmer. Many private buses run between the two cities. You can also book a cab.

27. Mandir Palace, Jaisalmer

Built during the 9 th and 10 th century, Mandir Palace was the abode of the rulers of Jaisalmer for over 200 years. This prominent historic point in the city is known for its fine craftsmanship and is a major tourist-puller. The beautifully carved screens, canopies and decorative balconies speak volumes about the expert artisans of that period. Badal Vilas, a tall sandstone structure offering magnificent views of the city is a notable feature of the palace.

  • How to reach – Hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw from Jaisalmer city centre (300 m away), railway station (3 km away), or any other location in the city.

28. Amar Sagar Lake, Jaisalmer

Amar Sagar Lake

#28 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

A prominent attraction near Amar Singh Palace, this lake cum oasis is a popular spot for boat trips. It also offers beautiful views of sunrise, sunset, and the temples and sanctuaries that surround it. During your trip to Amar Singh Lake, you must also explore the palace, which looks like a pattern of apartments. It has five storeys and is famous for its murals, a Shiva temple, ponds and wells. The palace is also connected to the lake by a series of steps and pavilions.

  • How to reach – The lake is 7 km away from Jaisalmer

29. Bhatia Bazaar, Jaisalmer

This popular shopping destination in Jaisalmer is quite different from the rest. It has a lively atmosphere with colourful displays and shopkeepers dressed in ethnic attire. The small cobbled streets add a distinctive charm to the bazaar and attract many photography enthusiasts. Shopaholics can find a mind-blowing collection of products here, like oil lamps, carpets, furniture, table runners, and cotton and silk textiles.

  • How to reach – Bhatia Bazaar is 300 m away from Jaisalmer Fort and about 3 km away from the railway station, so you can take a taxi or auto-rickshaw.

30. Jaisalmer Government Museum, Jaisalmer

Established in 1984 by the Department of Archaeology, Jaisalmer Government Museum is a history lover’s delight. It displays the rich culture and heritage of Thar Desert with a mind-blowing selection of coins, paintings, inscriptions, jewellery, traditional household items and other artefacts. A collection of marine and wood fossils, sculptures from Kairadu and Lodhurva townships, and a glass case displaying The Great Indian Bustard are the major attractions here.

  • How to reach – The museum is about 1 km away from Jaisalmer city centre. Hire an auto-rickshaw for quick travel.

31. Silk Route Art Gallery, Jaisalmer

Your trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete without a visit to the Silk Route Art Gallery. The store has a wonderful selection of handmade products like patchwork quilts, cushion covers, bedspreads, bags, accessories and wall hangings, all made by the local artisans. Representing the culture and tradition of the city, these products make perfect souvenirs as well.

  • How to reach – You can take an auto-rickshaw to reach the art gallery which is only 1 km away from the city centre.

Now that you know the places to visit in Jaisalmer , you can easily shortlist a few and chart out an itinerary. Even if you have been to Jaisalmer already, the charm of the Golden City and our list of top tourist places will surely inspire you to plan a trip again!

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Top 20 Places To Visit In Jaisalmer

Top 20 Places To Visit In Jaisalmer , situated in the heart of the Thar Desert in the Indian state of Rajasthan, embodies a magical charm that beckons travelers from across the globe. Known as the “Golden City” due to its sandstone architecture that glows in the sunlight, Jaisalmer boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

The majestic Jaisalmer Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands as the focal point of the city. Constructed in yellow sandstone, this imposing fortress houses palaces, temples, shops, and residences within its walls, offering visitors a glimpse into the city’s regal past. The narrow winding lanes of the fort lead to hidden architectural marvels, making exploration a delight Jaisalmer Tour .

The city’s allure extends beyond the fort to its enchanting Havelis, ornately decorated mansions that showcase intricate craftsmanship and elaborate facades. Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli , and Salim Singh ki Haveli are among the must-visit gems, each telling a unique story of Rajasthan’s opulent heritage.

For those seeking adventure, Jaisalmer offers camel safaris into the vast expanses of the Thar Desert. Witnessing the sunset amidst the sand dunes is a mesmerizing experience that captivates travelers.

The city also hosts vibrant cultural festivals like the Desert Festival, where folk music, traditional dances, camel races, and turban tying competitions immerse visitors in the vivacious spirit of Rajasthan.

Cuisine in Jaisalmer is a treat for the taste buds, with its aromatic spices and flavorsome dishes such as Dal Baati Churma and Ker Sangri leaving a lasting impression.

Jaisalmer, with its historical marvels, desert landscapes, and warm hospitality, remains an unforgettable destination, offering a glimpse into the royal legacy and vibrant culture of Rajasthan.

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Jaisalmer Fort – For The Rich Rajputana Splendor

Rising majestically from the golden sands of the Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer Fort stands as an epitome of architectural brilliance and cultural heritage in Rajasthan, India. Constructed in the 12th century by Maharawal Jaisal, the fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest fully preserved fortified cities in the world.

Made entirely of yellow sandstone, the fort’s imposing walls soar high above the city, resembling a golden crown at sunrise and sunset, earning it the moniker “Sonar Quila” or the “Golden Fort.” Inside its massive walls, a labyrinth of narrow lanes, ancient havelis (mansions), Jain temples, palaces, and bustling markets paints a vivid picture of the city’s rich history and royal legacy.

The fort’s architectural marvels like Raj Mahal, Jain temples dedicated to Rishabdev and Parshvanath, and the intricately designed Laxminath Temple, showcase exquisite craftsmanship and intricate designs that continue to mesmerize visitors Jaisalmer Attractions .

