The Serai

Bherwa, Chandan, Chandan, Jaisalmer, 345 001, India
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Travel Tips for Jaisalmer

Steering Mechanism for the camel

by herzog63

Well, you animal lovers aren't going to care for this tip but....They way the camels are driven is by wooden pegs that are driven into their nostrils. Pull on the rope to the right and the camel turns right. Pull on the rope to the left and the camel turns left. Pull back on both and the camel stops!! No wonder camels can be mean!! I'd be upset too if I had those things stuck in my nose and people were pulling on them.

Bada Bagh (Big Garden)

by Carino

5km outside of Jaisalmer you can find Bada Bagh. Here you can find cenotaphs of former maharajahs. Those are beautifully carved sandstone monuments, some of them sadly damaged by an earthquake. Explore the cenotaphs carefully. For example you can see how many wifes each maharajah had.

Entrance is 50 Rp and Camera Fee is 20 Rp. Take a taxi, hire a rickshaw or rent a jeep to get there.

Playing in the sand

by herzog63

The guy in the middle of the picture was just running across the dune and I happened to take a picture at the same time that he jumped. When I finally got to see my slides several months later I was totally surprised that I caught him in mid-air! He was a member of our trekking group.
You can see in this photo that the desert consists of different landscapes. It's not all sand dunes and in some places there is actually a type of grass that was growing.

I've got the hump....

by sourbugger

Jaiselmer is a somewhat remote city, near the India-Pakistan border. Up until quite modern times is derived it's wealth from being a staging post on the 'caravan routes' of vast lines of camels transporting goods. The development of ports such as Bombay and the partition of 1947 meants that its use as a transporation hub became very limited. The state goverment has therefore tried hard to encourage tourism to keep this fine historic town viable.

The ancient sandstone fort is the main attraction, and you can stay within it's wall. There are also a selection of Havelli's or merchant houses. Some of these provide accommodation.

Jaiselmer is also a great place to take a good Camel ride. this can be an overnight affair with a night spent under the stars in a desert that comes straight out of any child's sterotyped idea of a sany desert.

The only real downside to the town are the carpet salesman. I remember one lad inparticular when I was there. He couldn't have been more that 12 years old (he probably has a chain of shops by now), who had an impressive mathematical gift. If he gave you a price of a carpet, he would tell you the price in any currency you could name to two decimal place. We started him off converting the rupee price to pounds sterling and dollars. I had foolishly promised to buy a carpet off him, if I could catch him out. I was very relieved that after going through Roubles , Italian Lira (even that maths was easy for him), Bolivian Paesos and Norwegian crowns I finnally stumped him on Vietnemese dong.

Amaze your eyes

by travailen

Timings: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Importance: Rare coins, manuscripts are in abundance

Desert cultural center and museum is a place where you will get to know about the rich cultural heritage and customs of Jaisalmer, a popular destination in Rajasthan. So if you are short on time and cannot mug up in library, this is the place to be. The place is well maintained and harbors rare coins and manuscript related to Jaisalmer history and the history of Rajasthan in whole.

This museum has some eye-catching collection of traditional Rajasthani textiles, utensils, weapons, musical instruments and fossils. One thing that is very popular among foreigners is 'Karal', the traditional opium mixing box. The place regularly organizes showcase programs for tourists. Try to get there before the mentioned time in order to avoid rush.


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