Do you love to have an experience of golden dunes and castle clads in India? You got to go to Jaisalmer. It is located in the southwestern region of the country. It is a common weekend getaway from Delhi and NCR for it being closer to the cities. Newly wedded couples also like to visit this city for a cozy honeymoon stay. People don’t get bored easily as there are lakes, forts, Haveli (Haweli), and temples for them. You need a complete two to three days trip if you are on a vacation and want to explore this majestic city. Family trips reach its ecstasy when you are in the city.
If you love handcrafted products, Jaisalmer will never stop from amusing you as you will have shops and lanes with those products. Not to forget the havelis that have preserved architecture of time. Have the best holiday time with friends and family. The city is also famous for hosting romantic stay under the sky during summers. There is no end to the entertainment that you can have here. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to this gorgeous city that has something for everyone. It is an ideal place for historians on solo trips too.
There are many historical cities that may interest you when you are travelling to Jaisalmer. Knowing the distance will help you plan your package accordingly. Jodhpur is at a distance of 300 kilometers, Jaipur is at a distance of 560 kilometers, Udaipur is 500 kilometers away from Jaisalmer and New Delhi is approximately 800 kilometers away. People from these places plan frequent weekend getaways and get back to their mundane schedule.
People travelling to such places always wonder what the budget is going to be. Well, the budget for Jaisalmer can be anywhere around Rs 5000 to Rs 5500 for a two days trip if you do not travel lavishly and stay at a modest hotel. Also, considering the closest distance you travel. If you have to travel from a place that requires more money implies that your budget will go up to a few grands more. Whether you plan a family trip or a friends trip, you won’t have enough of Jaisalmer because the city has so much for you.
Things to do and see in Jaisalmer
1. Jaisalmer Fort
One of the most popular forts in the world welcomes you in Jaisalmer. This fort is situated amidst the Thar Desert making it look even more bright and beautiful on sunny days. Even winter evenings and mornings are mesmerizing when you are here. The fort is known for its rich history and heritage for people to learn. Built in 1156, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated at a height of over 300 feet and wall as high as 30 feet it offers a panoramic and striking view of the city.
2. Kuldhara Village
This village unlike most other villages in India is spooky. The place looks haunted and dilapidated. The site gets interesting for people who want to make their trip more adventurous. There are many myths that revolve around this village and we do not want to strip you off the fun of knowing it by being at this place. Adventure trip lovers must visit this village to experience the paranormal activities as claimed.
3. Gadisar Lake
This lake is one of the most beautiful ones in India. It is said that the lake had been built during the 14th century when it used to serve as the major source of drinking water for the city. The beauty still lives and has been one of the favorites of many beautiful places to visit in Jaisalmer. There are shrines and temples around this lake that makes it a must visit for people on a family trip.
4. Sam Sand Dunes
Tripadvisor and Lonely Planet have rated these dunes are one among the top ten must visit places in the state of Rajasthan not just the Golden City of Jaisalmer. The lovely dunes located at a distance of 45 kilometers from the city and middle of Thar Desert resembles to that of the Sahara Desert, with some of them reaching a height of over 50 feet. The time when one must visit these dunes to truly admire the beauty is either during sunrise or sunset.
5. Desert Safari
When in a place that has desert, who doesn’t like to go on a desert safari? Jaisalmer has the best view during the desert safari. While on your journey, you get to see the grand and golden sand together with havelis and castles built by Maharajas in the past. The bumpy ride will make you enjoy the trip even more. Apart from car and jeep, you can undertake safari on a Camel’s back as well. One small tip, try visiting at night… you will not regret.
6. Jain Temples
It is not one temple but a cluster of temples for the Jains in Jaisalmer. The temples are within the Jaisalmer fort and people visit these temples to see the beautiful carved structures that have many stories to tell. If you know or have heard of Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdevji, the temples are devoted to them. They are also called “Tirthankaras”.
7. Patwon ki Haveli
The place is one that you must visit when you are in Jaisalmer. It is interesting to know the story behind this haveli. It is not one haveli but an amalgamation of five havelis. It is said that each of these havelis had been built by Patwa who was a wealth trader of the time for each of his sons. The Havelis took 50 years to complete, and after his death, the project was completed by his sons, also Patwon ki Haveli now comes under the Archaeological Survey of India.
8. Pachpadra Lake
This Lake is quite unusual one as it is a lake that has the highest level of sodium chloride (almost 100%). The lake is also popular for being the extraction point of salt of high quality. It is in the Barmer district of Rajasthan spread across a span of 25 square kilometers. Trust us, when you see the white eaves of salt touching the borders of the lake in the middle of a Desert is nothing less than a treat for your eyes.
9. Adventure Activities
For those who are on their adventure trip with friends should not worry as they can also experience a lot in this city of dunes. You can try Quad biking, parasailing, and even dune bashing. They are sure to develop the much need adrenaline for an adventure tour.
10. Other Places
There are more places that you can visit when you are in Jaisalmer. Indo-Pak Border, Nathmal ki Haveli, Museums, Salim Singh ki Haveli, Amar Sagar Lake, Khaba Fort, Surya Gate and more. You won’t be bored of the city at all.
How to Reach Jaisalmer?
One can easily fly to Jaisalmer, travel by road or train. It is a city that is connected to most of the cities in the country. There are flights from major cities to Jaisalmer.
There are many buses from major cities around Jaisalmer. One can take any of the buses and enjoy their road trip with friends or colleagues.
People travelling from far off places prefer travelling by train. If you are one of them, good news for you, there are various trains connecting different parts of India to this city.
Best Time to Travel Jaisalmer
It doesn’t matter whether you are travelling with friends, colleagues, loved one or family or even on a solo trip, you should know the best time of the year for visiting a place. For Jaisalmer, it has to be Winter that is from November to February. Summers are too hot and can be inconvenient for people who don’t take bright sunrays and scorching heat.
However, there is one important point to take a note of, that is, the temperature during winter can falls down to 2 degree Celsius. It is advisable that one carries warm clothes when you are travelling to Jaisalmer during the peak season.
With all the expert tips noted, we are sure you are ready for a safe and enjoyable trip!