Jaisalmer Tourism, India 2020 (104 Tours & Activities)

The fort of Jaisalmer is a breathtaking place to visit in Jaisalmer: a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage from a bygone era. The tourist places in Jaisalmer will give you an experience to be remembered forever. No place better evokes exotic camel-train trade routes and desert mystery. Ninety-nine bastions encircle the fort’s still-inhabited twisting lanes. Inside are shops swaddled in bright embroideries, a royal palace and numerous businesses looking for your tourist rupee. Despite the commercialism, it’s hard not to be enchanted by this desert citadel.

 Jaisalmer has been enriched by its Jain community, which has adorned the city with beautiful temples, notably the temples dedicated to the 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvanath.

Tourist places in Jaisalmer include a visit to Jain temples in total which are situated within the Jaisalmer fort built during 12th and 15th centuries. Among these temples, the biggest is the Parshwanath Temple; the others are Chandraprabhu temple, Rishabhdev temple, Shitalnath Temple, Kunthunath Temple, and Shantinath Temple. Known for their exquisite work of art and architecture that was predominant in the medieval era the temples are built out of yellow sandstone and have intricate engravings on them.

Jaisalmer boasts some of the oldest libraries of India among which contain rarest of the manuscripts and artefacts of Jain tradition. There are many pilgrimage centres around Jaisalmer such as Lodhruva(Lodarva), Amarsagar, Brahmsar and Pokharan.

Beneath the ramparts, particularly to the north, the narrow streets of the old city conceal magnificent havelis, all carved from the same golden-honey sandstone as the fort – hence Jaisalmer’s designation as the Golden City.

Musicians and dancers are also a major cultural export from Jaisalmer to the rest of the world. Jaisalmer is one of the most preferred event organizing destinations in Rajasthan. Several movies were shot in various locations and famous fort structured hotels of Jaisalmer. Tourist places in Jaisalmer are going to mesmerise you with its beauty.

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04 January 2019
Excellent
"Desert camping in Jaisalmer remains highlights of your memories ????\nNice Food, Places, Scenic place..\n"
22 January 2019
Excellent
I took this trip along with my two friends and we had a wonderful experience there. We had an awesome stay in the Swiss Tent where all the required facilities are available or if not on asking they provide do it. The staffs were very friendly and well behaved. I was awestruck by the beauty of golden sand there. It felt like I was far far lost in Desert somewhere and the sunset adds an extravagant beauty to that view. At night the campfire was so cool along with the folk dancing and singing activities. In short it was an awesome trip whoever wants to see Jaiselmer at the best should take this trip. Thanks to Thrillophilia for the awesome Experience and keep up the good work :) :)
08 March 2019
Excellent
"Best experience with friends, definitely say yes to this place. This place is quite far and also in the middle of the desert that makes this place even more better. The cultural program was amazing and the Safari we enjoyed it alot. Thanks for such a nice camping experience"
16 February 2019
Excellent
We were picked up in a swift dzire from Pithla Haveli where we stayed. After reaching the desert we did our Jeep Safari (which was not included in our package though) then we did our camel safari. Both of them were more than awesome. Do not miss the jeep safari. If you are there. That cultural night was superb and the buffet dinner was very good. Thanks to Thrillophilia for this awesome trip. To see all the photos and stories do follow me on Bidyut_018 on Instagram.
28 December 2018
Excellent
Lovely place and very helpful staff Lost my daughters retainers and they went out of their way to find it Thanks so much for wvetoyou guys did to make our stay memorable Nice cultural dance in the evening along with great food Keep it up!!
26 February 2020
Superb
Great Fun.. though nothing compared to the Dune Bashing that one gets to do in Dubai. The driver and the jeep were good. But we were not happy with the tour operator because they were clearly sub-agents to Thrillophillia and do not have any facilities of their own.
20 February 2020
Excellent
"Excellent service from Thrillophilia!! Camel safari and zeep safari just for 1250/- (Pickup and drop included). No other vendor would provide an amazing experience for this cost. Cultural Program is good with campfire. We had some issue with the camel rider as he keep on insisting camel race for extra money. Even though it was good, I don't like forcing the people. Also, the desert is not actually Thar desert.It's just a small one lies before Thar, would have been better if we went there. Finally, it's worth the money and U can go for it without any hesitation"
20 February 2020
Excellent
Good experience.
12 February 2020
Excellent
An incredible experience!! We did this safari in Feburary month and it was a thrilling experience. We were a couple and reached the camp by 4pm where complimentary tea and snacks were served. Tent was really spacious and quite beautiful. Bathrooms were attached. After that we did camel safari and reached sam desert. The sunset was beautiful and since it was a full moon day the entire sunset and moonrise made the evening pleasant. We reached camp by 7; 30 pm, the cultural program started and dinner was served by 9 pm. My favourite dal bati choorma was also included. We were back in our tents by 10:30 pm. The staff was very helpful. Hamje Khan our Guide was polite n humble..Next day breakfast was served and we checked out by 10am. Best Ambience. Overall it was an awesome experience and we really enjoyed this trip Thank you Thrillophilia for d Bestest Memories..
07 February 2020
Superb
It was overall a good experience. Jeep Safari was exceptionally thrilling and awesome. Camel Safari was good too but a little short. Tent stay was comfortable. A little disappointment with the food served in dinner and breakfast. It was cold and not much options were there.

