Jaisalmer Travel Guide

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Jaisalmer Things to Do

  • Sam Desert Nights Club Jaisalmer

    While on our bike trip we visited the Sam Sand Dunes to do camel ride and folk dance and dinner. We reached at 5:00 pm at Sam Desert Nights we offered a camel ride on twin sharing basis . We have seen a blisfull sunset at thar desert jaisalmer. Then we had a light tea snacks at the Sam Desert Nights Jaisalmer. The folk dance and dj party was...

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  • SWEET TALKERS BUT BIGGEST ROUGES

    Your driver or guide may suggest you visit this emporium telling you that this is a Government Shop - State Handicraft Board. The salesmen confirm it's State Govt Shop. When you go in you will see FIXED PRICE board - which may also give you a feel that being a Govt Shop you cannot bargain. Very sweet talkers - They tell you that they will show you...

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  • Jain Temples Inside Jaisalmer Fort

    The Jain temples inside the fort are built in the Dilwara style of architecture, named after the spectacular Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu. The temples were built between the 15th and 16h centuries in the same golden sandstone as the fort itself. The temples have beautiful sculpted motifs covering the walls, ceilings, and pillars. The carvings in...

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  • Jaisalmer's Golden Fort

    Built on the peak of Trikuta Hill and made of golden sandstone, Jaislamer’s Fort looms over the city. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest forts in the world. Also known as Sonar Kila ("Golden Fort") it was built in 1156 by Maharawal Jaisal. In medieval times the entire population of Jaisalmer lived inside the fort. Today...

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  • Gadisar Lake

    Our first stop on our day’s sightseeing tour here was at this very photogenic spot on the edge of the old town. The lake is also often referred to locally as Gadisar Tank, as it is manmade – built as a reservoir for the city of Jaisalmer by Rawal Jaisal, the first maharaja of Jaisalmer, and later restored and improved by Maharaja Maharwal Gadsi...

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  • Sunset at Vyas Chhatri

    From what I have read it seems that many people visit Bada Bagh, the cenotaphs of the Jaisalmer Royal Family, but our Brahmin guide brought us to these instead. The place had a particular meaning for him, as he explained that his great grandmother had performed immolation here on the death of her husband, according to the then-tradition (see my tip...

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Jaisalmer Restaurants

  • Zoya Ka Zayeka

    5 out of 5 stars

    The restaurant is located at the Roof top of La Diva Homestay Jaisalmer. The restaurant is nicely operated by a family with tasty home made food. The food quality is good, ambience is best for roof top restaurant you can have dinner or breakfast here. Paneer butter masala was very nicely prepared and tasty. Bhindi masala is must try.

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  • Dining at Fort Rajwada

    One dining option at the Fort Rajwada hotel (in the winter season) is a barbecue dinner by the pool. We had rather warm evenings on our October visit however so we decided to eat in the air conditioned restaurant, Roopal, where you can choose between a buffet and a la carte meal. We had the latter on both evenings – I am not fond of buffets as I...

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  • Tasty Food at Jaisalmer

    The restaurant is located at the Roof top of La Diva Homestay Jaisalmer. The restaurant is nicely operated by a family with tasty home made food. The food quality is good, ambience is best for roof top restaurant you can have dinner or breakfast here. Paneer butter masala was very nicely prepared and tasty. Bhindi masala is must try.

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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

  • Getting to Jaisalmer

    Jaisalmer is well connected to other cities in India. Buses ply the routes to/from Bikaner, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, etc. Buses are the cheapest – and usually longest – way to get to/from Jaisalmer.Jaislamer’s railway station is located 2 km east of the city. Private cars are always an option – allowing you to create your own...

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  • The road to Jaisalmer

    We came to Jaisalmer by car from Khimsar, a journey of about five hours (not including stops). The road took us through small villages and across the Thar Desert landscape. Some may find this dry flat landscape dull, but I have always loved deserts and I enjoyed this drive a lot. There was plenty to see along the way too. In addition to stops to...

