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    Jaisalmer is a beautiful border city lying on the western end of the country offering plenty of things to do and places to visit for tourists across the world. When looking for activities to do in Jaisalmer, you will find something to do for every one. If you like the wilderness, then a camel safari in the Thar desert is for you. If you are more interested in the history of the region, a trip to the ruins of Kuldhara is a must.

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    Overnight Jeep Safari with Camping (68% Off).

    To experience the vibrant culture of Jaisalmer, head straight towards the Jaisalmer Fort and its several colourful bazaars. Jaisalmer combines the best of nature with a distinct cultural experience that makes it a unique travel destination, not just in the country but also in the world. 

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     Upto 68% Off on Luxury Camping in Jaisalmer.

    What to do in Jaisalmer can have different answers for different kinds of travellers. If you are a nature lover, you can enjoy camping under the stars at Khuri Sand Dunes or go for a camel safari in the desert. For all the history buffs, the city has many museums on offer, from the Jaisalmer War Museum to the Baa Ri Haveli cultural museum. However, the crowning glory of Jaisalmer is the Jaisalmer Fort which forms a magical backdrop to all the bazaars, rooftop restaurants and cenotaphs spread throughout the city. 

  • Must do things in Jaisalmer

  • 01Camping at Sam Sand Dunes

    Camping at Sam Sand Dunes

    Sam Sand Dunes offer an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Thar Desert where you can camp in luxurious accommodations, surrounded by the dramatic beauty of the desert. Located at about 40 kilometers from the Jaisalmer city center, the camping site gives the feeling of an oasis or an old village Qasba with several tents placed one next to the other.

    Here, you can enjoy stargazing at night, go on desert safaris, light a bonfire and enjoy a camel ride. Not just camels, the desert is home to a variety of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to the region, and can be spotted on a desert safari.

  • 02Camel Safari

    Camel Safari

    Jaisalmer has a plethora of Camel Safari options to choose from, no matter what time of the day you have free. There are many well-known sand dune sites where you can enjoy a thrilling camel ride into the desert. If you want someplace more secluded, then you can arrange for a safari in the lesser-known parts of the Thar desert.

    You can witness the changing shapes of the sand dunes, wild insects and animals of the desert and also the different hues of the sky as the day goes on. You can choose to camp overnight, enjoy stargazing and then wake up early for a breathtaking sunrise before you head back to the city.

  • 03Visit Jaisalmer Fort

    Visit Jaisalmer Fort
    A visit to the Jaisalmer Fort is something that you will find in every Jaisalmer itinerary. It is one of the only few ‘living forts’ in the entire world as a considerable portion of the city’s population still lives in and around it. Its beauty and magnificence make it the crowning glory of the Golden City.

    Visiting the fort is one of the most popular activities in Jaisalmer and people spend an entire day in this ancient fort which dates back to 1156 AD. The main entrance of the fort takes visitors through four huge gateways which take you through the massive sandstone structure. Inside, you will find the Raj Mahal Palace, numerous Jain temples which date between the 12th and the 16th centuries. Also inside the fort is an old Hindu temple and numerous merchant Havelis that depict the stunning old architecture of the area.
  • 04Heritage City Walk, Jaisalmer Flat 26% Off

    Heritage City Walk, Jaisalmer Flat 26% Off
    • h2 Hours
    • lJaisalmer
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    • Verified Local Operator
      Verified Local Operator
    About the Activity:

    - Jaisalmer is one of the most charming cities of Rajasthan which carries every flavor and color of the state in its true and authentic form. And this walking tour of Jaisalmer will showcase the beauty of the old town of Jaisalmer.
    - Covering amazing attractions through the town, the walking tour is a unique experience in itself where your guide will introduce everything to you in a manner of storytelling.
    - Starting from the Gadisar Lake View Point, the tour will then take you to a number of great places like Tilon Ki Pol, Folklore Museum, Saalam Singh Ki Haweli (Moti Mahal), Patwon Ki Haveli, The Thar Heritage Museum, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Badal Mahal, Tazia Tower, Gopa Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, and Golden City Fort View Point.
    - The will also come to a conclusion as you arrive at the Golden City Fort View Point.

