Jaisalmer, a city which has it’s foundations on yellow sandstone giving it the name ‘golden city of India’ offers some of the most breath taking sights to visitors.
Best time to visit: October to March
Points of Interest:
A marvellous piece of Rajasthani architecture, this fort is a sight to see at night. Built by Raja Jaisal in 1156 AD, the fort still stands strong and is one of the largest forts in the world. There is also a market for traditional goods inside the fort itself. It is a must visit place.
- The fort is open from 9am to 5pm.
- The entry fee is INR 30.
- The camera charges are INR 50 for pictures and INR 100 for videotaping.
Patwon ki Haveli-
Set in the heart of the city, this Haveli was built by Guman Chand and his sons. It is a 5 storied mansion with large corridors and decorated rooms. It is an extraordinary place for art and architecture lovers. One of the Havelis is also been converted into a museum.
- The entry fee is INR 10.
This Lake is the only source of water for the people here. The banks of the river are decorated with temples and holy shrines all over. You can also enjoy 2 seater peddle boating at INR 100.
You will find the cenotaphs of the royal family here. It is a pleasant place for the explorers. Even after a massive earthquake, most of the cenotaphs are intact. The most beautiful part is the view of windmills that you can enjoy from here.
- It is open from 9am to 6pm.
This is the abandoned village which has been deserted for years and years now, the houses though are still intact. A must visit for the people who love a little spookiness. You would hear a lot of stories about how and why this place was abandoned by the villagers here.
Sam sand dunes-
A beautiful place for
- Adventurous dune bashing for INR 2600 approximately.
- Parasailing at INR 800
- Para motoring at INR 2700
- Quad biking at INR 700
- Dune safaris at INR 80.
- Thar Desert is usually flooded with tourists at all times. Or if you don’t have the adventurous streak, you can settle in for a jeep safari at INR 600-700 or a camel ride at INR 1700.
Where & What to eat in Jaisalmer:
- The trio– It is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Jaisalmer. You can have the perfect Rajasthani food here at INR 800-1000 for 2 people.
- Desert Boy’s Dhani– A strictly vegetarian restaurant with a perfect ambiance and live folk music along with puppet shows. Savour malai kofta, bajra rotis and gate ki sabzi here for INR 120-250 and Rajasthai thali for 400.
- Dhanraj Bhatia Sweets– This is the perfect place to enjoy sweets. Delicious mouth-watering sweets are available here for approximately Rs 20 per 100 grams.
How to reach:
- By Air: Jodhpur airport which is 300 km from Jaisalmer is well connected from all parts of India. Further from Jodhpur airport, you can easily hire a cab to Jaisalmer for INR 3883 for a round trip or by train for INR 500 FOR 3AC.
- By Train: Jaisalmer is well connected to all parts of India by train routes. Tickets from New Delhi to Jaisalmer are usually available for INR 1235 FOR 3AC.
- By Road: Frequent buses are available from Delhi to Jaisalmer the tickets starting from INR 900.
Where to stay:
- Hotel Sky Plaza- Along with a beautiful city view rooftop restaurant, this hotel provides you with airy rooms and free parking at INR 3240 per night. The hotel is just an 8 minute walk from the Patuwa havelis and 1.2 km from the Jaisalmer fort.
- Hotel Fifu– Offers free Wifi along with complimentary breakfast and beautiful views of Jaisalmer fort from the rooftop restaurant at just INR 2600. This hotel is 2.4 km away from the railway station and just 1.1 km from the Jaisalmer fort.
- Hotel Pleasant Haveli– 1.8 km from the railway station, this hotel is set in Thar Desert. It is just a 15 minute walk from Jaisalmer fort. Offers complimentary shuttle service from the bus and railway station and has rooms with beautiful interiors at the starting price of INR 2849.
- Fort Rajwada- A 4-star hotel offering a spa, outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants and a bar at INR 6683 approximately. Also offers beautiful living areas and canopy beds. It is 3.9 km away from the fort.
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