Jaisalmer Travel Guide

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Jaisalmer Things to Do

  • Jaisalmer fort or Sonar Quila.

    Built in 1150- in the yellow sandstone typical of the area which at certain times of the day give a golden glow to the stone. One of the oldest forts in Rajasthan it stands 76 metres high and over 5 kms round and has 99 buttresses to help support the walls.Inside the walls are havelis built by the rich merchants and Jain temples, one where mainly...

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  • Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer.

    You'll need to take a tuk-tuk or rickshaw out here as it is a fair walk from the walled city. This is a man-made lake, built in 1400 by Makarwal Gadsi Singh to hold rainwater for drinking purposes of the whole of Jaisalmer. There are plenty of temples and shrines around the lake for some nice photos of reflections. There is also boating on the...

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  • Bara Bagh royal cenotaphs, Jaisalmer.

    On top of a hillside a few kms out from Jaisalmer lie the Royal Cenotaphs of Bara Bagh (Bada Bagh) in a desert landscape. Contrary to the Royal Cenotaphs in Bikaner, here there is practically no marble at all, primarily golden sandstone. Built in the early 1500's by the Maharawal Jait Singh whose cenotaph is preceded by only one other in age. The...

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  • Opposite Sunset point for the sunset.

    Contrary to what some have said Sunset point is on Ram Garh road, not at the Bara Bagh cenotaph site which is a couple of kms further on. Right opposite Sunset point is a hotel which you can enter, walk up to the far terrace behind the swimming pool and watch the sunset from there. Of course you have to buy a beer for the privilege, but It's better...

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  • Lake Khichan, Rajasthan.

    Lake Khichan is roughly halfway between Bikaner and Jaisalmer so should be planned as a stop on the road rather than a visit from one or the other. Here you'll find literally thousands of Demoiselle cranes, a splendid sight in this barren desert, between September and late February/early March. The birds have been migrating here for a number of...

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  • Bada Bagah:Royal Families Cenotaphs

    The Bada Bagh is a nice place set among a garden slightly north of Jaisalmer. I got the feeling of historic culture as soon as I entered the premises! Excellent interiors and architecture. The pillar of Entrance like Royal. Unexpected wonderful set of cenotaphs (Only for Royal Families), in the desert. Very few people around, very special carved...

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Jaisalmer Restaurants

  • Best Food With Gre8 City & Sunset View

    Need a break from Indian spices?La purezza Ristorante Italiano is waiting for you.Start your day with a real espresso and nutella pancake.For lunch, pasta al dente will give you all the energy: gnocchi, spaghetti, penne or fusilli, irresistibly covered with pure Italian flavours: Pomodori, boscaiola, puttanesca, alla arrabiatta, quattro...

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  • Excellent food. Excellent service

    After the horrible experience at The Trio, Jaisalmer (which I have advised travellers never to visit), i went with reluctance to the Jaisal Treat last night. However my experience was very different. We were greeted with a smile and were given best table near a window giving a glimpse of the market. Though we had a choice to sit on the terrace, my...

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  • Horrible experience at The Trio. Waste...

    I went to this horrible restaurant named The Trio, Mandir Palace. (TIN no.08372500136) with my wife and my 4 year old son today, i.e. November 17, 2012. This is a real dis-gusting place to ever be in your life.I decided on this place after reading the reviews on various sites. This place is just horrible and is only meant for foreigners. If you are...

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Jaisalmer Nightlife

  • At the Desert

    I had spent the night in the Sam desert, in a mud hut and then in a Swiss Tent. I must say it is one of the best experiences of my life. The mud huts and the Swiss Tents both have all the necessary washroom/ toilet facilities and electricity as well. But the best part is it retains the simplicity of the traditional Rajasthani lifestyle in thatched...

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  • folk dances

    In Jaisalmer, on the roof top of the hotels u can have a dance party performance by local folk parties .......folk songs listening feast....the hotel woners arrenge folk dances on the roof of the hotel top and we can see the dance by paying in advanceand can have food with that . The girls sings and at the same time dance with good gyrations of...