People Also Ask About Jaisalmer

  1. Travel Advice

    • On the lower section of the Jaisalmer fort, you may find several women selling silver jewelry. They’ll claim that the jewelry pieces are 70% silver however, they are absolutely fake. Some may look real and have an antique look but they are in no way silver.

    • The lanes in old markets are very narrow and less crowded. Avoid going in these lanes alone.

    • Beware of pick pockets here.

    • Be weary of the guys on wheels. They have a habit of breaking traffic rules.

    • The infrastructure of the Jaisalmer fort is in deep trouble. Its drainage system cannot handle the demand and some of the walls have already collapsed. Avoid planning a stay inside the fort. You can find hotels outside the walls of the fort. Staying there is a far better idea.

    • Taking a camel ride may not be the best thing to do. Your legs may hurt and it may get uncomfortable after a while.  

    • It gets really hot here during summers. Carry with you enough water and keep yourself hydrated.
      When buying water bottles from the stalls, make sure the seal on the bottles is intact. Don’t buy bottles of the brand you don’t know.

    • Be wary of the touts.

    • Bargain for the handicrafts.

    • Avoid consuming any dairy product from a street market.

    • Don’t get into verbal spats.

    • Bring essential medications from home.  

    • Bring a sunglass and sunscreen.

    • Don’t get friendly with the strangers.

  2. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Jaisalmer is 21. Anyone below 21 years may be prohibited from buying or consuming alcohol.


  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Jaisalmer Fort
    It is the most prominent landmarks in the city of Jaisalmer. Notably one of the largest forts of the world, it is also known as the Sonar Qila and was built in 1156 AD. The fort is huge and houses a number of shops, hotels, eateries and museum. It is a photographer’s delight.


    Patwon Ki Haveli
    Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the largest havelis of Rajasthan. It is formed from the assemblage of 5 small havelis. The construction of the haveli was started by Guman Chand Patwa and it took over 5 decades for the completion. This is an architectural marvel that is dipped in breath taking shades of gold. The haveli is mostly popular for its archways, beautiful balconies, wall paintings and gateways. When here, do take a walk in the haveli to explore it well.  


    Salim Singh ki Haveli
    Salim Singh ki Haveli was built by Salim Singh. When Jaisalmer was the capital of the princely state, he was the prime minister. Today, the haveli is 3 centuries old and still looks as spectacular as it always has been. It adorns an alluring arched roof that is in the shape of a peacock. There is a section in the haveli that is still occupied.


    Bada Bagh
    Situated about 6 km from Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is an important destination here. The place is frequented by the tourists who come here to explore the royal cenotaphs.

  4. What you will like there?

    The very feel of the Arabian Nights
    The breath taking architecture of Jaisalmer will take you back in time and give you the very feel of being part of those ‘Arabian Nights’ with anecdotes of the camels, sand, desert, and everything exotic.   

