Jaisalmer Itinerary for 2 Days & Complete Jaisalmer Travel Guide

Jaisalmer Itinerary for 2 Days & Complete Jaisalmer Travel Guide

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Jaisalmer, also known as the golden city, is located in Rajasthan, India. This city has been termed as the golden city due to the houses and the famous Jaisalmer fort here which have been constructed using yellow sandstone as well as yellow sand, giving them a yellowish golden appearance. If you look at the city from a height, Jaisalmer will appear golden in color, thus crowning it with the name golden city of India. Located in the far western end of India, Jaisalmer’s proximity to the Thar desert makes it a popular tourist destination for those who wish to experience a camel safari or a jeep safari in the desert. Jaisalmer was named after the Rajput King Jaisal Singh who founded the city in 1156 AD. Besides this 2 day Jaisalmer itinerary, if you're want to see more pictures of my trip to Rajasthan, then head over to my Instagram profile ( @thespicyjourney ).

Most people who visit Rajasthan often head straight away to the popular cities such as Jaipur - the pink city and Udaipur - the city of Lakes. While both these cities are popular for good reason such as the stunning culture, architecture and the monuments, Jaisalmer is often overlooked by tourists. The golden city deserves for credit for sure and this article is sure to convince you to visit this desert city.

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Jaisalmer Travel Guide & Jaisalmer Itinerary for 2 Days

This Jaisalmer travel guide + Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days focuses on the many enriching experiences that one can enjoy in the golden city of India. While the sprawling Jaisalmer fort marks the iconic landscape of Jaisalmer city, there’s a long list of things to do in Jaisalmer, which not only includes exploring the many temples and sites inside the Jaisalmer fort but a lot more than that. Despite its slightly offbeat location, Jaisalmer is among the top places to visit in Rajasthan, India.

Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer Rajasthan

  • Summer (April - June): Since Jaisalmer is situated in the Thar desert, it can get unbearing hot during the summer. It’s best to avoid visiting Jaisalmer during this season.
  • Monsoon (July - September): While the monsoon months from July to September bring relief from the heat but the downpours can be cumbersome and the streets may be muddy during this time of the year.
  • Winter (October - March): The winter months are a good time to visit Jaisalmer, especially October-November as well as February-March when the weather is pleasant with it being neither too hot nor too cold. This is the best time to visit Jaisalmer golden city.

How to Reach Jaisalmer, the Golden City

Nearest airport to jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer doesn’t have an airport but the Jodhpur airport is the closest airport to Jaisalmer, located roughly 300 km away. You can take a cab from Jodhpur airport to Jaisalmer. Alternatively, you could even take a local train or bus from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer which is a much cheaper option.

Nearest Railway Station to Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer has a railway station called the Jaisalmer Railway Station (JSM) which is well connected to nearby cities within Rajasthan as well as other major cities in India.

Delhi to Jaisalmer

The distance of 766 km between Delhi and Jaisalmer is 585 km and can be covered by road in 12-14 hours or by a direct train in 17 hours. Alternatively, there are flights available from Delhi to Jodhpur and the rest of the journey from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer can be covered by rail or road.

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Jodhpur to Jaisalmer

The distance from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer is roughly less than 300 km which can be covered by road or rail. There are Rajasthan state transport buses plying between the two cities. Apart from this, there are comfortable private AC buses running between the cities as well. Moreover, there are direct trains for Jodhpur to Jaisalmer and vice-versa. While one can hire private cabs, it's a faster but much more expensive option compared to taking a bus or train.

Getting Around Jaisalmer

Even though most of the sightseeing places in Jaisalmer lie within walking distance of the Jaisalmer fort, you will need to hire a cab or auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk) to explore some of the places to visit in Jaisalmer which lie just outside the city. There are lots of tour guides and tour companies which offer good rates on half-day or full-day tours of the sightseeing places which lie just outside Jaisalmer.

Where to Stay in Jaisalmer

Zostel jaisalmer.

Where to stay in Jaisalmer - Zostel Jaisalmer

View from the rooftop at Zostel Jaisalmer

I cannot put into words how wonderful my stay at Zostel Jaisalmer was. Zostel Jaisalmer is located inside the Jaisalmer fort. While that in itself may sound amazing, the property is absolutely beautiful, decorated tastefully using traditional Rajasthani fabrics and decor items. The cherry on top though is the rooftop that has comfortable seating overlooking the entire city. Zostel Jaisalmer has dorms as well as private rooms, multiple common rooms, and an in-house cafe. They also organize lots of activities that include walks inside the fort, food walks, and desert safari.

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Moustache Jaisalmer

Where to stay in Jaisalmer - Moustache Jaisalmer

Moustache Jaisalmer is yet another one of the wonderful places to stay in Jaisalmer. Even though this hostel is located just outside the Jaisalmer fort, unlike Zostel which is inside the fort, it is located within walking distance from the fort. What I loved about Moustache Jaisalmer was the open verandah right in the center, giving it a very traditional appearance. There are comfortable cushions around this verandah. That, along with the intricately carved walls and the availability of both private rooms as well as dorm rooms make Moustache Jaisalmer one of the best places to stay in Jaisalmer.

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Hotels in Jaisalmer Inside Jailsamer Fort

When it comes to finding hotels in Jaisalmer, I strongly recommend getting a hotel inside the Jaisalmer fort. Even if you don’t manage to do that, there are tons of hotels near the Jaisalmer fort. Since the fort by itself contains a lot of sightseeing places and is close to all the other places to visit in Jaisalmer, it’s best to stay close to the fort. This way you can just walk to the nearby spots without having to hire a tuk-tuk.

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Jaisalmer Itinerary - Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer in 2 Days

Day 1 of jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days.

Spend your first day in Jaisalmer by exploring all the sightseeing places in and around the Jaisalmer fort and by shopping for souvenirs. 

1. Patwon ki Haveli / Patwa Haveli

Patwon ki Haveli on day 1 of Jaisalmer itinerary and Jaisalmer travel guide

Patwon ki haveli or Patwa haveli is the first stop among all the places to visit in Jaisalmer in 2 days. This haveli, or traditional mansion, is one of the three major havelis in Jaisalmer and thus cannot be skipped out of your Jaisalmer itinerary. Patwon ki haveli is a cluster of 5 mansions constructed in the year 1805 by Guman Chand Patwa, a wealthy trader, one for each of his five sons. Today, there is a museum inside the haveli and it’s also open for visitors to walk around and take a tour of the haveli, with or without a guide. 

Open all days 8.30 am to 6.40 pm

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2. Jaisalmer Fort - Unmissable Place in any Jaisalmer Itinerary

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer fort, named after the Maharajah Maharawal Jaisal, is made up of yellow sandstone and thus also known as the golden fort or sonar qila . This spectacular fort has a fortification wall that is 5 km in circumference and 2-3 m in thickness. Not only that, but Jaisalmer fort is also one of the very few “living” forts in the world where people actually reside inside the fort. That’s right - there’s a whole bustling community along with sightseeing places inside the fort as well as temples and lots of shops and restaurants. Entry to the fort is free but some of the sightseeing spots may charge their own visiting fee.

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3. Jain Temple

Jain temple on day 1 of Jaisalmer itinerary

The set of Jain temples is one of the must-visit places inside the Jaisalmer fort. Apart from the elaborate carvings, what’s most impressive is that this cluster of 7 Jain temples contains a combined total of 6666 statues of the 24 prophets of Jainism. Additionally, if you add 6+6+6+6 it gives you the number 24 -  which is the number of prophets in the Jain religion. Apart from this clever play with numbers, the detailed work inside these temples is very impressive. 

Open all days 8 to 12 pm

4. Canon Point

Canon point is one of the open-air areas inside the Jaisalmer fort from where you can get an epic city view. Since the fort itself is at a height and the canon point is further high up inside the fort, you can get a nice panoramic view of Jaisalmer city from here. While canon point is also known as sunset point, I found that the sunset view from inside the Zostel Jaisalmer rooftop, where I stayed at, was much better since there was no crowd and there was comfortable seating to enjoy the sunset. Canon point can often get a little crowded.

5. Eat at One of the Many Restaurants Inside the Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisal Italy - One of the Restaurants Inside Jaisalmer Fort

While this may seem very trivial and unimportant to some, I cannot stress how important it is that you include a meal inside the Jaisalmer fort in your Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days. I visited a restaurant right inside the main entrance of the fort for lunch. While I felt that the food was a tad bit overpriced for the taste and quantity that was provided, the view from there was worth every single rupee! Jaisal Italy was the only restaurant inside the Jaisalmer fort that I visited for both lunch and dinner because I fell in love with the view from here, although I found the taste of the food to be quite average for the price.

6. Shopping in Jaisalmer Fort

Shopping inside the Jaisalmer fort on day 1 of Jaisalmer itinerary

Finish off day one of your Jaisalmer itinerary by shopping for clothing, jewelry, home decor items, and souvenirs. As you step inside the Jaisalmer, you’ll see countless lanes lines with small and big shops on both sides. I would avoid the bigger shops, as I felt the prices there were higher compared to other shops for the exact same items. I would suggest walking right inside the fort, near the museum and the Jain temple area and checking out the many shops there.

DAY 2 OF JAISALMER ITINERARY FOR 2 DAYS

You will start your second day in Jaisalmer, golden city, by watching an epic sunrise and going for a desert safari in the sam sand dunes of the Thar desert.

1. Gadisar Lake

Gadisar lake on day 2 of your Jaisalmer itinerary

Start the second day of your Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days by catching the sunrise at Gadisar lake. The lake is located less than a kilometer from the fort so I walked from the fort, where I was staying, to Gadisar or Gadisagar lake. Apart from a couple of elderly people, who were taking a morning stroll around the perimeter of the lake, the place was completely deserted. And so, not only did I get to watch a spectacular sunrise, but I also got fantastic pictures here with no one in sight. There are boats here for visitors to take a boating tour around the lake but it wasn’t open that early in the morning

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2. Kuldhara - The Abandoned Village

Kuldhara abandoned village in Jaisalmer travel guide

Kuldhara, also known as the abandoned village or cursed village, is located at a distance of 21 km from Jaisalmer. Once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, it is believed that the village was abandoned overnight in the early 19th century due to plague, drought, and prosecution by a cruel minister. Now visitors can visit Kuldhara village during the daytime hours. There is no entrance fee for visiting Kuldhara. You can stop by the village before heading to the sam sand dunes for a desert safari.

3. Desert Oasis

An oasis inside the desert in Jaisalmer

I had visited both Kuldhara village and a desert oasis on a desert safari tour. Our guide took my tour group to both these places on the way to the desert. The oasis inside the desert was located off of the main road between Kuldhara and the sam sand dunes. It was such a peaceful and beautiful place to just sit and mingle with the rest of the people on the safari tour with me.

4. Desert Safari

Jaisalmer desert safari

A desert safari is by far one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer. You just cannot miss this experience among all the things to do in your Jaisalmer itinerary for 2 days. I booked a desert safari costing INR 1900 via Zostel Jaisalmer, where I was staying. The safari included a jeep ride to Kuldhara village, going via the desert oasis to the sam sand dunes in the Thar desert. A camel ride, evening snacks, evening tea, a local vegetarian dinner, overnight stay inside a tent (or under the open sky on a cot), breakfast the next morning and a ride back were also included. While most people choose to stay in the desert overnight, in case you need to head back to your hotel on the same night, you can even ask to be dropped back right after dinner.

Food to Try in Jaisalmer

You must try the two famous local specialties - the Jaisalmer or Rajasthani thali as well as daal baati churma while you’re in Jaisalmer. Ask your hotel or hostel for recommendations for the best places where you can try them.

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Where to Eat in Jaisalmer - Best Restaurants and Cafes in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Restaurant inside Jaisalmer fort

As mentioned earlier, I highly recommend eating at least one meal at a restaurant inside the Jaisalmer fort. I had lunch and dinner at Jaisal Italy, which is right at the main entrance of the fort. Additionally, I also liked the view of the Jain temple from the Jaisalmer Oasis Restaurant, which is also inside the fort, right next to Zostel Jaisalmer.

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I was planning to go to Jaisalmer in March but had to cancel ..thanks for sharing this.will visit in winters now

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We loved Zostel too! The views were great and it felt very homey. We mostly took it easy during our time in Jaisalmer and only did half the things you mentioned, but we loved this historic fort city

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How beautiful! I hoping to visit here later in the year- especially because of how close is it from Jaipur.

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Amazing blog you have. Perfect Itinerary for Jaisalmer. Reading this was cool, I also did an overnight safari in Jaisalmer near last summer and loved it! sleeping under the stars was amazing. It was nice to reminisce by reading your post!

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Jaisalmer Guide: Planning Your Trip

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Remotely located in far western Rajasthan, near the border of Pakistan, Jaisalmer requires effort to reach but it's definitely worth it. Rising out of the sandy Thar Desert, this astonishing golden sandstone city will transport you to another era, back when it was a stop on the Silk Route from Central Asia to China.   Dominating the landscape is Jaisalmer's evocative 12th-century fort, which was once inhabited by royal rulers and is still home to a quarter of the city's residents.   It's one of the last living forts in India and the world, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Find out all you need to know in this Jaisalmer guide.

Planning Your Trip

  • Best Time to Visit: Jaisalmer has an extreme desert climate with cold winter nights, scorching summer days, and very little rain. The tourist season runs from October to March during the coolest parts of the year. In January, overnight temperatures drop to around 41 degrees F (5 degrees C), but the days are pleasant, with highs usually above 68 degrees F (20 degrees C). It's not advisable to visit Jaisalmer from April through August, unless you can deal with searing daily temperatures above 104 degrees F (40 degrees C). The September shoulder season will still be hot, but it can be ideal for avoiding the crowds.
  • Language: Rajasthani, Hindi, and English.
  • Currency: Indian rupee.
  • Time Zone: UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) +5.5 hours, also known as Indian Standard Time. Udaipur does not have daylight saving time.
  • Getting Around: Much of the city can be covered on foot, so do bring comfortable walking shoes. Bicycles (useful for accessing narrow lanes and avoiding traffic bottlenecks) and motorcycles are also available for rent. Alternatively, auto rickshaws are convenient for short trips and can be readily flagged down. If you're venturing further afield into the desert, it's best to hire a taxi for the day. Rates start from around 3,000 rupees ($40). Taxi companies also offer half-day local sightseeing excursions from around 1,500 rupees ($20). App-based cab services such as Uber don't operate in Jaisalmer as of yet.
  • Travel Tip: Try to catch the fun Jaisalmer Desert Festival, held over three days in late January or February each year.

Things to Do

Jaisalmer provides an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in a piece of living history and learn about desert culture. The city revolves around the fort and has magnificent 19th-century noble mansions, ornate Jain temples dating back to the 12th century, royal cenotaphs, and a serene 14th-century man-made lake dotted with small shrines. Sunsets over the fort are spectacular, as its structure appears to merge with the desert. You'll want to devote at least a day to exploring the surrounding desert landscape, too.

  • Take a guided walking tour of the fort and surrounding vicinity. Several companies offer such tours, including this insightful Fort Heritage Walk by Jaisalmer Magic . There's a labyrinth of shops, restaurants, homes, hotels, places of worship, and a museum inside the fort. It's fascinating!
  • Marvel at the architecture and intricate stone carvings of Patwaon ki Haveli , Nathmal ki Haveli, and Salim Singh ki Haveli mansions. Patwaon ki Haveli is the pick of the bunch if you're short on time or money.
  • Go on a camel safari in the desert , or jeep safari if you don't have an affinity for camels.

Check out our article about the top things to do in Jaisalmer for more information.

What to Eat and Drink

Jaisalmer's distinctive regional cuisine is reflective of the ingredients available in the arid desert environment. It's typically vegetarian, and utilizes a lot of pulses and hardy grains such as millet. Ker Sangri is an unusual specialty of the region, made from pickled Indigenous berries and beans that grow wild in the Thar Desert. Try Haldi ki Sabji (turmeric yogurt curry) during winter. The city's most iconic drink is a cooling Makhania Lassi (sweet buttermilk with dry fruits). Pyaaz ki Kachori, a popular snack of deep-fried pastry discs with onion filling, is sold on streets all over the city. Local sweets include Ghotua Laddoo and Panchdhari Ladoo (balls of flour, ghee, and spices). Get them from Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia sweet shop near the fort.

You'll no doubt encounter government-authorized bhaang shops in Jaisalmer. Bhaang is a paste made from cannabis plant leafs, and it has an ancient connection with Hinduism and Lord Shiva  . It's commonly served in drinks during the Holi festival . The shops in Jaisalmer sell it in cookies, cakes, and lassi (a yogurt-based shake). Be careful to consume in moderation, though, because you won't feel the effects straight away.

Jaisalmer isn't known for its nightlife or extensive range of alcohol, so your best bet for a memorable evening is to head to a rooftop restaurant or bar with fort views at sundown. Cafe the Kaku at near Sunset Point and Helsinki House hotel near Gadi Sagar are both outstanding. The Dunes Bar at the Marriott Resort and Spa is more upmarket with cocktails and fine wines.

Where to Stay

Visitors to Jaisalmer are often keen to stay within the fort, which is understandable as it certainly is alluring. However, it's important to be aware of the environmental challenges the fort is facing, particularly damage from drainage and water seepage.   In addition, keep in mind that accessibility can be an issue, as cars aren't permitted inside the fort and auto rickshaws can only go up to certain points. As an alternative, there are many atmospheric accommodations for all budgets in the area below the fort, and they provide a panoramic vista of the fort from their rooftops. Tourists often spend a night or two in the desert near Jaisalmer as well. The majority of desert camps are situated around the Sam Sand Dunes. This area is very commercial, though; if noise is a concern, choose a camp that's further out from the tourist hub there, or stay in the Khuri Sand Dunes.

Check out our recommendations of the best Jaisalmer hotels with fort views for all budgets, and the top Jaisalmer desert camps for glamping .

Getting There

Jaisalmer's small airport operates out of an Indian Air Force base. It receives limited direct flights from nearby major cities such as Delhi, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai. By road, Jaisalmer is about five hours from Jodhpur and Bikaner. Expect to pay 4,000 to 5,000 rupees ($55 to $65) for a cab from Jodhpur (we recommend stopping at Pokhran Fort along the way). Regular, inexpensive buses also run from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer; tickets cost around 500 rupees.

Indian Railways train is another option. There are trains from major cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, and Jodhpur. Two of the most prominent ones are the 14659 Runicha Express from Delhi (via Jaipur and Jodhpur), and the overnight 14810 Jodhpur Jaisalmer Express . You'll need to book well in advance.

Culture and Customs

Competition for tourist business is fierce in Jaisalmer, giving rise to the prevalence of touts and scams. You'll most likely be approached by someone wanting to provide their services or sell something outside the fort entrance, at the train and bus stations, and at the sand dunes. Touts can even be aboard buses from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. Fortunately, locals have launched an anti-tout campaign to curb the harassment, but you should still be prepared to be firm in dealing with such people. Don't be swayed by their cheap prices for camel safaris and hotels, and don't believe it if they tell you your hotel has closed or burnt down. Touts and camel safari operators are also known to offer free accommodations on the Couchsurfing platform as a way of luring travelers in.

Conservative dress is most appropriate in Jaisalmer. It's respectful to keep your shoulders and legs covered. A shawl is handy to throw over a sleeveless top or dress.

Tipping isn't compulsory in India, although it's expected if you're happy with the service. A 10 to 15 percent tip is sufficient at a restaurant, or simply round the bill up on smaller amounts. Flag down the waiter to get your bill. Hotels will commonly have a tip box where you can leave gratuities for the staff.

Money Saving Tips

  • The fort is free to enter and never closes. Gadisar Lake is another free attraction.
  • You'll get hefty discounts from April to September if you can bear the heat.
  • Research thoroughly and bargain hard to avoid being ripped off, especially when doing touristy activities such as desert safaris.
  • Stay at a backpacker hostel such as Zostel.
  • Hire a scooter or motorbike for the day to reduce transportation costs. Backpacker hostels provide this service at a reasonable price.
  • Grab an unlimited Rajasthani thali (platter) for lunch. You'll be able to eat as much as you can for only a few dollars.

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2 Days in Jaisalmer – The Best Jaisalmer Itinerary

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2 Days in Jaisalmer might not seem like much time; however, if you use your time wisely, you’ll be able to cover most of the Jaisalmer highlights.  In this 2 Day Jaisalmer Itinerary and guide, we share all of the top places to see in the city, plus where to stay, where to eat, and all of our top tips.

The ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer is overflowing with rich culture, compelling history, and mysterious charm. It’s famous for being the ‘Golden City’ thanks to its distinctive sandstone architecture. Which makes sense since it’s set on the outskirts of the desert.  

From camel safaris and camping under the stars; to exploring the cities medieval forts, Jaisalmer is a playground for adventurous backpackers.    This, combined with all the exciting things to do in Jaisalmer, make it an essential addition to any Rajasthan itinerary . 

Anyhow, there is a lot to cover for spending 2 days in Jaisalmer, so let’s get to it!

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Getting to Jaisalmer

AIR –  To travel by air, Jaisalmer Airport is located around 17KM from the city centre.   Daily domestic flights are available from most major airports throughout the country.

TRAIN – Jaisalmer is well connected via train from most major destinations throughout the country; however, booking trains in India can be tricky.   It is advised to book at least 3 days in advance and even then you aren’t always guaranteed a ticket.  For this reason, we always used the bus network in India. You can book trains up to 6 months in advance using 12go Asia.

BUS – Jaisalmer is accessible by bus from a number of destinations across India.   To check routes, timetables and ticket prices we recommend using Redbus .   In our experience, they are extremely reliable.   They are one of the few companies who will accept payment with an International card, and they are contactable by phone should you have any issues with your journey.  

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Where to Stay in Jaisalmer

Whether you are looking for luxury, mid-range, or budget, Jaisalmer has no shortage of great accommodation options.    

Hostel – Swan Hostel – One of only a few hostels in Jaisalmer, Swan Hostel is the top choice thanks to its convenient location and comfortable dorm or private rooms.