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  • 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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Jaisalmer Shopping

  • Shopping for silver

    Mehar had told us on the drive to Jaisalmer that one of the things it was famous for was its silver-work and silver jewellery, and I love silver jewellery! So I determined that a bangle bought here would make a nice souvenir of my trip. There are certainly several shops in which to buy these, so I asked Gaurav for advice (yes, knowing that his...

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  • 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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Jaisalmer Local Customs

  • Sati memorials

    NB, this is a historic local custom, no longer practised, thankfully.Some of the structures around Gadisar Lake have small memorial stones, beautifully carved, which Gaurav told us commemorated women who had immolated themselves. In fact, I have since learned, they commemorate first and foremost the men who died and were cremated at these ghats,...

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  • Ganesh paintings

    On many of the old houses in Jaisalmer, both inside the fort and in the lower town, I noticed these colourful paintings of the god Ganesh, and asked our guide about them. He explained that it is the custom here to paint an announcement of a significant family event on the wall of the house, and a painting of Ganesh announces a wedding. The couple's...

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  • 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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Jaisalmer Warnings and Dangers

  • For First-Timers, Women Travelers, Etc.

    I have several Warning/Danger tips on my India page. Rather than repeat them all here, click here to read. It's important to understand a bit about the culture as well as how to keep safe and healthy.You'll find specific information about/for:Traveling Within IndiaWomen TravelersTaking PhotosHealth & EatingRespect and Common...

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  • 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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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

  • Don’t Over Pack!

    The best tip about packing for India is **Don't Over Pack!** You can find anything you need in any major city and most of the smaller ones as well. My comprehensive packing list can be found on my India page here.

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  • 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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Jaisalmer Off The Beaten Path

  • A warm welcome

    As we drove through the Thar Desert towards Jaisalmer I asked Mehar if he thought it would be possible to stop to photograph some of the small round grass-thatched houses that we saw either side of the road. I had in mind a few shots from distance with the zoom, if he felt that would not be resented. But when he spotted a suitable home and stopped...

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  • 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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Jaisalmer General

  • General Tips...

    1. A couple of months prior to your trip to India you should visit a travel doctor. This will give you enough time to take malaria meds (if you choose to do so) and prepare for any immunizations you may need.. 2. You will likely be visiting some temples, churches, and mosques. Dress appropriately and act respectful. You may want to bring extra...

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  • Tightrope walker

    As we entered the fort we saw a young girl perched on a frame under the ramparts. Seeing us approach she stood up and we could see that she was a tightrope walker. Balancing traditional pots on her head she walked the rope, deliberately swaying it from side to side. She did several tricks too, all the time watched by her anxious father below. Our...

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  • Jaisalmer Fort: photographing the...

    Our guide Gaurav lives here in the fort and naturally knows it really well. We spent quite a lot of the morning here, wandering the streets and taking photos. He took us down a number of back streets less often visited by tourists where often we were the only people apart from the residents – many of whom called out a greeting to Gaurav, and to us,...

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Laxmi Narayan Temple
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Jaisalmer fort or Sonar Quila.
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Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer.
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Bara Bagh royal cenotaphs, Jaisalmer.
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Kuldhara village, Jaisalmer.
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Opposite Sunset point for the sunset.
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Lake Khichan, Rajasthan.
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Leather Shoping in Jaisalmer
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Camel safari in Jaisalmer
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Bada Bagah:Royal Families Cenotaphs
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Fish Feeding at Gadisar Lake
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Beautiful Jain temples of Jaisalmer
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Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum
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Jaisalmer Fort
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Gadisar Lake
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Kothari’s Patwa Haveli, Jaisalmer
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Patwon Ji ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
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Nathmalji ki Haveli, Jaisalmer
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The Million Star Hotel
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Tilon ki Pol
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Gadisar Lake
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Desert Sunsets - Kuldhara
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Desert sunsets - Bada Bagh
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