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1. Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort

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. It offers a stunning and panoramic view of Jaisalmer city draped in golden yellow. Also known as Sonar Quila, it is the most popular place to visit in Jaisalmer.

2. Desert Safari in Jaisalmer

Desert Safari in Jaisalmer

37 km from city center 2 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is frequented by tourists for its large stretches of desert sand. Popular Desert Safaris in Jaisalmer takes place in Sam Sand Dunes. A Jeep takes you to a point near Sam Sand Dunes (around 45km from the city) from where the camel ride starts and lasts for around 90 minutes.

3. Gadisar Lake

Gadisar Lake

2 km from city center 3 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Built in the 14th century, it was once the source of drinking water for the entire town of Bikaner. Now it has developed as a tourist spot with many temples and shrines surrounding the lake. Gadisar Lake offers scenic and picturesque views of the lake and the adjacent fort.

4. Patwon ki Haveli

Patwon ki Haveli

1 km from city center 4 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Dipped in an enchanting shade of yellow, Patwon ki Haveli grabs the attention of every visitor. It is a cluster of 5 Haveli which was believed to be built by Patwa, a wealthy trader who constructed the stories for each of his 5 sons. Locals also refer to the haveli as Kothari’s Patwa Haveli.

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5. Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes

37 km from city center 5 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

One of the most popular attractions in Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes are among the best and most authentic in India. The best time to visit these dunes is either sunset (around 4-7 pm) or sunrise (4-6 am). There are many other activities which one may enjoy as camel safari and jeep safari.

6. Jain Temples in Jaisalmer

Jain Temples in Jaisalmer

1 km from city center 6 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

This group of beautiful temples within the Jaisalmer Fort walls have carved structures which depict pictures of sages, hermits, animals, etc. Built in the Dilwara style that is famous all over the world for its architecture, these temples are dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdev Ji, the famous Jain hermits known as 'Tirthankaras'.

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7. Nathmal Ki Haveli

Nathmal Ki Haveli

0 km from city center 7 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Nathmal ki Haveli is an ornate architecture in the heart of Jaisalmer. It was commissioned to serve as the residence of the then prime minister Diwan Mohata Nathmal. The haveli is built of yellow sandstone. Thus when the sun rays fall on these structures, they radiate like gold.

8. Kuldhara Village

Kuldhara Village

13 km from city center 8 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Kuldhara is an abandoned village, located around 20 kilometres from Jaisalmer. The village was abandoned overnight by its residents to save their honour and lives from the hands of the tyrannical minister. There is nothing to do as such, but to see the ruins of the village make up for a popular attraction.

9. Vyas Chhatri

Vyas Chhatri

1 km from city center 9 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Vyas Chhatri is the assemblage of golden sandstone, an edifice of Rajasthani architecture. It was dedicated to sage Vyaas, the writer of epic Mahabharata whose cenotaph is situated on the north of the fort.

10. Desert National Park

Desert National Park

40 km from city center 10 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Desert National park is one of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 km. It is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert and houses wildlife such as camels, desert fox, Bengal fox, chinkara, wolves, desert cat, and the Blackbuck.

11. Tanot Mata Temple

Tanot Mata Temple

1 km from city center 11 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Situated 122 km from the city of Jaisalmer, Tanot Mahal is a historical temple at the Longewala border in Rajasthan. The temple is enveloped with numerous legends that instil curiosity in every visitor. Although it is located very close to the India-Pakistan border, it remained untouched during the war in 1971.

12. Jaisalmer War Museum

Jaisalmer War Museum

12 km from city center 12 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer War Museum, also known as Laungewala War Memorial, is established in the military station designed with the view of honouring the war heroes. It embraces the bravery and sacrifices of the Indian Army. The museum popularly known as JWM, houses two information display halls, an audio-visual room and a souvenir shop.

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13. Tazia Tower and Badal Palace

Tazia Tower and Badal Palace

1 km from city center 13 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Situated at the beautiful Badal Palace complex, the five-storey Tazia Tower is a replica of the mausoleum of various Muslim imams with intricate carvings on the walls. The Badal Palace has a cloud like appearance and has the Tazia Tower emerging from it. This tower is quite different from the usual Rajputana architecture of Rajasthan.

14. Indo-Pak Border

Indo-Pak Border

14 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Visiting the Indo-Pak Border is one of the most exotic things to do in Jaisalmer. The area is situated near the Tanot Mata temple and can be visited by prior permission and permits from the Indian Military Forces.

15. Camping and Cultural Evening

Camping and Cultural Evening

29 km from city center 15 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

The golden fort, sand dunes, and the enchanting palaces make Jaisalmer an ideal destination for Camping and Cultural evening. A camping tour is a must on the bucket list of anyone who wishes to dig deeper the real essence of Rajasthan.

16. Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh

5 km from city center 16 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Bada Bagh is primarily a cenotaph adjoining a garden, located about 6 kms north of Jaisalmer, on the way to Ramgarh. The set of royal cenotaphs are basically chhatris of the Maharajas which once ruled the Jaisalmer state. The gardens are now largely neglected, but the hill with the cenotaphs is still quite an interesting sight in the middle of the sand dunes.

Barmer

137 km from city center 17 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Filled with vibrant colours, rich heritage and warm hospitality, Barmer is a small town representing the true reflection of Rajasthan all summed up in it. The sandy grounds of the town are lively and a must visit.

18. Amar Sagar Lake

Amar Sagar Lake

4 km from city center 18 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

The Amar Sagar lake is an oasis near the palace of Amar Singh. The 17th-century citadel was constructed by Maharawal Akhai Singh is located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer city. The palace complex comprises of number wells and ponds along with chhatris and an ancient Shiva temple made of marble in the 18th century.

19. Quad Biking in Jaisalmer

Quad Biking in Jaisalmer

19 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Quad Biking is another one of the very exciting and thrilling things to do in Jaisalmer. The adrenaline rushing sport offers a surreal ride on what are called the ATV Bikes. The activity is performed under strict guidance and supervision of a professional. You can live your 'heroic' moment trying to capture the vast desert on your high speed bikes.

20. Windmill Park

Windmill Park

6 km from city center 20 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

India's largest operational onshore wind mill farm, Jaisalmer Wind Mill Park is located in Rajasthan near the Yamuna River between the Vindyha Mountains and the Himalayas.

21. Akal Wood Fossil Park

Akal Wood Fossil Park

17 km from city center 21 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

The Akal Wood Fossil park is the destination of the prehistoric era. It is located on the Barmer road 17 km away from Jaisalmer city. Akal Wood Fossil Park is the pride of Jaisalmer city; it is the National Geological Monument of India.

Khuri

38 km from city center 22 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Khuri, also known as Tilo Ki Dhani, is a natural hamlet in Thar Desert close to Jaisalmer. Renowned for sand dunes and vast stretch of sandbank, Khuri is an ideal place for camel safari.

23. Dune Bashing

Dune Bashing

23 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Dune Bashing is one of the most exclusive and unique things to do in Jaisalmer. If you have an adventure streak, this is one activity you should definitely try. You will literally feel your adrenaline rush up when you are rafting through the pits and falls of the majestic golden desert even when you are safely seated in the car with seat belts fastened to you.

24. Desert Festival Jaisalmer

Desert Festival Jaisalmer

0 km from city center 24 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

The desert festival is the most awaited colourful event in the land of sand dunes and camels. It was initiated with an intention to give a glance of the imperial Rajasthani culture to the tourists. The festival organises various activities like camel races, turban tying competitions and also Mr Desert contest.

25. Desert Culture Centre and Museum

Desert Culture Centre and Museum

1 km from city center 25 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Knowledge bank of rich cultural heritage, craftsmanship and artistic talents of Jaisalmer, the museum displays varied collections of traditional instruments, rich collections of ancient and medieval coins, any kinds of utensils and other artifacts and admirable textiles.

26. Parasailing in Jaisalmer

Parasailing in Jaisalmer

26 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Parasailing is one of the most exciting things to do in Jaisalmer. Mostly the desert camps and resorts organize this activity on prior request. The activity offers a breathtaking view of the golden sandy city below and you should definitely try it when in Jaisalmer.

27. Jaisalmer Government Museum

Jaisalmer Government Museum

1 km from city center 27 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Established by the Department of Archeology in the year 1984, the Government Museum is a prime tourist attraction of Jaisalmer. It was built to highlight the multifaceted traditional and cultural heritage of the Great Thar Desert. Jaisalmer is the charming city of Rajasthan nestled amidst the mighty Thar Desert.

28. Salim Singh ki Haveli

Salim Singh ki Haveli

1 km from city center 28 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Salim Singh ki Haveli is a beautiful edifice at the heart of the city Jaisalmer. It is one of the major tourists' attractions built in the 1815 CE and commissioned by Salim Singh, the then prime minister of the Kingdom. It also holds another beautiful name - Jahaz Mahal as the front facet of the Haveli resembles a ship stern.

29. Mandir Palace

Mandir Palace

0 km from city center 29 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

The Mandir Palace a two-century-old architecture is the finest heritage hotels in the city of Jaisalmer. The hotel offers an ambiance of medieval charm with a glimpse of modern amenities. It is adorned with exquisite stone carvings, ornate balconies, canopies that represent the craftsmanship in its purest form.

30. Ramdevra Temple

Ramdevra Temple

101 km from city center 30 out of 39 Places To Visit in 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.

31. Khaba Fort

Khaba Fort

26 km from city center 31 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

A ruined citadel situated amidst the scorching Thar Desert is the Khaba Fort. Its history 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.

32. Lodhruva

Lodhruva

0 km from city center 32 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

16 km north-west of Jaisalmer is Lodhruva the ancient capital city of Bhatti dynasty of the 12th century. The old capital of Bhatti Rajput was once a flourishing city. Although the town was ransacked by Muslim invaders, the prominent attraction of the city is its architectural ruins.

33. Thar Heritage Museum

Thar Heritage Museum

0 km from city center 33 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Founded by L Narayan Khatri, the Thar Heritage Museum is a historical reservoir. L Narayan was an eminent scholar of the Jaisalmer folklore. The museum showcases the rich culture, heritage, folk art and architectural style of Rajasthan.

34. Surya Gate

Surya Gate

70 km from city center 34 out of 39 Places To Visit in 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.

35. Shantinath Temple

Shantinath Temple

1 km from city center 35 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

The Shantinath Temple is one among the cluster of seven Jain Temples built in the Jaisalmer fort. It is made in the Dilwara Style with exquisite carvings. The 16th-century temple holds the beautiful idol of the Jain Saint Shri Shanthinath. The grandeur style reflects its spectacular architecture of the medieval period.

