Welcome to Jaisalmer, the Golden city of India

Jaisalmer is situated on the golden sands of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Every structure in Jaisalmer, from its forts to the houses, uses yellow sandstone in its architecture. The combination of sands and sandstone gives off a bright golden glow during the daytime, which makes Jaisalmer the ‘Golden City of India’.

It’s a city that was ruled by the brave Rajput warrior kings, and which became an important trade centre during the prosperous medieval times. It may seem far-flung, and a bit remote, but this remoteness is the exact thing that makes it one of Rajasthan’s most colourful cities to visit.

How to reach Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer train

Travelling by train and road is the best way to reach Jaisalmer. There are many express trains that run from major cities of Rajasthan, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata to Jaisalmer. The luxurious ‘Palace on Wheels’ too, makes a halt at Jaisalmer. If you are travelling by road, then there are state transport and private buses that operate from Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur. You can also self-drive and make halts at Jaipur or Ajmer on your way to Jaisalmer. Currently, Delhi and Jaipur are the only cities with direct flights to Jaisalmer. The major airport close to Jaisalmer is Jodhpur, from where you can take a cab to Jaisalmer.

Hotels & Camps for Staying

Jaisalmer Marriott Resort

There are many accommodation options in Jaisalmer to choose from. You can stay in luxury hotels and luxury tents in Jaisalmer, if you want to feel the Rajasthani hospitality and royal ambiences, or stay in desert camps, where vast desert sands are all around your campsite. Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Rang Mahal are the best 5-star luxury hotels to stay in Jaisalmer. In these hotels, you can find supreme luxuries and world-class amenities like spa, bathrooms with marble floorings, TV, rooms and suites with exquisite decor, luxury restaurants and well-stocked bars.

Rajputana Desert Camp and Dangri Desert Safari Camp are the camps to stay in the Thar Desert near the city of Jaisalmer. You can explore the desert on a camel’s back, go for a thrilling jeep ride, enjoy cultural dance and music show by tribal musicians and dancers, and sleep under the stars.

Tour plan for Jaisalmer

Bada Bagh jaisalmer

We would suggest you to book a Jaisalmer trip package Chetram Voyages where you can book the below tour itinerary.

Day 1: You arrive in Jaisalmer

Day 2: Visit major landmarks like Jaisalmer Fort, havelis and Jain temples, Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer War Museum & Vyas Chhatri

Day 3: Visit the local markets of Jaisalmer and Bada Bagh. After 2 pm, leave for Sam Sand Dunes, where you can go for camel and jeep safaris, walk on sand dunes, watch magnificent sunsets, enjoy cultural dance and music, star gazing, and a simple Rajasthani meal. The booking for Jaisalmer desert safari can be made in advance via Chetram Voyages,

Day 4: Departure from Jaisalmer

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Jaisalmer is between the months of August and March. During these months, the weather is cool during the days, and the climate remains sunny and pleasant. But between the months of October till December, Jaisalmer gets crowded by local and international tourists.

Best city to visit in Rajasthan in 2018. Jaisalmer or Udaipur?

Rajasthan has such colourful tourist cities in India, that it sometimes becomes a confusion to select which cities to tour. Take, for instance, Jaisalmer and Udaipur!! Both these cities are rich in heritage and royalty and are the best places to tour in Rajasthan. While Jaisalmer is situated in the heart of the Thar Desert, Udaipur is surrounded by Aravalli Hills. Jaisalmer is a desert citadel, while Udaipur is the City of Lakes. So let’s compare the attractions of both these cities and find out which one is better to tour in 2018 – Jaisalmer or Udaipur!!

Tourist Sites

Udaipur: Lake city of India

City Palace Udaipur

Udaipur is known for its scenic lakes like Lake Pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake, where you can go boating. There are breathtaking palaces like Taj Lake Palace and City Palace, which have impressive architecture. There are temples like the Eklingji Temple and Jagdish Temple, with ornate architecture. There are museums like the Crystal Gallery and Vintage Car Museum, and a crafts village called Shilpgram, where you can watch skilled artisans make ethnic handicrafts.

Jaisalmer: Golden City of India

Jaisalmer desert

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts in the world. There are vintage havelis like Nathmal-ki-Haveli and Patwon-ki-Haveli, with lavish interiors and splendid architecture. Gadisar Lake gives you an incredible scenic view of its surroundings. Bada Bagh has magnificent sculpted tombs of Rajput rulers. Sam Sand Dunes and Khuri are places where you can enjoy the desert safari and other outdoor activities.

Heritage Hotels

Taj Lake Palace

Both these cities have heritage hotels, which once were royal residences of kings and queens. Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur is an incredibly scenic palace. It is now converted into a heritage hotel having world class luxuries and modern amenities. Its architecture is outstanding and interiors are richly decorated with exquisite furnishings. Suryagadh in Jaisalmer is a heritage hotel having opulent interiors and world-class facilities. The hotel allows you to indulge in a range of activities like camping, camel safaris etc.

Desert Camps at Jaisalmer

Desert Camps Jaisalmer

Compared to Udaipur, you can do a lot of exciting activities in Jaisalmer. In the desert camps at Sam and Khuri, you can go for dune bashing, parasailing, paramotoring, quad biking, and other thrilling adventure activities. There are other more peaceful things to do such as going on jeep and camel safaris, overnight camping, star gazing, sitting beside a bonfire, enjoying folk dancers and scenic sunsets. You can also book desert camps in Jaisalmer Rajasthan from Santram Holidays, who are a New Delhi based tour firm, that arrange Jaisalmer tour package from Delhi.

Day Trips from Udaipur

Chittorgarh Rajasthan

In Udaipur, you can go on day trips and excursions to nearby places. There are the powerful fortresses of Chittorgarh and Kumbhalgarh, the Jain temples at Ranakpur and Delwara, or the Hindu temples like Eklingji temple, Saas Bahu temple or those at Nathdwara, which you can visit. You can go for jeep safaris in Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, or visit artisan’s village at Molela, or explore the rustic countryside around Udaipur on horseback.

Airports in Jaisalmer and Udaipur

Udaipur Airport

The airport at Jaisalmer is open only in winter months, whereas the airport in Udaipur has flights operating all the year round. Udaipur, therefore, is easily accessible to tourists then Jaisalmer.