A camp with attached bath, delicious delicacies, walking on a million golden pearls, warm winter breeze in your hair and billions of stars above. Would you want to live here for a very affordable price? Doesn't this seem like a place one would not want to check-out of? If you would like to just sit back and relax, detox yourself from the race of life and enjoy a flavorsome Rajasthani meal, or if you are just an adventure enthusiast, this is the perfect weekend getaway. Read on to know more!Rajasthan being the largest state in our country, offers colorful festivals, soulful music and harmonious diversity. This state is a travelers paradise; it has plenty to offer to different masses. While Rajasthan is known for its forts, palaces, stepwell reservoirs and uni colored cities, one cannot ignore the most visited city, Jaisalmer."The Golden City" present at the heart of the Thar desert is the most known destination for tourists around the world. It is noted for its Golden fort and havelis. Hidden under the popularity of Thar is a desert dune site called Sam Sand Dunes. If you want to avoid the infinite number of tourists but also want to experience the desert, Sam is the place to be.
I reached late at night in Jaisalmer and stayed the night in the station. Early morning I went to Gadisar lake to enjoy the sunrise before venturing into the desert. I covered Jaisalmer Fort, Bara Bagh, Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Nathmal-ki-Haveli, Jain Temple, and Salim Singh Ki Haveli. Near Jaisalmer Fort, after rigorous bargaining, I booked a safari @ 1500. In the afternoon I caught the taxi which was to take us to the campsite. It included some spots in between and a camel ride during sunset. On reaching the campsite, we were welcomed grandiosely and then went on to see a live performance of some belly dancers while enjoying the buffet. After returning from the safari, I caught the train back to Jaipur.
Jailsalmer--The Golden City of India. Place of palaces, rajputs, dunes and yellowish sand stones. This yellowish sand stones used in every architecture of the city gives a golden shades to the city and its surroundings.For Bengalis, Jaisalmer is the native place of Mukul- the central character of the famous film Director Satyajit Ray's movie Sonar Kella (The Golden Fortress). Let's explore some of the places of the famous Golden city
Day 5 - Jaisalmer - The Golden cityThe bus stops a kilometer away from Jaisalmer fort at the outskirts of the city. I freshened up in one of the restaurants, had the best poha for breakfast and headed towards the fort. The city fort is the only inhabited fort with about 3000 people residing within the walls. From the top of the fort, one can see the golden city at its glory. 15 minutes from here is this gorgeous set of 5 palaces known as Patwon ki haveli. A narrow lane takes you to this yellow sandstone palace. Opposite to the haveli are some great cafes and restaurants. I enjoyed a lavish Rajasthani and Marwadi thali for 300 INR whilst adoring the gorgeous heritage site.Bada Bagh, Thar heritage museum, Nathmal ki haveli, Gadisar lake are some other places you can visit. Next stop was tiny mounts of brown pearls: Sam sand dunes which is 40 kms from the city. You can go there in shared taxi but I rented a bike for 500 INR as I was planning to stay at Sam for the night.
Day 3: Sand dunes, Kuldhara, Lodurva and Jaisalmer FortThe next morning we headed on to see the above three mentioned places, all in the same direction and really close to Jaisalmer.On your way, you can also do some paragliding. On reaching sam sand dunes, you'd be offered camel rides. The view here is mesmerizing. A film shoot here is not uncommon.
Known as the golden city of Rajasthan, the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer is one of the best places in India for desert safari.1. Situated 40km from main Jaisalmer city, Sam Sand Dunes in Sam village is a unique company that provides a resort stay amidst the desert, where you can enjoy desert safari on jeeps and camels. This is a special safari, as it will take you through the local villages situated in the desert, giving you a real experience of the local culture as you safari along the deserts.Cost: On Request | Contact: 97848 44524
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan's Golden City, evokes the imagery of the exotic camel ruled villages and ancient trade routes. Shrouded in the golden hue of the adjacent Thar Desert and the high-rise fort, Jaisalmer truly is a city that will leave you reliving the bygone era. It is not just the Jaisalmer Fort that is built using the golden-honey sandstone, but every haveli in town, big or small, is made from the same material, washing the entire city with a mellowed, yellowed tinge. Here you feel like you are forever in the 'sepia' filter! Reach Jaisalmer by lunch, and start your siesta with the city after some rest.What to see1. Start your exploration of Jaisalmer with a visit to Gadisar Lake. A 650-years-old lake, it is still the major source of water for the city. Entry is free, but the boat rides are chargeable at ₹10, ₹50 and ₹100 for a row boat, a paddle boat and a shikara respectively. You can visit the lake from 8am to 8pm.2. Explore the narrow streets with renovated houses and havelis, all sporting intricately carved front doors and windows.