36. Tazia Tower

Tazia Tower

0 km from city center 36 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Tazia Tower is a unique Rajputana architecture of Rajasthan. Situated in the Badal Complex, the building has five storeys each of which tells a different story. Tazia in Urdu means float that's taken during the procession of Muharram.

37. Chandraprabhu Temple

Chandraprabhu Temple

1 km from city center 37 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Chandraprabhu Temple is an exemplary Jain temple built in the 16th century. It is one among the seven temples that were constructed for the 8th Tirthankara Jain Prophet Chandraprabhu Ji.

38. Pokhran Fort

Pokhran Fort

100 km from city center 38 out of 39 Places To Visit in 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.

39. Pachpadra Salt Lake

Pachpadra Salt Lake

172 km from city center 39 out of 39 Places To Visit in Jaisalmer

Situated in the Barmer district of Rajasthan near Jaisalmer, Pachpadra Lake is a salt water lake with a sodium chloride level of 98%. Besides the usual extraction of high quality salt from the water, the lake is also a popular tourist spot.

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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

1. jaisalmer fort.

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

6. Kuldhara Village

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

12. Akal Wood Fossil Park

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

18. Salim Singh Ki Haveli

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

24. Pansari Bazaar

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

25. Jaisalmer Wind Park

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

26. Jaisal Italy

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Timings: 4 AM to 9 PM

31. Khaba Fort

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  • 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

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  • Things To Do: Explore the ancient ruins, Visit the artistic temples

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  • Things To Do: Explore Barmer Fort, Visit the local artisans

34. Silk Route Art Gallery

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  • 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

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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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Exploring the golden city of rajasthan: top 20 places to visit in jaisalmer.

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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.

List of 20 Must Visit Places in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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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.

Top Places to Visit in Barmer

  • 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
  • Light of the east
  • 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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The Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer – A 2 or 4 Day Jaisalmer Itinerary

Posted by Kyla Hunter | May 29, 2018 | Family Gap Year Travel , India | 11 |

The Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer – A 2 or 4 Day Jaisalmer Itinerary

Jaisalmer, in the far north-West of India, is a popular stop on any trip to Rajasthan. It’s also one of the best places to visit in India , especially if it’s your first trip! The town is compact and easy to navigate, with transportation readily available and inexpensive. The perfect Jaisalmer itinerary includes spending time both in the city and in the surrounding countryside.

There aren’t a lot of places to visit in Jaisalmer, but the culture is rich, and it’s got a lovely small town vibe. It was by far my favourite city during our 5-week tour of India.

Jaisalmer is a small enough town that you don’t have to spend many days there to make the most of it. If you’re on a tight budget, you can do a fair amount in 2 days. I highly recommend spending 4 days if you can!

Read through the itinerary, then find the details about all the different visiting places in Jaisalmer below!

The Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer in 2 Days

If you only have 2 days you can still fit in a lot of the things to do in Jaisalmer. There aren’t many tourist places in Jaisalmer, so you’ll be able to see most of them although you’ll be busy!

Spend a few hours resting up, enjoy breakfast, then take the morning to explore the Fort in Jaisalmer , including the Jain Temple of Ranakpur (see the note on guides below). It’s fun to just wander the little alleyways, or spend some time walking directly inside the walls and image what life would’ve been like hundreds of years ago when the fort was built.

Fort in Jaisalmer

Have lunch at one of the many restaurants within the fort, then take a moto-taxi to Gandisar Lake . Walk around the lake, check out a few of the temples, then rent a paddle boat and spend an hour paddling on the lake.

Gandisar Lake in Jaisalmer

Afterwards, walk across the road to the Desert Cultural Center . Learn a bit about the desert heritage, and watch the 6:30 pm puppet show. Catch dinner, with a view of the fort, on the way back to your hotel at Pleasant Haveli or Romany.

*Note on guides – their prices are incredibly cheap but they will hard-sell you to purchase souvenirs at specific shops. If you arrive at a shop with a guide the prices are incredibly inflated as they receive a kick-back of up to 50%. Take one at your own risk, or ask for recommendations from your accommodation.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then wander down to the local market and check out some of the beautiful old Havelis (mansions), including Mandir Palace Hotel . Enjoy a swim in the pool or just wander around the old hotel to escape the noise of the city.

Mandir Palace Hotel Jaisalmer

Enjoy lunch on the patio by the pool at the hotel (with or without your bathing suit!).

Walk down the street for a post-lunch Chai at Natraj Restaurant (Chai stall) then go back to your hotel to get picked up for your desert safari.

If you only have 2 days you likely won’t want to spend the night, but no trip to Jaisalmer is complete without at least a bit of time on the dunes. You can still ride a camel on the dunes , enjoy dinner cooked over the fire, then take a jeep back to town.

*If you have more than 2 days, spend the night in the desert and keep scrolling.

Jaisalmer sand dunes

The Best Places to Visit at Jaisalmer in 4 Days

Follow Day 1 & 2 above.

After your night in the desert, rather than driving back to Jaisalmer, have your ride drop you off at Badal’s House to spend the night in Khuri. Enjoy lunch and dinner with him, and in between, wander the village and help milk the cows.

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After breakfast at Badal’s house, catch the late-morning bus back to Jaisalmer. Shower and change at Wanderlust, or wherever you’re staying. Trust me, you’ll want to do this before you do anything else!!

Walk down the road to Trio Restaurant for a late lunch.

After lunch, make your way to Vyas Chatri . Walk around the overgrown grounds, enjoy the quiet and then find a great spot to sit and watch the sunset. This is the best place to watch the sunset in Jaisalmer!

If you have more than 4 days, consider spending more than one night on a desert safari, or a second night in Khuri soaking up the village life. You could also spend more time on the outskirts of Jaisalmer as well, and visit Bada Bagh .

Jaisalmer at night

Need To Know About Jaisalmer

Places to visit in jaisalmer, jaisalmer fort.

The is definitely at the top of the list of the places to see in Jaisalmer. It’s the reason Jaisalmer is named the “golden city”, due to the golden colour of the rocks used to build the fort. It was built in 1156 AD and is possibly one of the only living forts still remaining in the world. It’s not without problems though. Tourism in Jaisalmer has brought more people into the fort, resulting in massive strain on the drainage system, and it’s slowly crumbling away. Restoration work is underway to protect this UNESCO world heritage site, but tourists can help by choosing accommodation elsewhere in the city.

Jaisalmer Fort

Gadisar Lake

This is a man-made reservoir, built by Raja Rawal Jaisal, and was once the only source of water for the city. It’s importance to the history of the city makes it worth visiting alone, but it’s also surrounded by Chattris and temples, Shrines and Ghats (that aren’t often used). It’s also one of the best sunrise photography spots in town!! We visited for sunset, and it was quite beautiful then as well.

Cost – Free to visit. A paddle boat is 200rupees ($4CAD) for 1 hr

Things To Do In Jaisalmer

Desert Cultural Center & Museum with Puppet Show (Jaisalmer museum)

This is the passion project of Mr Sharma, a former teacher determined to keep the local desert culture alive. The museum itself is small, and can be visited in 30min prior to watching the puppet show. It’s an interesting visit, and supports the efforts to preserve the local culture.

There are 2 nighty puppet shows at 6:30pm and 7:30pm (accurate at time of writing!).

Cost – 100rupees ($2CAD) per adult, 50rupees ($1CAD) for kids 3-8yo, 50rupees ($1CAD) for camera. Cost includes a visit to the museum and the puppet show.

Mandir Palace

The Mandir Palace was the residence of the rulers of Jaisalmer for two centuries, and has now been converted to a hotel. The grounds are beautiful, and worth a wander even if you don’t want to swim.

Cost for the pool – 1350 INR for the fam (2 adults and 2 kids).

Places to Visit Near Jaisalmer

I highly recommend an overnight visit to Badal’s house in Khuri, but if you’re not interested in the basic accommodation, it’s still possible to visit on a day trip. You could take the local bus there and back, however the last bus returns to Jaisalmer before dark and it would be a shame to miss the sunset from the dunes. I’d suggest hiring a taxi or private driver for the return trip.

Khuri near Jaisalmer

Vyas Chhatri

Set just on the outskirts of town, this Brahmin cemetery is reportedly the most beautiful place to watch the sunset. It’s worth a wander for a few minutes before the sun sets, then find a place to sit and watch the day end while contemplating life, religion and all things India.

We didn’t make it here, but I would’ve liked to if we had more time or energy! It sounds like a peaceful place to wander around with some beautiful cenotaphs for the city’s rulers from the past set in a wild garden.

Where to Stay in Jaisalmer

*I only recommend accommodation OUTSIDE of Jaisalmer Fort, as the influx of tourism into the fort is causing it’s destruction. I think it’s irresponsible to stay within the fort and contribute to this.

Budget Accommodation: The Wanderlust Guest House

This is, in my opinion, the best guesthouse in Jaisalmer. It’s not fancy, but it’s clean and friendly, and exceptional value for the price. There are basic rooms with shared bath, as well as rooms with a private bath. The view of the city and the Jaisalmer Fort from the roof-top restaurant is absolutely fantastic!

Cost: 250 rupees ($5 CAD)/night for shared bath, 500-700 rupees ($10-14CAD)/night for private bath.

Check up to date prices for Wanderlust on Booking dot com!

Wanderlust Guest House Jaisalmer

If Wanderlust is booked up, there are a few other budget places in town that come highly recommended; Golden Sunrise , Golden Marigold and Sofiana Guest House .

Mid-range Accommodation:

Accommodation ranging from $30-70CAD/night for 2 people counts as mid-range accommodation in Jaisalmer. The places that were recommended were Hotel Lal Garh Fort and Palace , Hotel Fif , Hotel Nirmal Haveli and Pleasant Haveli (adults only).

Luxury Accommodation (with Pool):

In Jaisalmer, I consider luxury accommodation is anything around $100CAD/night for 2 people. For the price, it has to have a pool!! The two best luxury accommodation options are WelcomHeritage Mandir Palace and Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa .

Where to stay Outside of Jaisalmer

Badal house in khuri.

If you’re looking for a rustic, local experience, this is it. Badal is an incredible host and his wife cooks delicious, vegetarian food. It’s very basic, although he had a Western toilet installed a little while ago if you’re not good at squatting!

