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What You Should Know More About Jaisalmer

  • 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)
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.


Traveller Tales from Jaisalmer

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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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Aanandaswarup Chopra

08 November 2017

Wow just wow, very well arranged, good food, fantastic service and lot of adventure. We started at around 1:30 PM and reached the desert. The desert safari was for 45 minutes and it was really great. So much of adventure all together.. Then we went for a camel ride, riding through the desert in the camel was really great, it was a bit hot but the best part came when we saw the beautiful sunset. After that we went to our camps and enjoyed a warm welcome with arti-tikka and dhols. The rajasthani folk music was really great.

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Mani Iyengar

08 November 2017

Best camping experience ever! Very well organized with some great help from the stuff. They took care of everything and also arranged a special bonfire for us on request. The camel safari was really great, we had the best time watching the sunset and sipping a cup of tea. But the night time was the best with Rajasthani cultural folk dance program, live langa music which was just awesome.

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Uttam Pandey

11 December 2017

From the staffs to the tour guides, from the food to the camel rides, there is not one single complaint regarding this outstanding trip. We have spent a wonderful time amidst the desert, watching the sunset while sipping tea. The only problem that we faced is internet connectivity was completely lost in some places. Rest be assured, you are sure to enjoy the thrill of the desert!

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Akshainie Kaniyar

08 November 2017

Wow! Just wow, it was a fantastic tour for all of us. Although our pick up was a bit delayed but once we reached the desert, it was so much fun. Our guide Bijit was really great, he advised us on how to easily mount up the camel and was also very informative. Wonderful service from the team Thrillophilia. They have been connected to us all throughout our trip.

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Sheela Somayaji

08 November 2017

Simple loved the whole experience, it was so much fun as you ride through the desert. The price was really great for so much of adventure together. We explored the Sam village, Bhillo ki Basti which was really beautiful. All this villages is rich in their tradition and culture. Meeting the local people was really great too, they were very friendly as well.

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Devagya Verma

11 December 2017

The sand dunes which was main attraction of the entire trip. The cost effective plan helped me save a lot. There was no booking fee also! The local guide who took me through the exotic deserts of Jaisalmer was quite cordial and never let me get bored. I also explored other parts of city like grand forts, narrow lanes and vibrant markets.

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Himadri Dubashi

08 November 2017

Wonderful service, great team very cozy camps and very well planned tour. The camel safari was the best for me and my girlfriend. They welcomed us with Tikka Dastori. Our guide Mohan was very informative and told us about the whole place. The camels provided to us were all very beautifully decorated. Good experience..

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Uttam Pandey

08 November 2017

Loved it totally, it was so much fun when we did desert safari tour in Jaisalmer. I along with my wife and two kids went on safari. Very well arranged tour with great service as well. It was so much fun while we went on the camel safari, my kids were really happy. We also enjoyed a delicious buffet Rajasthani dinner.

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