Budget Private  – Bohemian Guesthouse – We can personally recommend Bohemian Guesthouse, for affordable, clean & comfortable private rooms.   A 15-20 minute walk from the heart of the city, some  may be deterred by the location if you are planning just a short 2 day trip to Jaisalmer.

Luxury – Suryagarh Jaisalmer – For a touch of luxury in Jaisalmer, we would choose the Suryagarh Jaisalmer. Located in the heart of the desert you can expect celebrity treatment at this 5* hotel.

2 Day Jaisalmer Itinerary

When putting together this Jaisalmer Itinerary, I’ve tried to cover as much as possible.

Compared to other cities in Rajasthan, there isn’t a huge amount of things to do in the Golden City. Which is why 2 days in Jaisalmer is an ideal amount of time.

On the other hand, some of you will be more enthusiastic than others to cram a lot into the two days. I’m just here to guide you based on our experiences, but feel free to rejig the itinerary as you see fit.

Jaisalmer Itinerary Day 1

Forts, Havelis, and Rooftop Hopping

Assuming you stayed the night in Jaisalmer, you’ll be up bright, breezy and ready to explore.

If you haven’t already had breakfast at your hotel, you needn’t worry. There are tons of great rooftop cafes around Jaisalmer which serve as the perfect setting for a nice breakfast.

Our favourite spot for breakfast was Kuku Coffee Shop. The food is cheap and delicious, and the view is fantastic.

1.   Explore the Jaisalmer Fort

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With a striking golden structure that can be seen from miles around, Jaisalmer Fort is the landmark of the city.  

This fort is unique as it is one of the only lived in forts in the world.   The towering sandstone walls encompass not only homes but shops, restaurants, temples and even hotels.  

Despite these modern developments, the fort retains all the feels of a medieval city.   And walking among the castle walls will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time.

Exploring the fort is one of the historical things you can do in the golden city and you never know where the labyrinth of alleyways might lead you.  

Laid within in the fort are cool rooftop bars, epic viewpoints of the cities, talented artisans, or eerie fortune tellers.  

Furthermore, it is completely free to enter.   This is quite a selling point considering most attractions in Rajasthan come with a steep price tag attached.

Entrance Fee – Free to enter

2.   Take a Walking Tour of the Havelis

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Havelis are what we westerners know to be mansions, and a number of these buildings can be found in the city of Jaisalmer.    In true Rajasthani style, these grandeur buildings are the work of exquisite artistry and craftsmanship.

Patwon Ki Haveli is the largest and most important haveli in Jaisalmer.   Once home to a rich merchant, it is now a popular tourist attraction in the city.   The intricate sandstone design is quite remarkable and well worth visiting in Jaisalmer.  

Although it is just a small fee to go inside, we  were quite happy admiring the masterpiece from the outside.

Entrance Fee – Free to view outside. 100 IDR/pax to go inside.

3.   Visit Gadisar Lake

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One of the more relaxing places to visit on this Jaisalmer Itinerary is Gadisar Lake. The lake is said to be spiritual and the religious temples seemingly floating in the water add to its charm.  

Many locals and tourists alike, come here to meditate  at sunrise.  Otherwise, it’s a nice spot to read a book, or simply immerse yourself in the serenity that such conditions provide.

Another relaxing activity you can take part in on the lake is peddle boating.  A 30-minute boat ride will set you back just 100 IDR for a 2 man boat and allows you to explore the lake at your own leisure .  

I t’s a relaxing experience and a chance to see the ‘floating’ temples in closer proximity.  Just try not to get too close in case you cause damage to the structures.

Peddle Boat Price – 100 IDR for 30 minutes

4.   Go Rooftop Hopping

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The city of Jaisalmer is bursting at the seams with quirky rooftop bars and restaurants.  Each of them offering marvellous views over the Golden City.  

We made an effort to try a new one each day.  It is such a great feeling at the end of a busy day to kick back, enjoy an ice-cold beer and enjoy the sunset.

Our favourite rooftops include Pleasant Haveli, Kuku Coffee Shop, and Free Tibet Restaurant;   however, with so many great options both within and outside of the fort, you can’t go too far wrong.

Jaisalmer Itinerary Day 2

Camel Safari & Camping Under the Stars

OK, it’s day two and I highly recommend you make time to go on a camel safari in the Thar Desert. This experience is one of the most memorable of all our time in India.

If you aren’t interested in a camel safari, you can skip to the next section for more things to do in Jaisalmer.

5.   Camel Safari in Thar Desert

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Jaisalmer borders the Thar desert, and one of the quintessential things to do when visiting the ‘golden city’, is a camel safari.

From trotting through the sand dunes atop camels, followed by nights under the milky way, it is no wonder that tourists travel from far and wide to take part in this magical experience.

If you can afford to spend another night in Jaisalmer, I can highly recommend the overnight camel safari. However, tours range from 1/2 a day to 3 days+, so there is something to suit everybody, regardless of your time constraints or budget.

Either way, I urge you to make a camel safari a priority when spending 2 days in Jaisalmer as it’s one of the most unique experiences in India.

6.   Visit Khaba Fort

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Khaba Fort isn’t one of the popular attractions when visiting the Golden City;   however, its compelling history makes it one of the more interesting.   

The fort and neighbouring village date back to the 13th century.  Once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, both were mysteriously abandoned some 200 years ago.  

It is said, that the inhabitants set a spell that forbids anybody else from settling in the village.   I don’t know if it’s all just ghost stories, but there is no denying the eerie solitude that consumes the area.

*Tip –  Khaba Fort is located in the desert, around a 30-minute drive outside of Jaisalmer.   It is usually included when booking an overnight camel safari. Check with your tour operator at the time of booking.

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More Things to do in Jaisalmer

If you plan on spending more than 2 days in Jaisalmer or you have some time to spare, here are some other things you can include on your Jaisalmer itinerary.

7.   Try a Bhang Lassi or Cookie

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You didn’t hear this from us; however, Jaisalmer is one of the few cities in India where it is acceptable to consume Bhang .    That is, however, only if it  is purchased from the government approved bhang shop.  

For those of you unfamiliar with Bhang, it is an edible form of cannabis.   It is most commonly found in Bhang Lassis, a tasty beverage mixed with milk, sugar, and fruits.   Or alternatively in cakes or cookies.

Bhang forms a big part of ancient Hindu tradition and is believed to cure many ailments.   It produces a similar effect as smoking cannabis; however, can last longer and also take a lot longer to kick in.    

If it is your first time experimenting with Bhang , it is worth educating yourself on the effects before partaking.

*Travellers Tip – We bought some cookies to take with us on our desert camel safari.   Although we do not recommend taking Bhang in the heat, it certainly helped make an enchanting evening spent under the stars, that little more magical.   

8.   Watch the Puppet Show

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Puppeteering plays a big part in traditional Rajasthani culture and Jaisalmer seems to be the heart of it it.  

Alongside artisans selling puppets throughout the golden city, a puppet show is just one of those things you should experience while you are here.

You can watch the 40-minute puppet show at the Desert Culture Centre every evening at 6.30 pm.

Entrance Fee:  100 IDR/pax

9.   Eat Momos at Free Tibet Restaurant

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This may sound like an odd recommendation considering we are talking about India; however, the momos at Free Tibet are some of the best we’ve had.  Better even, than most, we tried in Nepal .

Not only is the food amazing, but the restaurant is one of the few that sell cold beer. Furthermore, the rooftop is a great sunset point in Jaisalmer.

  In addition to the momos, we can recommend the Malai Kofta curry and the vegetable enchilada.  

10.   Take a Trip to Bada Bagh

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Located  6km outside of the city, Bada Bagh is essentially a cemetery for members of the royal family.  

The magnificently carved cenotaphs are what attracts most tourists here, and have even been the feature of numerous Bollywood films.

Despite being one of the recommended places to visit in Jaisalmer, unfortunately, we didn’t have time to make it to Bada Bagh on this occasion.  Although, it is at the top of our list for when we return.  

Top Tips for this Jaisalmer Itinerary

Here are my top tips for visiting Jaisalmer, which I hope will help you to better navigate and enjoy this wonderful city.

Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is in winter (November to March) when the weather is dry and not too hot.  

We visited Jaisalmer in November and while you could still feel the burn of the desert heat , it was just about bearable for us pale-skinned folk.  

It’s best to avoid Jaisalmer during the months of Summer or Monsoon.  

Getting Around in Jaisalmer

Many of the Jaisalmer attractions are within walking distance of one another. However, If you want to go outside of the city the easiest and cheapest way to get around is by scooter.  

The cost is around 500 IDR for 24hrs; although, be aware that the roads in India are a bit of a rat race.   You should only consider this if you are confident and experienced on a motorbike .  

Another option is to hire a tuk-tuk .   This can be cost-effective if you are in a group, but be sure to haggle as the drivers are opportunists when it comes to tourists.    

Wherever you go in India, it is important that you dress appropriately.  Not only is it respectful, but it will help to avoid unwanted attention.

It is recommended that female travellers respect the local tradition of covering shoulders and legs from the knee upwards.  

The dress code for men is a little more relaxed; however, it is recommended to avoid revealing vests or tank tops.

Be Aware of Scams

In all touristy areas, there are many  travel scams you should be aware of  so consequently, you can avoid them.    There are also known to be skilled pickpockets operating in Jaisalmer so be sure to keep your valuables secured at all times.    We use either a small padlock or compartmental bag to keep our valuables safe.

Enjoy Your 2 Days in Jaisalmer!

Well, that concludes  our 2 Day Jaisalmer Itinerary .   We hope you enjoy your time in this magical city.

If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below, or through our contact us page.

If you’re visiting India in the near future, perhaps you’ll find these related articles helpful:

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Jaisalmer: The Ultimate Guide (Including 11 Best Things To Do)

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Jaisalmer, the Golden city of India, is in the far western part of the country in the state of Rajasthan, which means the land of Kings (huh, sounds much like King’s Landing). This region is filled with rich folklore, traditions, and architectural beauty, and they have the most delicious food.

An old historic fort made of sandstone in Jaisalmer.

How would you like to stay in one of the royal palaces or forts and be treated like a royal? Yes, this is absolutely possible in Rajasthan, as most of the stays are like small palaces, and some are even actual palaces and forts.

The golden city awaits you with a lot of experiences to offer. Let’s learn about Jaisalmer and the best things to do.

Oh, wait! Are you new to India and unsure how to plan a successful trip? I have added a lot of extra tips to help you plan your trip without breaking a sweat. Or maybe you will literally, while you are in Jaisalmer – because it’s a desert (pardon me for my bad jokes!).

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When is the Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer has dry, mild winters and sweltering hot, humid, and windy summers. During summer where the temperature could soar as high as 48 degrees Celsius as it is a part of the Great Indian Thar desert.

So it makes it very obvious to visit only during the winter months, from late November till the end of February. This is the ideal time when the days are mild and comfortable (maximum of 26 degrees Celsius). Still, the nights are cold (mainly averages around 10 degrees Celsius). It remains clear throughout the year; hence, the chances of a cloudy day ruining your plan are very slim.

A camel watching the sunset in a desert.

How to Reach Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer has a domestic airport, but there aren’t many options to fly to Jaisalmer. Here, I have added a few options to reach Jaisalmer from  Jodhpur, Jaipur, and New Delhi . You’ll probably land in New Delhi if you fly in from abroad.

From Jodhpur

You could drive/ take a taxi  (preferred)  to Jaisalmer, which is around 300 km and should take about 5 hours by road.

You could also take a bus, tickets for which could be pre-booked through websites like Redbus. It should cost you around ₹400 , which should be around €5 .

Tip!   If you are unfamiliar with driving on the left side of the road, I highly recommend taking a taxi. You could hire a taxi to help you cover your entire journey.

From Jaipur

The distance from Jaipur to Jaisalmer is around 550 km which would take about 10 to 12 hours by road. So, driving or taxi would not be a comfortable option.

You could take a  train from Jaipur . Make sure to pre-book your tickets.

You could also fly to Jaisalmer for Jaipur, which would cost you around €55 one way.

The best and easiest option will be to travel by  bus . You could take one of the AC sleeper buses, which will cost around ₹600 (around €8 ).

From New Delhi

The best way to reach Jaisalmer is to fly from Delhi, which has flights to both Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.

By Train or Bus

You could also take a train from New Delhi to Jaisalmer or a sleeper bus. The journey by train or bus could take 15 hours or more so I would not advise taking this option.

Good to know!   Tourist scams are quite possible, so please book your taxi from a reputed travel agency. Or you could take the help of holiday planners like we did. More on that later in the post.

Now that we know when and how to reach the Golden city, let me describe some memorable things to do once you are in Jaisalmer.

What to Do in and Around Jaisalmer?

1. explore the massive jaisalmer fort.

Let’s begin our journey with  the Living Fort .

Yes, you heard me right! The Living Fort.  Most of the forts around the world are either being converted into luxury hotels or just abandoned. But the Jaisalmer Fort is the only fort in the world that houses thousands of people, most of whom earn their living through tourism.

A Short History of Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort was built by king Rawal Jaisal in 1156. This incredible fort has thousands of people still living in it. When I first visited the fort, I wondered how is that even possible? Could anyone buy a house (a part of the fort) and just live there?

The answer is a big NO. (A huge disappointment, right?)

The main entrance to an old historic fort in Jaisalmer.

The tale behind the fort!  They say that the last ruler who was in charge of the fort around 800 years back or more decided to give a significant part of the fort to be inhabited by the subjects. Now, so many centuries and generations later, around 4000 people live in their ancestral home, the fort itself. But they cannot sell any part of it. (Our guide who also lives in the fort told me this.)

The fort, also called Sonar   Quila  (Golden Fort),  due to the color of the sandstone, which shines in the desert sun, is so massive that you could get lost in all the tiny narrow streets.

The main part of it is mostly commercialized and is filled with many shops selling their famous handicrafts.

Do I Need a Tour Guide and Ticket?

I highly recommend hiring a guide during your visit as they know all the perfect viewpoints. And as you are basically walking around exploring someone’s house, it is inconvenient to just barge in to check the view. However, a guide could be of great help here as they know exactly where you can escape the crowd and enjoy great views of the fort. Some guides can also speak a bit of English.

Kiki from RooKiExplorers standing in an old historic fort with the city of Jaisalmer as the backdrop.

Pro tip!  Watch out for scammers. The guides have an ID card, which is also their permit to serve as tourist guides, so check that. Also, talk to a few other guides and check for the price options. When we visited in early 2022, we paid around ₹800 (roughly €10 ).

Entry! Since it is a living fort, there isn’t an entry ticket or a specific opening time.

The fort is enormous, and it will take around half a day to enjoy the place in a relaxed way or a minimum of 2 to 3 hours.

Kiki from RooKiExplorers sitting on a sitting area in a home which is inside a fort in Jaisalmer.

Major Attractions Inside Jaisalmer Fort

This is the palace of the rulers located in the heart of the Jaisalmer Fort. It is a stunning seven-storied building known for its latticework.

Raj Mahal showcases a beautiful facade filled with delicate filigree stonework, an example of typical Rajput architecture.

A palace inside an old historic fort in Jaisalmer.

The palace is just in front of the main squares of the fort. It is one of the first things that will make you turn your head once inside the fort.

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers posing in front of a palace inside an old fort in Jaisalmer.

Jain Temples

There are seven Jain temples located within the Jaisalmer Fort. These temples are famous among local devotees and tourists for their intricate artworks.

The temples within the fort are known to be some of the most beautiful ones in the world.

A ceiling of a jain temple in Jaisalmer Fort.

Entry!   Although entry to the fort is free, to visit a temple inside, you have to pay a small fee (around ₹10 per person). Also, to carry your electronic gadgets inside for the photographs, you must pay around ₹50 .

Random Fact!   Jain temples worldwide are known for their white appearance due to the marble used for their construction. But these temples in the Jaisalmer area are the only ones made of sandstone.

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers standing under an arch in a jain temple inside the Jaisalmer fort.

Good to know!  Carry cash, as you may need it to purchase the ticket for your electronics. Keep the ticket safe, as it could be used to enter all seven temples.

Pillar carvings in a jain temple inside the Jaisalmer Fort.

Shopping and Eateries

The fort is filled with a lot of shopping options as well as loads of food joints. Pick your choice and enjoy your food with fantastic fort views.

Consider a visit to Free Tibet (not to be confused with Little Tibet). It is a famous restaurant serving momos and thukpa noodle soup within the fort wall.

How to Reach the Fort?

The best way to explore Jaisalmer is to hire a taxi for the day or your entire trip. You could always take a tuk-tuk (called an auto in India) to the fort. But there is a hassle of negotiating the prices as they simply quote higher prices when they see a tourist.

2. Marvel at the Gadisar Lake

A lake in the desert? An actual lake would have been quite lovely for the people in Jaisalmer. But this artificial lake does the job. This is, in fact, the city’s lifeline and is now supplied by water from Indira Gandhi Canal to ensure it never dries.

The lake is filled with  chhatris , a dome-like structure also made of sandstone that gives it a golden tint when the sun shines. Actually, every other building in Jaisalmer has that tint.

Photo Alert!  This place, just a little away from the Jaisalmer Fort, makes it the perfect location to capture the golden hour. You could take stunning pictures for your Instagram feed. 

Best visited during sunset  time to give extra color to your picture.

Entry!  The lake is open throughout the day and is free of charge to visit. You could also take a boat ride in the lake which will cost anywhere from ₹10 to ₹100 based on the type of boat ride.

Uff!   I couldn’t visit this stunning place during my visit as I was too impressed by the beauty of the stay we had booked. So, we decided to spend the evening and the next morning in our hotel instead. More on that later in the post.

3. Admire All the Havelis in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer was known for its trade route, which was filled with wealthy merchants in the past. Havelis are similar to mansions or townhouses built by the wealthy merchants of the time. The detailing of the architecture in these traditional havelis is a symbol of their wealth. The more intricate the artwork is, the more prosperous the merchant who once built this was.

Let’s read about some of the famous havelis that will make your jaw drop with their facade.

Patwon Ki Haveli

This is not just a single haveli but a cluster of 5 different havelis. It is one of the area’s biggest, richest, and most well-maintained havelis. It also encloses a museum that preserves the artifacts from their rich past.

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers standing in front of a traditional haveli in Jaisalmer.

How to Get There?

It is a stone’s throw away from the fort in the middle of the main bazaar.

Nathmalji Ki Haveli

It is the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, former Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. It is known for its beautifully carved exterior with stunning paintings adorning the interior of this haveli.

A traditional haveli in Jaisalmer.

Interesting fact!   This haveli was simultaneously built by two architects who were also brothers. It is said that they had built it independently, but it looks so harmoniously put together. At first glance, you cannot even tell it was built by two people.

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers standing in front of a traditional haveli in Jaisalmer.

Random Fact! Outside the homes in Jaisalmer Fort, you might see some paintings of Lord Ganesha with names written near them. These were painted when someone in the house was married. It is a tradition to welcome the newlyweds as Lord Ganesha is painted for good luck.

Fun things to do!   Stare at the facade indefinitely to figure out the differences between the two sections. Some are easy to find, but some require you to look closely into the details. (It might sound crazy to do this, but I enjoyed doing it.)

It is very close to the Patwon Ki Haveli, and you could just go there on foot within 5 minutes (only if you don’t stop to shop at every single shop on the way). Or perhaps, you could be delayed by a group of cows refusing to move (this actually happened to us).

Salim Singh Ki Haveli (Moti Mahal)

This haveli, which is around 300 years old, was built on the remains of another haveli. The haveli’s architecture is slightly different from the others. The roof of this haveli is made in the form of a peacock. It has around 38 balconies in total, with unique architecture.

A part of this haveli is still occupied by the descendants of the original owner  Salim Singh Mahto .

This is located around 500m from the Patwon ki Haveli, and you could easily walk up there.

Tip!   Some of the other havelis in Jaisalmer have been renovated and converted into luxury stays; staying in such a place could be an excellent experience.

4. Visit the Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh literally translates to a big garden. This is one of the must-see places in Jaisalmer. It is a conglomerate of a dam, a tank, and the surrounding cenotaphs.

Photo Alert!   The series of royal chhatris (cenotaphs) makes it an exciting place to visit. The architecture combined with the golden hour makes it even more attractive.

One of the cenotaphs is half-constructed, so let’s travel back in time to find out why!   Every place has a long history attached to it, but a very short version of it goes here. The first cenotaph was built to commemorate the death of Maharaja Jai Singh II. He founded the city of Jaisalmer and contributed significantly to its infrastructure and welfare. He also commissioned the dam “Jait Bandh”, the primary water source in this desert land. Do you see where I am getting at? Yes, the place’s name was Bada Bagh because of the dam, which helped cultivate the barren land.

Later, the construction of cenotaphs continued as a tradition. Each one was built to commemorate the previous king or queen. Eventually, this led to many cenotaphs until one day when Maharaja Jawahar Singh’s son passed away not long after he claimed the throne. He was having the cenotaph built for his father, Maharaja Jawahar Singh. But the construction was never completed after the son died, as it was considered bad luck. That marks the end of this story and the series of cenotaphs.

It is a little far up, around 7 km north of Jaisalmer Fort. Having a dedicated taxi for the day would be the best thing. It saves you the effort of negotiating a price every single time. But if not, you could always take a tuk-tuk or call a taxi as it is popular among tourists. It shouldn’t be hard to find one.

Best visited during sunset  time as the sunset could bring out the best background shades for your Instagram pictures in the cenotaphs. It is magical, with all the spectacular cenotaphs against the beauty of the open sky.

Entry!   Unlike other places, this one has entry restrictions and remains open from 9 am to 6 pm. There is an entry fee of ₹100 , and the rate is slightly lesser for Indian citizens. Also, you need to pay a small fee for taking your camera inside.

5. Wander Around in the Abandoned Village of Kuldhara

Kuldhara village, established around the 13th century, was inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins before it was abandoned overnight. (Yeah, overnight). Sounds fishy, isn’t it? When I heard of this, I wanted to know why the village was abandoned overnight. But, all I found was a bunch of tales, and no one actually knows why the villagers left their homes.