The fort remains a living heritage site with a significant population still residing within its walls, making it a captivating blend of history, culture, and a vibrant community that preserves the essence of Jaisalmer’s glorious past.

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Bada Bagh – For A Royal Walk

Bada Bagh, translating to “Big Garden,” stands as a striking testament to architectural finesse and cultural heritage in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India. This historical site, located about 6 kilometers north of the city, holds significant importance both historically and architecturally.

The complex is predominantly known for its chhatris , or cenotaphs, which are commemorative structures built in honor of the erstwhile rulers of Jaisalmer and their families. These magnificent sandstone monuments, adorned with intricate carvings and detailed craftsmanship, offer a glimpse into the royal legacy of the region.

The prime attraction within Bada Bagh is the cenotaph of Maharaja Jai Singh II, which stands tall and ornate, showcasing the grandeur and artistic prowess of the bygone era. The serene surroundings amidst the desert landscape make it an ideal spot to admire the sunset, providing visitors with a mesmerizing view of the desert expanse turning golden as the day draws to a close.

Besides its historical significance, Bada Bagh captivates tourists and history enthusiasts alike with its architectural splendor and tranquil ambiance. The site remains a captivating reminder of Jaisalmer’s rich heritage and the reverence paid to its past rulers through these awe-inspiring cenotaphs.

Patwon Ki Haveli – For Beautiful Carvings

Patwon ki Haveli, an architectural masterpiece in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, stands as a testament to the city’s rich cultural heritage. This magnificent haveli is a cluster of five elaborately designed mansions constructed in the 19th century by the wealthy merchant Guman Chand Patwa for his five sons. It is often considered one of the largest and most intricate havelis in Jaisalmer.

Crafted from golden-yellow sandstone, the haveli showcases intricate carvings, ornate jharokhas (balconies), exquisite wall paintings, and finely detailed lattice work known as jali. Each of the five havelis has distinct motifs and designs, reflecting a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles. The impressive facade adorned with detailed artwork depicting local legends, mythological figures, and everyday life of that era leaves visitors awe-struck.

Inside the haveli, visitors can explore various rooms adorned with beautiful paintings and artifacts, providing a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle and artistic prowess of the bygone era. Patwon ki Haveli stands as a living heritage, offering a captivating journey through time and artistry, making it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring Jaisalmer’s cultural riches.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli – For Scenic Views Of The City

Salim Singh ki Haveli, a magnificent mansion in the heart of Jaisalmer , Rajasthan, stands as a testament to exquisite Rajasthani architecture and rich heritage. Constructed in the 19th century by Salim Singh, the prime minister of Jaisalmer at that time, this haveli is renowned for its distinctive features and historical significance.

The haveli’s most striking attribute is its distinctive peacock-shaped roof with beautifully carved balconies resembling the feathers of a peacock. This intricate architecture, adorned with fine details and ornate designs, captivates visitors and photographers alike.

The mansion’s interior is equally impressive, showcasing elaborately decorated walls, archways, and balconies adorned with delicate carvings and intricate artwork, reflecting the opulence and craftsmanship of the bygone era.

Visitors can explore the various sections of the haveli, each with its own unique charm and historical anecdotes. The architectural brilliance and cultural significance of Salim Singh ki Haveli make it a must-visit attraction in Jaisalmer, offering a glimpse into the grandeur and artistic finesse of Rajasthan’s heritage. The haveli stands as a living testament to the region’s architectural prowess and the legacy of its erstwhile rulers.

Sam Sand Dunes – For A Thrilling Camel Ride

The Sam Sand Dunes, situated around 40 kilometers from the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, are a captivating natural wonder within the Thar Desert. These vast stretches of golden sand dunes are among the most popular attractions in Jaisalmer, offering visitors an immersive desert experience.

Tourists flock to the Sam Sand Dunes to witness the breathtaking sunset and sunrise against the backdrop of the expansive desert landscape. The shifting sands create mesmerizing patterns and shadows, providing a picturesque setting for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Visitors can indulge in various activities at the Sam Sand Dunes, such as camel safaris that allow them to traverse the undulating dunes while experiencing the traditional mode of desert transportation. The camel rides often include an opportunity to witness local cultural performances like folk music and dance amidst the serene desert setting.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, options like quad biking or jeep safaris on the sandy terrain are also available, providing an adventurous way to explore the dunes.

Camping under the star-lit desert sky is a highlight for many travelers, offering a chance to experience the tranquility of the desert night and immerse oneself in the rustic charm of traditional Rajasthani hospitality.

The Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer stand as a testament to the raw beauty and allure of the desert, providing an unforgettable experience for visitors seeking an authentic taste of Rajasthan’s desert life.

Gadisar Lake – For Boating On Silken Waters

Gadisar Lake, an oasis in the heart of the arid city of Jaisalmer, stands as a serene testament to the city’s history and architectural brilliance. Constructed by Maharaja Gadsi Singh in the 14th century, this man-made reservoir was initially built as a water conservation tank to meet the water needs of the arid region.

Surrounded by temples, ghats (embankments), and beautifully carved Chattris (cenotaphs), Gadisar Lake exudes a tranquil ambiance that entices tourists and locals alike. The Tilon Ki Pol, an artistically carved gateway, serves as the main entrance to the lake area, adding to its charm.

Boating in the placid waters of Gadisar Lake is a popular activity, offering visitors a chance to soak in the panoramic views of the surrounding architecture while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. Migratory birds often flock to the lake during winter, adding to its picturesque allure.

The lake area hosts various cultural events and festivals, including the annual Gangaur festival, where beautifully decorated boats and processions add a splash of color and vibrancy to the surroundings.

