Top 25 Places to visit in Jaisalmer

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Best things to do in Jaisalmer and sightseeing in Jaisalmer

The name of the city means “The Hill Fort of Jaisal”. The Golden City of India is known mainly for the beautiful sand dunes, marvelous palaces and old bungalows, the tranquility of the Jain Temples and of course the view of the Thar Desert. The state is full of color and is enriched with the love of art and culture. Not just the camel safaris, but sitting with the folk singers and enjoying their music about everyday life in Rajasthan is sheer bliss. The music of Jaisalmer is a mixture of folk and Indian Classical. Their language is influenced from Sindh and is a bit different from typical Rajasthani. The Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer Fort and the Desert National Park are among the many attractions in the beautiful city. The climate is extreme so cover your body whenever you are out to escape from the heat of the sun.

Gadisar Lake - Jaisalmer

The original purpose of creating this lake in the city of Jaisalmer was to meet the water requirements of the increasing population. It was built by King Gadi Singh and thus the name Gadisar Lake. The lake being so beautiful, had to be accepted as a pious place of worship and so were built a number of temples in the precincts of the lake. Out of the all the temples the most popular is the Krishna Temple alsodo known as the Tilon ki Pol. This was built by an officer of the king known as Tila in spite of the king’s contempt. He later placed the idol of Satyanarayan or Lord Vishnu inside this temple. The temple could be caused no harm even after a number of trials. At present the lake does not serve the original purpose, but is one of the primary attractions of the city. Also during the winter season, many migratory birds come here and serve as a visual treat for all those who visit the lake.
The water reservoir built by Maharwal Gadsi Singh in 1400 is home to a huge shoal of catfish apart from common birds like ducks, swans and pigeons, and migratory birds in winter. This is apart from the beautiful architecture. There are boating arrangements on the lake.
The Compulsive Traveller

712 Followers, 35 Reviews


The Gadisar lake is at 10 minutes walking distance from Jaisalmer Fort.
Amrita

266 Followers, 5 Reviews


Ankeeta Bboruah

199 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March
Things to do
Photography, nature viewing
Open Hours
24 Hrs.
Budget
Free

Jaisalmer Fort - Jaisalmer

This is an 800 year old fort and is also known as the “Golden Fort” of Rajasthan. This is one of the most magnificent fortifications of the state and is the second oldest also after the Chittorgarh Palace. The title given to this fairytale fort complex is because of its light color which almost merges with the color of the desert sand like a mirage coming out of it. Jaisalmer City is located in the interiors of the Thar Desert and the King Jaisal planned to make this place his capital. The intricate designs on the sandstone base of the fort buildings make them look even more heavenly. It is also the only living fort of the country. This means almost half of the whole city resides inside the fort complex even today. This includes rich merchants, artisans and other common people as well. Earlier, the whole population of the kingdom lived inside but a part had to move out given the constraint of increasing population. From earlier times onwards, Jaisalmer has been a very important trade connection especially with the Muslim kingdom. Till today you will find a number of Muslim merchants dwelling here. An interesting legend about the history of this fort complex says that Lord Krishna, the leader of the Yadav clan once dreamt of setting up his kingdom in this area and his wish was fulfilled by King Jaisal, who also belonged to the Yadav clan. The fort crowning the Trikut Hills looks no less than a dreamland. You can come here in the month of February and enjoy the famous Annual Camel Fair and other festivals too.
Its an experience to explore the fort and city around it. For the explorer, walking around the city, interacting with the locals especially the elderly who give a glimpse of how life used to be when they were young is so interesting. Jaisalmer has had a rich royal past - literally. The stories of Rajasthani valour and affluence add to the aura of the place.
Kartikaya M Nagar

2 Followers, 4 Reviews


Brilliant. Just my favorite fort of all the ones I saw. It feels like a desert fort (unlike jaipur and agra which are just way too commercialized). To top things off it's clean and the little streets are wonderful to walk around.
Vinod Sharma

6 Followers, 7 Reviews


Very crowded place as it is in the middle of city, but good to visit to witness the complete view of city from the top.
Vineet Kaur

43 Followers, 11 Reviews


Best time to visit
March to October
Things to do
History tours, photography
Open Hours
24 Hrs.
Budget
Free

Mystic Dervish - Jaisalmer

Our Rajasthan diaries began at Mystic Dervish in Jaisalmer. The owner himself is an avid backpacker, a down-to-earth fellow who will make all arrangements for you to go backpacking in Rajasthan. At Mystic Dervish, the hostel for backpackers, we received a warm welcome even in the frigid winter of Rajasthan.
SHASHANK