Cost: 4000INR for 2 nights full board. This was well above the actual price, he only asked for about 2600INR, but that seemed so ridiculously low (and meant the kids were basically free). Getting there: Bus to Khuri was 40 rupees/$0.80CAD each (we didn’t pay for the kids)

I recommend calling him yourself rather than booking online: +91 81073 39097

Where to Eat in Jaisalmer

Trio – This restaurant was recommended to us by a fellow traveler. The food was a bit on the expensive side, but the “real” tandoor naan made it worth it! We had 3 vegetarian dishes with naan and rice. Cost – 850rupees ($17 CAD)

Wanderlust – We ate here because it was convenient, and the food was freshly prepared, well priced, and tasted great. It wasn’t the most amazing food we had in India, but it was still pretty good and the convenience and view made it worth eating here a number of times during our stay!

Romany Restaurant – The view of the Jaisalmer Fort from this restaurant is fantastic! The food was average, and the naan was cooked on a tawa (which is always a bit of a let down for me). Plus, they were burning garbage below and it ruined the meal a bit. This wasn’t the fault of the restaurant, but it affected our experience nonetheless. Cost – 720rupees ($14.40CAD)

Jaisalmer Oasis Restaurant – We had drinks on the rooftop overlooking the fort. Cost 180 rupees ($3.60 CAD) for 2 teas, 2 soft drinks and water.

Pleasant Haveli & Restaurant – The restaurant was empty when we went in, which worried me a bit! The food was fantastic, the view of the fort was excellent, and the paneer butter masala was made not spicy at all for our kiddos (a highlight for them!) Cost 735rupees ($14.30 CAD)

Mandir Palace – The selling point for the food here was also the tandoor naan! We were able to sit and eat in our bathing-suits, beside the pool, and the food was really tasty. Cost 2000rupees ($40 CAD) for a light lunch and drinks (coke and water)

Natraj Chai Shop – There were so many different options for chai. The regular is delicious, and as you go “up” it becomes more cinnamon flavoured. The “super special” was the girl’s favourites, it basically tasted like a cinnamon heart! Cup of Chai starting at 10 rupees ($0.20 CAD) and increasing in price based on the type of chai and the size of cup. This was the only place we went in all of India that had different size of cups!

How to Get Around Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is relatively small and compact, so it’s possible to walk to most places in the center of town. It is the middle of the desert, and can get quite hot! Rickshaws are convenient and readily available. It’s possible to start walking and then flag down a rickshaw if you get too tired or hot! The average cost of a rickshaw journey in town is 100rupees ($2 CAD).

How to Get TO Jaisalmer

You can get to Jaisalmer by plane, bus or train. Jaisalmer has a small airport with flights once a day from both Jaipur (11am) and Delhi (3:20pm) on SpiceJet. The journey is just under an hour and a half from both airports, and costs approximately 4000rupees ($80CAD) one way.

The bus from Jaipur is also an option, but it’s a grueling 9-12+ hr ride that either leaves very early in the morning, or goes overnight. I’d been warned against night-time bus journeys as they’re not considered to be the safest thing. We did run into a number of people who’d done them however, with little complaint about safety. The biggest downside for the bus is that Randy is over 6’ tall and the “sleeping pods” are only about 6’. This would result in a very uncomfortable night for him (way worse than the train!). Between that and the fact that Calais gets car-sick, the train was a better option for us!

If you’re interested in taking the bus, I recommended checking out gobibo.com or redbus.in for schedules and tickets. Approximate cost starts at 500rupees ($10CAD) per person.

Jaipur Jaisalmer Train

The journey from Jaipur to Jaisalmer on the train is a long one, 12-14hrs. It’s possible to do the journey by day, but it’s much better to take the overnight train. The countryside is stark and dry, and really just repeats itself over and over, so you’re not missing a whole lot not being able to see at night! Indian trains are significantly wider than the trains in Europe or China. This was a surprise for me the first time we got on, as I wasn’t expecting the train car to be so open!

The most common train from Jaipur to Jaisalmer has AC3 as the highest class available. The car is arranged 3-bunks high on both sides, with 2-more across the aisle. There aren’t any cabins (these are only available in AC1) or even curtains for the individual bunks! Each pod of 8 people has a light, and by about 10pm most people had their lights turned off. This is, however, until the stop around midnight. We had one empty bed in our pod, and when the lady got on the train she flipped on the light and started banging around trying to put her bag away. It was incredibly disrespectful and woke everyone up! I don’t expect to get a great sleep on the train, but I also don’t expect people to come on with such blatant lack of consideration for everyone else in the middle of the night!

One thing that surprised me on this train was the lack of chai-wallas. There were a few early in the night, but then they stopped. There was also very little opportunity to buy food or drinks, so I highly recommend bringing lots of snacks and enough water for the journey.

Each train car had an “Indian style” bathroom at one end, and a “Western style” bathroom at the other end. There was toilet paper at the beginning of the journey, but it quickly ran out and wasn’t refilled. Definitely bring your own!

The bedding was delivered once we left Jaipur.  Each person got a package of bedding wrapped in paper, along with a pillow and a blanket. It was surprisingly clean (I was prepared for the worst) and we slept with the sheets without thinking twice. The floor on the other hand was a different story. Shoes that slip on and off easily is the way to go. You won’t want to walk around barefoot, but you also won’t want to put your shoes up on the bed!

Cost: 1150ruppees ($23CAD) each for an AC3 bunk.

What We Spent In Jaisalmer

We spent an average of $86.58/day for our family of 4, or $21.65 per person . And this included the Desert Safari. Jaisalmer turned out to be one of the most inexpensive places we visited in India. It was significantly below our average of $132.78/day ($33.20 per person) we spent during our 5 weeks in India.

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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

sam-dunes

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

jaswant-thada

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

Mehrangarh-Fort

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

Khaba-Fort

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

Jaisalmer-Desert-National-Park

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 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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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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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.

Also Read About Popular Monuments in India

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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1. Jaisalmer Fort

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2. Tanot Mata Temple

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3. Longewala War Memorial

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4. Desert Art Gallery

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5. Jain Temples

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6. Jaisalmer War Museum

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7. Kothari's Patwaon-Ki-Haveli

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8. Bada Bagh

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9. Raj Camel safari

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10. Gadsisar Sagar Lake

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11. Basant Art Emporium

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12. Desert National Park

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13. Desert Culture Centre & Museum

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14. Kuldhara Abandoned Village

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15. Sonee Art Gallery

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16. The Thar Heritage Museum

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17. Jaisalmer Taxi Service Cab

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18. Vyas Chhatri

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19. Maharaja's Palace

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20. Surya Gate

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21. Mandir Palace

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22. Manak Chowk and Havelis

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23. Baba Ramdev Temple

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24. Salim Singh-ki Haveli

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25. Maasa Miniature Art

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26. Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli

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27. Gandhi Chowk Street

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28. Amar Sagar Lake

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29. Khaba Fort

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30. Akal Wood Fossil Park

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Jaisalmer fort.

Jaisalmer Fort

Amongst all the places to see in Jaisalmer, the Jaisalmer Fort is the largest. It is in fact, one of the largest forts around the world. Located on the Tirukuta Hill, this fort was built by Rao Jaisal, one of the mightiest rulers of Jaislamer. Due to its location at the golden stretches of the Thar Desert, this fort is also known as the ‘Sonar Quila’ or the ‘Golden Fort’.

Over the past few centuries, this fort has witnessed several battles and has successfully endured its pride and glory of being one of the magnificent forts in Rajasthan. However, kings and battles are no more persistent and can be found on the pages of history books, leaving behind their immortal legacy and bonding with this fort. 

In addition to the beguiling beauty of the fort, it is also bejeweled with several astounding monuments within it premises. Raj Mahal, Laxminath Shrine, Merchant Havelis, the ornate Jain temples and the gateways are some of the major attractions of this fort.

The walls of this 250 feet tall fort are made of crenelated sandstone and they soar 30 feet high from the ground. The golden yellow reflections of these walls, which can be seen from a distance, have gained it the title ‘Golden Fort’. Masking the fort in a yellowish fog, the fort’s main entrance is a sight to behold. Elevated to about sixty feet, the entrance is made from the finest quality rosewood. Inside the fort, there are stables and fortresses of erstwhile kings of the Rajputana pride.

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Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes

Sam sand dunes are indeed one of the most authentic desert dune sites in whole India and truly deserves to be on your list of things to do in Jaisalmer. Here, you find 30 to 60-meter tall sand dunes and many travellers enjoy Desert Safari on camels or jeep. Sam is 45 kilometres west of Jaisalmer city where you can reach by hiring a vehicle. You may further choose to stay in one of many desert camps that are mostly built in 2 to 3 km radius of sand dunes.

The best time to reach Sam sand dunes is around evening to enjoy the desert sunset at around 4 to 7 PM or early morning, during the sunrise time of 4 to 6 am. You can book a camel or jeep well in advance or on the spot as they are also available at desert camps. The best time to visit Sam or even Jaisalmer is from the months of October to March as during the renaming months, all the camps are closed and only few camel riders are made available. Moreover, the evening musical program at Sam at the desert camps are not available in summer and monsoon months and makes it as one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Location:   Sam Sand Dunes, Near Sam Toll Barrier, Right Side Of Sam Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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Gadsisar Lake

Gadsisar Lake

Maharwal Gadsi Singh, the then Maharaja of Jaisalmer constructed this lake in 1400 AD. The lake was originally built as a conservation reservoir for rainwater harvesting; during the ancient times, and it happened to be one of the major water sources for the entire city.

Named after the Maharaja, this reservoir has now earned the fame of being the most popular places to visit in Jaisalmer, and is visited by people from various corners of the world. Located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, it is an idyllic getaway to seek peace and tranquillity of mind, away from the bustling and chaotic city life.

Fringed with several temples and shrines, the lake also serves as an ideal place for the birdwatchers. During the winters, it is flocked by different species of exotic and migratory birds and thus it attracts a number of birdwatchers and nature photographers. Shallow ghats, intricately carved cenotaphs and delightful gardens around this reservoir add to its splendid beauty, and are also one of the main reasons; the lakeside has become one of the popular picnic spots in Jaisalmer.

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Patwon Ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM; Everyday

Location: In Jaisalmer city

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Kuldhara Abandoned Village

Kuldhara Abandoned Village

Located 18 km away from Jaisalmer, the Kuldhara village is known as the ghost village. Lying abandoned from the past few centuries, this village has no signs of human life and is also known as one of the haunted places in Rajasthan. However, during the contemporary times, this hamlet has become one of the significantly visited places in Jaisalmer.