Gadisar Lake remains a tranquil haven in Jaisalmer, inviting travelers to relax, admire its architectural splendor, and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of this historic city.

Desert National Park – For An Encounter With The Wild

Jaisalmer Desert National Park, nestled in the Thar Desert near the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India, is a testament to the unique ecosystem thriving in arid landscapes. Spread across an area of over 3,000 square kilometers, this national park was established to conserve the diverse flora, fauna, and wildlife species that have adapted to the harsh desert environment.

The park’s distinct terrain comprises sand dunes, rocky expanses, and sparse vegetation, providing a habitat for various species of desert flora like the desert crested lark, desert fox, spiny-tailed lizard, and the Great Indian Bustard— an endangered bird species and the park’s flagship resident.

Visitors to the Jaisalmer Desert National Park can engage in wildlife safaris and birdwatching expeditions to catch glimpses of the diverse wildlife that thrives in this seemingly inhospitable terrain. The park’s landscape offers a captivating backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photographers, especially during sunrise or sunset when the golden hues paint a mesmerizing picture across the desert.

Preserving this unique desert ecosystem, the Jaisalmer Desert National Park stands as a sanctuary of biodiversity, offering a rare opportunity to witness and appreciate the beauty and resilience of life in the desert.

Kuldhara Village – For Some Spine-chilling Mystery

Kuldhara Village, located around 18 kilometers west of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India, holds a haunting yet intriguing history that adds to its enigmatic charm. This abandoned village, often referred to as the “Ghost Village,” remains shrouded in mystery and folklore.

Legend has it that Kuldhara was once a prosperous settlement inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins in the 19th century. However, the village was deserted overnight under mysterious circumstances. Stories suggest that an oppressive minister imposed unjust taxes and threatened the villagers, leading them to abandon their homes and flee to ensure their freedom and dignity.

The eerie aura of Kuldhara draws curious visitors and history enthusiasts. The village stands desolate, with crumbling houses and dilapidated structures, lending an air of mystery to its deserted streets. Its abandonment and the eerie silence contribute to the tales of paranormal activities, attracting those interested in the supernatural.

Today, Kuldhara remains a protected heritage site managed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Visitors can explore the ruins, imagine its once-thriving existence, and contemplate the stories that shroud this enigmatic village, making it a fascinating stop for those intrigued by history and the allure of the unknown.

Khaba Fort – For Detailed Artwork

The Khaba Fort, nestled amidst the arid expanse of the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, stands as a testament to history and the desert’s enigmatic allure. This abandoned fort, also known as the Khaba Fort or Khaba Castle, carries an air of mystery and intrigue.

Believed to be over 400 years old, the Khaba Fort holds a significant place in local folklore. Legends suggest that the village near the fort was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, who mysteriously vanished overnight, leaving behind the fort and the village deserted. The prevailing belief is that a curse or a severe drought forced the villagers to abandon their homes, leaving an eerie and ghostly feel to the ruins.

The fort, constructed with locally sourced stones and mud, reflects the traditional architectural style of the region. Visitors can explore the crumbling structures, narrow passageways, and deserted homes within the fort’s walls, offering a haunting yet captivating experience.

Surrounded by the vastness of the desert, the Khaba Fort provides a glimpse into Rajasthan’s history and the harsh realities of desert life. Its desolate yet captivating aura attracts adventurers and history enthusiasts eager to uncover the secrets hidden within its ancient walls.

Vyas Chhatri – For The Blessings Of Sage Vyas

Vyas Chhatri, an architectural gem in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, stands as a tribute to Sage Vyas, the revered author of the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. This stunning cenotaph, also known as Vyas Chhatri, serves as a memorial to this revered saint and is a significant cultural and historical landmark in the city.

Perched atop a small hill near the Gadsisar Lake, Vyas Chhatri showcases intricate Rajasthani craftsmanship and boasts a mesmerizing blend of intricately carved sandstone columns, arches, and domes. The architecture, with its ornate detailing and delicate carvings, reflects the splendid craftsmanship of a bygone era.

Visitors are captivated by the serene ambiance and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape that this site offers. The structure, especially at sunrise or sunset, casts a breathtaking silhouette against the desert horizon, creating a picturesque sight for photography enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Apart from its architectural allure, Vyas Chhatri also serves as a venue for various cultural events and local festivities, offering visitors a chance to witness Rajasthan’s vibrant traditions and folk performances against the backdrop of this elegant monument.

For those seeking tranquility, history, and stunning vistas, a visit to Vyas Chhatri in Jaisalmer is a must, offering a serene retreat and a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

Surya Gate – For Stunning Views Of The Golden Fort

The Surya Gate, also known as the Sun Gate, stands proudly as one of the four main gates leading into the historic Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan, India. This monumental structure, crafted from golden sandstone, serves as a symbol of the city’s rich heritage and architectural brilliance.

Named after the Hindu Sun God, Surya, the gate is adorned with intricate carvings and detailed designs that reflect the finesse of Rajasthani craftsmanship. The imposing gate features delicately carved statues, floral motifs, and ornate patterns, showcasing the artistry prevalent in the region during ancient times.

Visitors are greeted by the imposing beauty of the Surya Gate as they approach the fort, providing an awe-inspiring entry into the historic marvel of Jaisalmer . The gate not only serves as an architectural wonder but also represents the city’s cultural legacy and its deep-rooted connection to its royal past.

The Surya Gate, with its splendid craftsmanship and historical significance, continues to captivate tourists, offering a glimpse into the grandeur and magnificence of Jaisalmer’s architectural heritage. Its beauty stands as a testament to the city’s rich history and enduring allure.

