The city of Jaisalmer is situated in the middle of the Thar desert. Jaisalmer is also known as the ‘Golden City’ given its yellow sandstone architecture. This desert city’s landscape is dominated by the sprawling Fort which is perched atop a hill. The Fort is a massive citadel housing the ornate Maharaja’s Palace and the beautifully carved Jain temples.
Below are some amazing things to explore at Jaisalmer
11. Savour the Delectable Rajasthani Cuisine
Enjoy local delicacies such as Dal Bati Choorma, Murgh-E-Subz, Ker Sangria, Bhanonaloo, Panchadhari Laddoos etc at restaurants like
- Milan Restaurant
- Zoya Ka Zayeka
- Desert Boy Dhani
You can also eat local street food at
- Hanuman Chowk
- Amar Sagar Pol
10. Go Shopping!
You can buy authentic Rajasthani items such as antiques, textiles, jewellery and handicrafts from
- Manak Chowk
- Sadar Bazaar
- Pansari Bazaar
- Bhatia Bazaar
9. Travel back in time while visiting the many historical monuments
Jaisalmer city is an epitome of rich Rajasthani culture and heritage. The city is studded with many historical havelis, Forts, Cenotaphs and Palaces. Below are some historical monuments which you should include in your travel itinerary
- Patwon Ki Haveli
- Salim Singh ki Haveli
- Nath Mal ki Haveli
- Vyas Chhatri
- Khaba Fort
- Maharaja’s Palace
- Surya Gate
- Dusshehra Chowk
8. Get Mesmerised by the intricate carvings and ancient architecture of temples
Temples in Jaisalmer predominantly belong to the Jain sect. Do not miss out on the 12th century Jain temples situated inside the Jaisalmer Fort. Other temples which you can visit are listed below:
- Tanot Mata Temple
- Ramdev Temple
- Chandraprabhu Temple
- Rishabhadeva Temple
- Shantinath Temple
- Kunthanath Temple
7. Tour the varied Museums which showcase Jaisalmer’s rich culture and heritage
Explore the varied paintings, figurines, coins, fossils and sculptures of ancient civilisations are displayed at the different museums mentioned below
- Jaisalmer Government Museum
- Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum & Heritage Centre
- Desert Culture Centre & Museum
- The Thar Heritage Museum
- Jaisalmer War Museum
6. Avail Jeep Safari to Explore Biodiversity at Desert National Park
The desert national park encompasses a huge area and is adorned with sand dunes, cacti and other desert plants. You can enjoy sightings of rare migratory birds such as kestrel, buzzards and harriers by going on a jeep safari.
5. Get Spooked by the Paranormal Activities at Kuldhara Village
The eerie silence of the abandoned houses of Kuldhara village can give any traveller goosebumps. The place is believed to be known for some paranormal activities as well. You can stay at the lodges at the place which have been set up by the Government.
4. Enjoy Desert Camping at Sam Sand Dunes
You can stay at desert camps in the Sam Sand Dunes. Stay at the mud cottages and Swiss tents adjoining the sand dunes. You can enjoy the evening musical programs and folk dances as well the delicious food served at these camps.
3. Relish Sunrises and Sunsets at Sam Sand Dunes
The sunrises and sunsets are mesmerising at Sam. You can reach the sunset points either by availing a jeep or camel safari. The sunrises and sunsets in the backdrop of the vast expanse of barren desert is a sight to behold.
2. Immerse in Fun & Folic in the annual Desert Festival
The deserts of Jaisalmer especially the Sam Sand Dunes become a hub of cultural activities in the months of February and March. You can witness camel races, folk dance presentations as well as puppet shows at these desert festivals.
1. Get Awed by the Majestic Jaisalmer Fort
This 1156 AD fort is Jaisalmer’s pride. You will be amazed to know that this fort is one of the world’s few living forts with about 25% of Jaisalmer’s population residing within the fort. This ‘Sonar Qila’ houses many restaurants, cafes, museums etc. It is interesting to note that the fort is reinforced by a towering crenelated sandstone wall with a height of about 30 feet.
How to Reach Jaisalmer
Flight | Train | Bus
Jodhpur Airport (300km away)
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.
Where to stay
Suryagarh Jaisalmer | Killa Bhavan | Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa | Hotel Rang Mahal
Rent A Car:
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.