A clan of eighty-five villages, Kuldhara was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, but due to some adverse happenings, the natives evacuated the village within a night. Also, there have been no traces, where and how the villagers left their homes; only assumptions and wild guesses hinted their invasion to some of the nearby regions. Since then there has been no signs of human dwelling or any other activities within the surroundings.

It is also said that while leaving the village, the villagers put a curse on it. According to the curse, anyone dwelling within the village will have to meet a fearful fate, death in the worst cases! Location:  Jiyai, Rajasthan 345001 Best time to visit:  The ideal time to visit Kuldhara would be from October to March when the heat is a little bit less, and you can enjoy walking around in the desert without getting tortured by the sun.

Bada Bagh

Even though Jaisalmer is known to be a desert city, the rulers made attempts to add some greenery to its landscape. The Bada Bagh was one such endeavour that stood the test of time and is now a sprawling garden. Located six kilometers from Jaisalmer, this garden complex is home to the royal tombs and is among the popular places to visit in Jaisalmer.

An artificially built dam is the main source of water to this garden. Commissioned by Maharawal Jaisal Singh, this artificial dam also served as one of the major source of water for the inhabitants of the city. While visiting this garden, the Govardhan Stambh will greet you. This pillar was constructed to celebrate the construction of the dam.

Also, while within the garden premises, you can visit the cenotaphs or the tombstones of the royal families. Built in ancient Hindu architecture, the surrounding has cenotaphs dedicated to each of the Bhatti rulers. Some of these tombstones are as old as the history of Jaisalmer and are a perfect delight for the visitors and make it as one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

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Salim Singh-ki Haveli

Salim Singh-ki Haveli

This haveli is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. Salim Singh-ki Haveli is built on an older structure. This building was constructed during the early part of the eighteenth century. It was the residence of the Mehta family, one of the influential families in Jaisalmer during the early 18th century. Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer commissioned the building of this haveli.

Having a unique architectural identity, the haveli’s roof is based on the peacock’s physical form and it lies within the vicinity of the Jaisalmer fort. In the background you can see high hills overlooking the mansion.

It is believed that two extra floors were built in this building, but was apparently disapproved by the Maharaja and were eventually eradicated down. But there seems to be no indication that these floors existed. The gateways of this building are flanked by a pair of tuskers. Even though the tuskers are made of sandstone, the perfection of their size, shape and carving can make you believe them to be real!

Tanot Mata Temple

Tanot Mata Temple

Jaisalmer War Museum

Jaisalmer War Museum

Desert Culture Centre and Museum

Desert Culture Centre and Museum

This museum and culture centre is the place to visit to know more about the culture of Jaisalmer and its rich heritage. On display in the Desert Culture Centre and Museum are artefacts relating to the ancient customs of Jaisalmer. A visit to this place reveals a lot about the people and cultures of this region. Abundant with artefacts and items of cultural interest, the museum also displays rare coins; some of the coins date back to the medieval period.

Khuri Sand Dunes

Khuri Sand Dunes

Located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, Khuri sand dunes are a popular visiting spot. The Khuri village is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer to witness how people live in a desert. You can see the many mud and straw houses at Khuri. These homes have impressive exterior decorations.

Camel riding is one of the main activities in this village and while visiting this village, you can explore the vast expanses of the desert outskirts on a camel back. The crests and troughs of the dunes will intrigue you. Some dunes reach mesmerizing heights.

Whilst experiencing the terrain of the desert, you can also visit the local settlements to experience the culture. Sit in the verandas of the straw thatched homes. A visit to the local bazaar will get you acquainted with the way of trading in the Thar Desert and will also offer you the chance to live their lives. The music of the Kalbeliyas is something you should not miss when at the Khuri Sand Dunes.

The vast expanse of the Khuri Sand Dunes stretches into the horizon. It is a perfect place to find unparalleled solitude as you ride your camel into uninhabited areas. It is a unique adventure activity where you feel like a nomad wandering through the desert in search of an oasis. Campfires during the night are one of the main attractions in this region.

Desert National park

Desert National park

A visit to the Desert National Park will give a better understanding of how the plants and animals have survived the aridness of the Thar Desert. Displaying the unique range and collection of different species of flora and fauna, this museum attracts the nature enthusiasts and the botanists to a large extent.

The terrain of this forest is multifaceted with craggy rock surfaces interspersed between the vegetation. The animals you can see here are the wolf, chinkara, blackbuck and desert cat. Considerable number of sand-grouses can also be seen near the water holes. During the mornings, you can witness the abundant activity of early birds such as the grey partridge for instance.

The park is known to be the abode of the Great Indian Bustard, the state-bird of Rajasthan. The national park is located as a part of the Sudashri forest. The national park houses animals and birds that thrive in the desert. The wildlife sanctuary spans an area of about 3100 square kilometers and also houses some of the exotic animals like the desert wolves, nilgai and spotted eagles.

Uncover the rich culture that is preserved in the sands of Jaisalmer.

Dussehra Chowk

Dussehra Chowk

Enclosed in the Golden Fort (Sonar Quila) of Jaisalmer, the Dussehra Chowk sprawls as a large courtyard that is shrouded with tales of ceremonies and celebration of the festival of Dussehra during the reign of Rajput in Jaisalmer. The edifices and edges of the marvellous Royal fort can witness from all the angles from the Dussehra Chowk. Hawa Pol, Akshya Pol, Ganesh Pol, and Suraj Pol are the four getaways to enter the fort and one can reach the Dussehra Chowk by Hawa Pol (the last of the four getaways). There is a marble throne which is said to be the place where the King would sit and watch the proceedings in the complex.

Location: Golden Fort.

Opening hours: From 9 am to 6 pm on all the days.

Ticket Price: For Indian visitors, the charge is INR 20 and INR 70 for any foreign national.

Historical Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Vyas chhatri.

Vyas Chhatri

Nathmal-ki-Haveli

Nathmal-ki-Haveli

This haveli has derived its origin from the late 19th century and has extraordinary exterior, dripping with carvings. The 1st floor of the haveli has some beautiful paintings that are made using 1.5kg of gold leaf. Apparently, the left and right wings were the work of two brothers-Hathi and Lulu. The competitive spirit in them apparently produced this virtuoso work. If you closely observe, the two sides are similar, however not identical.

There are pictures engraved on pillars and walls that consist of horses, cattle, and depiction of flora among many other things. The most interesting aspect of this haveli that draws instant attention are the modern amenities such as cars, fans etc. It is said and believed that the architect brothers never saw these things in reality and engraved it with the mere help of their descriptions. These interesting facts surely make visiting Nathmal ki haveli on your list of things to do in Jaisalmer.

Location: In the heart of Jaisalmer

An exterior view of the resort

Located within the vicinity of the Kuldhara village, the Khaba Fort is an abandoned structure that is yet another eerie place in Jaisalmer. This fort holds great potential for photography enthusiasts and is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer to click amazing snapshots. The surroundings of the fort are intriguing enough to let you have a chilling experience!

This fort was inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, and the reason behind this desertion is not entirely known till date. It is believed that when the Paliwal Brahmins deserted the village, they deserted this fort too.

Tazia Tower

Tazia Tower

Tazia Tower of Jaisalmer can certainly be considered to be one of the major tourist attractions on your Jaisalmer tour. If you are fond of the Rajputana architectures scattered in the city, Tazia tower will come as a welcome break to you. It is situated in the excellent 'Badal Palace' complex located near Amar Sagar Gate. These were once the homes of the former royal family.

The Tazia tower is a 5-storied structure where each story has significance in its own. On each floor there is a balcony that is famous for their individual designs. This tower was built by Muslim craftsmen and is based on the shape of Tazia; which is actually the replica of Mausoleum of various Imams. The construction is made of wood, thermocol and coloured papers. The architects gifted it to the then royal patrons to honour them with love and respect.

Location: Badal Palace complex located near Amar Sagar Gate

Surya Gate

Mandir Palace

Mandir Palace

Jain Temple

Jain Temple

The fun fact about the Jaisalmer fort which is also called as ‘sonar quilla’ is that It is just not a tourist attraction site or a world heritage site but a huge settlement that houses temples, havelis, shops, houses etc. This group of Jain temples in Jaisalmer dates back to the 12th century and are of great archaeological value. These temples are a great example of a Dilwara style built with animals and human figures carved on the walls of Yellow stones. The Jain temples in the Jaisalmer Fort are dedicated to Rikhab Devji and Shambhavi Dev Ji, the famous Jain hermits which are fondly called as 'Tirthankars'.  Gyan Bhandar library is one of the interesting features that you will find on the campus, prowl on some of the rare manuscript preserved in India at this place.

Location: Jaisalmer Fort.

How to reach: Share an auto rickshaw or take a rickshaw up to Jaisalmer fort.

Famous for: Dilwara style paintings, and architecture.

Opening hours: Early morning till 12 noon.

Maharaja's Palace

Maharaja's Palace

A five storied building in the Main Chowk of Jaisalmer Fort is what is recognized as the Maharaja’s Palace. The palace has meticulously carved stone balconies and window arches as some of the alluring features. The official name of “the palace” is Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum & Heritage Center but the locals and tour guides commonly refer to it as “the palace” as it is easy to spit out. The palace showcases the lavish and grand rooms like the King’s bedroom, exercise room and the audience room of the King to its visitors. The main hall displays paintings of Maharaja in different periods and the walls of the palace recite the tales of the royal legacy and makes it as one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Best season to visit: Winter season (November to February)

Location: Main Chowk, Jaisalmer Fort.  

Opening hours: 8 am to 6 pm (from April to October), 9 am to 6 pm (from November to March)

Entry Fee: INR 250 which also includes still camera approval and a self-directed audio tour.

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Parasailing In Jaisalmer

Get an amazing parasailing experience at Jaisalmer

Activity Location: Kanoi, Rajasthan

Pick-up/ Drop-off Location: Your resort in Sam

Start/ End Point: Parasailing Ground, Kanoi

Activity Timings: 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Activity Duration: 10-15 minutes

Flight duration: 4-5 minutes

About Parasailing In Jaisalmer:

Visit the deserts of Jaisalmer and go parasailing there. The ability to partake in one of the safest aero sports while gliding through the air and feeling the air rush around is one of the most exciting things to do. View the city from above as it is adorned with historical forts, vibrant alleyways, and the allure of an exotic desert in the distance.

Offbeat Experiences in Jaisalmer

Half day desert safari in jaisalmer | book now & save 61%.