Akal Wood Fossil Park – For The Rare Fossils Of Rajasthan

The Akal Wood Fossil Park in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, stands as a remarkable testament to the prehistoric era, offering a unique insight into the ancient history of the region. Spread across an area of about 21 hectares, this park is a treasure trove of fossilized tree trunks and plant fossils dating back millions of years.

The park’s fascinating collection primarily comprises petrified wood, showcasing the remnants of an ancient forest that thrived here around 180 million years ago during the Jurassic period. These fossils, preserved through the process of petrification, provide a glimpse into the flora that existed in the region ages ago.

Visitors to the Akal Wood Fossil Park have the opportunity to witness the well-preserved fossilized tree trunks, logs, and plant remains, some of which have transformed into stone over the millennia. Interpretative displays and informational boards within the park offer insights into the geological processes that led to the formation of these fascinating fossils.

Exploring this unique park not only offers a glimpse into the ancient past but also provides an educational and enriching experience for visitors interested in paleontology and geology. The Akal Wood Fossil Park stands as a living testament to the Earth’s ancient history, adding an extra layer of intrigue to Jaisalmer’s diverse attractions.

Desert Culture Centre And Museum – For A Peek At Rajasthan’s Heritage

The Desert Culture Centre and Museum in Jaisalmer stands as a testament to the rich heritage and traditions of Rajasthan’s desert region. Situated within the Jaisalmer Fort, this museum encapsulates the essence of the desert culture, offering visitors a deep dive into the history, art, lifestyle, and traditions of the region.

The museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts, textiles, musical instruments, weaponry, and household items, showcasing the craftsmanship and cultural nuances of the desert communities. Intricately designed costumes, embroidered textiles, and exquisite jewelry on display provide insights into the vibrant attire and adornments worn by locals during festivals and daily life.

Visitors can explore exhibits detailing the desert’s nomadic tribes, their unique customs, beliefs, and the ways they adapt to the harsh desert environment. The museum also features information on the flora, fauna, and geographical characteristics of the Thar Desert, adding an educational aspect to the visitor’s experience.

Interactive displays, audio-visual presentations, and informative panels contribute to making the museum an engaging and enlightening destination, allowing guests to gain a deeper appreciation for the desert culture and its enduring legacy in Rajasthan. The Desert Culture Centre and Museum serve as a window to the captivating world of the desert-dwellers, preserving and celebrating their traditions for generations to come.

Khuri Sand Dunes – For A Night Of Fun And Entertainment

Khuri, a quaint village located around 40 kilometers southwest of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, is renowned for its mesmerizing sand dunes, offering an authentic desert experience to visitors. The Khuri sand dunes are a quieter and less crowded alternative to the popular Sam sand dunes, providing a serene ambiance amidst the vast expanse of the Thar Desert.

Tourists flock to Khuri for its enchanting desert landscape, characterized by rolling golden sands that stretch as far as the eye can see. Sunset and sunrise at the dunes are particularly magical, painting the skies with hues of orange and pink, creating a picturesque setting that’s perfect for photographers and nature enthusiasts.

Camel safaris are a popular way to explore the Khuri sand dunes, allowing visitors to traverse the undulating terrain atop these gentle creatures while immersing themselves in the tranquility of the desert. Additionally, camping options are available, enabling tourists to spend a night under the star-studded desert sky, indulging in traditional Rajasthani cuisine and folk music around a bonfire.

Khuri offers a more intimate and authentic desert experience, making it an ideal destination for those seeking solitude and a deeper connection with Rajasthan’s desert heritage.

Nathmal-Ki-Haveli – For Witnessing Paintings In Pure Gold

Nathmal ki Haveli, a mesmerizing architectural masterpiece in Jaisalmer , Rajasthan, stands as a testament to the exquisite craftsmanship of the bygone era. This 19th-century mansion was commissioned by two brothers, Hathi and Lulu, who were artisans and served as the architects of this magnificent structure.

What sets Nathmal ki Haveli apart is its unique design, a blend of Rajput and Islamic styles, showcasing intricate carvings, ornate facades, and delicate craftsmanship. Legends say that due to the absence of a blueprint during its construction, each side of the Haveli was designed differently by the two brothers, resulting in a fascinating asymmetrical yet harmonious facade.

The exterior is adorned with delicate carvings of elephants, flowers, birds, and other intricate patterns that captivate visitors. Inside, the Haveli boasts spacious courtyards, intricately carved pillars, mesmerizing frescoes, and detailed lattice work known as ‘ jharokhas ,’ reflecting the opulence and grandeur of Rajasthan’s heritage.

Today, Nathmal ki Haveli stands as a prominent tourist attraction, allowing visitors to marvel at its architectural splendor and immerse themselves in the rich history and artistic finesse of Jaisalmer’s cultural legacy.

Jaisalmer War Museum – For Paying Respect To The Indian Army

The Jaisalmer War Museum stands as a tribute to the valor, sacrifice, and gallantry of the Indian armed forces. Located near the Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan, this museum commemorates the bravery and sacrifices of soldiers, showcasing their contributions during various battles and wars fought by the country.

The museum exhibits an impressive collection of artifacts, weaponry, military vehicles, and equipment used by the Indian Army. Visitors gain insight into the historical events, particularly the battles fought in the deserts of Rajasthan, including the 1965 Indo-Pak War and the Battle of Longewala during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.

One of the prominent highlights is the Longewala War Memorial, paying homage to the soldiers who defended the nation against overwhelming odds in the Battle of Longewala. The museum’s displays, photographs, and audio-visual presentations vividly narrate the heroic tales and strategic maneuvers of the armed forces.