Tale or not!  One version of the legend claims that the lecherous minister Salim Singh was attracted to a girl from the village. The people were forced to hand over the girl to the minister one night. The villagers requested the guards to come over the following day, but the villagers fled the place overnight. No one knows what happened, but many believe the village was completely destroyed by a massive earthquake.

You could see the remains of the once prosperous village now just called a haunted ghost town.

It is quite a 45 minutes drive from Jaisalmer itself. You could plan this as one of the last things to do before parting goodbye to the city.

Entry!   It is open from 8 am to 6 pm, and there is no entrance fee. You will need about an hour or so to roam around the ruins of the village.

6. Go on a Camel Ride in the Dunes of the Thar Desert

I kind of saved it for the last! A trip to Jaisalmer wouldn’t be complete without a camel ride in the dunes. Jaisalmer, located in the heart of the Thar desert, has more than one sand dune around the city. You could spend a few hours in the dunes or even spend a night in one of the luxury camps around the desert. I highly recommend staying the night in one of those lovely camps where you could gaze at the stars at night and enjoy an early morning or a sunset camel ride.

A camel watching the blue hour in a desert.

Some popular activities you could do in the desert are:

  • Desert safari
  • Camel ride in the dunes
  • Paragliding
  • Camping in the desert with some of the best Rajasthani folk music and food

Roopesh and Kiki from RooKiExplorers sitting on a camel as the camel's owner holds the reigns.

These activities can be arranged by your hotels as well. I stayed in a standard tent at Manvar Resort & Tented Camp . The place, the music, and especially the food and hospitality were so remarkable! If I get a chance, I will visit again and have their Kher Sangri (a Rajasthani special curry made from desert beans and berries).

Manvar also provides different stay options in their resort. So if you want to enjoy the desert camping experience, ensure that you choose a standard or luxury tent.

Read more about our complete desert experience in Manvar with loads of pictures .

A hotel's tent in a desert.

7. Experience a Night in a Fort or a Palace

To be honest, we avoid luxurious stays as we are budget travelers. But we just couldn’t resist the chance of staying at a fort in the Golden city. Spending a night in one of those luxury forts or a palace in Rajasthan is more than just a stay. It is a complete experience, and their hospitality could make you believe that you are from a royal family.

It was such a unique experience to have stayed a night in Suryagarh Jaisalmer in one of their luxury suites. It is the best hotel I have ever stayed in, and it still feels like a dream after 1 whole year.

Imagine the perfect combination of a royal fort with all the modern amenities. To say that you will be treated like royalty would be such an understatement. Suryagarh was why I had to skip visiting a few places, as I didn’t have the time. Exploring Suryagarh and enjoying all its facilities took up most of my time. And I don’t regret it at all!

To read more about our complete experience with lots of pictures, please check out our post about Suryagarh .

A courtyard of a hotel in Jaisalmer.

Where to Stay in and Around Jaisalmer?

There are quite a few forts and palaces that have been converted into hotels. Jaisalmer also has regular hotels if you don’t wish to stay in a fort or palace.

Beyond Luxury

Suryagarh Jaisalmer

  • WelcomHeritage Mohangarh Fort (An hour’s drive from Jaisalmer)
  • WelcomHeritage Mandir Palace
  • K D Palace Hotel
  • Garh Meera – A Sensational Boutique Hotel
  • Moustache Jaisalmer
  • Hotel Lal Garh Fort and Palace
  • Hotel Helsinki House

Desert Stays

There are a few desert stays if you want to stay a night or two in the Thar desert.

  • Manvar Resort & Tented Camp (Located between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer)
  • Kanak Jaisalmer
  • Desert Heritage Camps & Resort
  • Exotic Luxury Camps

Want to explore more options in and around Jaisalmer? Please search in Booking.com  here . We use Booking.com to book all our stays and have always had a good experience.

Where to Eat in Jaisalmer?

Some restaurants have good food and offer incredible views of the Jaisalmer Fort with their rooftop terraces. You could try dining at the following:

  • Cafe the Kaku – A rooftop multi-cuisine restaurant with the best sunset views over the fort. Also, they have a cute pug to welcome guests.
  • 1st Gate Home Fusion – A vegetarian rooftop restaurant serving Italian and Indian cuisine.
  • Hotel Tokyo Palace – A hotel with a rooftop restaurant serving Indian, International, and Japanese cuisines.

Must Try Foods

  • Kher Sangri – My favorite vegetarian food to date! The dish is made of a particular berry and bean available only in the desert region.
  • Daal-Baati-Churma – Rajasthan’s most famous dish, made of wheat, lentils, and ghee.

Other famous delicacies you could try are:

  • Bajre Ki Roti (millet bread) and Lashun Ki Chutney (hot garlic paste)
  • Mawa Kachori – A Rajasthani sweet where a crunchy crust is filled with sweetened Khoya and a lot of nuts.
  • Mirchi Bada – A spicy Indian snack consisting of chili (mirchi) stuffing battered and fried, served hot with mint and tamarind chutney.
  • Pyaaj Kachori – A fried pastry filled with a spicy onion filling.
  • Ghevar – A disc-shaped sweet made from ghee, flour, and sugar syrup.
  • Alwar Ka Mawa (milk cake)
  • Malpua (sweet dish)

How Did We Plan for the Trip in a Short Time?

Our entire trip was planned by  Happy Monk Holidays , and this is  not an advertisement or paid promotion . We accidentally found out about them through one of my endless Instagram strolls, and I am so glad I got to know them.

India was recovering from the pandemic. We were a little unprepared to plan the trip ourselves, so we reached out to them. They helped us plan an end-to-end trip, starting from the flights, stays, taxi, and a complete list of things to do and the best places to eat and shop. Although everything was planned, everything was curated based on our needs, and we had the ultimate flexibility to do what we wanted to do without any issues.

They were highly responsive and provided support throughout the trip. Everything was perfectly arranged, and there wasn’t any situation where we needed their help except when the airlines canceled our return flights a day before our return. Happy Monk Holidays immediately helped us pick the next feasible option based on our budget.

It was also our anniversary trip, and they gave us the perfect gift of upgrading our twin room to a luxury suite in Suryagarh. It was such a pleasant surprise for us!

If you would like to contact them, check out their Instagram and drop them a message – @happymonkholidays

Is Jaisalmer Worth Visiting?

Absolutely, yes! The Golden city is the best place to experience royalty and be one with the desert lifestyle. As an added bonus, you could enjoy the delicious Rajasthani cuisine, which serves drool-worthy vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

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I loved learning about Sonar Quila and the ruler who gave part of it to his subjects. That is such an interesting story!

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“…I really enjoy reading your posts where I can get such useful information.” Absolutely amazing …. Must must visit place! Wonder Haveli…interesting piece of architecture .. Exquisite carving.. “Your blog on Jaisalmer is so full of great insights. “Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info. I enjoyed reading your content. Keep doing your best work.

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Visited Jaisalmer a few years ago, loved it, so this post brings back happy memories. Didn’t know about Kuldhara village, I would have been very interested to visit there.

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The filigree stonework on the Raj Mahal is just stunning! This kind of craftsmanship is simply incredible!

Indeed they are! Unfortunately, it’s a dying art these days.

Goodness Jaisalmer is incredibly beautiful! I love the architecture and all the little stories to go along with it. It is soooo cool that 4000 people actually live in the fort, so it is alive with everyday giggles, not just a monument to the past.

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Jaisalmer brings a mysterious beauty that I am sure you will not be able to miss when traveling to India. A “golden dream” as if straights out from a fairy tale with the cultural and architectural heritages left behind by thousands of years and the special lifestyle of the indigenous people here. If you love the stories in “One Thousand and One Nights” and want to see this fairy world in real life, then come to visit Jaisalmer city – the jewel in the heart of Thar – a vast and arid desert of Rajasthan state of India. So, is Jaisalmer worth visiting, what to do in Jaisalmer and how to plan a perfect budget trip to Jaisalmer, India for the first-time? Let’s check out our Jaisalmer blog (Jaisalmer travel blog) with the fullest Jaisalmer travel guide (Jaisalmer city guide, Jaisalmer tourist guide) from how to get there, best time to come, where to stay, best places to visit, what to eat and top things to do in Jaisalmer to find out the answer!

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Tourists often choose to come to Jaisalmer by the attraction of camel riding tour into the Thar desert, or shopping for accessories, signature rugs, and handmade products made from sheep and goat skin at very cheap prices.

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Jaisalmer blog: Overview of Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer, a tourist city in the state of Rajasthan, is known as the Golden City because of its massive fort and most of the houses and buildings built of finely carved yellow-brown sandstone, presenting the sophisticated, elaborated art of stone carving by artisans in the state of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer was found in 1156, initially as a fortress, later developed into a small town.

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In the past, Jaisalmer was an important part of the Silk Road. This place once played an important role as a busy trading hub, gathering many groups of merchants from Arabia, the West, India, and Persia to exchanging and trading goods. Currently, Jaisalmer people still living and trading as their ancestors before. Here, there are many shops selling brocades, souvenirs, handicrafts, and colorful tapestries. Therefore, when coming here, visitors feel like they are living in a fairyland in Arabian Nights of “One Thousand and One Nights”.

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My strong impression when coming here is a pure yellow color covering this city of just over 5 square kilometers. From the early SpiceJet’s flight from New Delhi, looking down at the vast expanses of sand, mountains and desert I immediately thought of this small city maybe will be very desolate and inhospitable.

But when I set foot here, I’m completely wrong. That was only part of the feeling until landing at the airport and starting to getting into the tiny center of Jaisalmer, and especially went into Jaisalmer Fort, which is the only fort in India where people still allow live inside, while all other forts across the country are now just for sightseeing purposes.

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Jaisalmer is the heart of the vast Thar desert, all works are built of unique yellow sandstone, so people also call Jaisalmer as Golden City and not far from the border with Pakistan. The sensitivity of political issues between the border areas of the two countries also makes tourists a little worried.

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You will immediately realize this “sensibility” as soon as you step down from Jaisalmer’s tiny airport, you are not allowed to stop to take pictures at the airport, the baggage claim area is also limited to taking pictures and there are many soldiers hold guns around.

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Far from the glamor or throngs of crowds in Delhi or Jaipur, here you can relax watching the sun rise over the arid desert where the Acacia trees seem to dance, the cobblestone streets winding around sandstone houses, statues of Ganesh – The Hindus god statue of the belief of good luck, women wearing multicolor Sarees carrying water from step wells or vibrant festivals, temples of the mysterious Hindu gods…

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Jaisalmer blog: When is the best time to visit Jaisalmer?

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The ideal time to make a trip to visit Jaisalmer city is in January and February, when it hosts the biggest desert festival of the year. Visiting Jaisalmer at this time, visitors will be immersed in the bustling atmosphere throughout the streets and alleys. People flocked to the streets to participate in attractive competitions and dancing shows.

Bustling and vibrant atmosphere pervades the city with fun and exciting competitions such as mustache, scarf, camel racing… and colorful shops that attract leisure travelers.

The festival culminates at its peak at the full moon with a performance of sound and light performed by folk artists against the background of desert sand dunes.

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If you can’t go to during Jaisalmer festival time, you can also arrange a visit to Jaisalmer in the winter months (November to March). In winter, Jaisalmer’s weather is mild, warm, not too hot like other seasons, giving you a comfortable feeling when sightseeing and take part in outdoor activities as well.

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You should not go in the hot summer months, the temperature can reach up to 46-50 degrees Celsius.

Jaisalmer travel guide: How to get to Jaisalmer?

From the capital city of New Delhi, you can choose 2 means of transportation, which are train and plane to get to Jaisalmer city.

If traveling by train from New Delhi, it takes you 18 hours and the one-way first class fare is about $49 / person through the travel agent of Indian Railways is 12go.asia . Booking tickets through this way is a bit more expensive than booking directly on the Indian railway company’s website, but much easier, faster and simpler. One thing to note is that the way to buying tickets at the railway stations for foreigners is quite complicated and confusing. Therefore, you should book train tickets through the official agents of Indian Railways. Although there is a slight difference compared to the ticket price at the stations, in return, the procedure is much simpler and faster.

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As for the plane, you can check the airfare of the low-cost Indian airline, SpiceJet which costs about $66 – $88 / way.

After arriving at the airport, you can rent a tuk-tuk to get to Jaisalmer city center for about 400 Rupees ($5.28). Remember to bargain before you take one because the tuk-tuk drivers always “hang the price in the sky” for the reason that it’s far from the airport to the city center.

Alternatively, you can also take the train from Jaipur to Jaisalmer for a distance of 580km and it takes about 10 hours to travel.

You can take a flight to Jaipur like me and the take a connecting train or take a bus to Jaisalmer.

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A well-designed road network connects Jaisalmer with other parts of Rajasthan state and neighboring states. You can take a private or public bus from Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu and Ahmedabad, which you can book on the Redbus booking app.

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Jaisalmer blog: Where to stay?

Jaisalmer is a tourist city, so the accommodation service here is quite developed. You can easily find hostels, hotels or even homestays, campsites here. The 3 most concentrated areas for accommodation in Jaisalmer can include:

  • Around Jaisalmer Fort
  • Inside the city
  • Around the central market

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You can check rates and book a room at Golden Haveli via Agoda.com or Booking.com .

Tips: If you want to stay comfortably, you should choose a hotel with a price of over $45 / night for peace of mind about cleanliness, comfort and security. Anyway, this is also a small tourist city, so the facilities and service will not be as professional as you think.

Below we recommend more best budget, mid-range and upscale hotels with good ratings and reviews you can refer to.

  • Shahi Palace Hotel ( Agoda.com or Booking.com )
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  • Hotel Lal Garh Fort And Palace ( Agoda.com or Booking.com )
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Check out more top and best hotels in Jaisalmer on Agoda.com or Booking.com .

Jaisalmer blog: Where to go and things to do in Jaisalmer?

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If you come to India for the first time and especially for the first time to Jaisalmer, you will be stunned by the smell of cow dung. Cows roamed everywhere in the city, they lying across and even block roads and their dung was scattered everywhere, blending and spreading in the dusty dust of sand, creating an indelible impression.

From the hotel to go to the attractions, you can book a tuk-tuk by day or by destination. Tuk-tuk is everywhere, so if you can’t choose one, find another one, just deal the price to 50% or at least 60-70% of the price they offer is reasonable. In case they complain far and cheap, just give them a map, show them the number of kilometers to go to negotiate the price.

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Jaisalmer Fort

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Jaisalmer ancient fortress was built more than 10 centuries ago, during the past 1000 years, this place has always been a vibrant urban center, home to about 5,000 inhabitants.

The sandstone that was use to build up the fortress has the same color with the color of sand in Thar desert, so when the sunlight changes, the color of the fort changes follow the color of sand as a camouflage of the city. Besides, the fortress structure interspersed with narrow winding honeycomb-shaped streets leading to many temples, ancient houses along with a variety of restaurants, guesthouses and handicraft shops. Many tourists expressed interest in the silk carpets or rugs with elephant motifs in yellow, pink and blue colors, peacock-patterned doors, wood carvings and antique masks…

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Jaisalmer Fort is like the heart of this small city, because from every nook and cranny you can see the iconic stronghold dyed a striking sandstone yellow on a high hill.

Surely this must be the first place to visit because it contains almost all that remains of this city since ancient time from the oldest professions such as carpet making, embroidery… or temples, royal palace Raj Mahal and even the lifestyle of the people here, all will give you unforgettable experiences.

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I spent a full day just wandering, curious to observe the very interesting things in Jaisalmer Fort in an ancient-like atmosphere. Jaisalmer’s inner city was built in 1156, with 76m high and still retains almost intact its original architecture. Inside, people live, trade and pray like a closed ancient town, very unique.

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There are even homestays along with a lot of restaurants and coffee shops to serve visitors. The combination of the ancient way of life of the indigenous people and the whirlwind of the tourism sector run by families gives Jaisalmer Fort an indescribable attractive feature.

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You can wander along the tiny cobblestone streets, seeing handicraft stalls, high-rise cafes or watch the children play exciting local games.

Wandering into the fortress, I was tempted by the architecture and decoration of the architectural complexes here, although the temples are relatively simple from the outside, once you set foot inside, you will enter a world of intricate stone carvings, from floor to ceiling, statues, ancient doorways and more.

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You must definitely visit a rooftop coffee shop inside Jaisalmer Fort. From here, you can zoom in on a panoramic view of the beautiful city with a pure striking yellow color. The whole Jaisalmer is just a unique pure yellow color, mixed in the sand color of the famous harsh Thar desert. One name that can always be mentioned is the Kuku cafe shop which is located in a very nice location so you can enjoy the whole city view.

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If you are planning to spend 3 days in Jaisalmer and are looking for a perfect Jaisalmer itinerary, read on!

Founded by and named after Rawal Jaisal in 1156, Jaisalmer (literally translates to the Hill Fort of Jaisal ) attracts travelers from every corner of the world.

They come here to explore the beauty of the Great Indian Desert aka the Thar Desert .

Surrounded by the silken golden sand of the desert and dotted by houses adorning the striking honey hue of Jaisalmer yellow stone gives Jaisalmer the moniker of the Golden City of India .

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JAISALMER QUICK LINKS Airport Transfer:  Book arrival meet-and-greet plus airport transfer to your hotel in Jaisalmer at reasonable prices on  Viator . Where to Stay: Mud Mirror Guesthouse  (budget);  WelcomHeritage Mandir Palace  (mid-range);  Boutique Helsinki  (boutique);  Rang Mahal  (heritage);  Suryagarh Jaisalmer  (luxury);  SUJÁN The Serai  (desert camp) Top Rated City Tour: Heritage Walking Tour in Jaisalmer Fort & Old Bazaar Top Rated Food Tour: Royal Jaisalmer Food Crawl Top Rated Day Tour: The Haunted Village of Kuldhara Top Rated Desert Safari & Camping Tours: Overnight Camel Safari ; Billion stars Experience in the Desert ; Sunset Desert Safari & Cultural Show Ground Transport: If you are heading to Bikaner, Jaipur , Udaipur , or Jodhpur next, you can easily book train and bus tickets in advance on 12GoAsia

3-Day Jaisalmer Itinerary: An Outline

Day 1:  Jaisalmer Fort (Jain Temples & Tazia Tower) + Salam Singh ki Haveli + Nathmalji ki Haveli + Patwon ki Haveli + Gadisar Lake Day 2:  Lodurva (Jain Temples) + Kuldhara + Thar Desert Safari + Overnight in Desert Camp + Night Jeep Safari (Optional) Day 3: Ghantiyali Mata Temple + Tanot Mata Temple + Indo-Pak Border + Longewala War Memorial + Bada Bagh

Detailed Jaisalmer Itinerary: How to Spend 3 Days in Jaisalmer

Sand dunes are, naturally, the major draw for travelers, however, Jaisalmer is teeming with many other historical and cultural gems that need your time and attention.

Our itinerary for Jaisalmer covers the desert experience as well as all those gems.

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Day 1 of 3 Days in Jaisalmer Itinerary

8 am: breakfast @ cafe cavalli.

Cafe Cavalli with its amazing setting is among the best cafes in Jaisalmer.

It’s a perfect place to get a hearty breakfast and a good cup of coffee to start your morning off right.

The food is toothsome, and the view of the fort is fantastic.

9 am: Jaisalmer Fort (Jain Temples and Tazia Tower)

One of the topmost things to do in Jaisalmer in 3 Days has to be to explore the majestic mud fort, Jaisalmer Fort.

The city’s most adored landmark is also known as  Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Looking at the yellow sandstone fort during the sunset, you’d know why it’s called so!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort is one of the last remaining living forts in the world.

The fort houses over one-fourth of the city’s population within its walls. It’s, in fact, a hodgepodge of homes, temples, bazaars, shops, hotels, restaurants, and cafes.

Exploring Jaisalmer Fort is one of the most culturally immersive experiences in India .

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It’s fun getting lost in the maze of alleyways inside the fort and chancing upon the gems.

Gopa Chowk and Dussehra Chowk are two important courtyards where you can find vibrant shops, nice cafes, local artists presenting traditional music and dance performances, and entertaining tourists with a puppet show.

The most beautiful attractions inside the fort include the Jain Temples , Tazia Tower , Laxminath Temple , and Raj Mahal Palace .

There are seven Jain Temples inside the fort-Chandraprabhu, Rishabhdev, Parsvanatha, Shitalnath, Sambhavanath, Shantinath, and Kunthunath-each more beautiful than the next.

Tazia Tower is a five-storey architectural marvel located inside the Badal Palace Complex at Amar Sagar Gate.

The Raj Mahal Palace is the former residence of the Maharawal of Jaisalmer now converted into a museum.

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Then there are some epic viewpoints to luxuriate in the scenic views over the city of Jaisalmer.

The old cannon viewpoint is one of the most talked-about viewpoints inside the fort.

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You can walk up to the ramparts and bastions to discover the hidden viewpoints and soak up the stunning views of the city outside the fort.

view of the golden city of jaisalmer from jaisalmer fort

As you navigate the quieter side streets, you’ll find a variety of items you can buy.

The colorful display of traditional dresses, jewelry, shoes, bed sheets, puppets, and a range of souvenirs attracts tourists.

shopping inside jaisalmer fort market

Jaisalmer Fort Opening Timings: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Jaisalmer Fort Entry Ticket: Free

Jain Temples Opening Timings: 8 am to 12 pm

Jain Temples Entry Ticket: The entry is free for Indians but they need to pay INR 30 (USD 0.38) for a mobile camera and INR 50 (USD 0.63) for a still camera. Foreigners pay INR 250 (USD 3.13) for the entry which includes an audio guide and a still camera. The video camera fee is INR 100 (USD 1.25).

