The desert city of Jaisalmer is located in the Indian state of Rajasthan. This golden city is located in close proximity to the Pakistan border. The city is dotted with lakes, opulent temples and havelis all made in the golden sandstone hue. The crowning glory of Jaisalmer is the magnificent Jaisalmer fort surrounded by narrow alleys. The city is synonymous with Indian desert culture, royal legacy and adventure.

Why Go There: Rich Culture & Heritage | Desert camping | Adventure
Ideal For: Family | Friends | Adventure Seekers
Things to Bring Back: Jewellery & Gemstones, Paintings, Carpets and more

Also Read: Things to Do in Jaisalmer 

Here’s A List of Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

10.Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes is a natural tourist place is located about 40 kms from Jaisalmer. This place is a welcome relief from the usual sightseeing that tourists indulge in. The 2 km stretch of golden sandy dunes offer a clear view of the vast Thar desert. Jeep safaris, camel rides and staying in mud huts or Swiss tents should definitely be a part of your visit.

Distance from the City: 40 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for:  Families | Couples
Best time to visit: November – March

9.Tazia Tower and Badal Palace

Tazia tower is a five-storey edifice located in the Badal Palace compound. The tower tombstone is adorned with beautiful carvings in thermacol, coloured papers and wood. Each storey of the tower has a beautifully designed balcony.  The Badal palace is a collection of structures with intricate wall carvings. The Badal palace situated close to Amar Sagar gate appears like a cloud. The  palace and the Tazia tower served as residences of the Royal families of Rajasthan.

Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  People interested in History & Heritage
Best time to visit: November – March

8. Kuldhara Village

The barren village of Kuldhara is known for spooky and paranormal activities. The eerie silence of the place dotted by abandoned houses can give any traveller goose bumps. Legend has it that the villagers left the village overnight to escape the tyrannies of the place’s ruler.

However, Government is setting up cafes and lodges at the place in an endeavour to attract more tourists.

Distance from the City: 13 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Thrill Seekers
Best time to visit: November – March

7. Windmill Park

This onshore wind mill farm is the country’s biggest wind mill farm. It is located amidst Vindyha Mountains and the Himalayas and lies close to Yamuna river. People flock to this place to admire the majestic wind mills.

Distance from the City: 6 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for:  Everyone
Best time to visit: November – March

6. Desert National Park

The desert national park covers an area of 3162 kms and stretches from Jaisalmer/ Barmer to India-Pakistan border. Sand dunes, varied cacti and desert plants dot the landscape. You can avail a jeep safari to sight very rare species of migratory birds such as laggar falcons, kestrel, buzzards, harriers etc. The park is also home to ancient fossils of animals and birds.

Open Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Distance from the City: 40 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for:  Wildlife Enthusiasts
Best time to visit: November – March

5.Jaisalmer Government Museum

This museum was founded in 1984 by the Department of Archaeology. The museum depicts the traditional and cultural heritage of the Great Thar Desert. Various paintings, coins, stone statues are displayed at the museum. The museum also has rare collection of fossils in wood, limestone and sandstone. Some very rare archaeological finds such as sculptures of 12th century Kiradu and Lodurva townships are showcased at the museum.

Open Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 2-3 hours
Ideal for: History & Heritage Enthusiasts
Best time to visit: November – March

4. Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh is a cenotaph located between Jaisalmer and Lodhruva in Rajasthan. The site has cenotaphs of royal Rajput Kings from the past 6 centuries. Bada bagh lies in the backdrop of a solitary brown desert which forms a picturesque landscape. The chhatris also are dull brown in colour and have square or hexagonal shape. Watching sunset from Bada Bagh is a mesmerising experience.

Open Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Distance from the City: 5 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Friends & Family
Best time to visit: November – March

3. Jain Temples

The 12th century temples are located inside the Jaisalmer Fort complex. The temples resemble the famous Dilwara temples near Mount Abu. The temples have intricate carvings and mesmerising architecture. The Jain prophet Chandra Prabhuji is worshiped in the temple.

Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Religious people
Best time to visit: November – March

2. Gadisar Lake

This is a man-made reservoir built by Raja Rawal Jaisal. The lake is located amidst temples and ghats. One can soak in peace and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the place or go boating in the lake’s pristine waters.

Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 1-2 hours
Ideal for: Nature Lovers
Best time to visit: November – March

1.Jaisalmer Fort

The Jaisalmer fort is a prime landmark of the city. It is deemed as the largest forts in the world. The 1156 AD fort is also referred to as ‘Sonar Qila’. The fort houses museum, restaurants, shops, residential areas etc.

Open Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Distance from the City: 1 km
Time required: 3-4 hours
Ideal for: History & Heritage Lovers
Best time to visit: November – March

Other Attractions of Jaisalmer

 Historical Monuments

Jaisalmer’s landscape is dotted with many historical havelis, Forts, Cenotaphs and Palaces.

Some of the noteworthy monuments are enlisted below:

  • Patwon Ki Haveli
  • Salim Singh ki Haveli
  • Nath Mal ki Haveli
  • Vyas Chhatri
  • Khaba Fort
  • Maharaja’s Palace
  • Surya Gate
  • Dusshehra Chowk

 Religious Places

Jaisalmer’s religious significance can be seen in its very ancient temples, most of which are dedicated to the Jain religion.

Some of the noteworthy temples are enlisted below:

  • Tanot Mata Temple
  • Ramdev Temple
  • Chandraprabhu Temple
  • Rishabhadeva Temple
  • Shantinath Temple
  • Kunthanath Temple


Jaisalmer’s rich culture and heritage is depicted through elaborate and intricate displays of ancient scriptures and artefacts and instruments.

  • Below are some museums which should be included in the travel itinerary
  • Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum & Heritage Centre
  • Desert Culture Centre & Museum
  • The Thar Heritage Museum
  • Jaisalmer War Museum

How to Reach Jaisalmer

Flight | Train | Bus

Nearest Airport:

Jodhpur Airport (300km away)

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Nearest Railway Station:

Jaisalmer Railway Station

Nearest Bus Stops:

Regular bus services operate from Rajasthan cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur. Buses can be easily availed as Jaisalmer is a popular tourist destination.

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Where to stay

Suryagarh Jaisalmer | Killa Bhavan | Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa | Hotel Rang Mahal

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Nearby Places to Visit

  • Binaner (330 km)
  • Jodhpur (283 km)
  • Mount Abu (441 km)
  • Khimsar (293 km)
  • Osian (242 km)

Also Read: Places to Visit in Ajmer | Tourist Spots in Kota

Hidden Gems

  • Explore Gyan Bhandar is a library located in an underground chamber below the Sambhavanath temple in the Jaisalmer Fort. The 1500 AD library has priceless manuscripts, jewel studded images and celestial artefacts belonging to the Jain sect.
  • Visit Akal Wood Fossil Park is a national geo heritage site with fossils as old as the Early Jurassic era. This site is located close to Jaisalmer-Barmer road.
  • Go to the Longewala Checkpost, located close to Tanot Mata temple is a border post from where you can get to view the Indo-Pak border
  • Explore the Kalakar Colony which is famous for folk music. You will get enthralled by the unique sounds of the Manganiyar musicians who are the colony’s residents.
  • Visit the abandoned village of Lodurva about 15 kms from Jaisalmer. The place is truly a hidden gem with beautiful temples belonging to the Jain and Hindu sects.

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  • You should stay at the many hotels located inside the Jaisalmer fort complex. The hotel interiors are designed as per traditional Rajasthani architecture. You will get to enjoy the warm Rajasthani hospitality as well as experience the rich Rajasthani culture.
  • If travelling by road from Delhi, you can halt either at Ajmer or Jodhpur which come midway through the journey towards Jaisalmer.

Fun Way to Travel

Jaisalmer is well connected by road to most of the nearby cities. You can take your car and enjoy the golden sand dunes along the way. You can also take suitable halts to enjoy traditional Rajasthani cuisine along the journey.

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