    Time Slots: 9 AM to 11 AM and 5 PM to 7 PM

    Min number of people requried to book:- 1
    Max number of people:- 25
  • 05Boating at Gadisar Lake

    Boating at Gadisar Lake

    Boating at the picturesque Gadisar Lake is one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer if you love being on the water! This is an artificial lake which is situated in the heart of the city, making it an ideal place to escape the bustle of the city. Surrounding the lake are several Hindu temples and ghats where you can enjoy the enchanting music of the evening Aarti as you ride your boat. In winters, the boat rides become even more beautiful as you can spot several species of migratory birds at the lake that come from the nearby Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.

  • 06Kuldhara, the Abandoned Village

    Kuldhara, the Abandoned Village

    About 15 kilometres away from Jaisalmer is an abandoned Indian village, which narrates inspiring and fascinating tales. This destination is known as Kuldhara. The village, which looks more like a town, was once known for its large population. Travellers who wish to imagine a world through its ruins are recommended to visit the abandoned village of Kuldhara.

    The streets here were wide and designed beautifully, the settlement here was planned. Aesthetics were kept in mind when it came to construction of this village. Though abandoned now, earages, temples, step wells and other structures were constructed here in large numbers.

    While travelling through this abandoned village, tourists will hear the legend that describes why villagers left this settlement. According to this legend, the minister of the ruling kingdom was evil and wished to marry the younger daughter of a village chief. He forced him to give her in marriage and gave him a deadline. Scared, the chief called upon a meeting of chiefs from 84 villages located nearby and it was decided that the entire population of Kuldhara would leave, so that the honour of the chief’s daughter could be protected.

    Today, this story is reflective of the fact that chiefs and Rajput warriors during those times kept their honour at the highest level. Their respect and self esteem was so important that an entire village decided to leave their homes and settle elsewhere so that the young daughter of the chief could be protected from the evil clutches of the minister from the ruling kingdom. This indicates how valiant Rajasthani people are.

    Today the ruins of this village are a tourist site, giving travellers the opportunity to think and understand what happened centuries ago.

  • 07Tanot Mata Mandir

    Tanot Mata Mandir
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    Situated at a distance of 122 kilometers from Jaisalmer fort, this temple is considered as a reincarnation of Goddess Hinglaj. There are many stories shrouded around this temple during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1965, stories reciting that the temple stood unharmed even after being under attack with heavy bombs and shelling.

    •    Price: No entry fee.
    •    Location: Tanot Road, Near India- Pakistan Border, Tanot, Rajasthan 345022
    •    Duration: 10 to 20 minutes.
    •    Timing: Open on all the seven days of the week, the preferred time to visit is 9AM to 3 PM.
  • 08Visit the Famous Bhang Lassi Shop

    Visit the Famous Bhang Lassi Shop
    The best way to describe Bhang Lassi is that it is a cannabis-infused yoghurt drink with a hint of sweetness. There are several places across Jaisalmer, including government-approved stores which serve this special drink. You can buy everything from Bhang Lassi to Bhang-infused soft drinks and rolls.

    A visit to the Bhang Lassi shop will give you a glimpse into the very colourful culture of Jaisalmer. Here, you can spot everyone- Sadhus, foreigners and locals enjoying bhang lassi and its numerous variants. Just make sure that you must try this drink responsibly.
  • 09Longewala War Memorial

    Longewala War Memorial
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    This war memorial throws light on Indo-pak and sino-India conflicts. Apart from the historical details and significance of these wars, it also covers the military equipments used in these wars. It is situated 130 km from the city of Jaisalmer and is good place to build up your knowledge on the critical issues dealt by India through war and peace-making strategies.

    • Price: No entry fee.