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Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer, Save 67% & Get ₹1500 Cashback

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About the Jeep Safari In Jaisalmer :

-Make your vacation a special one while you head out on an amazing Jeep safari in Jaisalmer and drive through the deserts. -During this village jeep safari, you will get a chance to explore the villages and basti, where you get a chance to see the cultural life and daily life of these places. -Get a chance to witness the daily life of the famous Basti, as you take this amazing jeep ride. -As you move on from the bustling activity of the village to the serenity of desert, one is at times able to spot a trek of the famous Black Buck Antelope. -The drive continues across the desert to the Lakhmanna, Sam village, Bhillo ki Basti and more places where a number of migratory birds come in the season of winter, and provide a splendid view -Indulge in the Jeep safari activity and travel amidst Lakhamana Dunes for 2 KM in the desert for about 35 minutes. -Take the photographs with your family to make the trip memorable. -End your tour by heading back to the desert camp after indulging in the enthralling fun of 45 minutes.

Timings :  You can pick any spot from 8:00 AM till 6:30 PM in a day.

Minimum number of people required- 2.

Get an amazing parasailing experience at Jaisalmer

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The city of Jaisalmer additionally goes about as the monitor to western Rajasthan (and India's) frontier. Perched near the border of Pakistan outskirts and in nearness to the Thar Desert, this city beckons travelers from far and wide. The city's most unmistakable milestone is the Jaisalmer Fort, likewise called Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Dissimilar to most different strongholds in India, Jaisalmer Fort isn't only a vacation spot. It houses shops, inns and old Havelis (homes) where ages keep on living.

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Camping In Sam Sand Dunes

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Checkin Time: 04:00 PM

Checkout Time: 10:00 AM

Camp Location: Sam Village, Jaisalmer

About the Camping In Sam Sand Dunes:

Sam Sand Dunes Desert Safari Camps Jaisalmer is one of the best places in Jaisalmer to enjoy camping. It is home to one of the most luxurious tent camps in Jaisalmer. Sam Sand Dunes of Jaisalmer provides a variety of services and activities to welcome their guests and allow them to enjoy a luxurious stay. This camp also arranges camel safaris to see the sunset and sunrise, as well as Rajasthani traditional cultural values to delve into a different world. A night camel safari into the desert will provide you with a real taste of the desert.

Our Sam Sand Dunes Group of Resorts & Camp is one of the best camping spots in Thar Desert Jaisalmer. Our Resort's tents are fully equipped with both modern and traditional interiors. The tents are specifically designed to provide visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Camel safaris and Desert Jeep Safaris in Sam Sand Dunes allow you to experience the soul of this enthralling land.

Quad Biking In Jaisalmer

Enjoy quadding at the soil of Jaisalmer

Activity Location: Kanoi, Rajasthan 345001

Operational Hours: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Activity Duration: 30 Minutes

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While in Jaisalmer, a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, you can enjoy a variety of exciting and adventurous activities with your loved ones. In addition to being a fantastic place for exploration and sightseeing, Jaisalmer is also a terrific place for many thrilling activities. Drive your QUAD bike across the difficult up-and-down sand dunes which will give you an adrenaline boost. For people who like to experience new things and who want to explore Jaisalmer beyond the usual tourist attractions, this is unquestionably a must-do. Come along with your adventure companions and create lifelong memories.

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Known for great fortifications, rich royal residences and heavenly Havelis (chateaus), Jaisalmer is the perfect destination for vacation lovers. If you are looking for some adventure time in the desert and have a holistic view of the real Rajasthani culture with your own eyes and immerse into the same.

Royal Food Walk Tour in Jaisalmer

Royal Food Walk Tour in Jaisalmer

Shopping Places in Jaisalmer

Manak chowk.

Manak Chowk

Pansari Bazaar

Pansari Bazaar

When looking for distinct shopping experiences in Jaisalmer, a visit to its oldest market, Pansari Bazaar, is a must. The place, which once was a villager’s market, is today a vibrant thoroughfare where you can buy a plethora of goods. Most commonly visited for its wealth of colourful puppets made out of fabrics, the bazaar also sells wall hangings, antique bells and chimes, etc. When at the market, you can also buy beautiful fabrics in different colours, patterns, prints, etc. to make into dresses and bedding. The bazaar is situated 0.2 kilometres away from the Jaisalmer Fort, allowing you to easily fit a visit to the market on a Jaisalmer sightseeing day. Location: Dhibba Para, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001 Timing: Daily; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Price: Free

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Bhatia Bazaar

Bhatia Bazaar

Bhatia Bazaar is yet another popular shopping destination in Jaisalmer which holds a distinct place in the shopping map of the Golden City. Here, you can expect to see shop-keepers dressed in pretty, ethnic outfits, hawking their wares. The lively atmosphere, colourful displays and tiny cobbled streets, make it an excellent stop for photography enthusiasts. At Bhatia Bazaar, you can buy intricately carved wooden boxes, oil lamps, carpets, cotton and silk textiles, antiques, table runners, mirrors, furniture, etc. The bazaar looks particularly vibrant around the festival days when both locals and tourists flock the market to shop and enjoy the lit-up streets. Location: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Timing: Daily; 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Price: Free

Sonaron Ka Baas

Sonaron Ka Baas

‘Sonaron ka baas’ translates into an abode of goldsmiths. The name truly, but not entirely represents what the market sells and is best known for! When looking for places to visit in Jaisalmer for jewellery shopping, do add this vibrant market on your list. Here, you can buy both traditional and contemporary jewellery in a range of materials. You will find jewellery shops selling the jewellery pieces in gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones. If you are looking for something more pocket-friendly, you can find a wide range of imitation jewellery which will go with both western and Indian outfits. Because Indians love to shop for gold around festivals, you will find the place to be particularly vibrant and decked with lights around the time.  Location:  Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001 Timing: Daily; 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Price: Free

Sadar Bazaar

Sadar Bazaar

Sadar Bazaar is another shopping favourite amongst both local and foreign shoppers. The market is laid out in the form of small shops sitting adjacent to one another, selling a wide variety of goods. The narrow streets run for long distances, allowing you to feast your eyes on a plethora of goods, including hand-embroidered leather footwear (juttis and mojaris), carpets made out of camel hair, tie-and-dye fabrics, etc. You can also find cloth puppets, carved wooden ornaments, furniture, blankets, shawls, etc. When going to the bazaar, just remember to take cash with you because just like any other market in Jaisalmer, cards are not accepted at Sadar Bazaar.   Location:  Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001 Timing: Daily; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Price: Free

Places to Eat in Jaisalmer

The lalgarh - restaurant.

The Lalgarh - Restaurant

Wyra - Rooftop Restaurant

Wyra - Rooftop Restaurant

Location:  Jaisalmer - Sam - Dhanana Rd, Police Line, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Timing:  Daily; 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM 

Price:  Cost of two: INR 1,250 approx.

Jaisal Italy

Jaisal Italy

Location:  Aaakhe pol, Fort First Gate, Gopa Chowk, Fort Road, Khejer Para, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan +91 2992 253 504

Timing:  Daily; 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Price:  Cost of two: INR 750 approx.

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Helsinki House - Rooftop Restaurant

Helsinki House - Rooftop Restaurant

When you want to combine Jaisalmer sightseeing with delicious food and a vibrant ambience, then The Trio is the place to go! The restaurant is situated on the rooftop of the Mandir Palace Hotel but is not a part of it. You can take your seat under a huge tent canopy and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Jaisalmer Fort while tasting a truly Rajasthani cuisine. The place offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes which you can devour with a cold beer or a bottle of wine on the side. The place is always busy, so expect a little waiting time and once there, do order their famous Laal Maas or mutton. Location:  Mandir Palace, Gandhi Chowk, Near Bank of Baroda, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

Timing:  Daily; 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM & 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM 

Price:  Cost of two: INR 600 approx

Other Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Amar sagar lake.

Amar Sagar Lake

The Thar Heritage Museum

The Thar Heritage Museum

Akal Wood Fossil Park

Akal Wood Fossil Park

The Akal Wood Fossil Park is a kind of a destination that is loved by all. People of all ages usually love to go and explore the prehistoric era here. Once you reach the park, you will notice the area is covered with large fossilized tree trunks of various sizes and seashells. The largest of which is about 13 meters long and 1.5 meters wide. There are around 25 numb trees and some of the oldest fossils are about 200 years old. Since the climate here is hot and humid, it helps in preserving these fossils.

Entry Fee: For Indians: Rs. 5

                  For Foreigners: Rs. 20

Location: The Akal Wood Fossil Park is located 17 km away from the main city of Jaisalmer on Barmer Road

Shantinath Temple

Shantinath Temple

Shantinath Temple is situated inside the Jaisalmer Fort. This shrine is visited for its brilliant architectural style and remarkable sandstone carvings. The temple is dedicated to Shri Shantinath, fondly referred as a Jain Tirthankara and is one of the seven prominent Jain temples within the Golden Fort. It stands in the form of a majestically carved, beautiful idol that attracts a number of pilgrims from across India. The temple dates back to the 16th century and it holds a religious significance among its believers. There are a total of 24 Tirthankar statues which are placed inside this temple and is a remarkably serene location to spend some time in solitude. The tranquillity and architectural significance of this temple make it as one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Location: Near Golden Fort, inside the Jaisalmer Fort.

Opening Hours: Opens for visitors from 9 am to 6 pm on all the days.

Type of Landmark: Pilgrimage site.

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Chandraprabhu Temple

Chandraprabhu Temple

The geometrical patterns and the curved facades beautify the charm of the red stone carvings which is influenced by the Rajput style in this temple. This Jain shrine located inside the Jaisalmer Fort dates back to the year 1509. The Chandraprabhu Temple in Jaisalmer is dedicated to the 8th Jain Tirthankara, Chandraprabhu Ji (a Jain prophet), and it is considered as one of the prominent seven Jain temples in the fort. People who have visited this Jain temple already boast of the intricate designs and carvings, the pretty edifices and the corners. Wherever you see there is something to catch your eyes and that brings a number of visitors every day to this holy shrine.

Location: Off the Jaisalmer-Sam Road, Jaisalmer 345001, India

Famous for: Rajput style architecture and religious significance.

Longewala War Memorial

Longewala War Memorial

Longewala War Memorial is the spot where the battle of Longewala in 1971 between India and Pakistan was fought. The popular movie "Border" is based on this story. It is the last point up to which civilians are allowed, just 12 km from Pakistan. The museum was constructed right on the spot of the battle and is maintained by Indian Army. This area faces rather harsh conditions such as the temperature in summer easily goes beyond 50 degrees, and water is rare, no vegetation, food transportation from Ahmedabad or Mumbai. Despite all these conditions, the museum is well maintained.

