Jaisalmer is in the heart of the Thar desert. Also known as the golden city, every structure is made of yellow sandstone adding to the beauty is the city. The real beauty of Jaisalmer is the fort. It transports you to another world. It is visible from every corner of the city center.
How To Reach Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer is not connected by air. The nearest airport is in Jodhpur, 300 kms away
Train – Jodhpur is well connected to all the major cities by train. I took a 6 train from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer.
Bus – You can take a bus to Jaisalmer from Jaipur, Jodhpur or Udaipur.
How To Commute In Jaisalmer
Auto Rickshaw – This is the best way to get the experience of any local place.
Bike/Bicycle – You can rent a Bicycle or a Bike if you have a license
Cab – If you are going to places like Sam Sand Dunes you can book a cab in advance
If you want to get the full experience of the regality in Rajasthan, you can book your accommodation in the fort. The fort has many stay options.
If you are looking for more reasonably priced options you can also book your accommodation within 2-3 kms from the fort. (I was staying at Mystic Jaisalmer, it was budget friendly, with a dreamy view of the fort from the Terrace and delicious food.
Best time to visit
Jaisalmer is in the heart of the Thar Desert. Hence, summers can get extremely hot. The best time to visit would be between November to March.
I would suggest that a 4 day trip would be perfect to cover the main attractions of Jaisalmer
Places To Visit
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the only few “Living Forts” in the world. It was built in 1146 AD by Rajput ruler Jaisal. One fourth of the city’s population still lives inside the Fort. It is the second largest fort in Rajasthan. The fort is bustling with local markets and restaurants. Apart from the rich history the fort also offers some magnificent panoramic views of the city. Don’t miss the beautiful Jain temple in the fort.
Patwon Ki Haveli
Patwon Ki Haveli is one of the most unique structures I’ve ever seen. It is the first and the largest Haveli of Jaisalmer. It is a cluster of five Havelis constructed my a wealthy man, Patwa, for his 5 sons in the 19th Century.
Gadisar lake is an artificial lake constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal in 1367 AD. This lake once provided water for the entire town. You can go boating here at sunset. It has beautiful shrines and a lot of birds making it one of the most picturesque places in Jaisalmer.
Sam Sand Dunes
Sam sand dunes is 40 kms from Jaisalmer. It is known for its large dunes and camping under the stars in the desert is an experience like no other. It is known for desert activities like dune bashing and get a camel ride to the top of the dune to get a magnified sunset view here. You can also experience cultural performances and traditional Rajasthani food in the evening. I stayed in Limra Desert Camp.
Bada Bagh features a series of Chhatri Cenotaphs of Jaisalmer Maharajas. It was constructed in the 18th, 19th and the early 20th century.
Salim Singh Ki Haweli
It was constructed by Salim Singh in 1815. It has a unique architecture with 38 beautifully carved balconies on one floor.
Planning Your Itinerary
Day1 – Exploring the fort
Day 2 & Day 3 – Sam sand dunes
Day 4 – Patwon Ki Haveli, Bada Bagh, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Gadisar Lake