    • Location: Longewala, Rajasthan 335803

    • Visit duration: 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

    • Timing: Open on all the seven days of the week, the preferred time to visit is 9AM to 3PM.

  • 10Camping at Khuri Sand Dunes

    Camping at Khuri Sand Dunes

    Khuri Sand Dunes are the lesser populated, just as beautiful cousin of the Sam Sand Dunes. The ever-changing shape of the dunes, the soft white sand and the strikingly barren landscape, make this just the escape you would want in a desert. Here, you can go on the long camel safaris, witness breathtaking sunsets and even more beautiful sunrises.

    Camping at the site, under a sky full of stars, is simply an unforgettable experience. Out of all the things to do in Jaisalmer, camping at the Khuri Sand Dunes is one of the most rewarding, especially for nature enthusiasts, photographers and adventure seekers.

  • 11Cultural Show with Dinner at Sam Sand Dunes

    Cultural Show with Dinner at Sam Sand Dunes

    There is no better place to experience the true Jaisalmeri culture in its unadulterated form than at the cultural show at Sam Sand Dunes. After the sun sets, this remote desert destination turns into a full-blast festival with lights, dance performances, delightful acts and colourful costumes.

    You can light a bonfire and warm yourself as the temperatures drop after sunset and enjoy delicious Rajasthani food. If you like exploring the local culture and interacting with other travellers, then this will be one of the most fun activities in Jaisalmer for you.

  • Adventurous Things to do in Jaisalmer

  • 12Parasailing 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.

  • 13Experience Dune Bashing

    Experience Dune Bashing

    If you are still thinking, dune bashing is a popular adventure sports of the Gulfs and the Arabs, you should think again! Thar Desert areas near Jaisalmer are also considered as ideal locations for dune bashing and off-roading as well. The Sam Sand Dunes are thronged by thousands of adventure junkies who has a yearning for these two sports and make it part of their Jaisalmer trip.

    The name Jaisalmer itself brings out the vibrancy and charm. It floods the heart with the true feeling of culture at one end and the feeling of royal exuberance on the other. The daylight hues, the yellow sands, the pink and red forts, the royal palaces, and the Arabian night dances are set to capture your hearts.

    Dune Bashing at Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer

    Dune Bashing at Sam Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer

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  • 14Paramotoring at Jaisalmer

    Paramotoring at Jaisalmer
    • h1 Hour
    • lJaisalmer
    • NNNNN41 ratings
    • C V Singh
      C V Singh
    About the Activity:
    • Embrace yourself with a bird's eye view and glide with desert birds while paramotoring high above the Jaisalmer desert and let the desert breeze guide your way during this unique adventure.
    • Our team will make sure you’re gliding at a safe height, and will be taking pictures of you paramotoring. 
    • One will be at a considerable height to view the golden dune of Jaisalmer. 
    • This sport encourages adventurous spirit among all age groups. The pilot on the craft will be controlling your glide for your complete comfort and safety. 
  • 15Quad Biking in Jaisalmer Flat 20% Off

    Quad Biking in Jaisalmer Flat 20% Off
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    • NNNNN163 ratings
    • 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.

  • 16Desert Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer Flat 67% Off

    Desert Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer Flat 67% Off
    • lJaisalmer
    • NNNNN1014 ratings
    • 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.

  • Offbeat Things to do in Jaisalmer

  • 17Royal Food Walk Tour in Jaisalmer

    Royal Food Walk Tour in Jaisalmer
    • h2 Hours
    • lJaisalmer
    • NNNNN172 ratings
    • 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

  • 18Sleep under the stars with Overnight Desert Safari

    Sleep under the stars with Overnight Desert Safari

    Overnight desert safaris are the most thrilling way to explore Jaisalmer’s wild landscape. You can choose to ride a camel into the desert, enjoy the breathtaking sunsets and camp under the stars as the sun goes down. You can choose to camp in the desert and spend your time gazing at the stars and also notice the planet’s rotation through the movement of the galaxies. It is a truly thrilling experience. Apart from the stars, the sunsets and sunrises are also spectacular offering many photography opportunities.

