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  • Famous places to visit in Jaisalmer:

    Jaisalmer Fort (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’)
    Sam Sand Dunes (These are one of the most authentic desert dune sites in whole India)
    Gadsisar Lake (It is an idyllic getaway to seek peace and tranquillity of mind, away from the bustling and chaotic city life)
    Salim Singh-Ki Haweli (It has a unique architectural identity and lies within the vicinity of the Jaisalmer fort)
    Desert National Park (This will give a better understanding of how the plants and animals have survived the aridness of the Thar Desert)

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    A plethora of tourist places in Jaisalmer makes it a holiday-goers’ haven. People flock to this golden city to view its beautiful forts, ancient temples, picturesque lakes and vibrant bazaars. Out of all the Jaisalmer tourist places, the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort is the most well known. Around one-fourth of the city’s population resides inside the fort, making it a buzzing place to visit any time of the day. 

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    Even inside the walls of the fort, you will be amazed to find a wide number of famous tourist places to see in Jaisalmer. The bazaars like Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazaar and Bhatia Bazaar, all lie in and around the fort. If you move a little away from the fort, you will be treated to some mesmerizing lakes like Gadsisar Lake where you can enjoy scenic boat rides or visit preserved historic residences and marvel at their architectural beauty like Salim Singh Ki Haveli and Patwon Ki Haveli.

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    Just outside the city, you can also take a peek at ancient history by visiting the ruins of the Kuldhara village, which the locals say is haunted! From an abandoned village you can go to a beautiful graveyard which houses craft fully built sandstone chhatris to satiate the architecture lover in you. 

  • Famous Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

  • 01Jaisalmer Fort

    Jaisalmer Fort
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    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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  • 02Sam Sand Dunes

    Sam Sand Dunes
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    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.

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

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  • 03Gadsisar Lake

    Gadsisar Lake
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    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.

  • 04Patwon Ki Haveli

    Patwon Ki Haveli
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    An architectural marvel in the streets of the city and marked by intricate carving and murals is what Patwon ki Haveli is. Built in the 19th century, this Patwon ki Haveli is a combination of 5 different havelis in one single premise. It consists of a museum having rare artifacts, furniture work, miniatures, mirror-work and a large collection of paintings and interestingly, used to be a hotspot for travelers all around the world. The haveli is also known for residences of merchants who sold gold and silver items, amongst which some threads were used in ornamental dresses. It houses the office of Archaeological Survey of India today, managed by the government as a whole.

    Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM; Everyday

    Location: In Jaisalmer city

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  • 05Indo-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

    Location: 350 KM from Jaisalmer

    Timing: Best to visit from 9 AM to 6 PM

  • 06Salim Singh-ki Haveli

    Salim Singh-ki Haveli
    Image Credit : Antoine Taveneaux - wikicommons

    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!

  • 07Nathmal-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

  • 08Kuldhara 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.

  • 09Tanot Mata Temple

    Tanot Mata Temple
    Located in western Rajasthan, this temple is located nearby to the site of war that elapsed between India and Pakistan in 1971. It is believed that this area was peppered with bombs but none of them hit the temple. The Tanot Mata temple is located in an impressive tourist location. This temple has also been featured in movies and several documentaries. Visiting this temple is also an opportunity to visit the Thar Desert. During the modern times, numerous wind based renewable energy projects can be found in this region.
  • 10Khaba Fort

    Khaba Fort

    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.

    When you are at the fort, you get amazing panoramic views of the village. Upon strolling inside the fort, you can experience the old world charm from the remnants of the structure. There is also a museum here that houses rare artefacts dating back to several centuries. Now this place and the surrounding regions are rarely visited by the locals who believe that this place is a cursed one.
  • 11Amar Sagar Lake

    Amar Sagar Lake
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    Amar Sagar Lake is situated at a distance of 7 km towards the western outskirts of Jaisalmer. It is a lake cum oasis, which lies adjacent to the Amar Singh Palace.

    This palace was constructed during the 17th century by Maharawal Akhai Singh in honour of his predecessor Amar Singh. There are pavilions with stairs near the palace that lead down towards the Amar Sagar Lake. The whole construction of this palace resembles pattern of apartments. It is a 5 storey building which is famous for its murals.

    This complex of Amar Sagar Lake and Palace includes various ponds and wells, along with an old Shiva Temple. Amar Singh, who was a great follower of Lord Shiva, built this temple in this complex.

    Location: Situated close to the Jaisalmer Fort, tourists can take taxis or shared auto rickshaws from the fort to reach this lake and palace.

    Timings: Opened daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.

  • 12Vyas Chhatri

    Vyas Chhatri
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    Vyas Chhatri is an air array of brilliant sandstone chhatris and is located on an old Brahmin graveyard on an ascent on the northwestern edge of town.

    It is a well known sunset point from you can have the sight of fort. You can enter in Vyas Chhatri from Ramgarh Rd, which is just opposite to the Himmatgarh Palace Hotel.

    Timings: 8 AM to 7.30 PM

  • 13Desert 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.

  • 14Surya Gate

    Surya Gate
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    Surya Gate is one of the doors of the antiquated Jaisalmer Fort situated in the Thar Desert. This twelfth century AD fort is in yellow sandstone, and also called as 'Brilliant Fort', remains on top of Trikuta Hill.

    Visitors need to go through four progressive doors, Akhai Gate, Surya Gate, Ganesh Gate and Hawa Gate to reach the castles. Surya Gate, the second one is a slender door with stone carvings. The entryways are not in straight line.

    This is to anticipate simple passage of the foe. Between first door and Surya Gate there are little shops offering blessing things.

  • 15The Thar Heritage Museum

    The Thar Heritage Museum
    This private Thar Heritage Museum has an interesting variety of Jaisalmer antiquities, from turbans, musical instruments, fossils and kitchen hardware to shows on birth, marriage, demise and opium traditions. It has brought alive by the guided visit you'll get from its organizer, neighborhood student of history and folklorist LN Khatri.

     It is delighted in the snakes and stepping stools amusement that goes about as an instructing manual for Hinduism's profound adventure. On the off chance that the entryway is bolted you'll discover Mr Khatri at his shop, Desert Handicrafts Emporium, adjacent on Court Rd.

