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Jaisalmer, the 'Golden City' of Rajasthan, enchants with its majestic golden-hued fort, intricately carved havelis, and the vast expanse of the Thar Desert that surrounds this historic desert outpost

About Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer was founded in 1156 and named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh. Until the rise of Bombay as a significant port disrupted trade, the city prospered on caravan levies over the ages. Jaisalmer experienced severe drought from 1895 to 1900, which made the city's economic problems worse despite attempts at modernization. The infrastructure and water supply were enhanced by Jawahir Singh's efforts in the 1930s.

Jaisalmer became a part of Rajasthan after independence in 1947. In the breathtaking setting of the Thar Desert, the city, known for its Jaisalmer Fort and ancient Havelis, draws travelers hoping to catch a glimpse of Rajasthan's vibrant culture.


Culture Built-in 1156, Jaisalmer Fort is a "living fort" located in Rajasthan with beautiful sandstone walls. Showcasing vibrant culture through festivals, traditional dance, Rajasthani cuisine, and camel safaris, it is home to a quarter of the city's population. Jaisalmer is a distinctive cultural destination because of the fort's gilded architecture and regional customs.

Climate Extreme weather is common in Jaisalmer, the arid Thar Desert, with sweltering summer temperatures of up to 49°C (120°F) and chilly winter temperatures of 7°C to 25°C (45°F to 77°F). Monsoon season brings little rain from July to September. Sandstorms, which are frequent during the warmer months, make things more difficult. Nonetheless, the city's distinct charm, on display in its historic buildings and golden landscapes, lures tourists, especially in the winter when the weather is milder.

How to reach

By road

From Delhi: Take NH48 or NH62 towards Jaipur. Continue on NH48 until reaching Jaipur. From Jaipur, take NH62 towards Ajmer and further connect to NH62 towards Jodhpur. From Jodhpur, take NH125 to reach Jaisalmer.

From Jaipur: Follow NH48 or NH62 towards Ajmer and then connect to NH62 towards Jodhpur. From Jodhpur, take NH125 to reach Jaisalmer.

From Ahmedabad: Take NH62 towards Palanpur and continue towards Sanchor. From Sanchor, take SH39 and SH16 to reach Jaisalmer.

From Jodhpur: Take NH125 from Jodhpur to reach Jaisalmer.

Destination Distance
Agra 800 km
Ajmer 440 km
Bikaner 330 km
Jaipur 570 km
Jodhpur 300 km
Mumbai 1140 km
New Delhi 800 km
Udaipur 575 km

By plane

You can take a flight to Jaisalmer Airport (JSA), which is located 17 km southeast of the city, or you can drive yourself there. SpiceJet and IndiGo operate domestic flights that link cities such as Delhi, Jaipur, and Mumbai. As an alternative, pre-paid taxis, trains, and buses are available in Jodhpur, which is about 285 km away. About 562 kilometers to the east is Jaipur, home to the nearest international airport.

By train

To travel to Jaisalmer by train, reserve seats on well-traveled routes such as the Delhi-Jaisalmer Express. Major cities like Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Delhi are all easily accessible from the Jaisalmer Railway Station. Organize your trip in advance by using the official train platforms. When you get there, use the taxis or auto-rickshaws available for a smooth transition throughout the city.

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2 days itinerary

Day 1: Explore the Golden Fort and Heritage Sites

  • Morning

Start with a visit to Jaisalmer Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its intricate architecture, and Jain temples, and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

  • Afternoon

Head to the Patwon Ki Haveli, a cluster of five havelis showcasing exquisite architecture. Wander through the narrow lanes and learn about the historical significance.

  • Lunch

Enjoy a traditional Rajasthani lunch at a local restaurant, savoring flavors like Dal Baati Churma and Ker Sangri.

  • Evening

Visit the Sam Sand Dunes for a camel safari into the Thar Desert. Experience the breathtaking sunset over the dunes.

  • Dinner

Choose a rooftop restaurant in the fort area for dinner, enjoying the illuminated view of the fort and the city.

Day 2: Cultural Immersion and Relaxation

  • Morning

Explore the local markets around the fort for unique handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs. Don't miss the bustling Manak Chowk and Bhatia Bazar.