  • 19Night Walk Tour in Jaisalmer

    Night Walk Tour in Jaisalmer
    • h2 Hours
    • lJaisalmer
    • NNNNN147 ratings
    • Verified Local Operator
      Verified Local Operator
    About Jaislamer:
    Jaisalmer, a beautiful city in the state of Rajasthan, is a golden heaven of on the Earth and is famous for its cultural and architectural concoction. The city consists of plenty of 'mahals', 'havelis' and of course Thar desert at conurbation which attracts travelers from all the world.

    About the Activity:
    You have not explored Jaisalmer to the core until you don't enjoy a night walk tour of the city. You will be walking and visiting the urban streets, hangout places, monuments, ancient to modern buildings etc.
    - This walking tour will begin from Jasialmer Fort Parking and ends at Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer.
    - You will be meeting an interactive storyteller at the starting point who will guide you all through the city walk & hidden prominent points and we are sure, history will begin to interest you as time flows.
    - The major attractions of the city walk includes: 
    Golden City Fort Jaisalmer, Rani Ka Mahal, Raja Ka Mahal, Surya Mandir, Jain Temples, Walk on the Fort Road and City View Point.
    - Not just this, the walk will enchant your minds in cultural aspect and 
    you will be able to develop a great perspective of the city by the end. 
    - Come and observed the charm of Jaisalmer, interact with the locals and enjoy some finger licking street delicacies.

    *NOTE: Tour timing: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  • 20Dinner on the Dunes with Suryagarh

    Dinner on the Dunes with Suryagarh
    If you are traveling to Jaisalmer from October to March, then a Dinner on the Dunes with Suryagarh is one of the most unique things to do in Jaisalmer. You get to enjoy your dinner like the royals do, with lamps and bonfires marking the territory.

    The whole spread of dinner includes a proper nomadic hunt menu that is prepared on-site by professional chefs. Along with that, you also have a folk singer performing live for you in the background. To make the experience all the more enticing, you can enjoy a firework display along with your food.
  • 21Attend Jaisalmer Desert Festival

    Attend Jaisalmer Desert Festival

    Jaisalmer Desert Festival is a historic part of Jaisalmer and is deeply intertwined in legend and myth. It has been celebrated in the desert for centuries and today, it is bigger than ever. If you are in Jaisalmer in February, you can be a part of the festivities as the desert lights up for three days for uninterrupted fun.

    You can witness camel races, camel polo, Air Force displays fun acrobatic performances and other activities. You can also participate in camel tattoo competitions, tug-of-war, turban-tying competitions, cricket matches and more. It is an extravaganza that kicks off by a parade from the Jaisalmer Fort with the residents flaunting traditional dresses and putting up fun acts and skits.

  • 22Visit Indo-Pak Border

    Visit Indo-Pak Border

    If you want to participate in some out of the ordinary activities in Jaisalmer, then, a visit to the Indo-Pak border must be on your list. You will get an opportunity to visit some of the major posts of the Indian army, including Longewala and Tanot. Apart from some amazing tank displays and army men going about their day, you can also enjoy the beautiful views of this mostly unoccupied area.

    You can head over to the Indira Gandhi canal to enjoy the views and sample some delicious local food. The border also has some ancient temples which makes for an interesting stopover on the way to or back from the border.

  • 23Watch a Puppet Show

    Watch a Puppet Show

    Puppeteering has been a part of Jaisalmer and its history for centuries. From buying handmade puppets to watching interesting puppet shows which tell age-old tales, there are a lot of fun things to do in Jaisalmer for the puppet-enthusiasts. You can hop over to the Thar Heritage Museum to witness this ancient folk art form.

    The puppet shows last for around 40 minutes and include puppet dancing, singing and story-telling, making it a fun activity for the entire family. The museum also has a souvenir shop where you can stop to buy puppets to take home with you after the holiday.

