Also called The Golden City, Jaisalmer is an incredible tourist attraction in Rajasthan which has caught the fantasy of Indian and foreign tourists alike. The breathtaking locales and some great attractions make Jaisalmer the popular tourist destination that it is today. There is so much to do, so much to explore and a lot to experience in Jaisalmer, that you need to plan your trip perfectly. Before you start to plan your travel, go through this exhaustive list of things to do in Jaisalmer.
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Patwon Ki Haveli Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
Patwon Ki Haveli is another example of the royal splendor of Jaisalmer. The Haveli isn’t just the one Haveli thought. There are five different Havelis in one giant complex that makes it an undoubtedly extra-ordinary experience.
The Buildings are incredibly intricately decorated inside and out. The metallic carvings, stone sculpture and the detailed lattice work are sure to leave you absolutely enthralled for hours together. It is undoubtedly an architectural marvel and tourist will love to see its rustic, regal beauty in all its glory.
The Archeological Survey of India has its offices within this structure. However, it is open for tourists and a truly magical sight to see so do not miss this one while you are in Jaisalmer.
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Postal Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
07:00 am - 07:00 pm
This Lake is another iconic attraction in Jaisalmer. The lake, constructed into the hot arid desert is one of the most refreshing sight you will get to see. A boat ride in the famous GadiSar lake is a must do experience for any Jaisalmer tourist.
It isn’t just the lake that is tranquil and calm that is the real attraction. Several enclosures have been built in the water by the maharajas. These make for stunning sights amidst the green waters of the lake.
Tourists often go to the lake to enjoy a lovely sunset and take in the charmingly old beauty of it. A languid ride down the lake is sure to take you back in time.
This stunning marvel of royal Rajasthani architecture is certainly worth a visit. Salim Singh must have been a lucky man to have this gorgeous piece of architecture to his name. In truth, it was commissioned by this Prime minister in the Jaisalmer province.
The amazing architecture is perhaps the most stunning of the era. The arched balconies, the intricate carving and embellishment, the lovely steps and the piece the resistance, the peacock shaped roof structure make this place a must visit in Jaisalmer. Seeing such beauty is undoubtedly a once in a life time experience and you shouldn’t miss it for the world.
The Jaisalmer War Museum covers the history and journey of the Indian Army and its contribution in the 1965 Indo-Pak War and the 1971 Longewala battle.
The museum pays homage to those who lost their lives defending the country and has a memorial made from the murals of these soldiers. The memorial also has an audio-visual theatre where a movie on the battle of Longewala is showcased.
Highlights include: Army weapons including the 106 mm Recoilless Gun (main anti tank weapon) used in the Indo-Pak war.
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Fort Rd, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Jaisalmer fort was the former Maharaja’s Palace and till today maintains its royal ambience and architecture. The Whole palace is carved out in Sandstone and even though much of the palace is going through restoration work, you can still see the bedroom, the silver coronation throne, the royal bed, local stamps and banknotes, sculptures and weapons kept in the museum. Don’t forget to see the city from the gorgeous Balconies that adorn the fort.
The place arranges audio-tours that is a highlight and gives you a peak into the royal life of Jaisalmer while its sheer history and intricate design mesmerises anyone who visits.
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Tanot, Rajasthan 345022
05:00 am - 08:00 pm
Goddess Tanot (to whom the temple is dedicated), is believed to be the reincarnation of Goddess Hinglaz. The temple itself was constructed in 847 AD and has a very unique story.
During the Indo-Pak war, the whole area was subjected to bombings from Pakistan. However, the bombs that fell in the vicinity of the temple did not explode and many of the Indian soldiers that took shelter here were unharmed.
Today the temple showcases these very bombs in its small museum. For tourists, the temple is perfect to see a rather miraculous story up close while the spiritual ambience of the whole temple along with its simple yet beautiful architecture, is loved by everyone.
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Jaisalmer Fort, Off the Jaisalmer-Sam Road, Jaisalmer 345001, India
08:00 am - 11:59 pm
Dating back to the 12th and the 15th century, the Amar Sagar temples are dedicated to Rikhabdevji and Shambhavdev Ji – The famous Jain Tirthankars (Hermits). The beautiful temples are carved in yellow sandstone in Dilwara style (derived from Dilwara Temple on Mount Abu) and you can see the signature layout to maximize natural air-ventilation while still maintaining it elaborate beauty.
The Parswanath Temple- The oldest, main temple and the most beautiful of the Jain temples.
Lodurva- An ancient civilisation that contain the Rishabhnath Temple and the Shambhavanath Temple.
The statues of animals and Gods kept in the temple and the intricate carvings seen on the temple walls.
The Badal Mahal is an interesting place to see within the city of Jaisalmer. If you are fascinated with the richness of Rajasthani Architecture however, this place is a definite must see.