Raj Mahal Palace (Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum) Opening Timings: All days of the week from 6 am to 5 pm

Raj Mahal Palace (Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum) Entry Ticket: INR 50 (USD 0.63)per Indian, INR 250 (USD 3.13) per foreigner, INR 50 (USD 0.63) for a still camera, and INR 100 (USD 1.25) for a video camera

For those who seek the ease of guided tour, here are the best of the lot: Private Heritage Walking Tour in Jaisalmer Fort and Old Bazaar , Walk and Talk by the Jaisalmer Fort , Private Jaisalmer Tuk Tuk Full Day Tour with Pick Up , and Jaisalmer Heritage Walk

12 pm: Pyaaz ki Kachori at Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia Sweets

It’s time to take your taste buds on a joy ride. Gorge on the most famous snack in Jaisalmer, pyaaz ki kachori (onion fritters) at Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia Sweets .

Combine this hot, spicy, and lip-smacking snack with mint chutney for a wholesome treat to the tastebuds.

Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia Sweets is also famous for its Ghotua Laddoo , Panchdhari Ladoo , and Mirchi Bhajiya .

12:30 pm: Salam Sing Ki Haveli

Commissioned in 1815 by Salam Singh, the erstwhile prime minister of Jaisalmer is a crumbling yet beautiful piece of architecture.

Inspired by a dancing peacock, its arched roof gives the appearance of a peacock.

The Haveli is divided into two parts – a part is occupied by the descendants of Salam Singh while another portion is converted into a shop and museum.

As it’s a private residence(not managed by ASI), a resident guides the visitor for a small amount of fee.

Moti Mahal, located on the top floor, is the most beautiful room in the haveli.

It’s where the homeowner and his guests used to enjoy dance and music performances.

salim sigh ki haveli jaisalmer itinerary

Opening Timings: 8 am to 5 pm every day

Entry Ticket: INR 20 (USD 0.25) per Indian, INR 100 (USD 1.25) per foreigner, INR 50 (USD 0.63) for a still camera, and INR 100 (USD 1.25) for a video camera

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1 pm: Nathmalji Ki Haveli

The former residence of the then prime minister of Jaisalmer, Diwan Mohata Nathmal, the haveli was designed by two Muslim jewelers (yes, surprisingly they weren’t builders) brothers who built their respective sides (left and right) that look similar but have differences if observed closely.

It’s a private property inhabited by the descendants of Nathmal and you can only admire the structure from outside or at most visit the ground floor courtyard that houses a tourist shop.

nathmal ki haveli jaisalmer itinerary

Opening Timings: 10 am to 7 pm daily

Entry Ticket: Free

1:30 pm: Patwon Ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli or Mansion of Brocade Merchants is a remarkable historical piece and a fine example of traditional Rajasthani architecture. It also is

The most impressive and elaborate among all the Havelis in Jaisalmer, Patwon Ki Haveli is a group of five mansions (one for each of his 5 sons) commissioned by a rich Marwari merchant called Guman Chand Patwa in 1805 and completed over a period of 55 years.

patwon ki haveli

Built with yellow sandstone, the multiple-storey mansions have incredible latticed carvings and over 60 jharokhas (balconies).

Each haveli comprises a huge courtyard enclosed by rooms and arched doors and windows. 

beautiful architecture patwon ki haveli

Out of 5 Havelis, 2 are operated by the Archeological Survey of India, 2 are occupied by the family of Guman Chand Bapna, and 1 is bought and managed by Kotharis.

Now the two of them are open to tourists wherein one is converted into a private museum called Kathori’s Patwa Haveli Museum after its owner, Jeevanlalji Kothari, and the other one is kept in its original form (not well-maintained and inhabited by pigeons and bats) and is managed by ASI.

Kathori’s Patwa Haveli Museum with intricate carvings, exquisite mirror work, amazing paintings, exceptional artwork, and ancient exhibits is definitely worth your time and money and a must-visit for all, especially history and art lovers.

A visit here literally takes you back in time!

Once you are done exploring the museum, make your way to the terrace for the stunning views of the fort.

fort view terrace of patwon ki haveli

Kathori’s Patwa Haveli Museum Opening Timings : 9 am to 6 pm daily

Kathori’s Patwa Haveli Museum Entrance Ticket : INR 100 (USD 1.25) per Indian tourist and INR 250 (USD 3.13) per foreign tourist

Government-Owned Haveli Opening Timings: 8:30 am to 6 pm daily

Government-Owned Haveli Entry Tickets: INR 10 (USD 0.13) per Indian tourist and INR 50 (USD 0.63) per foreign tourist

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2:30 pm: Lunch @ The Jaisal Treat

A peaceful location, great food, nice ambiance, and exceptional service – that’s the Jaisal Treat for you.

This multi-cuisine restaurant is sure to make your culinary experience in Jaisalmer unforgettable.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm: Relax at your Hotel

If you have time (because you’ve planned well) and you can afford to let up a bit then why not?

This becomes even more relevant to families traveling with kids .

They need time off.

5 pm: Relish Makhania Lassi at Kanchan Shree Ice Cream

Makhania Lassi with its creamy and buttery taste and texture is sure to leave you wanting more.

The best place to try this tasty drink is Kanchan Shree Ice Cream .

You can’t leave the outlet before you try their signature dessert called Gaba Gab .

It’s prepared using fruit cream (whipped cream and fresh fruits) and rabri (semi-liquid condensed milk) and then topped with a scoop of your favorite flavor of ice cream, and finally garnished with dry fruits like raisins, cherries, and cashews.

5:30 pm: Sunset @ Gadisar Lake

Commissioned in 1400 AD by Maharwal Gadsi Singh to deal with the shortage of water in the region, Gadisar Lake is a perfect spot to spend some quiet time in Jaisalmer thanks to its cool and calm surroundings.

The banks of the lake feature beautifully carved chhatris (cenotaphs), temples, and holy shrines.

The intricately carved yellow sandstone arched gateway called Tilon Ki Po l marks the entrance of the lake.

It looks mesmerizing during sunrise and sunset.

The lake turns into a magical place as the setting sun spreads its orange and red hue on its waters.

No surprise that it’s the favorite sunset spot in the city. And a favorite photoshoot spot too.

gadisar lake sunset

You can paddleboat and rowboat the waters of the lake, spot the migratory birds, enjoy the view of the majestic fort bathed in the last rays of the sun, take a refreshing walk around the lake, or just sit and relax and watch the sun go down.

Opening Timings: 7 am to 7 pm on all days

Boating Charges: INR 100 (USD 1.25) for a 2-seater paddle boat, INR 200 (USD 2.50) for a 4-seater paddle boat, and INR 300 (USD 3.75) for a 6-seater rowboat

6:30 pm: Evening Tea @ HALO Jaisalmer

A cup of evening tea or coffee with snacks at this beautiful little cafe called Halo Jaisalmer with an uninterrupted view of Gadisar Lake comes highly recommended.

8 pm: Dinner @ Desert Boy’s Dhani

When it comes to authentic Rajasthani food in Jaisalmer, Desert Boy’s Dhani should be on your go-to list.

You can feast on rich traditional dishes like Dal Bati Churma, Ker Sangri, Gatte ki sabzi, Marwadi Kadhi, Bajre ki Roti, and much more.

They also host folk music and dance performances in the evenings.

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9 am: breakfast @ the wanderlust cafe & restaurant.

The Wanderlust Cafe & Restaurant is a cozy and lovely place with a rooftop setting that affords a view over the city and the fort. We had a delish breakfast here!

10:30 am: Lodurva

Just about 7 km from the city of Jaisalmer lies the ancient capital of Bhatti Rajputs – Lodurva. The village isn’t just known for being the old capital of Bhatis but pulls travelers from around the world for its architectural ruins and Jain Temples.

The main temple in the complex is Parshvanath Jain Temple . As the name suggests, it’s dedicated to Lord Parshvanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankar.

Made out of yellow sandstone, the exterior, as well as the interior of the temple, showcases exceptional works of art.

It certainly exhibits a fine example of intricate craftsmanship.

Other temples in the complex are Ajitanath Jain Temple, Rishabhnath Jain Temple, Shambhavnath Jain Temple

The temple complex also houses Kalpavriksha or Kalpatru , a wish-fulfilling divine tree.

The eternal tree of life is believed to fulfill the wishes of devotees.

lodurva jain temple

There’s a hole or crevice in the wall of the temple that’s believed to be inhabited by a snake.

Locals worship the snake and offer a bowl of milk in the evening. They say that the snake comes out of the hole every evening to accept the offer.

Surprisingly, the bowl is empty by morning. The sight of this snake is considered a blessing.

I waited for some time for the snake to grace me by making an appearance but all in vain!

Visiting Time: 8 am to 12 pm every day

Entry Ticket: Free for Indians and INR 10 (USD 0.13) for foreigners

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11:30 am: Kuldhara

Kuldhara, a ghost town is one of the famous haunted places in Rajasthan. Once (around the 13th century) home to Paliwal Brahmins, the village was abandoned (in the early 19th century) overnight by the entire community for untold reasons.

It could be due to a pandemic or an earthquake or water shortage or the inhumanity of Salam Singh (prime minister to the Maharwal of Jaisalmer), as locals claim.

The villagers left a curse on the village that no one would ever be able to settle there.

It is said that from then on whenever someone tries to stay here, strange paranormal activities chase them away.

Consequently, it remains deserted and haunted to this date. 84 other villages were also abandoned the same night.

kuldhara rajasthan india

The village is now managed by ASI. They have restored it so tourists can get an insight into how life must have been then.

It didn’t look spooky to me but I could smell sadness in the air.

Opening Timings: 8 am to 6 pm daily

Entry Ticket: INR 10 (USD 0.13) per person and INR 50 (USD 0.63) per vehicle

PS: It’s time to head for the most awaited experience. Yes, exploring the Thar Desert! Most tourists head to Sam Sand Dunes , counted as one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer. They are the most famous sand dunes and thus, more commercial and more crowded. And all the activities and camps are pricey here. We chose Khuri Sand Dunes . They are lesser-known sand dunes and thus, less commercial, more peaceful, and less expensive. Appearance-wise, both look the same.

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1:30 pm: Check-in at Pal Rajah Desert Camp

Located inside the Thar Desert National Park , Pal Rajah Desert Camp is one of the best luxury tented accommodations right on the sand dunes of Thar Desert.

The resort gives a feel of a traditional desert village and is equipped with modern amenities.

It’s rated highly for its beautiful location, good food, amazing facilities, and super hospitality, and stands out as one of the highly recommended resorts for a desert experience in Jaisalmer.

We stayed in a super deluxe Swiss tent. It was spacious, comfortable, and clean and had heating and cooling systems in place.

The ensuite bathroom had running hot and cold water. My favorite part of the stay?

I loved having a cup of tea on the patio overlooking the vast expanse of beautiful golden sand dunes.

Our package included a night stay in a luxury tent with breakfast, dinner, and high tea, a camel safari, and a cultural program of  Rajasthani folk music and dance.

We paid extra for dune bashing and stargazing desert camping.

Once the check-in formalities were completed, we had a hearty lunch at the onsite restaurant and retired for a little rest in our tent.

The concerned person informed us to reach the reception by 16:30 for a camel safari (our first ever) and dune bashing.

5 pm: Thar Desert Safari

As you come out of the resort, the camels with their masters will be waiting for you.

Camels and their saddle seats are beautifully adorned with a traditional patchwork fabric and vibrant pompons.

If it’s your first time riding a camel (like us), don’t worry. The camel rider will help you sit on and ride the camel.

I personally found getting on the camel rather comical. And the most fun part is when the camel gets up while you’re on its back 😉

Mind you, a camel stands up with its back legs first.

Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed the camel safari and you are going too.

We trotted up and down the dunes before we finally made it to the vast expanse of sand dunes.

The sight of rolling sand dunes stretching to the horizon is awe-inspiring.

Mini-me jumped away on the sand and raced her up the dunes while I and hubby lounged on the sand as we waited for the sun to set.

As the sun slid down and cast a deep orange glow over the desert horizon, we could only gaze in awe.

We were so engrossed in enjoying the beauty of the moment that almost forgot to capture the mesmerizing desert sunset.

Our guide called us to experience the thrill of  dune bashing .

It’s crazy I mean the way the jeep zooms over the dunes at rapid speed and drops suddenly as it comes down the dunes.

I felt as if the jeep was going to fall off the dunes. It’s sheer madness. You must try it!

thar desert jaisalmer safari camel

6 pm: High Tea and Dinner with Cultural Program

By the time we came back to the resort, the stage was set for the cultural program .

The seating arrangement was done around the campfire and the snacks and tea were served to the guests.

The men and women dressed in traditional attire put together a charismatic Rajasthani folk music and dance performance.

The women mesmerize the guests by exhibiting different forms of folk dances of Rajasthan like Kalbelia, Bhavai, Chakri, and Ghoomar.

The program continues till you have your dinner. The dinner buffet includes tasty and authentic local delicacies like Ker Sangri, Dal Bati Churma, and Bajre ki Roti.

rajasthani cultural program at pal rajah desert camp khuri sand dunes jaisalmer

11 pm: Night Jeep Safari with Bonfire and Stargazing

The best way to explore the star-studded night sky of the Thar desert is on a stargazing safari.

A dazzling night sky gazing at you with the bonfire and the peace of the desert – then viola! What could be more beautiful than this?

desert bonfire jaisalmer sand dunes

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8 am: breakfast @ cafe+.

Cafe+ has a super chill ambiance. Its eco-friendly (made out of recyclable materials) and quirky decors give out the boho vibe.

Not to mention the delicious food, courteous staff, prompt service, warm host, and amazing view of the fort.

While you’re there, you must try their masala chai alongside cheese omelets and grilled sandwiches.

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10:30 am: Ghantiyali Mata Temple

This temple is on the way to Tanot Mata Temple from Jaisalmer. Tanot Mata is 7 km away from Ghantiyali Mata.

Our original plan didn’t include a visit to the temple of Ghantiyali Mata (we didn’t know about it) but one of the locals urged us to take blessings of Ghantiyali Mata before visiting Tanot Mata Temple.

They (Rajputs) believe that your visit to Tanot Mata is incomplete without visiting Ghantiyali Mata.

11 am: Tanot Mata Temple

Believed to be an incarnation of the divine goddess Hinglaj Mata, locals display utmost devotion to Tanot Mata.

Located in the tiny village of Tanot near the Indo-Pak border, Tanot Mata Temple is managed by the Indian Army (BSF) and thus, is well-maintained.

Indian Army Personnel share miraculous legends about how Tanot Mata (Avad Mata) helped Indian soldiers win the crucial battles of 1965 and 1971 against Pakistan.

The battle site of the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and 1971, Longewala is about 38 km from this temple.

In 1965, the Pakistan army dropped more than 3000 bombs but none of them exploded and didn’t do any harm.

BSF, after winning the 1965 war took charge of this temple. The same happened during an intense war in 1971. India won despite all odds.

Indian Army developed a strong faith in Tanot Mata.

Post-1971 war, BSF commissioned a huge temple along with a museum (you can see the unexploded bombs on display here) that recounts the glory of the temple.

You can also witness the Vijay Stambha inside the temple complex that commemorates the victory of Longewala.

tanot rai mata mandir

1 pm: Indo-Pak Border (Border Pillar 609)

Indo-Pak Border (Border Pillar 609) is just about 20 km from Tanot Mata Temple. If you want to visit the International border, you must take permission.

PS: Indians have something about visiting the India-Pakistan Border. It not only fascinates us Indians but imbues a desire to see beyond the wires and fences. After all, both nations were once one. They are fashioned out of the same fabric and share cultural and linguistic values. A visit to the border brings back the horrors of partition stirs deep emotions and invokes a patriotic feeling.

The BSF check post near the entrance gate of the temple issued a visiting pass.

You’d need to submit a driver’s license (yours if you are driving your own car or your driver’s if you are traveling in a taxi) and they might ask for the IDs of the travelers in a car.

You can reclaim the driver’s license on your way back.

Also, they make you sign the out-entry register that keeps track of those leaving for the border.

They issue a single pass for two cars.

Both the cars need to drive to the border together as the border check posts on the way to the Indo-Pak border validate the pass.

Once you reach the border check post, you are required to sign the visitor’s register.

BSF Personnel warmly welcome tourists and patiently and enthusiastically answer all questions they toss at them.

It’s heartening to see how cool, calm, positive, and happy they remain despite the harsh conditions they work in.

You can see the double fencing that separates India and Pakistan but you are not allowed to get closer to it.

If you want to spot the Pakistan check post or Pakistani Rangers, you can do so by using their binoculars.

Note: I’d recommend you make your driver (along with his driving license) queue up at the BSF post while you visit the temple to receive the blessings of the Goddess so he could secure the visiting pass by the time you come out of the temple. It saves a lot of time and energy. We endured an extra long queue in the peak afternoon sun and also witnessed quite a tussle over a disorderly queue before we could get hold of the pass.

indo pak border jaisalmer

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2 pm: Longewala War Memorial

Longewala War Memorial is built right on the site where one of the most notable battles in the history of India, the 1971 Battle of Longewala  took place.

The museum narrates the moments of valor and bravery of the soldiers of India and is well-maintained by the Indian Army.

You can witness Longewala Yudh-sthal (the real battlefield or war zone), uniforms and ammunition used by the Indian soldiers, and unit medals.

The walls are inscribed with the names and pictures of the brave martyrs, accounts of the battle, and testimonials.

Outside, you can catch sight of the actual bunkers and captured Pakistani tanks.

Another notable sight here is BP 638 which recounts the untold but fierce Battle of Boundary Pillar (BP) 638 fought by 13 Kumaon.

You can’t miss a 15-minute documentary that brings out the courage and patriotism of the Indian soldiers during the war.

I loved the way the movie is being screened in an actual bunker used during the war. Feels.

longewala

Entry Ticket: Entry to the memorial is free, however, you need to pay INR 25 (USD 0.31) for the documentary.

4 pm: Mid-afternoon Meal at One of the Restaurants in Ramgarh

There are quite a few Dhabas (roadside food stalls) like Hinglaj Restaurant, Jain Restaurant, Murli Restaurant, and many more in Ramgarh.

It takes approximately an hour to reach Ramgarh from Longewala.

If you have no qualms about eating at a roadside eatery (they don’t maintain high standards of hygiene but the food is good) then you can enjoy your mid-afternoon meal here.

Or else you can pack a lot of dry snacks with you so you can eat something on the way before you reach Bada Bagh.

5:30 pm: Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh or Barabagh literally translates to the big garden and true to its name it’s a big garden complex.

The complex houses a series of beautifully carved royal cenotaphs (chhatris).

A photographer’s delight, Bada Bagh affords heart-stopping views of the skyline and the vast desert.

It looks ethereal during sunset when the yellow sandstone cenotaphs soak in a golden glow.

Sunrise is also a beautiful and quiet time to visit this place.

barabagh jaisalmer rajasthan

Opening Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

Entry Ticket: INR 100 (USD 1.25) per Indian and INR 300 (USD 3.75) per foreigner

There’s an extra charge of INR 150 (USD 1.88) for a camera.

6:30 pm: Refresh Yourself with a Cup of Masala Chai at Prabhu Tea Stall

Prabhu Tea Stall is famous for its perfect cup of tea.

If you aren’t a tea lover like me, you can try their kadhai wala doodh (cauldron milk).

A sip of hot kadhai wala doodh served in kulhad tastes heavenly.

7 pm to 8:30 pm: Relax at your Hotel

It was a long day!

I know, you need to unwind.

Why don’t you sit down with a nice cup of coffee and take a few moments to yourself before you get ready for a great dinner?

8:30 pm: Dinner at Angaara Restaurant And Barbeque

Angaara Restaurant and Barbeque has to be on your list of places to eat when in Jaisalmer.

You are guaranteed delicious freshly cooked soulful food (their cashew curry is to die for) with a stunning view of the historic fort.

Note: We couldn’t visit the Jaisalmer War Museum and the Thar Heritage Museum . If you’ve time, I’d urge you to visit the museums.

A tribute to the brave Indian soldiers, the Jaisalmer War Museum (JWM) celebrates their contributions to and sacrifices for the nation. It’s open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Tuesdays, and the entry is free. The Thar Heritage Museum features ancient folk art of the Thar Desert. It’s open from 9 am to 6 pm daily. It costs INR 60 (USD 0.75) per Indian visitor and INR 100 (USD 1.25) per foreign national.

Hope our Jaisalmer trip itinerary helps you craft yours. If you’ve any queries about this Jaisalmer tour itinerary, comment below and we’ll be happy to answer 🙂

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11 thoughts on “The Ultimate 3 Days in Jaisalmer Itinerary”

Hello Anjali – Thanks a lot for this detailed itinerary which is of incredible help.

I had a query around tent/desert camp stay on 2nd day ( afternoon). Did you check out of the camp next morning and go back to the hotel ? I am planning first day in tent and following 2 days in hotel. So trying to figure out the best day to execute the plan – like will I require to book a cab from hotel to tent and back.

I’m happy to be of help.

We checked out of the desert camp the next morning soon after breakfast as we had a long day ahead. We explored Tanot Mata Temple, Longewala, India Pakistan Border, and Bada Bagh before we retired to our hotel in Jaisalmer.

We had booked a car with a driver for the entire Rajasthan trip. You can book a cab from the hotel to the tent, spend a day there, and then head back to your hotel in Jaisalmer the next morning.

Thanks a lot for the response.

mam, enjoyed your detailed narrations in the itenary. Have a question regarding the visit to these places. Did you explore these places on your own or any package booked. please advise

Hello Kalyani,

I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I crafted the itinerary for Jaisalmer and hired a car and driver to explore places around Jaisalmer, like Kuldhara, Lodurva, Longewala, and more. However, I joined a heritage walking tour of Jaisalmer Fort, its Jain Temples, Old Bazar, and Havelis with a local guide so I could uncover the culture and history associated with the,. I hope that helps.

Wow !!! thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it has doubled up my excitement to plan 🙂

Thanks for the kind words, Ami. Enjoy your trip!

Hello maam! Loved the way you immersed us in your experience with such intricacies and detailed information. I just wanted to ask you how much did it cost you for the entire trip? Secondly, about the desert camping, how did you select your service provider for the desert camping experience?

I’m delighted to hear you found the content helpful, Ashutosh.

