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
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
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
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.