7 Followers, 8 Reviews


Great view of the fort and very economical stay option. Well suited for backpackers.
Abhinaba Chatterjee

214 Followers, 8 Reviews


Salim Singh Ki Haveli - Jaisalmer

Another beautiful gem of Jaisalmer, this mansion was built by Salim Singh in the year 1815 when Jaisalmer was the capital of the Rajput Kingdom. Salim Singh was the Prime Minister of the court at that time and this was his residence. The specialty of this mansion that makes it stand out from others is the fact that the bricks and stones of this are not joined with cement and mortar. They are joined with long and strong iron rods. The mansion is so huge that it is said the king was also jealous of it. It is also one of the most innovative buildings of that era. The theme from which the design of the mansion was inspired is a dancing peacock. The 38 balconies projecting out resembles a peacock dancing. The intricate designs of the walls and pillars are also remarkable.
Salim Singh-ki-Haveli is famous for its intricate etched architecture and engraves on its arched ceilings.
Pushpendra Gautam

229 Followers, 7 Reviews


Salim Singh ki haveli has been built on the remains of an older haveli built in the late 17th century. The new building was built in the year 1815 and was occupied by the Mehta family of Jaisalmer. They were the most influential family of their time. This haveli was commissioned by Salim Singh, the then Prime Minister of the kingdom when Jaisalmer was the capital. The haveli has a distinct architecture. The roof has been constructed in the form of Peacock. The haveli is situated beside the hills near the Jaisalmer Fort
Anuradha Anmol

193 Followers, 10 Reviews


Best time to visit
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Things to do
History tours, photography
Open Hours
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Budget
RS 10/- for Indians, RS 15/- foreign tourists, RS 50/- per still camera, 100 per camcorder

Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli - Jaisalmer

This mansion in the heart of Jaisalmer is rated as the best in the city in terms of splendor. This mansion was the residence of Diwan Nathmal ji Mohta, who was the Prime Minister of the Maharaja of Jaisalmer at that time. The construction credit goes to a Muslim brother duo, Hathu and Lulu. The light color sandstone and the beautiful life size statues made in the mansion are remarkable. The pair of huge elephants on both the sides of the entrance seems like they are guarding the mansion as well as welcoming the guests inside. Inside the mansion the walls are filled with beautiful paintings and carvings of various incidents from daily lives, floral motifs and also modern equipments such as cars and fans. It is said that the builders had not seen these things ever but they made them with mere imagination of what they had heard from other people.
The first floor of the palace is lined with incredibly appealing paintings which are painted using 1.5 kilograms of gold.
Pushpendra Gautam

229 Followers, 7 Reviews


This Haveli is marvel in stone architecture. Maharawal Bairisal got this ornamental two storied haveli constructed in the year 1885 A. D. and gifted it to Nathimal, his Diwan. Stone elephants on both sides of the platform of the haveli signify the grandeur and position of diwan. The 7th generation of Nathimal lives in this haveli. Hence we were not allowed to go inside. But we can see the haveli from outside.
Anuradha Anmol

193 Followers, 10 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Things to do
History tours, photography
Open Hours
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Budget
Free

Patwa-ki-Haveli - Jaisalmer

Yet another beautiful mansion in Jaisalmer, it was started by Guman Chand Patwa. The mansion took 55 years to be completed. Guman’s sons completed it later. The most beautiful features of this mansion are the archways, gateways and especially the balconies, known as jharokhas. The golden color of the mansion catches the eye of every visitor at once. The tour of the whole mansion will take not more than 45 minutes. This is no doubt one of the most splendid residences in the beautiful city.
An old haveli with splendid architecture.
Damini Aggarwal

257 Followers, 116 Reviews


Patwon-ki-Haveli is a ten-minute walk from the main gates of the fort and quite magnificent. It's a collection of five houses, each one for the son of a wealthy trader who made money lending to the government.
Pushpendra Gautam

229 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Things to do
Tours, photography
Open Hours
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Budget
RS 30/-

Patwon-Ki-Haveli - Jaisalmer

Yet another beautiful mansion in Jaisalmer, it was started by Guman Chand Patwa. The mansion took 55 years to be completed. Guman’s sons completed it later. The most beautiful features of this mansion are the archways, gateways and especially the balconies, known as jharokhas. The golden color of the mansion catches the eye of every visitor at once. The tour of the whole mansion will take not more than 45 minutes. This is no doubt one of the most splendid residences in the beautiful city.
This cluster of 5 Havelis was the first one to be erected in Jaisalmer and was the official residence of the ministers and landlords of the royal times. It was a small street and the at some places the Havelis on both side of the road were so close that neighbours could even pass stuff from one home to another. The architecture was so fine and intricate. The street was crowded and cluttered and was bustling with everyday life.
Smiti Maini

