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Vasudev Sethi

06 September 2016

Who says you have to go to Dubai to enjoy the sand dune bashing? Visit the Dune bashing at Jaisalmer and feel the desert paradise in Earth, and what’s more – at the most affordable cost. Camel ride, cultural programs, safari, and many other things were part of our trip. I went over here last summer with my cousin and it was really a nice experience. The best part was the local fooding and cultural shows, the traditional and authentic foods were simply superb, as I am a foodie, I enjoyed mostly all the foods that were served. Initially the camel ride was scary but then it went on well, going to such a place is really a unique experience.

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Digambara Gill

06 September 2016

Ever since I heard from my friend about her trip to Jaisalmer, I was longing to visit, luckily it happened soon. When my father asked my opinion for this tour, I immediately picked up Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is well known for its sand bashing and camel rides. Going with family is a great fun as you needn’t worry about your belongings or expenditure; I just have no words to say what I really experienced. However here goes my review – 1. The Rajasthani folk song and cultural dance made my day (the singers sang very well) 2. Enjoyed the Ghoomar mainly 3. The bonfire and the fire dance were the special attraction, 4. The vegetarian Rajasthani Thali that was served is still lingering in my mouth (even though I couldn’t eat much, I enjoyed the whole meal). 5. The guided desert safari at its best. 6. The French tent that we took at the dunes was equipped with all necessary amenities. The only regret is that the organizers should have reduced the number of intake per trip to the places, this way there wouldn’t have been much congestion. Rest all was satisfactory.

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Chandini Banerjee

06 September 2016

Had a unique sand dune bashing and camel ride experience in Jaisalmer! Sunset from here was simply superb; the camel rides were affordable and worthy too. We were provided with a Fortuner for the dune bashing and the condition of the car was too good, I was afraid initially as we were hiring a private SUV for the safari, but my fear went wrong luckily. The operators and the driver did their job well by giving us a pleasant ride. The camel ride that followed the safari was even more marvelous, lovely food and sightseeing the adjacent were the other positive aspects of the trip.

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Kin Verma

06 September 2016

If you want to enjoy some beautiful evenings – try out the sand bashing and camel rides at Jaisalmer. On visiting the Thar Desert we took to the dune bashing immediately followed by the camel rides, the camels took us inside where folk dances and cultural events were arranged. Local foods were served hot – hot. The tents that were provided were comfortable and we enjoyed the evening listening to songs and dance. The peace of the desert made my evening memorable.

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Akshayakeerti Iyengar

19 January 2016

The camel safari was amazing and a unique experience for me. It was my first time exploring a desert and the sand dunes. The camp stay was also great. The place is beautiful. You can indulge in other activities too when you find the time. Nights were cold but the tents were quite warm and cozy. Superb experience!

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What You Should Know More About Jaisalmer

  • About the Destination

    The Golden Yellow fort of Jaisalmer is a magnificent site. Built in 1156 AD, it is a huge sand castle rising from the sandy plains just like a mirage from the lost era. It summons for a massive camel train trade which is a major drawcard here. The defenses of the fort include 99 bastions of which 92 were constructed during the period spanning from 1633-47. These bastions encompass the fort’s still-inhabited wiggling lanes. On the interiors, you can see a royal palace, shops encased in bright embroideries and a couple of businesses that are waiting to extract some tourist currency from you. Despite the industrialism burgeoning here, it is impossible to not be lured by the desert castle of the city. Underneath the fort, particularly towards the north, the narrow streets of the Jaisalmer enounce within it breathtaking havelis that are beautifully carved from the same honey (Golden yellow) sandstone as the Jaisalmer Fort, well justifying its tag of Golden City. It wouldn’t be peculiar to say that Jaisalmer almost rose from the dead in the past 5 decades. Jaisalmer may be old but is certainly not forgotten. It wouldn’t be an overestimation to say that Jaisalmer today is the biggest tourist attraction of Rajasthan. In the past few years, it has been noted that many tourists who visit Rajasthan come exclusively for Jaisalmer and not the other surrounding attractions like Thar Desert. On the whole, Jaisalmer is a much laxer and hassle free city in comparison to other cities like Jodhpur and Jaipur.

  • 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.

  • Drinking Law

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


  • 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.

  • 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. 

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