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  • Fort at night

    Check out on of the roof top restaurants (e.g. Little Italy) or hotels (e.g. Killa Bhawan) to get a great view on the fort at night. Long Sleaves to avoid mosquito bites

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Jaisalmer Transportation

  • The only way to travel

    If after your overnight stay in the dunes you suddenly notice a sense of invincibility come over you, why not return back to town seated on the thin back door beam of an open, crowded, zipping, taxi pickup truck. It will be unforgettable, if nothing else. Be sure to have your hands firmly clasped for the 35 minutes of course. Though I believe the...

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  • Ways to get to Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer can be reached quite easily from Jodhpur by bus, train or hire carWe had a car & driver, and the trip took about 4.5 hours. We left Jodhpur at 7.30 am and reached Jaisalmer in time for lunch. The road is not too bad- although it usually has a strange assortment of traffic (camels, elephants, buses, HUGE trucks, motorcycles (many)The...

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  • Jaisalmer - Delhi Train

    There’s a daily 19-hrs train that runs between Delhi and Jaisalmer. Though it’s a better idea to stop and overnight halfway in Jodhpur. I strongly insist you book a sleeper in an AC cabin, the weather outside is too dry and dusty, it could jeopardize your respiratory system!! And drink lots and lots of water, or you’ll get dehydrated!!

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Jaisalmer Shopping

  • Antique street shopping

    Antique items shopping in the open streets markets is best thing about Jaisalmer.most of Items made by Metal, Copper, Copper Brass, Aluminiums etc.you can by Brassware Show Piece, Iron Lamp, Brass Lamp, Copper Pot,Brass Elephant and toys and locks,knifes.coins etc. made by brass.some other items made by wood like toys some wooden boxes these items...

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  • Colorful puppets for sale on streets of...

    Colorful Rajasthani puppets for sale on the streets of the Jaisalmer Fort and in old city of Jaisalmer. the all puppets are handmade. the local artists make in street and sale in local market.most of artists make figures of men, women, elephants and came etc.these puppets are not so expensive and you also can learn how to play a show.

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  • Leather Shoping in Jaisalmer

    There are many shops of leather goods in Jaisalmer I don't want to put only one shop name mostly you find in fort and old city. shopkeepers sale bags, shoes, hats, sandals and just about any other leather item you can imagine.Also well known are the leather diaries that are now being exported all over the world. Also one can look for accessories...

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Jaisalmer Local Customs

  • Marriage customs-Ganesh painting out...

    When people in Jaisalmer get married, they paint a Ganesh outside their doors and wall with a wedding date and name of bride and groom on it. I found these lovely paintings all over Jaisalmer as I walked around.the picture is of Ganesha, the God Ganapati, the remover of all obstacles, with the wordings around it invoking blessings. On the right,...

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  • Jain Religion

    Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world and originates from ancient India. The Jains follow the teachings of the 24 Jinas (conquerors) who are also known as Tirthankars. The 24th Tirthankar, Lord Mahavira lived in ca. 6th century BC. One of the main characteristics of Jain belief is the emphasis on the immediate consequences of one's...

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  • Chhatrel village people

    After visiting the Parshvanath Temple at Lodurva, our driver took us to this little desert village called Chhatrel where he lived and where he was picking up his sister from and dropping her off at some wedding ceremony elsewhere. No sooner had we arrived, we were surrounded by children wanting sweets, pens or money. One lady took me to a shop...

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Jaisalmer Warnings and Dangers

  • Fake Silver Jewellery

    Lower section of the Jaisalmer fort you will find many local women selling silver jewellery (it's all fake) They will say you that some that 70% silver but not any percent silver in it but it looks real and some of them look antique.

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  • Watch your step

    Might not seem like much of a warning but just to keep in mind. Although all towns that have the original old markets (the original ''inner town'' I suppose) have narrow lanes that all vehicles, people, and animals negotiate through, Jaisalmer's is different. It's old market section's lanes are not so narrow and not as crowded as other cities are,...

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  • Overloaded infrastructure of the Fort

    This mighty fort is in trouble. The infastucture is struggling to cope. Being home to not only a quarter of the population of Jaisalmer, it also is first choice for tourists looking for accomodation. The drainage system cannot handle the demand, and part of the walls have already collapsed. There are many hotels outside the walls of the fort, and...