274 Followers, 123 Reviews


The Patwon Ji ki Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. It is believed that Patwa was a rich man and was a renowned trader of his time. He could afford and thus ordered the construction of separate stories for each of his 5 sons. These were completed in the span of 50 years. All five houses were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century. The havelis are also known as the ‘mansion of brocade merchants’. This name has been given probably because the family dealt in threads of gold and silver used in embroidering dresses. However, there are theories, which claim that these traders made considerable amount of money in Opium smuggling and Money-lending. This is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. This haveli is presently occupied by the government, which uses it for various purposes. The office of the Archeological Survey of India and State art and craft department is situated in the haveli itself.
Anuradha Anmol

193 Followers, 10 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Things to do
Tours, photography
Open Hours
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Budget
RS 30/-

The Trio - Jaisalmer

The Trio Restaurant near Mandir Palace, Jaisalmer serves delectable, lip smacking food. I thoroughly enjoyed their laal maas with naam accompanied by chilled beer!
Travel Toes

23 Followers, 6 Reviews


Quality restaurant (mentioned in even Lonely Planet & Outlook Traveller).
Bikashjyoti Pathak

25 Followers, 18 Reviews


Barmer Road - Jaisalmer

Barmer Road is well known state highway which links Jaisalmer to Barmer. Its well known road trip through Thar desert.
Drive through the great Thar Desert across the golden dunes, from beautiful city of Jaisalmer to Barmer. The Great Indian Thar Desert surrounded by the Indus River, Aravalli Mountain Ranges and salt marsh well known as the Great Rann of Kutch. Jaisalmer to Barmer is 2 hours amazing road driver with distance of 159 km through the desert circuit, sand dunes along with the desert animals.
Mayank Raj

237 Followers, 57 Reviews


Best time to visit
N/A
Things to do
Road trip
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Kuldhara - Jaisalmer

Rated as one of the most haunted villages of Asia, this small place in Jaisalmer has been desolated for almost a century now. It is known that once their lived a Rajput king who was cursed because of which the place is still not fit to be resided by people. There are a number of ruins of forts and palaces but the government has strict rules that no one should be entering this place after sunset. There have been a number of investigations which have proved the presence of supernatural forces in the Kuldhara Village.
Little bit spooky but nice if you want something scary for lunch!lol
Vinod Sharma

6 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
October - March
Things to do
Adventure tours
Open Hours
6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Budget
N/A

Camp Paradise - Jaisalmer

Camp Paradise is a luxurious resort camp in Jaisalmer, well known for their luxury hospitality services.
Hospitality was good.
Debabrata Nayak

153 Followers, 14 Reviews


Best time to visit
When in Jaisalmer
Things to do
Luxury accommodation
Open Hours
24 Hrs.
Budget
N/A

Sam Sand Dunes - Jaisalmer

This is an area a little out of the main city of Jaisalmer and is one of the most beautiful attractions of the city. The sand dunes are a visual treat and camping is what attracts most of the tourists till this place. This is a unique experience as you have a tent right on the sand and the whole night gets more colorful with the traditional music and dance programs. There are a number of camel tour agencies which try to force you to pay more. You should be able to tackle them skillfully. A trip to Rajasthan cannot be completed if you miss this.
The Sam Dunes are 42-45 Km from Jaisalmer city.
Amrita

266 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
October - March
Things to do
Camel riding, photography, camping
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
N/A

Camp Jaisalmer - Jaisalmer

No trip to Jaisalmer is complete without an overnight stay in Desert Camp.
Bikashjyoti Pathak