    Entry Fees: The approximate price per adult is Rs. 40 and if you want to take your camera with you, you have to pay Rs. 20

    Location: The Thar Heritage Museum is located on the Off Court Road in Jaisalmer

  • 16Mandir Palace

    Mandir Palace
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    A conspicuous historic point in this staggering legacy city is Mandir Palace, which had been the living arrangement of the leaders of Jaisalmer for over two centuries.

    Mandir Palace is a dazzlingly cut compositional wonder of fancy galleries, coverings and carefully cut screens that speak to a high purpose of neighborhood craftsmanship in its finest and purest structure.

    A recognizable element of Mandir Palace is its tower called 'Badal Vilas', which emerges as the tallest structure underneath the slope top city post.

    Location: The Mandir Palace is located on Sadar Bazar in Jaisalmer

  • 17Desert Culture Centre and Museum

    Desert Culture Centre and Museum
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    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.

    The museum displays rare Rajasthani textiles, utensils, and weapons. There is also a collection of musical instruments which are rarely seen today. ‘Karal’, an opium mixing box is one of the most popular attractions among the tourists. It is believed that the use of opium was common several centuries ago in Rajasthan where it was used as a substance to relax and rejuvenate. The museum also has some of the ancient scriptures written by ancient poets and litterateurs.
  • 18Bada Bagh

    Bada Bagh
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    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.

  • 19Khuri 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.

  • 20Akal Wood Fossil Park

    Akal Wood Fossil Park
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    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

  • 21Shantinath 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.

  • 22Maharaja'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.

    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.

  • 23Chandraprabhu Temple in Jaisalmer

    Chandraprabhu Temple in Jaisalmer

    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.

  • 24Tazia Tower

    Tazia Tower
    Image Credit : Mandir Palace

    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

  • 25Jaisalmer War Museum

    Jaisalmer War Museum
    The Indian Army has set up a historical war museum in Jaisalmer. This war museum which is the first-of-its-kind on the western front traces the evolution of the Indian Army and covers in detail its inspiring contribution in mainly 1965 Indo-Pak War and 1971 Longewala battle including all combat operations and other nation building activities.

    'Jaisalmer War Museum' has been established in the military station of Jaisalmer to showcase the bravery of the Indian Army and also to commemorate the sacrifice of its heroes displaying valour and courage of exceptional order during India's wars.

    The museum boasts 106 mm Recoilless Gun employed to destroy a number of Pakistani tanks, occupy a place of pride in the memorial. The memorial also has a state-of-the-art audiovisual theater for screening the movie on the battle of Longewala.

    Location: The war museum is located 10 km short of Jaisalmer on the Jaisalmer to Jodhpur highway and can be easily reached by taxi.

    Timings: Opened daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • 26Jain Temple

    Jain Temple
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    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.

  • 27Longewala 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.

    Entry Fee: INR 20

    Location: Thar Desert of Rajasthan state
  • 28Lodhurva


    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

  • 29Dussehra 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.

  • 30Pokaran Fort

    Pokaran Fort
    Image Credit : Wiki Commons
    Fort Pokaran; the fourteenth-century bastion otherwise called "Balagarh" remains as a paragon in the midst of the Thar Desert.

    This landmark is the head post of The Chief of Mighty Champawats (the family of Rathores) has to its past distinguished title appended the prestigious honor "Pradhan" ( The Premier Noble ) to perceive each Thakur of Pokaran as of the main honor in The Darbar (the court) of the state Marwar-Jodhpur.

    It has become one of the most famous places to visit in Jaisalmer and has attracted millions of visitors in the recent years.

    Location: It is located in the Pokhran city, in the district of Jaisalmer

  • Offbeat Experiences in Jaisalmer

  • 31Half Day Desert Safari in Jaisalmer Flat 61% Off

    Half Day Desert Safari in Jaisalmer Flat 61% Off
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    • Shriram Travels
      Shriram Travels

    About the Activity:

    -This time it’s time to celebrate your life in the desert with this exciting half-day desert safari in Jaisalmer.
    -You will depart at around 4:30 PM from your hotel pick up service in a sedan car and then will return after sunset at around 10:30 PM on the same day.
    -Reach the Sam desert at around 5:00 PM, which is just 45 minutes drive from Jaisalmer.
    -Embark on the short camel ride and explore the beautiful dunes of Sam desert.
    -After the camel ride, witness one of the most beautiful sunsets behind the dunes and head to the camp.
    -Get a traditional welcome with arti-tikka and dhols and enjoy the refreshments like tea, coffee and snacks while you enjoy the Rajasthani folk dance and music. show
    -Groove to the music and enjoy a delicious authentic Rajasthani veg buffet dinner.
    -End your trip at around 10:30 PM and get yourself Dropped at your hotel with lots of memories.

    Timings: 4:30 PM - 10: 30 PM

    Minimum number of people required: 1

  • 32Parasailing at Jaisalmer Flat 20% off

    Parasailing at Jaisalmer Flat 20% off
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    • Jamal - Jaisalmer
      Jamal - Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer implies to a striking tourist spot in Rajasthan, is composed of elegant forts and sand that one gets to behold along when in Jaisalmer. The location fills does not just impart a great spot for exploring and sightseeing, but the location is also ideal for a number of fun-filled and adventurous activities that can be carried out with your dear ones, when in Jaisalmer.

    About the Activity:
    The Parasailing package in Jaisalmer provides you with the opportunity of undergoing an adventurous activity session in Jaisalmer that would fill your heart with unending memories. For those of you who are looking for some thrilling Parasailing in Jaisalmer, then this tour is just perfect for you. The package lets you get over the fear of height with trying Parasailing that takes you high up in the desert of Jaisalmer. 

    Rajasthan is known to be one of the suitable sites for Parasailing in India and consists of proper runways and strips in Jaisalmer that lets adventure lovers undergo a thrilling Parasailing activity. With this package, you get to experience one of the most adventurous and safest aero sports which is very influential in Rajasthan. This parasailing activity is conducted on the ground under the instruction of qualified instructors who would guide you throughout the activity. The package also provides safety equipment along with in order to ensure maximum safety of the participants.

    Duration of the Activity: 
    The duration of the activity is 30 minutes where the parasailing would take 3-5 minutes of immense adventure. 

     You can pick any slot from 10 AM till 5:30 PM any time in the day.

  • 33Desert Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer Flat 67% Off

    Desert Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer Flat 67% Off
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    • Shriram Travels
      Shriram Travels

    About the Activity:

    -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.

