Jaisalmer is a city in the north western state of Rajasthan. Bounteous golden sand dunes of the Thar Desert along with ornate Jain temples, beautiful lakes, magnificent forts, and castles adorn the picturesque landscape of Jaisalmer.
When you want to happily unwind from the chaotic city life and go for a desert vacation, then plan a trip to the many unique places in Jaisalmer that attract tourists who would like to gain an insight into the exotic Rajasthani culture, heritage, and adventure in this ‘Golden City’. Jaipur to Jaisalmer cabs are the best option for tourists to travel a distance of 558 km over 10 hours to reach Jaisalmer. If you are traveling with kids, Wanderlust Storytellers share a list of the baby travel gear items they never travel without.
Whether you are an adventure lover, foodie or history lover, there are plenty of exciting things to do in Jaisalmer that has an unusual rustic appeal. Here are our top recommendations:
- Want to live life King size? Then a stay at the Golden Fort of Jaisalmer gives you a first-hand experience of the royal lifestyle. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a unique place from where you can catch a stunning glimpse of the entire city from atop the hill fort. Walk through the labyrinth of winding lanes to experience the grandeur of this age-old fort.
- If you want to try your hand at Dune-Bashing or Quad-biking, then there is an opportunity to play these sports in Jaisalmer at an affordable cost.
- Go on a Desert safari or Jeep safari to make your way through the vast undulating terrain of the desert. You can also enjoy a delicious Rajasthani meal along with the ‘Kalbelia’ dance program performed by the local tribes. Stay in the Swiss tents and resorts to watch the moonlit sky.
- Take a photography tour to capture the vibrant royal culture of Jaisalmer. Avail Savaari’s Jaisalmer Taxi service to get around the city in a hassle-free manner. The sunrise and sunset timings are the best moments to click photos of the crimson sand and colourful Havelis of Jaisalmer. Wildlife photographers can travel to the Desert National Park to experience an assorted natural life adventure. Camping and bonfire activities are also organised in this park to keep an eye on the exotic birds and animal species found in this brutal conditions of this Park.
- Jaisalmer is a significant pilgrimage site for Jains. The architectural beauty of these historical temples will enthral all visitors who are out on a spiritual pursuit. History lovers can find their way to the Gyan Bhandar library that has some priceless manuscripts to give them interesting facts about the temples. These temples have exquisite carvings and are dedicated to the famous Jain hermits known as ‘Tirthankaras’.
- The Tazia Tower in the Badal Palace Complex is a beautiful structure that portrays the ancient Muslim architectural style.
- Go out on a family outing to the scenic Gadisar Lake to enjoy a boat ride or feed the fishes of this oasis in the heart of the desert. In winter, exotic birds flock here from the nearby Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
- Try the famous Bhaang lassi at the Government authorised shop to lift your spirits. It is a strong drink, so be careful not to get on a camel ride after drinking Bhaang.
- As Jaisalmer lies at the border of the western frontier, tourists can visit the Tanot Mata Temple that is near the Pakistan border. Get permission from the BSF Checkpost before travelling to see the Pakistan Tank keep at the Longewala Checkpost.
- Feel the vibe of history in the abandoned Kuldhara Village that has intriguing myths and legends to feed your imagination.