Places to visit
Jaisalmer Fort the most lively monument of the world worth visiting. A living urban center with over 3000 people residing within its walls with its structural excellence and web of narrow and wide lanes this fort gives you a feel of Royal Era.
Founded in year 1156 A.D. Jaisalmer fort is second oldest fort in Rajasthan. The desire of Mughals and Rajput clan of Jodhpur this fort retained its honour with Bhati clan of Jaisalmer.
Havelis at Jaisalmer
Being a trade center and dynasty ruled city, Jaisalmer got some unique buildings and architectural monuments that defined the city as city of Havelis. Build with either pure Rajputana architecture and a blend of Rajputana and Mughal architecture these havelis worth visiting.
The major Havelis of Jaisalmer in order of their build period are Patwo Ki Haveli, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli and Salim Ji Ki Haveli. All these Havelis are now converted into tourist points and are open during general visiting hours.
Build to quench thirst of people in Jaisalmer, this lake is worth being called as Oasis in desert. The lake is extremely placid with temples and shrines doting and forming a great panoramic background for your pictures.
A nice place to spend a romantic evening on the boat. One can see the beautiful sunset from the boat. The best time to visit lake is either before 11:00 AM or after 4:30 PM.
The royal cenotaphs of kings, nobel persons and brave warriors the place is calm and serene to visit. To maintain the dignity and worthiness of the place you will not find any description or inscriptions to explain you.
Bada bagh means big garden, a garden of cenotaphs of warriors. Vyas chatari is same place with cenotaphs of nobel persons of the city. These places provide a taste of history and reminiscence of bygone era. Best time to visit is either early morning or before sunset.
A small and beautiful lake near 17th century palace build by Maharaja Akhai Singh to honor his predecessors Amar Singh. Calm magical chymes of water on relaxing stairs of lake brings the feel of solitude.
A famous and magnificently build Jain temple is near this lake showing the carvings and artwork on stone. Best time to visit lake is again either early morning or during sunset.
In the Era of kings and ministers about 200 years ago "Kuldhara" was home to the Paliwal Brahmins. The village is desolate with uncanny silence prevailing around. It is being said that all villagers left this place leaving their homes behind.
The place worth visiting specially for those who love fiction and adventure. The town is 20 Kms away from Jaisalmer and the best time to visit is daytime. A company of local tour guide will help you to reveal and discover new facts about the place.
If you don't mind getting up early, it's possible to have breakfast at the ruins of an old fort in the desert while marveling over the remarkable spectacle of a huge flock of peacocks coming in to be fed by a local boy.
They arrive at sunrise at Khaba Fort in an abandoned Paliwal village, about 40 minutes west of Jaisalmer (towards the Sam Sand Dunes). As well as seeing the peacocks, you'll get an evocative view over the village, and can explore the fort afterwards.
Army War museum
The Jaisalmer War Museum covers the history and journey of the Indian Army and its contribution in the 1965 Indo-Pak War and the 1971 Longewala battle.
The museum pays homage to those who lost their lives defending the country and has a memorial made from the murals of these soldiers. The memorial also has an audio-visual theater where a movie on the battle of Longewala is showcased.
Desert National Park
Hordes of people head to the famous and picturesque Sam Sand Dunes, around 50 minutes west of Jaisalmer, at sunset. Cultural performances and camel rides create a carnival atmosphere. It's possible to stay at a desert camp in the area. The majority are located close to the Sam Dunes.
However, there are other options that provide unique, non-touristy experiences. Check out these top Jaisalmer desert camps for glamping. On the way to the Sam Dunes, Kuldhara Abandoned Village is a worthwhile place to visit.
Thar Desert Musuem
If you're keen to lean about the history and folklore of Jaisalmer, Thar Heritage Museum is the place. This small privately operated museum was set up by the characterful L N Khatri, owner of the nearby Desert Handicraft Emporium, and he gives informative and entertaining guided tours.
The museum contains an eclectic assortment of artifacts, which include fossils, documents, portraits, photos, sculptures, coins, manuscripts, turbans, weapons, and kitchen equipment. There's a 40 rupees entrance fee. Puppet shows are often held there in the evenings, adding to the enchantment.