  • 34Camping in Jaisalmer with Jeep Safari Flat 45% off

    Camping in Jaisalmer with Jeep Safari Flat 45% off
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    • Tushar Sharma
      Tushar Sharma

    To Book call 8209844384

    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.

    About the Activity:

    Make your vacation a special one with this exciting jeep and camel safari with camping (depending on the package selected). Explore the amazing beauty of the Thar desert with camel safari Enjoy a delicious cup of tea in the middle of the desert with your loved ones.
    After sunset, you’ll be served dinner before bedding down for the night.  Enjoy overnight camping in the desert. The next day, enjoy a delicious warm breakfast. Jeep Safari can either be provided to you on day 1 or day 2.
    Note- Special dates for this tour are Diwali (23 Oct to 10 Nov), New year (20 Dec to 30 Dec) and 31st Dec. On special dates, Jeep Safari is not included. 

    Breakfast and dinner will be served during your stay and enjoy snacks and soft drinks.

    Timing: 4.00 pm - 10.00 am 

    Minimum occupancy: 2 Pax

    How To Reach:

    The stay is located in Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer and can be easily accessed by public or private transport.

  • 35Sam Sand Dunes Camping in Jaisalmer Flat 38% off

    Sam Sand Dunes Camping in Jaisalmer Flat 38% off
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    • Verified Local Operator
      Verified Local Operator
    To Book call 8209844384

    The Desert camp is placed comfortably 30 km away from the city center, in the deep golden sand dunes of Jaisalmer and offers multiple amenities and activities to welcome their guests to let them enjoy a lavish stay. This camp also organizes camel safaris to take a view of sunset and sunrise and arranges Rajasthani traditional cultural values to let you immerse in a different world. A night camel safari into the deserts will give you a real experience of desert flavor. It is well suitable for families as well as kids while offers them added advantages.

    About the activity:
    Reach to the campsite before the sunset so you can enjoy a great welcome by the traditional people in a beautiful style. Get ready to take a camel safari which is one in a lifetime experience and take a wide eye view of deserts while clicking many pictures and gaze at the nocturnal birds.
    Enjoy some traditional cuisine and get lazy in the comfortable Swiss tents having attached washrooms and running hot water facility. Have yummy breakfast the next day and move back to your own den.
    Note- Special dates for this tour are Diwali (23 Oct to 10 Nov), New year (20 Dec to 30 Dec).

    Breakfast and dinner will be served during your stay and enjoy snacks and soft drinks.  

    Check-in time: 4:00 pm
    Checkout time: 10.00 am

    Minimum occupancy: 2 Pax

    How to reach:

    The campsite is located in Sam which is 40 km from Jaisalmer, you can easily reach here by public or private transport. The exact location will be disclosed after the booking for the package is confirmed.

  • 36Desert Camping in Jaisalmer with Camel Safari Flat 44% off

    Desert Camping in Jaisalmer with Camel Safari Flat 44% off
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    • NNNNN445 ratings
    • Verified Local Operator
      Verified Local Operator

    To Book call 9116664404

    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.

    About the Activity:

    Enjoy a night under the stars while you head out for camel and jeep safari with budget camping in Jaisalmer. Receive a warm greeting with Tikka Dastori, a welcome drink and relax for some time with refreshments. Get ready to explore the vast Thar desert as you mount up on your camel for the ride or pick a jeep for a thrilling and wobbling journey. Continue your safari through the sand dunes until the time of sunset, click pictures and watch beautiful birds above your head. Witness the glorious sunset and return back to your campsite for the night.
    Enjoy the Royal Rajasthani cuisine prepared by the finest local chefs in service for years. Relish the Rajasthani Cultural Folk Dance Program, songs by local Thar singers, famous Puppet show, Fire dance, Live Langa Party Music and Camp Fire during your camping. Have some stargazing and sleep peacefully in the Royal Mewar style tents equipped with Royal furniture.
    Note- Special dates for this tour are Diwali (23 Oct to 10 Nov), New year (20 Dec to 30 Dec) and 31st Dec.

    Breakfast and dinner will be served during your stay and enjoy snacks and soft drinks.  

    Check-in Time:
     - 4.00 pm
    Check-out Time: - 10.00 am

    Minimum occupancy: 2 Pax

    How to reach:

    The campsite is located in Sam which is 40 km from Jaisalmer, you can easily reach here by public or private transport. The exact location will be disclosed after the booking for the package is confirmed.

  • 37Royal Food Walk Tour in Jaisalmer

    Royal Food Walk Tour in Jaisalmer
    • h2 Hours
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    • Verified Local Operator
      Verified Local Operator
    About Jaisalmer:

    - The city is well established in the proximity of Thar desert and its golden look could be observed in the city's architecture, people and local streets. Jaisalmer has its own marvel as loaded with narrow streets which are flanked by plenty of havelis, mahals and Golden fort. 

    About the Activity:

    - No city could ever be experienced completely until its real beans are spilled out i. e. the local delicacies. This tour will take you around the city for a good 2 hours and allows you to taste some of the famous food.
    - A trained guide will be assisting you while telling the stories of more than 7 mouthwatering and authentic delicacies of royal Jaisalmer that you will be tasting along.
    - You will be tasting royal snacks like Dal Pakwan, kachori, samosa, variety of namkeens and Mirchi vadas. In between, you will be sipping hot masala tea in a clay pot while enjoying the glory of real Jaisalmer through the lens of street food. 
    - Another inclusion is witnessing the preparation of the most celebrated sweets and taste Gothua laddu, Panchdhari laddu, and different variety of mouth freshener (Paan) as the tour ends.
    - If you are a true lover of delicious food, you must not miss this and rather delve into it.

    *NOTE: Time slot available: 12 PM to 2 PM & 6 PM to 8 PM

    Starting Point: Jaisalmer Fort Parking
    End Point: Gopa Chowk, Jaisalmer

  • 38Quad Biking in Jaisalmer Flat 20% Off

    Quad Biking in Jaisalmer Flat 20% Off
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    • Jamal - Jaisalmer
      Jamal - Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer, a prominent visitor spot in Rajasthan, is composed of elegant forts and sand that one gets to behold along with the perfect blend of lakes and Jain temples, Havelis and castles adorned in golden coloured sandstone. The location does not just impart a great spot for exploring and sightseeing, but the location is also ideal for a number of fun-filled and adventurous activities that can be carried out with your dear ones, when in Jaisalmer.

