Jaisalmer: A City to Dive Into


A bird’s-eye view would describe the city covered with a layer of gold shining to its beauty. Jaisalmer, has earned its name “The Golden City”, for its architecture of yellow sandstones and its massive sand dunes.


Historically, the strategically designed town served as an important route for trade with the Middle Eastern countries, and now it has emerged as the most visited tourist destination in Rajasthan.

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is during the winter, from mid-November to February, when temperatures sit around a moderate temperature of 24 C, falling to 7 C during the night.

As one enters the town located 375 kilometers west of the state capital, Jaipur, the city welcomes visitors with open arms in the form of vibrant colors, a golden reflection, traditional architecture and its historical aura.

The best way to reach Jaisalmer is to do it the way the royals do – by the Palace on Wheels train. When visiting Jaisalmer you simply must experience the prestige the state is known for. From the dress sense to the hospitality rendered by the locals, it’s nothing short of a wonderful dream.

Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

The beauty of the tranquil desert is enhanced at night when the Swiss tents are spread across the sand, beaming colourful lights through musical nights. Speaking of the musical nights, this is when Jaisalmer is at its best. The music tells the regional folk tales with graceful dance performances to complete the night.

The Serai Desert Camp, Jaisalmer

The Serai Desert Camp, Jaisalmer

Dance forms an influential part of any celebration in Rajasthan, following its legacy the desert nights of Jaisalmer are decorated with prominent dancers and musicians performing during the famous Jaisalmer Desert Festival.

Tourists and locals enjoy the Desert festival of Jaisalmer in India

For a remote view of the city, nothing is better than the camel safaris. The safaris are designed for a peaceful and detailed view of the desert; while the safari continues the camel guide talks about the history of the place. The sunset and sunrise options are spectacular.

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Jaisalmer Fort

Jaisalmer Fort sings the legacy of the past and attracts almost everyone who visits the city. Constructed back in 1156, the fort is one of the largest in the country. The fort is famous for the strength it portrays with its established construction. The fort is best visited early morning before the sunrise with a cold breeze. The sunrise from the top of the fort is breathtaking. Among the main attractions inside the fort are the Raj Mahal and the four huge gateways.

Gadisar Tank, a manmade lake was constructed in 1400 and still sustains its beauty, with migratory birds visiting the lake in winters. The lake is situated outside the city and was the water source for the city of Jaisalmer in earlier times.


Gadisar Tank

Amidst the Rajputana architecture, there lies Tazia Tower in Jaisalmer, which is in the shape of mausoleum. Jaisalmer being a home of many religions fortunately still witnesses the aesthetic traces of various prominent cultures from differing religions throughout time.


Tazia Tower

Of course, the rich culture is best complemented with the rich food the city serves. Known for the cuisine, Jaisalmer leaves no stone unturned to give a delicious treat to its visitors. From the spicy Kersangari to heavily stuffed Dal Bati, the smell alone is enough for the tastebuds to dance. With the best boneless chicken for miles, it is never a disappointment for non-vegetarians.

The night life of Jaisalmer is not a conventional one. With pubs and bars in almost all the major hotels, wine and alcohol is served in the traditional ways.

The havelis (private mansions) in Jaisalmer tell the tales of the fusion of Rajputana culture and Islamic infrastructure. Among the famous ones is the Salim ji ki Haweli. The edges and the upper end of the haveli imitate dancing peacocks. Another one, Nathumal Ji Ki Haveli, is again famous for its irregular shape which still manages to stand on its grandeur.  Don’t forget to pack your bags with is the traditional Rajput Poshak which can make anyone look beautiful.

Salim Ji Ki Haveli

Salim Ji Ki Haveli

The Jaisalmer market is also famous for its antique collection with miniature versions of medieval weaponry. Stone-worked showpieces and mirror-worked blankets form the best souvenirs for the relatives and friends from Jaisalmer.

There is no reason one should not put this World Heritage City in the list of the travel ambitions, but above all else remember one thing: do not forget your DSLR.


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