We visited Jaisalmer as part of our two-week Rajasthan itinerary.

Breaking down the expenses specifically for our three-day Jaisalmer trip, we spent approximately 26,000 rupees, including the cost of the taxi and driver.

As for desert camping, I conducted thorough online research, shortlisted a few options based on their ratings, contacted them for more information, and ultimately chose the one that met our criteria.

Hi! Love the details on this post. We’ve visited Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur a few years ago and loved it and vowed to return to explore Jaisalmer someday.

A quick Google search tells me there are flights from Delhi to Jaisalmer by Spice Jet and India Go but you haven’t mentioned them so I wanted to check again! Any reason?

Hello! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the post. Regarding your query about flights to Jaisalmer, you’re right – Spice Jet and IndiGo do offer flights from Delhi to Jaisalmer. I’ve covered the details on how to get to Jaisalmer, including air travel, in a separate post. You can find all the information you need, including these flight options, in that post here . Happy planning for your trip to Jaisalmer!

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Jaisalmer Travel Guide: 10 Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer for an Unforgettable Trip

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One of the best places to visit from Jaipur (and something on my bucket list for a couple of years) has been Jaisalmer. This is because, until 2019, I hadn’t been to a single desert in the world.

And while I did visit desert areas in both Kazakhstan and Vietnam, visiting Jaisalmer’s sand dunes was definitely a unique experience and a quite cherished one as well, especially since I knew there are so many awesome places to visit in Jaisalmer.

Honestly, the desert sand dunes stretch for miles and miles around here and you could easily get lost if not careful.

Apart from the amazing sand dunes, the Jaisalmer city itself is quite enchanting. It felt like I am in some Arabian story as the narrow streets are filled with colorful shops and vendors.

And the ‘Golden City’ is quite apt as you are surrounded by golden-colored buildings and historical monuments everywhere.

In this Jaisalmer travel guide, I will be listing down everything that you need to know to plan a trip to this wonderful Indian city.

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

The Golden City is full of exuberance and culture and trust me, it has so much for you to explore. The heart of Thar desert, this city has a wonderful past and heritage which will make you look in awe at every nook and cranny here.

Did you know Jaisalmer was a gateway for trading with the Persian countries? Or that the Golden fort is one of the few living forts in India? There is a lot to Jaisalmer than just the Thar Desert and you only realize it once you visit this gorgeous city.

A few things which make Jaisalmer really special is that it happens to be one of the largest wind farms in India. And it is filled with gorgeous Havelis and bungalows which were constructed during the time when Jaisalmer acted as a trading center.

Later, the trading center was shifted to Mumbai by the Britishers but there are still numerous Havelis and mansions that you can explore around here.

Jaisalmer is also known for its Merasi music community which is an important part of their cultural and religious experience.

So, make sure that you check them out when visiting this golden city. All in all, there is a lot to learn about Jaisalmer and the best way to do that is to explore the streets and Havelis of Jaisalmer.

How to Reach Jaisalmer

Gadisar Lake, Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Now, there are different transportation modes available to reach Jaisalmer, depending on your origin point. If you are starting from Delhi, then you can reach using a flight, bus, or even a train. You can also try to reach Jaipur or Jodhpur first if you are traveling from far away.

Here is detailed information on how to reach Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer is well-connected with many cities, both inside the state and outside. So, you will find public and private buses from Jodhpur, Jaipur, Mount Abu, Bikaner, etc. to Jaisalmer. You will also find private buses to Jaisalmer from cities like Ahmedabad, Delhi, and so on.

In case there is no direct bus from your city, you can try to reach one of these major cities first and then get a bus to Jaisalmer. But if you are planning to visit here as a short weekend getaway from Delhi-NCR , getting your own private vehicle is cost-effective and fun.

Jaisalmer also has a railway station which has direct trains from cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, Ajmer, etc.

You can check out the trains from your respective city to Jaisalmer on the IRCTC website. In case there isn’t any direct train, then you can search for a train to cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Jodhpur, etc. and then change the train for Jaisalmer from there.

From the railway station, you will find autorickshaws, taxis, etc. to take you to your accommodation in the city.

Another option is to take a flight to the Jaisalmer Airport which is situated on the outskirts of the city, around 10-15 km away. But the frequency of flights is less here so it might be better to reach Jaipur by flight and then take a train/bus to reach here.

How to Travel in Jaisalmer

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Since this is a small city, you won’t find local buses available in the city or to the Sand Dunes. However, there are other modes of transportation available that you can check out.

Auto Rickshaws

You will find a lot of Auto-Rickshaws around here which charge reasonably. So, you can take an Auto to reach the railway station, airport, etc. An autorickshaw will charge you around 50 INR from the Gadisar Lake roundabout.

Honestly, my favorite way to explore this city was by walking. In the city, the fort and the Havelis are quite close by so you can easily cover it on foot. You can start by covering Moti Mahal, Nathmal ki Havel, Patwon ki Haveli, and then make your way to the Jaisalmer Fort.

Also, make sure that you choose accommodation near these streets as it will make it easier for you to explore on foot.

Two-Wheeler

Another great way to make the most of your short time in this city is by renting a two-wheeler. From bikes to Active, you will find rental shops for almost all two-wheeler brands. This will make it easier for you to explore the nearby sights like Bada Bagh, Vyas Chhatri, Kuldhara Village, and so on.

The cost of an Active is around 250 – 300 INR and of a bike is around 1200 INR for a day. You can also use the scooty to travel to the Sam Sand Dunes or Khuri Dunes and save money on expensive taxis.

Finally, if you don’t know how to ride a two-wheeler then your only option for reaching the Thar desert is using a cab/taxi. The cost of a private taxi is 2500 INR for a one-sided journey to the Sam Sand Dunes.

However, if you are traveling alone and have opted a group package for the Sand Dunes, then you can share the cost with other travelers.

Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer

Since Jaisalmer stays hot throughout the year, with the minimum daily temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, it is important to plan your trip during the right month.

Winter Season

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is in the winter months when the sun is comparatively bearable. This also happens to be the peak season for Jaisalmer as people from all over the world travel here to enjoy the desert camping experience.

So, if you don’t mind a little crowd and wish to enjoy the weather in Jaisalmer then winter is the best time to visit Jaisalmer. You can plan a trip here anytime between October to March to have a lovely experience.

Summer Season

Summer season is the absolute worst time to visit the Golden City. And this is not just because it is scorching heat here at that time but also most of the activities and camps shut down during this period.

As a result, you won’t find many options for a desert jeep safari or camel safari to explore the sand dunes.

Monsoon Season

The Golden City experiences very little rainfall so there is no monsoon season really. The summer season ends around July end and the locals start getting for the winter season from August.

So, you can plan a visit in the August – October period but you will not find many activity options to choose from.

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Best Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Are you looking for a few places to visit in Jaisalmer to make the most of your trip?

Please find below a few of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer, a few of which are my personal favorites.

Vyas Chhatri

Vyas Chhatri

One of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer, Vyas Chhatri is an exemplary example of Rajasthani architecture. This is a cremation ground where you will find cenotaphs dedicated to the sage Ved Vyasa, author of Mahabharata.

This cremation ground for Brahmins has gorgeous yellow sandstone cenotaphs that are placed on a raised platform. And each of the cenotaphs has a beautiful, intricately-designed chhatri on the top of the neatly-carved pillars.

Another great thing about this place is that it is built on a hill and offers an amazing view of the Golden Fort and some mesmerizing sunsets. It is located around 4 km from the city center and is mostly a secluded point so you can enjoy watching the sunset in peace here.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Entry Ticket: 100 INR per person

Another popular site to visit in the Golden City is Bada Bagh that features a huge collection of cenotaphs of Jaisalmer Maharajas. Built in the 16th century, the first cenotaph in this region was of Jai Singh II who was best-known for making the city green. So, to honor him, his son Lunkaran built his cenotaph here and created a park around it.

After that, more cenotaphs got added in this region and now it has numerous cenotaphs, more than in Vyas Chhatri as well. As a result, this location makes for a good backdrop for landscape photography as well. It is located around 10 km from the city and takes barely 15 minutes to reach.

Timing: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Golden Fort

One of the most interesting things about Jaisalmer city is that it has one of the largest forts in Rajasthan and even India that is still used as a residential area.

So, you will find locals living inside the fort as well as outside the fort. Also known as Sonar Quila, this fort was built in 1156 AD under the reign of the Bhati ruler Rawal Jaiswal.

Another interesting fact about this fort is that it has survived attacks from different rulers over the years including Humayun, Ala-Uddin-Khilji, and so on.

So, if you have always wondered how a real-life fort looks like then spend some time in this Golden Fort. You will find several temples, museums, restaurants, markets, etc. also inside to explore.

Timings: Any time

Entry Ticket : Free

Gadisar Lake

One of my favorite places to visit in Jaisalmer, Gadisar Lake is another popular spot which was built under the rule of Raja Rawal Jaiswal.

According to the locals, this rainwater lake was used to provide water to the entire city but now it is mostly used for boating and there are several temples and shrines on the embankment of this lake.

Personally, I loved visiting this place during the evening and just enjoy the evening breeze while watching people boating around the lake.

Timings: Any Time

Entry Ticket: Free

Boat Tickets: 10 INR for a rowboat, 50 INR for a paddleboat, and 100 INR for a shikhara

Salim Singh ki Haveli (Moti Mahal)

Moti Mahal

If you are interested in architecture then Salim Singh ki Haveli is one of the best places to visit in Jaisalmer. Constructed in 1815, this haveli was built by Salim Singh and is particularly famous for its unique peacock-shaped roof along with an exquisitely designed pavilion.

This haveli is barely 500 meters from the Golden Fort and gives great insight into the Mughal-style architecture. This haveli has around 38 balconies while the walls here were covered with imperial Mughal-style paintings and there was also a Moti Mahal inside the haveli as well.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry Ticket: 50 INR per person

Kuldhara Village

Popularly known as the Haunted village of Jaisalmer, Kuldhara Village is situated around 20 km from the city. This village was built in the 13th century and was a prosperous village where the Paliwal Brahmans lived.

However, the village and the neighborhood were abandoned in the 19th century and there are several reasons cited for it.

Some say it was because of the shortage of water while a 2017 study says that the area was deserted because of an earthquake. One popular theory is that because of the persecution of Jaisalmer’s minister, Salim Singh, the area was abandoned.

Whatever be the reason, this village has become a popular tourist spot now so if you love historical places, then one of the best things to do in Jaisalmer would be to stop here on the way to the sand dunes.

Sam Sand Dunes

Sam Sand Dunes

Of course, one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer is the famous Sam Sand Dunes. This is one of the most authentic desert sand dune sites in India where you can observe 30-60 meter tall sand dunes.

Here, you can enjoy Desert Safari on a camel or in a jeep, both are equally amazing and unique experiences.

You can also stay in one of the camps here to enjoy a sunrise or sunset in the desert along with some local cultural performances and some time away from the city.

Khuri Dunes

Although Sam Sand Dunes is the popular desert spot in Jaisalmer, there is another equally amazing sand dune located in the Khuri village which is comparatively secluded.

So, if you wish to experience the Rajasthan desert at a less popular spot then Khuri Sand Dunes is the perfect place to visit in Jaisalmer. It is located around 40 km from the city and offers the same experiences as the Sam Sand Dunes.

You will find a few camping sites here as well where you can reserve a booking to enjoy a night in the desert.

Nathmal ki Haveli

Another popular haveli to visit in Jaisalmer is the Nathmal ki Haveli which was built around 500 years ago.

This haveli has a gorgeously carved exterior while the interior is covered with miniature paintings. You will find two elephants outside made up of yellow sandstone and are placed as the guards of the haveli.

Apart from that, there are paintings carved in the walls and pillars of horses, cattle, flora, and so on. It is said to have the most unique architecture in Jaisalmer which is why it is such a popular spot to visit.

Patwon ki Haveli

Patwon Ki Haveli

One of the top Havelis to visit in the Golden City, Patwon ki Haveli is actually a cluster of 5 small Havelis and was the first haveli to be constructed in the Jaisalmer city.

The first haveli in this cluster was built in 1805 for Guman Chand Patwa, a renowned trader, who got the 5 separate Havelis built for his 5 sons.

Another interesting thing about this haveli is that it is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and located in a narrow lane.

There are jewelry and craft vendors in the lane, just outside the haveli where you can purchase Rajasthani craft and accessories.

The arches and the gateways of this Haveli have different mirror-style work and paintings which make them different from each other.

So, if you are interested in shopping Rajasthani jewelry and designs, then one of the rest things to do in Jaisalmer is to take a stroll in this area and shop to your heart’s content.

Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where to Stay in Jaisalmer

Hotels in Jaisalmer

In Jaisalmer city and the Desert area, you will find many options for staying. In the city, you have hostels, guest houses, and luxury hotels as well where you can book a bed or a room.

And you will find a place to stay from 100 INR to 50,000 INR. So, it depends on what kind of facilities you are looking for and what is your budget.

If you are traveling solo or with a couple of friends then choosing a hostel would be a good idea. There are many hostels in Jaisalmer to choose from including Zostel , LaVie Hostel , Blue Eye Hostel , and so on.

There are a few other hostels as well so you can use the Booking.com Search Engine below to find the right hostel for you.

Guest Houses and Home Stays

Apart from hostels, there are several guesthouses and homestays available in Jaisalmer as well.

These properties are usually perfect if you are on a tight budget and don’t need a lot of fancy facilities or services. Also, it is a great way to interact with the locals and learn about their routines and culture.

Here are a few options for you to check out: Bob Cafe and Guest House , Bob Marley Guest House , Mud Mirror Guest House , and so on.

Most of the guesthouses charge between 200 – 2000 INR and offer free breakfast to the customers as well.

Hotels and Resorts

I stayed at the Mystic Jaisalmer Hotel which was outside the Jaisalmer fort. There are many other hotels as well, both inside the fort and outside the fort that you can consider. Ideally, a room in Jaisalmer in a good hotel will cost you around 2500 – 3000 INR including breakfast.

And you have a few resorts like Suryagarh , Jaisalmer Mariott, and so on. Yes, these resorts will be extremely expensive but if it is luxury you want, then these will be the best choices for you.

For the desert camping, you will easily find budget and luxury desert camps in both Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri Dunes. A few worth mentioning are Le Royal Camps , Dream Royal Desert Camp , Golden Desert Camp , Rajputana Desert Camp, and so on.

These desert camps usually offer a 1-night 2-day package inclusive of a few activities, stay, and meals. And usually, these desert camps start at 2000 – 3000 INR per person with basic facilities.

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Where and What to Eat in Jaisalmer

One of the best things to do in Jaisalmer is to try the Rajasthani cuisine which is extremely delicious. This gives you a chance to experience the authentic Rajasthani dishes in Jaisalmer quite easily.

In this section, I have mentioned a few top dishes that you have to try when in the city along with a few restaurants that I personally liked here.

Food to Try in Jaisalmer

Malai Ghewar and Ghotua Laddu

Your trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete if you don’t try these street food and local dishes in the city.

Malai Ghevar

One of the most popular Rajasthani deserts to try is a Ghevar which is available in different forms. In the golden city, you will find that Malai Ghevar is the most in-demand and rightly so. The dessert melts in your mouth and leaves a nice aftertaste as well.

Trust me, I fell in love with Malai Ghevar here the first time I tried it. It was soft yet firm and melted in my mouth and they make it fresh so you won’t be disappointed.

Cost: 400 – 450 INR per kg

Ghotua Laddoo

Another top Rajasthani dessert to try here is the Ghotua Laddoo. Made up of condensed milk, gram flour, ghee, and sugar, this delightful laddoo is quite different from your normal besan and atta ka laddoo. This one melts in your mouth too and leaves you wanting more every time.

Gatte ki Sabji

With appropriate spices, this Rajasthani dish consisting of besan or gram flour sausages is cooked in a yogurt-based curry. You can have it with roti or rice, it tastes delicious either way.

Ker Sangri is a local Jaisalmer dish which is made using local desert beans and capers, found in the desert region. This vegetable dish is slowly cooked using the local spices and chili and tastes amazing with bajra roti.

Pyaaz ki Kachori

Another common Rajasthani dish that you will find in almost all households is the Pyaaz ki Kachori. You will find it almost at street shops and is best-eaten for breakfast usually. You can have it with a chutney or kadi, both taste delicious with it.

Dal Baati Choorma

Obviously, a trip to Rajasthan without eating Dal Baati Choorma is a trip incomplete.

The dish is made up of wheat-bread balls, called baati, which is cooked in a tandoor or firewood with the help of ghee. Apart from this, there is a dal made up of soaked lentils and churma that is made up of bean, wheat, sooji, sugar, and ghee.

Chhaas or Buttermilk is one of the most popular drinks in Rajasthan so, you have to give it a try when in Jaisalmer. You will find it at almost all the street shops and restaurants in the city and it is a great way to keep yourself cool and refreshed under the scorching heat of this region.

Apart from chhaas, bhaang drink and sweets are also quite famous in the city. In fact, there is a government authorized bhaang shop here which serves authentic bhaang in the form of drinks, cookies, cakes, and so on.

This shop is outside the Jaisalmer Fort wall, near the Jaisal Italy restaurant.

Restaurants in Jaisalmer

I couldn’t try a lot of restaurants here as we stayed for 3 nights in the Desert Camp itself. However, there are a couple of places in the city which I tried. Here are the ones whose food I truly enjoyed.

Chandan Shree Restaurant (Opposite Jaisal Italy Restaurant) 

Situated just outside the Jaisalmer Fort, this small restaurant offers the most delicious meals at a reasonable cost. Although the ambiance is pretty basic, the food served here is hygienic and delicious. And you can easily enjoy a meal of 250 INR for two people.

I tried here the Shahi Paneer and Tawa Roti and it was pretty good, in my experience.

Thar Cafe Restaurant 

Another amazing restaurant where I dined a couple of times is the Thar Cafe Restaurant. It is situated just outside the Jaisalmer Fort, near the parking area and it overlooks the Jaisalmer Fort wall and towers. The ambiance is also decent here and you can enjoy the clear sky while feasting on your delish food.

I particularly liked the Kadhi and the Chaas here and would definitely recommend it to others as well. You can expect to spend around 300 – 400 INR on a meal for two here.

Jambheshwar Bhojnalay (Behind Hotel Neeraj)

Rajasthani Thali

When you visit any city in Rajasthan, feasting on the Rajasthani thali is a must. However, most of the restaurants serving Thalis in the city area were either disgustingly expensive and not authentic. So, a local suggested me to try out the local dhaba near the HP Petrol Pump on the Gadisar Lake Main Road.

And honestly, it was the most authentic Rajasthani food ever. Plus, the entire meal cost me 100 INR for a plate including a glass of Chaas.

Visting Jaisalmer was a dream come true and I am so glad I could tick it off my bucket list this year. Experiencing the exciting Desert Jeep Safari, watching gorgeous sunsets, eating delicious food, and sweets, Jaisalmer was a true haven for me.

And I am not going to forget how this gorgeous place made me feel. Trust me, with so many awesome places to visit in Jaisalmer, two days are just not enough to cover this city.

But there are still a lot of other places to cover in Rajasthan and I am so excited to plan how to visit other destinations in this state for now.

Have you also been to Jaisalmer till now? If yes, then do let us know in the comments what did you love the most about this place?

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Nice blog post…..

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Very beautiful and amazing blog on camping in Jaisalmer. You have given good suggestion during a family trip…

Awesome blogs I love it while reading it is very informative for me well Jaisalmer is very beautiful City So you Can’t travel it in one day so you have to stay for 3 to 4 days

Yes, exactly. One should spend around 3-4 days at least in this city. 🙂

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  • November 21, 2023

Jaisalmer is a princely state in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Known as the “Golden City,” it’s defined by its yellow sandstone architecture that has been preserved for centuries. Thanks to its abundant golden dunes and town built with golden honey sandstones, Jaisalmer is truly “golden” everywhere. This charming city, which was once considered an off-beat travel destination, has steadily gained popularity among travelers partly due to Instagram and improved connectivity.

Rawal Jaisal founded Jaisalmer in the twelfth century. The historic area is still steeped in the past, and every corner of the city offers stunning architecture, a thriving culture , and centuries-old traditions. With its narrow streets packed with jostling crowds, quaint shops , and vibrant offerings, the city exudes an old-world charm. The Jaisalmer Fort, perched atop a three-peaked hill, looms over the town and is unquestionably the highlight of any visit to Jaisalmer. The magnificent dunes of the Thar desert are also easily accessible from Jaisalmer. From exploring the impressive Jain temples and Havelis to sleeping under the stars and learning about its intriguing past, Jaisalmer has plenty to keep you entertained. Within three days, you can easily visit the majority of the well-known sites in this small and compact city.

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Jaisalmer Itinerary: Day 1

The itinerary for your first day will depend on when you get to Jaisalmer. Hopefully, you arrive by noon so that you have enough time to visit a couple of the popular Havelis, browse some local shops, and watch the sunset at Gadisar Lake. You can cap off the day by dining on a rooftop with spectacular views of the Jaisalmer Fort. Or perhaps take a foodie tour of the old city before retiring for the night.