    About the Activity:
    The ATV Ride package in Jaisalmer provides you with the opportunity of experiencing an adventurous activity session in Jaisalmer that would fill your heart with everlasting memories. Grab the chance to gain back the sportsman spirit in you. Let yourself undergo a fun-filled ATV Ride session in Jaisalmer and enjoy the pleasure of riding a quad bike in the golden dunes of Thar Desert. 

    The package lets you explore the desert on a four-tire motorbike and quench your thirst for adventure in the desert. With the package, you will be guided by trained experts as you ride an hour in the golden dunes that will make you feel like a conquerer on a rescue mission.

    Duration of the Activity: 
    You can avail the fun-filled activity for 20-25 minutes.

    : You can pick any time from 10:00 AM till 6:00 PM

    How To Reach?
    The activity place in Jaisalmer which can be easily accessed by public or private transport.

    Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour.

  • Shopping Places in Jaisalmer

  • 39Manak Chowk

    Manak Chowk
    There are not many places in or around Rajasthan that can rival the popularity or the sheer wealth of goods that Manak Chowk has to offer. Situated right outside the beautiful Jaisalmer Fort, this market portrays the amazing architecture and craftsmanship of Rajasthani artists in equal measure.

    You can find everything from ethnic silver jewelry, finely crafted ornaments, decorative leather goods, and traditional bedding materials, all at affordable rates. If you love shopping, then you need to put Manak Chowk right at the top of your list of places to visit in Jaisalmer. Apart from the arts and crafts, the thing that makes the market interesting is the many heritage buildings dotting the whole place.

    Location: Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

    Open all day long

  • 40Pansari 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.

    Dhibba Para, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

    Timing: Daily; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Price: Free

  • 41Bhatia 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

  • 42Sonaron 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. 

    Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

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

    Price: Free

  • 43Sadar 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.  

    Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

    Timing: Daily; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Price: Free

  • Places to Eat in Jaisalmer

  • 44The Lalgarh - Restaurant

    The Lalgarh - Restaurant
    The Lalgarh is a beautifully situated, multi-cuisine restaurant in the heart of the Golden City. The rooftop restaurant offers 360-degree views of the Jaisalmer Fort which looks particularly breathtaking at night when the lights go on! The restaurant offers a variety of food ranging from traditional Rajasthani, Italian and Asia cuisine.

    The menu also includes vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, halal, kosher and gluten-free options. The ambience is quiet and charming and the place is well-maintained with a strong influence of traditional Rajasthan, be it in music, setting or warmth. If you are tired from your day of visiting the Jaisalmer tourist places, then this is the perfect place to unwind!

    Patwa Haveli Road, Kalakar Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

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

    Cost of two: INR 1,650 approx.
  • 45Wyra - Rooftop Restaurant

    Wyra - Rooftop Restaurant
    When it comes to luxurious rooftop experiences, not many places can match the exuberance of Marriott. Wyra is a beautiful restaurant by Marriott Jaisalmer which has a rooftop setting. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of the moon as it rises from behind the Jaisalmer Fort while savouring some delicious food.

    The place is known for some outstanding barbeque food and offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Everything from the service to the setting adds to the whole experience. You can enjoy your personal space as you dine with the private covered roof pergolas. The restaurant also has a bar where you can buy a drink of your choice. 

    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.

  • 46Jaisal Italy

    Jaisal Italy
    Whether you visit Jaisal Italy for its stunning location or its scrumptious food, you will not be disappointed. It has been built on top of one of the outer boundary walls of the beautiful Jaisalmer Fort, making it one of the top places to eat if you also want to enjoy unparalleled views of the historical monument.

    It is an exclusively vegetarian restaurant offering some finger-licking food. You can choose to sit at one of the three dining areas of the restaurant, two of which are inside and one is on the rooftop. The rooftop restaurant has an authentic Rajasthani ambience with low dining tables surrounded by cushions and pillows. From Italian pasta, pizza to tiramisu, the place offers a wide variety of European food. 

    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.

  • 47Helsinki House - Rooftop Restaurant

    Helsinki House - Rooftop Restaurant
    Styled around a traditional Rajasthani haveli, Helsinki House is a beautiful restaurant and hotel which offers its guests a real taste of Jaisalmer. The rooftop restaurant has a canopied top with traditional wooden dining furniture spread across the room.

    From the traditional tiled floor to the quirky lighting, the place is a treat to the eyes. The multi-cuisine restaurant offers Indian, Asian and other International cuisines with vegetarian and vegan options, making it a must-visit place for vegans. At night, you can enjoy the charming views of the brightly lit Jaisalmer Fort at a distance from here. 

    Bera Rd, Opposite Nagar Palika, Postal Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

    7:30 AM - 11:00 PM

    Daily;7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
  • 48The Trio

    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



Jaisalmer War Museum

The Jaisalmer War Museum, popularly known as JWM is a memorable establishment dedicated to the war heroes of our nation. The Museum was ideated under Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews and developed by the Indian Army's Dessert Corps. It is a memorial to exhibit the immense strength and richness of Indian soldiers, their glorious contributions and brave sacrifices in times of war.

Jaisalmer specifically was chosen for the development of the museum as it is among the few places that suffered a long stretch of wars and battles including the Battle of Longewala in 1971. The museum holds a number of collections from the wars and was corroborated and opened for people in the year 2015, the golden jubilee of India-Pakistan War. The museum includes equipment, armor, vehicles and more.

The Jaisalmer Museum has also dedicated a prestigious wall for all Param Vir and Maha Vir Chakra holders. It is also segregated into an Audio Visual room, Indian Army Hall and the Laungewale Hall. A souvenir shop and cafe are yet another part of the Museum. Major exhibits at the museum include a Hunter Aircraft that contributed tremendously to destroying the enemy tank in the battle of Longewala. There are also displays of Indian Armies strategies during the India Pakistan War in 1971 in the museum.

History of Jaisalmer War Museum

It was Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews who conceived the idea of creating a Museum as a tribute for the war heroes of the Longewala Battle in 1971. The notion was furnished into what we know now as the Jaisalmer War Museum by the Indian military's Desert Corps. The museum was constructed particularly in Jaisalmer's desert land because of the fact that it is one of the most war-affected regions of India. Apart from the Battle of Longewala, the army civilization and culture in this area is quite extravagant and hence, Jaisalmer certainly deserved an honor like this.

