Rajasthan is the land of rich history and culture. Located in the Thar Desert near the Pakistan border is
Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is known by the name “Golden City”, owing to the golden color of forts and sand
dunes. One of the oldest cities in India, its regal Jaisalmer Fort and the orange Havelis evoke the mystery
and the fascination of the bygone era.
Best time to visit is the cool period between October and March. Jaisalmer has a good network of railway
and roads from the major cities of India. For people flying to Rajasthan, Jodhpur is the nearest airport at
Jodhpur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan.
So, before you pack your bags, read this guide to figure out how to explore Jaisalmer –
1. Jaisalmer Fort
The Jaisalmer Fort stands high on a hilltop by the name Trikuta Hill. The wall encircling the fort
seems to make the crown of Jaisalmer city. The 12th-century fort is also popular by the name
‘Sonar Quila or Golden Fort’, because of the yellowish golden sandstone used to build the fort. It
looks fascinating with its 99 bastions.
2. Jain temples
Dating back to the 12 th century, Jain temples are a group of temples inside the premises of
Jaisalmer fort. They have been built in the architectural style of Dilwara temples of Mount Abu.
The Jain Temples are edicated to various Jain Tirthankaras, with detailed carving and beautiful
figures on the wall. Furthermore, two other Jain Temples are Rishabhnath Temple and
Sambhavanath Temple in Lodurva, 16 kms from Jaisalmer.
3. Bada Bagh
Bada bagh (lit. big garden) has the cenotaphs of the royals. A garden with picturesque sunrise
and sunset views served as the memorial for the nobles. Located at 6 kms from Jaisalmer city,
Bada Bagh has other attractions, a tank, dam, and Govardhan Stambh.
4. Havelis of Jaisalmer
Among Havelis of Jaisalmer, there are Patwon ki Haveli, Nathmal ki Haveli and most distinctive
of all, the Salim Singh ki Haveli. The Havelis of Jaisalmer are known for intricate carving and
ornate facades. While Nathmal Haveli is a fascinating blend of Islamic and Rajputana
architecture, Salim Singh ki Haveli has 38 balconies and a peacock shaped roof.
5. Sam Sand Dunes
Sam Sand Dunes are perfect for desert Safari. Enjoy camel/ jeep ride as you go across the vast
stretch of golden dunes. Don’t miss the Jaisalmer Desert Festival, held in February / March,
which includes Rajasthani folk music, folk dance, and traditions.
An offbeat alternative to crowded touristy Sam Sand Dunes is Khuri, about 50 kms from Jaisalmer.
6. Gadisar Lake
What was built for water conservation in the 14th century is now a lake. It is surrounded by
temples and holy places, Krishna temple being the most famous one. The artistic entrance made
of yellow sandstones and the chhatris offer amazing views.
7. Kuldhara village
The abandoned Kuldhara village, one of the least explored places in Jaisalmer, has a spooky tale
connected with it. What was once a village full of Brahmins was cleared out in just one night.
The village is said to have been cursed and the tale goes on.
The city of Jaisalmer is located in the heart of the Desert, but it doesn’t fail to drench you with its
beauty. So, when are you planning to visit Jaisalmer? 😉