India Explored: Destination Guide: Jaisalmer: Posted By Arunchs



I want to go to  
Home IndiaTravel Blogs

India Explored

Arunchs | Views: 1310005

Comments: 0 | View/Add Comments

Posted on: Saturday , Jan 24, 2009 At 15:09 PM

Destination Guide: Jaisalmer

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.

Sand Dunes

Overview. 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.

Artifacts for sale in Jaisalmer

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.

Gadisagar 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 safaris.

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 the crowds.


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.

Report Abuse

Comments for Blog Post: Destination Guide: Jaisalmer

Add Comments

No comments found

 Post your Comments
Your Comment    
You have  characters to work with
Other members have tagged this Travel Blog as: Tag it
(click a tag to add to your list) (Add your tags here)
puma shoes air max Snow Himalayas Snow games India jaipur tours jaipur information Holiday Package babymooning Rural tourism Home stays leh golf course sikkim gangtok casino seven wonders of India airpares Gahirmatha Olive Ridleys Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctury adventure travel white water rafting Panaji varanasi Hampi Utsava photography tamilnadu railways bangalore September Festivals Tajmahal Agra Gokarna Auto Forums Lepakshi Incredible India Wildlife Tourism autorikshaw Melukote Yoganarasimha temple Kalyani Cheluvarayaswami Temple Raya Gopura Akka Thangi Kola Thondanur Kere. August Festivals Gaga Aarti Haridwar Varanasi Rishikes Good Job Rafting Kali River Barpole River Sitanadi River Bike Travel Forums India Map Google Map monsoon travel Chikmaglur monsoon holidays travel books Travel Books Books airlines music festival pilgrimage india travel summer getaways in north India monsoons monsoons India monsoon destinations uttarakhand air travel north east arunachal rajasthan news kerala festivals India hill stations earth day conservation Ranthambhore National Park Rastraphti Bhavan delhi kashmir leh ladakh Corbett National Park Coorg goa beaches leisure Ladakh Leh by road summer getaways in south India south india hill getways summer destinations guide Leh misc
karnataka himachal books ladakh monsoon himalayas hills environment India hill stations kashmir wildlife india travel

About Me

arunchs arunchs lives in Bangalore(Karnataka) and is interested in travel, photography, reading, movies, music,...

+ See Profile
+ Leave a Message
+ Add as a Friend

Previous Posts

2010 (1)

2009 (166)

Dec (14)

Nov (16)

Oct (16)

Sep (14)

Aug (14)

Jul (14)

Jun (14)

May (6)

Apr (14)

Mar (14)

Feb (14)

Jan (16)

2008 (128)

Dec (16)

Nov (16)

Oct (16)

Sep (16)

Aug (7)

Jul (6)

Jun (17)

May (18)

Apr (15)

Mar (1)

Hotel Reviews | Destination Guides | Travel Directions | Holiday Ideas | Travelogues | Travel Q & A | Photo Gallery | Plan a Trip | Travel Blogs

Holiday Ideas Maps and Routes India Hotels Top India Destinations India Photos Theme Pictures
Summer Camps for Kids
Shopping in India
Top Weekend Getaways
Spiritual Holidays in India
Heritage of India
Routes From Delhi
Routes from Chennai
Routes from Bangalore
Routes from Hyderabad
Routes from Mumbai
Delhi Hotels
Mumbai Hotels
Bangalore Hotels
Jaipur Hotels
Agra Hotels
Dalhousie Travel Guide
Udaipur Travel Guide
Khajuraho Travel Guide
Harihareshwar Travel Guide
Goa Tourism
Delhi Photos
Mumbai Photos
Bangalore Photos
Chennai Photos
Kolkata Photos
Nature & Landscape
Wildlife Sancturies
People & Portraits
Night Time Photos
Black and White

Travel Forum is India's leading community of travellers and provides a place for travel enthusiasts to find and share travel experiences, recommendations and honest advice on travel in more about us

© 2013 . All rights reserved. is not a travel agent & does not charge service fees to its users.
* All reviews, ranks, ratings & votes on Oktatbyebye are solely the views & opinions of the users. Oktatabyebye is not responsible for content on external web sites.