Located at the edge of the
country and in the middle of vast desert, Jaisalmer is the ideal
place to see isolated sand laden landscapes of Thar desert. The
sandy stretches here are sparsely populated and is an ideal
for those who want to get away from the crowds, and are
in search for a sense of of peace and tranquility.
Jaisalmer is well
known for its desert terrain and Rajasthan's cultural heritage. It is
a popular tourist destination, well known for camel safaris and
camping in the desert.
Orientation. Some of the
worthy historical places to see are located within walkable distance
from the center of the town. But one needs to head out to see the
expanse of the desert. Although it is ideal to have a vehicle at your
disposal to drive around the desert roads, it is possible to visit
most of Jaisalmer without the aid of one. When you are on a safari,
your tour operator can usually arrange all your transports.
Sightseeing and Activities
Jaisalmer Fort. Located on a
tall mound, the Jaisalmer Fort is visible from every part of the
town. The majestic fort. Built in 12th century by king
Rawal Jaisal, it is one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan. Inside the
fort are a few well know Jain Temples, an ancient temple of Laxminath
and the royal palace.
Gadisagar Lake. Just outside
the town is this large lake which usually has plenty of water through
the year. You can relax on the lake shore, or go on a boat ride in
the lake. A few chhatris are built in the middle of the lake.
Sam Sand Dunes. Located near
the vast desert national park, Sam is a stretch of sand dunes popular
with tourists. The soft sand on the dunes and the striations formed
by the wind are popular with tourists. You can go on camel rides
here, or camp overnight.
Sand dunes of Khuri. Khuri
is a small village 40km South-East of Jaisalmer, known for its
relatively untouristed dunes. Being near Desert National Park, you
can often site wildlife like blackbucks and the less seen desert fox.
Thought Khuri is not as popular as Sam, its a good place for camel
Camel Safaris and Sand
Dunes. The most popular activity in Jaisalmer is the camel safari.
You can go on short pleasure rides lasting a few hours, or spend days
gallivanting in the desert camping with your camel drivers. It is a
great way to get a feel of the desert, and to spend days away from
Patwon Ki Haveli. This
impressive five story Haveli is nearly 300 years old, built by a
local merchant named Guman Chand Patwa. The haveli is now managed by
ASI, and is made into a museum.
Lodurva. Lodurva is an
ancient town 30 minutes drive from Jaisalmer. Now abandoned, it has many
ruined temples worth seeing.
Food and Accommodation.
Being a tourist town,
Jaisalmer is teeming with budget accommodation. It is easy to find
clean guest houses all over the town at prices as low as Rs.200 or
less. Jaisalmer also has other accommodations at every price level. If
you want to spend a night in the desert in comfort, tented
mid-range accommodation in Sam Sand Dunes is an ideal location, where you can
enjoy the serenity of the desert along with some cultural events and
dinner under the sky.
How to Reach. Indian
Railways connects Delhi and Jaisalmer. Buses ply into Jaisalmer from
Jodhpur and Jaipur, though Jaipur to Jaisalmer is a long way by road.