Although the museum was created and furnished under Lieutenant General Bobby Matheus, it was Lieutenant General Ashok Singh who finally opened the gates of the museum for the general population of the country and beyond. The museum holds a number of equipment, weapons, vehicles among other displays that truly exhibit the glory of India's greatest war heroes.

Exhibit at the Museum

There are a number of exhibits and displays at the Jaisalmer War Museum that clearly allow the visitors to encapsulate the distinctions of our war heroes. One of the major attractions of the place is the display of the Hunger aircraft that was successfully able to take down enemy tanks in the war against Pakistan. The two display rooms Laungewale Hall and Military hall showcase images of various skills and tactics used by the great militants to win over a number of battles.

The Audiovisual room also dictates a number of stories about India's war heroes and their esteem contributions. Fighter jets, guns, various weapons and equipment used by the military are also a part of the display at the museum.

Tanot Mata Temple

Nestled in the quaint village of Tanot in Jaisalmer, Tanot Mata temple is a blend of legends, miracles, and religion.  This temple is bound with the faith and utmost devotion of local people. 

According to the oldest Charan literature, this revered temple is an incarnation of Goddess Hinglaj Mata.  This heritage site is a major attraction for tourists who visit the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. 

This miraculous temple is located close to Longewala, the battle site of the intense Indo-Pak War of 1965 and 1971. The Jawans present near the temple have a lot of incredible stories to share with the visitors. This is perhaps the best way to learn about one of the many legends of the temple. 

The BSF has also established a museum near the temple that tells the glory of this temple associated with the Indian Army. 

Another reason to visit this old temple is the incredulous road which connects it with Jaisalmer.  According to the visitors, the route is brimming with the vistas brimming with beautiful landscapes. 

You will witness beautiful landscapes that are dotted with yellow sand dunes, camels, goats, camps, and local people in colorful Rajasthani clothes, dhabas serving delectable food, and spectacular wind mills. 

Once you reach the temple, you will be mesmerized with the divinity and purity of the temple. There is a unique aura surrounding its premises, which often turns the non-believer of the divine power into a devotee. 

There have been a lot of anecdotes where people visited this place as tourists but the uniqueness of this temple left them mesmerized. There have been many instances of divine intervention in and around this temple as well. No wonder many people re-visit this temple quite often. 

History of Tanot Mata Temple - 

This highly revered temple was established in 847 AD. The idol of the deity was installed in the same time period as well. The construction of this temple started after Bhati Rajput King Tanu Rao made Tanot as the capital of his kingdom. 

Later, it was maintained by RAC before BSF took over the temple’s responsibility, in 1965. There are a lot of unique stories related to this temple. However, the most talked-about legend of the temple is the occurring of a miraculous event during the Indo-Pak Wars of 1965. 

According to this anecdote, Pakistan dropped more than 3,000 bombs on the temple to destroy it, along with the Indian Army. While the Pakistani Army was at it, none of the 3,000 bombs could touch the temple or the Indian soldiers!

The same happened in the War of 1971 when only one coy of BSF repulsed the sudden attack from Pakistan Army. 


Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Salim Singh ki haveli is one of the most beautiful edifices situated in the heart of the Jaisalmer city. It happens to be one of the main tourist attractions in the city. It was renovated in the 19th century and was commissioned by Salim Singh who was the prime minister of that time. The haveli is also popularly known as Jahaz Mahal as the front facet of the monument has close resemblance with a ship stern.

The Salim Singh haveli is known for its architectural marvel and elegance. The haveli is almost 300 years old, however, the architecture is still enough to mesmerize the tourists. You will find the roof beautifully arched in the shape of a peacock. The haveli has 38 balconies designed with pale blue cupolas and each of the balconies have got their distinct shape. When you enter the Haveli, you will be welcomed by two elephants which are carved out of stones and the walls covered with countless imperial paintings. 

There is one more Mahal inside the Haveli, which is known as Moti Maghal. You will surely be amazed by the glamour of the Mahal. It was once upon a time a place for aristocratic and royal courtiers. It is one of the must-visit places in Jaisalmer. You must plan a day to tour in and around the place in your travel itinerary. Let us get to know more about the haveli and its legacy.

Vyas Chhatri

One of the grandest of all memorials, the Vyas Chhatri presents exquisitely crafted cenotaphs presenting it as a wonderful tourist attraction.

This commemorative plaque is built in the memory of Sage Vyas who had written the epic Mahabharata and is a formal cremation ground for the Brahmins located in Jaisalmer. 

The cenotaph dedicated to the Sage is situated north of the entire structure. These cenotaphs were made as a symbol of respect to the clans of the royal family after their death. 

The cenotaphs are built of yellow sandstone with intricately designed chhatris placed on top of these pillars. 

The grandeur and opulence of the chhatris and the pillars testify the evergreen Rajasthani architecture. The best architectural minds will be forced to think about how these structures were built? 

The fine detailing, statistics and the material used must have been top-notch. The Chhatri is also popularly known as the sun-set point giving a one-shot view of the beautiful city of Jaisalmer. Vyas Chhatri is one of the most popular tourist attractions and landmarks in the city and is placed in another structure called Bada Bagh. 

Talking about the structure, the intricate carvings of dome-shaped pavilions are mesmerizing in their appearance. A visit here will give you an enduring peace and calmness especially during sunsets.

Vyas Chhatri is a photographer’s delight and the perfect place to pose for your best shots especially in the evening.

 If you are visiting Jaisalmer, then you should surely visit the Vyas Chhatri which is a place enveloped in calm and tranquillity. 

Beauty of Cenotaphs- 

The Vyas Chhatri is a strong reminder of the bravest souls who walked on this soil and is a proud reminder of India's culture and rich craftsmanship. 

The yellow sandstone Cenotaphs or chhatris are dome-shaped and will sway you the first time you see it.

The memorial structure was built for the fond remembrance of Rajput rulers and their families from the local garden sandstone. The place's traditional Bhatti Rajput rulers built these cenotaphs to honour the contributions of their ancestors.

The delicate carvings on these cenotaphs are the best example of the true potential of Rajasthan architecture.