There is an audio-visual show chronicling the Longewala battle, giving out interesting details of those days. There are actual battle tanks, jeeps and weapons from the battle displayed over here, both from Indian and Pakistani sides. They have also preserved photos of and after the battle. The museum also houses the actual bunkers used by the soldiers which are reconstructed for public display. What grabs your attention and is heartening to see is that the place is given as much importance as a religious spot and the upkeep is in line with the same & make it as one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Lodhurva

Lodrawa, also known as Lodurva or Lodarva is a village in Jaisalmer district of state Rajasthan in India. It is 15 kilometres to the north-west of the popular city Jaisalmer. Lodrawa was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD when Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer. This village is a popular tourist destination that is known for its architectural ruins and surrounding sand dunes.

It is also famous for the Jain temple which is dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanath destroyed in 1152 AD when Muhammad Ghori sacked the city but was reconstructed in 1615 by Seth Tharu Shah and further additions were commissioned in 1675 and 1687. The temples were rebuilt in the late 1970s, as reminders of the city's former glory. Some of the other places for you to add on your list of things to do in Jaisalmer are Rishabh Nath Temple and Sambhavnath Temple, Hinglaj Mata temple, Chamunda Mata temple, and an old temple of Shiva.

Location: 15 kilometres to the north-west of the popular city Jaisalmer

Pokaran Fort

Pokaran Fort

Indo-Pak Border

Indo-Pak Border

For an average Indian, this border gives a feeling of proud nationalism whereas others know the history between two countries well and love being here. Since ancient times, this zone was used by travelers to visit and export items to other countries.

Now this zone has the Border Pillar No. 609 which is situated in the No Man's Land near the Line of Control on the Indo-Pak Border. At BP 609, one can see the check post, the fencing of wires on the Indian side and watchtower of BSF.

Only Indians are allowed to go up to BP 609, and that too after a proper permission from the BSF authorities. Visiting here is possible only if you are going by your own vehicle. Yes, it could be a little tough to get permission but the nationalist in you will definitely bring you here and make it as one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Location: 350 KM from Jaisalmer

Timing: Best to visit from 9 AM to 6 PM

Jaisalmer Wind Park

Jaisalmer Wind Park

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Jaisalmer Government Museum

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Jaisalmer has many accommodations to suit every budget. You can choose to stay at: 

1. Jaisalmer Marriott Resort And Spa:  This is the place to be if you are looking for a luxurious escape right in the heart of the city. It offers warm Rajasthani hospitality with a world-class spa where you can spend your days relaxing and rejuvenating.  2. Suryagarh Palace:  Suryagarh Palace offers a carefully curated experience which combines the royalty of Rajasthan with all the modern amenities of a luxury resort. Here, you can choose to stay in one of the many suites or in your own haveli to experience the true Rajasthani lifestyle.    3. Mirvana Nature Resort And Camp:  If glamping in the midst of changing sand dunes and sleeping under the stars is your idea of a perfect holiday, then this is the place for you. Surrounding you with the stunning desert landscape, this nature resort offers all the amenities of a luxury resort.    

4. Devi Desert Resort and Retreat:  This boutique resort offers quirky accommodations in the form of thatched-roof huts that are situated bang in the middle of the desert. You can enjoy a secluded holiday in your own hut which is packed with all the modern facilities for a comfortable stay.  5. The Mama’s Resort and Camp:  If you are looking for budget stay options in Jaisalmer, then this guesthouse fits the bill. What it does not discount are hospitality and comfort. You can experience the best Rajasthani welcome and the ambience of old desert qasbas as you stay in one of the tents at this resort.

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Jaisalmer Top Attractions

Jaisalmer

Situated at a distance of around 40 km from Jaisalmer (Rajasthan), Desert National Park is counted amongst the largest parks of India. Geographically, this park covers an area of 3162 sq. km extending from the borders of Jaisalmer, the park boundary reaches close to the Indo-Pak border. Explore Desert National Park, Jaisalmer, on your Jaisalmer package for wildlife encounters.You can expect everything here that a Desert ecosystem has to offer you. There are craggy rocks, intermedial areas, compact salt lake bottoms, and fixed dunes. In fact, the dunes makeup to almost 20% of the area under this park. Amongst the wild flora of the Desert region, you get to see Desert plants, cacti, and other thorny bushes. An adventure-filled safari will be the best way to take a 360-degree tour of the Desert ecosystem here. Besides jeep drive, if you are really adventurous, you can indulge in camping and bonfire activities here. Being located within the close proximity of the Thar Desert, the park re-defines all parameters of stereotypical transitions exhibited by flora and fauna there. Even though the Desert ecosystem at the Desert National Park is harsh and fragile, it shelters a plethora of wildlife.In fact, bird researchers tag this place as a haven for migratory birds. If you are an avid lover of the rare bird species, get your binoculars and DSLRs on as you have The Great Indian Bustard to spot here. If you take a keen interest in exploring the Desert National Park, you will come across some remnants dating back to the era of Jurassic times. So, be ready to stare at the remnants of the dinosaurs dating back to around 6 million years.The park has also got animal and bird fossils dating back to 180 million years. So, get set and go as you and your DSLR has got a lot of hard work here. Flora and Fauna at Desert National Park –Excited to know more about the Desert National Park? Let’s peep into its flora and fauna first – 1. Animals – Desert monitors, deadly vipers, spiny-tailed lizards, Krait, and sandfish are the prominent members of the wildlife family. If you are fortunate enough to be there on time, you can even spot on Desert and Bengal foxes munching on some fresh berries. Apart from these key animals, the Desert National Park also shelters Vulpes, Blackbuck Antelope, Gazelle gazelle, Desert Cat Felis Libyes, and Cervicapra Rajputana Chinkara. 2. Birds – As stated early, this park is never-ending heaven for all bird lovers. Desert National Park of Jaisalmer is known to house 150 different varieties of residential and migratory birds. It is a common phenomenon to locate endangered species of The Great Indian Bustard. Amongst the other common species you have – Demoiselle, Eagles, Falcons, Partridges, Bee-Eaters, Vultures, Larks, Shrikes, Macqueen’s Bustard. As you move on to the next section of the park, you will come across some ponds and waterholes. Larks and wheatears are common species to be located here. 3. Reptiles – Not all, but Desert National Park has surely got several reptile species to exhibit before you. Monitor lizard, Spiny-tailed lizard, Russell’s viper, Saw-scaled viper, common krait are few of the reptile species to be traced here. 4. Vegetation – Although a sparse one, you still can find a variety in the vegetative species at the Desert National Park. Prominent amongst the vegetative species are aak shrub, sewan grass, and cacti. It has got a well-diversified desert type of landscape where you have small salt lake bottom, fixed and shifting dunes, and craggy rocks. While strolling through the park, do not forget to raise your head high above the sky. You will be surprised by the number of vultures soaring high to present a delightful sight. 

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.

Kuldhara Village

Ghost stories have a very different kind of charm to lure readers with old forts, ruins of castles, deserted alleys, sinister houses and abandoned spirits. Explore the enigmatic Kuldhara Village on your Jaisalmer trip package, delving into its deserted charm and unraveling the intriguing tales within. Lying 21 Km from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, Kuldhara village has a similar story to tell. At present Kuldhara Village is a heritage site and is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). As you enter the premises of this ancient village you can feel as if time has stood still in Kuldhara since the last 200 years. Straight dusty roads with intermittent rows of mud houses, cul-de-sac lanes and sandstone walls and a temple once visited by the Paliwals stand as a living testimony of some sad past. To the east of the village lies the parched river bed of Kakni which is a warning to the impossibility of sustenance of life in this place. An erstwhile flourishing village of North-Western India whose history dates back to the 13th century was abandoned overnight in 1825 for some reason unknown. As you walk along the ruins of Kuldhara village you can witness the ravages of time on its soil.  However, the place does not have any supernatural fact behind its myth but a veil of sadness rends the air narrating the unfortunate past of its natives who were forced to leave their ancestral place under the cover of darkness. History Of Kuldhara Village -Kuldhara village was founded in 1156 by Jaisel Bhati atop the Trikuta Hill in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.The purpose of building a settlement in such a place was due to the reason that the original capital Lodarva was under the threat of attacks by the enemies.The place around the Trikuta Hill had a smooth trade route with Persia and Arabia in the Middle East by land and also through the ports of Gujarat.As a result, they used to earn handsome revenues due to levied taxes from the caravans who used to travel from these places to Rajasthan. Subsequently, the invaders travelled from Afghanistan and used this route to plunder the wealth from Gujarat and the Somnath Temple in particular, that was known for its assets. For protecting themselves from the attacks of the invaders, the villagers abandoned Kuldhara and its adjacent villages as men, women and children were being held captive by the intruders and enslaved thereafter. 

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Suggested Read: Top 10 Villages In Rajasthan That Reflect The Culture And Heritage

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

Suggested Read: Safari In Rajasthan: 12 Camel Safaris That’ll Make Exploring Deserts An Unforgettable Experience

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

Suggested Read: 10 Magnificent Places To Visit In Summer In Rajasthan For A Royal Vacay!

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

Suggested Read: 7 Awe-Striking Waterfalls In Rajasthan That Will Steal Your Heart

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.

Further Read: This Is How A Family Fell Prey To The Charm Of Jaisalmer

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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 Itinerary for 2 Days & Complete Jaisalmer Travel Guide

Jaisalmer Itinerary for 2 Days & Complete Jaisalmer Travel Guide

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This post contains a Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days, in addition to a complete Jaisalmer travel guide.

Jaisalmer, also known as the golden city, is located in Rajasthan, India. This city has been termed as the golden city due to the houses and the famous Jaisalmer fort here which have been constructed using yellow sandstone as well as yellow sand, giving them a yellowish golden appearance. If you look at the city from a height, Jaisalmer will appear golden in color, thus crowning it with the name golden city of India. Located in the far western end of India, Jaisalmer’s proximity to the Thar desert makes it a popular tourist destination for those who wish to experience a camel safari or a jeep safari in the desert. Jaisalmer was named after the Rajput King Jaisal Singh who founded the city in 1156 AD. Besides this 2 day Jaisalmer itinerary, if you're want to see more pictures of my trip to Rajasthan, then head over to my Instagram profile ( @thespicyjourney ).

Most people who visit Rajasthan often head straight away to the popular cities such as Jaipur - the pink city and Udaipur - the city of Lakes. While both these cities are popular for good reason such as the stunning culture, architecture and the monuments, Jaisalmer is often overlooked by tourists. The golden city deserves for credit for sure and this article is sure to convince you to visit this desert city.

