In the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer is a major tourist destination. Because of its bountiful golden dunes and castles in the dress of golden sandstone, it is known as the golden town. Jaisalmer is decorated with Jain temples and Havelis ornamented with lakes. Continue onto the camel saddle and walk through the desert or camp in this golden land for an unforgettable experience under the night sky.
How to reach
By Air: The closest airfield to the Golden City of Jaisalmer is the Jodhpur Airport. The airport has strong connections with Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai approximately 280-kilo meters from the city. Air India and Jet Airways flights from all these cities provide service. But because of the long distance between the airport and the city, people don’t see the air as the best way to fly to Jaisalmer. Taxi and bus services from the outside to Jaisalmer can be easily accessed after entering the airport.
By Road: Jaisalmer enjoys good connectivity through many well-maintained state and private buses to
many towns in Gujarat and Rajasthan. In Jaisalmer are two main bus stands: the Golden Bus Terminal and the Hauptbus Booth of Roadways. From here only all big buses run.
By train: A long line of trains links the Jaisalmer Railway Station with major Indian cities. Direct trains are available for Jaisalmer from major cities such as Delhi and Jaipur.
Jaisalmer Express and Jodhpur
Jaisalmer Express are some of the famous trains operating from Delhi. From outside of the station, visitors can easily get rickshaws and cars.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Jaisalmer is from October to March when the weather is good. Summers are very dry and hot and should be avoided as it is situated in the middle of the Thar Desert. During winter, temperatures are lower to 1 or 2 ° C, especially in the evening, so you need to wear warm clothes. It also is a good time to fly to Jaisalmer during the monsoon. You could see greenery growing on the arid turf during this time. Jaisalmer is a colorful and lively place that should be a must-visit with an even more beautiful community.
Jaisalmer Fort is not only a fort but also a mini-town with homes, temples, shops, and restaurants, situated on the golden sands of the Thar Desert. Its group of Hill Forts of India, a UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 3,000 people live within the reinforced walls, with several doors on the roof, the latter leading to the famous public square called Dashera Chowk.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Time Required: 3-4 hours
Entry: Indian: INR 30, Foreigner: INR 70, Still Camera: INR 50, Video
Camera: INR 150
Desert Safari in Jaisalmer
For most tourists, safaris and scheduled packages are preferred. These tours take place either in the morning or at night to prevent heat sparkling. When the desert safari is finished in Jaisalmer you will enjoy a delicious meal with a music dance program that demonstrates Rajasthan’s local culture. Typically the desert safari is performed in cars or jeeps; you can also enjoy a camel safari over the dunes which gives you a sense of history
Time Required: 4-5 hrs
Entry Fee: Can vary as per the selected package from INR 500 to INR 2500
Located 20 kilometers from the Jaisalmer Golden City village, Kuldhara village is one of the most thrilling and fascinating places to see on your itinerary. The village is said to be a spooky and haunted village, rich in legends and myths. This abandoned and sadly wonderful look, lonely during the vast stretches of the wilderness, is well-known.
Timings: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee: INR 10,
Entry for car: INR 50
Jain Temples in Jaisalmer
Jain temples in Jaisalmer are a must-see when you are in the city, located in the Fort Jaisalmer. Designed in the style of Dilwara, which is renowned for its architecture all over the world, these temples are dedicated to the famous Jain hermits known as Tirthankaras Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdev Ji. The Jain Temples are an important spot for pilgrimage, and they are a real treasure of the town of Jaisalmer and a place for all visitors interested in history and religion to have fun
Timings: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Time Required: 1-2 hours
Entry Fee: Indian nationals: Free,
Foreign tourists: INR 10,
Still camera: INR 50,
Camcorder: INR 100
Desert National Park
Located close to the town of Jaisalmer, this is one of the country’s largest desert national parks covering an area of 3,162 sq km. This interesting landmark offers everything from a desert ecosystem, rugged cliffs and compact salt lake bottoms, intermediate areas as well as fixed dunes. The dunes make up about 20% of the park. Thorny trees, cacti, and other desert plants cover the whole area.
Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 +PM
Time Required: 2-3 hrs
Entry fee: INR 100 per person
Jeep Safari (excludes jeep cost):
Indian: INR 50 per person,
Foreigner: INR 300 per person
Camel Safari: Negotiable