25 Followers, 18 Reviews


Chokhi Dhani - Jaisalmer

In English, Chokhi Dhani means ‘Special village’. This attraction lies about 20 km on the outskirts of Jaipur but is worth the travel time and effort you take to explore the place. It is a mock form of Rajasthani village where you can find the culture and the art of the state. It is a perfect place for those who are travelling with kids since they enjoy here the most. The restaurant is open air and a perfect one for winters. Rajasthani thali is a must try at the place if you want to taste the true delicacy of the state. Some of the other entertainment opportunities include Rajasthani dancers, small stalls for snacks, shopping of Rajasthani handicrafts and acrobats. There is an adventure park where the kids can enjoy to the fullest as well.
We reached Choki Dhani in the evening and were welcomed gracefully. This was a tented accommodation in a make-shift village environment. It was a huge tent equipped with a heater, television and a bathroom. After getting decked up with our thick furry jackets we headed out to explore our village. Everything was very beautiful and was well thought of. There were street dancers, musicians, magicians, astrologers, puppeteers, mehndi artists, jugglers, snake charmers and what not. We enjoyed dancing with the locals. This one was similar to the Jaipur Choki Dhani which I had visited a few years back but maybe a bit more 'desert-ish' and 'village-ish'. After a stroll through the entire village, we went for dinner. Dinner is served in Thali style on the floor. We really enjoyed the yummy food as well as their prompt and wonderful service. After our Rajasthani Thali meal we went to sleep in our tents. The next morning we woke up and lazed around our tent and our village for a while. We had breakfast at the dining hall and started our day.
Smiti Maini

274 Followers, 123 Reviews


Best time to visit
Evening
Things to do
Enjoy!
Open Hours
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Budget
INR 450, Children: INR 350, Adults with dinner: INR 650, Children with Dinner: INR 400

Titanic Hotel - Jaisalmer

This is a perfect home away from home in the Sun City of Jaisalmer. This is a no star hotel with an interesting name and equally friendly staff inside. Mr. Polu, the manager is simply and rightly termed as a “Magic Man” because of his behavior. The other people working here are also very friendly and the rooms and services are all very good.
By far the best in service and cost.
Samantha Mascarenhas

268 Followers, 36 Reviews


Best time to visit
October - March
Things to do
Holiday resort
Open Hours
24 Hrs.
Budget
N/A

Hotel Surja - Jaisalmer

So, Surja Palace was by far the best place I've stayed in. We reached Jaisalmer fort at about 11 o'clock in the night and apparently everything pretty much shuts down at that hour of the day. And what appeared to us at first was this place that was dingy, unsafe and not something we should go ahead with. Strangely every member of the staff was fast asleep except one of the guys who showed us two rooms, out of which we chose to stay in the one which luckily was on the top floor and thats the only thing we thought could save us. We somehow managed to get sleep at about 2, until what we saw the next morning that took our breath away. I've never a prettier sunrise and a view of the entire city, the way it looked from our window. We quickly went on the cafe on the roof-top as we were starving and picked up the basic items to order as we were skeptical about the food. But turns out, they had the best breakfast!! We ended up hogging so much that we weren't able to move!!! And all of this was totally under budget. Before i forget, this place had free wifi for all the guests! Hotel Surja is a place for the ones who aren't very finicky about luxury. This place is magical because it will give you something you might take with you and always cherish. Like I did. You're on your own. You will not have room service, but the best service from the cooks. They will make you fall in love with the place!
Roma Kandpal

14 Followers, 6 Reviews


Golden Fort - Jaisalmer

Golden Fort is an 800 year old fort and is also known as the Jaisalmer Fort of Rajasthan. This is one of the most magnificent fortifications of the state and is the second oldest also after the Chittorgarh Palace. The title given to this fairytale fort complex is because of its light color which almost merges with the color of the desert sand like a mirage coming out of it. Jaisalmer City is located in the interiors of the Thar Desert and the King Jaisal planned to make this place his capital. You can come here in the month of February and enjoy the famous Annual Camel Fair and other festivals too.
The Jaisalmer Fort built by Rawal Jaiswal in 1156 AD. This is located in the heart of the city. To reach the fort one can avail auto-rickshaw or simply walk.
Amrita

266 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
March to October
Things to do
Photography, shopping and history buffing
Open Hours
24 Hrs.
Budget
Free

Mandir Palace - Jaisalmer

This 200 year old architectural delight has been converted into a heritage hotel. A must visit!!
Travel Toes

23 Followers, 6 Reviews


Madhav Desert Camp - Jaisalmer

It was a good experience to hangout at madhav desert camp. Enjoy Amazing Folk dance.
Vinod Sharma

6 Followers, 7 Reviews


Fort Rajwada - Jaisalmer

Off the Jodhpur- Barmer Link Road is the popular Fort Rajwada luxury hotel. This is an old fort turned into a beautiful holiday resort built almost completely of marble. The rooms are huge and everything you find around is worth an appreciation. The best part is that you can have dinner inside the lovely dining hall as well as enjoy a romantic dinner by the pool side. There is also a SPA at reasonable rates as a part of the holiday resort too.
Our next destination was Fort Rajwada, a luxury hotel on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. It was no less than a palace. The entire hotel including the rooms boasted of exquisite Rajasthan royalty. The buffet style dinner and breakfast consisted of Indian and Continental spreads and was out-of-this-world yummy. Before dinner there was a local song and dance performance arranged at the pool-side. We also enjoyed an evening on the hotel terrace. The staff was very cordial and we loved the royal hospitality extended to us.
Smiti Maini