Visitors can explore the outdoor exhibits housing tanks, fighter jets, and other military vehicles, allowing them to witness firsthand the machinery that played a pivotal role in safeguarding the nation’s borders.

The Jaisalmer War Museum stands as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by the armed forces, honoring their courage and dedication while educating visitors about India’s military history.

Tanot Mata Temple – For A Mystical Day Tour

The Tanot Mata Temple stands as a testament to faith and resilience amidst the sands of the Thar Desert near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. This revered shrine holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike, owing to its historical significance and the legends surrounding it.

Located close to the India-Pakistan border, the temple gained prominence due to the miraculous tales of protection during the Indo-Pak wars. Legend has it that during a conflict in 1965, several bombs were dropped on the temple, but astonishingly, none of them exploded, leaving the temple unharmed. This event strengthened the belief among devotees that the goddess Tanot Mata had shielded the temple from destruction.

The sanctum of Tanot Mata Temple houses ancient idols of the goddess, and devotees throng here to seek her blessings for protection and prosperity. The temple’s aura of spirituality, coupled with the surrounding arid landscape, creates a surreal and deeply spiritual experience for pilgrims and tourists alike.

The temple serves as a symbol of unwavering faith and divine protection, drawing visitors to witness its miraculous history and to pay homage to the revered Tanot Mata.

Indo-Pak Border – Feel Patriotic

The Indo-Pak border near Jaisalmer holds significant historical and strategic importance, marked by the India-Pakistan border outpost of Tanot Mata Temple and the Longewala War Memorial. This border area, known as the “International Border,” has witnessed historical events and stands as a symbol of the relationship between India and Pakistan.

Tanot Mata Temple, located approximately 120 kilometers from Jaisalmer, gained fame during the 1965 Indo-Pak war when the temple miraculously withstood enemy bombardment without any damage. The site now serves as a shrine and a testimony to the faith and resilience of the Indian soldiers and locals.

Adjacent to the temple is the Longewala War Memorial, commemorating the heroic Battle of Longewala during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. This battle showcased the bravery of Indian soldiers who defended the post against a much larger Pakistani force, making it a legendary chapter in India’s military history.

Visitors can access certain areas near the border with proper permissions and guided tours. The site not only offers a glimpse into the military history but also allows tourists to witness the vast expanse of the desert and understand the significance of safeguarding the nation’s borders.

Lodurva – The Ancient Village

Lodurva, a small village located approximately 15 kilometers from Jaisalmer in the Indian state of Rajasthan, holds historical significance and adds another layer of cultural richness to the region’s heritage.

The main attraction in Lodurva is the magnificent Jain temple complex, renowned for its stunning architecture and religious importance. The Jain temples, primarily dedicated to Lord Adinath, showcase intricate carvings, exquisite sculptures, and detailed craftsmanship on yellow sandstone. The temples’ architecture is a blend of Dilwara style and traditional Rajasthani design, making them a visual treat for visitors interested in art and history.

One of the standout features of the Lodurva Jain temples is the Kalpavriksha, a mystical and ancient tree that stands as a symbol of prosperity and fulfillment of wishes. Pilgrims and tourists alike are drawn to this sacred tree, believing in its spiritual significance.

Lodurva also holds a place in history as the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty before Jaisalmer was established. The village’s rustic charm, coupled with its historical and religious importance, makes it a compelling stop for travelers exploring the Jaisalmer region, offering a glimpse into Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage.

Longewala War Memorial – The Battleground

The Longewala War Memorial, located near Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan, stands as a tribute to the heroic battle fought during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. This memorial commemorates the valiant efforts of the Indian armed forces, particularly the Border Security Force (BSF), in the historic Battle of Longewala.

In December 1971, a small contingent of Indian soldiers stationed at Longewala encountered a massive assault from Pakistani forces comprising tanks, artillery, and infantry. Despite being significantly outnumbered and outgunned, the Indian soldiers, under the leadership of Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri, displayed exceptional courage and resilience.

Through their strategic maneuvering, skillful use of limited resources, and unwavering determination, the Indian soldiers successfully repelled the attack, inflicting heavy losses upon the enemy. The Battle of Longewala stands as a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of the Indian armed forces.

The memorial site showcases remnants of the war, including a captured Pakistani tank, war artifacts, and displays that narrate the heroic saga of the soldiers who defended the nation’s borders. Visitors can pay homage to the gallant soldiers who fought fearlessly to protect the sovereignty of the country at this poignant and historically significant site.

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10 Must-Visit Places in Jaisalmer

Every old city has facts to declare, tales to impress, uniqueness to wonder and spirit to live. Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is one such city, which offers facts about the courageous rulers and citizens of the bygone era, tales of unequalled valor, unique in its beauty and undaunted spirit to keep us alive and kicking. The city is located deep inside in the famous Thar Desert . If your next tourist destination is Jaisalmer, ensure that you visit the following 10  tourist places in Jaisalmer .

1. Jaisalmer Fort

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography.
  • Tickets: 30 INR for Indians, 70 INR for other nationalities. 50 INR for still camera and 150 INR for videography.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (9 AM – 5 PM).
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours.

About Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort is famously known as Golden Fort of Rajasthan. It was constructed by Raja Jaisal , Rajput ruler in the year 1156 AD. It ranks amongst the largest forts in the world. The golden and yellow mixed sandstone offer magical look to the Fort. Rising from the desert sands like a mirage, the fort is a real sight with its 99 turrets during night. The Fort stands tall and proud displaying the magic of Rajasthani architecture.