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Jaisalmer Tourist Traps

  • A Ravenhatta Seller and his music

    Some Bhopas(Who play Ravenhatta) make their living performing for tourists. There were many Ravanhatta players on the cobbled walkway up to the Jaisalmer Fort. tourist listened and give then some money. one of them recorded his music in CD and selling outside of fort and he also sell Ravenhatta instrument in nominal price. you can't but this...

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  • Sam Sand Dunes - DON'T expect much

    The Sam sand dunes are made out to be these amazing sand dunes which will make you feel like you are in the middle of the sahara desert. But it's far from it. Also, don't waste any money on taking a camel ride to the place. From all the tent accomodations there, or from the parking, it's 2 min walk. And the camel owners take too much money for...

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  • Sam Duped

    The moment your vehicle approaches Sam be ready to face lot of persons running (banging) towards your car. This is dangerous because they seemed not to be bothered about their life. Just manage to avoid this rush and keep going straight. The rates are very high at this place for Camel safari.

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Jaisalmer What to Pack

  • Saving oneslf from the uv!

    Its necessary to carry a pair of sunglasses and sunscreen lotion. Additionally, I managed well with a Rajasthani 'Bandhni' dupatta or scarf. It gave me the traditional look as well saved me from the sun. Even in Jan-Feb, the days can be real hot. But then the nights are chilly. So woolens is a must in winter, as well as some summer clothes for...

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  • What to take to Jaisalmer

    A SMALL BACK-PACK FOR DAY TRIP INTO THE DESERT A SPORTS BRA!!!!! If you go into the desert and ride a camel- believe me, its an essential item to wear.A JACKET- THE DESERT IS COLD AT NIGHT SUNSCREENEXTRA WATER

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  • Packing list for camel trek

    Take as little as possible on your camel trek. I went on a 2-day trek and took my small day pack with the following things:1. Camera (essential)2. Water bottle - water is provided3. Torch - there's no light at your overnight stop. Also helps your guide out as well.4. Toiletries5. Another change of clothes (especially if going on a 3-day trek)6....

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Jaisalmer Off The Beaten Path

  • Lodrawa jain temples

    A 16 kilometers further on from Jaislamer is another important Jain temple of the region in Lodharva Village,I was quite impressed with the architecture of the temple. Also there was no pressure at any point to donate any money or indulge in any ritual.Lodharva was the capital of Bhatti Rulers till they shifted it to Jaisalmer. The temples are made...

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  • The Celestial tree

    Inside the temple complex is the Kalpavriksha or the celestial tree.This Tree is an ancient tree, older than anyone can remember and believed to have grown here, and when it died it was substituted by a true to life sculpture in an alloy of eight metals, making it an "eternal tree" symbolising enlightenment. The copper leaves are believed to have...

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  • Kuldhara village, Jaisalmer.

    This is a site of legend some 13 kms to the west of Jaisalmer, and is literally a ghost town. In 1825 the villagers upped and left, and it is believed left a curse behind them. Many local people still will go nowhere near the ruined village.The story goes that a minister of the state of Rajasthan visited the village and fell in love with the...

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Jaisalmer Favorites

  • Vendors and others in Jaisalmer fort.

    There are plenty of sellors, hawkers and all sorts of touts inside and along the walls of the fort. But I found them to be very cheerful and not aggressive at all. The girls just by the Suraj Pol were perhaps the hardest to get past but they enjoyed posing for a photo without taxing me. So don't be frightened at all about being accosted, normally a...

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  • Camel safari in Jaisalmer

    Camel safaris are big business in Jaisalmer, different travel agency take you to different routes.there are various safari you can choose from from an evening sunset and dinner to overnight,from one day or more then days we had short safari in Jaisalmer we were taken by a jeep to Sam sand dunes 50km far from Jaisalmer There the camels were waiting...

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  • Buses from Jaisalmer

    Hello friend, This is the best time to visit Rajasthan especially Jaisalmer. There are number of options available from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur and from Jaipur or Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. It is always advisable to travel by Rajasthan Roadways buses which offer excellent services and run number of Deluxe and Volvo buses in this route. Rajasthan roadways...

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