- Jaisalmer Fort – See The Grandeur
- Jaisalmer City – Witness The Scenic Beauty
- Gadisar Lake – Enjoy The View
- Jaisalmer Local Bazaar – Shopping
- Kanoi – Parasailing
- Paramotoring – Indulge Into Adventure
- Sam Sand Dunes – Quad Biking
- Thar Desert – Dune Bashing
- Winds Desert Camp – Desert Safari And Camping
- Tanot Mata Temple – Indo-Pak Border
- Desert National Park – Admire The Wildlife
- Desert Culture Centre & Museum – Puppet Show
- Rajasthan Cuisine – Try Something New
- Desert Jeep Safari – An Enthralling Experience
- Camel Safari – A Different Adventure
- Salim Singh Ki Haveli – Marvelous Beauty
- Jain Temple Tour – Extraordinary Architecture
- Nathmal Ki Haveli – Marvel At The Architecture
- Kuldhara – Visit The Abandoned Village
- Bhang Lassi – Try A New Drink
- Khaba Fort – Explore The Heritage
- Vyas Chhatri – Watch The Sunset
- Suryagarh – Enjoy The Dinner Amidst Sand Dunes
- Jaisalmer Desert Festival – Experience The Festivities
- Indo-Pak Border – Look At The Other Side
- Sunset Palace – Enjoy A Romantic Dinner
- Local Food: Satiate The Inner Foodie In You
- Nightlife: Party Till You Drop
- Nightwalk Tour Of Jaisalmer: Night Sky Views
- Puppet Show: An Engaging Play
- Rooftop Dining: For An Elegant Night
- Cultural Tour Of Rajasthan: A Must-Have Experience
- Photo Tour: For Your Instagram
- Camping On Sand Dunes: An Overnight Adventure
- Visit Lodurva: A Historical Relic
- Light And Sound Show: A Glowing Showcase
The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of the sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. There are several places to visit in Jaisalmer. The exotic, remote and beautiful, Jaisalmer is a bit of a paradox. So far west that it is in the heart of the desert, one would expect barren near-desolation. Yet this frontier town is today one of Rajasthan’s best-loved tourist destinations. Local colour and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with special magic.
Rawal Jaisal, a descendent of the Yadav Clan and a Bhati Rajput, laid the foundation of this city in 1156 AD. Trikuta was the hill chosen and Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Lodurva and established his new capital here.
The Bhati Rajputs of Jaisalmer were feudal chiefs who lived on the forced levy on the caravans that crossed their territory en-route Delhi. These caravans, laden with precious cargos of spices and silk brought great wealth to this town. Because of its remote location, Jaisalmer for years remained untouched by outside influences and during the British Raj, the rulers of Jaisalmer were the last to sign the instrument of agreement with the British.
In medieval times, its prosperity was due to its location on the main trade route linking India to Egypt, Arabia, Persia, Africa and the West. The glory of Jaisalmer faded when sea trade replaced the old land routes. But there is still an ‘Arabian Nights’ quality about the town. The narrow streets in the walled city preserve a traditional way of life: the craftsmen still work at the ancient crafts of weaving and stone carving, the making of silver jewellery and embroidery. And the stately, nonchalant camel is everywhere.
Just a walk through Jaisalmer, savouring the medieval glory of old Rajasthan, is a marvellously rewarding travel experience. Desert Festival, celebrated in January/ February, is a must on any itinerary. The desert seems to bloom in a thousand colours. There are camel races and folk dances. Craft bazaar and traditional balled singing. A sound and light spectacle on the sand-dunes of Sam on the full moon night. And all the colour and excitement of the best in Rajasthan.
The perfect time to visit the golden city is during the Desert Festival every year when the city reverberates to the sound of melodious tunes and rhythms. Folk dances, exciting competitions and contests especially the turban-tying contest, Mr Desert contest and camel races enlighten the festivities. Jaisalmer is a marvel of beautiful culture and harsh climatic conditions, together amounting to a memorable experience. This is a city to be visited.
Location: 285-km From Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Tourist Attractions: Jaisalmer Fort, Manak Chowk & Havelis
Festive Attraction: Desert Festival
Best Time To Visit: October To February