Things to Do around Jaisalmer Fort

  • Street shopping.
  • Sampling cuisines in the many eateries.

2. Bada Bagh

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  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography, Gardens.
  • Tickets: 50 INR for Indians and 100 INR for foreigners.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (9 AM – 6 PM).
  • Duration: 45 min to 1 hour.

About Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh means ‘Huge Garden’. Maharawal Jait Singh’s period saw its construction, which was in the beginning of 16th century. His son Lunakaran completed the construction after the death of his father. The garden served as a memorial where the nobles and their families were cremated. The garden offers a stunning view. The place is isolated. If you visit the place during sunrise and sunset, you are guaranteed of beautiful moments, which you cannot avoid clicking.

3. Patwon-Ki-Haveli

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  • Tickets: 20 INR for Indians and 100 INR for other nationalities plus 50 INR for still camera and 100 INR for videography.
  • Duration: 1-1.5 hours.

About Patwon-Ki-Haveli

Patwon-Ki-Haveli is located in the main city. It was built by a famous trader named Guman Chand and his sons. This massive five-storied construction has five intricately decorated huge suites. The large corridors and the decorated walls are excellent representations of the art form that prevailed. The entire construction is made of yellow sandstone. The grandeur and the architecture of the monument add immense value to the cultural heritage of the city. Out of the five havelis, one is converted into a museum. The third haveli houses the works of local craftsmen of the bygone era.

4. Sam Sand Dunes

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  • Tickets: No entry fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days.
  • Duration: Depends upon the activity you perform here.

About Sam Sand Dunes

To have a feel of the desert, you need to undertake Desert Safari. Sam Sand Dunes is the ideal location to set off for the Desert Safari. You will love the safari on camelback that would take you along crests and troughs and you could watch the picturesque sunset on the desert. Jeep safaris are available as well. Desert festival is organized in the months of February and March. If you are around this time, you would not want to miss the folk dances, camel races and other cultural events conducted here.

Things to Do at Sam Sand Dunes

  • Desert Camping.
  • Desert Safari.
  • Paragliding and other adventure sports.
  • Camel rides.
  • A visit to the nearby Desert National Park and Sanctuary .

5. The Thar Heritage Museum

  • Famous for:  History, Photography.
  • Tickets:  30 INR for Indians and 70 INR for other nationalities.
  • Opening Timings: Everyday   (9AM – 8 PM).
  • Duration: 2 hours.

About Thar Heritage Museum

Thar Heritage Museum is located at the main market of the city. Laxmi Narayan Khatri was the founder of this museum. The museum presents you the history, culture, art and architecture of the famous Thar Desert. Sea fossils aging over million years let us in on how the sea eventually became the Thar Desert. The museum houses unique ornaments of the ship of the desert and horses. Documents and coins of Jaisalmer, ancient manuscripts and weapons are some of the collections found in this museum.

Things to Do at Thar Heritage Museum

  • Enjoy a puppet show (charges separate).
  • Visit the nearby Silk Route Art Gallery.

6. Gadisar Lake

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  • Tickets: Entry free. Boating charges (Row boat 10 INR, Paddle Boat 50 INR, Shikara- 100 INR) for a 30 min ride.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 8 PM).

About Gadisar Lake

Gadisar Lake is located a kilometer away from the fort. It was constructed by the first ruler of the land, Raja Rawal Jaisal and later reconstructed by Maharawal Garsi in the year 1367 AD. The people of the desert city depended on this tank for their water needs. You will find temples, Holy shrines and Chattris around the banks of this lake. The artistically carved entrance made of yellow sandstone offers breathtaking view.

Things to Do around Gadisar Lake

  • Boat riding.
  • Visit the historic Tilon Ki Pol gate.
  • Visit the Folklore Museum nearby.

7.  Nathmal-ki-Haveli

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  • Tickets: No fee.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 7 PM).
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.

About Nathmal Ki Haveli

Nathmal Ki Haveli was built by two Muslim jeweller brothers not stone carvers on the order of the then prime minister. The brothers started working on the opposite sides of the building which lead to a similar but non identical left and right side. Apart from its extraordinary outer carvings, this haveli is known for its beautiful interiors filled with paintings and equipped with modern facilities. An amalgamation of Islamic and Rajputana architecture, Nathmal Ki Haveli is well justified as being one of the most beautiful haveli in Jaisalmer.

8.  Jain Temples

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  • Famous for: History, Architecture, Photography, Pilgrimage.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (7 AM – 12 PM).

About Jain Temples

Located inside Jaisalmer Fort, Jain temples are a series of temples dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras and can be traced back to the 12th century. The temples are are known for their distinctive architectural style modelled after the Dilwara temple of Mt. Abu. Beautifully carved and well interconnected, these temples are a vision to behold and are completely made up of yellow sandstone.

Things to Do near Jain Temples

  • Visit the Gyan Bhandar library.
  • Visit the Jaisalmer Fort.

9. Salim Singh Ki Haveli

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  • Tickets: 10 INR for Indians and 15 INR for foreigners. Extra charges for photography (50 INR) and videography (100 INR).
  • Opening Timings: Open all days (8 AM – 6 PM).
  • Duration: 45 min.

About Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Among all the havelis in Jaisalmer, Salim Singh Ki Haveli is known for its distinctive and eye catching architecture. It was built by the then minister, Salim Singh who wanted to make as high as the fort but was prohibited by the king. It has 38 balconies with their own distinctive style of architecture and a peacock shaped roof. This haveli provides a good glimpse in the past and the photographs taken here would be awe inspiring.