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Jaisalmer Travel Guide & Jaisalmer Itinerary for 2 Days

This Jaisalmer travel guide + Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days focuses on the many enriching experiences that one can enjoy in the golden city of India. While the sprawling Jaisalmer fort marks the iconic landscape of Jaisalmer city, there’s a long list of things to do in Jaisalmer, which not only includes exploring the many temples and sites inside the Jaisalmer fort but a lot more than that. Despite its slightly offbeat location, Jaisalmer is among the top places to visit in Rajasthan, India.

Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer Rajasthan

  • Summer (April - June): Since Jaisalmer is situated in the Thar desert, it can get unbearing hot during the summer. It’s best to avoid visiting Jaisalmer during this season.
  • Monsoon (July - September): While the monsoon months from July to September bring relief from the heat but the downpours can be cumbersome and the streets may be muddy during this time of the year.
  • Winter (October - March): The winter months are a good time to visit Jaisalmer, especially October-November as well as February-March when the weather is pleasant with it being neither too hot nor too cold. This is the best time to visit Jaisalmer golden city.

How to Reach Jaisalmer, the Golden City

Nearest airport to jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer doesn’t have an airport but the Jodhpur airport is the closest airport to Jaisalmer, located roughly 300 km away. You can take a cab from Jodhpur airport to Jaisalmer. Alternatively, you could even take a local train or bus from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer which is a much cheaper option.

Nearest Railway Station to Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer has a railway station called the Jaisalmer Railway Station (JSM) which is well connected to nearby cities within Rajasthan as well as other major cities in India.

Delhi to Jaisalmer

The distance of 766 km between Delhi and Jaisalmer is 585 km and can be covered by road in 12-14 hours or by a direct train in 17 hours. Alternatively, there are flights available from Delhi to Jodhpur and the rest of the journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer can be covered by rail or road.

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Jodhpur to Jaisalmer

The distance from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer is roughly less than 300 km which can be covered by road or rail. There are Rajasthan state transport buses plying between the two cities. Apart from this, there are comfortable private AC buses running between the cities as well. Moreover, there are direct trains for Jodhpur to Jaisalmer and vice-versa. While one can hire private cabs, it's a faster but much more expensive option compared to taking a bus or train.

Getting Around Jaisalmer

Even though most of the sightseeing places in Jaisalmer lie within walking distance of the Jaisalmer fort, you will need to hire a cab or auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) to explore some of the places to visit in Jaisalmer which lie just outside the city. There are lots of tour guides and tour companies which offer good rates on half-day or full-day tours of the sightseeing places which lie just outside Jaisalmer.

Where to Stay in Jaisalmer

Zostel jaisalmer.

Where to stay in Jaisalmer - Zostel Jaisalmer

View from the rooftop at Zostel Jaisalmer

I cannot put into words how wonderful my stay at Zostel Jaisalmer was. Zostel Jaisalmer is located inside the Jaisalmer fort. While that in itself may sound amazing, the property is absolutely beautiful, decorated tastefully using traditional Rajasthani fabrics and decor items. The cherry on top though is the rooftop that has comfortable seating overlooking the entire city. Zostel Jaisalmer has dorms as well as private rooms, multiple common rooms, and an in-house cafe. They also organize lots of activities that include walks inside the fort, food walks, and desert safari.

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Moustache Jaisalmer

Where to stay in Jaisalmer - Moustache Jaisalmer

Moustache Jaisalmer is yet another one of the wonderful places to stay in Jaisalmer. Even though this hostel is located just outside the Jaisalmer fort, unlike Zostel which is inside the fort, it is located within walking distance from the fort. What I loved about Moustache Jaisalmer was the open verandah right in the center, giving it a very traditional appearance. There are comfortable cushions around this verandah. That, along with the intricately carved walls and the availability of both private rooms as well as dorm rooms make Moustache Jaisalmer one of the best places to stay in Jaisalmer.

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Hotels in Jaisalmer Inside Jailsamer Fort

When it comes to finding hotels in Jaisalmer, I strongly recommend getting a hotel inside the Jaisalmer fort. Even if you don’t manage to do that, there are tons of hotels near the Jaisalmer fort. Since the fort by itself contains a lot of sightseeing places and is close to all the other places to visit in Jaisalmer, it’s best to stay close to the fort. This way you can just walk to the nearby spots without having to hire a tuk-tuk.

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Jaisalmer Itinerary - Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer in 2 Days

Day 1 of jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days.

Spend your first day in Jaisalmer by exploring all the sightseeing places in and around the Jaisalmer fort and by shopping for souvenirs. 

1. Patwon ki Haveli / Patwa Haveli

Patwon ki Haveli on day 1 of Jaisalmer itinerary and Jaisalmer travel guide

Patwon ki haveli or Patwa haveli is the first stop among all the places to visit in Jaisalmer in 2 days. This haveli, or traditional mansion, is one of the three major havelis in Jaisalmer and thus cannot be skipped out of your Jaisalmer itinerary. Patwon ki haveli is a cluster of 5 mansions constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa, a wealthy trader, one for each of his five sons. Today, there is a museum inside the haveli and it’s also open for visitors to walk around and take a tour of the haveli, with or without a guide. 

Open all days 8.30 am to 6.40 pm

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2. Jaisalmer Fort - Unmissable Place in any Jaisalmer Itinerary

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer fort, named after the Maharajah Maharawal Jaisal, is made up of yellow sandstone and thus also known as the golden fort or sonar qila . This spectacular fort has a fortification wall that is 5 km in circumference and 2-3 m in thickness. Not only that, but Jaisalmer fort is also one of the very few “living” forts in the world where people actually reside inside the fort. That’s right - there’s a whole bustling community along with sightseeing places inside the fort as well as temples and lots of shops and restaurants. Entry to the fort is free but some of the sightseeing spots may charge their own visiting fee.

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3. Jain Temple

Jain temple on day 1 of Jaisalmer itinerary

The set of Jain temples is one of the must-visit places inside the Jaisalmer fort. Apart from the elaborate carvings, what’s most impressive is that this cluster of 7 Jain temples contains a combined total of 6666 statues of the 24 prophets of Jainism. Additionally, if you add 6+6+6+6 it gives you the number 24 -  which is the number of prophets in the Jain religion. Apart from this clever play with numbers, the detailed work inside these temples is very impressive. 

Open all days 8 to 12 pm

4. Canon Point

Canon point is one of the open-air areas inside the Jaisalmer fort from where you can get an epic city view. Since the fort itself is at a height and the canon point is further high up inside the fort, you can get a nice panoramic view of Jaisalmer city from here. While canon point is also known as sunset point, I found that the sunset view from inside the Zostel Jaisalmer rooftop, where I stayed at, was much better since there was no crowd and there was comfortable seating to enjoy the sunset. Canon point can often get a little crowded.

5. Eat at One of the Many Restaurants Inside the Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisal Italy - One of the Restaurants Inside Jaisalmer Fort

While this may seem very trivial and unimportant to some, I cannot stress how important it is that you include a meal inside the Jaisalmer fort in your Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days. I visited a restaurant right inside the main entrance of the fort for lunch. While I felt that the food was a tad bit overpriced for the taste and quantity that was provided, the view from there was worth every single rupee! Jaisal Italy was the only restaurant inside the Jaisalmer fort that I visited for both lunch and dinner because I fell in love with the view from here, although I found the taste of the food to be quite average for the price.

6. Shopping in Jaisalmer Fort

Shopping inside the Jaisalmer fort on day 1 of Jaisalmer itinerary

Finish off day one of your Jaisalmer itinerary by shopping for clothing, jewelry, home decor items, and souvenirs. As you step inside the Jaisalmer, you’ll see countless lanes lines with small and big shops on both sides. I would avoid the bigger shops, as I felt the prices there were higher compared to other shops for the exact same items. I would suggest walking right inside the fort, near the museum and the Jain temple area and checking out the many shops there.

DAY 2 OF JAISALMER ITINERARY FOR 2 DAYS

You will start your second day in Jaisalmer, golden city, by watching an epic sunrise and going for a desert safari in the sam sand dunes of the Thar desert.

1. Gadisar Lake

Gadisar lake on day 2 of your Jaisalmer itinerary

Start the second day of your Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days by catching the sunrise at Gadisar lake. The lake is located less than a kilometer from the fort so I walked from the fort, where I was staying, to Gadisar or Gadisagar lake. Apart from a couple of elderly people, who were taking a morning stroll around the perimeter of the lake, the place was completely deserted. And so, not only did I get to watch a spectacular sunrise, but I also got fantastic pictures here with no one in sight. There are boats here for visitors to take a boating tour around the lake but it wasn’t open that early in the morning

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2. Kuldhara - The Abandoned Village

Kuldhara abandoned village in Jaisalmer travel guide

Kuldhara, also known as the abandoned village or cursed village, is located at a distance of 21 km from Jaisalmer. Once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, it is believed that the village was abandoned overnight in the early 19th century due to plague, drought, and prosecution by a cruel minister. Now visitors can visit Kuldhara village during the daytime hours. There is no entrance fee for visiting Kuldhara. You can stop by the village before heading to the sam sand dunes for a desert safari.

3. Desert Oasis

An oasis inside the desert in Jaisalmer

I had visited both Kuldhara village and a desert oasis on a desert safari tour. Our guide took my tour group to both these places on the way to the desert. The oasis inside the desert was located off of the main road between Kuldhara and the sam sand dunes. It was such a peaceful and beautiful place to just sit and mingle with the rest of the people on the safari tour with me.

4. Desert Safari

Jaisalmer desert safari

A desert safari is by far one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer. You just cannot miss this experience among all the things to do in your Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days. I booked a desert safari costing INR 1900 via Zostel Jaisalmer, where I was staying. The safari included a jeep ride to Kuldhara village, going via the desert oasis to the sam sand dunes in the Thar desert. A camel ride, evening snacks, evening tea, a local vegetarian dinner, overnight stay inside a tent (or under the open sky on a cot), breakfast the next morning and a ride back were also included. While most people choose to stay in the desert overnight, in case you need to head back to your hotel on the same night, you can even ask to be dropped back right after dinner.

Food to Try in Jaisalmer

You must try the two famous local specialties - the Jaisalmer or Rajasthani thali as well as daal baati churma while you’re in Jaisalmer. Ask your hotel or hostel for recommendations for the best places where you can try them.

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Where to Eat in Jaisalmer - Best Restaurants and Cafes in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Restaurant inside Jaisalmer fort

As mentioned earlier, I highly recommend eating at least one meal at a restaurant inside the Jaisalmer fort. I had lunch and dinner at Jaisal Italy, which is right at the main entrance of the fort. Additionally, I also liked the view of the Jain temple from the Jaisalmer Oasis Restaurant, which is also inside the fort, right next to Zostel Jaisalmer.