  • Afternoon

Have lunch at a local eatery or your hotel, savoring Rajasthani specialties.

  • Afternoon

Visit the Jaisalmer Folklore Museum to delve into the region's rich cultural heritage. Experience traditional music and dance performances.

  • Evening

Relax at the Gadisar Lake, known for its serene ambiance. Take a boat ride or stroll along the picturesque surroundings.

  • Dinner

Enjoy a quiet dinner at a local restaurant or your hotel, reflecting on the cultural and historical treasures explored during your two-day Jaisalmer itinerary.

Get around

For a city and surrounding exploration, rent bikes from Desert Boys and explore Jaisalmer on foot. In crowded areas, auto-rickshaws are particularly handy, and bicycles make alleyway navigation easier. Bicycles can be rented for ₹5-30 per hour/day at locations like Gandhi Chowk. Taxis, both private and public, are accessible but more expensive than private tour buses.

  • R.L Car Rental Jaisalmer
  • Jaisalmer Car Rental
  • Clear Car Rental Pvt Ltd

Things to do

  • Jaisalmer Fort: Jaisalmer Fort, also known as the "Sonar Quila" or "Sonal Kella," is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, founded in 1156. Constructed from golden-yellow sandstone, it stands as the "Golden Fort" with intricate carvings and a fusion of Rajput and Islamic architecture. Unlike other forts, it's a 'working fort' with residents. Tourists explore its amazing interiors, visit merchant havelis, and enjoy panoramic views from numerous lookouts. A royal section tour provides insights, though the audio tour is brief. With a fairy tale appearance during sunset, Jaisalmer Fort symbolizes historical significance, blending cultural heritage, architectural brilliance, and a living city within its walls.

Adults: 200 rs per head Add ₹100 to each camera.


Gadisar Lake (Gadaria Lake): King Rawal Jaisal constructed Gadisar Lake, an artificial lake in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, in 1156 AD. Gadsi Singh Bhati rebuilt the lake sometime in 1367 AD. It's surrounded by tombs and temples, and at the nearby desert cultural center, it has puppet shows and boat rides. Once the city's main water supply, the lake offers a calm haven with beautiful sunset views, a light and sound show, and fun boating.


  • Patwon-ki-Haveli: The haveli is open from 9 AM to 5 PM every day. The recommended time to explore it is 1–2 hours.

The entrance fee is:

  • Indians: INR 150 per person
  • Foreigners: INR 300 per person
  • Camera: INR 50
  • Video camera: INR 100

Constructed in the 19th century, Patwon-ki-Haveli is a captivating ensemble of intricately designed havelis, providing a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the merchant class. it immerses visitors in the luxurious era of Havelis, showcasing thoughtful craftsmanship and opulence. For Rs. 150, explore a restored haveli-turned museum, delving into local music, cuisine, religion, and culture. Located a brief ten-minute walk from the fort, this collection of five residences mirrors the wealth of merchant heirs. Signs inside offer detailed information, while outside guides charge Rs. 50 for their services. Allocate two hours to fully appreciate this architectural and cultural marvel.

Other sights

  • Kuldhara Heritage Village: Kuldhara, an abandoned 13th-century Rajasthani village close to Jaisalmer, was originally home to Paliwal Brahmins. Its architecture is amazing even though it's in ruins. Though regarded as the second most haunted location in India, renovations are being undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India. The village gates are open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and admission costs INR 10 for individuals and INR 50 for vehicles. A fascinating destination for history buffs, the village has a haunting history: all of its residents disappeared in an instant, leaving it cursed to be uninhabitable. Although the story is well-documented in stone, guides are available.
  • Sam Sand Dunes (Sam Village): One of the most genuine desert sites in India is Sam Dunes, 45 km west of Jaisalmer. Its 30- to 60-meter-tall dunes provide the perfect backdrop for a desert safari in a jeep or camel. To get to Sam, guests can take a taxi from Jaisalmer. Other options for lodging include budget-friendly desert camps. Activities include paragliding, quad bike dune buggy dunes, and jeep safaris. Cultural shows, traditional dance, music, and an unforgettable DJ night enhance the evening. Sam is a great option for anyone looking for a fully immersive Rajasthani desert experience.
  • Tanot Mata Temple: Karni Mata's forerunner, Goddess Aavad, is worshipped at the Tanot Mata Temple in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan. Worth seeing, it's about a 1.5-hour drive from the city and can be continued for an additional 20 km to the Indo-Pak border. Visitors must present their driver's license and other identification to receive a permit from the temple for border visits. An account of the temple's past is given in the briefing room. Remaining in good condition, it bears witness to the commitment of the Border Security Force (BSF). A historical marvel, the temple's resilience during the 1965 and 1971 wars is explained by the goddess's blessings as shells were fired but did not explode. Admission is free.