    Spectacle of colors from Sunrise to Sunset
    Every house, resort, hotel or restaurant in Jaisalmer looks like an extension of the fort. Wherever you look, it is Golden Yellow. You have several viewpoints both inside and outside the fort to watch the enchanting sunset of the city.  

    A royal stay
    Jaisalmer Fort though a representative of the city’s history has not lost its charm, not even a bit. It is a functional fort that has rooms where one can actually stay. Even outside this fort, there are several hotels and havelis where you can stay. Give yourself the royal feel by staying in one of those luxurious havelis here.  

    Camel back
    ride on magical Sand Dunes
    Mostly all of us have been on a camel ride on the sandy beaches but have you tried camel ride on the sand dunes? Believe me, Sand Dunes are a different fun all together! You can visit Sam Sand Dunes or Khuri to enjoy a majestic camel ride on the dunes. Make sure you reach the dunes before the sunset and experience how things change dramatically post sunset. To make the most of it, you can take a nice stroll around the place at night. If you are daring enough, plan a stay over night! 

    Beautiful Starry Night – the Clearest EVER
    The crystal clear night sky of Jaisalmer will leave you mesmerized. It does not matter whether you are a star gazing person or not, if you look at the stars when you are on the dunes, you’ll definitely enjoy it. 

    The shopping
    The city’s charming and colorful shops that house boho chic clothing with its authentic mirror work, flowy cotton skirts and alike, can make any girl skip a beat. Take note, the farther the shop is from the fort, the better is the deal you are going to get. 

    The Food
    Jaisalmer has an array of cafes and restaurants that offer superior quality European food. Besides, you must definitely try the local cuisines here. Some of the dishes that are a must try here include ker sangri, junglee maas  and laal maas. 

  5. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)

  6. When is the best time to visit Jaisalmer?


    Summers and monsoons are suggested to be given second priority in order to visit.

     

    Jaisalmer. Winters are best. October to March can be chosen.
    Summers- Summers experience approximately 42 degree Celsius and thus not a good weather to go Jaisalmer.
    Monsoon- Duration between September to October has very little rainfall and it becomes a good time to visit this place.
    Winter- Winters are best to travel this place as the temperature lies between 5 degree Celsius and 24 degree Celsius.

  7. How to reach Jaisalmer?

    Jaisalmer is ‘the golden city’ of India. To reach Jaisalmer is not at all difficult.
    • Airways- Only chartered flights can fly from Jaisalmer Airport as it is the military airport. It is 285 km away from Jaisalmer city. Udaipur, Delhi etc can be reached using regular flights.
    • Roadways- The road trips can also work as the conveyance facility is brilliant. Private buses are there for Mount Abu, Bikaner etc.
    • Train-Jaisalmer Railway Station is the connected station. Trains can be taken to the cities like Delhi, Agra etc
  8. What are the different things/activities to do in Jaisalmer?


    There are many pass time activities to do in Jaisalmer. The city has many forts and it is historic in nature.


    • Jaisalmer fort overview- It is the largest fort in Jaisalmer. Popularly known as the Sonar Qila, this fort was built in 1156 AD. Photographers love to reach here and click photographs.
    • Patwon Ki Haveli-It is also the largest fort of Jaisalmer city. It is known to have built by Guman Chand Patwa and his sons and it took almost 55 years to be completed.
    • Salim Singh Ki Haveli-As already mentioned in name, the fort is known to have built by Salim Singh. It is so beautiful that it becomes a must go place in Jaisalmer.
  9. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Jaisalmer?


    Roadways, airways etc are the routes of traveling through which one can reach Jaisalmer, but to explore the whole city retaining its traditional beauty, one should take up traditional rides also.


    • Camel Rides-Camel rides are the most common tremendous ride every person should take.

    • Rickshaws and bike rides-The traffic may or may not be fair but this conveyance to ready to handle everything. For once everyone should have rickshaws ride.
  10. Which are the best places for shopping in Jaisalmer?

