40 Things to Do in Jaisalmer: 2020 (Starting from ₹400 Only)

Things to Do in Jaisalmer

Camping at Sam Sand Dunes, Camel Safari, Visit Jaisalmer Fort, Boating at Gadisar Lake, Kuldhara, the Abandoned Village, Tanot Mata Mandir, Visit the Famous Bhang Lassi Shop, Visit the Salim Singh ki Haveli, Visit the Patwon ki Haveli, Khaba Fort, Tazia Tower, Sunset at Vyas Chhatri, Longewala War Memorial and many more.

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.

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.

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 Sam 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


Camping 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.


Camel 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.


Visit 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.
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- 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

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Boating 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.


Kuldhara, 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.


Tanot 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.

Visit 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.

Visit 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.


Visit 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.


Khaba 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.

Tazia 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

Sunset 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.


Longewala 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.


Nathmal 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 


Camping 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.


Cultural 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

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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.

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Parasailing In Jaisalmer:

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.

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Experience 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.

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Paramotoring at Jaisalmer
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  • 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. 
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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

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Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour.

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About the Jeep Safari In Jaisalmer:

-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.

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Offbeat Things to do in Jaisalmer

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Royal Food Walk Tour in Jaisalmer
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- 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

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Sleep 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.

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Night Walk Tour in Jaisalmer
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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

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Dinner 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.

Attend 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.


Visit 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.


Watch 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.


Visit Desert National Park

Visit 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.


Dine 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. 


Dine 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.

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Get 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.

Shopping 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. 

Revisit 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.

Walk 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. 


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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


Akal 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


Explore 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.

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

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  1. 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)
  2. 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
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  3. Which are the best Jaisalmer desert camps?

  4. 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

  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Is Jaisalmer worth visiting?

    Yes, Jaisalmer is a must visit if you are travelling to Rajasthan as it perfectly showcases the beauty of the state- majestic palaces and typical architecture! The city is unique in having tiny blue houses throughout, making the city look blue from the palaces!
  9. Why is Jaisalmer famous?

    Jaisalmer is famous for it’s the plethora of forts and palaces scattered around the city- the best of them being Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh, Pathwon ki Haveli and Nathmal ki Haveli.
  10. Is Jaisalmer safe for tourists?

    Jaisalmer is one of the safest cities for tourists in Rajasthan and no one will try to con you. Though it is quite distant from the Pakistan border, it is better not to wander close to the border areas.
  11. Which is better Jaisalmer or Jodhpur?

    Jaisalmer is a better option because Jodhpur, like other major cities of Rajasthan has a number of majestic palaces, but Jaisalmer will also give you the option of a safari in the Thar Desert!

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