10. Kuldhara

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  • Famous for: Ruins, Ghost Town, History.
  • Tickets: Entry free.
  • Opening Timings: Open all days from 8am – 6pm.
  • Duration: 1 hour.
  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 49 min ( 32.0 km ).

About Kuldhara

An abandoned ghost town, Kuldhara was once a prosperous town occupied by Paliwal Brahmins. The reasons for why a whole city was abandoned within a night is not clear but the popular belief holds the then state minister Salim Singh responsible for the same. The minister wanted to marry the village chief’s daughter and therefore delivered an ultimatum to the village chief to accept his demands or let the whole community face dire consequences. Rather than giving in to the minister’s demands, the whole village decided to move away. Before leaving, they cursed this place to never have any kind of human settlement and this has been proven true to this date. Visit Kuldhara to get a glimpse of the past and get spooked by its tales.

Other attractions include Akal Wood Fossil Park ,  Badal Mahal , Raja ka Mahal, Desert National Park and Sanctuary  , Silk Route Art Gallery and Jaisalmer War Museum .

Popular Places to Visit Near Jaisalmer

Take a trip down to the following places to complete your trip to Jaisalmer. These places are located at a short distance from Jaisalmer and would be even perfect for time strapped visitors.

Khuri

  • Distance from Jaisalmer:  56 min (49.8 km).

A small village famous for its sand dunes, Khuri has scenic sunset viewpoints and offers a good look in Thar’s ecosystem due to its location. This is an affordable substitute to Sam Sand dunes and would be ideal for people looking forward to relaxing among lesser crowds. Camel riding, Desert camping are some of the activities that can be done here.

2. Lodhruva

Lodhruva

  • Distance from Jaisalmer:  1 hr ( 56.0 km ).

An ancient city, Lodhurva was once the capital of Bhati Rajputs before they shifted to Jaisalmer. It is the setting for a romantic folklore and is famous for its Jain temple which was destroyed by Muhammad Ghori but rebuilt in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah. Tourists flock this place to see the architectural ruins and sand dunes. Some ancient hindu temples like Rishabh Nath Temple and Sambhavnath Temple can also be visited here.

Nakoda Jain Temple

  • Distance from Jaisalmer:  2 h 27 min (149.7 km).

Barmer is dotted with ancient buildings and old temples. The Barmer Fort, Chintamani Parasnath Jain Temple, Kiradu Temples, Rani Bhatiani Temple are some of the places that are famed for their architectural marvel. The Mahabar Sand Dunes is another place here that is perfect for an outing with your family and offers nice sunset views.

The city may be in the heart of a desert but the heart of the city is vibrant and pleasant. Go ahead and enjoy these 9 places to visit in Jaisalmer. You are sure to love every minute of your stay. Check out other popular places in Rajasthan to learn more about this magical land of kings and forts.

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8 thoughts on “10 Must-Visit Places in Jaisalmer”

Planning to visit Jaisalmer and nearby places /cities. Trip for 6-7 days.Any ideas n suggestions.

planning trip to Rajasthan, give ideas.

Thar heritage museum is grossly overrated. A two room set so called museum embodies couple of ancient household items, leave alone the congested street it is located. Can be skipped.

Will be visiting Jaisalmer from 2/10/15 to 4/10/15, can any one suggest cheap and best night camp.

The way you have presented Jaisalmer is just speechless …It covers all Jaisalmer tourist attraction with so much of creativity and precise information.

Will be visiting Jaisalmer from 23/11/16 to 25/11/16, can any one suggest cheap and best night camp.

I am planning to visit Jaisalmer for 4 days. Would like to see the places of tourist interest.

I wish to visit during Oct-Nov. I wish to stay for a week and see each landmark in detail. Our country is really a wonderful land.

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  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Patwon-Ki-Haveli
  • Sam Sand Dunes
  • The Thar Heritage Museum
  • Gadisar Lake
  • Jain Temple
  • Salim Singhs Ki Haveli
  • Desert Nation Park
  • Silk Route Art Gallery
  • Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli
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  • Ranthambore National Park
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  1. THE 30 BEST Places to Visit in Jaisalmer (UPDATED 2024)

    8. Desert National Park. 380. National Parks. Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India, is situated in the west Indian state of Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km². The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert.

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    Desert (4) 1. Jaisalmer Fort. Top Attraction 4.4 /5. 1 km. from city center 1 out of 39. Places To Visit in Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Fort is a hill fort with houses, temples, shops, and restaurants. More than three thousand people live within the fort walls.

  3. 8 Places To Visit Near Jaisalmer For A Great Travel Experience In 2023

    Best Time to Visit: November - March. Suggested Read: Desert Safari In Jaisalmer: Experience The Thrill. 7. Jaswant Thada - Royal Architecture. Image Source. The Jaswant Thada cenotaph is located in the city of Jodhpur, which is approximately 300 km away from Jaisalmer and is considered a great attraction today.

  4. 10 Places to Visit Near Jaisalmer for a Perfect Short Trip 2024

    Here is the list of 10 Places to Visit Near Jaisalmer. 1. Barmer, Jaisalmer. 3.8 /5 View 6+ photos. Filled with vibrant colours, rich heritage, and warm hospitality, Barmer represents the true cultural beauty of Rajasthan. A part of the desert lands of Thar, it shares borders with Pakistan on the west and Jaisalmer and Jalore to the north and ...

  5. THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Jaisalmer

    Have a boat ride in evening follow it with a leaser show. See ways to experience (10) 8. Desert National Park. 380. National Parks. Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India, is situated in the west Indian state of Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km².