The umbrella-shaped dome is an excellent example of giving a rightful memorial to the Rajput war heroes, and esteemed members of the rich and wealthy Hindu Brahmin families.


Patwon ki Haveli

Known as the golden city of India, Jaisalmer is a beautiful city in Rajasthan. Among all the things that make this city popular, “Patwon Ki Haveli,” also known as the Mansion of Brocade Merchants tops the list.Patwon Ki Haveli is a cluster of five large havelis in Jaisalmer. Built in 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa, it took the workers almost 55 years to complete the first haveli. With an interesting history, Patwon Ki Haveli is actually the first and the largest haveli to be constructed in Jaisalmer. History says that Patwa was an extremely wealthy man and a well-known trader of his time.

Due to his riches, he could afford to build a luxurious palace and thus ordered the construction of separate stories – one for each of his five sons. The entire family dealt in gold and silver threads that were used in embroidering clothes and so, there was no dearth of money in the family.

Once home to the Patwa family, today the cluster of havelis is occupied by the Rajasthan government’s art and craft department. Its beautiful architecture, creative mirror work, intricate carvings, lovely paintings, and its rich goldish yellow color is what makes this cluster of havelis a favorite among tourists and locals alike.


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. 

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. 


Tazia Tower

An enigmatic architectural design including a series of grand balconies towering up to 5 stories of seamless contour, Tazi Tower in Jaisalmer is one of the greatest tourist attractions of the city. Found at the Badal Palace Complex, the tower is praised for its design and a strong ancient history it carries with it. Various balconies of the Tazia Tower also have a striking resemblance to the shrine which is a prime element in a number of Islamic festivals and the Muslims craftsmen designed it in such a way to pay tribute to their religion.

The tower comprises 5 floors, each holding a significant insight into the royal families it has been home to. Additionally, each of the floors also holds a uniquely crafted balcony, magnificent designs, and carvings on the walls and ceilings reflecting the creative advancement of crafters during the era. The tower is said to have been constructed in 1886 AD as a present to the Hindu ruler of the time, Maharawal Berisal Singh by local Muslim architects and craftsmen. The multistoried design embedded with a multitude of crafts and features makes tourists who visit the place get aw struck.

Furthermore, it also has become one of the favorite places for national and international tourists to visit. All in all, from someone who is on a family vacation trying to learn a bit about India's ancient culture to an architecture enthusiast, the Tazia tower comes across as a breath of fresh air and a place one must not skip to visit especially if they are visiting Jaisalmer.

History of Tazia Tower

The mesmerizing tower of Tazia was constructed in 1886 AD. It was built as a gift to the royal Hindu ruler of the time, Maharawal Berisal Singh. Built by local Muslim architects and craftsmen, the glorious tower was designed with the essence of the Islamic Religion. The tower is segregated into 5 stories each displaying a distinct blend of Muslim craftsmanship and design. Each floor also has giant balconies that were made to depict the Islamic tomb that is a sign of their religious festivities.

The tower itself is also an edition of various Muslim Imams mausoleum. The same is displayed through the cravings on the walls of the monument using thermocol, colored papers, and wood and hence, the tower looks greatly different from all the other Rajputana forts and towers in the city. The tower also comprises of a number of ancient designs and structural pattern that was celebrated during the era. More than a tower, Tazia is respected as a depiction of the Islamic culture and tradition. Moreover, after becoming a heritage site the tower has been carefully maintained allowing tourists to explore its intricate beauty. Established in the heart of the city, the place is a major attraction for tourists.

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. 

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.


Sam Sand Dunes

Imagine yourself amidst the desert, the yellow sandstone buildings surrounded by the glorious dunes, and further enhanced by the golden rays of the sun.

This is what a trip to Sam Sand Dunes feels like. This marvellous beauty of Rajasthan is an amazing cultural hub. Stretched across the Thar desert, Sam Sand Dunes is a prominent part of Jaisalmer. 

One of the most idyllic places to wind down and get in touch with nature, you can explore here the plant and animal life too. Take a camel ride and go on a remarkable trip to tour the dunes. Or, rent a quad bike for a thrilling experience across the local villages. 

Many desert campsites organise cultural programs for visitors to witness the Rajasthani culture. There, you can witness musical nights, folk dance, puppet shows, and a chance to taste the aromatic Rajasthani cuisine.

Indulge in stargazing, stay at the beautiful desert camps, and explore the vivid desert life. With all this and more, the Sam Sand Dunes are one of the most popular sites for offering a worthwhile experience to its visitors.


Khaba Fort Jaisalmer

The Indian state of Rajasthan is widely known for its rich forts and palaces. Among its uncountable number of forts, one Khaba Fort is very popular for being one of a kind. Located near the town of Jaisalmer, Khaba Fort is situated in the Khaba village amid the giant Thar Desert. 

This ruined fort once housed a kingdom in it and was the epicenter of the Kuldhara village. Many tourists visit the place to unearth its history and several mysteries that haunt the village to date. The abandoned houses near the fort are a popular spot for adventure seekers and myth-busters. 

The broken entrance for the Khaba fort starts near the spooky Kuldhara village. One can see the entire village and the nearby areas from the top of the fort.

 You’ll always see some peacocks mingling around the fort with their wings wide open. Though the Khaba Fort is majorly ruined, one can still find some beautiful walls and a few windows. Among the other remaining structures, one would also find a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

 Khaba fort has a museum in it that is loaded with ancient vestiges and a few age-old rocks.

Inside the fort, there is a staircase that leads to an underground hallway that has around 70 to 80 stranded houses. 

Before any visitor leaves the fort, the locals and a few former residents cast an incantation to restrict any visitor to settle in the village. Call it blind faith, superstition or something else, the locals have been practicing this to prevent any other epidemic. 

Khaba Village -

The village of Khaba was home to the Paliwal Brahmins from the late 13th century. Around 80-90 families were residing in various huts and small houses scattered around the village. The mysterious story of Khaba starts in 1825 when in one night, all the villagers deserted the village and went to some other place.

To date, nobody knows where the villagers went and this remains an unsolved story. Some possible tales that explain the sudden disappearance are 

- An earthquake shook the village

- Dwindling water supply in the village

- Forceful marriage of the King (Kshatriya) with a Brahmin girl

Museum at Khaba Fort- 

Situated amidst the Thar Desert, the Khaba fort’s museum consists of many sand formations that have flourished in the area for years. The visitors can witness some of the geological artifacts that are native to the Thar desert.