  • 24Desert National Park

    Desert National Park
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    Located in the Western Indian state of Rajasthan, Desert National Park is one of the largest national parks in the country and should be included in you list of things to do in Jaisalmer. This national park must be included in all travel and to-do lists for Jaisalmer as the park is a fine example of the ecosystem of Thar Desert and Sand Dunes.

    The craggy rocks here along with company salt lake bottoms are the best places for having a rendezvous with the wild. The place has an abundance of birdlife and animals, which makes it even more alluring. Every year, thousands of travellers visit this place to see migratory and resident birds in action.

    Desert National Park is home to a number of birds, including eagles, vultures, buzzards, falcons, harriers and kestrels. Bird species such as short toed eagle, spotted and tawny eagles are widely sighted here. But mostly, the park is famous for the Great Indian Bustard, an endangered species of bird, which is found in relatively fair number during the season from November to January.

    Apart from elusive avian species, the park also features a collection of animals and fossils that dates back to at least 180 million years ago. Dinosaur fossils have been found in this region. Sam Sand Dunes and Gadsisar Sagar Tank are also located here.

    The place is widely famous for its fauna, including chinkara, blackbuck, wolf, desert cat and Bengal fox. Reptiles such as spiny tailed lizard and Russell’s viper can be easily captured on the camera. Cranes arrive here during winter season, making this place a hub for bird watchers from all over the world. Opt for jeep safari to cover the place in a relatively small period of time.

  • 25Dine by the Rooftop Restaurants

    Dine by the Rooftop Restaurants

    Jaisalmer is home to quite a few rooftop restaurants that flaunt the beauty of the Golden City and its surroundings through their well-positioned locations and enchanting ambience. You can enjoy authentic European cuisine in the heart of Jaisalmer when you choose to dine at Jaisal Italy.

    Located at one of Jaisalmer’s Fort’s boundary walls, you can take in the beautiful views of the surroundings and the fort as you enjoy tasty food. Another excellent roof-top option is The Trio. Here, you can sample some of the best traditional Rajasthani food while you sip on some cold beer, as you sit underneath its large canopy.

    For some finger-licking Tibetan cuisine and spectacular views, you can head over to the Free Tibet rooftop restaurant or dine in luxury at Zoya by Zayka which is a boutique restaurant with delicious food. 

  • 26Dine in the Sunset Palace

    Dine in the Sunset Palace
    You can choose to dine as the locals do at the Sunset Palace, Jaisalmer. It offers yet another exceptional rooftop dining experience with scenes of the bazaar spread underneath and the Jaisalmer Fort at a distance. The restaurant serves authentic local cuisines, including foods from the rest of the North Indian region.

    You can choose to sit on floor cushions and carpets with low wooden tables or on cane furniture to enjoy your food. This is a vegetarian-friendly place where you can choose from a wide range of dishes. It also serves alcoholic beverages like beer and wine for you to beat the heat.
  • Other Things to do in Jaisalmer

  • 27Visit the Salim Singh ki Haveli

    Visit the Salim Singh ki Haveli

    This Haveli is slightly different from the other Havelis in terms of art and sculpture. The roof of this Haveli has been built in the form of a peacock. At the entrance of the Haveli, there are tuskers made of sand stones guarding the haveli.

    This haveli has 38 balconies and each balcony has its own artistry. The name given to this Haveli is Jahaz mahal because of the front of the haveli resembling ship stern. Thrillophilia recommends a visit to this Haveli to see how beautiful art can be.

  • 28Khaba Fort

    Khaba Fort
    A 35-kilometre long drive will take you to the ruins of Khaba Fort, situated in the midst of an abandoned civilization. Abandoned around 200 years ago, this area is steeped in local legend and history. It was once a bustling stop for traders as they stopped on their travels on the Silk Route to spend the night and pay their taxes.

