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Jaisalmer City Travel Guide

Jaisalmer City Travel Guide

Jaisalmer City Travel Guide

Situated in the heart of the Great Indian Desert --- the Thar Desert, and nicknamed as the Golden City, Jaisalmer is a beautiful city and prominent tourist destination in Rajasthan. Majestically standing on a ridge of yellowish sandstone in the heart of the Thar Desert, crowned by a grand historical fort, the city of Jaisalmer has been very popular among tourists coming from different parts of the world. It is lovingly known as the Golden City of India because the yellow sandstone used in every architecture of the city gives a yellowish (golden) shade to the city and its surrounding area. The city is named after Maharawal Jaisal Singh, a Rajput Raja who founded this desert city in 1156.

Exploring Jaisalmer city provide a great tourism experience to cherish for lifetime. There are several interesting places and attractions in and around the city including a fort, palaces, temples, havelis, monuments and museums. The main attraction you must visit on Jaisalmer city tour is the Jaisalmer Fort, also called the Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort or the Jaisalmer Durg. Built in 1156 by the Bhatti Rajput ruler Jaisal, the Jaisalmer Durg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The fort complex houses Raj Mahal (the Royal Palace), Lakshminath Temple, Jain Temples, Merchant Havelis and 4 massive gateways.

On your Jaisalmer city tour you will have a wonderful opportunity to see and explore 7 superbly sculptured Jain temples which are located within the Jaisalmer Fort complex. You will also have a great opportunity to visit and explore several museums. Some of most notable museums in Jaisalmer city are Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, Government Museum, Desert Culture Center & Museum, Cactus Park Museum (Kuldhara), Akal Fossil Park Museum, and Jaisalmer War Museum. Gadsisar Lake surrounded by small temples and shrines of Amar Sagar are a must visit attraction in the city of Jaisalmer.

Bada Bagh, Lodhruva, Lanela, Bhaniyana, and Desert National Park are popular excursion on Jaisalmer sightseeing tour. The city is also famous for annually held Desert Festival. The festival showcases Rajasthani folk songs and dances, and attracts foreign tourists. You will have a wonderful opportunity to see several colorful events in Desert Festival, including camel races, and turban typing competitions.

Your Jaisalmer tour would be incomplete if you don’t visit the nearby Sam Village, famous for rippling sand dunes, and exciting camel safari rides on the desert. You will certainly love to go on desert safari either by camel rides or jeep rides. A great tourism experience awaits you in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

How to Reach Jaisalmer

By Road: Jaipur city is well-connected by a good and well-maintained network of roads to other cities of Rajasthan and the nearby states. Mount Abu, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Bikaner, Barmer, Jalore, and Ahmedabad are well-connected to the city of Jaisalmer.

By Rail: The city is well-connected by rails from major cities and towns of India, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Jodhpur.

By Air: The nearest airport to access Jaisalmer is the Jodhpur Airport, situated at the distance of 285 km form the Jaisalmer city. Jodhpur is well-connected by flights with cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kolkata, and Chennai.