 One can also see some different fossils which were found in the region. 

Other than this, the visitors can also see varied rock formations with each of the formation having in-detailed information about it inscribed on a board. The spooky village is quite famous and attracts a lot of visitors from many states. 


Bada Bagh

Located at an equal distance both from Lodhruva and Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is one of the most significant relics of our country. Featuring a series of cenotaphs, Bada Bagh portrays illustrious past of Rajasthan. Gleaming through the desert regions of Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh once was wrapped within a coat of lush green gardens. The famous golden cenotaphs at Bada Bagh are located at a distance of 6 km from the northern region of Jaisalmer.

According to the Hindu literature, the term ‘Bada Bagh’ signifies a big garden. While the structure was first constructed, it had a beautiful garden encircling it. This might be the reason as to how and why the place came to be known as Bada Bagh. Perhaps today, you won't mark the presence of any garden there. But for sure, the site is quite peaceful with golden cenotaphs arising from the golden stretch of land. It has been said that every single cenotaph here is honored to be constructed in the memory of either a king or a queen from the royal family that stayed here.

These cenotaphs are nothing but tomb shaped structures which are locally referred to as Chhatris. The art of constructing Chhatris began somewhere around the 17th century and lasted until the 20th century. The first cenotaph that marked its presence here was erected as a tribute to the Maharaja Jai Singh II. After that, different Chhatris were constructed, which differ widely in their sizes.

Today, you could see them standing tall in two rows reflecting the power quotient and the social status of the members of the Royal family. If you look closely at the top of each Chhatri, there’s a small stone inscription there with the date and the name of the person to whom it has been commemorated. Very few of them have brief descriptions, as well.

History of Bada Bagh

The credit for the construction of this piece of land goes to the Maharaja Maharawal Jai Singh. He started his work by constructing a dam in the desert region so that it could serve the purpose of a water tank for the nearby villages. Soon, the water from this dam brought unparalleled glory to the entire periphery, and the region witnessed a surprising bloom in both its flora and fauna. This delighted every boon of efforts that Maharaja Maharawal Jai Singh invested into the construction of his venture.

With his death on 21st September 1743, it was his son to commemorate him with the construction of a Chhatri here. The creation of this commemorable structure in the immediate neighbor of the lake laid the foundation of a new tradition for all the Bhatti dynasty rulers. After that, to recognize and valor the contribution of each of its Bhatti dynasty rulers, a new cenotaph came to be constructed.

It was in the year 1947 when this tradition of cenotaph construction was discontinued on account of the sad demise of one of the princes who passed away after suffering from a mysterious disease. This death was considered to be a reflection of lousy omen amongst the Royals. Hence, they inanimate on the discontinuation of the tradition.

The Chattris at Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh witnessed a tradition of constructing Chattris somewhere around the 17th century, which lasted until the 20th century. The first Chattri or cenotaph, which came to be built here, was that of Maharaja Jai Singh II, who ruled the region between 1688 to 1743. He made immense contributions as a ruler during his reign in Jaisalmer. The major one was the dam construction, which was aimed at uplifting both flora and fauna in the community for the betterment of the society. After his death, his son decided to commemorate his valuable contribution towards social development by constructing a cenotaph near to this water body.

This laid the foundation of a new tradition in the Bhatti dynasty. Later, it was decided that upon the demise of every royal king and queen of the Bhatti dynasty, a new cenotaph would be constructed here in his or her memory. However, this tradition came to be discontinued by the mysterious demise of Maharaja Jawahar Singh. Every single chhatri at the Bada Bagh has got its own height and appear in two different rows.

They are built in such a way that each one reflects the power quotient of the ruler to which it has been associated with. In short, the more powerful a king or queen stood during his reign, the tall his Chhatri would stand. At the top of each Chhatri, there’s a stone inscription reflecting the date and the name of the king or queen to whom it has been honored to. On some of them, you would even witness a brief description, as well.

Desert National Park

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. 

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. 


Khuri Sand Dunes

The Khuri Sand Dunes are situated at a distance of 40 Km to the southwest of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. It is one of the most acknowledged and pristine beauty in the middle of the vast Thar Desert, which offers many ideal locations for tourists to get an experience of dunes in India.

The Thar desert is home to numerous sand dunes which offer tourists with options for camping and desert safari. The Khuri Sand Dunes welcomes all the visitors to the ocean of sand. It entices solo travellers to spend some time in solitude. 

The best way to travel through the dunes would be to sit atop a colorfully dressed camel and start your journey in a convoy over the shifting dunes. The dunes will let you set off in the early morning to watch the amazing sun, when it casts a truly magical spell over the desert lands. 

Khuri Sand Dunes lets you camp in the middle of the desert, ride on the back of the camel, relish the local way of living and shop souvenirs in the emerging local bazaars.

However, if you want to make the most out of the Sand Dunes, you can absolutely sit beside a campfire, listen to the traditional songs of Kalbeliyas, and relish some of the authentic Rajasthani delicacies.

Last but not the least; you should on no occasion miss the amazing sunsets behind the sandhills. A trip to this place will surely be a break from the busy and chaotic daily life. 


Jain Temples

Located in the golden city of Jaisalmer, Jain Temples, situated inside the famous Jaisalmer Fort, are sites of heavy historical and religious importance. Along with being strongly associated with religious sentiments, these temples are of tremendous archaeological significance. 

With each temple dedicated to a different Tirthankara of the Jains, these subtly ornate structures are no less than a treasure to lovers of history and architecture. Every single one of these temples is built with the unique golden sandstone for which Jaisalmer is so famous for. 

All seven temples are linked to each other. The hushed air of peace and calm that prevails around each of these temples is a testament to the beliefs upon which they were built. These temples have a unique quality of being alive. When one wanders along with these ancient places of worship, one can sometimes hear the bricks tell old tales while the pillars break into hushed whispers of the past. 

Location: The temples are located on Fort Kothari para in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, 345001. 

Timings: The temples are open for visits from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  It usually takes around two hours to explore the whole place.

Fee: Indians: Visiting the temples is free for Indian residents. 
        Foreigners: The fee is INR 10 for foreign tourists.

Jaisalmer Fort

Photo Credits: Well-Bred Kannan (WBK Photography)

Also known as Sonar Quilla or Sone ka Quilla (golden fort) Jaisalmer fort stands high showcasing its beauty and elegance as it is one of the world’s largest forts located in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Sonar Quila is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan.