274 Followers, 123 Reviews


Best time to visit
October - March
Things to do
Holiday Resort
Open Hours
N/A
Budget
Rs 4150/- Per Night

Great Indian Desert - Jaisalmer

Great Indian Desert is also known as Thar Desert, it is one of the largest deserts in the whole world and the largest in India of course. A part of the desert is in India and a part is still in Pakistan. The desert is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills on one side, the Indus River Valley on one side, Punjab on the other side and the Sindh surrounding the rest. The desert is mainly characterized by high and low sand dunes that make a beautiful view, caravans, saline lakes, cactus of various kinds. Gum Arabic Acacia, Euphorbia and Khajri are famous trees here. The wildlife apart from the camels, includes black buck, chinkara, francolin, quail, Great Bustard, ducks and geese.
After vising king’s palace we were running late for our desert safari camp, we had to run. We had quick lunch, I changed to normal cloths and we ran to our desert safari guy. He asked us if it is fine if Japanese guy joins us, we were fine with that. A guy having cigarette in one hand, a video camera in other hand which is always in a running mode, introduced himself as Tatsuma Fukuda and he turn out to be so much fun later on :) For him English was very difficult, many times we communicated through sign language, and I troubled him a lot with questions making him speak difficult English ;) :) We all sat in a jeep and two Two camel riding village guys guided our entire tour. They were very nice and helping. There job is to provide tourist a nice camel ride and a desert safari. They try their best to make the tourist happy with the good experience. As they were Muslim by religion they were wearing a Pathani Kurta and Muslim head wear. The long road, and everything dry around the long dry landscapes, after riding for long you will see some very small villages (hardly 6-10 houses in one small village) around.
Anuradha Anmol

193 Followers, 10 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March
Things to do
Camel Safaris, cultural programs, desert camping
Open Hours
7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Budget
Free

Patwon Ki Haveli - Jaisalmer

Yet another beautiful mansion in Jaisalmer, it was started by Guman Chand Patwa. The mansion took 55 years to be completed. Guman’s sons completed it later. The most beautiful features of this mansion are the archways, gateways and especially the balconies, known as jharokhas. The golden color of the mansion catches the eye of every visitor at once. The tour of the whole mansion will take not more than 45 minutes. This is no doubt one of the most splendid residences in the beautiful city.
Patwon Ki Haveli is in the main Jaisalmer city at a walking distance from the Jaisalmer Fort.
Amrita

266 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Things to do
Tours, photography
Open Hours
8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Budget
RS 30/-

Suryagarh - Jaisalmer

No words can do justice to this gorgeous property in the middle of the magnificent desert. Suryagarh, Jaisalmer is one of the best luxury hotels I've stayed at in India. Beating drums welcome you as you set foot into the hotel. You can't help but feel truly royal. Delicious snacks and cool drinks await you inside while the front desk helps you with the check in. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and the windows open up to a brilliant sunrise in the morning. The team is ever so courteous and always on the lookout to assist you in any way they can. The breakfast buffet can be eaten sitting in the charming garden where a tortoise crawls by and Simba, the adorable labrador does his rounds of the hotel. The hotel staff leaves sweet surprises at your bedside every time you come back into your room. I truly had a blissful stay here.
Travel Toes

23 Followers, 6 Reviews


Jain Temple - Jaisalmer

Also known as the Parswanath Temple and dedicated to the 23rd Tirthankara of the Jains, this is a beautiful temple in the Badridas Lane of Kolkata. The temple complex is divided into 4 parts- Shitalnath Ji Temple, Chandraprabhu Ji Temple, Mahavir Swamy Temple and Dadawadi. The temple is built in the contemporary style and is like most other Jain Temples in white. The complex has gardens and fountains also that increase the peacefulness of the area. The temple complex is not only a popular one with Jains but with all tourists.
We went to see the famous Jain Mandir in the inside the Jaisalmer fort. The temple was filled with intricate marble carvings at every pillar .
Anuradha Anmol

193 Followers, 10 Reviews


Best time to visit
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM and 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
Entry Free

Bada Bagh cenotaphs - Jaisalmer

Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer consists of numerous gardens and the royal cenotaphs of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state. I was greeted by unhesitating winds and intricately carved architecture. The backdrop boasts of mango trees and huge wind turbines.
Travel Toes

23 Followers, 6 Reviews


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