The Jewels of Jaisalmer

Tripoto
23rd Jan 2015

A good salesman has a good sense of humor

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Patwon ki haveli

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A night well spent. Away from crowd

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Beautiful sunrise

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Gadsisar lake

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Gadsisar lake

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A delight to walk around

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The fort- Sonar kella

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Sam sand dunes

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Sunset and Camel safari

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The best halt ever

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A good evening in the Thar desert

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Old and new

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The royal Cenotaphs

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Take the train from your city. Most cities have a direct train to Jaisalmer. Or fly to Jodhpur. Its 6 hours from there by road or train.

Stay inside the fort- in some ancient Haveli if possible. It is medieval.

If you want luxury, look up Suryagargh, or the more reasonable Fort Rajwada.

Walk around town, inside the fort and outside. Visit Patwon ki Haveli and others. Spend time at the Gadisar lake.

Definitely try some bhang at the famous shop right outside the fort gate.

Go hire a bike from Shiva bike rental, and ride down to Lodurva, Kuldhara.

Spend a night at Sam desert dunes. If you want comfort, go with the tented settlements. If you want away from noise, ask the locals inside the fort to hook you up with camel riders for the 'non touristy' stuff. If you want to do that, it will be better if you have your sleeping bag and a tent. Even if you don't they will provide you with mattress and heavy blankets.

This is a perfect 3-4 day holiday destination. While there, try the local delicacies. Eat at Swadan restaurant, and try the thali and Dal bati churma for sure. If you can get a local to cook Lal Maas, then be rest assured that it would be finger licking good.

You will find a more detailed account of the city and my visit on www.thetravelshrink.com

It is full of stories from ancient India, great people and you get to live in a medieval fort. Plus, lots of reasonable bargains for the ladies. Shoes, leather products, clothes, silver jewelry.
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Nice insight. I do have a question : Are we allowed to set our own tents near the sand dunes? and is it safe? Thanks.
Tue 09 06 16, 14:04 · Reply (1) · Report
Hi Sachin, responding really late but I guess better late than never :) I don't think you will have issues pitching your own tent on the dunes, but not in the Desert National Park. For that you will need permission. Also, it is best to have a local camel rider- they get some livelihood, and you get some local stories and freshly cooked local fod, under the stars.
Wed 04 19 17, 03:43 · Report