1).  Patwon ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

This is our first stop of the 3-day Jaisalmer Itinerary. Patwon ki Haveli is one of the three major havelis in Jaisalmer and cannot be skipped. It is a majestic cluster of 5 small Havelis that were built between 1800 and 1860 by Guman Chand Patwa, one for each of his sons. The Havelis has wooden ceilings, airy courtyards, beautiful arches, and 60 balconies carved with exquisite mirrorwork, murals, and paintings. Every Haveli has a unique style that sets it apart from the others. The interiors are as regal as the exteriors, and you will be impressed by the grandeur and architecture on display. A museum featuring rare artifacts, paintings, and furniture has been established in one of the Havelis. Timing: 9 am to 5 pm Time Required: 1 hour Entry Tickets: Indians: Rs 20 Foreign Tourists Rs 100;

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2).  Nathmal ki Haveli, Jaisalmer

Our next stop is a short walk from Patwon ki Haveli. Maharaja Beri Sai commissioned Nathmal ki Haveli to serve as the residence of Prime Minister Diwan Mohata Nathmal, hence the name. The Haveli was built in 1885 by two Muslim brothers, and the architecture is an excellent blend of Islamic and Rajput architecture. Although not exact replicas, the two buildings share many similarities. The gorgeous paintings on the first floor, which were created with 1.5 kg of gold leaf, are the main attraction. You could get a glimpse of life in the bygone era by looking at the walls, which are engraved with images of horses, cattle, flora, etc. Timing: 8 am to 7 pm Time Required: 30 minutes Entry Tickets: No Fees

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3).  Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer

Let us now proceed to Gadisar Lake, which is located on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. The tranquil spot is one of Jaisalmer’s top attractions for spending an idyllic evening away from the crowded city and enjoying a spectacular sunset. Raja Rawal Jaiswal constructed Lake Gadisar in 1156 AD as a conservation reservoir. Water for the entire arid area used to come from this man-made oasis. Shallow ghats, Hindu shrines, and elegant cenotaphs surround the artificial lake. You can go boating, explore the sacred temples, and enjoy picturesque vistas of the lake and the nearby fort.  Due to its proximity to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Gadisar Lake attracts a multitude of migratory and exotic bird species, making it a haven for bird enthusiasts during the winter months. Timing: 8 am-7 pm Time Required: 1-2 hour s Entry Tickets: Free

Jaisalmer Itinerary: Day 2

Spend the first part of your second day exploring the Jaisalmer Fort. To get the most out of your limited time, you can hire a guide to help you through the fort’s narrow lanes. Leave for Sam Sand Dunes by 4 p.m. to ensure you’re in time to witness the gorgeous sunset. You can choose to spend the night at the camp or to return to Jaisalmer after the evening activities.

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1).  Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Fort, which is situated right in the heart of the city, is a must-see attraction for any traveler to Jaisalmer. The UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1156 AD by Rawal Jaiswal, the ruler of the Bhati tribe. Perched atop Tirkuta Hill, the fort epitomizes Rajasthani architecture with its yellow crenelated sandstone construction. Encircling its formidable facades are four magnificent gates and 99 bastions. The Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Sonar Qila, has survived numerous attacks from various kings over the years. Reaching a height of 250 feet, the imposing fort provides sweeping views of Jaisalmer city from its epic viewpoints.

The Qila is often referred to as the “Living Fort” as it is home to close to 3000 people. Over one-fourth of the city’s population lives in the fort, which is a jumble of centuries-old houses, shops, palaces, temples, museums, restaurants, and cafes. Walking through the labyrinthine lanes, visiting the gorgeous Jain temples, dining at rooftop eateries, listening to folk music, and haggling for local handicrafts are some of the most culturally immersive experiences in the fort. There are seven 12th-century Jain temples located in Jaisalmer Fort. Fascinating sculptures of humans and animals adorn the walls and domes of these amazing temples. Housed in the temples are 6666 statues representing the 24 Tirthankaras of Jainism. The seven Jain temples are interconnected and are a major pilgrimage site for Jains. Timing: Any Time Time Required: 3-4 hours Entry Tickets: Free

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 2).  Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer

Later in the day, make your way to Sam Sand Dunes in the That Desert. The dunes, 42 kilometers from the city, are the best place to experience an authentic Desert safari. Sam Sand Dunes stretch for miles and miles into the horizon, and it’s easy to get lost if you’re not vigilant. To explore the sand dunes, you can take a jeep or ride a camel. Sunsets are truly magical here, as the crimson horizon reflects brilliantly on the golden sand.

Stay overnight at one of the numerous camping sites in the area to get the full desert experience. There are a variety of accommodations available, ranging from luxury to budget tents, that will provide you with the perfect space and opportunity to embrace the rugged beauty of your surroundings. Sleep under a blanket of stars, savor Rajasthani delicacies over a bonfire, and enjoy cultural evenings with traditional folk music and dances. Khuri Sand Dunes is another option if you’re looking for dunes that are not as commercialized as Sam Sand Dunes. They are also roughly 40 kilometers from the city and offer comparable adventures without crowds. Timing: Open All days Time Required: Depends on the activities Entry Tickets: No Entry Fees. Camel Ride: Rs 50-Rs 200, Jeep Safari: Rs 500-Rs 1500

Jaisalmer Itinerary: Day 3

The plan for the day will depend on where you resided the night before. If you stayed overnight at Sam Sand Dunes, depart for Jaisalmer early in the morning and make a stop at Kuldhara Village (40 km). After a few hours of trying to solve the mystery of the Ghost Village, you should leave. In case you slept in Jaisalmer, take a round trip to Kuldhara village, which is 18 kilometers away.  Either way, you’ll return to Jaisalmer by midday. For the next few hours, you are free to do as you please: rest, shop, or sample some of the local cuisines. In the late afternoon, head to Bada Bagh and Vyas Chatri to witness another amazing sunset. You’ve finished for the day. It’s now time to depart for your next destination , whether by night train or the following morning by plane or car.

Khuldara Village, Must-Visit Places in Jaisalmer

1).  Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer

Known as the ‘Ghost Village’ of Jaisalmer, Kuldhara Village is located 18 km from the city center. In the nineteenth century, the Kuldhara village and its 83 nearby villages were abandoned overnight. It’s still a mystery why the entire region was abandoned. Folklore has it that Salim Singh, a state minister, desired to wed the chief’s daughter. Instead of complying with the minister’s request, the villagers fled into the night to avoid horrific consequences. The villager’s curse is thought to be the reason why there hasn’t been any human habitation for centuries. Honestly, the village offers little more than the crumbling remains of a few temples, stepwells, and other structures. Tourists are drawn to the mystery surrounding Kuldhara Village and come to see it for themselves. Timing: Open all days, 8 am to 6 pm (recommended) Time Required: 2-3 hours Entry Tickets: Rs 10 For Car: Rs 50

Bada Bagh, Must-Visit Places in Jaisalmer

2).  Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer

Six kilometers outside of Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is home to an enormous collection of cenotaphs, or chhatris, erected in honor of the late Maharajas of Jaisalmer. The Bada Bagh was commissioned by Jait Singh in the 16th century AD, but it was completed by his son Raja Lunakaran after his demise. Additional Chhatris were added to the Bada Bagh between the 16th and the 20th centuries when it functioned as a royal family crematorium. Royal domes of various shapes and sizes are scattered throughout the park. You’ll be amazed by the amazing fusion of Mughal, Rajput, and Paliwal architectural styles. The dramatic setting of the honey-combed cenotaphs makes Bada Bagh a popular destination for pre-wedding shoots and Instagram shots. Timing: Open all days, 8 am to 6 pm Time Required: 1 hour Entry Tickets: Rs 100

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3).  Vyas Chhatri, Jaisalmer

Vyas Chhatri is situated 4 km from the city centre and 7 km from Bada Bagh. It also has an impressive collection of meticulously carved sandstone cenotaphs. Constructed atop a former Brahmin cemetery, it honors Sage Ved Vyasa, the penman of the Mahabharata.  Vyas Chhatri, built atop a hill, is referred to as the city’s sunset point due to its panoramic panorama of the sun setting over the Sonar Fort and Jaisalmer City. Timing: Open all days, 8 am to 7:30 pm Time Required: 1 hour Entry Tickets: Rs 100

Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer?

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is from October to March when the weather is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 10 and 30 degrees. December and January are the busiest travel months in Jaisalmer, so expect higher hotel and airfare rates. The Desert Festival takes place in February and March. If you can plan your trip during this time, you will have the opportunity to experience Rajasthani culture through folk dances, camel races, puppet shows, and other cultural events that are organized at that time. It’s best to avoid April through July because of the intense heat. As there is little rain in the region, you can plan a vacation in August or September , but there will be fewer activities and camping options.

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How to Reach Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer is located in the far west of Rajasthan and is somewhat difficult to reach. However, if you combine a trip to Jaisalmer with other destinations in Rajasthan , such as Jodhpur, Jaipur , or Udaipur , everything will fall into place.

  • By Air: Jaisalmer Airport is only operational during the winter months and serves a few cities such as Delhi , Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai . The other airport in the vicinity is Jodhpur Airport, which is located roughly 285 kilometers from Jaisalmer. The nearest international airport is Delhi Airport. Jaisalmer Airport is about 15 kilometers from the city.
  • By train: Jaisalmer is well connected by train to many cities, and there are numerous options for visitors traveling from anywhere in India . There are direct trains to Jaisalmer from cities such as Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi , Mumbai , and even Kolkata, among many others. For those who want to travel within Rajasthan, three trains run daily between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Every Sunday, the Palace on Wheels, a luxury train , makes a stop in Jaisalmer. You can take a private taxi or an autorickshaw into the town from the Jaisalmer Railway Station.
  • By Road: Jaisalmer is linked by road to the major cities of Rajasthan and Gujarat . The highways are in good condition and well-maintained. You could drive to Jaisalmer from the nearby cities or take a taxi/private car. The drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer takes 5-6 hours. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation runs buses to and from Jaisalmer on a daily schedule. All major cities in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and some other parts of India have bus services to Jaisalmer.

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How to Get Around in Jaisalmer?

Given the small size of Jaisalmer, getting around is not a problem. The Jaisalmer Fort, Havelis, local shops, and other attractions are all close to one another, making it easy to explore them on foot. This is your chance to learn about the local culture and stumble upon obscure street shops. If you want to go outside the city, you can readily catch an auto-rickshaw or hire a two-wheeler. If you are uncomfortable riding a two-wheeler, you must book a four-wheeler to get to Kuldhara Village and the Sand Dunes. Reserve tours, private vehicles, and taxis through reliable sources. There are no Ola or Uber options in Jaisalmer.

Where to Stay in Jaisalmer?

Hostels, low-cost hotels, campsites, and expansive resorts have proliferated throughout Jaisalmer, offering lodging options to suit every taste and budget. The palatial bespoke hotel, Suryagarh , stands out among the usual run-of-the-mill offerings. If you can afford it, you should definitely try to stay there. For those seeking luxury, Jaisalmer Marriott is a very good alternative. If these accommodations are too expensive for you, consider Nachanaa Haveli and Sonaar Haveli. For those on a tight budget, Zostel is a reliable and secure choice. Staying within the fort walls is an option, with about thirty hotels located within the Jaisalmer Fort.

Shopping in Jaisalmer?

A trip to Jaisalmer would be incomplete without exploring the maze-like markets and shopping for the colorful wares on display. The city is renowned for its silk fabrics (Bhatia Bazaar), leather goods (Manak Chowk), textiles (Seema Gramme), silver jewelry (Sonarron ka Baas), paintings and carpets (Sadar Bazaar), and silk fabrics (Pansari Bazaar). Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in a shopping binge and buy handicrafts and textiles made locally.

Where to Eat in Jaisalmer?

Rajasthanis are foodies, and you will find delicious food wherever you go. Jaisalmer also has some excellent restaurants serving authentic Rajasthani cuisine as well as delicacies from other regions. You can check out these restaurants.

The Trio, Suryagarh Restaurant, Jaisal Italy, Kuku Cafe, Fotiya’s Restaurant, Milan, Free Tibet, Desert Boy’s Dhani, Gaji’s Restaurant, The Trio, Green Park, Pleasant Haveli, Golden Roof

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DAY 1 : JAISALMER FORT � NATHMAL KI HAVELI � PATWON KI HAVELI - SAM SAND DUNES

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At a distance of 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Jaisalmer Fort locally known as Sonar Quila (Golden Fort) is located in the heart of Jaisalmer city. It is one of the largest forts in India, and among the must include places in Jaisalmer holiday packages . Jaisalmer Fort is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO under the group hill forts of Rajasthan . Jaisalmer Fort was built atop the Trikuta Hill in 1156 AD by the Bhati Rajput ruler Maharawal Jaisal Singh. It was the center of several historical encounters between the Bhattis, Mughals, and Rathores of Jodhpur. The Fort of Jaisalmer survived several attacks by the Muslim rulers like Aladdin Khilji and Mughal Emperor Humayun. The city also served as a refuge and way-station for caravans and travelers along the Silk Road. Standing proudly in the middle of the great Thar Desert, this fort is regarded as 'The Pride .....

2 Nathmalji Ki Haveli

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At a distance of 500 m from Jaisalmer Fort and 2 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Nathmalji ki Haveli is a renowned architectural marvel in the heart of Jaisalmer near Patwon ki Haveli. It is one of the prominent Jaisalmer places to visit . Nathmalji ki Haveli was constructed by Maharawal Berisal in 1885 CE, to serve as the residence of Diwan Mohata Nathmal, the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer. The chief architects of this haveli were two brothers, named Hathi and Lulu. There is a very interesting story regarding its construction. It is believed that both the brothers started building the facets of the haveli simultaneously. The two sides are similar, but not identical. This haveli is famous for its architecture that reflects the fusion of both Rajput and Islamic styles. The building is planned around two courtyards; the one in the front is much smaller than the rear one. The front part of the .....

3 Jain Temples - Jaisalmer Fort

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At a distance of 2 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, the Jain Temples are one of the oldest temples in Jaisalmer which are situated inside the Jaisalmer Fort complex. These Jain temples are the most important religious attractions in Jaisalmer . There are seven Jain temples in total which are built during the 12th and 15th centuries AD. These Jain temples are dedicated to different Jain Tirthankaras. Among these temples, the biggest one is the Parsvanath Temple and is most attractive; others being Chandraprabhu temple, Rishabdev temple, Shitalnath Temple, Kunthanath Temple, and Shantinath Temple. These temples are famous for their Dilwara style paintings and architecture that were predominant in the medieval era. The temples are built out of yellow sandstone and have intricate engravings on them. These temples have archaeological and religious .....

4 Sam Sand Dunes

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At a distance of 40 km from Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes are situated at the edge of Jaisalmer Desert National Park in Rajasthan. Lies in the midst of the Thar Desert, these sand dunes are amongst the most popular places to experience Rajasthan Tourism , and also one of the prime places to visit during Jaisalmer tour . Sam has a truly magnificent stretch of sweeping dunes, with sparse or no vegetation. The 3 km long, and 1 km wide sand dunes reflect the true image of Rajasthan. Undeniably one of the most picturesque spots in the desert, the Sam Sand Dunes have gained a tremendous tourist reputation over time. The unrelieved ocean of sand constantly changes its appearance at every gentle gush of wind. The whirling air currents of this area match with those of the sandstorms in the Sahara. Camel Safari at Sam Sand Dunes is one of the top things to do in Jaisalmer . The .....

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Day 2 : lodurva - bada bagh - gadisar lake, resume jaisalmer sightseeing.

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At a distance of 8 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, Lodurva is a village in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. Famous for Jain temples and other historical monuments, Lodurva is one of the top places to visit in Jaisalmer . Lodurva was the ancient capital of the Bhatti dynasty till 1156 AD, when Rawal Jaisal founded the Jaisalmer state and shifted the capital to Jaisalmer. The town of Lodurva is much older than Jaisalmer and was sacked several times, most notably by Mahmud of Ghazni in the 11th century CE and then by Mohammad Ghori in the next century. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, known for its architectural ruins and Jai temples. The temples at Lodurva exhibit some more fine examples of intricate craftsmanship on yellow stone. The Parshvnath Temple is the oldest and the most beautiful of the Jain temples. The temple is dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara, Parshvnath. The walls of the sanctum .....

2 Bada Bagh / Bara Bagh

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At a distance of 8 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station and 7 km from Jaisalmer Fort, Bada Bagh or Bara Bagh is a historical garden located on Ramgarh road and halfway between Jaisalmer and Lodurva in Rajasthan. Bada Bagh means big garden. It is a garden of cenotaphs or chhatris of the royal family of Jaisalmer . A descendant of Maharawal Jaisal Singh, Jait Singh II, commissioned a dam to create a water tank in the 16th century AD. This made the desert green in this area. After his death, Bada Bagh was fully developed by his son Lunakaran. The garden stands at the foot of a hill and several chhatris or cenotaphs stand in memory of the late rulers of Jaisalmer. Cenotaphs are also known as chhatris and one cenotaph is erected for each ruler. The cenotaph of Maharawal Jait Singh is the oldest of all. Many cenotaphs were built by subsequent rulers for the Bhatti royal family of Jaisalmer. This continued till the 20th century when .....

3 Desert Cultural Centre & Museum

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At a distance of 1 km from Jaisalmer Fort and 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, the Desert Cultural Centre & Museum is located on the Gadisagar Road in Jaisalmer. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer. The museum was established by Mr. N. K. Sharma in the year 1997. The Desert Cultural Centre and Museum exhibits the art, craft and culture of Jaisalmer beautifully. The museum has a large collection of traditional instruments, medieval coins and ethnic artifacts. This is the treasure trove of ethnic Rajasthani jewellery, handicrafts, weapons and fossil works. The museum is maintained by the Tourism Department of Jaisalmer and is a must-visit for history buffs. Various musical instruments and folk dance related costumes can be found in this museum. Costumes of the erstwhile maharajas and maharanis can also found in the museum. Kitchen tools and culinary tools can be found here, while the Rajasthani arts are presented in the walls, which belonged to painters .....

4 Folklore Museum

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At a distance of 1 km from Jaisalmer Fort and 1.7 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, the Folklore Museum is a private museum situated on the banks of the pristine Gadsisar Lake in Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer Folklore Museum was founded in 1984 by N. K. Sharma, a local connoisseur. The museum is a treasure trove of cultural heritage of Thar Desert, the people, their traditions and culture. One can understand the evolution of the Jaisalmer city through ages by seeing the artifacts in this museum. The stunning architecture of the museum is one of the highlights. The museum is organized into six sections and features a rich collection of paintings, photographs, costumes, hairstyles and jewelry. Other items on display include utility articles of rural life, camel and horse decorations, fossils, ornamental arches, as well as articles connected with folk and cultural lifestyles. It also features various kinds of puppets and other traditional items. Tourists can watch a video in the .....

5 Gadisar Lake / Gadsisar Lake

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At a distance of 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station and 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Fort, Gadisar Lake or Gadsisar Lake is an artificial reservoir in Jaisalmer. It was the only source of water for the Jaisalmer city in the olden days and also one of the best sightseeing places in Jaisalmer . The Gadisar Lake was constructed by Raja Rawal Jaisal, the first ruler of Jaisalmer, and later reconstructed by Maharawal Gadsi Singh in the year 1367 AD. It is said that this rainwater lake once provided water to the entire town. At present Gadisar Lake gets water from Indira Gandhi Canal so it never dries. Located towards the south of Jaisalmer city, the entrance to the Gadisar Lake is through a magnificent and artistically carved yellow sandstone archway that is known as the Tilon-Ki-Pol. There are numerous shrines and small temples on the embankment of this lake which can visit during your trip to Jaisalmer . The .....

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3 days Jaisalmer itinerary 👑 BEST places to visit in Jaisalmer 👑 Backpacking Rajasthan, North India

So you’re looking at planning your trip to Rajasthan, and you’re trying to figure out your itinerary and how many days to spend in Jaisalmer.

3 days can be a PERFECT number of days to spend in Jaisalmer!

3 days in Jaisalmer itinerary. Best places to visit in Jaisalmer. Best things to do in Golden City. Backpacking Rajasthan, India

Below is a guide to Jaisalmer and ideas for how exactly to plan out each of those days in Jaisalmer.

You can also see how to spend your days in the Thar Desert (camel safari) , Jaipur (pink city) ,  Jodhpur (blue city) , Udaipur (city of lakes) ,  Agra , and the Taj Mahal !

And oh hey! After Jaisalmer and North India, you can head to South India which is where Kerala is! Also see how to spend one week in Kerala and how to spend one month in South India !

Get ideas on how to get around Rajasthan, including by local train to Jaisalmer and  overnight train from Jaisalmer , along with taking the bus .

And if you’re backpacking to Jaisalmer alone, you may like the idea of staying at one of the best hostels in Jaisalmer . 

How golden is the Golden City?

Best places to visit in Jaisalmer in 3 days itinerary. Best things to do in the Golden City of India. Backpacking Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is a state of colors.

With Jaipur being called the Pink City , there are certain parts of the city, as well as the Jaipur City Palace, that are truly pink.

With Jodhpur being called the Blue City , you kind of need to go hunting for the blue streets.

How about Jaisalmer as the Golden City?

It is truly “golden” everywhere! You really don’t have to go looking for it, and you don’t need to be in a certain part of the city to see it. You can truly see the same shade of color no matter where you are!

Best places to visit in Jaisalmer in 3 days itinerary. Golden City in India. Backpacking Rajasthan.

First, the quick list of the must-visit places in Jaisalmer.

Then, a more detailed look into how you can fit ALL of these places into your 3 day Jaisalmer itinerary.

6 best places to visit in Jaisalmer in 3 days

1. jaisalmer haveli.

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2. Gadisar Lake

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3. Jaisalmer Fort

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4. Sunset point

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5. Golden streets of the Golden City

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6. Thar Desert for overnight camel safari

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How to put the best places to visit into a 3 day Jaisalmer itinerary?

Day 1 in jaisalmer, list of things to do for day 1:, visit to a jaisalmer haveli, sunset boat ride on gadisar lake, day 2 in jaisalmer (and desert), list of things to do for day 2:.

Make a trip to the Thar Desert on an overnight camel safari tour from Jaisalmer.

  • Sunset camel ride with overnight desert tour
  • Campfire in the desert with Rajasthani cuisine
  • Sleeping under the stars in the desert

Day 3 in Jaisalmer (and desert)

List of things to do for day 3:.

  • Sunrise over the sand dunes
  • Morning camel ride through the desert
  • Visit to Jaisalmer Fort
  • Get lost on the golden streets of the Golden City

Visit a sunset point for iconic views

I took a midnight train from Jaisalmer to Jaipur. I talk a little bit about public transportation in Rajasthan, including the Jaisalmer to Jaipur train, in this backpacking India itinerary for 2 weeks in Rajasthan .

