Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in August

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27th Aug 2019
Photo of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan in August by Padmanabh Choudhury

The Sairafort Sarovar Portico is a good hotel with excellent staff. The restaurant serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. The local cuisine options are authentic and made just the same way as you would get dining at a restaurant elsewhere in Jaisalmer.

Photo of Sairafort Sarovar Portico, Jaisalmer, Industrial Area, Gandhi Nagar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Tidy and hygienic as expected of a hotel. Shower enclosure was clean and had good water pressure.

Photo of Sairafort Sarovar Portico, Jaisalmer, Industrial Area, Gandhi Nagar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Tidy and hygienic as expected of a hotel.

Photo of Sairafort Sarovar Portico, Jaisalmer, Industrial Area, Gandhi Nagar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

The hotel has a central courtyard that guests can use.

Photo of Sairafort Sarovar Portico, Jaisalmer, Industrial Area, Gandhi Nagar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

The hotel has a central courtyard that guests can use. The fort like look and feel really works.

Photo of Sairafort Sarovar Portico, Jaisalmer, Industrial Area, Gandhi Nagar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

The hotel has a central courtyard that guests can use.

Photo of Sairafort Sarovar Portico, Jaisalmer, Industrial Area, Gandhi Nagar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

The fort is heavily commercialised with guides thronging the entrance offering their services. They will mostly leave you alone once you ignore them enough. It can become irritating though.

Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Dhibba Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Some of the "attractions" inside the fort will charge you money if you have anything other than a cell camera. This is over and above the entrance fee. These "fees" are a perpetual hazard in this city. You will feel nickel and dimed. I know I did.

Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Dhibba Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Probably the best place to have good coffee in Jaisalmer is inside the Fort at Kuku Coffee Shop.

Photo of kuku coffee shop, Khejer Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Probably the best place to have good coffee in Jaisalmer is inside the Fort at Kuku Coffee Shop.

Photo of KUKU COFFEE SHOP, Dhibba Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Bada Bagh was the absolute worst experience of my trip. The guards were rude and despite deciding that I did not wish to proceed inside after an argument with them, they refused to return my money.

Photo of Bada Bagh, Bada Baugh Chhatris Road, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

One of the so called "guards". These people are basically private thugs.

Photo of Bada Bagh, Bada Baugh Chhatris Road, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Dining room of a merchant's house that's been converted into a museum. These people don't charge you extra if you show up with an actual camera. There is however an entrance fee, as expected.

Photo of Patwon ki Haveli/ Patwa Haveli (Kothari's Patwa Haveli), Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Kuldhara, an abandoned village lies on the road to Sam (pronounced "some") sand dunes. There's an entrance fee of course and place closes by 6pm. So no sunset or sunrise or moonlight pictures here. Some guides will hound you here as well.

Photo of Kuldhara Abandoned Village, Jiyai, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

A street inside the abandoned village. They are restoring some areas and inadvertently turning it into a made up abandoned village.

Photo of Kuldhara Abandoned Village, Jiyai, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Gadisar lake was one of the best and peaceful experiences of the trip. It has temples lining the banks, where people come to visit and generally relax. There's nothing to do here, probably why it was peaceful to begin with. There is NO entrance fee here and nobody freaks out looking at your camera.

Photo of Gadisar Lake, Postal Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan by Padmanabh Choudhury

The "Desert Safari" outfits are another example of aggressive sales tactics. The claim is they will take you across "three deserts" which are only just a couple of dunes a few KM from the highway.

Photo of Sam Sand Dunes Desert Safari Camp Jaisalmer, Kanoi, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Although scenic and gets crowded on good days, still feels like a rip off. I visited after a few days of rain, so the sand here is rather wet.

Photo of Sam Sand Dunes Jaisalmer, Sam, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

The Jaisalmer War Museum is well laid out and under the open sky. There are two halls with exhibits and the usual collection of army machinery for display.

Photo of Jaisalmer War Museum, Thaiyat, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Jaisalmer Fort by night with all the exterior lights switched on.

Photo of Jaisalmer War Museum, Thaiyat, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Street inside the fort. This street sees a lot of bike and rickshaw traffic as this is a "living fort" with people having their ancestral homes inside.

Photo of Jaisalmer War Museum, Thaiyat, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Four days is definitely waaay too much time for spending in Jaisalmer if you are here just for the "bucket list" tick off. If you are more the adventurous kind and like to roam around doing odd things and exploring, there are many nooks and corners to visit.

Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Dhibba Para, Manak Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Padmanabh Choudhury
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