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    The walls are beautifully decorated and the corridors are large, decked with art of the erstwhile era, making it one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer for all kinds of travelers, especially art enthusiasts, school students, and history geeks. Built By: Guman Chand Patwa Built In: 1805 Location: Patwon ki Haveliyan, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan ...

  7. THE 30 BEST Places to Visit in Jaisalmer (UPDATED 2024)

    Desert National Park near Jaisalmer is a whole different kind of desert adventure. This vast park is home to a surprising variety of wildlife, from graceful gazelles and playful desert foxes to the elusive Great Indian Bustard, a massive bird that's super rare!

  8. Top Things to Do in Jaisalmer, India

    Gopa Chowk, Dhibba Para, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan345001, India. Phone +91 94143 19921. Web Visit website. Most visitors will opt for a camel safari, a quintessential Jaisalmer experience since it provides a rare opportunity to witness the rustic, rural desert life of India.

  9. Top 34 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

    34 Best Places To Visit In Jaisalmer In 2024. 1. Jaisalmer Fort. Perched majestically on the Trikuta Hill, Jaisalmer Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which makes it a top places to visit in Jaisalmer. Crafted from golden-hued sandstone, the fort stands as a fine example of Rajputana grandeur.

  10. 19 Top Tourist Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

    Backwaters. #5 of 19 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer. At a distance of 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station and 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake or Gadsisar Lake is an artificial reservoir in Jaisalmer. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days and also one of the best sightseeing places in Jaisalmer.

  11. 20 Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

    Jaisalmer Fort - Heart of Jaisalmer. Built in the 12th century by the Bhati Rajput ruler Rao Jaisal, the Jaisalmer Fort is a massive yellow sandstone fortification that maintains the Raj Mahal and several havelis, gateways and temples. The tawny-brown rampart that turns into honey-gold at sunset, justifying the name "Sonar Quila", is undoubtedly a blazing instance of visual perception.

  12. Top 8 Best Places to Visit near Jaisalmer

    These top places to visit near Jaisalmer offer a glimpse into majestic palaces, impressive forts, vibrant festivals, and other tourist attractions. Jaisalmer is adorned with colorful architecture and rich history, making it a prime destination for any traveler. Plan your vacation with these destinations in mind, as each one is an unmissable sight.

  13. THE 30 BEST Places to Visit in Jaisalmer District (UPDATED 2024)

    9. Desert National Park. 380. National Parks. Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India, is situated in the west Indian state of Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km². The Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert.

  14. 10 Places to Visit Near Jaisalmer For A Weekend Trip 2024

    Tourist Places Near Jaisalmer. Sam Sand Dunes, Kuldhara Village, Tanot Temple, Khaba Fort, Desert National Park, Khuri Sand Dunes, Bada Bagh, Longewala War Memorial, Lodurva, Pokhran and many more, There are many popular places to visit near Jaisalmer that offer a treasure trove of soulful experiences to the visitors.

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    Of course, one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer is the famous Sam Sand Dunes. This is one of the most authentic desert sand dune sites in India where you can observe 30-60 meter tall sand dunes. Here, you can enjoy Desert Safari on a camel or in a jeep, both are equally amazing and unique experiences.

  16. 35 Best Things To Do In Jaisalmer For A Spellbinding Tour In Rajasthan

    These cenotaphs reflect the best of Rajasthan's incredible architecture and make it one of the must-visit places in Jaisalmer. How To Reach: Auto, Taxi, Train Famous For: Architecture. Suggested Read: 14 Notable Places To Visit Near Kota For A Complete Trip To Rajasthan. 23. Suryagarh - Enjoy The Dinner Amidst Sand Dunes

  17. Jaisalmer: The Ultimate Guide (Including 11 Best Things To Do)

    Most of the forts around the world are either being converted into luxury hotels or just abandoned. But the Jaisalmer Fort is the only fort in the world that houses thousands of people, most of whom earn their living through tourism. A Short History of Jaisalmer Fort. Jaisalmer Fort was built by king Rawal Jaisal in 1156.

  18. 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer That You Can Visit in 2024

    12. Vyas Chhatri, Jaisalmer. #12 of 31 Places to Visit in Jaisalmer. Located inside Bada Bagh, Vyas Chhatri is among the most popular Jaisalmer tourist places. Boasting an array of golden-hued sandstone chhatris with elegant Rajasthani architecture and intricate carvings, these structures are a sight to behold.

  19. Top 20 Places To Visit In Jaisalmer

    Top 20 Places To Visit In Jaisalmer Jaisalmer Fort - For The Rich Rajputana Splendor. Rising majestically from the golden sands of the Thar Desert, the Jaisalmer Fort stands as an epitome of architectural brilliance and cultural heritage in Rajasthan, India.Constructed in the 12th century by Maharawal Jaisal, the fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest fully preserved ...

  20. THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Jaisalmer (Updated 2024)

    See ways to experience (10) 8. Desert National Park. 380. National Parks. Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India, is situated in the west Indian state of Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km².

  21. The 10 Best Things to Do in Jaisalmer

    By 27_rahul_jain. Have a boat ride in evening follow it with a leaser show. See ways to experience (10) 8. Desert National Park. 380. National Parks. Desert National Park, Rajasthan, India, is situated in the west Indian state of Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. This is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km².

  22. 10 Must-Visit Places in Jaisalmer

    Popular Places to Visit Near Jaisalmer. Take a trip down to the following places to complete your trip to Jaisalmer. These places are located at a short distance from Jaisalmer and would be even perfect for time strapped visitors. 1. Khuri. Photo by Benutzer, CC BY-SA 2.5.