More for your Rajasthan itinerary:

  • 3 days in Udaipur
  • 2 days in Jodhpur
  • 3 days in Jaisalmer
  • 3 days in Jaipur
  • 1 day in Agra

Now, here’s a bit more about the Jaisalmer itinerary to see if it’s something you want to follow!

Day 1 in jaisalmer.

Apart from desert experiences, one thing that Jaisalmer is famous for is its havelis. These are a specific style of homes or buildings, and there are a number of them scattered throughout the city.

Among the famous havelis are:

  • Patwa-ki-Haveli
  • Nathmal-ki-Haveli

Places to visit in Jaisalmer in 3 days itinerary. Sunset boat ride at Gadisar Lake. Backpacking Rajasthan, India.

For a nice relaxing evening, you can head on over to the Gadisar Lake.

This boat does require manual labor though!

These are cycling boats, which means it requires pedal power in order to move! So be prepared to get a little bit of exercise during this sunset boat ride!

DAY 2 IN JAISALMER (and Thar Desert)

Overnight camel safari in the thar desert.

Places to visit in Jaisalmer in 3 days itinerary. Thar Desert for overnight camel safari desert tour. Backpacking Rajasthan, India.

There are a number of different types of overnight desert tours that start at different times during the day, and that last for a different number of days.

You can find overnight tours that start in the morning or afternoon. And you can find overnight tours that last for just one night, or you can stay longer in the desert if you want to.

I did an overnight desert tour that started in the afternoon and ended the next day in the morning.

Best things about an overnight desert tour

1. sunset camel ride.

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2. Campfire dinner with Rajasthani cuisine

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3. Sleeping under the stars in the desert

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4. Sunrise over the sand dunes

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DAY 3 IN JAISALMER

After you return from the overnight camel safari in the morning…

Get lost on the golden streets of the Golden City at the Jaisalmer Fort

The Jaisalmer Fort has a lot of narrow streets that can make you feel like you’re in a maze the first time you go.

This can make it a good place to explore!

You’ll want to make sure you locate the cannon. This is where you can find some of the best views of Jaisalmer from inside the fort!

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There are also places to stay within the fort if you’re looking for a unique experience!

The best way to locate the sunset points in Jaisalmer near where you are staying is to ask the staff at your hotel!

Whether it’s one of the spots that’s called a sunset point across the city, or it’s on a rooftop of a restaurant or building, there’s no better way to end your time in Jaisalmer than watching the sunset!

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HAPPY JAISALMER ITINERARY PLANNING!

How to spend 2 weeks in rajasthan.

  • 3 days in Udaipur (city of lakes)
  • 2 days in Jodhpur (blue city)
  • Thar desert (camel safari)
  • 3 days in Jaipur (pink city)

PLUS: One month in South India

Jaisalmer itinerary: Jodhpur to Jaisalmer bus or train. Backpacking Rajasthan India

  • Gokarna to Goa
  • Alleppey to Cochin
  • Kerala to southern tip of India
  • Goa to Hampi
  • Hospet to Hampi
  • Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram
  • Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry
  • Palolem to Goa airport
  • Pondicherry to Madurai
  • Madurai to Kerala  (South India)
  • Mumbai to Udaipur

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Recommended Things to Do 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.

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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 and it is most unique things to see in Jaisalmer.

Camel Safari in Jaisalmer

Visit Jaisalmer Fort

Visit Jaisalmer Fort

Heritage City Walk, Jaisalmer Flat 26% Off

Heritage City Walk, Jaisalmer Flat 26% Off

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.

Visit The Abandoned Village, Kuldhara

Visit The Abandoned Village, Kuldhara

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.

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Pray at Tanot Mata Temple

Pray at Tanot Mata Temple

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 and it is one of the things to do in Jaisalmer. 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 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.

Marvel at the Architecture of Patwon ki Haveli

Marvel at the Architecture of Patwon ki Haveli

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 and best things to do in Jaisalmer.

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Explore Khaba Fort

Explore Khaba Fort

Visit the Tazia Tower

Visit the Tazia Tower

Tazia Tower of Jaisalmer can certainly be considered to be one of the major things to do in Jaisalmer. 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.

Visit the Royal Bada Bagh

Visit the Royal Bada Bagh

Watch the Sunset at Vyas Chhatri

Watch the Sunset at Vyas Chhatri

A sunset visit at Vyas Chhatri is a most unique things to do 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.

Visit Longewala War Memorial

Visit Longewala War Memorial

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

Explore the Magnificent Nathmal Ki Haveli

Explore the Magnificent Nathmal Ki Haveli

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 

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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.

Visit Desert National Park

Visit Desert National Park

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. Also Checkout and Book:  Upside Down World Bali Tickets

Cultural Show in Great Thar Desert

Cultural Show in Great Thar Desert

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.

Desert Adventure with Self Guided Jeep Safari in Rajasthan

Adventurous Things to do in Jaisalmer

Jeep safari in jaisalmer, save 67% & get ₹1500 cashback.

Jeep Safari in Jaisalmer, Save 67% & Get ₹1500 Cashback

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.

Parasailing In Jaisalmer

Get an amazing parasailing experience at Jaisalmer

Activity Location: Kanoi, Rajasthan

Pick-up/ Drop-off Location: Your resort in Sam

Start/ End Point: Parasailing Ground, Kanoi

Activity Timings: 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Activity Duration: 10-15 minutes

Flight duration: 4-5 minutes

About Parasailing In Jaisalmer:

Visit the deserts of Jaisalmer and go parasailing there. The ability to partake in one of the safest aero sports while gliding through the air and feeling the air rush around is one of the most exciting things to do. View the city from above as it is adorned with historical forts, vibrant alleyways, and the allure of an exotic desert in the distance.

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. Also Read:  Things To Do In Singapore

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Quad Biking In Jaisalmer

Enjoy quadding at the soil of Jaisalmer

Activity Location: Kanoi, Rajasthan 345001

Operational Hours: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Activity Duration: 30 Minutes

About the Quad Biking In Jaisalmer:

While in Jaisalmer, a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, you can enjoy a variety of exciting and adventurous activities with your loved ones. In addition to being a fantastic place for exploration and sightseeing, Jaisalmer is also a terrific place for many thrilling activities. Drive your QUAD bike across the difficult up-and-down sand dunes which will give you an adrenaline boost. For people who like to experience new things and who want to explore Jaisalmer beyond the usual tourist attractions, this is unquestionably a must-do. Come along with your adventure companions and create lifelong memories.

Paramotoring In Jaisalmer

Admire the gorgeous sunset from the top

Activity Location: Sam Sand Dunes Camp Jaisalmer, Sam sand dunes Jaisalmer, Lakhmana road, Kanoi, Rajasthan 345001

Operational Hours: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Activity Duration: 25 - 30 Minutes

About the Paramotoring in Jaisalmer:

Visit the breathtaking Sam Dunes in Jaisalmer, engage in the exhilarating paramotoring experience, and make clouds your new friends as you soar above the city's skies. Take in some beautiful views of the surrounds as you soar above the sky and admire the stunning sand dunes. So, come on this journey with your adventure companions and enjoy it to the most.

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About the Activity:

Minimum number of people required: 1

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Offbeat Things to do in Jaisalmer

Royal food walk tour in jaisalmer.

Royal Food Walk Tour in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer Temple Tour-flat 29% off

Jaisalmer Temple Tour-flat 29% off

Jaisalmer is popular for its ancient temples. People from all over the world visit Jaisalmer to seek blessings at the temples. Seeing the number of temples in the city, one can get an idea of the religious inclination of the place and this tour will help you in that.  About the tour: -A well-maintained air conditioner vehicle will take you to all the famous temples. An English-speaking driver which is also a storyteller guide will give you a personalized experience and tell you interesting stories about the places. -You will be picked up from and dropped off to your hotel in Jaisalmer -You can choose between Sedan and Suv cars according to your preference and group size.  Temples covered: Khetpal Ji Bada Bagh Temple  Ramkunda Ludhrava Jain temple Shree Chundi Ganesh Ji Temple  Amar Sagar Jain Temple  Nabhdungar Temple ,  Kolriya Mata Temple  Ganesh Temple Timings:  Flexible timings according to customer convenience. Time duration: 8 hours Note: -Meals are not included in the package. -The entrance tickets of the temples covered are not included in the package.  -Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour. -Maximum 6 people are required to book this tour. 

Jaisalmer Tuk - Tuk Tour-flat 33% off

Jaisalmer Tuk - Tuk Tour-flat 33% off

Boasting fantastical royal palaces, Havelis, temples, the mirage-like golden city of Jaisalmer, in Rajasthan's Thar desert, conjures up images of an Arabian Nights fable. For anyone, visiting Rajasthan, a stop at the golden city is one that will be a memorable one.  Exploring this city is a task that can sometimes prove to be hectic but there is a fun and exciting way to give a quick tour of the city-Tuk-Tuk. You will discover Jaisalmer on this three-wheeled vehicle, which is one of the most preferred modes of public transport for a commoner.  About the tour: -A well-maintained three-wheeled vehicle-Tuk Tuk will take you to all the famous spots. -An experienced driver which is also a storyteller guide will give you a personalized experience and tell you interesting stories about the places. -You will be picked up from and dropped off to your hotel in Jaisalmer. Places covered: Gadisar Lake Patwon Ki Haveli Nathmal Haveli Salam Singh ki Haveli Mandir Palace Jaisalmer Fort Timings:  Flexible timings according to customer convenience. Note: -Meals are not required in the package. -The entrance tickets of the places covered are not included in the package. -Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour. -Maximim 9 people are required to book this tour.

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Overnight Desert Safari

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 which makes it unique things to do in Jaisalmer. Click Here to Book Now:  Palazzo Vecchio Tickets

Jaisalmer to Pokhran Day Trip-flat 23% off

Jaisalmer to Pokhran Day Trip-flat 23% off

Pokhran- a heritage city located in the Thar Desert in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. The town is renowned for its several beautiful and royal Havelis, monuments, and temples. Tour to Pokhran is one of the most popular attractions for tourists. This tour is embedded with a lot of excitement and fun to provide the right kind of holidaying experience. About the tour: -A well-maintained air conditioner vehicle will take you to all the famous spots. An experienced driver which is also a storyteller guide will give you a personalized experience and tell you interesting stories about the places. -You will be picked up from and dropped off to your hotel in Jaisalmer.  -You can choose between Sedan and SUV cars according to your preference and group size.  Places covered: Fort Pokhran Baba Ramdev Temple War Museum Timings:  Flexible timings according to customer convenience. Time duration: 5 hours Note: -The entrance tickets of the places covered are not included in the package.  -Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour. -Maximum 6 people are required to book this tour. 

Cooking Class in Jaisalmer Flat 32% off

Cooking Class in Jaisalmer Flat 32% off

One of the best destinations to try authentic Rajasthani cuisine is in a local home. During this cooking class in Jaisalmer, you’ll learn how to make delicious local dishes from your instructor. Follow the techniques necessary to make this regional Indian food, and learn recipes that you can cook later at your home. Afterward, sit down to enjoy eating your meal in the company of your host. About the tour: Dishes you will be cooking:

  • Paneer Butter Masala, Lady Finger, Gutta Curry, Garlic Naan Veg. Pulao, Seasonal Dessert.
  • Dal Tadka, Palak Paneer, Aloo Methi, Plain Chapati (Roti), Plain Rice, Seasonal Dessert.
  • Rajasthani Special, Dal Bati Churma, Ker Sangari, Bajri Rota, Seasonal Dessert.

Location address: On Fort Kothari Para, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001. How to reach? You will easily get public and private transportation to reach the location.  Timings-  12:00 PM-3:00 PM                  04:00 PM-7:00 PM Note: -Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour.

Camel Ride at Jaisalmer

Visit the Famous Bhang Lassi Shop

Visit the Famous Bhang Lassi Shop

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Night Walk Tour in Jaisalmer

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Enjoy The Dinner Amidst Sand Dunes at Suryagarh

Enjoy The Dinner Amidst Sand Dunes at Suryagarh

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.

Other Things to do in Jaisalmer

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.

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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. 

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.

Jain Temple Tour

Jain Temple Tour

Dine in the Sunset Palace

Dine in the Sunset Palace

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Shopping at Local Bazar of Jaisalmer

Shopping at Local Bazar of Jaisalmer

Revisit History at Jaisalmer War Museum

Revisit History at Jaisalmer War Museum

Visit Lodurva

Visit Lodurva

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

Explore the Prehistoric Era at Akal Wood Fossil Park

Explore the Prehistoric Era at Akal Wood Fossil Park

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 and also best things to see in Jaisalmer.

  • 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

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Manak Chowk, situated within the majestic Jaisalmer Fort, is a bustling square that epitomizes the city's vibrant culture and historical significance. Lined with intricately carved havelis and adorned with Rajasthani architecture, it serves as the heart of the old city. The square bustles with activity as vendors sell colorful textiles, traditional handicrafts, and aromatic spices. It is a melting pot of culture, where locals and tourists converge to experience the essence of Jaisalmer.In the evenings, the Chowk transforms into a lively marketplace illuminated by lanterns, offering a delightful fusion of sights, sounds, and smells. Surrounded by ancient structures that echo tales of bygone eras, Manak Chowk stands as a testament to the city's enduring heritage and its role as a vibrant center of commerce and culture in the Thar Desert.

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. Explore Gadisar Lake on your Rajasthan trip for scenic tranquility.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.

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. Discover the enchanting allure of Jaisalmer with our Jaisalmer package, offering a blend of golden landscapes, historic forts, and cultural richness.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.

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Jaisalmer, City of Desert

  • Average Climate: 7°C - 28°C
  • Best Time to Visit: October - March
  • STD Code: 02992

Jaisalmer Travel Guide

Jaisalmer, also called the "Queen of Thar," is among the best travel destinations in Rajasthan and India. It provides the best holiday experience and is the gateway to culturally and historically opulent Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is a perfect amalgamation of architecture, hospitality, nature, and adventure.

Due to its golden dunes and castles covered in golden honey sandstone, it is referred to as the "golden city." Lakes, elaborate Jain temples, and havelis characterize Jaisalmer. For a memorable experience, mount a camel and travel over the desert to a campsite where the stars will shine.

The Jaisalmer Fort is a fortification with winding lanes that locals have used for decades and stores that sell zesty handicrafts.

Jaisalmer is a town, and visitors must take a jeep safari before riding a camel to get to the Sand Dunes. Jaisalmer is hence a synthesis of the exotic Indian desert culture, tradition, and adventure.

If you want to know more about Jaisalmer, how to reach it, the best time to visit, where to eat and stay, and some useful travel tips, here is our comprehensively curated Jaisalmer travel guide.

Jaisalmer Tourism

The city has several lakes, ornate Jain temples, and opulent havelis. But this is only one side of the story. Jaisalmer is renowned for offering an unconventional desert safari. The city provides comfortable accommodations in the heart of the enormous Thar Desert and various adventurous pursuits to ensure your stay is unforgettable. The city is also teeming with vibrant handicraft markets that will transport you back in time and give you a sense of Indian heritage.

Some of the most popular tourist destinations in the country can be found in Jaisalmer, including the magnificent Jaisalmer Fort, the vibrant Bada Bagh, the ancient Kuldhara Village, exquisite Jain temples, the surreal Gadisar Lake, the rustic Sam Sand Dunes, the artistic Tazia Tower, Badal Palace, and many other noteworthy tourist destinations. Jaisalmer offers the best vacation place in India. 

Why Visit Jaisalmer?

In India and around the world, Jaisalmer, the Golden City of Rajasthan, is a popular tourist destination. Hundreds of people each year visit Jaisalmer, located in the heart of the Thar Desert. Jaisalmer's tourism sector has grown to reflect the city's high-spirited culture and traditions in all their splendor. In Jaisalmer, one may observe the city's culture and traditions in its little details. Their food, way of life, clothing, mansions, language, and even the scent of their love for their native place are all ingrained in the region's culture. It is also evident in their cuisine, books, and even how inhabitants decorate their homes.

Languages Spoken in Jaisalmer

Hindi is the language spoken by most of the people in Jaisalmer. Some people also speak English and understand it very well. But the common language you will hear frequently is Rajasthani so you can learn some local phrases in Rajasthani. 

Where is Jaisalmer Located?

Jaisalmer is situated in India, a land of diverse cultures and people. It is one of South Asia's major tourist attractions and cultural hubs. Jaisalmer is located in the western Rajasthan region, amid the Thar Desert, close to the Indo-Pak border.

Places to Visit in Jaisalmer

Tourism in Jaisalmer has thrived over the years. Numerous monumental wonders and imposing towers are worth visiting in Jaisalmer. The mud fortresses and the walled fort add to the city's beauty. Tourists can see camel safaris and visit the Thar Desert. Some of the major tourist attractions in Jaisalmer include the following:

  • Jaisalmer Fort
  • Patwon ki haveli
  • Salim Singh ki haveli
  • Nathmalji ki haveli
  • Desert Culture Center & Museum
  • Jaisalmer Folklore Museum
  • Government Museum
  • Gadsisar Lake

Things to do in Jaisalmer 

Jaisalmer is a beautiful place and offers plenty of opportunities for tourists. If you like the wilderness, a camel safari is the best choice, and if you are interested in learning more about the history, a trip to the ruins of Kuldhara will be perfect. Here are some of the best things to do in Jaisalmer to have a memorable time -

  • Camping at Sam Sand Dunes.
  • Camel Safari
  • Visit Jaisalmer Fort
  • Take a heritage walk
  • Boating at Gadisar Lake
  • Visit the abandoned village, Kuldhara
  • Pray at Tanot Mata Temple

Shopping in Jaisalmer

Shopping in Jaisalmer provides all visitors with a unique experience. These well-known street markets in Jaisalmer allow shopaholics to savor the essence of the ancient Rajasthani culture, for which tourists from all over the world swarm to this vibrant paradise. They take you through the rustic charm of the Golden City. 

The Best Markets in Jaisalmer

  • Manak Chowk
  • Pansari Bazaar

Best Time to Visit Jaisalmer

The best time to travel to Jaisalmer is from October to March when the city's temperature ranges from 10°C to 27°C. Winter is the ideal time to visit Jaisalmer because it is a desert city, and the weather is perfect for all the sightseeing the area is known for. Jaisalmer comes to life in all its vivacity throughout the winter. Jaipur allows you to participate in the beautiful tradition it has kindly given to the world while showcasing its rich heritage.

How Many Days Are Required for Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is a tiny enough town that you will only need to stay there for a short time to enjoy it fully. However, you can accomplish quite a bit if the money is tight in two days. 

Accommodation in Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is a popular destination to visit in Rajasthan and has a lot of places to stay. You can select hotels that meet your needs, ranging from luxurious to budget-friendly. These hotels offer comfort and world-class facilities and services. Coming to Jaisalmer, you will always find a supply of hotels. Here are some of the best accommodation options in Jaisalmer -

  • Sairafort Sarovar Portico, Jaisalmer
  • Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Fort Rajwada, Jaisalmer
  • Royal Villa Jaisalmer
  • Hotel Swan Haveli

Where to Eat in Jaisalmer

Along with several places to visit and things to do, Jaisalmer treats its tourists with several delicacies. There are many good restaurants in Jaisalmer that you must try on your trip. Famous for their authentic taste, the restaurants also offer amazing views of the surroundings. Some famous foods in Jaisalmer include Mutton saag, Gatte ki Sabzi, Dal Bati Churma, murg-e-sabz, and Ghotua Ladoos. Here are some of the best places to eat in Jaisalmer for a great culinary experience -

  • Suryagarh Restaurant
  • Angaara Restaurant And Barbeque
  • Wyra – The Rooftop Restaurant
  • Green Park restaurant
  • Shanti The Peace Restaurant

How to Reach Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is geographically further away from the other cities that tourists typically visit, despite being one of the locations linked with Rajasthan tourism. However, it is well connected to the rest of the state due to its significance in the area. The Ranikhet Express, Howrah-Jaisalmer SF Express, and Ramnagar-Jaisalmer Express are the three trains that run directly from Delhi to Jaisalmer. 

How to Get Around Jaisalmer

You can use public transport like buses, autos, rickshaws, etc. You can also save money by taking public transportation, as the fares are reasonable.

Useful Tips for Jaisalmer Trip

  • Respect the local culture.
  • Avoid visiting during the summer season. It is scorching and dry.
  • Your overall experience will vary depending on your chosen accommodation, so book wisely.
  • Wear proper woolen clothes in winter to keep yourself warm and avoid the cold.
  • Do not damage the properties while on tour, including any fort, palace, or museum.
  • Do not wear revealing clothes, especially while visiting religious places.

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FAQs about Jaisalmer Tourism

Ans: The closest places to Jaisalmer are Mount Abu, which is 315 km away; Udaipur, which is 381 km away; Jaipur, which is 483 km away; Jodhpur, which is 223 km away; and Goa, which is 1,305 km away.

Ans: The closest airport is roughly 300 km away in Jodhpur. One may take the train from there. All major cities are well connected by rail to Jaisalmer. The renowned "Palace on Wheels" may also reach Jaisalmer." The town has excellent road connections to the other cities in the state.

Ans:The rich and mouth-watering meal you will get from Jaisalmer's cuisine will be created by blending delicious non-vegetarian food with traditional Rajasthani cuisine and North Indian influences. A must-try chicken dish while visiting Jaisalmer is murgh-e-subz. Additionally, there are other non-vegetarian dishes, such as tikkas and kebabs. Banon Aloo and Kadhi Pakora are prominent and practically characterize the local cuisine in addition to these Ker Sangri.

Ans: Everyone who enjoys attending cultural events and traveling through a rich history should visit Jaisalmer. It is a stunning city and a sight to behold while the Desert Festival takes place.

Ans: Incredible dunes, beautiful historical markers, cultural richness, beautiful Jain temples, and opulent palaces are famous in Jaisalmer.

Ans: Since Jaisalmer is such a small town, you do not have to spend much time there. In 3 days, you can visit the majority of Jaisalmer's attractions.

Ans: If you travel from nearby cities, the best way to get to Jaisalmer is by road and train. Getting there by air is a good option if you are coming from a long distance. Jaisalmer's nearest airport is Jodhpur, located around 269 km away. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi or a bus to Jaisalmer.