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I was planning to go to Jaisalmer in March but had to cancel ..thanks for sharing this.will visit in winters now

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We loved Zostel too! The views were great and it felt very homey. We mostly took it easy during our time in Jaisalmer and only did half the things you mentioned, but we loved this historic fort city

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How beautiful! I hoping to visit here later in the year- especially because of how close is it from Jaipur.

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Amazing blog you have. Perfect Itinerary for Jaisalmer. Reading this was cool, I also did an overnight safari in Jaisalmer near last summer and loved it! sleeping under the stars was amazing. It was nice to reminisce by reading your post!

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Jaisalmer is a very nice place. I am reading your blog and i get the right information about week travel trip to Rajasthan. Such a useful blog. Thanks for sharing helpful information.

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8 Best Places to Visit near Jaisalmer for an Incredible Tour

In Jaisalmer itself, there are several things to do and places to visit during your trip. The places to visit near Jaisalmer offer off-the-beaten-path experiences to discerning travelers. Tourist places to visit near Jaisalmer include an eclectic amalgam of culture, charming villages, and stories of bygone eras.

There are numerous places to visit near Jaisalmer that give you introductions of words like ancient beauty, remarkable, fascinating, and mysterious. Yes! You heard it right. The mysteriousness is also part of Rajasthan’s history. You can experience this fact with Kuldhara Village, an abandoned village with nothing but questions that can’t be answered. Moreover, the architectural beauty, royalty, adventure, sand dunes, and wildlife are matchless elements of tourist places around Jaisalmer.

Let’s just dive right into the top 8 places to visit near Jaisalmer.

8 Best Places to visit near Jaisalmer

Sam sand dunes – one place that offers many experiences, khuri – get a mix of adventure, entertainment, and culture , lodurva – relive the history and soak in sacred vibes., jaswant thada –  feel the royalty vibes around you.

  • Mehrangarh Fort And Museum – The Sun Fort of Rajasthan 

Khaba Fort – A hub of ancient art and rich history

Desert national park – make a bond with wildlife and ecosystem.

  • Kuldhara Village – Take a Tour for Ghost Town

Sleep Under Starlit Sky in Sam Sand Dunes

It is one of Rajasthan’s most authentic and great deserts that offers incredible sights. And you will see a layer of sand give you as far as you can see.

Sam Sand Dunes is one of the ideal  destinations to visit near Jaisalmer  for fun, excitement, and unique experiences. Moreover, enjoying camel safari and desert safari are some of the best ways to make a connection with this desert. 

Get a wholesome experience of the desert by staying in the camp and witnessing the sunset from this site. But admiring the night beauty while stars glitter in the sky is a phenomenal experience in Sam Sand Dunes.

  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 38 Km (approx.)
  • Timing: Throughout the day
  • Type of destination: Family-Friendly, Group Tours
  • Travel tips: Plan your trip between February and March to witness the festivals and events such as camel races, puppet shows, folk dance performances, and many more.
  • Famous for: The place is popular for its vivid desert life and cultural program.

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Camping in Khuri - Places to visit near Jaisalmer

If fun is the thing that always remains on the top of your list, then don’t miss the Khuri. This quaint village is located on the city’s outskirts and is one of the most  popular tourist places to visit near Jaisalmer .

You can relish the charm of traditional Rajasthani folklore and know the Rajasthani lifestyle that will stay in your heart beautifully. A camel ride is something that your mind instantly creates when you hear the name Jaisalmer. And enjoying this ride at Khuri is just something else.

The desert of this area is one of the finest places to enjoy this ride before starting your journey to explore the Khuri. On top of that, you will get a dose of entertainment by enjoying a campfire and desert camping.

  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 50 KM (approx.)
  • Type of destination: Adventurous, family-friendly, group tour
  • Travel tips: Do not forget to explore the village to get a better outlook on the culture and lifestyle of the locals.
  • Famous for: The desert area is widely popular for having rare flora and fauna.

Lodurva - Places to visit near Jaisalmer

It is one of the best places to visit nearby Jaisalmer, which attracts tourists for multiple reasons. You can witness the mix of history, architecture, and spiritual vibes by visiting Lodurva. This village knows better history than Jaisalmer and today gained immense popularity because of the intricate craftsmanship of Yellowstone, Jain Temples, and old-time that are stuck in every corner.

Parshvnath Temple is the highlight of this village, the oldest and most beautiful shrine here. The figure of humans and animals on the wall of the sanctum displays the art of ancient times. So if you are inclined towards history and peace, visiting this village never disappoints you.

  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 7 KM (approx.)
  • Temple timing: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Type of destinations: Pilgrimage, historical, 
  • Travel tip: Discover the architectural ruins that are surrounded by sand dunes and enjoy photography with peacocks 
  • Famous for: The stony landscapes, history, and architecture are all gripping factors in this village. 

Jaswant Thada in Jaisalmer

A little struggle to find glitter is the thing that suits us as we include Jaswant Thada in the list of best places to visit near Jaisalmer.

This historical palace is made up of white marble and is known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar. You can witness the grace of old times by experiencing the royalty that still sneaks peeks from its walls and design. It is located in Jodhpur and is considered one of the must-visit places near Jaisalmer that give you a better outcome on incredible architecture.

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The lakeside view of Jaswant Thada makes it more appealing, and witnessing it under the sunlight is undoubtedly a delight for your eyes. And the sight of Umaid Bhawan Palace from Jaswant Thada is awe-inspiring. So, mark this place for your trip and feel the living history around you.

  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 279 KM (approx.)
  • Timing: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Type of destination: Family-friendly, solo traveling
  • Travel tips: A camera is allowed with a fee, so make your click some photographs.

Mehrangarh Fort And Museum – The Sun Fort of Rajasthan

Mehrangarh

The entire Rajasthan is a state of Kings and rich culture, which is still experienced through many forts, palaces, towns, and other attractions. If exploring the forts and witnessing the fort’s great view is the thing on your mind, head to Mehrangarh Fort.

It is one of the biggest forts in India that was built in 1459 and is covered 1200 acres area. It comes on the list of the majestic forts of Rajasthan and, needless to say, it is one of the most appealing historical attractions near Jaisalmer .

Talking about history, this fort has a different museum that amazingly depicts the bygone era. So mark this destination and be ready for explorers, fans, observers, or admirers of this fort.

Also Read: Best Places to visit in Jaisalmer
  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 280 KM (approx)
  • Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Type of destination: Group tours, family-friendly 
  • Travel tip: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes while visiting the Mehrangarh fort.
  • Famous for: Relics and artifacts from the Mughal dynasty that you can see in the different museums.

Castle Tour of Rajasthan

If witnessing the ruins and knowing the history comes to your bucket list, this fort could be a great hotspot. It was once a vibrant area for Paliwal Brahmins families who stayed here for 200 years old. Talking about the fort, it is one of the mysterious forts that carries incredible stories.

A visit to Khaba Fort gives you a dose of history and mystery that will add an enthralling experience to your vacation. In addition, you can behold the art and talent of the villagers as this fort has been converted into a museum.

But the reasons behind leaving this place are still captivating and thought-provoking. You can track down the lifestyle of people who lived here a century ago. For mystery lovers, this fort is undoubtedly an ideal place to set foot to explore the past.

  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 32 KM (approx)
  • Timing of Fort: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Type of destination: Historical, family-friendly, Group tours
  • Travel tip: Enjoy photography, witness the peacocks that stroll around the ruins, and make this fort more appealing.
  • Famous for: It is an admirable tourist attraction popular for its rich past, incredible stories, and artifacts. 

An Indian Fox spotted in the Desert National park near Jaisalmer

Desert National Park is one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries of India that is spread over 3062 sq km. Covering the large extent of sand dunes makes it one of the popular places to visit in and around Jaisalmer. It is a combination of the Thar Desert and diverse wildlife adventure that makes it appealing for visitors to witness the finest ecosystem.

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There are many lakes in the national parks, such as Rajbagh Lake, Milak Lake, and Padam Talao Lake. Besides, it is home to several species of birds, like eagles, falcons, harriers, vultures, kestrels, larks, shrikes, and buzzards. And the rarest bird species Great Indian Bustard migrates in different seasons.

In this national park, you can spot Bengal foxes, desert cats, blackbuck, hedgehog, Chinkara, and desert fox. A touch of fauna like thorny shrubs, cacti, and grasses in this park gives you a wholesome experience. Jeep Safari is an ideal way to explore the Desert National Park.  And visit between November to January for a better wildlife encounter. 

  • 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 and stay hydrated. 
  • Famous for: The dinosaur fossils which are 60 million years old are found here
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Kuldhara Village – Take a Tour of Ghost Town

Kuldhara

Where did they go in just one night? What happened to them? Why did they leave their houses? These are the questions that still float in the air of  Kuldhara Village . Once upon a time, it was inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, but now it is abandoned and has a mystery that is still unsolved. 

It is one of the most  popular sites in and around Jaisalmer  that is believed to be one of the  most haunted places in India . The story behind it gives us details that one night all the villagers disappeared without any evidence. The question of where and why they went is still puzzling in the minds of scientists, historians, and ordinary people. 

An assumption story about Kuldhara is popular among the people. Although the minister of the kingdom who was ruling at that time wanted to marry a girl of the village, he also warned villagers by giving 24 hours ultimatum to villagers to marry the girl. Otherwise, he will forcefully enter the village and take her away. 

Everyone decided to leave the region to save the village’s daughter’s pride and honor. But the question is still the same-how everyone managed that? In fact, nobody saw them leave the village. And nobody has any clue about where they went. Nevertheless, the charm of curiosity and spooky vibes of this place still settled here make it one of the most famous places near Jaisalmer .

  • Distance from Jaisalmer: 35 KM (approx)
  • Timing of Kuldhara Village: 10: 00 AM to 6: 00 PM
  • Type of destination: Historical
  • Travel tip: Plan your visit between October to March to explore the village without facing the unbearable heat.
  • Famous for: This abandoned village is popular in the country for its haunted and mysterious tales.

Wrapping it up:

These are the top places to visit near Jaisalmer that allow you to witness majestic palaces, impressive forts, festivals, and other tourist attractions. With coloring architecture and vibrant history, the beauty and attractions cover Jaisalmer. You can plan your vacation near Jaisalmer with these above-mentioned destinations, as every destination is a must-visit destination.

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