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Jaisalmer City Guide

A sparkling city lying in the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer evokes utter magic and vibrancy that reminds the mystical era of an Arabian Nights fable. The city is named after its founder, Rawal Jaisal, a Bhati Rajput ruler who built it in 1156 AD. The yellow sand of this beautiful city truly shines in the scorching sun light, making it the Golden City. Embellished with a number of excellent architectures ranging from exquisitely carved Jain temples, havelis, forts and unending sand dunes, the city attracts a number of tourists from all over the world. Being one of the prominent Rajasthan travel agents in India, we have jotted down some exciting travel facts about Jaisalmer city, please read on.

Tourist Attractions
Jaisalmer Fort

Serving as a crown of the city, Jaisalmer fort is a magnificent piece of Rajputana style of architecture. Built in the 12th century, it is the second oldest fort in the state of Rajasthan and provides breathtaking views of the golden desert around.

Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli

Established in the year 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, it is a five storey palace and centrally located tourist spot of the city. The most unique thing about its architecture is its exterior that features 953 small windows carved with intricate latticework.

Jaigarh Fort

An excellent epitome of side-by-side symmetry of architecture, Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli was built in the 19th century. Apart from the architecture, the miniature style paintings in the inside walls are the main attractions of this haveli.

Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Over 300 years old architecture, this haveli is named after Salim Singh, the Prime Minister of the princely state of Jaisalmer. The exquisitely arched roof with carved brackets in the form of peacocks truly highlights its exotic architecture.

Patwon Ji Ki Haveli

Listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar features a fine collection of architectural astronomical instruments, making it the best observatory of the time.

Gadsisar Lake

It is an artificial lake established by Maharawal Gadsi in the 14th century. The lake is laced by exquisite lake house, temples and shrines, making it an excellent evening spot.

Jain Temples

Jaisalmer is dotted with a number of beautiful Jain temples. 16th Tirthankara, Shantinath, and 23rd Tirthankara and Parshva are some of the popular Jain temples of the city.

Best Time to Visit

Jaisalmer experiences extreme arid climate with very hot and dry summer and cold winters. Thus, the mid season i.e. from 'October to March' is best time to visit Jaisalmer.

How to Reach

The Golden City, Jaisalmer is very well connected to other cities of India via Rail, Road and Airways.

By Air: Located 285 km away, Jodhpur Airport is the nearest airport to the city. The airport is managed by the Indian Air Force and is only operational during September to March.
By Rail: The city has its own railway station named Jaisalmer railway station which lies under the western railway zone of the Indian railways. It is very well connected with Jodhpur and other major cities of India.
By Road: A well maintained roads connects Jaisalmer with other major cities of India. One can take up deluxe buses, private cars or state transport buses to reach here.

Shopping in Jodhpur

Jaisalmer is a famous shopping destination for shopping enthusiasts. Once here, you can buy several ethnic items like Rajasthani Mirror work items, exquisite silver jewelry, hand-made rugs, genuine antiques, puppets, camel leather products, and much more traditional stuff. Some major shopping places in Jaisalmer where you can find good range of these items include markets in the fort, Sadar Bazaar, Bhatia Bazaar, Seema Gram, Barmer Embroidery House etc.


Apart from exploring various attractions in Jodhpur, one can go for excursion tours to nearby destinations like Ossian, Mandore, Balsammand Lake and Palace, Sojat City, Pali, Nagaur, Khimsar Fort Palace etc.