Ans: In Jaisalmer, the local language tour guide charges around Rs.500 to 600 for a full-day tour. If you are not familiar with the local language, you can hire an English-speaking guide. For a day, they normally charge Rs.1500.

Ans: Visiting Jaisalmer between October and March is ideal when the temperature remains low. The weather is perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

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7-Day Jaipur, Udaipur & Jaisalmer Itinerary: Ultimate Rajasthan

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Step into the mesmerising world of Rajasthan and embark on the ultimate adventure with an 8-day Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer itinerary!

This captivating journey will take you through the vibrant cities of India’s royal state, offering a kaleidoscope of rich history, cultural treasures, and breathtaking landscapes.

Please note that this is a fast-paced Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer itinerary covering the most popular sights. However, if you have any specific interests or time constraints, customise the itinerary accordingly.

Let’s begin.

The Ultimate Rajasthan Adventure: 7-Day Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer Itinerary!

Day 1: arrival in jaipur and exploring the pink city, day 2: discovering the rich history & culture of jaipur, day 3: travelling to udaipur, day 4: enjoying the scenic beauty of udaipur and its lakes, day 5: travelling to jaisalmer and experiencing the desert life, day 6: sand dunes/camel safaris in jaisalmer, day 7: leave from jaisalmer, where to stay in jaipur, where to stay in udaipur, where to stay in jaisalmer, getting around.

Your adventure begins in Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, famous for its historic buildings and vibrant markets.

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Day 1: Places to Explore

1. city palace.

After admiring the stunning architecture of Hawa Mahal, head to the nearby City Palace, a blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architectural styles.

The palace is a sprawling complex of courtyards and gardens of Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. It also houses a museum displaying the artefacts of the royal family.

  • Timings:  9:30 am to 5:00 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee:  ₹ 190 (Indians); ₹ 500 (Foreign Nationals).

2. Hawa Mahal

In the afternoon, head to the city centre to explore the stunning Hawa Mahal, an iconic pink sandstone structure with intricate honeycomb-like windows. Constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this palace is an essential destination for visitors in Jaipur.

  • Timings : 9:00 am to 4:30 pm; Everyday
  • Entry   Fee : ₹ 50 (Indians); ₹ 200 (Foreign Nationals)

3. Jantar Mantar

Don’t forget to visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory nearby, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest stone observatory in the world.

  • Timings:  9:30 am to 4:30 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee:  ₹ 50 (Indians); ₹ 200 (Foreign Nationals).

4. Albert Hall Museum

After arriving in Jaipur, check in to your hotel and relax. In the afternoon, head to the nearby Albert Hall Museum, a stunning museum showcasing the rich history and culture of Rajasthan. Explore the incredible collection of artefacts and displays, and learn about the rich history and culture of the state.

  • Timings:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee:  ₹ 20 (Indians);  ₹ 150 (Foreign Nationals).

5. Birla Mandir

After visiting the museum, head to the nearby Birla Mandir, a stunning Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Its stunning architecture, intricate carvings, and stunning murals make the temple famous.

Timings:  6:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm; all days of the week.

6. Vibrant Markets of Jaipur

In the evening, head to the vibrant markets of Jaipur, including the Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar, to indulge in some retail therapy and enjoy the local delicacies.

Try the famous Rajasthani sweets and snacks like Ghewar, Pyaaz Kachori, and Dal Baati Churma, and shop for souvenirs like colourful textiles, jewellery, and handicrafts.

1. Amer Fort

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Start your day early and visit the Amer Fort, a magnificent fort complex on a hilltop overlooking the Maota Lake.

The fort was built in the 16th century by Maharaja Man Singh I and showcases a blend of Hindu and Mughal architectural styles.

Explore the stunning palaces, courtyards, and gardens of the fort complex, and don’t forget to take an elephant ride to the main entrance.

  • Timings:  10:00 am to 5:00 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee:  ₹ 100 (Indians); ₹ 550 (Foreign Nationals).

2. Jal Mahal

Jal Mahal is a palace in Man Sagar Lake, Jaipur. Its five floors make it appear to be floating on the water.

The palace is a remarkable instance of Rajput architecture, and it is visually stunning. It was once used as a duck-hunting retreat by the king of Jaipur.

While close to visitors, you can still enjoy its beauty by boat-riding on the lake.

Timings:  6:00 am to 6:00 pm; all days of the week.

3. Nahargarh Fort

Head to the nearby Nahargarh Fort, another stunning hilltop fort with panoramic city views. The fort was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II and served as a retreat for the royal family.

Explore the fort complex, admire the stunning architecture, and take in the breathtaking views of Jaipur.

  • Timings:  10:00 am to 5:30 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee : ₹ 50 (Indians); ₹ 200 (Foreign Nationals)

If you’re not interested in forts or the Jal Mahal, consider taking a half-day tour of Chokhi Dhani for a cultural experience.

Chokhi Dhani is a cultural village showcasing Rajasthan’s rich culture and traditions.

Enjoy a traditional Rajasthani dinner, watch cultural performances like puppet shows, folk dances, and music, and participate in activities like camel rides, pottery making, and mehndi art.

Leave early morning from Jaipur and journey towards Udaipur, popularly known as the “City of Lakes”

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How to reach Udaipur from Jaipur:

There are several transportation options:

By Road : The distance is approximately 400 kilometres; the journey takes 6-7 hours.

Route: You can take the NH48 (National Highway 48), which connects Jaipur and Udaipur. The route passes through cities like Ajmer and Beawar.

By Car: You can either drive your own car or hire a taxi. Ensure your vehicle is in good condition for a long journey.

By Bus: Various private and state-run buses operate between Jaipur and Udaipur. Book a bus ticket in advance for a comfortable journey. Check your Volvo bus options on Red Bus .

By Train : Several trains connect Jaipur to Udaipur, including the Mewar Express and Chetak Express. It takes about 6-7 hours, depending on your chosen train.

Check the availability and book your tickets on Rail Yatri .

By Flight: Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR) is well-connected to Jaipur’s Jaipur International Airport (JAI). You can book a domestic flight for a quick journey. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour. You could opt for this mode if you are short on time and have a tight budget. Check Skyscanner for good deals on flights.

Places to explore on Day 4: The Royal Palaces and Forts of Udaipur

In the afternoon, head to the City Palace, a stunning complex of palaces, courtyards, and gardens overlooking Lake Pichola.

The palace was built over 400 years ago by various kings and showcased a blend of Mughal, Rajput, and European architectural styles. Explore the complex’s stunning palaces, museums, and galleries, and don’t forget to take a boat ride on Lake Pichola to enjoy the spectacular views of the palace and the surrounding hills.

  • Timings:  9:30 am to 5:30 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee : ₹ 30 (Indians); ₹ 300 (Foreign Nationals)

2. Jagdish Temple

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After visiting the City Palace, head to the nearby Jagdish Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple was built in 1651 by Maharana Jagat Singh and is famous for its stunning architecture and intricate carvings.

Stroll through the old town’s narrow streets and explore the local markets to shop for souvenirs like colourful textiles, jewellery, and handicrafts.

Timings:  4:30 am to 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm; all days of the week.

3. Monsoon Palace

In the evening, head to the nearby Monsoon Palace, a stunning hilltop palace built in the 19th century by Maharana Sajjan Singh.

The palace offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding hills and is a popular spot for watching the sunset.

  • Timings:  9:30 am to 6:30 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee : ₹ 110 (Indians); ₹ 300 (Foreign Nationals).

Places to Explore on Day 4: Natural beauty and Udaipur Lakes

1 Fateh Sagar Lake

Located in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, Fateh Sagar Lake is a captivating attraction worth visiting. The Aravalli Hills surround the serene and scenic artificial lake, offering a perfect escape for locals and tourists.

Some activities near Fateh Sagar Lake include taking a boat ride, enjoying the Nehru Garden, and spending time at Ambrai Ghat.

2. Saheliyon Ki Bari

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After visiting the Lake Palace, head to the nearby Saheliyon Ki Bari, a stunning garden Maharana Sangram Singh built in the 18th century.

The garden is well-known for its beautiful fountains, intricate marble elephants, and stunning architecture. It is a favourite destination for picnics and relaxation.

  • Timings:  9:00 am to 7:00 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee : ₹ 10 (Indians); ₹ 50-100 (Foreign Nationals).

3. Lake Pichola

In the late afternoon, enjoy stunning views of the City Palace, Lake Palace, and the surrounding hills on a boat ride through Lake Pichola.

Don’t forget to visit the Jag Mandir Island Palace, a stunning palace built in the middle of the lake and famous for its stunning architecture and gardens.

  • Timings (Jagmandir) :  1:00 am to 6:00 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee (Jagmandir) : There is no entry fee but only a boat ride fee, which is ₹ 450 (Indians); ₹ 500+ (Foreign Nationals).

4. Bahubali Hills

In the evening (or early morning), visit Bahubali Hills, nestled on the outskirts of Udaipur. Bahubali Hills is a charming spot that attracts nature lovers. It takes its name from the renowned Bahubali statue that adorns this scenic spot.

Bahubali Hills offers a panoramic and calming vista of Badi Lake, with the Aravali mountain range as a majestic backdrop, providing a complete 360-degree view.

Jaisalmer is a stunning city located in the heart of the Thar Desert.

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How to reach Jaisalmer from Udaipur:

There are primarily two ways to travel between Udaipur and Jaisalmer: by road or train.

By Road (Bus or Car) :

By car: Udaipur to Jaisalmer by road is approximately 440-500 kilometres, depending on your route. If you’re driving, you can follow the NH62 and NH68 highways, which connect the two cities. The journey can take around 7-9 hours, depending on road conditions and stops.

By Bus : It takes about 11 hours, depending on the traffic. Check the availability and book tickets either on Red Bus or RSRTC .

By Train: Jaisalmer is well-connected to Udaipur by train. The train journey usually takes around 8-10 hours, depending on the type of train and stops. Note that there are no direct flights to Jaisalmer from Udaipur.

Places to Explore on Day 5: Forts and Lake

1. Jaisalmer Fort

In the afternoon, head to the Jaisalmer Fort, a stunning fort built in the 12th century by Rawal Jaisal. Explore the fort’s stunning palaces, temples, and courtyards, and admire the spectacular views of the city and the surrounding desert.

  • Timings:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee : ₹ 50 (Indians); ₹ 250 (Foreign Nationals).

2. Patwon Ki Havelipa

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The Patwon Ki Haveli is Jaisalmer’s biggest and most important Haveli. It was constructed in the 18th century by a wealthy merchant and is now a popular tourist destination in the city.

The Haveli is renowned for its breathtaking architecture, intricate carvings, and stunning murals.

  • Entry Fee : ₹ 20 (Indians); ₹ 100 (Foreign Nationals).

3. Gadsisar Lake

One of the most tranquil places to see on your Jaisalmer itinerary is Gadisar Lake. The lake exudes spirituality, and the temples, seemingly floating on the water, add to its enchantment.

The lake is surrounded by stunning temples, ghats, and chhatris and is a popular spot for picnics and relaxation.

4. Go Rooftop Bars/Café Hopping

Jaisalmer is a city packed with unique rooftop bars and restaurants, all offering stunning views of the Golden City.

Our top picks for rooftops are Kuku Coffee Shop and Free Tibet Restaurant . However, there are so many excellent options inside and outside the fort that you can’t go wrong.

1. Bada Bagh

Bada Bagh is a stunning garden complex on Jaisalmer’s outskirts (12 km).

It is famous for its stunning cenotaphs, built in memory of the royal family. It is one of the best places to see the sunset!

  • Timings:  8:00 am to 6:00 pm; all days of the week
  • Entry Fee : ₹ 50 (Indians); ₹ 100 (Foreign Nationals).

2. Sam Sand Dunes

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In the evening, head to Sam Sand Dunes. Sam Sand Dunes , located in the Thar Desert, are 42 km from Jaisalmer and among Rajasthan’s most famous sand dunes.  

Enjoy a camel ride, witness a mesmerising sunset over the dunes, and indulge in local delicacies like Ker Sangri and Laal Maas.

3. Thar Heritage Museum

After the safari, head to the nearby  (around 3 km) Thar Heritage Museum, a stunning museum showcasing the rich history and culture of the Thar Desert.

Learn about the local customs, traditions, and lifestyle of the people living in the desert, and admire the stunning collection of artefacts and displays.

ALV Recommendations of additional places:

If you have enough time and if it interests you, I recommend visiting these places:

1. Kuldhara Village

A stunning but abandoned village on Jaisalmer’s outskirts.

The village was abandoned in the 19th century by the Paliwal Brahmins, a community of traders, and is now a popular spot for tourists to explore the stunning architecture and learn about the rich history and culture of the village.

2. Jain Temples

You can head to the Jain Temples, a group of stunning temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras.

The temples were built between the 12th and 15th centuries, showcasing a blend of Hindu and Jain architectural styles.

3. Visit Khaba Fort

Khaba Fort is an intriguing attraction located in the desert outside Jaisalmer (30-40 minutes away) .

It dates back to the 13th century and was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins. The fort and neighbouring village were abandoned 200 years ago.

Concluding our “Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer Itinerary,” on day 7, depart from Jaisalmer for your flight back home, carrying cherished memories with you.

Best Area to Stay

Jaipur, a city in India, boasts numerous hotels and havelis that are well-spread across the city. The good news is that many are located near heritage sites and landmarks. Some of the popular areas to consider for your stay in Jaipur include Old City (home to many of Jaipur’s most famous attractions), C Scheme (known for its upscale hotels), Raja Park (famous for shopping and dining), and Bani Park (a peaceful and budget-friendly option).

Accommodation Options:

If you are looking for hostels , Jaipur has numerous hostels that provide affordable accommodations for backpackers and budget-conscious travellers. Some popular hostels include Zoste l Jaipur , The Hosteller Jaipur, and Moustache Hoste l , Hotel Sarang Palace .

For mid-range , consider staying at places like S hahapura Hotel , Le mon Tree Premier , Park Inn by Radisso n . If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, Jaipur offers several mid-range resorts with swimming pools, spas, and lush gardens. Check out resorts like Pride Amber Vilas Resort .

For Luxury Experience : Jaipur is famous for its heritage hotels, once palaces or havelis converted into luxurious accommodations. Staying in these properties is a royal experience. Some iconic ones include The O beroi Rajvilas , Jai Mahal Pala ce , Ramba gh Palace , The Leela Palace , and Samode Haveli .

Jaipur also offers luxurious resorts like The Tree of Life Resort & Spa , Chokhi Dhani Resort , and ITC Rajputana for those seeking a tranquil escape outside the city.

The best area to stay in Udaipur is the Old City . This area offers the largest selection of hotels, restaurants, and bars. Moreover, you can easily access most of Udaipur’s tourist attractions on foot or by public transportation.

For Budget travellers: Zostel , Hotel Padmini Palace , Hotel Krishan Niwas , Karohi Haveli.

If you are a on a mid-range budget, consider: Bloom Boutique , Lake Pichola, Hotel Mahendra Prakash , Old City, Akshay Niwas , Lake Pichola, Ram Pratap Palace , Fateh Sagar Lake.

If you wish to experience Luxury, consider : Taj Lake Palace, The Leela Palace, The Oberoi Udaivillas, Amet Haveli.

If you are a on a mid-range budget, consider: The Hosteller, Moustache , hotel himmat niwas ,

For Mid-range : Prince Desert Camp , Hotel Prithvi Palace , Countryside resort (Sam Dunes).

For Luxury experience : Jaisalmer Marriott Resort and Spa , Suryagargh Palace , Hotel Heritage House , Sujan The Serai (desert camp).

If you need to travel within the city, there are several modes of transportation available for you to choose from, including auto-rickshaws, tuk-tuks, and cabs. Auto-rickshaws can also be hired for an entire day for your convenience. Additionally, you can avail the services of Ola and Uber operators who operate in Jaipur and Udaipur. However, please note that no Ola or Uber services are available in Jaisalmer.

I hope this blog helps you to plan your perfect Rajasthan trip! 😊

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Stroll around the royal city of Jodhpur

Take a trip to by-gone days at Mehrangarh Fort

Admire the expansive deserts and fierce sand dunes of Jaisalmer

The serenity of Umaid Gardens is bound to leave you awestruck

Set out to explore the Blue City- Jodhpur

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Trip Location: Rajasthan Destinations Covered:  2N Jaisalmer, 1N Jodhpur Start Point: Rajasthan End Point: Rajasthan Accommodation: Hotel Things to do: Zip lining, Camel safari, Desert camping, Hot-Air Ballooning, Dune bashing

About the Package

Immerse yourself in the splendor of the royal state of Rajasthan with this 3 nights 4 days Rajasthan tour package  by TravelTriangle. Most of the architecture in Jodhpur– forts, palaces, temples, havelis and even houses are built in vivid shades of blue. The strapping forts that tower this magnificent city sum up to a spectacle you would not want to miss. Your 4 day Rajasthan tour itinerary  will include a visit to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Patwon ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli in Jaisalmer. The ancient architecture of all these attractions will amaze you.

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Places to visit through this tour package.

Listed below are some of the places that one can visit through this tour package:

1. Mehrangarh Fort

What’s Special: Courtyards; History

Entry Fee: INR 60

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Distance From The City Center: 4.3 km

Mehrangarh Fort was built in 1459. The fort offers a spectacular view of the city since it is situated at an elevation of 410 feet. The fort is situated in Jodhpur and can be reached by taxis or cars. Inside, you will find beautiful palaces and many gates.

2. Sonar Quila

What’s Special: Architecture; Heritage; A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Timings: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Distance from City Center: 1.1 km

Also known as Jaisalmer Fort and the Golden Fort, the history of Sona Quila dates back to 1156. The fort has a history of around 800 years and it was built by Rawal Jaisal. It is one of the most sought-after places to visit in Jaisalmer. The fort is built of yellow sandstone hence adding to its appearance.

Evenings will be enjoyed with camel rides and will be truly pleasurable as the weather in Rajasthan becomes pleasant during this time. This Rajasthan holiday package   will definitely impart you a lifetime experience for it includes some of the best sightseeing in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer.

  • Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada visit
  • A road trip from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer
  • Sonar Kila and haveli tour in Jaisalmer
  • The vast expanse of Thar Desert in Rajasthan
  • Enjoy a camel ride in Jaisalmer & witness Rajasthani folk dance

Jodhpur : Arrival and Sightseeing

  • Leisure Day
  • Local sightseeing

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The beautiful city of Jodhpur welcomes you

On reaching Jodhpur, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Check-in and relax for sometime. Later, proceed for sightseeing and cover famous attractions like Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace. After sightseeing, get back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Jaisalmer: Transfer, Sightseeing

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Get a transfer to Jaisalmer

After a wholesome breakfast at the hotel in Jodhpur, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to Jaisalmer. On reaching check-in the hotel and relax for some time. Later. Head out for sightseeing and cover places like Sonar Quila, Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Ki Haveli and Nat Mal Ki Haveli. Come back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Jaisalmer: Sightseeing

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A day full of fun in the sand dunes of the Thar

Begin the day with a delicious breakfast, and head out to see famous places like Golden Fort, Bada Bagh and Kuldhara Village - a haunted place. Later, head-out the vast and beautiful desert. Enjoy a camel ride, along with the Rajasthani folk dance, beautiful music, and local dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Jaisalmer: Departure

Your 4 day Rajasthan tour itinerary culminates today.

Treat your taste buds to a filling breakfast and check-out from your hotel. And proceed for your onward journey.

Note: Our agents will provide you these or similar hotels depending on availability

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Bera road, Jaisalmer City Centre, Jaisalmer - 345001, Rajasthan

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Dadawari Lane, Near Mandore Garden, 342011 Jodhpur, India

  • Accommodation for twin sharing and similar options
  • Meals: Buffet breakfast
  • Transportation: Transfers from one place to another
  • Sightseeing in private cab for 4-5 adults
  • Vehicle will be provided based on the itinerary
  • All current taxes
  • Jaiselmer camp - 1N with Breakfast and Dinner
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How much does it cost to visit jaisalmer and jodhpur.

The cost of your Jaisalmer and Jodhpur tour is decided by the number of days you stay there, the sort of lodging you select, and the activities you participate in. With all of this in mind, a four-day tour with a three-star hotel stay might cost you at least INR 9,799 (without flights).

How can I plan a tour of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer?

The following is how you may create a 4-day plan for a Jodhpur and Jaisalmer tour: Day 1: Arrive in Jodhpur, rest in your hotel room, and then go exploring the famed Mehrangarh Fort and Umaid Bhawan Palace. Day 2: Travel to Jaisalmer, rest in your accommodation, and then go to visit famous sightseeing attractions like Sonar Quila, Patwon Ki Haveli, Salim Shah Ki Haveli, and Nat Mal Ki Haveli, among other sites. Day 3: Explore Jaisalmer, by seeing the Golden Fort, Bada Bagh, and Kuldhara Village. Day 4: Take rest and get ready to return home.

Things to do while spending 3 days in Jaisalmer?

While on a trip by availing Jodhpur Jaisalmer tour package , 3 days would be perfect to stay in Jaisalmer. You can indulge yourself in a relaxing vacation here. Engage yourself in the following things to do while on a trip to Jaisalmer.

The list of these things to do include:

  • Get a morning camel ride through the desert.
  • Experience sunrise over the sand dunes.
  • There are a lot of forts to explore. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort and discover stunning architecture.
  • Enjoy a leisure walk on the golden streets of the Golden City.
  • Take a Stroll around a sunset point for an iconic view.

What is the best time to visit Jaisalmer?

Jaisalmer, being a desert city, can be visited during winters, so the ideal time to visit there is from October to March. During these months, the temperature of this culture-rich destination goes down. The temperature varies from 10 degrees to 27 degree celsius.

What meals are provided in the Jaisalmer Tour Package?

The Jaisalmer City Tour Package includes breakfast on all days as part of the package.

What is the mode of transportation in this Rajasthan package?

All transfers and travel in this package will be made by road.

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