    The ruins of the fort are in a good condition and preserve glimpses of its old majesty. A trip to the Khaba Fort is one of those activities in Jaisalmer which let you take a peek at its history and make you learn a little more. There is also a small museum with artefacts from the olden times and hundreds of peacocks that live in the ruins.
  • 29Visit the Patwon ki Haveli

    Visit the Patwon ki Haveli
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    The Patwon ki Haveli is considered to be one of the most important Havelis of Jaisalmer because of two important things: it was the first Haveli to be ever built in Jaisalmer and it is a cluster of 5 different havelis making it one of the biggest Havelis. The other name given to this Haveli is the “mansion of brocade merchants” because the Patwa family used to deal in gold and silver.

    Currently, the Haveli is taken care of by the Rajasthan government. The gateways and arches of this Haveli are also masterpieces. The entire Haveli is made of yellow sandstone and the main gateway of this Haveli is brown.

  • 30Tazia Tower

    Tazia Tower
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    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 colored 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
  • 31Get spiritualised at Jain Temple

    Get spiritualised at Jain Temple
    Jaisalmer is home to no less than seven major Jain temples which make visiting here a truly spiritual experience. You can plan your day to include some or all of these temples to learn more about the history of the place. The beautiful architecture of these temples dates back to the time they were built, mostly between the 12th and 15th centuries.

    The intricate carvings along the walls of the structures portray various animal and human shapes. You can also visit the libraries housed in these temples to learn more about the history of the buildings and of Jaisalmer in general.
  • 32Shopping at local bazar of Jaisalmer

    Shopping at local bazar of Jaisalmer
    There are plenty of places to see and things to do in Jaisalmer if you love shopping. From buying hand-made puppets at Pansari Bazar, shopping for antique furniture at Bhatia Bazaar, you can spend days in these markets.

    Some of the most famous bazaars of Jaisalmer are Sadar Bazaar for carpets, leather goods, paintings, etc.; Bhatia Bazaar for the best silk fabric and sarees; Sonaron Ka Baas for both precious and imitation jewellery and Manak Chowk for souvenirs among others. You can spend days roaming the bazaar, haggling with the shop-owners or simply enjoying the colourful wares as you indulge in the delicious street food. 
  • 33Revisit history at Jaisalmer War Museum

    Revisit history at Jaisalmer War Museum
    The Jaisalmer War Museum beautifully encaptures the bloody history of this border town. It houses some unique artifacts that pay tribute to and commemorate the sacrifices of the Indian military forces during the several wars fought throughout the years. There is an entire hall dedicated to the Battle of Longewala during the India-Pakistan war of 1971.

    Apart from Longewala, you can see displays dedicated to the Indian Army, Siachen warriors, WW1 Indian army cycle warriors, displays of Operation Vijay artillery gun team of 1999, war equipment and documentaries.
  • 34Sunset at Vyas Chhatri

    Sunset at Vyas Chhatri

    A sunset visit at Vyas Chhatri is a must-do activity in Jaisalmer if you want to experience a truly spectacular sunset in the middle of nowhere. These chhatris or umbrella-like structures have been a part of Jaisalmer’s landscape for centuries.

    These cenotaphs depict the best of Rajasthani architecture and have been built upon a raised platform with intricately carved domes and pillars. From the Vyas Chhatris, you can see the beautiful Jaisalmer Fort in the distance and sand dunes on the other side. The changing colours of the sky and the sandstone of these chhatris make for a magnificent sight every evening, making it a photographer’s heaven.

  • 35Nathmal Ki Haveli

    Nathmal Ki Haveli
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    This haveli that once used to be the prime minister’s house is today, still partly inhabited. It 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 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 

  • 36Walk around the lake in Bada Bagh

    Walk around the lake in Bada Bagh
    Bada Bagh which literally translates into Big Garden is a huge complex which is situated on a small hill. You can enter the bagh from the bottom of the hill and walk to the top where beautiful cenotaphs or chhatris made out of sandstone are located.