    There are many places in Jaisalmer to purchase many things. Some of them are as follows:

    • Sadar Bazaar-It is a wholesale market and it also has space for retailers. From the customer’s point of view it a place with all the handicrafts, jeweler and embroidered materials.
    • Sonoran Ka Baas-Women love this place a lot as it is the hub of jewelry. The place has been titled as “The abode of lapidaries.”
    • Bhatia Bazaar-This market occupies a great space for leather items and textiles and that’s why it becomes a favorite place for business persons.
  11. What are the famous places for a Desert safari in Jaisalmer?

    There are many places for a Desert Safari in Jaisalmer.

    • Royal Desert Camp-This lavishing camp is situated on Sam Road in Jaisalmer. This place has been giving 3-5 star ratings many times. It costs 6,000-10,000 INR (95-100 USD) to stay here.
    • The Serai Camp-This is known to be the most luxurious resort in Jaisalmer. It has soothing ambiance and cuisine so offered is also hygienic and tastier. The cost here comes around 20,000 INR (200 USD).
    • Rajputana Desert Camp-It is the place with the qualitative offering. It is reasonable also. It costs 4,000-7,000 INR (90-97 USD) only per night stay.
  12. What are the most visited sightseeing places in Jaisalmer?

    While traveling in Jaisalmer, a person can have numerous experiences. Some of the spell-binding places are as follows.
    • Jaisalmer Fort-This fort should also be called the Golden Fort of Rajasthan. It is popular for its Historic and architectural construction.
    • Bada Bagh-As the name explains, this is a place of the huge garden. All credits should be given to Maharawal Jait who maintained the greenery of the city.
    • The Thar Heritage Museum-It is situated in the main market and thus everyone can go this place once. It has traditional routes and thus photographers love this place a lot.
  13. Which are the famous forts and palaces in Jaisalmer?


    Any royal place is known for its traditional forts which are linked to the history from grass root level. Have a look at the best sightseeing places of Jaisalmer


    • Jaisalmer Fort Palace-It is the heritage center of Jaisalmer city. It has a museum titled Jaisalmer fort palace museum. It has a complete royal look.
    • Khaba Fort-This place was constructed by the Paliwal Brahmins. But it is a belief that due to some issues, it was destroyed.
    • Maharaja’s Palace Overview-It has a plenty of views for the visitors. It is known for its five-storeyed structure.
  14. What are the famous destinations for camping in Jaisalmer?

    Reasonable prices are offered in following camping destinations of Jaisalmer.


    • Dangri Desert Safari Camp-It is situated on Sam Road. It costs 4250-6250 INR (90- 95 USD) only.
    • Maharaja Desert Camp-It is the oldest yet beautiful camp of Jaisalmer. It is situated opposite to Sam Sand Dune. It costs 8000 INR (100 USD) per unit.
  15. What are the famous temples in Jaisalmer?

    Rajasthan is known for its rituals and historic tradition. The temples here are must go places.


    • Tanot Mata Temple.-It is 78 Kms away from the city. Both India and Pakistan show a great response and respect to this temple.
    • Laxminath Temple-This temple belongs to Vishnu and Laxmi. It was built in 1494.
    • Jain Temple-This temple was to give tribute to 23rd Tirthankara of Jainism
  16. Where can one enjoy a camel safari in Jaisalmer?

    Everything seems to be lost and incomplete if everything has been done but not the camel safari on their Jaisalmer Tour


    • Jaisalmer Desert Safari Package-It is situated in the Thar Desert. Mujra, musical events etc take place here.
    • Safari Tours -It is known for its musical Program at desert Camps in Jaisalmer.
    • Some of the other desert camps are Royal Desert Camp, Rajputana Desert camp etc.
  17. Where can one enjoy offroading in Jaisalmer? And is it a popular sport over there?

    Off-roading refers to dry tracks and desert trails.


    • Some of the most preferred places are Abu Safari, Bike Riders Jaisalmer, Desert Safari in Jaisalmer and the Sunshine Safari.
    • Jaisalmer offers a wide range to visitors to experience off-roading, hence, yes, it is quite a popular sport there.


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