  • Jaisalmer War Museum (Longewala War Memorial): The poignant journey through military history offered by the Jaisalmer War Museum features artifacts and anecdotes from battles, including equipment that was taken from Pakistan. For fans of the army, it's a must-visit because of its beautiful setting. Entry to the museum costs Rs. 55, and the evening light and sound show costs an extra Rs. 100. A combo ticket that includes both the audio-visual show and the museum is available, as well as guides. The displays highlight valor in the Indo-Pak Wars of 1965 and 1971. Designed by Lt. Gen. Bobby Mathews, it is an enthralling homage to the military heritage of India, complete with educational exhibits and a wall of honor.


Jaisalmer is a peaceful, picturesque destination that is perfect for a two-day trip. For a real desert experience, take a camel safari, explore the city, and tour the palace. For people who aren't big fans of camels, there are also Jeep safaris. Explore before 9:00 am for a more tranquil atmosphere. Beneath the fort are magnificent havelis with elaborate stone carvings that are accessible for a small fee. A popular place to start camel safaris, which can last anywhere from two days to a month and are arranged by different Rajasthani tour operators, is Jaisalmer. Usually, each person gets their camel, and supplies are transported on a camel cart.

Cultural shows

Take in the colorful cultural performances in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Savor lively music while watching traditional Rajasthani folk dances like Ghoomar and Kalbeliya. Don't miss Jaisalmer Fort's fascinating sound and light show that tells the story of the fortress. Enchanting folk performances beneath the stars are provided by desert camps, offering a fully immersive cultural experience.

Fairs and festivals

Jaisalmer Desert Festival: The golden city hosts a cultural extravaganza every February called the Jaisalmer Desert Festival. It highlights Rajasthan's rich history with folk performances, camel races, and traditional contests. The festival is a must-attend because of its vibrant atmosphere and unique events, which provide a vibrant window into the rich traditions of the desert region.


Shopping in Jaisalmer is a delightful experience, with vibrant markets offering traditional Rajasthani items. Explore Sadar Bazaar for textiles and handicrafts, and Sonaron Ka Baas for gold and silver jewelry. Local markets showcase embroidered fabrics, camel leather goods, and Rajasthani artifacts. Take home a piece of Jaisalmer's rich cultural heritage.


Dal Baati Churma, Ker Sangri, and Gatte ki Sabzi are just a few of the delicious Rajasthani delicacies that Jaisalmer has to offer. Foods that are resistant to the desert's harsh conditions are emphasized in the cuisine. Enjoy dishes like Dal Bhati Choorma, Lal Maans, and more when you explore neighborhood restaurants for a genuine dining experience.

Government hospitals

Sub-district Hospital

Private hospitals

  • Priya Hospital & Multi Speciality Care
  • Shri Maheshwari Hospital And Research Centre

Go next

Jodhpur: A historic city in Rajasthan, India, Jodhpur is called the "Blue City" because of its vividly painted blue houses. It is well-known for its stunning Mehrangarh Fort and rich cultural legacy.

Day trips

Om Banna Temple: An unusual shrine where motorbikes are revered is the Om Banna Temple, which is located close to Jodhpur. It all started with a story about a man who had a fatal bike accident, and the bike kept coming back to the scene of the accident for some reason. These days, people come to ask for blessings for a safe ride, and they frequently give alcohol to the bike deity.