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Jaisalmer Travel Guide

Overview

Rajasthan’s biggest tourist destination, Jaisalmer is all about the fort town, Thar Desert, camel safari and more. This Golden city has magnificent golden-honey sandstone havelis beneath the narrow streets. The city being a major tourist hub is chaotic and full of touts who can take your money for a run. But following a few basic guidelines can fix your problems. A small city with accommodations and other facilities at walking distance from the fort, which is the heart of the city. Jaisalmer Fort and the fort town is a living fort, with more than 3000 people residing within. A large number of restaurants, cafes, guesthouses and handicraft & souvenir shops are also there inside the fort town. Other places worth visiting include Jain Temple, Gadisagar Lake, Patwon Ki Haveli, Bada Bagh Royal cenotaphs, Khuri Sand Dunes, Sam Sand Dunes, Kuldhara (Abandoned Village), and Tanot Mata Mandir. Jaisalmer city celebrates Desert Festival in January or February every year.

How to visit:

By road: A good network of roads joins Jaisalmer with many destinations in and around Rajasthan. It is connected to Jodhpur and Barmer on NH-11.

By rail: Jaisalmer (JSM) is connected to major cities of India through broad gauge as well as meter gauge railway tracks. Direct trains from Jaisalmer are available to Jodhpur as well as Delhi.

By air: Jaisalmer is not directly connected to Airways, Jodhpur airport (JDH) is 300 Km away. Jodhpur is connected to all the major metros of India by government as well as private airlines. From Jodhpur one can hire cabs or take a train journey

Fast Facts

Location - Rajasthan, North India

Places of Interest - Jaisalmer Fort, Salim ji ki haveli and Nathmal ji ki haveli, Kuldhara Abandoned Village, Bada Bagh, Gadsisar Lake, Khaba Fort, sand dunes

Best time to visit - October to April

Language - Hindi, English

Festivals - Jaisalmer Desert Festival

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