Its extensive yellow sandstone walls are bright yellow during the day and fade to honey-gold as the sun sets and due to this, it is also called the Golden fort. This dessert beauty has seen many battles while standing amidst the sandy stretches of the great Thar Desert on Trikuta hill. Jaisalmer itself is known as the golden city and offers the cultural fusion of nomadic desert and royalty which will let you experience something different.

You will be amused by the architectural beauty of Jaisalmer Fort and other sites of the golden city. Built by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD this UNESCO World Heritage site is the pride of the Thar desert and is a symbol of strength. Jaisalmer Fort has played a vital role from the glorious past to the present. It has been part of many amazing cultures of the different dynasty ruling.

It has kept the traditions of past safe by preserving their designs and visions. This place will never fail to surprise you from its majestic beauty and will give you a different vision towards the history, traditions, and culture of the country.

History of Jaisalmer Fort

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Garrett Ziegler

The Golden fort is said to be established by Raja Rawal Jaisal, who was a Bhatti Rajput ruler, in approximately 1156 A D. He selected the Trikuta hills located at the great Thar Desert for his fort to stand and symbolize the dominance and power of the royal Rajput's.

Sonar Quila is known as the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and has seen and been part of many legendary battles but even today it holds the same charm and positive vibes which will leave you aw-struck when you will witness this great structure. So, one can notice the fusion of Islamic and Rajput architecture. It has also been part of the silk trade route from the 16th to the 18th century. 

Sonar Quila is a legendary structure and holds a great significance in the grand history. The  fort has four grand entrance Ganesh Pol, Akshaya Pol, Suraj Pol, and Hawa Pol which have their own significance like Suraj pol named was given to one because the first sun rays over the city used to hit this very gate similarly other gates also have interesting stories related to them and are very beautifully carved and designed in a way that it is a combination of power and beauty.

The Architecture of Jaisalmer Fort

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The Jaisalmer Fort is also famous for its architectural beauty. With the amazing measurement of 1,500 ft (460 m) long and 750 ft (230 m) wide it is built on a hill that rises above a height of 250 ft (76 m). You will be delighted to witness the essence of Rajasthani architectural touch with beautiful designs and patterns. Built with the gorgeous yellow sandstone the entire fort has an amazing look and shines like gold when the sun-rays fall on the walls.

With the glorious sunrise and majestic sunset, this structure changes color from tawny lion yellow to honey- gold. You will be amused to see the four entrances to the fort which are named Hawa Pole, Akshay Pole, Suraj Pole, and Ganesha Pole. There are many other places that add their importance to histories such as Akhai Vilas, the Rang Mahal, Sarvottam Vilas, Gaj Mahal, and the Moti Mahal.

The Moti Mahal is also known as Salam Singh Ki Haweli and is extremely beautiful with the amazing architecture, built-in 1815 with a peacock-shaped roof & numerous balconies this place will give a jaw-dropping view. These places too have been formed by keeping the designs, patterns, and texture at the priority and has been taken utmost care that they stand to showcase the royalty and energy of Rajput's and taking Rajasthani style on another level.

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  • Q. Which are some of the best Jaisalmer tour packages?
  • Q. What are the best things to do in Jaisalmer?

    Here is the list of best things to do in Jaisalmer:

    1. Experience Dune Bashing
    2. Parasailing at Jaisalmer Flat 50% Off
    3. Quad Biking in Jaisalmer Flat 20% Off
    4. Go for Camel Safari
    5. Paramotoring at Jaisalmer

  • Q. Which are the best Jaisalmer desert camps?
  • Q. How can I plan 2 days in Jaisalmer?

    There are a lot of things to do and places to see in Jaisalmer and on a two-day trip you must include the following:

    Day 1

    • The historical Jaisalmer Fort for its architectural beauty 

    • Nathmal Ji ki Haveli for its rustic charm 

    • Ancient Jain temples spread throughout the old part of town 

    • A camel safari through the sand dunes 

    Day 2

    • The old town of Lodurva for its ancient monuments and temples 

    • The heritage gardens of Bada Bagh 

    • Folklore Museum and Desert Cultural Centre 

    • The picturesque Gadisar Lake

  • Q. Where should I stay in Jaisalmer?

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

    • 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. 

    • 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.   

    • 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.    

    • 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. 

    • 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.

  • Q. What is Jaisalmer famous for?

    Jaisalmer is known for its beautiful forts, historic temples, colourful bazaars, blue lakes, camel rides and delicious cuisine.

  • Q. What is famous in Jaisalmer for shopping?

    The vibrant bazaars of Jaisalmer offer a wide range of merchandise and utilitarian products to take home after a holiday. You can buy anything from embroidered footwear, colourful fabrics with intricate prints, precious and semi-precious jewellery and more. Apart from fashion goods, you can also buy household products like carved wooden furniture, chimes, bells, carpets, antiques and puppets among other things.

  • Q. How many days are enough for Jaisalmer?

    Jaisalmer has a lot to offer and you can spend anywhere between two days to a week in the city.

  • Q. How can I reach Jaisalmer?

    Jaisalmer is easily accessible from all major cities in Rajasthan, including Jodhpur and Jaipur. You can easily take a bus and get to Jaisalmer. If you are travelling from the national capital, Delhi, then you need one change of bus to get to Jaisalmer.

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Jaisalmer?

    The best time to visit Jaisalmer is between October to March. Jaisalmer experiences winter during this time and since it is a desert region, the temperature remains pleasant and breezy. You can visit all the Jaisalmer tourist places in the morning when the sun is out and enjoy a warm and cosy dinner at one of the restaurants once the sun sets and the temperature drops.

  • Q. How do I get from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer?

    You can get several direct buses and trains from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. A direct bus takes a little less than five hours.

  • Q. Does Jaisalmer have an airport?

    No, Jaisalmer does not have an airport in the city. The nearest airport to Jaisalmer city is the Jodhpur airport which is around 275 kilometres away.

  • Q. Ye

    Is Jaisalmer safe for tourists?s, Jaisalmer is a very safe city. In fact, it is considered much safer when compared to other cities of Rajasthan. It is situated near the border of Pakistan, and perhaps because of that, it is highly guarded and visitors are kept away from the border areas.