You will be able to see the arched balconies in several places in Rajasthan but nowhere else will you find this mammoth 5 tiered mammoth of a building where each level has its intricate carvings and arched balconies.
The BadalMahal gets its name precisely due to its stature. Constructing a gorgeous building like it in those days certainly must have been a real feat as it would be even today. The intricateness of the carvings and the lattice work is simply exemplary.
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Jiyai, Rajasthan 345001
If you are the adventurous kind, this place is sure to suit you. But beware, you will need a lion’s mighty heart to visit this place. Legend says that this secluded abandoned village near Jaisalmer is cursed by the ghost of an ancient priest.
Whether you believe that or not, the place certainly has a desolate and eerie look to it that might be exciting for some and yet terrifying for others. Either way, the ruins of the old village settlements are certainly worth the visit. The typical old houses of the villages with the tiny steps and handmade brick walls have a rustic charm that cannot be denied.
Haunted or not, the place is certainly hauntingly beautiful and hence one of the top attractions around Jaisalmer. While you will see several palaces, this is one of the few places were you will get to see vestiges of the old village life.
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Longewala, Rajasthan 335803
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Built in remembrance of the heroic war fought by the Indian Army and the Air force to protect the nation from an attack from Pakistan in 1971, the Laungewala War Memorial is akin to touching a part of Indian Defence history.
On 4th and 5th of December in 1971, the Indian army, under the guidance of Major Chandpuri combined forces with the Indian Air-force led by Wing Commander MS Bawa to take over the unexpected attack of Pakistan and destroyed 37 tanks to successfully defend the country. Two of tanks are still kept here near the memorial. Visit the place to pay your respects to the brave soldiers of 23 Punjab, 20 Lancers and the BSF who fought one of the toughest invasions in India.
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Sam Sand Dunes, Sam, Rajasthan 345001
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Located 60 kilometres from Jaisalmer city, the Desert Nation Park is one of the largest national parks in India. The park covers an area of 3162 square kilometres and eventhough the temperatures are not ideal, you can see a variety of flora and fauna here.
The park is the only place where you can see Great Indian Bustard, and spot the Khejri tree and Rohida trees. The fossils found here date back to the Jurassic period and signify a densely forested area that has transformed to the present day desert.
The whole park offers a stunning view of the dessert and is perfect if you love bird-watching and simply seeing the natural beauty that the desert holds.
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Sam Sand Dunes, Near Toll Beriar, Roght Side On Sam Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001
07:00 am - 10:00 pm
About 40 Kilometers from the main town, the Sam Sand Dunes are an absolutely stunning natural phenomenon that is a definite must see. When you think of Rajasthan the lovely Thar Desert and this place epitomizes the amazing ethereal beauty that the desert has.
The Sam Sand Dunes are probably best explored on foot as the sand is soft and beautiful but this will get extremely tiring. You can hire a jeep or SUV or take a camel back ride around the area. It is certainly worth the while to view the lovely dunes in the vast and wonderful desert.
If you are lured by the elegant beauty of the desert you can even stay in the tents here which can be found in a variety of price ranges. It is certainly a memorable place to at least visit.
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Bada Baugh Chhatris Rd, Rajasthan 345001
06:00 am - 05:00 pm
The BadaBagh is just 6 kilometers from the main city centre and a gorgeous place to see in Jaisalmer. This sprawling area has some of the most beautiful old Rajasthani buildings you will get to see. Although some of them are merely ruins, most of them have endured years and years of wear and tear, that make them exceptionally lovely treats for the history lover and the architecture enthusiast.
It used to be a garden used to receive the guests of the royals and there are cenotaphs dedicated to the valor and courage of various Rajasthani kings and queens. It is a beautiful place and like an oasis for the eyes in the vast and arid area on the outskirts of Jaisalmer. It is certainly one of the must-visit attractions.
If you want to experience all the arts, crafts dances and music of Rajasthan all in one place, the Desert Cultural Center is the best place to do it. The place does an amazing job of bringing that old and rustic charm to life.
The place is frequent host to performances that illustrate the lively traditions of Rajasthan. This lovely area also has the fascinating puppet shows that Rajasthan is so famous for. They also have a museum where you will be able to see an astonishing number of artefacts coins, manuscripts and the like that are sure to enthrall anyone.
The culture and history of Rajasthan as old and rich as it is, it beautifully celebrated through this place making it a definite must visit.
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Amar Sagar, Lodurva, Rajasthan 345001
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Located near the 17th century Amar Singh Palace, the Amar Sagar Lake adds a rather striking scenery to the barren desert.
The calm waters of the lake form a picturesque backdrop to the magnificent castle and offers paddle-boating for visitors. The shore is lovely to walk around while the whole view of the surrounding Mahal and the Jain temple, provide the ‘picture perfect moment’.
The place is ideal to beat the heat when in Jaisalmer.