    These were originally built for the Kings, Queens and other members of the royalty of the area. You can walk through the garden, around the periphery of the lake to enjoy scenic views of the water and its surroundings. It is also an excellent spot for bird watching activities in Jaisalmer. 
  • 37Lodurva

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    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 old temple of Shiva.

    Location: 15 kilometres to the north-west of the popular city Jaisalmer

  • 38Akal 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 fossilised 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

  • 39Explore Windmill Park

    Explore Windmill Park
    Visiting Windmill park is one of the most popular things to do in Jaisalmer for every kind of tourist. It is India’s second-largest operational on-shore windmill farm and offers spectacular views of huge windmills on all sides.

    Here, you can witness the entire range of windmills employed in India, from the oldest to the latest model and offers an excellent learning experience, especially for the kids. It is situated near the Yamuna River and a drive up to the wind farm is as scenic as the site itself. It is not only one of the largest wind farms in the country but also in the world.
  • 40Explore Baa Ri Haveli

    This is a 450-year old Haveli which once belonged to the Brahmin priests who resided in the area. Today, the haveli has been converted into a museum housing displays on multiple levels with artefacts belonging to many different periods of history.

    Everything from the architecture to the interior of the building has been beautifully preserved and a walk through the old residence feels like a walk through time. It has an open courtyard through which you can see the open sky enclosed by the different levels of the building from all sides. Here, you can also have a close look at the traditional fabrics, beautifully crafted wooden furniture and household utensils of the bygone era.

Camping in Jaisalmer

Camel safari in Jaisalmer

Desert safari in Jaisalmer



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

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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 the best tourist places to visit in Jaisalmer?

    The places to visit in Jaisalmer encapsulate the idea of incredible Indian heritage with valor and passion. Have a quick look at these places to visit in Jaisalmer:

    1. 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’)
    2. Sam Sand Dunes (These are one of the most authentic desert dune sites in whole India)
    3. Gadsisar Lake (It is an idyllic getaway to seek peace and tranquillity of mind, away from the bustling and chaotic city life)
    4. Salim Singh-ki Haveli (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)

  • Q. Which are the best resorts in Jaisalmer?

    Looking for the best resorts in Jaisalmer? Enjoy extraordinary facilities, hospitality, private pools & more. check out the list of best resorts in Jaisalmer:

    1. Suryagarh - starting @ Just INR 8990
    2. Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa - starting from INR 8250
    3. Gorbandh Palace - starting from INR 3540
    4. Desert Tulip Hotel and Resort - starting from INR 4475
    5. Welcome Heritage Mandir Palace -  starting from INR 4990
    The Gulaal - starting from INR 4450

  • Q. Which are the best Jaisalmer desert camps?
  • Q. What are the best places to shop in Jaisalmer?

    Following is a list of what to do in Jaisalmer when you want to go on a shopping spree:

    • Visit the Pansari Bazaar 

    • Spend a day at Manak Chowk 

    • Explore the different things on display at the Sadar Bazaar 

    • Give Sonaron ka Bas a drop-in 

    • Spend some time at the Bhatia Bazaar

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

    The best time to visit Jaisalmer is during the winter months of November to March. The weather is pleasant with temperature ranging from 5 to 24 degrees Celsius. In February, you can also take part in the Jaisalmer Festival, adding charm to your travel experience.

  • Q. How to reach Jaisalmer from Jaipur?

    The easiest way to reach Jaisalmer from Jaipur is by taking an overnight bus. There are several private and RSRTC buses which take around 12 hours on average. You can also book a seat on a train or drive from Jaipur to Jaisalmer. Some of the direct train routes are Leelan Express, Corbett Park Link Express, Runicha Express, etc. which take around 12-13 hours.

  • Q. How many days are required to visit Jaisalmer?

    You can spend as little as two days in Jaisalmer if you want to cover the major attractions or as much as a week to explore the Golden City at your own pace.